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Library Partner Updates: January 2023

MU Libraries News & Updates

January 2023


 Library Instruction for Spring 2023!
  •  Coordinate with library faculty for customized research tutorials or class guides for your online courses

Spring semester is here! Collaborate with subject-specific librarians on customized research tutorials, videos, how-to modules, and guides. If you have already collaborated with a librarian in the past on tutorials or guides, please review those to ensure the content is ready (and let us know if it's not!). Planning ahead means we can meet your students' needs when and where they need us, and we look forward to working with you. 

  • Request spring instruction now to ensure we're available when you need us

Now is the time to request in-person or synchronous/asynchronous library instruction for Spring '23.  Library faculty are happy to visit your classes, collaborate on specific assignments, work with you to create research modules, and everything in between. Requesting early means securing us for your course schedule/syllabus to complement your research assignment deadlines.


 ETD Update for grad students and faculty

New Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) at Marshall

Updated guidelines for writing ETDs (electronic theses and dissertations) at Marshall University are now available on the ETD webpage, and provide insight and guidance about:

  • style and formatting expectations
  • mandatory steps required before beginning research
  • a checklist that students can follow (which is the same checklist used by the ETD review team) 

New word processor templates are forthcoming and will be posted soon on the ETD webpage



 New Art Exhibit in Drinko Library: Reclaiming Hope

MU Libraries' Spring 2023 art exhibit, Optimism In Appalachia: Reclaiming Hope through Artwork, Crafts, and Poetry, aims to highlight creative works that reveal, illuminate, and engage audiences with a sense of happiness and hope. In Optimism in Appalachia: Reclaiming Home through Artwork, Crafts, and Poetry, you will find a diverse array of artists, writers, and crafters displaying work that highlights a sense of hope, joy, and anticipation for a better future.

We encourage our students, faculty, staff, and community members to peruse the first three floors of Drinko Library to view the art, and join us February 2nd at 4pm in the Drinko Atrium for the opening reception.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with Sabrina Thomas at if you have any questions. 


 For your entertainment: HerdCon PopCast 

Missing the excitement and fun of HerdCon throughout the year? 

Consider listening to the HerdCon PopCast where hosts discuss all things pop culture and nerdy with special guests, ranging from MU students and faculty to members of our community. With new episodes, monthly, they're focused on staying in touch all year long as they prepare for upcoming HerdCon events. Visit HerdCon on Facebook for info and updates!


 New Database: Kanopy BASE

Looking for scholarly streaming content for your F2F or virtual courses?

We now have access to Kanopy BASE (Bundled Academic Subscription for Education), an on-demand video streaming service that provides access to 10,000+ feature films, documentaries, and educational videos from 110 providers across a wide variety of subjects.

  • Look for the Browse option at the top of the Kanopy BASE home screen to view all topics.
  • Each Kanopy BASE video has a Share button (next to Details, below the video) which offers a Link, an Embed code, and a Citation Tool, making it quick and easy to share with students or drop into Blackboard.
  • Not seeing titles you were hoping to see? The Kanopy BASE team compiled our current collection for us. However, we have a limited amount of funds to add new titles, so please make requests sparingly, and please coordinate as a department/college before asking for additional titles so we can get the most out of what we are able to purchase. Then, when your list of requests is compiled, please contact Angela Strait, our Collection & Resource Management Librarian: Office: (304) 696-4356 / Email: