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——- Make Finding —– Databases by Subject ———— EASY !!! —————-


–  –  –      SO  MANY  DATABASES …      –  –  –

–  –  –        WHICH  ONE  AM  I  SUPPOSED  TO  USE?       –  –  –


 

“Libraries are simple.    I can figure this out all by myself.

Wait  —  How do I get to the library website?   And where are the databases I’m supposed to use?

 I thought there was only one university research database.   Just how many databases ARE there?  Which one am I supposed to use?

I don’t know what to do, or where to look or who to ask.   If I ask for help, will they think I’m stupid?   I don’t want anyone to think I’m stupid.

 

I’ll just use Google . . .

 


 

This is a common reaction by new students  beginning their first research paper at university.

If it’s been a while since they visited their local public library, they may not be aware of the vast changes in how libraries collect, store, index, and provide access to information.   Or they may not be aware of the very real and immediate need to ask a librarian for assistance when faced with so many options.

It is often assumed that all libraries are identical.  They aren’t familiar with the specialized services an academic library provides to students and faculty researchers.

Plus they are often overwhelmed by the technology involved in using library resources — such as databases — resources which index and provide access to such varied sources of information as books, ebooks, scholarly journal articles, or even statistical data.

Few expect to find over 1,000 subscription service databases available to them.

 

“Find Database” Search Option from Library Website — — Note: Over 1,000 databases currently available from Thompson Library 2018. CLICK TO ENLARGE THIS IMAGE

 

Selecting the specific database they need to begin a research project is the first major hurdle students face.   Frustration often drives them to return to their old friend, Google, when they don’t know how to find or use Library resources.   Google is not a reliable source of scholarly, or even accurate, information.  This helps no one.

The data libraries provide as part of their standard service today  cannot be matched by search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.    Search engines can only access materials that are available  for free through open access on the internet.   Any service, such as newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals or data services that require a subscription to get access are not available to any search engine.  They are blocked from these resources, the very materials to of greatest value to researchers.

These are the very services that libraries DO provide.

As an example of the extent of this problem, Google can only provide access to approximately 17% to 25% of the resources an academic library makes available to its researchers.  Worse — Google can only provide that much because a small portion of what libraries offer IS open source materials.

Think Google Scholar is able to get around that?  Nope.  Google Scholar simply re-directs it’s student users back to their own library, but without the ability to use multiple index search words, or limiters that allow users to select  for things such as full text articles, peer-reviewed articles, or articles published in English language (all actual limiters available in most library databases).  

Check the settings options in Google Scholar, and select for Libraries to see where it is redirecting.

Look for “settings” in Google Scholar — see far left of screen. Click to Enlarge This Image.

 

From “settings,” look for and click “Library Links” on the far left side of screen to see what resources Google is accessing to find the requested information. Click to Enlarge this Image.

 

Google Scholar “Library Links” indicate that UM-flint researchers are being re-directed back to their own library resources, but without the ability to refine their search or specify options such as peer-reviewed, language, or full text. Click to Enlarge this Image.

 

Code of Federal Regulations from the USA Government Printing Office website, GPO ACCESS. Click Image to Enlarge.

Libraries organize a wide variety of online resources, including such things as useful statistical or data  which governments and organization sites (that don’t require subscriptions) provide and are freely available for online access and use by anyone.

 

But Google can’t get at the scholarly journal or other databases the library pays for through its annual subscription The databases and other resources provided by the Library are far better choices to find and use research materials.

But — with over 1,000 current subscription databases available through Thompson Library, how does a researcher find which databases to use for any given research project or question?

 

That very dilemma is the reason Thompson Library uses —

LibGuides!

 

The LibGuides help our librarians create a selection of Guides for specific areas of study (as well as for specific courses, or topics of interest, when needed).

For each teaching department on our UM-Flint campus, our librarians have created a general Guide that organizes all databases of use to a researcher within that discipline.

Each Guide offers tabs to different pages that further organize the resources needed by researchers.

And in many cases, several specialized Guides are created within a discipline that focus on those resources useful to a specialized branch of study.

Let’s look at some examples of Guides and how to find them.

 

FINDING  the  Guides:

 

To find a LibGuide for any of the major subject areas at UM-Flint,  a researcher must navigate first to the Thompson Library website.

 

Find Thompson Library Website:

From UM-Flint page, use top toolbar for ACADEMICS; the drop-down options include LIBRARY.   Use the “click here” option to navigate to the Thompson Library website.

Scroll down the library website; find the box in the center of the page labeled, “NEED HELP GETTING STARTED?

 

Within that box, click on the option for:

LIBRARY RESOURCES BY SUBJECT 

 

This page presents an alphabetical list of the major discipline LibGuides.   Scroll down the list to find the one you need.  Click to open.

Subject List of Library Guides Click to Enlarge Image

 

Each Guide starts with an OVERVIEW page.  This page lists the librarian who created the Guide and how to contact them on the far right of the screen.   The center of the Guide will offer links a short list of the most frequently used databases.

Along the lower left may be a list of related Guides that could prove useful to your search.

Each Guide has a tab-list of pages within the Guide along the far left side.

Each page provides links to library resources (databases, books, etc) as indicated on the tab.

 

Let’s look at a Guide.

From the alphabetic list of subject Guides, let’s select NURSING.

Click on the Guide for Nursing, found in the alphabetic list.

