Friday, August 17, 2018

Welcome Students!

ProQuest maintenance Saturday, Aug 18

Due to maintenance of  ProQuest platforms, the following products will be temporarily unavailable for approximately eight hours beginning Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 19 p.m. .

ProQuest Books (these products will be available within 5-hours of the maintenance start time):
•    Ebook Central
Research databases (and all other products listed below; 8-hour duration):
•    ProQuest platform (
•    ProQuest Congressional (
•    Ancestry Library Edition
•    Digital Sanborn Maps

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
•    Books in Print®

Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Resources - expanded access to JoVE

Thanks to some additional funding made available by the BRIN grant, University Libraries is able   expand our JoVE coverage for the next 3 years.

University Libraries now has access to all of JoVE except for engineering. 

JoVE Journal of Visualized Experiments  
The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal.  JoVE publishes experimental techniques in a visual, video format with detailed text protocols to increase scientific reproducibility and productivity  Coverage includes Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Cancer Research, Chemistry, Developmental Biology, the Environment, Genetics, and Immunology and Infection.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New resource - JSTOR Arts & Sciences VIII - Evidence-Based Evaluation

University Libraries has obtained JSTOR Arts & Sciences VIII - Evidence-Based Evaluation through Dec. 31, 2018.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences VIII - Evidence-Based Evaluation broadens coverage of core humanities disciplines; features rare 19th- and early 20th-century American art periodicals from the Frick, the Met, and the Brooklyn Museum; contains noteworthy titles such as Poetry and BOMB

Titles can be found in the library catalog or searching JSTOR

Monday, August 13, 2018

Library Hours - Fall Semester

Fall semester hours start August 20.

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - Midnight
Friday 7:30 am - 10 pm
Saturday 10 am -10 pm
Sunday 10 am - Midnight

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ladies Who Go There!

University Libraries at USD exhibits interactive art installation by Janet Braun-Reinitz (NY) and Sarah Maple (UK)

VERMILLION, S.D. – Ladies Who Go There! by artists Janet Braun-Reinitz (Brooklyn, NY) and Sarah Maple (Sussex, UK) is a politically motived, audience-interactive art installation consisting of one-of-a-kind collaged postcards hung on clotheslines in a reference to classic “women’s work.” The installation is currently on view at the University Libraries at the University of South Dakota, 2nd floor, through October 19, and is hosted by the University Libraries’ Art and Exhibits Committee.

Each postcard is collaged with printed text, typically from newspapers or magazines, or from other sources including telephone books, government documents, and maps and then layered onto collaged backgrounds, sometimes with painted elements. Participants are greeted with the instructions: “Select a postcard. Remove from the clothesline. Write a message on the back – verbal or visual. Don’t be shy. Return the postcard to the clothesline with your message showing. Take a badge/button of your choosing as a thank you from the ladies.” Participants can then select from nine different buttons with messages such as: “I only read fake news,” “Eve was framed!,” “Race matters,” “Artists are here to disturb the peace,” “Question authority,” and “Dissent.”

The subjects of the cards vary widely. Most are political, addressing pressing contemporary national and international social justice issues (including racism, sexism, disasters, immigration, war, et al.), while others are quite simply humorous.

Braun-Reinitz and Maple bring their internationally traveling exhibition outside of traditional art venues in the hope that large and diverse audiences can publically participate in the sharing of ideas. They want each participant to share with other viewers and participants (as well as Braun-Reinitz and Maple) conversations in real time and across the length of the installation.

Committee member Sarah A. Hanson-Pareek, Curator of Photographs and Digital Projects, at the University Libraries said, “Our hope is that community members will challenge themselves in what it means to interact with art they may find difficult, to have honest dialogue, to stretch themselves, to ask hard questions, and ultimately to engage. Some participants will find the exhibition cathartic, some will find anger, and others will have a mixed sense of response. This exhibition is akin to an analog social media adventure and we hope that engagement is high in order to create meaningful discussions.”

“Hewing closely to the University Libraries’ Art and Exhibits Committee’s commitment to bringing art and artists to the USD community that challenge our perspectives and makes us think deeply, Ladies Who Go There! promises to engage students, faculty and staff, and community members in critical questions related to race, gender, immigration and other social justice issues,” said Dean of Libraries Dan Daily.

Braun-Reinitz is a muralist, painter, teacher, and activist committed to social justice. Since 1984, she has collaborated in painting more than 60 community murals – in many venues in NYC, including public schools, health care facilities, day care centers, community gardens, etc. – as well as elsewhere in the US and internationally. Her studio work has been widely exhibited.

Her ongoing commitment to social justice began in 1961 when she was a freedom rider, arrested and jailed in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is frequently an artist-in-residence, and most recently in 2017, at Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy, she worked with Sarah Maple on Ladies Who Go There!, which is funded by the Puffin Foundation and was recently exhibited at the Nasty Women’s International Conference in the UK.

Braun-Reinitz has co-authored two books, The Mural Book: A Practical Guide for Educators and On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in NYC.

“I find conceptual parallels and formal connections to works as diverse as the narrative predellas of Italian altar-pieces and the paintings of Jacob Lawrence. Whatever the size, from large scale hanging banners to small books, it is my hope that viewers will enter into a dialogue – internally or with others – on how to think their way through this provocation of images,” said Braun-Reinitz.

Maple is an award-winning visual artist known for her bold, brave, mischievous and occasionally controversial artworks that challenges notions of identity, religion, and the status quo. Much of Maple’s inspiration originates from being raised as a Muslim with parents of mixed religious and cultural backgrounds.

Maple completed a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2007, and in the same year won the 4 New Sensations award for emerging artists, run by the Saatchi Gallery. Maple’s artwork, film, and performances have been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including Tate Britain (London), A.I.R. Gallery (NY), AGO (Canada), New Art Exchange (Nottingham), and Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast) and Kunisthoone (Estonia.)

Maple’s work has been the subject of several documentaries. She published her first book, You Could Have Done This, in 2015.

For more information, please contact Sarah A. Hanson-Pareek at, Danielle De Jager-Loftus at, or Michael Boring at
The exhibition is located at the top of the stairs on the second floor of the library and open to the public during library operating hours (

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Library Employee Years of Service Celebration 2018

Congratulations to library employees for their years of service

Carol Knutson - 40 Years
Danielle Dejager-Loftus - 25 Years
Sarah Hanson-Pareek 15 years

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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Updated Saturday, April 14 library hours

For the safety of our patrons and staff, the University Libraries will be open on Saturday, April 14th from 10am-8pm due to the forecasted winter storm. We will resume our regular hours on Sunday, April 15th from 10am-2am. Thank you

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Human Library Books - April 28

Spring 2018 Book Titles and Descriptions 

Don’t Judge a Muslim Woman by Her Cover
Muslim women face multiple stereotypes daily. Such as the idea that they are all covered in modest clothing, or they are oppressed, not educated, weak, or a symbol of threat. People are afraid of what they don’t know. As a Muslim woman, I think that the dominant image of Muslim women in the western world does not represent me and my Muslim community. Please come meet me and ask me any questions.

I Don’t Catch Babies
What does a Doula do? How is a Doula different from a midwife? There are many misconceptions about Doulas and what we do. Come talk with me about this misunderstood vocation.

Experiencing Diversity
Being raised in a Catholic and Orthodox Jewish household by parents of different nationalities exposed me to diversity at a young age. I began to recognize this when I joined the military and we all needed to work together – regardless of our differences. Come ask me questions to learn how I use diversity to benefit our community.

The Shadow Proves the Sunshine: Mental Illness, Abuse Recovery
What is it like to have illnesses that no one can see? How do they impact growing up in a rural community where mental illness is regarded as weakness? How can someone remain hopeful after years of abuse? This book holds answers and a tale you won’t easily forget.

Recovering Drug Addict
For years I turned to drugs to escape reality. Which drug it was didn’t matter to me—as long as I could have the escape. Drug to drug, my life was centered on finding the next high, but living many lows…  I am grateful to be living today as a recovering drug addict, rather than dying from drug use. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences as I answer your questions.

The Mind of a Cop
Being a police officer is one of the toughest occupations around the world. However, it can also be one of the most life-changing, as every day that I spend wearing that uniform I see the worst society has to offer and sometimes the best. What do you see and think when you notice a police officer? You see a uniform, a badge, a gun? You may think, “Will he pull me over?” “Does he need to make his quota?” “Will I get shot?” Police officers are just as human as everyone else. We are fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers. So many stereotypes and perceptions are out there about law enforcement officers and how we work or what we think. Take this opportunity to sit down and learn what goes on in the mind of a cop. Just don’t forget the doughnuts.

