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LexisNexis Becomes Nexis Uni

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The database LexisNexis Academic is getting a new name and interface. As of Thursday, December 14, LexisNexis Academic, the full text source for regional, national, and international newspapers as well as business, legal, and medical publications, and government documents, will be known as Nexis Uni.

According to LexisNexis, Nexis Uni will offer improved personalization, collaboration, and quick discovery. The company is phasing out the current interface this month.

The new interface has a search box they hope will be more intuitive for students. You can preview the new Nexis Uni from on-campus here. As of this Thursday, you will only be able to use the new interface.

If you have any questions about Nexis Uni and using the new interface, please ask a librarian.

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Support the Library for PSU Day of Giving!

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The University Library is pleased to participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that kicks off the charitable giving season. We encourage you to support the #PDXGiveChange campaign by making a contribution to the Library Fund or Open Textbooks.

Support the Library Fund

""Make a gift to the Library Fund today and your contribution will be used to address the current and critical needs of the library and help maintain our role as the center of an engaged urban campus. These funds also give us the flexibility to support new initiatives that align with our goal to be an outstanding library that constantly adapts, rethinks, innovates, and looks to the future. We listen to our students and faculty throughout the year, and support the areas of greatest need – from technology initiatives to space improvements, to creating comprehensive research collections.

A gift to the Library Fund is one of the most significant ways to contribute to tomorrow’s great leaders, thinkers, and innovators.

Support Open Textbooks

You can also make a gift to the fund for Open Textbooks. Did you know that students spend an average of $1,298 per year on books and supplies and the cost of printed textbooks continues to increase? This cost can be a barrier for college students, many of whom can’t afford the required course materials.

Portland State University Library aims to reduce this barrier to success through the creation and adoption of open textbooks. Open textbooks are faculty-authored, high quality textbooks made available for free online. PSU students have saved more than $150,000 through 15 open textbooks authored by PSU faculty. Portland State University open textbooks have been downloaded more than 36,000 times all over the world, in 75 countries including the United States, India, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Indonesia, South Africa, France, Canada, Philippines, Vietnam, China, and Mexico. Because of the library publishing infrastructure created through open textbooks, the Library’s project to reduce costs for PSU students is having global impact.

Please join us as we make education more affordable and open by donating to the Open Textbooks fund today.

Thank You!

Gifts of any size make a difference to our students. Thank you for supporting the Library, open textbooks, and Portland State University.


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Library Open 24 Hours from Nov 27 – Dec 7

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The Library will be open 24 hours from Monday, November 27 at 7:30 a.m. through Thursday, December 7 at midnight.

Using the Library at Night

After 9:00 p.m., a PSU ID card (the white card) is required to enter the building. Please use the card reader near the ADA-accessible door.

Return Your Books!

Please make sure to return your books before you leave campus for the term! There are three book drops available: inside the library, outside the library on the curve, and at the corner of SW 10th & Montgomery, near the Science Research & Teaching Building, accessible by car.

Getting To and From the Library

  • Staying on campus? Call Campus Public Safety at (503) 725-4407 for a safety escort to your vehicle or dorm.
  • Going to Goose Hollow? College Housing Northwest (CHN) also offers extended hours for their Goose Hollow Shuttle during the 24/7 Library service.

Stress Relief for Finals

SHAC‘s Wellness and Health Advisory Team (WHAT) will be at the Library providing stress relief services for students. Find them outside the Library at these times:

  • Tuesday, November 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Good Luck!

Good luck on finals, students!

More information:
Library Hours
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Portland State University Academic Calendar

Comics & Adaptations: A Conversation with Kelly Sue DeConnick and David F. Walker

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The University Library and Comics Studies Program at Portland State University invite you to attend a conversation with two of Portland’s most accomplished comics writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick and David F. Walker. Kelly Sue and David will discuss adapting stories and characters from other media, especially movies and books, into comic book form, and having comics they’ve created adapted into other media by others.

Wednesday, November 29
6:00 p.m.
Cramer Hall 53
Portland State University
Free and open to the public

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnickKelly Sue DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, Pretty Deadly; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called Bitch Planet, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014 and has since been nominated for an Eisner. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children. Under their company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc., DeConnick and Fraction are currently developing television for NBC/Universal.

David F. Walker

David F. WalkerDavid F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Secret Wars: Battleworld (Marvel Comics), Cyborg (DC Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics). In 2015, he wrote the novel Shaft’s Revenge, the first new novel starring private detective John Shaft in nearly 40 years. He is also the creator of the critically-acclaimed YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. Recognized as a leading scholar expert of African-American cinema, Walker produced one of the definitive documentaries on the topic of Blaxploitation films, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted.