 

Library Guide for NURSING organizes library databases and other resources of use to researchers in the field of medicine and nursing. This image shows the OVERVIEW page for the NURSING Guide. CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE

The landing / OVERVIEW page tells you this Guide was created by librarian Laura Friesen and provides her office address, office phone number, and email.   It gives a few “quick links” back to useful Library information, such as the hours the Library is open.   It also provides a link to the CHAT feature.

 

 

 

CHAT Button on Thompson Library site. Use the CHAT button to speak real-time with a librarian for help with a current research question. CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE

CHAT is a real-time way to ask a librarian for help.  Click CHAT to type your question and have an online discussion with a librarian.  This is a great way to get a quick answer to a simple question.

 

Library Guide for NURSING, list of Frequently Used Databases (on Overview Page). CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Under the center FREQUENTLY USED DATABASES is a short list of those databases used most often by students and instructors in the Nursing Program at UM-Flint.

Each database includes the name of that database as a clickable link, and below the name, a brief description of what kind of information is found within that particular database.

 

University of Michigan-Flint Library Guide for NURSING, Page tabs found on left side of screen, provide access to CHAT, Frequently Used Databases, the A-Z List of Databases for medicine and Nursing Program researchers, Books, eBooks, Articles, Help Videos, APA Citation assistance, and Evidence-Based Research. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

DO NOT assume that the short list of databases found on the Overview page is all the library offers for researchers in this subject.  Nope.  Check the tabs on the left and look for an A-Z List of Databases; click to open.

 

 

UM-Flint library Guide to NURSING. Page: A-Z Databases for Nursing and Medicine research. Note description of contents under each database link. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

The A-Z list in the Nursing Guide     is not a list of all Library databases.  It IS a list of all databases useful to those researching topics in the field of Nursing and Medicine — a great way to narrow down the over 1000 databases the Library offers to just those useful in THIS, the current research project.

 

It is wise to remember that they are NOT listed by usefulness or relevance, but simply alphabetically.

Choosing the first database in a list may not be a good way to select a database.  Check the description found below every database link to understand the contents of that particular database.  With that information, it is easier to determine which database is more likely to provide the information sought by the researcher.

Do not, for example, use a database that lists and describes current drugs (such as the Merck Index Online) when searching for an index to journal articles.    For journal articles, a better database choice may be Nursing & Allied Health or CINAHL.

Some Guides will offer additional tabs to group a large list of databases by narrower topics.   Look for those to help you narrow down which database to use.

 

University of Michigan-Flint Library Guide for NURSING, Page tabs found on left side of screen, provide access to CHAT, Frequently Used Databases, the A-Z List of Databases for medicine and Nursing Program researchers, Books, eBooks, Articles, Help Videos, APA Citation assistance, and Evidence-Based Research. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

So you select a NURSING database, say the one named CINAHL,but find it a bit confusing to use.   To make it easier to figure out, the Library included a tab in this Guide with short videos that explain how to use some of the databases found in this Guide.

 

Click the tab for HELP VIDEOS and select the one for                 How to Use CINAHL.

 

This video walks a new user through how to find, open, and use the CINAHL database both effectively and efficiently.

 

University of Michigan-Flint Library Guide for NURSING, Page tabs found on left side of screen, provide access to CHAT, Frequently Used Databases, the A-Z List of Databases for medicine and Nursing Program researchers, Books, eBooks, Articles, Help Videos, APA Citation assistance, and Evidence-Based Research. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

When the current research project is finished and the research paper written, there’s even help from the Library Guides for doing a References page.

 

Find the tab for APA STYLE, again, from the Page list on the far left side of each library Guide,  for assistance.

 

 

 

 

Each  subject Guide will vary a little based on the type of information is needed for that particular subject and the resources available through the library in that discipline.  But the basic organization of each Guide is similar.  Learn one and have no problem using the others.

 

Flint Water Crisis – Guide to Online Resources from UM-Flint Thompson Library CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

But that’s not all.   There are additional Guides to help for other research projects as well.   Want to learn about The Flint Water Crisis?   We have a Guide for that!   It organizes a wide variety off resources available to a researcher, including print and online sources of background information about the Flint and what happened.

 

Guides search box; find the Guide you need by specific subject or course. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

But that Guide is NOT in the list by subject we just looked at.  The “extra” Guides can be found using the FULL List of Guides.

The link to the   FULL   LIST of Library Guides can be found on the far left of the Thompson Library website, directly under the “Frequently Asked Questions.”

 

List of ALL Library resource Guides by title. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

The List defaults to a “major categories” list, but by clicking either of the other options at the top, a user can change to ALL GUIDES to see the complete list, or OWNER, to see all those Guides created by any one of our librarians.

 

Or, if the exact title of a Guide is known (such as The Flint Water Crisis), that can by entered into the search box to zero in on a single Guide quickly.

– There are plenty of options to find and use any of the Guides.

– Using the Guides is easy as they are all organized similarly.

– The Guides are extremely useful because they organize links to databases and online documents needed to research a specific subject.

– The Guides make finding and using a database — and other resources — much easier.

– In short, the best way to begin any research project at the Thompson Library of University of Michigan-Flint is to start with the Guides.

Choose a Guide based on the type of subject to be researched.  Browse through the contents of a Guide to select a database (resource) to use.

