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Library Partner Updates: March 2021

March 2021

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Icon of two people with talk bubbles; blue box with white font: Faculty Support.

MU Library's research librarians are available to support you in planning your research curriculum for next semester:

  • provide custom Research Instruction based on your students' needs and the assignment requirements.
  • brainstorm unique approaches to adapting your research assignment to fully take advantage of our freely available (to you and your students) print or online scholarly resources (such as books, journals, online database content, movies, etc.).
  • assist with reviewing your course syllabi to see if any paid resources can be replaced by:
    • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
    • Library Reserves (when your personal copy, or a library copy, gets put on special circulation, able to be checked-out by your students, but only for limited periods of time)
    • Textbook Loan Program (when the copy of a current textbook gets put on special circulation, able to checked-out by anyone, but only for limited periods of time)

Green box with black text: Engagement Tools. Image of two people connected by arrows.

A recent conversation in MU's Distance Education Support Community Team revealed the benefits of using the built-in Polls tool in Microsoft Teams meetings. YouTube Icon Watch this step-by-step tutorial on how to use this new feature that lets you add Polls based on Microsoft Forms technology directly into each Microsoft Teams meetings. This video also shows how to use Poll in Microsoft Teams meetings - create edit, launch and gather data to download into Excel. (This video was uploaded to YouTube in November 2020.)

Orange box with white text: Database Spotlight. Black image of computer screen with a globe on it.

Oxford Scholarship Online offers access to thousands of academic works from the celebrated scholarly list of Oxford University Press, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law. In numbers, this database offers:

  • 17,000+ books
  • 27 subject modules
  • 370+ subdisciplines
  • Written by 19,000+ authors
  • From 2,600+ institutions
  • Located in 90+ countries
  • Updated 12 times a year

Their Featured Book for March 3rd, 2021, could be interesting for some LCOB faculty:

Screenshot of database featured book

Purple box with white text: Brainstorm Aid. Image of a cartoon brain with a lightning bolt shooting out.

If your students need help brainstorming topics, or understanding how certain topics are connected, you may suggest that they try out the Mind Map tool in the Credo Reference database. Students can enter a search term and, for (most) results, the interactive Mind Map will appear, with branches to related topics. When a student clicks on any item, the Mind Map will reorient itself based on that new selection. And because it's located within the Credo platform, all links take your students to reference entry pages, which provide in-depth foundational information for each selected idea/keyword. 

Screenshot of Credo Reference Results page for the term "Economics" which features the Mind Map tool.

Image: Screenshot of the Credo Reference results page for the keyword "economics," which features the Mind Map on the right side of the screen. 

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