Library Introduces Credo Reference

OWU Libraries are introducing Credo Reference this semester, a new online reference site offering coverage of all major subject areas. The site includes access to millions of full-text entries from nearly 640 reference books, making it an excellent starting place for background information on most academic topics.

Credo’s Topic Pages offer overviews for over 10,000 topics. Articles on each topic page are followed by suggested resources from other library resources such as research databases, catalogs, and scholarly websites.

Other entries come from well-known reference sources, many of which include suggestions for further reading and links to connect readers to those resources.

Credo can be a good resource for those just beginning research into unfamiliar topics and a good lead into more subject-specific research databases. For a brief introduction to the site, check out the following video:

Please direct any questions about Credo Reference to the Beeghly Reference Desk at or 740-368-3242

LexisNexis Redesigns Interface

LexisNexis has just rolled out its new interface design with the intent of making searching and discovery of material simpler and more intuitive. No content has been lost, only moved, with some new functionality added.

For an overview of new features and search options, check out this brief video:

For tutorials on searching for particular types of information, like a legal case, obituary, or company profiles, visit the following link for more short videos: Many of these tutorial topics are also featured in research guides with screen shots and instructions.

Any additional questions may be directed to the Beeghly Reference Desk at 740-368-3242 or

OWU Libraries Receive Grant from the NEH

We are pleased to announce that Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to present Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. A film and discussion series, Created Equal aims to bring diverse communities together to explore the history of civil rights and the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America through carefully selected documentaries, which include The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders.

Deeply grounded in humanities scholarship, these films tell a remarkable story about the importance of race in the making of American democracy; about the power of individuals to effect change; and about the historical contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with ideas of freedom, equality and citizenship. The documentaries address events from the 1800s through 1965 in the United States. Each of the films was produced with NEH support and each highlights individuals who challenged the racial, social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

The Libraries will kick off the series on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 20, 2014) at 7:00 pm in the Bayley Room in Beeghly LibraryDr. Hasan Jeffries, an associate professor of history at the Ohio State University, will guide a discussion of Freedom Riders, an Emmy award-winning documentary. Dr. Jeffries specializes in 20th century African American history and has an expertise in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. He is the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights And Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt (New York University Press, 2009).

A free streaming copy of the Freedom Riders is available online at Advance screening is encouraged but not required prior to the event. The program is free and open to the public.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Dee Peterson, coordinator of user services at the OWU Libraries, is leading the initiative for the campus and community.

Contact Dee Peterson 740-368-3240 or with questions about local events.


Credo Reference Trial Site Available

credo-logoThe OWU Libraries have arranged for a brief trial of a new online reference site called Credo Reference lasting through December 20, 2013. In addition to offering full-text searching in hundreds of online reference books from all major subject areas, the site also includes some features designed to help discover and explore new and unfamiliar topics. For example, you can browse topics by category or explore new topics by navigating an interactive concept map, a web of interconnected subjects that allows users to easily see and jump from one subject to another.

The site includes the full-text from encyclopedias, dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries, biographies, image collections, and subject-specific works on everything from aesthetics to zoology.

We invite you to explore this new site during the last two weeks of the semester. Let us know what you think by sending comments to or posting to Beeghly’s Facebook page.

Government shutdown affects libraries

After Congress failed to reach an agreement on a short-term funding measure, the federal government shut down on Tuesday, October 1. As a result, the Library of Congress is closed to the public, and its Web sites are not accessible.

For more information, please click on the following link:

With the government shut down, we have also lost access to some government Web sites that provide statistical data. These include the Census Bureau, The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), US Geological Survey (USGS) and more.

Please contact your librarian for assistance to find the data not accessible anymore on these government Web sites. Please note that Statistical Abstract of the United States provides access to some of this data.