August 14, 2014

Free Workshop and Events from U Libraries in August and September

Below is a sample of our upcoming workshops. Please register and view all dates and times. If these times are inconvenient or you can't get to campus, explore our online workshops and tutorials. Also please contact us ( to request a session for your department, lab, work group and more.

Attend mini-versions of four of our most popular workshops in two hours! You will learn about:

Tools to organize your research, create in-text citations and bibliography (e.g. Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, EndNote)
Literature review 101
Tips and tools for finding grant funding, and
Ideas on how to organize your PDF's.

Monday, 8/18/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Nicholson Hall (East Bank) Room 35 (bring a laptop or tablet for hands-on) OR online through UMConnect(

Tuesday, 8/19/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Hanson Hall (West Bank) Room 1-102 (bring a laptop or tablet for hands-on) OR online through UMConnect(

April 29, 2014

St. Paul Libraries Stress Buster Events

Magrath Extended Hours:
Open until midnight May 9 to May 16 and extended study area until 2 a.m.

Study Break Activities

  • Pop your stress away! Grab a sheet of bubble wrap and take out your stress in a positive manner. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for your last week of classes with Magrath Library on Tuesday, May 6 from 11 am-1 pm.
  • Destress with personalized aromatherapy sachets at the St. Paul Student Center from 11 am-1 pm on Wednesday, May 7 (or Ruttan Hall as a rain back-up).
  • Relieve some stress by getting your hands dirty by planting Bachelor's Buttons to take home. Join Magrath Library and the Hort Club at the St. Paul Student Center from 11 am-2 pm on Thursday, May 8 (or Ruttan Hall as a rain back-up; while supplies last).
  • The Natural Resources Library will be offering free, freshly brewed coffee and tea May 12-May 16. Grab a cup and study for your finals with us! Treats will also be provided on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16, along with free coffee.
  • May 9-11 stop by Magrath Library to grab a free book for summertime reading.

April 8, 2014

April 17 Bringing back penmanship through free postcards


When was the last time you wrote a letter to a friend or family member? Join Magrath Library in celebrating National Library Week on Thursday, April 17 for free postcards. We will provide the postcards, you provide the text, and we will mail them on your behalf.

March 26, 2014

Copyright Workshops - RCR Credit

March 20, 2014

Trying to Find Tax Forms and Tax Help?

Tax form locations as well as tax help can be found by visiting the Libraries tax resource page

March 18, 2014

Data Management Workshops - RCR Credit

The University Libraries are here to assist you with research data management issues including data sharing and digital curation. These workshops offer tools and solutions for creation, storage, analysis, dissemination, and preservation of your research data.

More info and signup links at

Managing Your Research Data

Remember when all our data could fit on a flash drive and if you lost it on the bus, no problem, you can just start over? Those days are over! The digital research data that we generate is complex, messy, in obscure formats, and, there is a lot of it! How can we ensure that the data we create for our research will be usable in 5, 10, or 20 years? In this workshop we will identify data management resources available to you at the UMN and discuss key considerations and best practices to help you manage the data deluge.

Creating a Data Management Plan

Federal funding agencies (NSF, NIH, etc.) now require a data management plans with all new grant proposals. This workshop will provide an overview of the questions to consider when creating a data management plan with a focus on data preservation issues and tools for sharing your data, like the University's digital repository, the University Digital Conservancy. This workshop is discussion-based and we work through each of the data management topics via group and paired activities.

Primarily intended for faculty, researchers and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing and publishing process. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

January 23, 2014

New Librarian in Magrath!

Amy_snake_cropped.jpgAmy Neeser started working Magrath in January; she is the Research Services Librarian and liaison for Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, and Agronomy & Plant Genetics.

Amy is originally from St. Paul, MN but has spent significant time living abroad in Germany. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota in German Studies, Global Studies, Cultural Studies, and Cinema & Media Studies. She got her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In her free time, Amy enjoys playing with computers, volunteering at the Trylon Microcinema, traveling, gaming, mini golfing, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her cats.

Stop by her office in Magrath 85 if you'd like to talk about plant sciences, research, film, gaming, or anything else on your mind!

January 21, 2014

Book our NEW Media Viewing Room at Magrath Library

Magrath Library has an Media Viewing Room (room 80) available during our regular open hours for the use of current University students, staff, and faculty. Please fill out the reservation form found here to reserve the space. It is the perfect space for:

  • viewing a movie for class or fun

  • practicing a presentation

  • working on group projects

  • hosting a small group meeting

  • and more!

Book our NEW Media Viewing Room at Magrath Library

Magrath Library has an Media Viewing Room (room 80) available during our regular open hours for the use of current University students, staff, and faculty. Please fill out the reservation form found here to reserve the space. It is the perfect space for:

  • viewing a movie for class or fun

  • practicing a presentation

  • working on group projects

  • hosting a small group meeting

  • and more!

January 6, 2014

Jumpstart Your Spring Semester with Time-saving Tools and Techniques

Was your New Year's resolution to be more organized, or finish that paper or thesis? Let the Libraries help you will a full slate of workshops next week:

  • Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources Mon, 01/13/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:15pm

  • RefWorks: Basics Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

  • Introduction to Citation Managers Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

  • Zotero: Basics Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

  • EndNote: Basics Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

  • Mendeley: Get Organized Fri, 01/17/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

To register for these and see a full list of workshops, please visit:

December 4, 2013

Finals stress breaks with animals, coffee and more!

Magrath Extended Hours
Open until midnight December 11 to December 18 and extended study area until 2:00 a.m.

Study Break Activities

  • Animal therapy--relax with a dog or chicken--in the LES building from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on December 10. Learn more about the volunteer organization.

  • Make & Take projects on December 11, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Make a button, learn origami, and more and enjoy free coffee and tea.

  • Natural Resources Library will be offering free coffee and tea the week of December 9 and treats on December 12 and December 13.

To view a complete list of study break activities and extended hours, please visit:

November 12, 2013

Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center Library Author Event

Spend an evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Potawatomi author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants:

November 14, 7:00 pm
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center Library
Ancient Traders Market
1113 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 105

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation." As she explores these themes she circles toward a central argument: the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return.

November 11, 2013

Flashcard Apps

As exams seem to be happening every other week during this part of the semester, I thought I would share some of my favorite flashcard apps for studying.

  • Evernote Peek: This app works with an iPad's smart cover. You peek at the corner for the question, then if you lift it further you get the answer. You even can include images (think of those plant identification quizzes), and audio (for language exams).

  • Chegg Flashcards: Create different stacks for your courses, and easily move through all of them through swiping on your iPhone or iPod.

  • Brainscape: It similar to the others on the iPad that allow you to create your own flashcards and swipe through them. However, they take it a step further and you can purchase decks on various subjects through their library.

  • StudyBlue: This is a good app for the basics, though with the free version you can't change the font or delete cards from your deck. If you upgrade you can share decks with friends. Available on all mobile devices.

Good luck with the rest of your semester!

October 30, 2013

Entomology Department Celebrates 125 Years

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The University of Minnesota's department of Entomology turned 125 years old this year!

To celebrate, the department held a banquet in October which was attended by current faculty, students, and staff as well as alumni. Well-known entomologist Mae Barenbaum (who even has an X-Files character named after her) served as the keynote speaker.

The Natural Resources Library also attended the event, bringing with various treasures from our rare book collection, including materials that we acquired from Father Francis Jager (an entomologist who specialized in bees) in the early 1900s, such as a 1634 book on beekeeping, entitled "The Ordering of Bees, or, The True History of Managing Them From Time To Time, With Their Honey and Wax Showing Their Nature and Breed" by John Levitt.

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We also featured several books with beautiful hand drawn plates, such as "Entomology of Australia" by George Robert Grey (from 1833) and "Genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera" illustrated by W.C. Hewitson (1846). Finally, several items from the first Minnesota state entomologist, Otto Lugger, were highlighted, such as his field notes and personal scrapbook.

Many of these items are currently on display in the Natural Resources Library.

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September 2, 2013

St. Paul Campus: University Farm Years 1885-1935

Please take a moment to visit the exciting historical exhibit in the Magrath entry display cases: St. Paul Campus: University Farm Years 1885-1935. This exhibit was inspired by Lisa Berg's beautiful collection of early 20th century St. Paul campus postcards, most of which are now on display. Three posters illustrating the early history of this "farm campus", beginning as a school for "ambitious farm boys" and continuing on to the founding of the Home Economics school in 1914 (things were a tad gender-distinct then) and on to the introduction of early University of Minnesota cheeses and rust-resistant wheat are on display.
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There are also some fascinating historical monographs, newsletters, and yearbooks on display; plus a timeline, a trivia quiz and an old-school interactive campus map that brings the postcards to life.

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