Thursday, July 12, 2018

Research Gateway - Update Link

The “Research Gateway” (databases list) is being decommissioned.

Please update your book marks to our new A-Z Databases listing (LibGuides).

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Resolved - Linking in Ovid

This issue is resolved as of July 11, 2018.   If you are still experiencing problems please contact us @

We are currently having issues with linking to Ovid.    If you come across the error screen (see below) click on “Check Alternative Resource” it should take you to the article. 

You can also directly search Ovid @

We are working with Ovid to resolve this issue but we have no timeline on when it will be fixed.    Thank you for your patience.  

Monday, July 2, 2018

New Database - US Newsstream

US Newsstream, from ProQuest, is now available online through the South Dakota State Library.

This includes same-day publication access to over 250 news titles, and draws from over 1000 separate sources. It also contains trade journals, websites, newswires, television and radio transcripts, blogs, and podcasts. Users can read current U.S. news content, as well as archives stretching back into the 1980s.

US Newsstream contains full-text articles.  What type of articles and other information is included?
According to ProQuest, articles that are generally considered newsworthy are included. However, not everything that’s within the original publication is on the database. The editors determine what is considered a “news” item. Typically book reviews are not included, obituaries maybe. Sometimes a paper may not have electronic distribution rights for an article. No ads, no weather page. This is what is typical, but you can find many exceptions.  Articles typically needed for research purposes are included.

ProQuest does not provide a LibGuide specific to US Newsstream.  Information is contained in the Global Newsstream LibGuide at

US Newsstream is replacing US Major Dailies.   US Newsstream is provided by a combination of funding from the South Dakota State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Library Hours - 4th of July

Tuesday (7/3) 7:30 am - 5 pm
Wednesday (7/4) Closed

Monday, June 25, 2018

2nd Floor Carpeting - complete!

2nd Floor is now open. Please be patient as we put back furniture. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New Access Services Manager

Congratulations to Michael Boring. He has accepted the position of Access Services Manager. Michael will begin his new responsibilities on June 22.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Google Scholar Basics

Need help finding USD resources on Google Scholar?   Check out our libguide!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

EBSCO ebooks Mobile App retired

EBSCO has retired the electronic resource EBSCO eBooks Mobile App.

For those who want to continue with an app experience, EBSCO eBooks are compatible with the Bluefire Reader or any other app supported by Adobe Digital Editions.

EBSCO’s reasoning for retiring the app was the following: “With EPUB files becoming increasingly advanced, EBSCO has invested in this format to provide a robust online and mobile experience. EPUB allows for reflowable text, display modification and increased compatibility with screen readers, so we are confident that the future of EPUB will provide the best user experience for our customers and your users. Since the current EBSCO eBooks app is not compatible with this advanced functionality, we have decided to re-evaluate our mobile offering.”

Please visit EBSCO’s How can I download and read eBooks on my mobile device? for assistance on reading EBSCO eBooks on mobile devices, including Bluefire Reader.

For more information, also see: What happened to the EBSCO eBook mobile app?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Access Medicine downtime

The Access Medical sites will be down for scheduled server maintenance from 8pm EST on Saturday, June 2nd to 2am EST on Sunday, June 3rd.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

Electronic Reference Available May 7 – August 17

This summer, reference services will be available electronically Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, at You may also make an appointment with a subject librarian.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Access Medicine maintenance

Please be advised that McGraw-Hill Education will be performing routine server maintenance which requires an intermittent shutdown.  While the server is intermittently offline, our Access Medicine websites may not be accessible.

Maintenance will start: Saturday, May 5th – 8pm(EDT)
Maintenance will end: Sunday, May 6th - 2am(EDT)

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Summer Library Hours

Library Hours May 4 - August 19

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 8 pm*
Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Saturday -Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2nd Floor Carpet Project

This summer the 2nd Floor of ID Weeks will be getting new carpet. The project is set to begin on May 7th and has a tentative end date of July 2nd.

2nd Floor will be closed to the public for the duration of the project. 3rd Floor will be fully accessible. If materials on 2nd are requested, both Circulation and Interlibrary Loan staff and students will have limited access to retrieve items, depending on where the stacks are being moved.

Offices on the west side of the building will be carpeted between May 7th and May 18th. Staff and faculty will be able to move back into their offices on May 21st. For those two weeks (May 7th – 21st) people will be moved to the following locations…

Interlibrary Loan – Room 134A (Presentation Center)
David Alexander – Room 134A (Presentation Center)
Sheryl Smith – Room 130H (Tech Services)

Oral History and Government documents will remain on 2nd Floor.   Access to Oral History is by appointment only.

All staff should have email and phone access.

We will be posting updates as the project progresses. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Library Hours - Finals

Friday - Saturday (4/27-28) 7:30 am - 2 am*
Sunday (4/29) 10 am - 2 a.m*
Monday -  Thursday (4/30 - 5/3) 7:30 am - 2 am*
Friday (5/4) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Saturday (5/5) 10 am - 2 pm*
Sunday (5/6) Closed

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ebook Central down on Saturday, April 21

Ebook Central will be down for maintenance approximately five hours beginning Saturday, April 21 at 9pm.   Maintenance should be done around 2 am.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Against the Odds

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health - a National Library of Medicine Exhibition is now on display in the stairwell on 1st floor until May 3.

Monday, April 16, 2018

What We Were Wearing

“What We Were Wearing” opens on April 3 on the second-floor gallery of I.D. Weeks Library and features stories collected from individuals who are part of the USD community and have been sexually assaulted at some point in their past. Selections from 13 narratives are accompanied by clothing similar to those worn by the victim of the sexual violence. Artwork by members of the USD Student Art Alliance interprets three additional stories. These narratives join others to make up a total of 22 stories of sexual assault compiled in a bound book.

The exhibit is sponsored by USD’s I CARE grant, which produces programming aimed at sexual assault prevention in the campus community, Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment (PAVE) USD, a student group that fosters awareness of sexual violence and the empowerment of victims, and the USD College of Arts & Sciences’ Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.

The University of Arkansas displayed the first “What Were You Wearing” exhibit in 2013, which then traveled to other universities in the Midwest. The exhibit in I.D. Weeks Library features stories from members of USD’s community of students, faculty members and staff and will run through the month of April.