Thursday, February 27, 2014

Waldo Library to close at 10pm tonight

Due to extreme weather conditions, Waldo Library will close at 10pm tonight instead of its normal midnight closing time.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Logging into SciFinder

It can be a challenge when you first try to access the chemistry database SciFinder Scholar. This database requires users to set up an account before they can access the database. Here area some tips to make this less painful for WMU students, faculty, and staff:
  • Register for an account from SciFinder's User Registration page. You must register before SciFinder will allow you to log in.
  • You must use your WMU email address ( when registering. Otherwise SciFinder won't recognize that you are part of the WMU subscription to SciFinder and won't allow you access to the database.
  • Pay attention to the requirements for user names and passwords. They can be a little tricky.
  • Once you have registered, look for an email from SciFinder in you WMU email account -- you must click on a link in this email to activate your account. The email usually comes within five minutes of registering, although it can sometimes take longer.
If you still have problems accessing SciFinder even after following these tips, let me know and we can troubleshoot.  Good luck!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

OpenGeoSci - New geosciences database

Detail of OpenGeoSci search screen

Just today I've added a link to OpenGeoSci to the Geosciences Subject Guide. This new article database allows users to perform an article search and then filter the results by an geographical area filter; by clicking on a map interface; or by other, more standard article database limits. This is a powerful and innovative way to find geology research. Give it a try!

Friday, December 14, 2012

New look for Library website

Starting Mon.,  Jan. 17, University Libraries website will look a lot different.

Screenshot of Libraries home page.Why?  Because out site is migrating to WMU's new content management system (CMS) . This means the Libraries webpages will have a similar look as the WMU main page and a few other departments that have already migrated.  An advantage of the new CMS is its "responsive design" feature -- the links and components of the website automatically rearrange to better fit the screen on which the website is being viewed.  Now our site will be more mobile device-friendly, as functional for someone viewing it on a smart phone as it is for someone viewing is on a 15 inch monitor.

Asides from that change, there should be little difference in functionality between the old and new website. The URLs for all of the pages will be the same, and users will have access to the same library resources through the website as before the migration. 

Questions or concerns?  Please feel free to let me know.