Thursday, April 28, 2011

Writing Center Hours for Exams

The University Writing Center (Library Rm 362) will be open reduced hours through the end of exams.

Friday, April 29: 9am-3pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Monday, May2-Thurs, May 4: 9am-3pm

If you need citation assistance at other hours, see the library's Citation Style Guides. Writing and citation handouts can be found on the Writing Center's website.

Final Exam Schedule

Do you know when your finals take place?

Good luck!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stormy weather: save your work often

Severe weather will persist today, and power surges and tornado warnings are likely. Save your work often -- preferably to an external device such as a usb drive or send it to yourself as an email attachment-- to avoid losing it, and be ready to move quickly to the designated safe places in the library if the alarm sounds. If you save your work in the My Documents folder of a library computer, it should also be accessible to you the next time you log in to that machine.

Live Radar and Severe Weather Alerts

Monday, April 25, 2011

Need a textbook for finals?

If you managed to make it through the semester without buying the textbook, but find yourself needing it to cram for the finals, the library may be able to help. While we don't usually buy textbooks for our regular collection, instructors will often place a copy on course reserve in the library so that the whole class has access to it for the semester. Search by course number or instructor name. You never know... you might even find old practice exams on course reserve, as well.

Occasional a textbook will slip into our regular collection, so feel free to search our catalog by the textbook title. Because textbooks often have common titles (e.g. Introduction to Art), it often helps to also search by an author name. These textbooks may be several editions old, but students usually find them helpful enough.

Stop by the reference desk on the library 1st floor, call, or chat with us if you need help.

And good luck on exams!

photo credit: Textbook Stack cc greenasian at flickr

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

University Writing Center

Open Mic Night!

Thurs., April 21st , 9:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to attend and share poetry, short stories, or excerpts from longer works. Participation is not mandatory, so feel free to come and enjoy the arts!

Come to the University Writing Center in Walker Library room 362.

2011 University Writing Center Benefit Rock Show!

When: Wednesday, April 27th (the day before study day), 6-11 p.m.

Where: Good Time Charlie's (inside Lanes, Trains, & Automobiles)
450 Butler Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37127

Featured Bands: Tetsuo, The Dead Dead, Kat Smo, Paper Not Plastic, and Mom & Dad
There is a $5 suggested donation which benefits the Writing Center's Outreach Program.

For more info contact the Writing Center at 615-904-8237.

Academic Success Series

The Academic Success Series continues: Put a Spring in Your Final Exam Preparation

Tues., April 19th & Tues., April 26th at 4:30, Walker Library 264A.

This session will provide a helpful guide to students who are not sure how to study for final exams. A brief review of test taking tips will also be included.

The Academic Success Series is a program offered by the University College Advising Center. If you missed any of the other sessions click here for the worksheets & slides.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Earth Day Library Green Tips

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22. Here are some ways you can be more green in the library:

#1 Recycle your beverage containers and unwanted paper. The library has plastic bottle and aluminum can recycling bins on each of the 4 floors of the library, located just past the elevators near the computers. Make sure you uncap bottles before you deposit them, and don't stick paper, food, or anything else in the bottles. A lot of contaminated bottles could cause a whole bin to get trashed rather than recycled.You can also recycle unwanted paper in bins near the printers on all four floors.

#2 Conserve Paper

Double Sided Printing: You've probably noticed that the library printers are set to print on both sides of the paper, and that's a great paper saver, unless you are required to print single-sided for a class assignment. You can temporarily reset printing to single-sided this way: From the Print box, select Properties or Preferences. From the Printing Shortcuts tab, select General Everyday Printing instead of Two Sided (Duplex) Printing. Remember to do this ahead of time, and you won't waste paper by having to reprint. Also, try asking your prof if he/she will accept double sided printouts. You may be surprised.

PowerPoints: Did you know you can print more than one PowerPoint slide on each page? You can print 2, 3, 4, 6, 0r 9 on one page by doing this: from the Print box, look in the lower left corner for Print What. Choose Handouts instead of Slides, and choose how many to print on one page.If you're pulling a PowerPoint from D2L, you may have to save it to the computer you're working on before you can get this option. Simply choose Save instead of Open when you click on the ppt.

#3 Conserve energy and water

  • Turn off the lights in the group study rooms when you leave.

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevators.

  • Don't let the water run when you wash your hands or brush your teeth. Yes, a lot of people brush their teeth in the library.

  • Don't flush every time you use the toilet. (Ok, maybe leave that one for home)

  • Staff: turn off your computers when you leave in the evenings and set your computer to an energy saving mode for when you're away from your desk

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sesquicentennial of the Civil War

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina and the next day the fort was surrendered, launching the Civil War. In Tennessee the sesquicentennial has special significance in large part due to the 1,462 battles fought in each of Tennessee 95 counties. Maps , timelines and Civil War trails in Tennessee help capture the scope of the fighting. Another unique factor for Tennessee is the sesquicentennial and Tennessee's connection, MTSU has a variety of resources including Gore Center's collection of Civil War resources and our digital collections Stones River Battlefield image collection. photo credit: Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 12 Apr. 2011. .

Monday, April 11, 2011

Taking the GRE, Praxis, LSAT, etc?

The Walker Library's Learning Express Library database can help you prepare for the GRE and other standardized tests such as the PRAXIS, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT. Browse through the categories or do a quick search by test name to find sample tests. You can also take licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests for fields such as Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, Military, and Real Estate, to name few. You must complete a free registration to save your results. This resource is available for free to all Tennesseans through the Tennessee Electronic Library, so tell a friend!

Friday, April 8, 2011

National Library Week

April 10 - 16, 2011

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

On display here in the Walker Library is a sampling of items that all of the libraries on campus have in their collections. The display is on the 1st floor in the exhibit cases just past the elevators. Stop by and see what the libraries all over our campus offer.

Click here to learn more about the Libraries in the display.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

2011 Jaz's Jammies Drive

April 1 - April 30, 2011

Collecting NEW Children's Pajamas benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and homeless shelters in the Murfreesboro area.

Donation Boxes are located in the Walker Library, KUC, BAS, and Mass Comm buildings.

For more information about Jaz's Jammies click here.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Scholars Week, April 4-8

Scholars Week is an annual celebration of student and faculty scholarship on the MTSU campus. College-specific scholar talks and displays are scheduled throughout the week and are open to the entire campus community. The week culminates on Friday, April 8 at Murphy Center in a university-wide Scholars Day which features multimedia poster sessions and performances by students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is invited to attend and view, listen, ask questions, and partake of refreshments! View details and contact information.