Call for Proposals: PSU Library Seeks Faculty to Author Open Textbooks

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Open access textbooks present the opportunity to revolutionize how knowledge is disseminated. By making teaching materials freely available online, readers worldwide can engage with them, regardless of their ability to pay.

Since September 2014, Portland State University Library has published 15 PSU faculty-authored open textbooks. These textbooks have saved 1,460 PSU students more than $143,300, and the open textbooks have been downloaded more than 30,000 times here in Portland and around the world.

Stacks of books in the libraryWe invite PSU faculty members to submit textbook proposals for any discipline taught at PSU at undergraduate or postgraduate level (a PSU faculty member must be the sole or lead author). We seek proposals for texts that are comprehensive works geared toward a specific field of study. Preference will be given to proposals with applicability towards multiple, high-enrollment courses taught by faculty in a single department at PSU.

Faculty authors whose proposals are accepted for publication will receive a $2,500 grant. If requesting additional funding beyond the $2,500 grant amount, please include a detailed budget outlining all expenses. Requests for additional funding will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information on how the funds could be used please see the PDXScholar Submission Guidelines.

In this round of proposals, we are also looking for authors to participate in the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative. The Publishing Cooperative, a pilot program with the Open Textbook Network, is designed to provide access to a complete suite of editorial, design and production services in partnership with Scribe. For more information please contact Head of Digital Initiatives Karen Bjork.

Proposal Requirements

Please submit a description of your project and include the following information:

  1. Your name, job title, department; please include complete contact information. Include brief bios for coauthors if applicable.
  2. A statement of support from your Department Chair, Assistant/Associate Dean or Dean.
  3. Briefly describe the content of your book, and how it supports the intent of this open textbook project.
  4. Describe your intended audience, and any courses that would be likely to use the book at PSU or other schools.
  5. Provide manuscript specifics, such as a table of contents, chapter-by-chapter description, and the manuscript’s estimated length.
  6. If available, please provide sample chapters, preferably the introduction, and one or two substantive chapters.
  7. How often do you anticipate revisions/updates will be required?
  8. Include an up-to-date CV or résumé.
  9. Briefly discuss how you will address peer-review for your manuscript and please suggest 2–3 possible peer-reviewers (2 reviewers must not be affiliated with PSU), including contact information, affiliation, etc.

Project Timeline

January 12, 2018: Proposals due
February 2018: Applicants notified
February – September 2019: Textbooks written and published

Proposals are welcomed for textbooks that will be ready to publish between now and September 2019.

For more information please contact, Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives.

Browse the complete collection of open textbooks at Portland State University Library


Sign Up for Your SelectedWorks Profile

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Emblem for PDXScholar, the University Repository: Share, Preserve, Discover, Maximize Impact

SelectedWorks is a system for you to create a personalized web page showcasing your scholarship. PSU-affiliated authors are eligible for SelectedWorks profiles when adding works to PDXScholar.

Any PSU Faculty, staff, or student who has given a presentation or authored a publication is eligible to create a SelectedWorks profile; the service is a feature of PDXScholar, the University repository of PSU scholarship.


Get Started:

  1. Create an Account, or Reset your Password
    • Enter your pdx.edu email, and complete the form.
    • If Library staff have already set up your account, use the password reset option.
  2. Customize Your Profile
    • Select the About tab and add biographical information.
    • Be aware that only the completed sections will be displayed.
    • Important: Check the box to affiliate your profile with PSU.
  3. Add and Manage Works
    • Select the Works tab, and then Add Work.
    • Options:
      • Upload a File
        Choose this option if you are certain there are no copyright restrictions. If you are not sure, please email your file to pdxscholar@pdx.edu. Our team will check copyright terms and add your file to PDXScholar, then import it to SelectedWorks or add a link if copyright prevents upload.
      • Add a Link
        Use the DOI when possible, or link to the publisher’s website. Linking to the Library website is another option.
      • Add Metadata
        This option allows you to add the citation, or link or upload a file.
      • Import Works
        This option pulls works from PDXScholar into your SelectedWorks profile.
    • Important: Select Manage Categories to organize your works, change headings, and customize the display order of your works.
  4. Manage Your Account
    • Select the your name in the upper right, then Account Settings.
      • Change your password.
      • Make your profile public, or hide your profile.
  5. Reporting Tools
    • Select your name in the upper right, then Author Dashboard.
      • You will see a readership distribution map and download statistics.

Email Digital Initiatives Staff to find out more: pdxscholar@pdx.edu