Resources, Tips

Connect Google Scholar to your library

As our library instruction season swings into gear, inevitably the topic of Google Scholar turns up. Students, and often faculty, ask, “Should I use it?” and I always tell them it’s another tool to add to their research tool belt. If it does the job that you need it to do, great! If not, the subscription databases we offer through the library are there for you, too.

There are good points and bad points about using it, but one of the best things about Google Scholar is that it unlocks our collection for a whole range of students who may not be aware that we have a host of other tools available for them. It does this rather seamlessly while students are on campus. If they do a search in Google Scholar, and then try to access a journal article, they won’t encounter a pay wall (that screen that stops and asks them to pull out a credit card and turn over $25-$50 before they can actually view the article.) Our campus I.P. range is recognized and therefore our electronic journal content is simply available.

But what happens when those students go home to their off-campus apartments? Are they out of luck? No, not if they make one quick change to the Google Scholar settings. By clicking on the ‘gear’ icon, and then selecting ‘Library Links’ from the left-hand column, they can connect Google Scholar to CSU Libraries. Once that setting is in place, students will see a ‘FindIt@CSU’ link for articles that are available through our collection. No credit card required, only a quick login with their CSU eID and they are on their way to “free” full-text.

More information about setting this up is available here:


Pinterest for Teachers

If you haven’t checked out Pinterest before, it may be time to stop and take a look at this hugely popular online tool. Why, I used it for a class just this morning! Check out my “board” for resources on the “History of Costume and Décor” and this collection of “pins” for primary source materials on American history. But don’t limit your imagination to simply collecting resources. For this week’s Teaching Tip, I encourage you to take a look at “37 Ways Teachers can use Pinterest in the Classroom.” The tips are grouped into themes, and they may just inspire you to starting pinning.
Pinterest app logo

Resources, Services, Tips

Do you have a tablet?

If you have a tablet, our library has a new way for you to keep up with your professional literature. It’s called Browzine, and it lets you browse the table of contents of some of your favorite journals from your tablet (iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD). 

You will need to download the Browzine App and then set it up to work with our CSU Subscriptions. For more information, check out this guide:

For a nice overview of this service, complete with pictures, please see this article from The Chronicle, “Browzine: Academic Journals on Your Tablet.”


Your library is on Facebook

Do you use Facebook to keep up with what’s happening at some of your favorite places? Well, you can Like your Library on Facebook to do the same! We post when an author is giving a talk, when we’re hosting special events, when we subscribe to something new and cool, and when we find something fun to share with the CSU Community. 


Resources, Services, Tips

Do you have a library card?

A Poudre River Public Library District card, that is. If not, we’ve got a quick and easy way for our CSU faculty, staff, and students to get one. Just stop by Morgan Library right here at CSU!

Complete instructions are here: 

The public library has access to some amazing online content, including many popular e-books, audiobooks, and even movies. Check out their Downloadable Library page for more information. If your pursuits are more pragmatic, they have a wealth of online databases on their e-Resources page that can help you with everything from doing genealogical research to creating a business plan. One of the databases that a lot of the CSU community uses is their access to electronic back issues of the Fort Collins’ Coloradoan. Check it out! 

Resources, Services, Tips

Ordering books right from the catalog

Did you know that you can order a book to add to the Libraries’ collection right from our catalog? We load records into our catalog from selected academic publishers for books that we don’t yet own. That means you can help us select books for our collection with just a few keystrokes. Here’s how it works: 

1) Search the catalog for a specific title or topic. In the results, you may run across a record for a book that looks like this: 

catalog record with link to order book

2) Click on the link that says “This book is available for the library to purchase in print.”

3) Fill in your CSU eID and password, complete a quick form, and voilà! 

If you didn’t find the book you would like in our collection, you can suggest that we purchase it by using this form. Please get in touch if you have any questions.