New Hours for Fall Semester

We’re back from break and back to our new, extended semester hours! The first floor of Carlson Library is open overnight five days a week… just use your Rocket Card to swipe into the library after midnight.  Upper floors and the basement level close at 12 midnight on nights we’re open late.

First Floor is open:

  • Sunday 9 a.m. – Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Other floors are open:

  • Monday – Thursday  7:30 a.m. – 12 midnight
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 midnight

See our University Libraries hours page for a full list of hours for individual services, as well as our holiday exceptions for Fall semester.

LibGuides now available in Blackboard classes

The UT Libraries are making access to high quality research materials easier for students. Every Blackboard classroom now has a link in its menu to subject-specific LibGuides (library guides), providing students with an introduction to finding articles, e-Books, internet sources, textbooks, and more. LibGuides are available 24/7 from smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Instructors are invited to collaborate with a UT librarian to develop a LibGuide specifically for their class needs, otherwise students will be directed to a general subject guide, or to the University of Toledo LibGuides website. Contact a subject librarian to discuss possibilities.


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Updated Find It! Button Connects You to Full Text Faster

We’ve been making some changes behind the scenes to our Find It button, which you may have seen in many of our article databases.  If you see new Find It at UT button in your search results, you can click on it to see if we have full text access to articles or to link to our library catalog and interlibrary loan request forms.

Some of the improvements we’ve made are:

  • The Find It! button will take you directly to our ‘best bet’ for full text from any of our resources.  (see Figure 1)
  • If for some reason our ‘best bet’ doesn’t bring up full text (or if you’re asked to pay), just click on the link in the upper right to go to a full list of all possible sources for full text. (see Figures 1 & 2)
  • Additional options from the full list include searching for the title in our library catalog, submitting an ILLiad interlibrary loan request, exporting the citation to EndNote, or searching for the title words in Google Scholar.  (See Figure 2)

We plan to include the updated Find It! button in all of our databases before the Fall semester begins, but you may see some of the old style links in some databases until we work with each database vendor to make the change.

Screenshot of Full Text Found

Figure 1: Best Bet for Full Text found

Screenshot of Full Listing of Options

Figure 2: Full Listing of Options


Updated features in Web of Knowledge

The Web of Knowledge platform (which supports BIOSIS biology database, the multidisciplinary Web of Science citation indexes, and other databases) has been updated!  New features include:

  • spelling suggestions for search terms
  • automatic fill-in as you enter journal names
  • easier logging in to  your account, and easier output of results to e-mail, EndNote, etc.
  • more coverage of open access journals.

Full details can be found in this PDF or in this guided slideshow with audio.

This is a great source for doing research in a wide variety of subject areas, as well as investigating where authors’ work has been cited in other journal articles.  Check it out today!

Library Professors Author New Book for Grief Bibliotherapy

Book CoverDeath – the final mystery of life. During our lifetime, each one of us will experience the loss of a loved one. Developing coping skills that enable us to accept the grief process and survive bereavement is most important during our formative years. Each one of us needs to develop a personal mechanism for coping with the death of a family member, a friend or neighbor, and even a beloved pet.

Identifying literature that educators and caregivers can use to assist children and young adults in developing coping skills to understand and accept the death of a loved one was the motivating factor for the book, Death, Loss, and Grief in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12. The 613 resources represent books, media, and Internet sites that students in kindergarten through high school can use to help them cope with their loss.

Alice Crosetto, Associate Professor, University Libraries, and Rajinder Garcha, Professor Emeritus, University Libraries, hope that this resource will help children and young adults, as well as their caregivers and teachers, with this final mystery.

UPDATE: Student Research to be presented at Carlson Library

On Tuesday April 30th from 4-6 p.m., the University Libraries and the Office of Undergraduate Research will host a reception and poster session featuring undergraduate students’ research.  The research posters were previously exhibited at the 6th Annual Posters at the Capitol event on April 9th, where students from northwest Ohio were able to explain their research to state legislators and others at the Ohio Statehouse.  Other posters were presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held April 11-13 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Please stop by the Carlson Library concourse to see the posters, meet the researchers, and learn about what is being investigated at the undergraduate level at UT.  Light refreshments will be served.

Celebrate National Library Week at UT Libraries

Join the University of Toledo Libraries in celebrating National Library Week next week, April 15-21.  We will be hosting two receptions to unveil our new READ posters, featuring some familiar faces from the UT community with their favorite books.  The receptions will also give you a chance to hear about some of the newest initiatives from the libraries, and we will be giving away a $100 gift card to the UT Bookstore to help you buy next semester’s textbooks (Separate drawings at each library; must be present to win).  Refreshments will be provided at both receptions.

  • Carlson Library, Monday April 15 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Mulford Library, Tuesday April 16 at 1:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 17th, the UT Libraries will have a used book sale in the Carlson Library concourse.  Stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to look for some great deals!

National Library Week

New Collection: Muslim Journeys

Muslim Journeys LogoThe University Libraries has recently received the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a grant of twenty-five books and three films on aspects of Islamic culture and religion for our collections.  During 2013, we will be presenting a variety of programs to feature these materials and the themes they represent.  Our first program will be a book discussion of Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam co-sponsored with the UT-Muslim Students Association on March 19th at 6 p.m. in Student Union Room 2582.  Other programs will include a lecture on Islamic Art by Carolyn Putney at the Toledo Museum of Art in September, and a film screening as part of the Toledo Lucas-County Public Library’s Film Focus series.  A full calendar of events (including those at Owens College & Lourdes University, who also received the grant) is available on our Muslim Journeys LibGuide.  Additional information about the collection, including introductory essays, discussion points, and related materials, is available on the LibGuide or at the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf site.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Catalog & Database Lists Improved!

We’re rolling out improvements to the look and functionality of two important library resources today!

Click to see a larger screenshot with explanations.

The library catalog will get a new look… now your search will bring up the most relevant materials to the top of your search, and you’ll be able to further refine your search by location, format, date, etc. using the menus at the left.  Also new is one step searching for articles, right from the catalog search results.  This brings almost all of our materials– books, articles, DVDs, and much more–into a single easy search.  Check it out today!  The old version of the library catalog is still available for searching, too.

The other major improvement is to our list of research databases and other electronic resources.  Our new page features an alphabetical menu across the top and an expanded menu of subject categories.  All databases are listed, including those that we get through OhioLINK and those that we purchase just for University of Toledo users.  Signing in from off campus is easy–just use your name and Rocket ID number, including the ‘R’ at the beginning.

If you have any comments on these changes, please let us know either here in the blog or at

Rosamond Purcell Artist’s Lecture Thursday February 28th

On Thursday February 28th the Department of Art and the Friends of the University Libraries will host a noon lecture by internationally recognized photographer and author Rosamond Purcell.   Purcell, whose work frequently celebrates cultural and natural history, is best known for her photographs of collections that document these histories.  These photographs often focus on objects that have been preserved in the archives and collections of natural history museums, representing significant turning points in scientific history and are, in their own right, aesthetically beautiful. She has written or illustrated 17 books and has worked collaboratively with some of the world’s most esteemed scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould.  In addition to participating in numerous group exhibitions, Ms Purcell has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of her photography.   Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions including The Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  Additionally, her work can be found in Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Slate magazine.
This event is free and open to the public. Reception with refreshments will immediately follow the lecture.

Date/Time: February 28th at 12:00 noon
Place: Canaday Center for Special Collections, 5th floor, Carlson Library
University of Toledo, Bancroft campus

For further information please contact:

David Remaklus at: , 419.530.4030