A Nation’s Scapegoat: The American Teacher
No Child Left Behind. Teacher accountability. Standardized testing. Differentiation. More testing. Failing schools. English Language Leaners. More testing. Legislation. World rankings. More testing.
As an educator for 20 years, Martha has faced being one of the scapegoats. She has experience teaching in different parts of the country, as well as in Catholic and public schools. Are there differences? Many assume that there is an education crisis. Is there really? Are teachers doing enough? Come visit with Martha. She looks forward to an insightful conversation as she answers your questions.

Experiencing Education in Two Countries
Being an international student at a university in the United States is quite different than being a student at home in India. For example, I needed to complete an undergraduate degree within four years, and math must be computed without a calculator in India. There are many differences I would like to share. I welcome your questions!

Dissenting and Conforming
Come meet this book who went from protesting the war in Iraq to serving in the U.S. Navy eight years later. He thought he would be an odd duck entering the service at 33 years old, but discovered everyone has their own unique story for why they serve. He welcomes your questions.

Change of Perspective
A new culture is an instant opportunity to learn because it gives you a paradigm shift and sometimes what you believe to be wrong is perfectly acceptable to do in some parts of the world. I discovered this when I moved to the United States from India to complete my masters in Computer Science. We should stop being judgmental and embrace the fact that the world is such a beautiful, diverse place to live in and the best thing to do is experience all the things that come along your way.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trial - LatAm Studies - Estudios latinamericanos

Trial now until 04/30/2018.

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LatAm Studies - Estudios latinamericanos

LatAm-Studies Full Text Online is a database service dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research on Latin America and the Caribbean. It contains licensed journals and other academic content of the most prestigious research institutions in the region and the world.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Library Hours - Easter Break

Thursday (3/29) 7:30 am - 5 pm
Friday - Sunday (3/30-4/1) Closed

Friday, March 16, 2018

Trial - The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition

Trial now until 4/29/2018

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The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition gathers for the first time in one place the collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century. The result of a multi-year collaboration among Eliot's Estate, Faber and Faber Ltd., Johns Hopkins University Press, the Beck Digital Center of Emory University, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, this eight-volume critical edition dramatically expands access to material that has been restricted or inaccessible in private and institutional collections for almost fifty years.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Trial--American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection

EBSCO partners with American Antiquarian Society (AAS), the premier library documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction, to provide digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912.

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Trial now until 4.6.18.  Please access each database with the links below.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 1 (1684-1820)

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2 (1821-1837)

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 3 (1838-1852)

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 4 (1853-1865)

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 5 (1866-1912)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Library Hours - Spring Break

Friday (3/2) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Saturday - Sunday (3/3-4) Closed*
Monday - Friday (3/5-9) 8 am - 5 pm*
Saturday (3/10) Closed*
Sunday (3/11) 10 am - 2 am

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Students in Joe Schaeffer’s Publication Design course in the College of Fine Arts are displaying a social media campaign titled “Takeover” from February 13 to March 30, 2018 in the second floor of the library. In this display, the students wish to inform the campus about the every growing threat of antibiotic resistance and preventative measures they can take.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

No reference services - Feb. 17-19

The reference desk will close at 5 p.m. today, February 16 and reopen Tuesday, February 20. We will not be monitoring electronic questions over the holiday.  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Library Hours - Presidents Day

Saturday (2/17) 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday (2/18) 11 am - 5 pm
Monday (2/19) 10 am - 2 am

Monday, January 22, 2018

Current subscription to Annual Reviews Cancelled

The publisher, Annual Reviews (AR), introduced a new pricing structure as of January 2018 which would increase our AR subscription cost by 19%. USD librarians needed to seriously consider the continuation of our subscription to this resource because a typical increase for an ongoing subscriptions is 3-6 %. USD Libraries made the decision to cancel AR.

Access to volumes published prior to 2018 will remain available. For content published after January 1, 2018, users can generally obtain articles via interlibrary loan. Much of the health and medicine related content becomes available in PubMed Central (PMC) after a 6 – 12 month embargo.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Trial - covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up personalized alerts. Your access to is available from any location, on or off campus.

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Link to trial

Friday, January 12, 2018

Library Hours - Martin Luther King Day

Saturday (1/13) 10 am - 5 pm*
Sunday (1/14) 11 am - 5 pm*
Monday (1/15) 10 am - 2 am

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Library Phone Numbers

In January 2018, the library will be transitioning from our current analog phone system to a digital phone system—Voice over IP (VoIP).

During January, the current analog phone system will remain available. 

Phone numbers for the Circulation Desk and Inter library Loan have not changed.  

Phone numbers on the Library website have been updated.

A listing of updated staff phone numbers can be found at