CatSearch has a new look!

CatSearch has a new look! Be sure to explore the new CatSearch which searches the Library’s books and media, online full-text articles, and ScholarWorks, a collection of freely-available articles and research data authored by MSU faculty and students. Login to your CatSearch account to save searches, set up alerts for new items, and to save items to your personal e-Shelf. In addition, you can explore the collections of thirteen other academic libraries in the state.

Use CatSearch to find resources, including:

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • E-Books and E-Journals
  • Newspaper articles
  • Videos
  • Audio recordings
  • Government documents
  • Music scores
  • Maps
  • Reviews
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Theses and Dissertations

As you explore the new CatSearch, please note that this new look is still in development. We welcome any and all feedback. Please let us know your comments.

7/15 Workshop: EndNote X7

Free workshop 7/15 12-1pm in the Heathcote Classroom of Renne Library.

See how the commercial EndNote X7 desktop software makes formatting citations and managing bibliographies easy! Learn to search, import records, add notes, find articles, manage PDFs, and format papers using any one of thousands of citation styles. This workshop is for those who already have a copy of EndNote for the desktop or who may be interested in purchasing one.

Register and see more library workshops here.

7/16 Workshop: Excel 2010 Basics

Free workshop 7/16 8-9am in the Heathcote Classroom of Renne Library.

Learn the basics of Excel, with an eye toward troubleshooting common problems. Topics to cover: general spreadsheet formatting, data formatting (%, $, etc.), using formulas and functions, referencing cells in formulas, inserting and formatting charts, and printing options (one page please!).

Register and see more library workshops here.

Capturing a vanishing voice in Wyoming

Wyoming Toad (Bufo baxteri) at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of USFWS.

Wyoming Toad (Bufo baxteri) at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of USFWS.

The Acoustic Atlas is a new initiative at the library to archive the sounds of Western animal species and their environments. Jeff Rice reports on a recent expedition to record the Wyoming Toad, North America’s most endangered amphibian. 

Months of planning had come down to this. The sound was loud and clear and defiant. I was hearing one of the last remaining voices of an entire species.

We had received special permission from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to visit a small sanctuary in southern Wyoming. Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a former cattle ranch and home to the Wyoming Toad, the rarest amphibian in North America. Continue reading