Wednesday, April 22, 2009

E-books Added to Library Catalog

Records for 15,602 electronic books have been added to the Library's Pilot catalog. These records will appear along with other materials in search results. To access the e-book itself, click on the Web Link highlighted wording at the top of the full record. These titles are also available through the netLibrary database, included in the Databases section of the Library's home page.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

'Text me this call number'

Since more and more students are using their cell phones to write down call numbers for books, the Library has added a new feature to the catalog that enables users to send call numbers to their cell phones via text messages.

Now, when you search PILOT, our catalog, and find a book whose call number you want to write down, you may send the call number to your cell phone via a text message. Here's what you'll see in PILOT:

Click on the link 'Text me this call number' and then enter your cell phone number and select your provider. The call number will be sent to you via a text message, saving you the trouble of writing it down on slip of paper. Then just go the Collection and the floor where the book is located.

As always, if you have questions, ask a Reference Librarian for assistance.

Introducing RefMobile!

You may notice a new link in your RefWorks account labeled 'RefMobile'. What is it? It's a new interface that enables students and researchers to use their RefWorks web-based research database from anywhere, via web-enabled mobile phones, smart phones, and personal data assistants (PDAs).

The RefMobile interface gives users immediate access to the most commonly used RefWorks functions, including searching their entire RefWorks databases, viewing references by folders, adding and removing references from folders, creating new folders, and adding comments to Notes fields. Users can also import new references to their RefWorks account using the new SmartAdd feature.

With SmartAdd, users simply enter basic identifying information for a publication, such as ISBN number, digital object identifier (DOI) number, partial title, or author and publication year, and SmartAdd searches the Internet for the reference and imports it to RefWorks.

Contact the Database Coordinator, Linda Neyer, for the Group Code or for additional information.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Database trial

Andruss Library has a trial to the new LexisNexis Statistical Datasets. This database allows users to "scan the contents of over 530 datasets, select subjects and variables of interest, and view... data in side-by-side tables and charts." Results can be saved to PDF, downloaded to Excel, or pasted into a document. Take a test run of the database at Comments about the database should be directed to Government Documents Librarian Katie Yelinek (

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Library Extended Hours

The library will be offering extended hours until 12 midnight on the weekends starting Friday, April 17! For a list of the extended hours, please view the calendar at

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Additional Microform Titles Added to Catalog

Bibliographic records for all individual titles in the following microform sets have been added to Pilot:

Harrisburg Newspapers (newspapers from 1792 to 1866, including several in German)
Pennsylvania County and Regional Histories
The Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and History
Radical Periodicals of Great Britain
Radical Periodicals in the United States
Pamphlets in American History: Communism

These join records for

Human Relations Area Files
Pamphlets in American History: Civil Liberties,

which were added early last semester. Addition of these records was made possible through an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant to add microform records to the catalogs of several PASSHE libraries.