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ebrary Trial Through April 1st

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The Cofrin Library has a trial of the ebrary e-book platform through April 1st.  The ebrary database contains full text digitizations of of 1000’s of scholarly e-books.  You can browse e-books by topic or search for specific subjects, authors, or titles. ebrary can be accessed through our Databases A-Z list.

Downloading ebrary titles requires Adobe Digital Editions, directions for downloading Adobe Digital Editions can be found below.

Feedback or questions can be directed to:

Joan Robb
Coordinator of Collection Management
Phone: (920) 465-2384


Adobe Digital Editions is a free software that allows you to read ePub files on your computer.

Download this free software for offline reading on your computer or device.

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions,
  2. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Create a free Adobe ID account
    • Use your email address and create a password to login to Adobe Digital Editions
  4. You can close the Adobe Digital Editions ‘library.’ You only need this software to be loaded on your computer to download eBooks

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!


Search@UW New Servers

The UW Libraries have been really good this year, so Santa is bringing us new servers for Search@UW!  

We will be migrating to the new servers over the weekend and through Christmas.  The My Account and E-Shelf functionality will be in read-only mode (any changes you make will not be saved) starting on Friday, December 20th around midnight, through whenever the work finishes, possibly as late as December 26th

Search@UW will be completely down on Sunday, December 22nd around midnight through 8 a.m. 

You will still be able to renew items through the Cofrin Library Catalog link below the search box on our home page, or at the service desks in the library, since the circulation system is not impacted by this maintenance.  Please contact us if you need help or have questions!

System Issues with Search@UW

Our new Search@UW tool is experiencing some system issues. We have several teams of people with various areas of expertise working to get the problems resolved as soon as possible. Most of the issues have to do with finding recently added books, DVDs, and course reserves. Articles and e-books are working properly.

If you do not find what you’re looking for in Search@UW, you may want to use the Cofrin Library Catalog (now featured more prominently in the green search box on our website), while we get these issues resolved.

Power Up @ Cofrin Library!

You asked for it and you got it! We added power strips to many of the tables on floors 3-6. The power strips have both electrical outlets and USB ports. So charge your phone, laptop, and other devices while you study or hang out!

Login Problems with Search@UW

We’ve had reports of some library patrons getting a message in Search@UW that says “User ID not valid.  Please refer to Library staff for assistance.” We’ve noticed it usually happens when trying to request something from another library.  If this is happening to you, we want to know about it!  Please e-mail, and we will try to figure out what’s going on.  In the meantime – if you click on the Community Users link instead of the UWGB Students and Staff one, that login will accept the 16-digit barcode on your student ID and your last name, and you will be able to complete your request.

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!

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.

New iPad Apps

Last month, we told you about the new iPads available for check out from Cofrin Library. Now we have updated the iPads with even more apps. The library iPads are available for check out from the 3rd floor Circulation Desk on a first come, first serve basis for a 7-day loan period. The following is a list of installed apps and features.


CourseSmart – Textbooks
Free Books – Over 23,000 free public domain books

ABC Player – Watch ABC shows like Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, etc.
Fandango Movies – Browse movie listings, find theatres, buy tickets
HuluPlus – Watch programs on Hulu. User needs a Hulu subscription.
NBC – Watch NBC shows like The Office, 30 Rock, etc.
Netflix – Watch streaming movies & TV shows. User needs a Netflix subscription.
PBS – Watch popular & current PBS programs
YouTube – Watch streaming videos

Angry Birds HD Free
Bejeweled Blitz
Chess Free HD
Words with Friends HD Free

Amazon Mobile – Search, shop and compare prices, read reviews from Amazon – Dictionary & thesaurus
Epicurious – 28,000 recipes, reviews, and food tips
Google Search – Google search app
IMDB – Look-up movie/TV info, actors, etc.
Kayak – Travel app
Maps – Google Maps app
Periodic Table – Standard periodic table
Safari – web browser
Urbanspoon – Reviews of local restaurants
Weather Channel – Latest temps & weather forecasts
WebMD – Medical information
Wikipanion – Wikipedia app
Yelp – User-generated reviews of local establishments

Pandora – Streaming music. User needs to sign in or create free account.
Shazam – Hear a song you don’t know? Shazam identifies it instantly.

BBC News – News, video & headlines from the BBC
CNBC – Business news & stock info
CNN – News, video & headlines from CNN
ESPN Score Center XL – Sports news & scores
Huffington Post – Aggregated new items
NPR – National Public Radio news app
New York Times – Access to “Top News” section. User needs subscription for other content.
USA Today – News & headlines from the USA Today newspaper

Adobe Photoshop Express – A mobile photo editing tool
Camera – take photos or video
Photo Booth – photography filters
Photos – Photo storage

Social Media
Facebook – Mobile app for Facebook
Foursquare – Geo-tagging app
Twitter – Mobile Twitter app

Calculator Pro – Basic & scientific calculator
Calendar – Set-up and synch calendar
Dragon Dictation – Speak into the mic and have your words transcribed into text.
EasyBib – Create APA, MLA, Chicago citations
Evernote – Note-taking device, create voice reminder, etc.
Facetime – Video chat with other iPad & iPhone users
Keynote – Presentations app
Mail – Set-up and synch your email
Notes – Create notes and to-do lists
Numbers – Spreadsheet app
Pages – Word processing app
Reminders – Create task lists
Skype – Video chat app
Videos – Video storage

EBSCO Down, Try These Alternatives

UPDATE: as of 10pm on March 27, 2012, the EBSCO databases are working again.

The library’s EBSCO databases (e.g., Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, CINAHL, America: History & Life, and many others) are down due to server issues at EBSCO. This is affecting libraries nationwide. In the meantime, try these alternatives:

JSTOR – scholarly articles covering many different topic areas
LexiNexis – newspaper articles
ABI/INFORM – business information
PubMed – medical information

If you have questions, call the Library at 920-465-2540, or chat with us online.