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Category Archive: Research

NOTICE: Potential Broken Links Wednesday 8/6/14

The Cofrin Library will be updating our guide creation product on Wednesday August 6th.  This may result in broken links and error messages when trying to use the library website, especially the database lists and course guides.  If you are having trouble finding what you need please contact the library at 920-465-2540 or 1-888-729-4611.

If you are attempting to do research and cannot access the databases, please use Search@UW- the main search box on the library website.  Search@UW will locate articles, books, videos, government documents, and more.  If you cannot find what you are looking for in Search@UW, contact the library at 920-465-2540 or 1-888-729-4611.  Or try searching in one of the library’s multidisciplinary databases:


Academic Search Complete (select “choose databases” above the search box to access all of UWGB’s  EbscoHost databases)


Films on Demand

Lexis Nexis Academic


If you are trying to schedule library instruction, please contact Bekky Vrabel at 465-2666 or

If you need help with research or citations, please contact the Research Desk at 465-2303 or

For all other questions contact our main desk at 920-465-2540 or 1-888-729-4611. 

Thank you for your patience while we make improvements to the library resources!


Finding UWGB Theses

The Cofrin Library holds two copies of most theses granted by UW-Green Bay, one in our University Archives and another in our circulating collection. All theses held in the library have a record in Search@UW, the library’s finding tool for books, articles, films, and more.  A full listing of the UWGB theses held by the library can be found here:

University of Wisconsin Green Bay Dissertations

Most theses records contain a series note that reads University of Wisconsin Green Bay Dissertations.   When searching for theses on a specific topic, it is best to include this phrase along with the topic keywords in your search. To save a search, sign into Search@UW. Once you are signed in, you can save a query by clicking the Save Query link, which appears below the facets on the Brief Results page. You can access your saved and session queries by clicking either the e-Shelf or My Account link and then clicking the Queries tab.

If you would like further assistance finding theses granted by UW-Green Bay or saving and accessing queries in Search@UW please contact the Research Desk. If you are a UWGB graduate student looking for more information on starting, completing, or submitting your thesis, please see the Thesis/ Project Information page from the Graduate Studies Office.

New e-Resources

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.

What is Search@UW?

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!

New Interlibrary Loan Partnership

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

Coming Soon: New Website & Search Tool

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.

Most Popular Course & Research Guides

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:

Course Guides:

  1. Business Administration 490: Strategic Decision AnalysisLarry McGregor – 6,452 views
  2. English Composition 105: Expository Writing (Topic: Presidential Candidates)Dianne Gordon – 2,111 views
  3. English Composition 105: Expository Writing (Topic: Photos)Dianne Gordon – 1931 views
  4. History 480: Seminar in HistoryKevin Kain – 1,441 views
  5. History 104/Humanistic Studies 104: World Civilizations 2Clif Ganyard – 1,211 views
  6. English Composition 100: College Writing (Topic: Social Media)Karla Larson – 727 views
  7. English Composition 105: Expository Writing (Topic: Researched Argument)Dianne Gordon – 660 views
  8. Art 490: Contemporary ArtCarol Emmons – 598 views
  9. English Composition 100: College Writing (Topic: Ethnography)Jenny Ronsman – 588 views
  10. Human Development 353: Family DevelopmentJennifer Smith – 466 views

Research/Topic Guides:

  1. Cite Your Sources – 11,044 views
  2. Adult Degree Students: Library Services – 3,482 views
  3. Research Help – 2,726 views
  4. Frequently Asked Questions – 2,249 views
  5. 9/11 Research Guide – 1,987 views
  6. Plagiarism Guide – 1,886 views
  7. Equipment Guide – 1,651 views
  8. Election 2012 Research Guide – 1,556 views
  9. Government Publications – 1,203 views
  10. Library Instruction for Classes – 1,163 views

Instructors can request a guide for their course by contacting librarian Joe Hardenbrook at

New Research Guide: Gun Control

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!

Correlating Academic Achievement & Interlibrary Loan

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:

Mitchell Scott
Resource Sharing Librarian

Women’s History Month: Research Guide

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: Check it out!