Get to the best resource for each search faster and with less effort.  Get the research started and completed quickly.

Subject Guides   —   Helping UM-Flint researchers find and use the best library database (or other resource) to meet their needs quickly.

 

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Need more help?  

 

Don’t forget the BEST resource in any library are it’s librarians!

If you are a UM-Flint student, staff, or faculty, this is where you find help with your research needs.

Contact a UM-Flint Thompson Library LIBRARIAN for help.

Reference Desk:   810 / 762-3408

Email:   library-reference@umflint.edu

Live Chat:   CHAT

HOW   TO  CONTACT   OUR   LIBRARIANS.

 



 

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #5

 

Our project to digitize the legacy collection of UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations has come to its end.

Since our last update, 292 theses were deposited in Deep Blue in  May. They were a mixture of legacy theses (dating from 1980 – 1995) and recent graduates’ work. We are currently in the final stages of record clean-up and author contacting.

Going forward we will continue to deposit newly authored works by our growing number of graduate students.  We will also continue to track the number of Deep Blue downloads.

Deep Blue by the Numbers

Only the download data through April 2018 were available, the following numbers are based on that data.

  • 452 theses have been added to Deep Blue from July 2015 to April 2018. (The May 2018 deposit brings the total number of digitized theses to 744).
  • 292 of the 452 theses (65%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 46,081 downloads have occurred since July 2015.
  • 208 of the 452 theses (46%) are designated as open access.
  • 206 of the 208 openly accessible theses (99%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 244 of the 452 theses (54%) are only accessible on UM campuses.
  • 86 of the 244 on campus theses (21%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 45,888 of the 46,081 total downloads (99.6%) were for the openly accessible theses.
  • 193 of the 46,081 total downloads (0.4%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.

2018 Downloads

The number of individual theses downloaded from January to April 2018.

 

The total number of downloads from January to April 2018.

 

Top 10 Downloaded Theses

Title Author Year Program Downloads
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 Public Administration 13,866
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 Liberal Studies 4079
The Development of a Post Anesthesia Care Unit Patient Quantitative Assessment/Predictive Tool to Manage Post-Operative Health Alterations Robin E. Cook 2017 Anesthesia 2524
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 Liberal Studies 2114
Fast Food Frenzy: An Examination of the Industry’s Success and Its Toll on America Michelle Ramirez Buado 2009 Liberal Studies 1757
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 Liberal Studies 1440
Acceptability and Appeal of a Web-based Smoking Prevention Intervention for Adolescents Amy E. Parlove 2003 Health Education 1298
Classification: Absolutism vs Relativism Darren Weist 2016 Computer Science 1240
Barriers Faced by Nurse Anesthetist Entrepreneurs Wishing to Implement an Office Based Anesthesia Practice David Mwaura 2017 Anesthesia 932
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 Liberal Studies 855

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.

Related Posts

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #4 – 25 January 2018

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #3 – 17 July 2017

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #2 – 22 March 2017

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #1 – 2 June 2016

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #4

 

Our project to digitize UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations, in order to preserve and make them more accessible, is nearing its end.

Since our last update, we have digitized the last 270 legacy theses (mostly dating from 1980 – mid 1900s). We are currently reviewing the scans and collecting their metadata before adding them to Deep Blue. We also continue to add new graduates’ theses and dissertations, including the dissertation of Shewta Gore, the first PhD ever awarded at UM-Flint: Subjective Assessments of Physical Activity in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

We have continued to track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository. The following information is a break down of some of the statistics.

Deep Blue by the Numbers

  • 452 theses have been added to Deep Blue from July 2015 to December 2017.
  • 285 of the 452 theses (63%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 26,494 downloads have occurred since July 2015.
  • 204 of the 452 theses (45%) are designated as open access.
  • 203 of the 204 openly accessible theses (99%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 248 of the 452 theses (55%) are only accessible on UM campuses.
  • 82 of the 248 on campus theses (26%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 26,322 of the 26,494 total downloads (99%) were for the openly accessible theses.
  • 172 of the 26,494 total downloads (1%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.

Deep Blue in 2017

A chart of the number of individual theses downloaded monthly in 2017. Click to enlarge.
A chart of the total number monthly of downloads in 2017. Click to enlarge

 

Comparing 2016 to 2017

2016 2017
Theses Digitized 388 452
On Campus Only Theses 265 248
Open Access Theses 123 204
Downloads 3,227 23,267
On Campus Downloads 91 88
Open Access Downloads 3,136 23,179
A chart comparing the total number of downloads in 2016 and 2017. Click to enlarge.

 

Top 10 Downloaded Theses (as of December 2017)

Title Author Year Program Downloads
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 Public Administration 8496
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 Liberal Studies 2380
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 Liberal Studies 1010
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 Liberal Studies 866
Fast Food Frenzy: An Examination of the Industry’s Success and Its Toll on America Michelle Ramirez Buado 2009 Liberal Studies 849
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 Liberal Studies 707
Acceptability and Appeal of a Web-based Smoking Prevention Intervention for Adolescents Amy E. Parlove 2003 Health Education 651
Classification: Absolutism vs Relativism Darren Weist 2016 Computer Science 548
An American Indian Revolution:  The American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, 1973  Nicholas A. Timmerman 2012 Liberal Studies 451
Barriers Faced by Nurse Anesthetist Entrepreneurs Wishing to Implement an Office Based Anesthesia Practice David Mwaura 2017 Anesthesia 411

Going Forward

In the coming months we are adding the last batch of legacy theses  to Deep Blue.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.

