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.

Access RefWorks on the go

refmobile lets you use RefWorks and manage your citations on a mobile device that is connected to the Internet. Just sign in with your regular RefWorks login name and password, and you will have access to most of the RefWorks functions: importing references using Smart Add, viewing references stored in folders, adding or removing references from folders, and adding new folders.

Here is the direct link to RefMobile:

To visit our mobile site, where RefMobile is listed, please go to

Or you can scan the QR code below:

Upcoming Library Workshop for Faculty: Search All – A Summon Workshop

Workshop: Search All – A Summon Workshop
Location: The ICEcube in Beeghly Library
Dates: Friday, October 11, 2013 & Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: Noon
Register: Space is limited so register early by contacting Bonnie Mahle at

The libraries will be offering a series of noon faculty workshops this fall, and the first of these will be focused on Summon, the search engine behind the new All search box on the library’s home page. The workshop is intended for faculty who would like to learn more about Summon and how and when to suggest it to students for their assignments.

Boxed lunches will be provided to those in attendance.


Summon is an interdisciplinary discovery service that offers access to books, ebooks, articles, multimedia, government publications and lots of other materials from a single search box. It searches CONSORT, the majority of our full-text databases, and several of OWU’s unique local collections.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The basics: What is Summon?
  • How Summon is different from databases
  • How Summon complements OWU’s suite of research tools like CONSORT, research databases, and RefWorks
  • Ways Summon can help you with your own research

Workshops will be held in the ICEcube on the first floor of Beeghly Library. The lCEcube is the new glass group study room designed to support small group active learning, collaborative work, seminars, and presentations.

The Libraries will also be leading workshops on Copyright and Fair Use and Digital Scholarship later this fall. Details are available on the library’s website, and announcements will be posted to the OWU Daily closer to the scheduled dates.

Introducing China: Culture and Society

China: Culture and Society is a rich, unique collection which benefits OWU faculty and students conducting research on Chinese history, culture, religion, art, literature, and everyday life.

This one-of-a-kind digital collection provides access to extremely rare pamphlets from the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia, which is housed in the Cornell University Library. Mostly in English and spanning the years 1750 to 1929, it covers such topics as foreign presence in China, foreign relations, missionaries and Christianity, rebellion and revolution, language and writing, and art and artifacts.

Addresses and speeches, annual reports, catalogs, essays, guides and manuals, lecture notes, letters, minutes of meetings, and magazine articles are available. Read more about the nature and scope of the collection.

For help searching the collection, please contact your subject librarians.

Did you know?  The Libraries offers a wide variety of in-person and online research help.  Explore the options!

Beeghly Library Open on Sunday, August 25th

New this year! To help students get a jump start on the semester, Beeghly Library will be open on Sunday, August 25th from 1pm – 2am. Library staff will be on hand all day to help with printing and resource access and IS will be available at the Student Help Desk from 1pm-5pm to help with printing and network connectivity for laptops and other mobile devices.

Beeghly’s 24 x 7 Café and Lounge will also reopen on the 25th so students may access computers and a printer after the library officially closes at 2am. Students will need to swipe their ID cards outside the café entrance to gain access.