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Library Workshop: Manage Citations with Zotero and Mendeley

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Citation management software allows you to download citations and articles from various websites and databases, electronically store and organize the citations, annotate and highlight articles, and format the citations for your paper and bibliography. This workshop covers the advantages and disadvantages of Zotero and Mendeley, helping you decide which one is right for you.

This winter term librarian Michael Bowman is offering this workshop at two times:

  • Tuesday, January 30, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 7, 4-5:30 p.m.

Both workshops are located in Room 160 near the elevators on the Library’s first floor.

Learn more about Library workshops.

New Database: PolicyMap Online Mapping & Reporting Tool

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PolicyMap is a web-based, online mapping and reporting tool that offers data on U.S. demographics, real estate, health, jobs, education, and more. The program allows users to make maps, tables, and reports from an extensive collection of datasets.

While some features of PolicyMap are available for free, the Library’s paid subscription and site license mean you have access to more data, including proprietary data, as well as powerful mapping, reporting, and analytical tools.

When you access PolicyMap through the Library website, you can use PolicyMap to do the following:

  • Make maps
  • Upload your own address-level data
  • Download data
  • Create market reports
  • Find areas that meet up to three criteria
  • Share your data and interactive maps with others

PolicyMap includes datasets from approximately one hundred public and proprietary sources. Some of the proprietary data sources (not available in the free version) including the following:

  • Home sales data
  • Locations of non-profit organizations
  • School district ratings and performance

The PolicyMap Data Directory details their complete list of public and proprietary data sources.

PolicyMap offers several tutorials and guides to help users learn and finesse the tools and features. For even more detail, the PolicyMap Primer provides a complete overview of all the PolicyMap features and functions.

If you have questions about PolicyMap, please ask a librarian.

 

“Does the Library have my textbook?”

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We know students want to save money on their textbooks. The Library does have some textbooks, but not all of them. We might have your textbook on reserve or in our regular collection.

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Here’s how to find out if we have your textbook:

PSU Library Course Reserves

Instructors sometimes place textbooks and other course readings on reserve in the Library. We have both paper reserves (physical textbooks, for example) and electronic reserves (online articles and eBooks). Did your instructor place your textbook and course readings on reserve?

PSU Library Stacks & Summit Libraries

PSU Library may own a copy of a textbook but your instructor has not placed it on reserve. You may borrow this book from the Library.

If PSU Library doesn’t have the book, it may be available at a Summit library. You can request books from Summit and, if available, they usually arrive at the PSU Library Circulation Desk within a few days. You may borrow Summit books for six weeks.

Not at the Library?

PSU Bookstore is your first stop for textbook purchases.

Still have questions? Please Ask a Librarian for help.

Note: we are unable to request textbooks through Interlibrary Loan.

Tom Bielavitz Named Interim Dean

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the University Library welcome Tom Bielavitz as Interim Dean of the PSU Library.

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Tom Bielavitz, most recently Assistant University Librarian for Administrative Services, Planning and Digital Initiatives, is recognized by his colleagues as a capable leader with a wealth of experience at Portland State that will enable him to continue the important work underway at the Library. He received his received MLIS from Drexel University and began his library career in 1993, first working in Blackwell’s Book Services distribution center in Blackwood, NJ, and then in its US Headquarters in Lake Oswego, OR. He joined the Portland State University Library faculty in 2006.

Marilyn Moody

The Library thanks Dean Marilyn Moody for her five and half years of service at Portland State. According to Interim Provost Margaret Everett, “Marilyn has made numerous contributions to the library and as a member of the academic leadership team. Her leadership on open educational resources and efforts to lower the cost of instructional materials for our students has positioned PSU as a leader in the state on this important issue. I will miss working with her and wish her all the best in the future.”

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.


Give to the Library Fund
Give to Open Textbooks

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
Ask a Librarian
Portland State University Academic Calendar