Related Posts

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #3 – 17 July 2017

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #2 – 22 March 2017

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #1 – 2 June 2016

Graduate Theses Digitization Update #3

 

Beginning in 2015, the Frances Willson Thompson Library has taken steps to preserve and make more accessible UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations.

Since our last update we have continued to work on the project by adding theses to Deep Blue as students graduate and by reaching out to the remaining authors. We have now contacted all the authors for whom we were able to find contact information. In the end, we sent out over 700 letters asking for authors’ permission to allow the full text of their work to be made available to a larger audience than the three UM campuses.

We have also continued to track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository.

Deep Blue by the Numbers

  • 411 theses have been added to Deep Blue between July 2015 and June 2017; the bulk of the theses (375) were added in May 2016.
  • 239 theses (58% of the 411) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 10,901 downloads have occurred since July 2015 when the first few theses were added.
  • 184 of the 411 theses (45%) are designated as open access, meaning they are freely available to anyone on the internet through Deep Blue and search engines, like Google Scholar.
  • 179 of the 184 openly accessible theses (97%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 60 of the 227 theses (26%) that are only accessible on UM campuses have been downloaded at least once; only 4 of these theses have been downloaded more than five times.
  • 10,772 of the 10,901 total downloads (99%) were for the openly accessible theses.
  • 129 of the 10,901 total downloads (1%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.

Charting Deep Blue

A chart of the number of individual theses downloaded monthly from May 2016 to June 2017. Click to enlarge.
A chart of the total number of downloads from May 2016 to June 2017. Click to enlarge
A chart comparing the number of theses downloaded from May – December 2016 (8 months) and January – June 2017 (6 months). Click to enlarge.

Top 10 Downloaded Theses (as of June 2017)

Title Author Year Program Downloads
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 Public Administration 2949
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 Liberal Studies 1119
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 Liberal Studies 453
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 Liberal Studies 448
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 Liberal Studies 412
An American Indian Revolution:  The American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, 1973  Nicholas A. Timmerman 2012 Liberal Studies 290
Joseph McCarthy and the Loss of China:  A Study in Fear and Panic Adam Ferenz 2014 Liberal Studies 209
Ellery Queen: Forgotten Master Detective Cathy Akers-Jordan 1998 Liberal Studies 180
Capturing Detroit Through An Underground Lens: Issues of the Sixties Inside Pages of the Detroit Fifth Estate, 1965-1970 Harold Bressmer Edsall 2010 Liberal Studies 172
Effects of autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata Thunb.) density on the growth of mature white oak trees (Quercus alab L.) Marija R. Andrijonas 2011 Biology 168

Going Forward

In the coming months we are digitizing the remaining 270 theses with Proquest and adding them to Deep Blue.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.

No Bones about It — Willson Has Joined the Library!

Sometimes, the resources our patrons — including faculty, staff and students — need to further their research don’t fall under the category of the written word.

Sometimes, those resources need to be a little more <ahem> full-bodied.

For those studying in the health sciences, for instance, sometimes those resources need to be a physical representation of the body parts they are studying.

Enter Willson, the newest member of the Thompson Library.

Willson may be a little thin on conversation, and to be honest, he’s a bit of an air head.  But he’s chock full of valuable learning opportunities.

Click on any image to enlarge.

Willson, added to our collection in April, is a full body, male human, articulating skeleton.

Click on any image to enlarge.

While his bones don’t come apart, he can be moved.

 

 

And he is available to be checked out — for use inside the library, only.

The skeleton hangs from a mobile rack and can be moved to any location inside the library, such as near one of the tables in the Atrium, or to a group study room.   His loan period is 4 hours.

Click on any image to enlarge.

As with all library resources, a UMID card is necessary to check out Willson, and he must be returned in good condition.  (Any damage will be charged to the borrower on record.)

Click on any image to enlarge.

So far, the response from patrons has been overwhelmingly positive to our new addition.  So much so, that the library is considering adding other visual study aids in the future.

One day soon, you may be able to check out Willson’s heart, or perhaps a kit to build a visual representation of a water molecule.

Click on any image to enlarge.

But for now, Willson stands behind the Circulation counter, near the 3rd floor entrance to the Library.

 

 

 

Come in and see him soon.

(We’ve discovered he LOVES the attention!)



–Extended Library Hours– Study Days – April 2017


It’s BACK!

STUDY   DAYS    in  the   LIBRARY


Thompson Library open Monday am;  closes Thursday pm

 

The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, April 17th and will remain open (24 hours per day for 4 days!) until midnight on Thursday, April 20th this spring (2017).

 

—->   See below for complete schedule of library hours. <—-

 

Students needing to study for exams or work on that final paper are welcome to come and take advantage of these special extended hours for this week.

 

  • Where to Go?
    • Study Rooms and group areas will be available in the library for those that need to study together, while quiet areas will be strictly enforced for those that need peace and quiet to get that studying in and work on final papers before exams begin.

 

  • Will it be safe in the Library?
    • Department of Public Safety officers will be on hand to ensure the library will be a safe environment for those wishing to stay into the wee hours of the morning — or overnight!

 

  • Need computers?
    • ITS  lab  inside the library offers over 100   computers (including a few Macs) divided among all 3 floors.       Additionally,  ITS has  3 printer/copier machines  (one on each floor)  inside the library, all connected to the campus print queue.

 

  • Recharge devices?
    • There are many electrical outlets  (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.

 

  •  Need a laptop?
    • Thompson Library even has laptops available to checkout for use within the library.   (Remember; student id cards — the UMID — also acts as your library card using the barcode on the back of your card.)

 

  • Need to play videos or CDs?
    • VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.

 

  • Need headphones?
    • Check out headphones using your UMID at the Circulation Desk (3rd floor near entrance to library).

 

  • Need study space?
    • Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.

 

  • Need help using Library?
    • And as always, our librarians and staff will be here during the entire 88 hours  and will be available to  assist patrons with their research needs.

 

  • FOOD?!! 
    • Student Government at The University of Michigan-Flint will be providing snacks from 9pm – 1am Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in the 3rd floor library lobby.

 

  • Will it be safe walking on campus?
    • University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety will provide escorts on request all around campus, all night, and will be keeping the UPAV lot and Skywalk open all night to further ensure student safety.

 

  • Stressed?
    • Thompson Library will have:
      • Adult COLORING BOOKS available.
      • AND  … the THERAPY DOGS will again be visiting!
        • Therapy dogs will be in the library on Thursday, April 20th between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.   Come by and get a little canine cuddling to help steady those exam nerves.

 

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Questions?

Contact Thompson Library for more information at:

Reference Desk:   810 / 762-3408

Circulation Desk:   810 / 762-3400

Librarians:   library-reference@umflint.edu

 


 

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— HOURS for STUDY DAYS —

 

Beginning Monday, April 18th, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:

 

Monday, April 17 :                          Open at 8 am — Open 24 hours

Tuesday, April 18:                             Open 24 hours

Wednesday, April 19:                     Open 24 hours

Thursday, April 20:                           Open 24 hours   —   Close at midnight.

Friday, April 21:                                   8 am to 10 pm  (open extra 2 hours)

          Saturday (22nd):                    10 am to 10 pm   (open extra 2 hours)

          Sunday (23rd):                        12 noon to midnight  (extra 2 hours)

Monday (24th):                                    8 am to 2 am (extra 2 hours)

Tuesday (25th):                                    8 am to 2 am (extra 2 hours)

Wednesday (26th):                            8 am to midnight

Thursday (27th):                                  8 am  to 6 pm

Friday (28th):                                         8 am to 6 pm

        Saturday (29th):                          CLOSED  

        Sunday (30th):                              CLOSED

 


          Spring hours begin Monday, May 1, 2017

          and run through the end of summer semester.


 

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Monday – Thursday:                                            8 am    to  10 pm

Friday:                                                                          8 am    to    6 pm

         Saturday:                                                         12 noon to 6 pm

         Sunday:                                                             12 noon to 8 pm


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Graduate Theses Digitization Update #2

 

In 2016 the Frances Willson Thompson Library took steps to preserve and make more accessible UM-Flint’s graduate student theses and dissertations.

Since our last update we have continued to work on the project and track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository. We also helped Graduate Programs set up a work flow to capture newly submitted theses digitally and make them available to a wider scholarly audience more quickly. The process was implemented in the Fall 2016 semester and so far ten theses have been successfully submitted this way.

Deep Blue By the Numbers

  • 391 theses were added to Deep Blue between July 2015 and December 2016.
  • 159 theses (41% of the 391) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 3,223 total downloads, half of which were downloaded between October to December of 2016.
  • 123 of the 159 theses (77%) are designated as open access, meaning they are freely available to anyone on the internet through search engines like Google Scholar.
  • 119 of the 123 openly accessible theses (96%) have been downloaded at least once; and all of the top ten downloaded theses are open access.
  • 3,134 of the 3,223 total downloads (97%) are for the openly accessible theses.
A chart of the total number of downloads from July 2015 to December 2016.
A chart of the total number of downloads from July 2015 to December 2016.

Deep Blue Top 10 Downloaded Theses

Title Author Year Total
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 221
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 185
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 159
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 153
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 149
An American Indian Revolution:  The American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, 1973  Nicholas A. Timmerman 2012 149
Joseph McCarthy and the Loss of China:  A Study in Fear and Panic Adam Ferenz 2014 110
Capturing Detroit Through An Underground Lens:  Issues of the Sixties Inside Pages of the  Detroit Fifth Estate, 1965-1970 Harold Bressmer Edsall 2010 99
Ellery Queen: Forgotten Master Detective Cathy Akers-Jordan 1998 97
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Advance Directives Melody Williams 2002 78

Going Forward

In 2017 we are continuing the project by reaching out to the remaining authors and preparing the second batch of theses for digitization, which we hope will take place later this year.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.

Bicentennial of the University of Michigan

 


200 Years of The Leaders and Best:

University of Michigan Bicentennial


 

 

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The year was 1817. The United States itself had not existed for very long, and Michigan was not yet a state but still a frontier territory.   Detroit was a long way from being the world class city it would become.

Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor would not be established until somewhat later. Yet, even then, people in Michigan Territory had big ideas about public education.

