Changes to the Library Website!!!

Please check out some of the new additions to the Library Homepage.  First, under the Books & Media tab, BerniCat is now called Brown Library Catalog.  Links to the advanced search has also been added for the Brown Library Catalog and the I-Share Catalog.

Under the Articles tab,  we now feature our most used databases.  You can find multi-disciplinary databases such as Academic OneFile and more subject-focused databases such as PsychArticles.  The search bar called “Search by journal title to find it in one of our databases” allows a researcher to find out which databases have complete articles by the journal title. There are now also links to the All Database List, Databases by Subject List and Full Text Journals in Database List.

Please take a look!  We hope this makes your searching easier!


New Library Hours!

The LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Library will now be opening at 7:30 am CST Monday through Friday. We hope this earlier time will be beneficial to the USF community.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  Have a great day!
New Hours:
  • Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Closed Sundays during the summer).

Welcome Back Students!

Returning students, we are happy to see you back on campus. New students, we are excited to welcome you to USF!

Just a quick reminder: In order to borrow items from the library or to submit an interlibrary loan request, you will need to register your student ID number with the library’s circulation department.

Stop by the circulation desk or email to open your library account today!

Mango Languages Database Trial

Are you interesting in learning a new language or just need some help with your Spanish class? Try out the Mango Languages Database Trial.

Mango is a self-paced learning system with a focus on simplicity. It was designed for anyone to start using, without the need for a help manual. Mango is easy to setup and even easier to use! You’ll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and culture, you’ll learn how to communicate. Mango’s self-paced learning environment offers the simplest way to learn a new language. Mango is not a flashcard system. Instead, Mango teaches actual conversational skills within the context of real-world situations.

Some of the languages covered are Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Farsi and many more. It can also be used as an ESL tool.

So please try it out and let us know what you think.

Wikipedia Blackout January 18

Even though I know you’re not relying on Wikipedia to get all your research done for your classes, I felt a warning was due anyways. Wikipedia will be blacking out its English language site as protest over the SOPA (about) and PIPA  bills that are working their ways through Congress. What does this mean for you? Just make sure that if you are going to do online research outside of the library’s databases you prepare yourself for a lack of availability from Wikipedia and a few other websites. Unfortunately, there is no workaround to gain access to these sites while they are protesting the proposed legislation. If you have questions on where you can access information that is similar to Wikipedia please contact Brown Library and we can point you in the direction of other resources that can fulfill your information needs.


Free Textbooks Contest from Neebo

The library is always my first recommendation as the place to get your textbooks for free, but this contest from textbook supplier Neebo might be worth trying too!

How do you enter? Head over to the Neebo Facebook page and Like them. This enters you into their sweepstakes. If you’re one of the 100.000 lucky winners you simply pay shipping (ok, so it’s only almost free) and you are sent your textbook for the semester. The details to the contest are on Neebo’s Facebook page, so head on over and take a look. Can’t hurt to try right?