Wednesday Brown Bag Sessions for Spring 2015

There will be many Wednesday Brown Bag sessions this spring semester. The following is a list of the workshops that will take place over the next three months:

Academic Search Complete – February 4, 2015 – 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Summary: Discuss search strategies for locating articles in this database.


JSTOR – February 11, 2015 – 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Summary: Explains the basics of using this database which focuses on the humanities and social sciences.


Ebrary – February 18, 2015 – 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Summary: Demonstrates how to use this online collection of full-text ebooks.


Beyond the Library – February 25, 2015 – 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Summary: Discusses recognizing Open Access and Public Domain content and Creative Commons when searching for content on the web.


Education – March 18, 2015 – 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Summary: Demonstrates how to use ERIC Thesaurus and Education databases as well as search strategies.


Business – March 18, 2015 – 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Summary: Discusses using the EBSCO <em>Business Search Premier</em> and <em>Regional Business News</em>.


Psychology – March 25, 2015 – 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Summary: Explains the basics of using PsycInfo, PsycArticles, and PsycInfo Thesaurus.


Humanities – April 1, 2015 – 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Summary: Demonstrate use of the EBSCOhost interface and discusses using databases like Humanities Full Text and JSTOR.


Formatting a Research Paper – April 8, 2015 – 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Summary: Goes over using the features of Microsoft Word like citation management as well as formatting document to create a Table of Contents, Bibliography, and Footnotes.


Designing Effective Presentations – April 15, 2015 – 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Summary: Demonstrates using Microsoft PowerPoint, and Google Slide to create and share presentations.


Excel Introduction and Basic Commands – April 22, 2015 – 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Summary: Discuss the basics of Microsoft Excel to make charts and graphs on a spreadsheet.


As always, the librarians and librarian assistants are here and glad to assist you with your hunt for the right item.  Happy Hunting!

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Wishing you a Wonderful New Year!

We survived the battleship of last semester’s finals (“We have to stay afloat!”) and have arrived in a new land: the spring semester of 2015. As we pull ourselves out of the sea and onto a beach named Triumph, we hear birdsong, smell food in the dining hall, and see our friends chatting in the quad.

Before you scamper into the quad to join your friends, the Library is excited to announce our new catalog and search system, Search@NDNU! Powered by OCLC’s WorldShare Management System, our new system allows users to search all of the Library’s books, ebooks, journal articles, DVDs, etc. Using the drop-down list, users can choose to search for materials in other libraries or restrict their search to just the Gellert Library. As some of you may already know, materials located at other libraries can be requested through the interlibrary loan.

The following workshops will be available for students, faculty, and staff to create their own Library accounts and manage renewals online:

February 10, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
March 17, 2015 at 5:00-5:30 p.m.
April 7, 2015 1:00-1:30 p.m.

To access Search@NDNU, users have two options:


Here there is a searNDNU Homepage Searchch box on the Gellert Library homepage. Users can also search for items on reserve in the library.


WorldCat SearchHere is the NDNU WorldCat Local site. You can enter the Library’s homepage by clicking NDNU’s logo on the upper left hand corner.

Once you search for an item, you can find the location and the item’s availability by clicking Availability. If the item you seek has been checked out, you can request the item by selecting the item’s title to access the item record. In the item record, you can click on the Request Item button found underneath the subtitle Find a copy in the library.

Request ItemTo view items that are available online, select View Now. If you look to the left hand side column in your list of search results, you can narrow your list of results by using the filters that are available there.

Clicking on the Advanced Search allows you to search using keywords, title, author, or subject. You can also limit the results to peer-reviewed articles, publication date, or format. Advanced Search also allows you to select additional library databases to search from or remove databases that you do not want to search from.Advanced Search

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Finals Week at NDNU!

It’s almost the end of the semester, my fellow students, staff, and faculty! All we haveLibrary Christmas Tree 12-2014 to do is hop over this pit of lava and soar through a flaming hoop otherwise known as the final exams.