Governor Lewis Cass, Michigan

On August 26 of 1817, territorial governor Lewis Cass and local judges drew up the initial charter for what was originally called The Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania. “Catholepistemiad” being a word coined by Judge Augustus Woodward, after whom the main north-south road in Metro Detroit is named.

He intended the word to mean “a school of universal science.” The original proposed name was soon simplified to The University of Michigan.

In the early years in Detroit, the U of M was not really what we would now think of as a college or university.   It was something more like an advanced high school or preparatory school.

Fast forward 20 years to 1837.   By then, Michigan had become a state and the population was growing.   Therefore, there was more of a need for public education at all levels.

Among the many towns and cities being established in the state at that time was Ann Arbor, in the county just west of Wayne County where Detroit is.

A forty acre, square shaped plot of land in Ann Arbor was acquired and the first few buildings of what would eventually become a world class university were built.   The Reverend Henry Colclazer was appointed in 1837 as the first University of Michigan Librarian.

In 1841, the first college level students began their studies at the Ann Arbor campus. Four years later, twelve men formed the first graduating class of the University of Michigan.

The School of Literature, Sciences and Arts (LSA) was the first specific U of M college or school to be established.   As the rest of the 1800s progressed, other schools and colleges were added, such as Engineering, Medicine, Law, and of course Library Science.

Samuel Codes Watson

As has unfortunately been the case in American society generally, the University was slow to integrate on the basis of race and gender. Samuel Codes Watson was the first known African-American student at the University in 1853.

First Woman to Graduate From Medical School First woman to graduate from University of Michigan Medical School — Madelon Louisa Stockwell

 

 

 

In 1870, Madelon Stockwell became the first woman student at Michigan.

Image: Available online in Bentley Image Bank and in Ann Arbor, Michigan photograph collection, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor in the 1870s.

 

 

 

 

By the 1860s, many of the extracurricular activities that are now such a big part of University life had been or were being established. Greek letter societies had existed almost from the beginning of the Ann Arbor campus.

The first of today’s intercollegiate sports teams, the Wolverines baseball team, began play in 1866.

The following year, the familiar University colors of maize and blue were first used.

Michigan Wolverines football team, 1883
Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1894.

In 1879, the Michigan football team played and won its first game.

 

 

At that point, the American version of the game had not yet fully evolved and what was played then was more like today’s game of rugby.

Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1897.

As history moved forward from the 1800s into the 1900s, the Ann Arbor campus continued to grow and expand far beyond the original 40 acre “Diag” area, taking over larger and larger parts of Ann Arbor.

Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1902.

Eventually there would be four distinct “campuses” in Ann Arbor, first  being the original campus, another being the Medical Center.

The North Campus first began to be built in the 1950s and has grown over the years.

University of Michigan Stadium, May 2011 Photo by Corey Seeman
Sign at University of Michigan Stadium. Photo by Corey Seeman, 2009.

Finally, there is the South,  or Athletic campus, where the University sports venues including Michigan Stadium (The Big House) are located.

 

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University of Michigan Football Stadium. — Photo by Corey Seeman, 2011.

University of Michigan Alumni Field, Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan Women’s Softball Coach Carol Huchins.

Another favorite sports venue on the Ann Arbor campus is Alumni Field, where Coach Carol Hutchins leads the top ranked Wolverine women’s softball team.

 

Wondering  about our campus here in Flint?

 

As Michigan’s population grew along with the demand for higher education, it was proposed that the University open additional campuses outside of Ann Arbor.

Charles Stewart Mott

Flint businessman, Charles Stewart Mott, offered a large sum of his fortune to the University for the purpose of starting a campus here.

Others joined him in the effort, and in the fall of 1956 the first students arrived to attend classes at what was originally called The University of Michigan-Flint College.

Later, the word “College” was dropped from the name; we were officially the University of Michigan-Flint

 

The Dearborn campus opened in 1959.

The University still maintains a presence in the city where it originated 200 years ago, in the form of the Detroit Center, located on the street named after one of the University’s founders, Woodward Avenue.

From a dream in the minds of ambitious frontier residents, the University of Michigan has grown over two centuries into one of the leading institutions of higher education in the United States and the world.

The bicentennial motto is a very fitting description of this great University, and it echoes the refrain of the school’s famous fight song:  The University of Michigan…Always Leading, Forever Valiant.

GO BLUE!!

By:   Vanessa Prygoski

Annie Szuch Retires after 40 Years of Library Service


Annie Closes a Door on a Library Era

While she Opens a Door into her Future!


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Beth Annie Szuch, retirement celebration, January 6, 2017.

For those of whose lives have formed part of the history of the Thompson Library, an era of monumental changes has ended.

Beth Annie Szuch, the last of our librarians who have been here since the 70s, has retired.

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Beth Annie Szuch. Librarian, Thompson Library, University of Michigan-Flint.

In a brief ceremony held in the Library on Friday (January 6, 2017), Laura Friesen and Becky Waller recited some of Annie’s accomplishments during her years working in the library.

The talking was followed by the eating, with a fantastic buffet enjoyed by librarians, library staff and several invited guests with close ties to Annie and her work within the Library and the Biology Department.  During the entire event, there was a lot of reminiscing, with plenty of old stories told (some familiar, some new to several), memories shared, happy moments relived, a few tears, and lots of laughter.

Annie was accompanied to the gathering by her husband, Ernie Szuch (professor of Biology, retired).

