Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve (12/24) 8am - Noon
Christmas Day (12/25) Closed
Saturday - Sunday (12/26-27) Closed
Monday -Thursday (12/28-31) 8am - 5pm
New Years Day (1/1) Closed
Saturday - Sunday (1/2-3) Closed

Database Trial - MEMSO

MEMSO : Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online
  • Trial available now until February, 2016

MEMSO contains:

  1. Searchable editions of British and Irish (including foreign and colonial papers), printed editions of manuscript source material for the period c. 800 to c. 1800.
  2.  Manuscript images from the UK National Archives, Kew, linked to the corresponding searchable text ebook.

Examples include:
  • The Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of the Reign of Henry VIII
  • The Calendars of Patent Rolls (c. 1150-1509)
  • The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial (America, West Indies, India, Persia and Japan) (1574-1706)
  • Historical Manuscripts Commission
  • The Rolls Series & Historical Club Publications (eg Camden Society, Bannatyne Club)
  • Historical sources requested by our users.
  • Manuscripts from the English State Papers, Foreign, France and Spain.

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2015 Library Annual Report

Please find the FY2015 library annual report at this link:

All reports and newsletters are linked from the library homepage>> About Us>>Surveys and Reports

Thursday, December 17, 2015

My Body, My Rights Art Exhibition

Call for art work- deadline Feb. 29, 2016

Archives and Special Collections Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve (12/24) 8am - Noon
Christmas Day (12/25) Closed

Monday -Thursday (12/28-31) 8am - 5pm
New Years Day (1/1) Closed

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Food for Fines - Dec. 1-18

One food item = $1.00 in overdue fines.  For more information:

Winter Interim Hours

Library Hours for 12/17 - 1/8

Reference Desk Hours - Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Finals Hours- Dec. 10- 16

Thursday (12/10) 7:30am - 2am  
Friday (12/11) 7:30am - 11pm
Saturday (12/12) 7:30 am - Midnight
Sunday (12/13) 10am - 2 am
Monday - Tuesday (12/14-15) 7:30am - 2am
Wednesday (12/16) 7:30am - 5pm

ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, ScienceDirect will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

Why is Elsevier ceasing support of IE8?
We are following Microsoft’s directive to focus our support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions. Microsoft announced in 2014 that, as of January 2016, it would only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates. We strongly encourage our customers to follow Microsoft’s directive as well by updating to more recent versions of IE. Additionally, users can move to the latest versions of the Chrome or Firefox browsers for an optimal ScienceDirect experience.
By removing IE8 from our support list, we will be able to provide the following future enhancements:
•    Remove current IE8 security issues
•    Enhance existing security measures across all browsers
•    Add support for new browser technologies
•    Add responsive design to aid use of ScienceDirect across devices
•    Improve accessibility to better enable access to people with diverse abilities
If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the ScienceDirect Blog for more details or contact us: – US & Canada

Note: Compatibility mode in IE9 or higher reverts the browser back to IE7 or IE8 behavior. If you experience issues accessing ScienceDirect using IE9 or higher, please disable the compatibility view mode in your IE browser.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Hours

Tuesday (11/24) -- 7:30am-5pm    
Wednesday (11/25) -- 7:30am-5pm      
Thanksgiving (11/26) -- Closed                
Friday (11/27) -- Closed             
Saturday (11/28) -- Closed

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WEDNESDAY Nov. 18 - Presentation about book making and altered books

Please join us tomorrow in library room 205, 4-5pm, for a short presentation by Amy Fill and Lateesha Caswell (Art Department graduate students) who will speak about book making and altered books.

We will then move to the Bound & Unbound III: Altered Book Exhibition in the second floor glass cases at the top of the stairs in the library where exhibit coordinator Sarah Hanson will lead an open discussion about the exhibit.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What is "U Get It" in the library databases?

By entering a research database through the libraries’ Research Gateway, users can experience integration between databases in order to find the full text in another library database. The "U Get It" button can also seamlessly take you to interlibrary loan (ILLiad) to request full text articles not available through the University Libraries.

The "U Get It" button does not necessarily mean the library does not own the full text of an article, it only means that it is not available in the database you are currently searching. It may be available in another database, and the "U Get It" button will help you to find it.

  • Example: PubMed currently contains more the 23 million article citations, but only a small fraction are available in full text within PubMed. By entering PubMed through the Library’s Research Gateway, and authenticating as a USD user, you will immediately have more access to full text articles using the "U Get It" button.

(Thanks to Shelie Vacek for this blog entry!)

Find out more about "U Get It!"
in this video <>:

Resovled - Technical Problem - Wiley Access

Access was restored 11-6-2015 Access to Wiley is currently unavailable unless you are using a library computer. We are working to fix the situation.

