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Identifying False & Misleading News

Fake, hoax,snopes-fake-news-sites satire, or just plain misleading, how can you tell if a news story is accurate?  The ability to critically evaluate the news and information you come into contact with everyday is an essential skill to learn to be an informed citizen.  With help from our friends at Indiana University East, the Cofrin Library has gathered tips and techniques for spotting misleading or outright fake news into our Evaluating News guide.


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Use ILLiad to Request Items Jan. 10 & 11

We are making some staff-side improvements to UW Resource Sharing on Tuesday and Wednesday (January 10 & 11) this week. During that time, “UW Request” will be unavailable, but you may use ILL/ILLiad to obtain materials from other libraries. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Please visit our Research Help page if you need assistance.

Winter Break Hours

The Library will be open the follow hours over Winter Break:


December 22-January 2

Thursday-Friday, Dec 22-23                                         10:00AM-3:00PM

Saturday-Monday, Dec 24-26                                       CLOSED

Tuesday-Friday, Dec 27-30                                           10:00AM-3:00PM

Saturday-Monday, Dec 31-Jan 2                                 CLOSED


January 3-January 22

Monday-Friday                                                                 9:00AM-4:00PM

Saturday & Sunday                                                         CLOSED

Monday, Jan 16 (Martin Luther King Day)                  CLOSED


Our electronic resources are available 24/7  Databases A-Z, Search@UW


Outreach Dogs- December 15th!

Just in time to relieve some of that finals week stress, The Packerland Kennel Club Outreach dogs are making a return visit on Thursday December 15th from 3:30-5:00 p.m.  Come on up to the 4th floor of the Cofrin Library, the dogs will be waiting for you!


Accessing Library Resources on Guest Wifi

We’ve received a number of reports of issues accessing library resources while on the Guest wireless. Please switch and sign in to eduroam when using campus wifi – afterwards, you should be able to access library resources. If you need help signing on to the eduroam wifi, contact CIT. If you are still having problems accessing resources, contact the research help desk.

Trial Databases- December

The Cofrin Library has many trial databases during the month of December, please note the closing date of each trial.  Send feedback on these databases to

SPORTDiscus, a database covering sports medicine and physical education. Covers sports and sports medicine full text journals. Subjects include clinical specialties such as orthopedics, coaching & education, consumer health, exercise science & fitness, health education, nutrition, and more. **Trial runs through 12/16/16.** Feedback can be reported to

Statista offers data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources. Categorized into 21 market sectors, it provides users with direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a variety of other areas of interest. **Trial ends Dec. 9th, please provide feedback to **

RefUSA, a resource that offers searchable database modules containing detailed information on more than 20 million businesses, 222 million consumers, new U.S. businesses, and new U.S. homeowners and movers. **Trial runs through 12/31/16. Please provide feedback to **

IBISWorld, a database that provides a comprehensive collection of industry market research and industry risk rankings. IBISWorld offers insight into 700+ industries and is a valuable tool for all business students. Also includes industry reports, risk summaries, risk scores, and environment profiles. **Trial runs through 12/31/16. Please provide feedback to **




ebooks from Taylor & Francis and Project Muse

searchatuwThe UW System has acquired two ebook packages through Taylor & Francis and Project Muse. You can now access over 37,000 titles from these packages through Search@UW. These resources are great for those in the Humanities and Social Sciences departments and include new and historic material. Final ebook purchase decisions will be made in the Spring based on title usage, so check out these ebooks while you can!

New and Trial Databases

The library has upgraded our Art Full Text database to Art and Architecture Source, a broad topic database covering art, architecture, fine arts, decorative and commercial art, design, and more. A description from the publisher:

Providing over 600 full-text journals, more than 220 full-text books, and a collection of over 63,0000 images, Art and Architecture Source is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

During the month of November, the library is running a trial of Business Source Ultimate, an upgrade to our current product Business Source Complete.  A description form the publisher:

International in scope BSU contains full-text journals, case studies, country economic reports and company profiles, as well as interviews with executives and analysts.  Also contains a collection of more than 60,000 videos from the Associated Press.

Please send feedback on this resource to

WINNERS! Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The results are in!

Congratulations to our winners of this year’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Here are your winning pumpkins:

Scariest: Paula’s Evil pumpkin
Cutest: Joan’s Cinderella pumpkin
Best in Show: Melissa’s Spooky house

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Also, you can check out all the pumpkin entries here:


Calling all pumpkin carvers, painters and decorators: the Cofrin Library is hosting a pumpkin decorating contest on Monday, October 31! Individuals and groups are invited to submit an entry for the contest. It is open to the entire campus and community. Entries can be carved, painted or decorated. You can also stop in and vote for your favorite pumpkins. Voting categories will include:

  • Best in Show
  • Scariest
  • Cutest

To enter, drop your pumpkin off at the Library’s 3rd floor desk from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, October 31. Voting will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact librarian Renee Ettinger at x2543 or with any questions.Cofrin Library as a Pumpkin

Election Guide




Our election guide is now updated for the Nov. elections, check it out here: