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In Case You Missed It...

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...we have workshop recordings!

Here are recordings of two recent events.

EndNote Basics


Current & Future Publishing Practices


Grad Student Orientation

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On Monday I met with the new graduate students and gave a short presentation highlighting the services and collections offered by the library.

If you interested to see (or review) what was covered you can access the PowerPoint Presentation here:


Here are all the links that I mentioned in the presentation:

Also if you want a refresher on connecting Google Scholar to U of M Library Resources you can find that information on the Orientation Handout.

"Below the Surface" Online Exhibit

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The University Libraries are hosting an exhibit, "Below the Surface". The centerpiece of the exhibit is over at Andersen Library highlighting artifacts from their caverns that are literally below the surface of earth...built underneath Andersen Library.

But other libraries around campus are also hosting their own exhibits and displays highlighting the hidden stories behind their collections. The Science and Engineering Library has put up a virtual display featuring all of the types of information that lie behind or are impacted by a famous invention...using the work of famous U of M Mechanical Engineering Professor James "Crash" Ryan on the retractable safety belt as its focus.

Please visit the Science and Engineering Library exhibit and let us know what you think!

System Downtime This Weekend: Libraries Affected

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Just a heads up that there is going to be a major systems downtime this weekend. The downtime is needed for "a necessary upgrade to the utility and emergency power provided to the University's WBOB Data Center."

To find out which library services will be affected please check out the downtime website.

You'll want to plan accordingly if you were planning to use affected library resources this weekend.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Please pass along the information to colleagues and students.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

FYI: A Survey, Open Access, and Dissertation Formatting

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MNCat User Survey

The Libraries would like your feedback on our online catalog MNCat! If you've used this resource to find out book or journal information please take a minute or two to let us know what you think.

You can take the survey here.

Open Access Week 2009
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October 19-23 is Open Access Week 2009. To find out more about open access, your rights as an author, and how we're celebrating visit our website.

The Libraries are always happy to talk with you about your rights as an author and how you can go about retaining those rights. If you have any questions about open access feel free to send me an email and I can talk to you or put you in touch with our experts!

Formatting You Dissertation in Word 2007: The Online Experience

Engineering Librarian Jan Fransen offers a popular workshop on formatting your dissertation--it often fills up very quickly. To help make the information more widely available Jan has put recordings of the class online. You can access the recordings here. Jan has also written the class up in Moodle.

Please note that we have many workshops available in an online format. If you'd like to see a tutorial on a topic that isn't currently represented--we'd like to know what you're interested in learning more about.

Connect Google Scholar to UMN's FindIt

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Do you use Google Scholar to find articles for your classes?


Did you know you can connect Google Scholar with the libraries online journal subscriptions to access the full text of articles that University of Minnesota Libraries subscribe to? Here's how:

1. On Google Scholar's homepage select "Scholar Preferences"


2. Scroll down and find "Library Links"

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3. Search University of Minnesota
4. Check the box next to "University of Minnesota - FindIt@U of M Twin Cities"


5. Click "Save Preferences"

Now when you search in Google Scholar the "FindIT" link will appear and you can see the full text for free!

Remember: As faculty, staff and students of the University of Minnesota you should never pay to access an article online. If the library doesn't have access, make an Interlibrary Loan request. Then the library will find you a copy at no extra charge.

If you have questions about connecting Google Scholar to our online resources or about placing an Interlibrary Loan request, please send me an email (