Database Trial - Fuente Académica Plus,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=fap

Fuente Académica Plus offers:
  • Nearly 500 new full-text Spanish and Portuguese journals unique to Fuente Académica Plus compared to Fuente Académica Premier
  • Nearly 1,600 scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain
  • Continuously expanding archives of Boletín del CEMLA (1955 - present) and the complete backfile of Darwiniana, published since 1922
  • 27 Qualis top-ranked A1 titles
  • Full Title list -
Trial ends Dec. 4, 2015

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Library Hours - Veteran's Day

Tuesday (11/10) 7:30 am - 11pm
Veteran's Day (11/11) 10 am - 2 am

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Database Trial - LatAm-Studies Full-Text

The trial runs until November 30th.

LatAm-Studies Full Text online is a database service dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research on Latin America and the Caribbean, including journals and other academic content. It brings together full-text reports on 46 countries. Coverage includes all countries in South America, Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. Subjects covered include business, government, economic, and social issues.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Board Vitals

BoardVitals Question Banks offer 24-hour access from your phone, tablet and computer to a huge question bank with a database of expert reviewed board questions. Board Vitals uses the same technologically advanced test interface as USMLE as well as:
  • The ability to create customized practice tests using many options including number or questions, subjects and more
  • Provides advanced statistics so you can know where your strengths and weaknesses are
  • Suggests questions based on your performance  
  •  Detailed, up-to-date explanations for each answer, with references and links to applicable sources
  • A question bank that is created by leading medical publishers, research institutions, and practicing physicians
  • A 'Quick Hit' section highlights the must know questions for the boards
To access Board Vitals:

Click on the databases tab

Find Board Vitals by clicking on B

Once in Board Vitals- as a first time user, you will need register:  select “If registering for the first time, click here”.  You may select your own user name and password.

Once you have registered, you may access board vitals directly at Log in using the user name and password that you created.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New books!

Check out our Hot off the Press!

Monday, October 19, 2015

New Database- JAMAevidence


Wegner Partner Access

JAMAevidence helps to identify the best available evidence through educational guides such as the Users’ Guide to Medical Literature, the Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence Based Clinical Diagnosis, and Care at the Close of Life: Evidence and Experience.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

JSTOR access has been restored

JSTOR access has been restored.
Thank you for your patience during this week’s site-wide access problems. We have identified the root cause and solved the issue. We strive to provide the very best service and availability of JSTOR that we can, and we will continue to do so in the coming weeks as we complete the migration to our new platform. We encourage you to check our platform updates page for information about this work, and to please let us know if any further issues arise.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Discussion about Artist's Books: Books Created or Altered as Original Works of Art

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: I.D. Weeks Library, Room 205

To coincide with the University Libraries Bound & Unbound III exhibition, Amy Fill and Lateesha Caswell (Art Department graduate students) will present a general discussion about book making and altered books. Participants will then move to the Bound & Unbound III: Altered Book Exhibition where exhibit coordinator Sarah Hanson will lead an open discussion about the exhibit. Open to the public; class involvement and community participation is encouraged.

If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 48 hours before the event.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Access to JSTOR temporarily down

Access to JSTOR articles is currently unavailable.   Searching is still available but you will not be able to download articles.   We are working resolving this issue but we cannot say when the issue will be fixed.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Library Hours - Native American Day

Sunday (10/11) 10 am - 11 pm
Monday (11/12) 10 am - 2 am

Friday, October 2, 2015


Monday, August 24, 2015 - Mon , January 4, 2016

The Art and Exhibits Committee, University Libraries, at the University of South Dakota, present the 2015 Bound and Unbound III international juried altered book exhibition.

Artist Sandy Brooke, associate professor of art at the College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University Cascades in Bend, Oregon juried the exhibition.

Artists from Canada, Romania, Spain and the United States are represented in this exhibition. Sixty-three artists qualified the call representing 115 pieces. The exhibition comprises 37 artists representing 46 works.

Bound and Unbound III: Altered Book Exhibition” is photographed and cataloged, and has been placed in the Digital Library of South Dakota. The exhibition is open to the public during library operating hours.

Wild sheep chase by Alexis Arnold
Wild sheep chase by Alexis Arnold

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Exhibit - Silent Witness Initiative

The Department of Political Science is sponsoring Silent Witness Initiative from Oct 1 -11th on the 2nd Floor, University Libraries.  

In 1990, the Silent Witness Initiative began promoting and education to support an end to domestic violence through community based exhibits.  It started with a small group of volunteers in one state and grew into an international presence, with projects in all 50 states and 23 countries.

Silent Witness provides hope, help and healing for the victims and violators of domestic violence. Our goal is to eliminate domestic violence homicides by 2020.

