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Collection news: Nursing video additions

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 19:00 -- Kelly Bradish

Students and instructors in nursing and related fields, we have an announcement for you!

Several new streaming videos were recently added to the Nursing Education in Video collection. These films present an overview of HIPAA, content from the Preventing Bloodborne Infections series, detailed presentations about the muscular and circulatory systems, and more.

Here's the list of new titles. Don't stop there! Browse the Nursing Education in Video collection and our other nursing/medical databases, and see what they have to offer.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Collection news: Freegal is here!

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 12:00 -- Kelly Bradish

We're excited to announce that Freegal has been added to our collection!

What's Freegal? Freegal is a free and legal (free+legal=Freegal! Get it?) music download service. With the barcode number on your Fairmont State or Pierpont ID, you can download three songs per week and keep them forever!

The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs.

Freegal houses the entire Sony music catalog and more.

Remember, a campus ID barcode number, located on the back of the card, is required to use this service.

Here's how Freegal works:

1. Go to Freegal's login page at

2. Type in the barcode number on your campus ID. It's on the back of the card.

3. Search for and download up to three (3) songs per week. The service updates your limit every Monday evening.

4. When downloading on a campus lab computer, DO NOT save mp3s to the computer! Just like any other file, you need to use a jump drive or save files to your U drive. Otherwise, they'll be gone once you log off.

Questions? Contact Kelly or Toru or Ask Us here.

Collection news: New titles in Films on Demand

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 17:17 -- Kelly Bradish

Watch and learn with new titles from Films on Demand!

Films on Demand has added several titles from a variety of fields, including health & medicine, economics, social sciences, and more. Here are just a few of the new streaming films:

Library hours during intersession

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 11:46 -- Kelly Bradish

It's hard to believe, but fall semester is near! Once summer classes are over, the Library will be operating on its intersession schedule, which we've posted below and on our hours page.

Remember that you can send us a question or message anytime using email, twitter, or text. All our contact info and frequently asked questions are here.

We hope you're having a wonderful summer!

Update: The Library will be open until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16.

Brief Science Direct outage scheduled

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 11:16 -- Kelly Bradish

We received an announcement from one of our database providers that we wanted to share with you.

Elsevier has notified us that Science Direct will be offline for maintenance from Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 PM EDT until Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 PM EDT.

Elsevier added that service disruptions such as slower response times and unexpected outages are also possible throughout the day on Saturday.

Thanks for your understanding regarding this database update!

Tools for finding your roots

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:51 -- Kelly Bradish

If you're digging for more info about your family tree, we have several resources for you!

First, though, we wanted to share a recent, attention-getting blog post from a New York Public Library librarian. If you're interested in Ellis Island, or genealogy in general, we recommend you read it. It's called Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was).

Here at our Library, we have old newspapers (not indexed! Even with a known date range, expect to spend some time searching) that you can view on microfilm for obituaries and other items. We also have books about researching your family history. These and other online resources are featured in our Genealogy LibGuide.

Finally, some advice from a genealogy blogger:

Info to know: Facebook Graph Search

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 09:45 -- Kelly Bradish

You might have heard that Facebook is rolling out Graph Search.

Catchy but vague name? Check. Here's what it is, straight from the wizards behind the curtain: Graph Search is a way to "look up anything shared with you on Facebook...others can find stuff you’ve shared with them. Each person sees unique results." For instance, let's say you want to find friends who run, so that you can get a 5K team together. You can look for friends (or friends of friends) who have listed running as an interest using Graph Search. Your results will depend on others' privacy settings.

Graph Search is not yet available for mobile -- one of the drawbacks that CNET pointed out this week.

Another drawback relates to privacy, of course. CNET also sums this up: "There's something unsettling about Facebook making an unexpected connection between you and something you've shown interest in, and then highlighting that behavior to an undefined group of people." ReadWrite also explains how this could be problematic for Facebook and its users down the road as more people use Graph Search, perhaps for sketchy purposes.

What does this mean? You knew we'd get to this eventually: It's a good time to check those privacy settings (again).

Remember, you might have a friend of a friend who works at a company you might interview with someday. Do you want them to know about all your interests? All the places you've checked in at? Let's also not forget that some of your Facebook friends might be friends with relatives, exes, or relatives of exes. Yikes!

Chances are, Facebook's privacy settings aren't arranged the way they were the last time you checked. So, here's a current step-by-step guide from Mashable.

Finally, if there's something you don't want people to find about you on Facebook.....don't post it on Facebook.


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