Social Networking Benefits

For many undergraduates, social networking sites have been as much a part of their life as computers. With sites like Myspace and Facebook having been around for nearly a decade (Myspace was introduced in 2003 and Facebook went public in 2006), our profiles can feel as much a part of our lives as anything else.

Many college students are still not utilizing all the professional resources that are available to them via social networking however. The most popular and widely used professional social networking site is LinkedIn. This site allows you to list your educational and professional experiences and connect with individuals that have similar interests and backgrounds. Building up your social capital before you begin searching for jobs is highly beneficial to college students.

By connecting with future employers and coworkers early, you are constantly in their peripheral vision, so they are aware of your progress and achievements. They will be also be automatically notified on their wall that you have made changes to your profile. You can also link these accounts with your other social networking sites with a simple click of a button, allowing you to share across multiple platforms (like Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, etc.) and with different audiences. If you don’t feel that LinkedIn is a good fit for you though, don’t despair. There are many professional development social networking sites out there. A list of 20 choices can be found at Site Point. So whatever networking site is the best fit for you, I hope you will start sharing!


Writing Tutorial Services is in the Information Commons!

Writing Tutorial Services (WTS) is now located on the first floor of the Information Commons in the Wells Library and provides free 50-minute tutorials to IUB students at all stages of the writing process.  Their hours during the regular academic year are:               10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 10am to 5pm on Friday.

To arrange a free tutorial, you should call ahead (855-6738) or stop by WTS—preferably several days in advance—and make an appointment.  50 minutes for each tutorial session is usually set aside, although your session might not last that long. WTS will see students in the IC without an appointment if a tutor is available, but keep in mind that might not be always possible, especially at busy times of the semester.

During the regular academic year, WTS tutors are also available in three satellite locations. You can consult with a WTS tutor in the evenings at the Academic Support Centers (ASCs) located in the center buildings of Briscoe, Forest, and Teter. WTS at the ASCs is open from 7pm to 11pm, Sunday through Thursday.

Please note that sessions at satellite locations are generally shorter than tutorials at WTS. Often, it’s helpful to come with a clear idea of what issues you’d like the tutor to address. There is a sign-up sheet for walk-in sessions, so you’ll want to arrive early.

In addition, you might be interested in knowing that:

  • WTS is a free service for all IU students.
  • WTS can help with any kind of writing project and at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, revising, polishing, etc.
  • WTS works with good writers as well as struggling ones.
  • Just in case you’re concerned about confidentiality, WTS doesn’t send reports about tutorials to professors (or anyone else!).


Dude, Where’s My Book?

With literally millions of books at your fingertips, it can sometimes be difficult to locate the exact one you’re looking for. Below is a brief description of some of the more common places your book might be hiding.

Herman B Wells Library

Okay, let’s assume you know where the library is. But how do you find a book once you’re here? IUCAT, Indiana University’s online catalog, is your one-stop-shop for all things bookish. Once you find your book in IUCAT, take note of the collection and the call number. The two main collections in the library are the Research Collection and the Core Collection.

The Research Collection, located on floors 4-10 of the East Tower, supports the research of both faculty and students.

The Core Collection, located on floors 2-3 of the West Tower, contains in-demand titles central to IU’s undergraduate curriculum.

To determine exactly which floor your book is located on, as well as to find other collections in the Wells Library, check out this online Collections Directory.

If you need help reading call numbers, you might want to look at this guide to call numbers.

Bloomington Branch Libraries

Bloomington has 14 (that’s right, 14!) branch libraries. These are subject-specific libraries that house collections in the sciences, fine arts, education, business, law, and the list goes on. Check out the list of the branch libraries and hours and click on any library to find out more.


If you see that your book is in the ALF, that does not mean that it is being held by a cat-loving extraterrestrial. The ALF is our Auxiliary Library Facility located just off campus, housing millions of books that can no longer be held in Wells. To request an item from ALF, simply click on the link next to the listed item in IUCAT. It’s as easy as that! If you request your book before noon, you can pick it up at the East Tower Circulation Desk that afternoon. If you request it after noon, it will be available by the next morning.

Visit the Request From ALF page to find more information about getting ALF items.


Other IU Campus Libraries

IUCAT does not just contain items available on the Bloomington campus; it lists items from all IU campuses. If an item is able to be delivered from another IU campus, you will see a red “Request Delivery” button on the right-hand side of the record for the item in IUCAT. Your item will be delivered in 4-7 days, and best of all, it’s free! Hint: make sure you’re logged in to IUCAT or the “Request Delivery” button will not show up!

I Don’t See My Book in IUCAT

Not a problem! Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows IU affiliates to borrow items from other libraries around the country (and even the world!). Just like Request Delivery, this service is free for students, staff, and faculty. You will need to log in with your IU ID and passphrase, then fill out an ILL Request. Items requested through ILL are usually available within 2 weeks.

ILL isn’t just for books either! You can also have articles delivered directly to your email inbox using this same service.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to get the reading materials you need. As always, if you have any questions you can Ask a Librarian.

Happy reading!


That Journal

Now is the time of the semester when we students really start digging into our workload. This means locating assigned readings and doing our own research, often in journals since journals contain the latest and juiciest happenings in their respective fields.

But how do you find out if Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) has “the journal” you are looking for?

Follow these simple directions!

Check IUCAT for print, microform, and electronic formats of the journal.

1. Go to the library’s home page and click on the gold box that says IUCAT in the upper right corner. IUCAT is Indiana University’s online catalog.

arrows pointing to IUCAT

2. Once in IUCAT, select Periodical Title Search from the options at the left.

IUCAT interface with Periodical Title Search highlited

3. On the Periodical Title Search page…

periodical title search page with radial buttons and search box

click the Exact radio button if you know the exact title of the journal (otherwise leave Keyword selected).
4. Enter the title.
5. Click Search.
And here is a tip: Exclude the article “The” at the begining of a journal’s title.

Voilá! You now know if IUB has the journal you want.
If IUB does not have that journal you want, remember that many times you can get articles through interlibrary loan — just ask a librarian if you need help.

Happy Hunting,


Opening the Dialogue

This 2011-2012 academic year, The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library (NMBCCL) at Indiana University will introduce undergraduates, graduate students, and Bloomington residents to several of the resources at Indiana University Libraries (IUL) that can be used to open a dialogue and generate a positive environment of multicultural awareness, cultural understanding, equity, collaboration, and inclusion. Beyond curricular and research needs, there are many ways for you to learn, grow, and exchange ideas while using the university’s library resources. After all, they are just that: resources – meant to be used and from which we all benefit. IUL is comprised of various branch libraries that are fun and exciting places of inquiry beyond studying for the next exam or developing your next research paper. To help you dig up those resources that will open your eyes to the wealth of possibilities that lie within our libraries, the NMBCCL will present a new film and discussion series called Opening the Dialogue. Touching on multicultural issues of cultural identity, race, class, gender, globalization, and religion, this series will open the dialogue to the ways “culture” is shaped, performed, and promoted. These documentaries will only touch the surface of what is available in our stacks regarding how we see, shape, and reshape the world around us. Whether we realize it or not, we are all players deciding how these and a host of other multicultural topics are developed. Join us at the NMBCCL for this new and powerful journey!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 7pm: Merchants of Cool

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 7pm: Skin Deep

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 7pm: Ethnic Notions

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 7pm: Blue Eyed

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 7pm: The Color of Fear

These events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library is located at 275 North Jordan Avenue in room A113 of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.

Telephone: (812) 855-3237. Email:


Journal Alerts from EBSCO

Are you a total blog-head? (The evidence certainly suggests so.) Do you stay connected to blogs and other resources through RSS feeds? You may be thrilled to learn about journal alerts! Journal alerts are RSS feeds generated by EBSCO about the publications available within its many databases. These journal alerts keep you informed about new articles from journals of your choosing.

For example, do you love the International Journal on Digital Libraries? If so, you could set up an RSS feed solely about new material from this journal! Or maybe you crave Newsweek? You could quickly set up a journal alert to receive all of Newsweek‘s new articles in an RSS feed.

Here’s how to do it. First, set up an account with EBSCO by logging into an EBSCO database, such as Academic Search Premier. Click “Sign In” in the upper toolbar, and then follow the “Create a New Account” link. Once you are logged in to your new account, browse or search for publications you love! There is a “Publications” link in the top tool bar. Once you locate a publication of interest, click the RSS icon (the small, orange square) next to its title. This is where the magic happens! EBSCO will send an email to the address you provide. This email will contain an RSS feed URL. Simply copy and paste that URL into your RSS reader (Google Reader, etc.) and save the alert! It’s that simple. Soon you will be receiving alerts about new content.

Similar services are available with JSTOR, Project Muse, and other journal aggregators. Please explore this feature in all places it is available, and use it to enhance your learning experience!


Let’s Chat

One week of classes has come and gone, leaving many of us with the start of projects, homework, and and strategize how to get to classes the fastest. Many students are still trying to find a copy of their textbooks in a library, figure out IU’s insane parking rules, and even how to get to classes the fastest (especially if you have 15 minutes to get from Ballantine Hall to the Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC)).What many students don’t know is that they don’t need to leave their dorm rooms to get help figuring out all of the answers to these questions. Instead, all they need to do is go on the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries website and “Ask a Librarian.” The link for Ask a Librarian is located next to the main search bar on the page. If you click on this link, you are sent to the Libraries’ Virtual Reference Services. Here you can send an anonymous chat to a librarian … from wherever you want!If you don’t want to chat with a librarian, you could email them (though this service does take longer for you to get a response to your question.)

So, if you need help finding out the history of Zanzibar, where you can find a PHP coding book, or even where the Lilly Library is located, all you need to do is “Ask”. This chat feature is offered anytime the Reference Desk at the Herman B Wells Library is staffed. To view the hours of chat, all you need to do is go to the Wells hours link on the libraries website and see when the East Tower is open. So instead of panicking, let’s chat…..


The Fall Semester is Here!

The summer has finally come to an end and the new school year has started. For some, this is their first year at Indiana University. Soon enough, the first papers of the semester will be assigned, so now is the best time to explore the IU Bloomington Campus and learn about all of the different activities available to students. Because students are traditionally strapped for cash, here is a list of different activities that are either free or very low-priced.

Always a favorite on campus is the IU Cinema. Many of their showings can be seen for the low price of $1.50! There are also other movies that cost a little more, but those are typically newer releases. A full calendar of the movies playing can be seen at the Indiana University Cinema Website.

Tree of Life

If you prefer live performances, you should check out the IU Auditorium. This year, the auditorium has an amazing line-up that starts with Jon Stewart. Shrek the Musical and Bernadette Peters are also among the great performances scheduled for this year. To see more of the scheduled events, visit the IU Auditorium Event List.
Also coming up very soon is the annual Lotus Festival. The Lotus Festival is a music and arts festival that has been held for the past 17 years in Bloomington. The 18th festival will be held this year from September 22-25. For more information on events, visit The Lotus Festival Website.
Lotus Festival

These are only a few of the different events that happen in Bloomington, but they are certainly among the best. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you enjoy the 2011-12 school year!