Thousands of men and women die each year in acts of domestic violence in the United States.  Each one has a story.  Join our efforts to end this tragedy.


Database Trial - Routledge Performance Archive

Trial Link:

End Date: December 1, 2015
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The Routledge Performance Archive provides unlimited opportunities to explore themes, make linkages, and discover new approaches

  • Watch exclusive videos from practitioners’  own archives
  • Listen to unique audio material
  • Read first-hand accounts, authoritative definitions and contextualising commentary
  • Make connections across many decades of theatre-making
  • Construct maps, timelines and genealogies
  • Explore themes and ideas about performance practice
  • Discover practitioners, methods, styles of work
  • Identify influences and approaches
  • Compare cultures and eras.

Be sure to TAKE A TOUR (the link is at the bottom center of the site) for further information on how the site works. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Exhibition Concept
This exhibition will pair University of South Dakota visual arts and poetry majors in order to create new collaborative work and to both broaden acceptance and appreciation of alternative art disciplines. Up to sixteen pairs will be selected by Dakota Writing Project instructor, Audrey Larsen, and Interim Director of the University Art Galleries, Michelle St. Vrain. There will be no set theme to this exhibition, however, all work created as a result of these collaborations must be new and original. Selected pairs are free to choose how they approach the collaborative process.

University Libraries, 2nd Floor Exhibition Cases

Exhibition Dates
January 26 – April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 4:30 – 6 pm
A reading of each poem will be given during the reception.

The exhibition is open to University of South Dakota undergraduate and graduate students majoring in art and undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students majoring in poetry. Acceptable visual media include ceramics, illustration, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. Electronic media will not be accepted.

Entry Information
Visual artists will submit three-five digital images (jpg format, high resolution – 300 dpi) of their artwork on disk. Images must be of artwork that has been completed in the last two years. Visual artists should also include a short, one paragraph artist statement. Poets will submit three poems on disk. Poems must have been completed in the last two years. Entrants must include their name, address, phone number, email address, and year in school. Disks of artwork and poetry should be sent to:

Michelle St. Vrain, Interim Director of University Art Galleries
University of South Dakota
Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, Room 103E
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Entry Deadline:
November 6, 2015

Pairings Announced:
November 13, 2015

Collaborations Due:
January 15, 2016 (Bring to Libraries, Rm 131C)

Artwork Pickup:
May 2 – May 6, 2016 (Rm 131C)

Audrey Larsen, Dakota Writing Project
Michelle St. Vrain, Interim Director of University Art Galleries

Monday, September 21, 2015

Database Trial - Kanopy

Trial Link:
End Date: 31 October 2015
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Kanopy is a video streaming solution for colleges offering over 26,000 films including feature films, documentaries, and training videos and with many new releases launched daily. You can explore all films by looking under Browse Subjects.

With films relevant to all departments and faculty, some of the featured producers in Kanopy's collection include Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, First Run Features, BBC, New Day Films, etc. Films can be watched from anywhere, anytime by all staff and students.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Art Exhibit - The Sacred

Kara Dumke's Senior printmaking exhibit is now being displayed in the first floor University Libraries Gallery.

The exhibit will be up during the fall semester.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Database Trial - Met Opera on Demand

Trial: Sept. 9- Oct. 8, 2015


  • Online streaming database with 550 full-length Met performances
  • Multi-language subtitles, track listings with aria names and artists
  • Set up a personal list of favorites,
  • Resume Watching feature to pick up right where you left off (even on a different device)  

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

EBL Downtime - Sept 15

EBL eBooks will be down for maintenance on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 2 -5pm.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Library Hours - Labor Day

Sunday (9/06) - 10 am - 11pm
Monday (9/07) - 10 am - 2 am

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

University Libraries CSA Employee of the Year 2015

Congratulations to Sarah Hanson - University Libraries CSA Employee of the Year! 
Congratulations to our nominees - Sue Benton, Tonya Olson, Cathy Paltz, and Diane Frigge

Dan Daily and Sarah Hanson

Monday, August 17, 2015

Library Hours - Aug 22-23 and Fall Semester

Summer is almost over.  Hours will be changing this weekend.

Saturday (8/22)    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday (8/23)    10:00 am - 2:00 am
2015 Regular Fall Semester - Starting Monday Aug. 24

Monday  - Thursday     07:30 am - 02:00 am
Friday    07:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday    10:00 am - 02:00 am

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ProQuest Maintanance - TONIGHT!

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT, ProQuest will be performing critical maintenance to correct a load balancer error. The window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM  and will last for two (2) hours.

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available, and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:
  • Research databases
    • ProQuest platform (
    • ProQuest Congressional (
    • ProQuest Dialog (
    • ProQuest Research Companion
    • Literature Online (LION)