September 24, 2008

Library Spotlight: Theses & Dissertations

Looking for theses and dissertations available electronically? Ashland University Library offers the following resources:

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest)
Provides access to citations of more than one million dissertations and master’s theses. This resource is updated monthly.

OhioLINK ETD Center
"The ETD Center is a free, online database of Ohio’s masters and doctoral theses and dissertations from participating OhioLINK member schools. It contains the abstract for all included theses and dissertations. The full-text is also available if it was submitted." (OhioLINK ETD FAQ's)

WorldWide ETD
"A Global index of freely available electronic theses and dissertations, provided by major ETD collections around the world. This index lets you search for information about each ETD (“metadata,” including authors, titles, and abstracts). It does not search the full text of the ETDs.(OhioLINK WW ETD)

Ashland University doctoral theses and dissertations are available in the library catalog. Additionally, Ashland University Rowe Practicums are part of the ciruclating collection. Rowe Practicums and AU Doctoral Dissertations are located on the second floor of the library.

September 23, 2008

NCEE: What Works Clearinghouse Reports

From the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), new reports have been released to the What Works Clearinghouse:

The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance has released two What Works Clearinghouse reports. The first, "Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom", is a practice guide offering five concrete recommendations for helping elementary school general education teachers reduce the frequency of the most common types of behavior problems encountered among students. The second, "Dropout Prevention Topic Report", summarizes the Clearinghouse's dropout prevention intervention reports prepared through September 2008.

IES Newsflash Subscription 9/23/08

For more information, or to sign up for IES News Flash email alerts, visit IES.

September 19, 2008

OhioLINK Welcome's New Students

What's New at OhioLINK featured a welcome back for new and returning students on August 27th that included a great resource: "Six Ways OhioLINK Can Make Life Easier."

"Download electronic articles instantly
Get the articles you need for your paper or read entire journals, newspapers and magazines online, anytime. Choose from
140 research databases to find articles in a specific subject area, or try Quick Search @ OhioLINK to find articles from multiple sources easily. With more than 12,000 journals and millions of articles, odds are you'll find what you need.

Enhance projects with images, videos and sounds
You don't need a passport to view works of art from museums around the globe, a DVD player to watch educational films and documentaries, or a time machine to view historical documents. With a quick visit to OhioLINK's
Digital Media Center, you can find thousands of electronic images, sounds and videos to use in papers, presentations or to enhance your learning.

Paper panic? Try a Quick Search
Find articles for class or resources for your paper quickly.
Quick Search @ OhioLINK saves time by searching multiple resources simultaneously. It provides reliable, library-quality results that are appropriate for class and research.

Find the perfect thesis or dissertation topic
Get topic ideas, see what peers have written in your discipline, or find a particular theses or dissertation via the
Electronic Theses & Dissertations Center. The ETD Center contains 16,000 theses and dissertations from students at participating Ohio colleges and universities.

Get the books you need in 2-3 days
Can't find the book you need at your library? OhioLINK it! Use the
OhioLINK Library Catalog to find and request library materials online and pick them up at any participating library you choose in two to three days. With more than 47.4 million books and library materials to choose from, you're likely to find what you need. Renew books online via your library's Web site and keep them for up to 15 weeks (unless another user has requested them).

Find answers anytime with e-books
OhioLINK's growing
collection of 38,000 e-books cover a wide variety of subjects and include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference works (for tracking down a quick fact or illustration); scholarly books; and computer and technology titles (for in-depth, how-to books and technology tips)."

Research help is but a phone call, email, chat message away when you contact the library reference desk! If you have questions about your OhioLINK books, the circulation desk is ready to help with answers to the your books status in the system, due date, and renewals.

September 12, 2008

Library Spotlight: New Books

Looking for something new to read? AU library adds new books to it's collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are initially featured on the book shelf located on the main floor, adjacent to the reference area. All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members.

What about new reference books? New reference titles are located on the new book shelf on the other side of the pole.

Here is an overview of a few recent additions to the library collection:

What about new children's books? A set of new book shelves is located on the library second floor and features new additions to the juvenile collection. The Instructional Resource Center Blog routinely provides information regarding new additions to the IRC, juvenile, and education collections.

Need more? New recreational books are highlighted on a new book shelf next to the exit doors by the library patio.

September 11, 2008

Library Resources: September 11, 2001

The following is an abbreviated list featuring available September 11, 2001 titles/resources:

For more information, see these catalog subject headings:

Please note that Ashland University Library is a Government Depository Library and "as a depository library, Ashland selects government documents useful in research for our library patrons'" Government documents on this topic are available.

September 3, 2008

Library Spotlight: Ebsco A to Z

Ashland University Library now offers EBSCO's A to Z to assist patrons with locating available journal resources. Specifically:

"EBSCO A-to-Z® is a locator tool listing all of a library's e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases, publisher packages and e-books. EBSCO A-to-Z can include print titles and other local resources you choose to upload."

Using Journals A to Z:
  • If AU Library has online access to the journal, you will see a link to the appropriate online database(s).
  • Journals A-Z can also be searched by subject to identify journals on a subject.

For more information, visit the library's Journals A to Z information page.

September 2, 2008

Library Spotlight: Finding Help

Need help locating books, finding articles, or traversing the library catalog? Help is available!

In Person: Come to the library! Help is available at the circulation and reference desks.

Ask Us! IM: The Library Instant Message (IM) services with Ask Us. Use this service to ask us basic research questions from any computer with Internet access. Ask Us is available during regular reference desk hours.

By Phone: Contact the library by phone. For information about AU library circulation and OhioLINK, call ext. 5400 (419-289-5400). For reference assistance, call ext. 5402 (419-289-5402).

By Email: Email the reference staff with questions at Librarians will usually reply within 48 hours.

Off campus: Make an appointment for a research consultation by calling the Reference Desk at 1-800-882-1548 (toll free Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm). Ask for the Reference Desk, extension 5402.

Seminary Students: Librarians at Ashland Theological Seminary are available for help. Contact the Seminary directly at 419-289-5169. If using the Seminary toll free number 1-866-287-6446, ask for ext 5169.

More information is available on the library web page; How to Find Help in the Library.