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Welcome to the Librarian's Corner! electronic "nook" of librarian "goodies" created for you!

At the "Corner" you will find helpful information for your academic research endeavors along with useful ideas, extraordinary Web picks, and the latest library news...of interest to you.

Two parts make up the "Corner" -- the Librarian's TIP and the Librarian's WebPICK.

Return frequently for up-to-date information that will make your research easier and contribute to your life-long learning skills.

Librarian's TIP  Wow

Get the Latest Information! New databases & features · Search strategies · Helpful resources · Hints · "What's new" · "What's changed" · Useful tips ... and more.

Librarian's WEB PICK fun

Prepare yourself for a "Wow" experience. These highlighted Web sites are chosen for their uniqueness, overall interest, inclusiveness, and/or visual appeal. We think you will enjoy them and find many of the sites to be very useful.

The LIBRARIAN'S CORNER was created May, 2003, by Professor M. Bloom as part of ORU Library Instruction. Its purpose is to support library instruction and serve as a medium for disseminating information about research, resources, and the library to ORU students.
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Librarian's TIP

NewDownload NetLibrary eBooks NetLibrary: Downloading eBooks to a Portable Device Tutorial


Citation Help
New database tools are available that create citations in a style you choose (i.e., APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.). It takes only a few clicks to create one or many citations. Note: Always refer to the print manual and your professors instructions as the final authority.

For example, in EBSCOhost,
click the "Cite this article" button (shown below) to get the citation formats (shown right).

Cite this button


EBSCO citations

arrow Key Points: Citation Tools for help with other databases, including ebrary and Sage
• Library guide Citing and Document Sources
• See the Librarians WebPICK (use the tab above) for free Web citation machines.

New DVDs at ORU: 1,320+ titles ...and counting.


Catalog DVD search limitUse the library catalog Keyword Search—

To find a specific title:
Type the title name, or key words. For "Search in the:" choose "DVDs."
For a complete DVD List:
--Type * (an asterisk) in the "Search for:" box.
--Choose DVDs from the 

Use the catalog menu list

For DVD lists by month:
--Click "DVD List/New Additions in the right menu. (shown right)
--Click a list to view the titles.

Librarian's WebPICK

New BibMe "BibMe is a free automatic bibliography generator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting."
New Landmarks Citation Machine™ MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago styles. The site has ads but is remarkably easy to use.
EasyBib Free automatic bibliography and citation maker that formats citations according to the 6th Ed. of the MLA Handbook.
Zotero: The Next-Generation Research Tool "A free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources." Quick Start Guide
Center for History and New Media: Collecting and Exhibiting
Arms Control Association: Fact Sheets & Briefs ACA "fact sheets provide a brief summary of a treaty or subject." Categories include: Country Profiles, Chemical/Biological Arms Control, Conventional Arms Issues, Missile Defense, Nuclear/Ballistic Missile Nonproliferation, Nuclear Testing and Strategic Arms Control and Policy.
Western Waters Digital Library The WWDL is "dedicated to providing access to water-related resources about the Trans-Mississippi region of North America. The currently available resources include classic water literature, government reports, legal transcripts, water project records, personal papers, photographic collections, and audio/video materials associated with the major river basins of the Trans-Mississippi West."
World Food Situation

Provided by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Includes FAO News, New Reports, Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS), and Key Issues.

Underwater Astonishments
by David Gallo

Click to view video: David Gallo shows Underwater Astonishments (click image to view video)

Librarian's TIP ARCHIVE

Clusty, Ixquick and more alternatives to Google
EBSCO Visual Search
Find country information
Locating an "essay" from the citation in ATLAS Religion Database
Sorting your results list by "relevance"

EBSCOhost Visual Search

Search for articles and narrow your results by subject. View the results in one of two different display styles, as shown below.

Columns Display
Visual Search columns display    
Results shaded in blue indicate subjects relevant to the search. Results shaded in green are relevant articles.
  Blocks Display
EBSCOhost Visual Search blocks display
Results are displayed in alternating blue and green colored rows. The first block is the subject with related results following.



Sort your results by "Relevance."

