Welcome back students! As the semester begins and assignments kick into gear, we at the OWU Libraries want to let you know that we’re here to help. Below are some quick facts about the research help we can provide as well as where and how to find us.
Who Are the Librarians?
Each department on campus is assigned a librarian to help with course-related assignments. Not sure who your “liaison librarian” is? Click HERE to find out.
How Do I Contact a Librarian?
Librarians can be contacted in a variety of ways. We set up individual appointments upon request; you can email us, call us, chat with us, Facebook with us, or even drop by one of our reference desks! Visit the homepage to find our chat box and the ASK US link to find our other contact information.
What is this Reference Desk You Speak Of?
Our main reference desk is located in Beeghly Library on the main floor in front of the Information Commons. Our librarians take turns staffing the desk to assist anyone who stops by and asks a question during designated times. We also employ a few reference students that can get you started but may refer you to a librarian depending on the complexity of the question. The music and science libraries also have specific desks/areas where you can ask questions.
What Kind of Help Do Librarians Provide?
Reference librarians are prepared to help you find resources for your papers and projects (books, journal articles, web sites, primary sources, etc.) using many of the Libraries’ search tools (CONSORT, OhioLINK, Summon, databases, etc.) We not only help you find where to search but how to search. We assist with topic and resource evaluation, and can also help with citation/bibliography creation.
Welcome back! Library hours for the Spring 2013 semester are:
- Mon-Thurs: 8am-2am
- Fri: 8am-5pm
- Sat: 10am-5pm
- Sun: 1pm-2am
Media Center (Beeghly):
- Mon-Thurs: 8am-9pm
- Fri: 8am-5pm
- Sat: Closed
- Sun: 5pm-9pm
Kinnison Music Library:
- Mon-Thurs: 9am-Noon; 1pm-5pm; 6pm-10pm
- Fri: 10am-Noon; 1pm-4pm
- Sat: 1-5pm
- Sun: 6pm-10pm
Hobson Science Library:
- Mon-Thurs: 9am-8pm
- Fri: 9am-5pm
- Sat: Closed
- Sun: 5pm-10pm
Internet Cafe Hours of Food Service (Beeghly)
- Mon-Thurs: 5pm-Midnight
- Fri: Closed
- Sat: Closed
- Sun: 5pm-Midnight
- Mon-Fri: 8:30am-Noon; 1pm-5pm
As you continue preparing for Spring Semester, remember all the ways your librarians can help you and your students.
- Course-integrated library instruction sessions.
- Personal research assistance.
- LibGuides specific to your courses.
- Introduction to resources like Hathi Trust and Internet Archive.
- Creation of digital scholarship.
- Exploration of open access publication options.
Contact your liaison librarian for more information.
When you’re gearing up to begin research for a new assignment or project this semester, try Summon, a new search tool on the library’s home page at http://library.owu.edu. You can access the Summon search box by clicking on the Summon tab.
Summon is a new website that lets you search for books, articles, ebooks, media, maps, government documents, musical scores, and lots more from a single keyword search box and access many items immediately when they are available online. Summon includes the entire CONSORT Library Catalog, many of the library’s digital collections, and the majority of articles and ebooks from research databases the library offers.
Limit your results to items available instantly online, items from scholarly publications, or to just books if you like. You can also save items you find interesting and email them, print them, or export them to a reference or citation manager like RefWorks.
The library is continuously evaluating Summon and welcomes your feedback, both good and bad, about your experiences using it. The site is designed to be easy to use, but there is plenty of additional help available in our Summon guide or by contacting the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finals Week Hours as well as Holiday Break Hours for the OWU Libraries can be viewed at http://library.owu.edu/hoursfallfinals2012.pdf. Please note that the Internet Café/Bashford Lounge will NOT be open during the holiday break. 24×7 access will resume January 14th with the start of classes.
Join OWU Libraries to help those in need! Please bring donations for the Humane Society of Delaware County and People in Need to Beeghly Library through December 21. The donation boxes are under the tree on the first floor.
Take a look at the Humane Society’s wish list at http://www.hsdcohio.org/wishlists.htm and People in Need’s list of suggested donations at http://delawarepeopleinneed.org/howcanihelppin.html for ideas on how you can help. Your generosity will be appreciated more than you know!
The new hydration station is here! Located on Beeghly Library’s second floor near the public computers and emergency phone, the hydration station is both water fountain and water bottle filler. Stop by and check it out.
Getting ready to study abroad or participate in an international Theory to Practice Grant? Check out Mango Languages, one of our many research databases.
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. It also offers English language lessons if English is not your first language. The system is divided into modules that have clear goals related to conversation and pronunciation. It uses a variety of teaching methods including flashcards, repetition, and cultural notes. It also contains a translation feature.
Check out a 10-minute demo to get started.
Did you know there was a separate Ohio Wesleyan Female College (OWFC) from 1853-1877? Come to the second floor of Beeghly Library to see the display created by Special Collections staff. The Female College was located at the west end of Winter Street near the current Sanborn Hall. The school was first housed in the “Little Mansion” (no longer exists). As the result of a gift from student Mary Monnett, a new building opened in 1859. Monnett Hall housed the College until the formal union of the all-male Ohio Wesleyan University and the Ohio Wesleyan Female College in 1877. Following union, Monnett Hall served as a dormitory for women. The building was declared unsafe in 1968 and demolished in 1978.
The Ohio Wesleyan Female College had both a Preparatory School and a collegiate program. The Classical collegiate course took four years, while the Scientific collegiate course took three years.
OWFC timelines and articles about the history of higher education for women in the 19th century are available near the display. More images and digital artifacts related to Monnett Hall can be found in the DRC
Looking for an extra outlet to plug in your laptop, iPad or cell phone while studying? Try the newly installed strip of electrical outlets found around the perimeter of Beeghly Library’s second floor balcony.