Library Closed September 6

USF Library will be closed Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day. We will be open normal hours Sunday the 5th and normal hours will resume again Tuesday the 7th. Please speak with a librarian if you have any questions.


Database Trial- UpToDate

A frequently requested database among health science students and faculty is UpToDate. USF Library has now acquired a trial subscription to the popular database, which offers expert-compiled,  abridged information on health related concepts, and we want to know what you think about it. Spend some time testing out the new database and send your thoughts to the Reference Desk or to the library Twitter account, @usflibrary.

UpToDate will only be available to USF Library users until the end of October, so don’t put off checking it out. Have questions about using UpToDate? Please contact a reference librarian for an explanation or assistance.

Two New Video Tutorials

Fresh from the cutting room are two new video tutorials to help you better use the library and its resources.

The first, Registering Your Barcode/Activating Your Library Card, explains where to find the form that many distance students, and some on campus students need to have their library cards activated in the library’s system. Without a registering for a barcode, students are unable to borrow books from USF or other I-Share libraries. The short video explain in two simple steps where the barcode registration form is on the USF Library website, and what to expect once you have completed the form.

The second new video at USF Library is designed to walk users through setting up an account within I-Share, which will allow you to borrow items from other I-Share libraries. Even if you’ve borrowed books through I-Share previously, you will still need to create a new account, as the account system they use has changed over the summer.

More videos on how to best use the library’s resources are on their way. Keep your eyes out for them, and let us know if you have an idea you think should be made into a video tutorial.

Free Study Guide eBooks from Kaplan through August 30

If you’ve got an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download a free copy of any of Kaplan’s standardized test study guides as an ebook through August 30. Included in the ebook giveaway are the guides for the GMAT, GRE, MCAT and LSAT, among other standardized tests. You do need an iTunes account, so point your mobile browser to and download whatever you need. Unfortunately, this is only available for Apple devices. The deal expires Monday, August 30, so get your digital copy today before time runs out.

Welcome back students!

While we know that the first week back to classes can be hectic, the librarians at USF Library just wanted to send you a note letting you know about all the wonderful things the library has to offer you. We’re just one of the many departments at USF dedicated to making your college experience a positive one.  Take a look at what we have for you:

  • Access to hundreds of thousands of online journals for your research needs.
  • Old books, in the USF Library Archives; new books, in the General Collection and ebooks, available through netLibrary and Springer.
  • Book borrowing privileges from libraries throughout Illinois through I-Share. (Set up your I-Share account now!)
  • Access to almost any journal article you can find through Interlibrary loan. (Set up your ILL account now!)
  • Research help all hours the library is open through phone (815.740.5041), chat, email or text.
  • Laptop rental for in-library use.
  • Printing capabilities, up to 167 pages per semester for free!
  • Free wifi throughout the building.

But we also understand that you can’t study all the time. Fear not though, USF Library is also committed to offering resources to assist in taking some much needed down time including:

  • Leisure reading materials from our Pop Lit collection. Books in the Pop Lit collection rotate, so there’s always something new in there.
  • DVD rentals for a movie break or weekend marathon.
  • Student lounge where you can heat up a meal in the microwave, grab a pop or a snack.
  • Couches and reading areas for a little peace and quiet.

Questions about how USF Library can help you succeed in your classes? Ask any of the USF Librarians and they can get you started in making the most of the resources USF Library has to offer.

LibGuides are here!

Added today to our website is USF Library’s newest service, a subject guide platform called LibGuides. (Say it, Lib, like liberty) LibGuides are created by USF Librarians and contain high quality information on a variety of subjects. One of the biggest benefits of LibGuides is the ease of creation and maintenance of the guides; meaning you are always being offered the most current and high quality information available. Additional LibGuides, covering subjects that haven’t previously had guides at USF Library, will be continually added.

Do you have a suggestion for a guide or want a guide made for a class you’re teaching? Please contact Lisa and see if a guide can be made for your class or content area. Have questions about using LibGuides? Please contact a USF Librarian and they can help get you started.

Zotero- EBSCO Incompatibility

Due to the interface change in all EBSCO databases, the ability to save a citation from an EBSCO database in Zotero is currently unavailable. Zotero is aware of the problem and is working to find a solution. They expect to have the problem fixed shortly. With this issue, the Zotero icons still appear in your address bar when in an EBSCO database, but when you chose to save an item, a box claiming a “Known Translator Issue” pops up.

eBook Exchange: The Future of Ideas

It’s back to school time, and to welcome you back, USF Library goes meta and offers an ebook of ideas on ideas. The Future of Ideas, written by author, lawyer and copyright crusader Lawrence Lessig, asks the question: do big companies have too much power over what goes on online and how this stifles creativity. The review from Amazon:

If The Future of Ideas is bleak, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Author Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor and keen observer of emerging technologies, makes a strong case that large corporations are staging an innovation-stifling power grab while we watch idly. The changes in copyright and other forms of intellectual property protection demanded by the media and software industries have the potential to choke off publicly held material, which Lessig sees as a kind of intellectual commons. He eloquently and persuasively decries this lopsided control of ideas and suggests practical solutions that consider the rights of both creators and consumers, while acknowledging the serious impact of new technologies on old ways of doing business. His proposals would let existing companies make money without using the tremendous advantages of incumbency to eliminate new killer apps before they can threaten the status quo. Readers who want a fair intellectual marketplace would do well to absorb the lessons in The Future of Ideas.

Want to see the previous books featured on the eBook Exchange? Visit the eBook Exchange page on the USF Library website.