Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Research Skills Infographic from Credo Reference

Credo Reference has put the results of a 2014 survey they conducted into a very interesting infographic.  This infographic addresses employer expectations as well as the gap between faculty expectations and student knowledge when it comes to doing research.  How do we begin to bridge this gap?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Leon Panetta links

Looking for information on our next American Heritage Lecture Series distinguished speaker?  Look no further!  Here are a number of recent interviews with and addresses from  Leon E. Panetta.  The Perspectives on Current Events link provides links to some of Panetta's writing.

Commonwealth Club of California interview, Oct. 2014

Commonwealth Club of California interview, Oct. 2009
"The CIA: Preparing for Tomorrow's Challenges"

Free Library of Philadelphia Author Series, Oct. 2014
     MP3 Audio file 

NPR: Diane Rehm Show, Oct. 14, 2014
     Audio file

Panetta's published Perspectives on Current Events, 2001-2015

60 Minutes interview with Leon Panetta, Jan. 2012
      YouTube video

George Washington University, A Conversation with Leon Panetta, Oct. 2014
      YouTube video

Leon Panetta on Charlie Rose, Oct. 2014
     YouTube video

Leon Panetta on Capital Download, from USA Today with Susan Page, Oct. 2014
       YouTube video

World Affairs interview with Jane Wales, Feb. 2016
    YouTube video

Public Policy Institute of California, Sutton Family Speaker Series, Nov. 2015
    YouTube video

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Evaluating Websites

Below are links to two web pages on the topic of vaccination.  It is a controversial topic with strong feelings on both sides.  Analyze these two websites using the CRAAP test to identify which source you feel would be most useful to college level research.

Website #1

Website #2

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

University Seminar Links (Bartholomew-Feis)

Use the Web Evaluation checklist link to determine if the following websites are trustworthy and appropriate for college level reseach.  Use your "Deconstruct a Source" sheet to record your group's thoughts.

Web Evaluation checklist

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Welcome back!

If  you've stumbled across this blog while clicking around, welcome to BVU.  Or welcome back!

We've made a few changes this summer.   First, our URL has changed, (although the old URL still works to refer you seamlessly to the new one).  We are now at

Also, our web page gurus have figured out a way to display each day's hours on our web page!  You'll see that right above the search window for the catalog.

And we've made some changes to our line-up of article databases.  If you aren't finding what you need let us know.

The BVU Library stands ready to serve you with about 124,000 physical books and 145,000 ebooks, all of which can be discovered in the Library catalog.  Another amazing fact for you--through a combination of our own subscriptions and the full-text in databases we purchase, you have access to the full-text of over 40,000 magazines, journals, and newspaper!  And if you still can't get your hands on what you need, remember to try out our interlibrary loan service to obtain books and articles at no cost to you.

We'll have a booth at the Work-Study fair later this week, so if you need to earn the work-study money you've been awarded, find out more about working at the Library from our staff at the fair.  We have lots of slots to fill in on our schedule, including nights and weekends.

Happy Researching in 16-17!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Update on Ebsco E-book Access using Firefox

We have received this update from Ebsco Technical Support:

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience of eBook PDFs not loading in Firefox 45 and above. This issue is a result of an update to the Firefox code base which is incompatible with our eBook viewer. We are working to fully resolve this issue as soon as possible and in the meantime have implemented a fix that has restored access to eBook PDFs in Firefox. A byproduct of this fix is loss of page-to-page vertical scrolling for eBooks in Firefox, though all other navigation options remain available: table of contents links, page back and forward arrows, and entering a page number into the page number box.

So be sure to use the page arrows at the center bottom instead of the scroll bars.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hart English 100 Information Analysis and Annotated Bibliography links

CRAAP test and five characteristics of good information

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Cornell University Annotated Bibliography links: Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Wrap-Up and Reflection: Post your thoughts about today's session