Spotlight On “The Chronicle Of Higher Education”

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The Chronicle of Higher Education is an online publication that carries articles about college enrollment, teaching tactics in large classrooms, salaries of tenured employees and university presidents, and other news related to higher ed. Many professors and education professionals use this newspaper to keep up with other colleges around the country. While you can see some of The Chronicle’s articles online for free, others require a subscription. That’s where the library comes in.

To access The Chronicle of Higher Education, or any other online magazine that we subscribe to:

  1. Go to the library website.
  2. Type in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” in the search bar.
  3. Click one of the links to view it online. Different databases, like Academic Search Complete, will provide access to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  4. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to enter in your Union credentials. If there is trouble in accessing the link after that, then try a different link or email Stephen Mount at smount@uu.edu for help.

How To Find Books By Union Authors

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Did you know that many Union faculty and staff members are also published authors? The library has a sizeable collection of books that were written or edited by Union authors. There are 4 major ways that you can see these books:

  1. We have a “Union Authors” list online! Just click the link to view the list. You can also find this list by using the drop down menu that says “Find Materials” on the library’s home page.
  2. If you know the author or the title of the book by name, you can search for them via our library website. The website will tell you the book’s location in the library and its availability status.
  3. If you just want to browse the collection, you can walk around the book stacks and find Union Authors by noticing books with “Union Authors” stickers. These stickers are red and attached to the spine of the books. Hint: a large amount of books by Union Authors are in our theology section.
  4. One final way to see books by Union Authors is by viewing the “Union Book Project” via www.uu.edu. You can search for specific authors or by year to see the books that were released in a particular time period. It’s a great resource!

 

Pick up a book by your favorite professor today! Chances are it’s on our shelves.

How To Check Out A Book From Reserves

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At some point in your college career, one of your professors is going to hand you a syllabus with a list of books that you’ll need to use. This syllabus might say something like, “You will find these books in the library on my Reserves,” followed by some call numbers and/or book & DVD titles. But what does all of this mean?

The library Reserves are essentially what they sound like- they are books, articles, and DVDs that are reserved for a professor. These items are housed behind the library’s Circulation Desk, and they are organized according to the professors’ last namesnot by their classes (since the classes change each semester). Professors put items on Reserve so that their students can easily access them for projects, assignments, and supplemental material.

So, how do you check out an item that’s on Reserve?

  1. Go to the library’s Circulation Desk.
  2. Tell the library staff that you would like to check out [name of book here] that is on Reserves.
  3. State the name of your professor.
  4. The library staff will locate the book for you.
  5. Reserves have 2 categories: ones that can not leave the library building (typically marked with a blue note), and ones that can leave for one night and must be returned the next day (marked with an orange note). The library staff will indicate to you the rule for the item you check out, but you can always ask questions to be sure.
  6. Use the Reserve item for your assignment.
  7. Return the Reserve item in a timely manner- there are probably other students from your class waiting on it!

 

Other tips:

*You can check out multiple books from Reserves if needed.

*You can share a Reserves item with a classmate (like if you both need to watch a DVD for a class).

*It is against library policy to tell you what another patron has checked out. So if you’re waiting for a Reserve item to be returned, we cannot tell you which person in the library has the item.

*Only UU students and professors can check out an item on Reserves.

 

Using Choice Reviews Online

 

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For professors, Choice Reviews Online can be a life-saver. This database contains almost 200,000 reviews of academic titles, making it easy to weed out new titles that are unnecessary or to add essential material to your department.

The ratings icons that Choice Reviews uses are shown below:

 

  • Outstanding Academic Title icon
  • Outstanding Academic Title
  • Community College Recommended icon
  • Recommended for community colleges
  • Community College top 75 icon
  • “Top 75” highly recommended titles for community colleges

 

You can access Choice Reviews Online by using the library’s Databases tab on our website. From there, click the “(?)” tab on the Choice Reviews home page. The (?) tab explains how to best use Choice Reviews, featuring information on how to create an account, how to create a list, and how to search the databases.

Choice Reviews also offers video tutorials, which are linked below:

 

Further, you can view helpful Choice Review webinars like the one below:

 

To access more Choice Reviews tutorials, check out their YouTube account, Choice Media Channel.

 

 

 

Celebrate Your Teachers!

Today is World Teachers’ Day! We’ve got a table set up where you can write thank you notes to your professors. Just come to the library’s first floor, and take some appreciation to your teachers!

How to Use Films on Demand in Moodle Rooms

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Are you a Union faculty member trying to embed Films on Demand in your Moodle Rooms page? With our current proxy server setup, you cannot embed titles or segments with the UU proxy authentication. We are in conversations with Films on Demand and Moodle Rooms, and hope that a more transparent, less clunky process will be in place in the next 2-3 weeks; when that happens, we will notify all faculty of the new process.

For now, here are two options for using titles or segments.

  • Option 1: Simply link to the video rather than embedding it.

Step 1: In the Films on Demand page of the video you wish to share, go to the share tab below the video.

The first option is Direct Links.

Step 2: Highlight and copy the URL you need. The Title URL will link to the beginning of the full video. The Segment URL will link to the current segment.

Step 3: Paste that URL in Moodle Rooms and that’s it! If your students are accessing the content off campus, they will be directed through the normal login for library resources where they can use their UU username and password.

  • Option 2: Embed a Films on Demand video or segment without the UU proxy authentication. This will require that your students first create a Films on Demand user account.

Step 1: Use this link https://ezproxy.uu.edu/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=13753 to your student login to Films on Demand and create a user account. Under the My Films drop down is an option to create an account.

Step 2: Embedding your video: In the Films on Demand page of the video you wish to share, go to the share tab below the video.

Step 3: The third option on the Share menu is Embed Code. Highlight and copy the Embed Code.

Step 4: In Moodle, you will paste this code in an html content box. First click on the More Buttons icon.

Then click on the html icon.

Paste the Embed Code copied from Films on Demand

Your saved page should show the Films on Demand Login screen and your students can login with their FOD account.