As the Guest of Honor, Annie had the opportunity to visit with old friends and colleagues, even those no longer working at UM-Flint — such as her former supervisor and friend, Dave Hart (retired), Gary Pace from Biology (retired) along with his wife, Colleen, and Karen Arthur from Human Resources, just to name a few of those that attended.

Annie’s association with the University of Michigan-Flint goes way back.   A native of the area, her father graduated from UM-Flint with a teaching degree.  Years later, Annie followed in her father’s footsteps and graduated from UM-Flint, but with a degree in biology.

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Retirement celebration for Annie Szuch, January 6, 2017.

It was during her undergrad years that Annie met fellow student and biology major, Ernie Szuch. The rest is history.

After they married, Ernie went on to get his graduate degree in biology, eventually returning to teach on our campus, becoming a respected fixture of UM-Flint until his own recent retirement.

Annie chose a different path.   She continued her education by obtaining her master’s degree in Library Science from UM-Ann Arbor.

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UM-Flint Libraray in the Mott Memorial Building (1970s).

Annie began working at Thompson Library in 1977, where she was assigned to work with Ingrid in Technical Services.

Working in serials section of Tech Services, Annie processed the incoming journal issues and sent older volumes to the bindery, maintained journals on-shelf and updated the card catalog.

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University of Michigan-Flint Library, 5th floor, CROB, mid 1980s.

Over the years, Annie has progressed through the ranks, moving on to handling new book orders, donated books, and maintaining the index of materials owned by the Library through updating the (at that time) new online database, MIRLYN as our cataloger.

Plus, of course, Annie also worked front-and-center as a Reference Librarian, Biology Department Library Liaison, and teaching librarian.

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Construction of the Thompson Library, which opened October 1994.
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Thompson Library, 3rd floor carrels overlooking the Atrium.
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Thompson Library, north side.

Through all those decades of service,  Annie has seen a lot of changes.

From starting out in the UM-Flint library that shared space with Mott College at the Mott Memorial Building, to the vast, open area where the library remained for a couple decades on the 5th floor of the Classroom Office Building (fondly know to one and all as CROB, now dubbed French Hall in honor of our former Chancellor), to the brand new facility made specifically and exclusively to house the Thompson Library, Annie has seen it all.

No other librarian in current service can make that claim.

And thus ends an era.

Though Annie is leaving us, her life will continue to remain full and active.

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Smudge Szuch in the rafters at home during the holidays.

She will continue to share her magnificent log cabin home with her husband, Ernie, as well as several family members that happen to have 4 legs, a tail and fur — and purr!

 

We’ll miss hearing of the exploits of Annie’s cats, both living and living in memory, such as Two-Spot, Smudge, Petunia and Gracie.

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Annie at her favorite hobby.

Her cats will be by her side when she enjoys some of her favorite hobbies, such as spinning wool into yarn, then using the yarn she created to knit beautiful and warm items of clothing.

 

Annie has developed a great deal of expertise in this particular hobby, and has taught both spinning and knitting to others.

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Annie’s cane, uniquely personalized!

Annie2Knowing Annie’s fondness for her knitting projects and anything related to yarn,  her colleagues at the Thompson Library gave Annie a gift certificate to her favorite yarn shop, Heritage Spinning and Weaving of  Lake Orion, where Annie has been known to teach a class or two as well.

Annie tells us she will be using her gift certificate to purchase a new 8-shaft loom to replace her old 4-shaft loom.  The old loom will likely become available if anyone is interested in learning how to use one.  (And of course,  Annie can even teach you HOW to use a loom.  She also teaches knitting, both beginner and advanced, as well.)

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Retirement Celebration for Annie Szuch, Thomposon Library, 2017.

Not to be outdone,  Gary Pace (retired UM-Flint associate professor of biology) and his wife, Colleen gifted Annie with a framed photograph of herself and Ernie — underwater, snorkeling in the clear, blue ocean.

It’s an incredible keepsake of just one of the many adventures that Annie and Ernie have shared over the years, including incredible memories of summers spent on expeditions from the Caribbean  to the Smokey Mountains to the great forests of the north.  Now they have a photo that captures an amazing moment of their many  adventures together.

We all enjoyed the party, but it had a bitter-sweet overtone for everyone there, knowing that we were celebrating a life well lived, but that the course of that life would no longer include Annie’s bright and smiling face joining us daily — or boxes of donuts from the Davison bakery.

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Annie Szuch retirement celebration, Thompson Library, 1-6-17.

 

Annie, we are going to miss you.

But we join together in wishing you all happiness and all possible joy in your retirement.

 

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May the new life you now begin be as  wonderful  —  and as memorable     —    as the one you have left as your legacy.



—– OPEN ALL NIGHT! —– Extended Hours at Thompson Library Start December 12, 2016.

 Finals are approaching.   We’re here to help.

Thompson Library  will be  OPEN  for  90  Consecutive Hours during Study Week!


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A reminder from the Library! Help for study stress during the Thompson Library 24 hour study days.
Studying at Thompson LibraryNeed a place to study on campus throughout the day and night?

The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, December 12th and will remain open  until 2am on Friday, December 16th.

Studying for Final Exams at Thompson Library

That’s right     —-    the library will remain open 24 hours Monday, Tuesday and Wed, not closing again until 2am on Friday, December 16th this year.

