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Cofrin Library News

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.

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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:




Breakthrough Studio

The new Breakthrough Studio is almost complete! Here are some pictures of the new furniture. This new space is a great place for groups of students to work together in a variety of furniture options. Additional art, technology and a glass wall system will complete the room in the next month. In the meantime, please come visit the 3rd floor of the library and start using this fun new space!


Book Sale is extended through the weekend! Plaza/ 2nd floor library entrance.

The library is having a book sale!!!

Stop by the 1st floor alcove (ear the Garden Cafe) to buy your next read! You can find a thriller for Halloween, a new romance for Fall, or a book on lesson planning to get you through student teaching (and a whole lot more)!

TWO DAYS ONLY!! Tuesday, October 18th and Wednesday, October 19th from 8:30am-3:00pm.

MLA 8th edition and NoodleTools

The Modern Language Association has issued a new edition for the MLA Handbook, the 8th edition updates entries in the works-cited list to focus less on format and more on common facts about the source.  Find out more on the What’s New in the Eighth Edition page from MLA.

Use NoodleTools to work with the new edition or consult the MLA tab on the library’s Cite Your Sources guide.

Introducing the Library Liaison Program

Liaisons are your first stop in connecting you to library services and collections. The Liaison Program is a partnership between faculty and librarians with the aim to improve learning and teaching, especially in the area of information literacy. In this partnership, the librarian’s expertise in library resources and information literacy concepts complements the subject and teaching knowledge of the faculty.

What Can a Liaison Librarian Do for Faculty:

  • Work with you to tailor a library instruction session to meet the information literacy needs of your class.
  • Collaborate with you to build online research guides for specific courses.
  • Support your distance education courses by customizing library services for an online environment.
  • Consult with you on your research needs and assist in finding difficult-to-track-down information.
  • Work with you and your colleagues to learn about how your departmental goals, curriculum, and course assignments relate to the library.
  • Offer training and demonstrations of new library resources and services of interest to your department.

What Can a Liaison Librarian Do for Students:

  • Consult with you on your research needs and assist in finding difficult-to-track-down information.
  • Offer training and demonstrations of new library resources and services of interest to you or any academic/ study groups to which you belong.
  • Remember you can contact the Research Help Desk anytime to receive research help: 

Who is my Liaison Librarian:

Anna Merry x2785

Cofrin School of Business, Economics, Public Administration, Political Science, Public and Environmental Affairs, Global Studies, Democracy and Justice Studies, Urban and Regional Studies, Sociology, Geography, Communication, Information Science, Computer Science


Bekky Vrabel x2666

Humanistic Studies, English, English Composition, First Nations Studies, Languages, Philosophy, Women’s and Gender Studies, History


Jodi Pierre X2893

Nursing, Education, Health Management, Social Work, Psychology, Human Development, Environmental Science, Engineering Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Geoscience


Renee Ettinger X2543

Art and Design, Music, Theatre and Dance, Arts Management


Contact Renee Ettinger if your department is not represented or represented incorrectly. 


Bash 2016: The International Games

bash16The library staff is busy preparing for our annual Bash in the Stacks event! Mark your calendars to attend the Cofrin Library’s Bash 2016: International Games on Thursday, September 15th from 7pm-10pm. There will be food, games, prizes, music, and crafts to bring in the Fall semester! This event is sponsored by Student Life, FOCUS, the Office of the Chancellor and the Cofrin Library.

Summer Hours

Be sure to check out our new summer hours for the library which have changed from previous years due to budget cuts. After careful analysis of traffic and building usage, it was decided that the hours reduction would be taken mainly during the break and summer periods, which are the lowest usage times.  As always, nearly 90% of the library’s resources are available to you 24×7 online through our website.

Building Hours

Research Help Availability

Archives Hours