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!

December 7, 2011

New Inter-Library Loan Procedures

The new procedure requires that you log in to ILLiad using your University of Minnesota Internet ID, also known as your email/directory/X.500 username or user ID (the part before the @ of a U of M email address).

If you registered with a personal username (non-U of M Internet ID), you need to complete a new registration using your U of M Internet ID. ILL staff will then merge the new account with your previous account; your request history will remain viewable. Please note, re-registering will not delay your interlibrary loan request. Continue to registration.

If you use your U of M Internet ID as your ILLiad username, you do not need to re-register. Continue to login.

Proxy card holders: you do not need to re-register.

New users, please register using your U of M Internet ID as your username.

June 17, 2010

Off-campus access to electronic resources

Suppose you'd like to review some article citations and you're off
campus. If you're feeling lucky, you can just search Google
and find PDFs of the articles you want. But what if full
text isn't freely available online?

If University Libraries
has purchased access to the journal you want, you can go to the Libraries website and either find the
journal in the E-Journals
or fill in citation information with the Citation
. In either case, you'll be prompted for your X.500
credentials and recognized as an affiliate once you get to the
publisher's website.

But if you prefer to go straight to IEEE Xplore, ACM Digital Library, Elsevier ScienceDirect, or
another publisher site, just drag the bookmarklet below to your browser
toolbar. When you're on a publisher's webpage, click the UMN
button. The code will update links on the page to use the
University Libraries's proxy and you'll be able to download full text
just as if you were on campus,


The idea and code for this bookmarklet came from
Daniel Feldman, a graduate student in Software Engineering. Thanks,

This post originated from Jan Fransen, Engineering Librarian on her blog.

February 19, 2009

New Assignment Calculator

The libraries have been developing an upgrade to the existing assignment calculator. A Beta version is now being released for faculty, students and staff to use. The Assignment Calculator Beta can be found at

Some new features include:
• New Assignment Templates (Lab reports template is in development!)
• Add/Remove/Rearrange individual assignment steps.
• Instructors can customize an assignment and share with class.
• Ability to add personalized notes and links to assignment steps.

If you'd like a quick overview of how to use the tool with classes that you're teaching a short online movie is available to view.

November 4, 2008

Election 2008

Where do I vote? Visit Google's US Voter Info site, which is just a version of Google Maps with integrated voter information. Users can enter their addresses in order to find their designated polling place, and even get directions right from the map.

The University Libraries created a website with election information, available at:

Below you will find an informative web-based presentation by Kirsten Clark, University of Minnesota’s Regional Depository Librarian and Head of the Government Publications Library. In this presentation, Kirsten discusses reliable, authoritative websites for finding information on the candidates and election coverage. To view her presentation, visit:

February 7, 2008

Looking for an Extension Publication?

Try Cooperative Extension Search.

Powered by Google, this search engine searches 750 Extension websites.

January 31, 2008

Looking for forestry-related internet resources?

Try the newly redesigned Forestry AgNIC website.

Forestry AgNIC is a gateway to a wide range of forestry and related information found on the internet.

Use it to search for links to web sites, image collections, lists of publications, documents, databases, and other unique resources.

It is sponsored by University of Minnesota Forestry Library and the Agricultural Network Information Center (AgNIC).