Thompson Library Atrium

This winter, in conjunction with and through the assistance of Student Government as well  as the generosity of volunteers within the library staff, Thompson Library will adjust its hours of operation, extending the time we are open.

 

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There will be several mini-events in the library throughout the 24 hour schedule to support students stressed by preparing for finals.

Student Life hands out breakfast sandwiches, bagels, beverages and more!

 

 

Student Government is providing light refreshments early in the evening.

Therapy Dogs visit University of Michigan-Flint campus. (2015)

 

 

 

Therapy Dogs will again be visiting Thompson Library this year to assist students dealing with Finals stress.  Come play with the dogs!  They’ll be here on Thursday (December 15th) from noon to 2 pm.

Detailed coloring books and pencils to help relieve stress.

Coloring books, those charming pages with intricate designs, will be available along with coloring pencils to help take your mind off studying for a few minutes.

 

Students needing to study for exams, or to work on that final paper,  are welcome during our extended hours at Thompson Library throughout the week.

Come and take advantage of these special extended hours to do all that last-minute cramming and put the final touches on your project this week.

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Silent Study Room Now Available

Thompson Library has over 900 chairs at carrels, tables and several study rooms in a quiet atmosphere.

Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

 

 

Study rooms can be reserved online. From the online list, select your preferred date, time and room, then pick up the key at the Circulation Desk when you arrive.  Reserve online and be guaranteed a group study space!

Reservation form online for Thompson Library study rooms!

 

 

Bring your coffee, your books and (if you want) your laptops – whatever you need to do your research and studying in a quiet, serene location conducive to scholarly contemplation.

Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

Campus-wide  Wi-Fi and the ITS computer lab machines and printers (on all 3 floors of the Library) are available.

Or check out a laptop using your library card (UMID) for use inside the library.

There are over 70 computers (including a few Macs) in the ITS lab located within the library (divided among all 3 floors).

One of the ITS Lab Papercut Print Queue Printer in Thompson Library

Additionally, ITS supplies the Library with 3 printer/copier machines (one on each floor) plus one color printer (3rd floor) for your convenience.  All printers are connected to the campus-wide print-queue via the Papercut system.

Control screen on the ITS Lab printer in Thompson Library.

Send your document to the printer from any ITS computer lab machine.  The document is saved in your personal print queue; no one else can see or print it.  Then retrieve your document at ANY ITS computer lab printer by sliding your UMID card to pull up YOUR list of items sent to printer.  Select the document you want now, hit print button.  It’s that easy.

You can even send documents to the print queue from your laptop via the campus WiFi system.  (See ITS website for instructions.)

Use the phones (next to printers) in Thompson Library to make free inter-campus calls. Call the ITS HelpDesk for assistance with computers, computer programs or printers. They’ll even help you print from a laptop!

Need technical assistance?   ITS has a telephone on the wall next to the printers with their 5 digit inter-campus number clearly posted.  Give them a call and they can walk you through any computer, software or printer difficulties.

Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

 

 

 

Need to charge your electronics?   There are many outlet plugs (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.

Be sure NOT to leave electronic devices unattended.  Not all elves have good intentions.  (Some are elves of mischief — and theft.)

 

Laptops available for checkout! Ask at Circulation Desk. Use your library card (UMIC) to check out a laptop. In-library use, only.
  • Laptops are available to checkout for use within the library.

 

  • VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.

 

  • Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.
Midnight at the oasis — the Reference Desk. Vera Anderson and Vince Prygoski working the post-midnight hours in the Library.

Plus there are Reference Librarians on hand to help you find and use the research materials provided by the library, both in print and online.

 

 

DVDs, VHS tapes, Music CDs — plus books and ebooks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thompson Library provides access to:

  • Over 250,000 books shelved in our building and an additional 500,000 ebooks online (available to borrow just like the print books, but readable as full text online).
  • A collection of over 4,000 music CDs and videos in DVD format.
  • Over 1,000 databases offering indexes to scholarly journals and data sets, many full text online.

… and so much more!

 

And — as always  — our librarians and staff will be available to assist students with their research needs.

 

 


—    HOURS  OF  OPERATION    —

 

Through the end of December 2016, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:

 

                Monday (12th)  —  Thursday (15th):   Open 24 hours

      Friday (16th) :                                                   Close at 2am.

                Friday (16th) :                                                   8  am     to  10 pm

                Saturday :                                                           10  am    to  10 pm   

      Sunday:                                                                12 noon to 12 midnight

                Monday (19th)  —  Tuesday (20th):     8 am to    2 am

      Wednesday (21st):                                        8 am to 12 midnight

      Thursday (22nd):                                            8 am  to   6 pm

                Friday (23rd):                                                    8 am to    6 pm

                Saturday (24th)  —    Begin  Winter  Intersession —  CLOSED 

 

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!

Winter Semester Begins  —  January 3, 2017

Winter Hours in Effect for 2017

(See:   Library Hours for calendar of hours through April 2017)


Need some holiday entertainment???

 

Should you need something enticing, enlightening or stimulating, or just plain FUN to read during this long winter break — remember your library has a large paperback  collection of “good reads,” at the bottom of the stairs on the 1st floor (just beyond the Oversized books), an extensive literature collection (see the call items in call number PS on the 1st floor near the windows) as well as plenty of best sellers and topically or timely fascinating books in our Browsing Collection.

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The semester is almost over.

Let’s go to the Library!

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