If articles at the top of your search results list are NOT available in full text this may be due to an "embargo," a full text delay put on a journal by the publisher. For example, full text for the last six months or year of a journal may not be available in the database. Since the most current articles usually appear at the top of a result list (in reverse chronological order), sorting your results by "relevance" may put more full text articles at the top of your list.

Columns Display

 Embargo tip
  Blocks Display

Embargo tip


Try Clusty, Ixquick, or Teoma as alternatives to Google.

Retrieves 250-500 results then clusters them by subjects. A "preview" option opens a small window within the page for easy more.

A metasearch engine that searches many popular search engines - anonymously - at the same more

Search with authority more.



What is plagiarism?
How can you avoid it?


Plagiarism is using another's work(s) as your own and is a violation of copyright law. To avoid plagiarism always cite your sources.
Check out The Plagiarism Court, an excellent interactive tutorial by Ramona Islam, Dimenna-Hyselius Library, Fairfield University.
See also: Documenting in the Research Basics Library tutorial. 


To easily locate information about a country use the Foreign Countries, Cultures, and Missions Library guide.
Most ORU Library guides include a list of selective Web resources. For example, the Foreign Country guide includes, Portals to the World (Library of Congress), and World Fact Book (CIA)  


If you have a citation for an essay, search the ORU Library catalog for
Find an "essay"

Essays are part of "multi-authored works" (i.e., books) and are not found in journals.

The ATLA Religion Database includes more than 200,000 essay citations. If an essay citation appears in your result list, to locate the essay search the ORU Library catalog, or other library catalog, for the "book" title.

Bloggapedia "...a one-stop shop for all things blog." Bloggapedia's goal is to assist bloggers in getting their content-specific blogs read and seen.
British Library, Online Gallery: Turning the Pages Features 15 digitized books. Take the Highlights Tour.
Library of Southern Literature "Primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture. Includes a wide range of literary works of the American South published before 1924."
The Modern Language Association Language Map "The Language Map illustrates the concentration of language speakers in zip codes and counties. The Data Center provides census data about over three hundred languages spoken in the United States, including actual numbers and percentages of speakers."
You Quote It, You Note It! Enjoy clicking through this multi-media module on plagiarism. Developed by librarians in the Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia.
Librarian's WebPICK — Archive
To use or not to use? Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia anyone can add to or edit--the entries don’t undergo verified expert review. The Educause Learning Initiative <> answers the following: "What is it?" "Who's doing it?" "How does it work?" "Why is it significant?" and more.;
Top 100 library sites.
Includes the story of the "The Praying Hands" by Barefoot.
by David Givens. Contains "The Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, & Body Language Cues."
Meta-search engine featuring clustering technology, in-page preview feature and more.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library - A 38-volume collection of writings from the first 800 years of the Church. Includes Ante-Nicene Fathers, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, and Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.
Originally created by the World Health Organization, now maintained by Centre for Research on The Epidemiology of Disasters. Includes over 12,800 disasters worldwide since 1900.
The "goal at Family Watchdog is to provide you with the information you need to protect your loved ones...view known registered offenders and predators in your area."
"Includes country-by-country analyses and the most up-to-date data available on foreign investment codes, taxes, tariffs, banking regulations, monetary policy, black markets, and more." Country reports provide helpful insights into the economy and business environment of a particular nation.
An inspirational Flash movie by Dayspring.

Our Acquisitions Librarian, Judith Rigsby, found this "interactive museum of news" site. Click "Today's Front Page" for thumbnails. Use "Map View" to get to the pdf files either from the map or the "List by Region."

The Phrase Finder: Meanings and Origins of Phrases, Sayings, and Idioms Browse phrases by alphas or categories.
PhraseFinder - A Phrase a Week
by Ramona Islam, Dimenna-Hyselius Library, Fairfield University
by Marcia G. Phyfer
"Rumor has it".... Want to know if the email content you just received is true or just an urban legend? Check out Snopes!
Provides the current consumer Price Index (CPI), demographic, wage and employment statistics, and more.
For more Periodic Tables, see the Chemistry Internet Resources Guide.
"A special feature of WISE is the sequence of interactive tutorials on key statistical concepts (sampling distributions, the central limit theorem, hypothesis testing, and statistical power). "