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.

CONSORT Maintenance Scheduled for Wednesday, August 7

CONSORT will be unavailable for approximately 4-6 hours beginning at 11am on Wednesday, August 7th due to required maintenance. During this time, you can search the collection through the OhioLINK catalog by limiting the Location to “CONSORT Colleges”. However, you will not be able to request items from other CONSORT or OhioLINK schools during this time.

Also, access to research databases from off-campus will be unavailable during this time. Our most popular databases will be available from on campus only, and many more are available through OhioLINK.

If you have any questions or concerns during this time, please contact the reference desk at

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