New additions to our nearly 200 library databases include:
Films on Demand Master Academic: Over 6,000 streaming educational videos from a wide range of disciplines. Stream the videos online from anywhere and you can link to them or embed them into your D2L course.
Counseling & Therapy in Video: From Alexander Street Press, over 800 streaming videos related to counseling, social work, psychology, psychotherapy, and psychiatric counseling.
ArtSource: From EBSCO, this database covers fine arts, decorative arts, commercial arts, and architecture. It includes over 600 full-text journals, over 200 full-text books, and over 60,000 images.
Civil War Collection (Accessible Archives): Primary source materials from the U.S. Civil War time period, including selected midwestern and southern newspapers, soldiers’ journals, the memoirs of military leaders, and regimental histories of selected units.
Search@UW is a new search tool that is the focus of our new library website!
In one convenient search you have access to:
- UWGB books & media
- UW System libraries books & media
- Articles from most of the library’s databases, and much more.
Need more info? Check out our Search@UW Guide. Let us know if you have any questions!
Cofrin Library recently extended the quality and reach of its resource sharing capabilities by agreeing to join in a reciprocal partnership with Minitex. Minitex operates at the University of Minnesota and is a clearing house for a publically supported network of academic, public, state, government and special libraries in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Minitex is a leader in the field of resource sharing and in 2012 filled nearly 270,636 loan and article requests from libraries in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
This is a great addition to Cofrin Library’s resource sharing network and grants UW-Green Bay ILL free access to the collections of over 491 libraries, which includes all thirteen libraries within the University of Minnesota library network. Minitex is also a part of the South Central Library System Delivery Service, which delivers library materials throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Being a part of this network means that materials filled by Minitex should arrive within the 1-3 business days. If you have any questions or comments about this new partnership, please contact Mitchell Scott, Resource Sharing Librarian, at email@example.com.
Cofrin Library will be unveiling a new website and search tool this month!
Here’s a “sneak peek” at our new website:
A major component of the new website will be Search@UW: a new research tool that combines searching for articles, books, and more into one single search! It will also integrate the powerful resources available to you from the UW System into one common search interface. Watch for more announcements later this month.
Many courses make use of the library’s Guides (aka course guides, research guides, or LibGuides) which are created by the librarians to direct students to pertinent and valuable academic sources for their assignments and projects. In some respects, these guides serve as “one stop shopping” for students’ research needs. The guides are popular–over 74,000 views this academic year!
So which guides got the most views? Here’s a look at our most heavily used guides of the 2012-2013 academic year:
- Business Administration 490: Strategic Decision Analysis – Larry McGregor – 6,452 views
- English Composition 105: Expository Writing (Topic: Presidential Candidates) – Dianne Gordon – 2,111 views
- English Composition 105: Expository Writing (Topic: Photos) – Dianne Gordon – 1931 views
- History 480: Seminar in History – Kevin Kain - 1,441 views
- History 104/Humanistic Studies 104: World Civilizations 2 – Clif Ganyard – 1,211 views
- English Composition 100: College Writing (Topic: Social Media) – Karla Larson – 727 views
- English Composition 105: Expository Writing (Topic: Researched Argument) – Dianne Gordon – 660 views
- Art 490: Contemporary Art – Carol Emmons – 598 views
- English Composition 100: College Writing (Topic: Ethnography) – Jenny Ronsman – 588 views
- Human Development 353: Family Development – Jennifer Smith – 466 views
- Cite Your Sources – 11,044 views
- Adult Degree Students: Library Services – 3,482 views
- Research Help – 2,726 views
- Frequently Asked Questions – 2,249 views
- 9/11 Research Guide – 1,987 views
- Plagiarism Guide – 1,886 views
- Equipment Guide – 1,651 views
- Election 2012 Research Guide – 1,556 views
- Government Publications – 1,203 views
- Library Instruction for Classes – 1,163 views
Instructors can request a guide for their course by contacting librarian Joe Hardenbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a new research guide on the topic of gun control and gun violence. Created by students in Joe Hardenbrook’s Information Science 410: Advanced Information Problems class, students worked in teams to compile library databases, books, websites, media, and government information relating to guns. The end result? A non-biased and informational guide on a controversial topic. A panel of Cofrin Library staff selected the best research guide in the class and we have published it on our site. Check it out!
Can the value of a library’s services be measured? Most of us would confidently wager that the students who use the library and take advantage of its services are at a distinct academic advantage over the students who do not. Can the advantage that library users gain by using a specific service be quantified? The Cofrin Library recently asked this question and carried out a research project that investigated the institutional use of interlibrary loan at UWGB and what correlations might exist between interlibrary loan use and student academic achievement.
Overall, we found that 19% of the student population uses interlibrary loan and that interlibrary loan use increases as students progress through the university: 12% of freshman use ILL, 16% of sophomores, 22% of juniors, and 27% of seniors. ILL use also varies within academic disciplines: 39% of social science majors, 32% of humanities majors, 27% of natural science majors and 22% of arts and communication majors. ILL use also spikes for upper level students in certain academic disciplines: 41% of junior social science students, 46% of senior social science students, 38% of senior humanities students and 35% of senior natural science students.
As for what correlations exist between ILL use and academic achievment, we found that ILL users achieve .20 GPA points higher than the students that do not use Interlibrary Loan. ILL users averaged a GPA of 3.18 while non-users averaged a GPA of 2.98. Further division of ILL users revealed even greater gaps in academic achievement with freshman ILL users achieving .42 GPA points higher than non-users and sophomores achieving .29 GPA points higher. Significant gaps also existed when ILL users were divided into their academic disciplines. Overall, we found the largest gaps in GPA to exist for adult degree ILL users (.35 GPA points), humanities ILL users (.29), social science ILL users (.25), natural science ILL users (.23), and professional studies ILL users (.22).
Two exciting institutional developments could arise from this study. First, if we consider the information seeking and research behaviors displayed by ILL users to be the type of model behaviors taught and reinforced in library instructional sessions across campus, we hope to further partner with faculty to incorporate this important library service into more courses. Second, we hope this institutional analysis of interlibrary loan allows us to make informed collection development decisions that focus on the user groups that have proven to be heavy users of materials that lie outside of the Cofrin Library collection.
If you have any questions about this study or would like a more complete picture of the data and its analysis, please feel free to contact:
Resource Sharing Librarian
March is Women’s History Month. The library has put together a guide with resources for finding books, videos, articles, websites, and primary sources covering women’s and gender studies: http://libguides.uwgb.edu/women. Check it out!
Searching for information about companies and industries? Cofrin Library had a guide for that!
Our Company & Industry Information research guide pulls together the library’s databases such as Business Source Premier, LexisNexis, and Hoover’s Company Profiles, which provide a wealth of information, such as:
- Company Histories
- Key Executives and Pay
- Financial Info (e.g., Balance Sheets, SEC filings)
- SWOT Analyses
In addition, you can use the guide to search for articles from business journals, magazines, and newspapers. It also includes links to the library catalog to search for books, and provides free resources for looking up stock info, SIC/NAICS codes, and government information.
We’ve published two new research guides related to the environment:
Earth Day and the Environment – April 22 marks Earth Day around the world. This research guide features links to books, articles, government information, environmental data, videos, and news sources. You can even estimate your environmental footprint using a calculator.
Water Resources – This guide is a gateway to all things water: articles, books, government data, videos, etc. Information ranges from drinking water to waste water, rivers and streams, to oceans and seas.
Image source: Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, Wisconsin. Publc domain photo from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Digital Library.