Soon we will be home, away from NDNU, with our families and friends. Would you like to give a little holiday cheer to a former prisoner who has been released from jail but is still separated from his or her family? The library invites you to write a warm and inspirational letter to former prisoners at St. Vincent de Paul’s Catherine Center. Send them a holiday message through the Letters of Affirmation Project to let them know that they are not alone and encourage them to think of the bright future ahead of them.

Just so you know the library will be closed from December 14 through January 13. The library will, of course, open again on January 14.

Happy Holidays from NDNU library!

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Hello, breezy November!

This month the library celebrates Native American Heritage Month and NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo! We also have upcoming workshops.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Did you know that November is Native American Heritage Month? To celebrate, the librarians have set up a Native American-themed book display. Come check out our book display. We have many books written by renowned Native American authors as well as books about Native American history and culture. Last month, the Gellert Library Celebrating Native American Heritage Monthcelebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by creating a book display and screening the film Real Women Have Curves.

Upcoming Workshops

Now that we’re through with midterms and finals are still a comfortable (breathing) distance away, students have time to concentrate on assignments like group projects and group presentations. Speaking of presentations, interested in designing an effective PowerPoint presentation? Come to the library on Wednesday, November 12, to learn about the variety of tools you have at your hands to create a presentation to captivate your audiences. This workshop will start at one o’clock in the afternoon PowerPoint and lasts until 1:30 P.M.

Other workshops include opportunities to learn the computer programming language of Python on both Monday, November 17, from 3:00-4:00 P.M. and Wednesday, November 19, also from 3:00-4:00 P.M. Monday will be an Introduction to (the wonderful world of) Python workshop, while Wednesday will present an opportunity for some hands-on programming practice. The Wednesday of November 19 will also have an introduction to Excel workshop from 1:00-1:30 in the afternoon.MS Excel

Other November News

In other news, November is also NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. What am I even talking about? Well, November is not only “National Novel Writing Month,” but also “National Blog Posting Month.” As Michelle Weber of describes November, “[NaNoWriMo is when] writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; [NaBloPoMo is when writers commit] to posting every single day in November” (Weber).

Wishing you all a marvelous November,

The Gellert Library

MLA Formatted Sources Cited

Weber, Michelle. “The NaMos Are Coming! The NaMos Are Coming!” News. WordPress, 24 Oct. 2014. Web. 7 Nov. 2014. <; .


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New Faculty at the library!

Since last spring, Quincy McCrary joined us as the new Reference and Assessment librarian. We are thrilled to have him join our team. He’s also our Social Sciences guy and works part time as an Anthropology professor at San Jose State University. For those of you writing literature reviews this semester, Quincy is your go-to guy.  A little bit about Quincy:

1. Kindle or paper book?

PAPER!!! Also love audio books because, you know, I commute an hour to the University…

2. What is your favorite thing about NDNU?

So far??? The Coyote I met the second day I was here, check out his pics!


3. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Gawd, that’s tough. Emperor Kellanved from the Malazan Book of the Fallen? LOL, NERD!

4. If you were able to add up all the pages of the books in the library, how many would there be?

More than the number of naked Bicycle enthusiasts in San Francisco?

5. What is your favorite book?

Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason or Europe and the People Without History or A Peoples History of the United States or Envisioning Power: Ideologies of Dominance and Crisis or The Archaeology of Knowledge or…

6. Write about yourself in Haiku format:

Redwoods and Water

Russian River Kid in a city

How do you find quiet?

Mary Wegmann, who has been a librarian for us during this last year, recently took on the big job as our new director! Many of you already know her, but for those of you who don’t…

1. Kindle or paper book?


2. What is your favorite thing about NDNU?

The students and the eucalyptus trees

3. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Claudia Kincaid From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or Harriet M. Welsch from Harriet the Spy

4. If you were to add up all the pages of the books in the library, how many would there be?

A billion

5. What is your favorite book?

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

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New STEM student assistants!

With a new year, we have two new STEM student assistants who have joined our team at the library! Read about them below in Anna’s annoying library get-to-know-you interview:


Amy Rich:

1. Kindle or paper book?    Paper book!

2.  What is your favorite thing about NDNU?

    The small community feeling and being able to know such a divers group of people.

3.  If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

    Yossarian from Catch 22

4.  If you were to add up all the pages of the books in the library, how many would there be?

    Enough to keep you occupied for a long time. 🙂

5. What is your favorite book?

    Tie between Catch 22 and Tuesdays with Morrie

6. Write about yourself in Haiku format:
    A soccer player,

    who loves to make cookies

   simply put, Amy. 


Julie Wong:



1. Kindle or paper book? 

    paper book, please.

2. What is your favorite thing about NDNU?

    the people!

3.  If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

    I would be Hermione Granger. She’s brave, capable of magic, knows all the answers, and cares about the rights of house-elves. 🙂

4. If you were to add up all the pages of the books in the library, how many would there be?

    Quite possibly umpteen billion pages.

5.  What is your favorite book?

    The World of Normal Boys by K.M.Soehnlein – it’s a very captivating novel.

6. Write about yourself in Haiku format:

    Daydreamer Julie

   writing free-verse poetry

   she procrastinates.

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Highlight: Journal of Visualized Experiments

Dear fellow navigators of the library’s vast resources,

By navigators I mean students, undergraduate and graduate, pursuing a major in the field of sciences. You may have been directed to this delightful site by your well-meaning professor. You might be here out of curiosity. Either way, you have arrived just in time to learn about a fascinating database that NDNU has subscribed to. This database, called the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), is full of videos informing viewers on how to use laboratory equipment such as a centrifuge, analytical balance, or spectrophotometer. Furthermore, JoVE also contains numerous videos about the skills every scientist and future scientist needs to have to perform experiments in the laboratory. One example is a video that explains the process of preparing and diluting solutions. Each video of a basic skill also links to additional videos that explain the applications these skills are used in.

For students, this site can help prepare you (and calm your nerves) for Chemistry Lab finals in which you may need to perform an experiment without step-by-step instructions. This site can also help you refresh your memory of how to use the lab equipment in tomorrow’s experiment. If you want to understand how to use a fundamental skill and understand the various possible experiments that require this skill, JoVE can help you. Say, for example, it’s been a long while since you last used the centrifuge but you know, according to your instructor’s handout, that tomorrow you will be using the centrifuge in an experiment. JoVE has a video titled “An Introduction to the Centrifuge.” If you don’t have a pair of earphones on you and you’re afraid of disturbing your peers, JoVE breaks down the video in a transcript marked by the times each segment begins at. Scrolling further down the page to “Applications,” you will see additional videos of experiments that require use of a centrifuge. One such video is “Purification of Mitochondria from Yeast Cells.” Another is called “Purification of Pathogen Vacuoles from Legionella-infected Phagocytes.”

JoVE can be easily navigated either by typing search terms into the search bar or by clicking on one of the ten circles to the right of the search bar. These circles bring the student to an area of science such as bioengineering or the environment. Most videos have their content outlined similarly to a scientific research paper with an abstract, introduction, results, discussion, protocol, and materials list underneath the video clip. The steps the scientists take in each clip are outlined under “Protocol.”As for writing a research paper, these videos can be easily cited and used in a paper as the citation can be found underneath each video. This site also allows the student to leave a comment at the bottom after viewing a video if he or she has a question.

Professors may recommend JoVE to students who want to review previously learned skills. JoVE is a great companion to any science lab class and can save students time and frustration by allowing him or her to view a video of the experiment for preparation.

I wish you Godspeed as you navigate your way through the labyrinth of information and technology, losing yourself in both cyberspace and in the maze of book shelves and staircases. If you are extremely bored (and a procrastinator), JoVE also has a blog that can be accessed above the search bar. Here you will find articles that only barely relate to your homework.

Best of luck!

Click here for a tour of the JoVE interface: Julie’s JoVE Directions (4)

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