Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Seeking a few more participants — Focus Group to Meet July 16 in O’Shaughnessy-Frey

focus groupYou are invited!   We’d love to hear your opinions!

There are still a few spots available if you would like to participate in this library-sponsored focus group especially for undergrads who are attending classes this summer on the St. Thomas campus.   We are interested in learning about your library experiences, what you already know about the services we offer, how we can be of help to you in your assignments, etc.

In exchange for one hour of your time, you will receive a free meal with dessert, an enlightening conversation with other students, plus a chance to win a $25.00 gift card!

Please contact Julie at or call 651-962-5014 if you would like to participate or if you have any questions about it.  The date of the focus group meeting is Thursday, July 22, from 6pm – 7pm in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.  Thank you very much!

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Summon Search Is Back!

After some temporary problems with the data and linking inside of Summon, everything is back in proper working order!

You researchers out there can now resume using this tool, which is a great place to start most of your research topics. It searches across 91.6% of our journal content at the same time it searches across much of our e-book,  print book, and streaming media content! For our experienced researchers out there, it might be a great way to discover related content that comes from databases that you don’t normally use in your discipline, so check it out today!

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Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

USING SUMMON SEARCH: Temporary Data Problem Work-Around

UST Researchers,

Summon Search on Library Homepage

Where to find Summon on the Library Homepage

If you’ve already started tackling that Summer Research Project, please be aware of a current issue happening in our Summon Search. Summon is currently incorrectly identifying many journal articles and other kinds of content as books, which then makes the links to the content not work. This is very frustrating, and we apologize for the inconvenience that this is causing. ProQuest, Summon’s parent company, is currently working to identify the cause of the issue, and we will let you know just as soon as they get it fixed.

In the meantime, please consider these alternatives, or look below for possible workarounds while still using Summon.


If you choose to continue using Summon during this time, please note the following.

 Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

But note on closer inspection, each entry that says “Book: Full Text Online,” is actually not a book.

Actual books in your Summon search results will show the book’s library location. Actual books in your Summon Search results will show the book's library location.

To find out where you can get access to the content that says it’s a book when it’s not a book, check out the Explorer Pane on the right side of your screen. You can access it by either hovering your cursor over your search result or by clicking the black triangle.

Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

black triangle

In the Explorer Pane, you can either find the source (the database) the content came from, as in the picture above, or you can find the Publication Title (the journal), as in the picture below.

Publication Title Toronto Star

If you have the name of a database, search for your journal article/content inside of the database, once you’ve located it in our list of databases.

If you have the name of a journal, search inside of that journal once you’ve located it in our list of journals.

Libraries, New Materials, News & Events, Recently Read

2015 UST Libraries Summer Reading List!

Looking for something good to read this summer?  UST Libraries and IRT staff have some cool recommendations for you on this year’s summer reading  list, available here:

UST Libraries Summer Reading List

Lists from previous years are also at your fingertips.  Most of the books are available via UST or CLIC libraries, and for the first time there is a suggested free website for all the crime and history buffs.  So grab a book and head for the beach or a shady spot and enjoy a fun read, summer is here!

News & Events

Group Study Room Bookings now require user confirmation

Effective 5/11/2015, users of our group study rooms must confirm their online reservation within 30 minutes by clicking on a link on the confirmation email you will receive after submitting the booking request.  Only valid UST email addresses will receive the confirmation emails.

We’re taking this additional step to deal with certain abuses of the system and to ensure a fair distribution of the available group study spaces.

If you have questions, feel free to contact John Heintz via email or at 651-962-5018.

Group study booking form


Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Something New for YOU at UST Libraries

It’s that time of year here at UST Libraries: we’ve heard from many of you and are now working hard to purchase resources and get new subscriptions set up.

New Resources Now AvailableBlog


  • Kanopy Streaming Films: A database that contains documentaries and educational films on social, political, cultural issues, education, and American history. It also provides a collection of Foreign Films.
  • National Film Board of Canada: collection featuring over 2,000 Canadian films, excerpts, trailers and interactive works.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online: There were a number of changes to our subscribed subjects, adding some and dropping some.  We now have access to these 11: Art History, Childhood Studies, Chinese Studies, Criminology, Education, Management, Medieval Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology
  • Routledge Handbooks Online: We are in the process of activating and cataloging approximately 100 titles in this new resource, in seven different subject bundles: Business & Economics; Communication, Journalism, Media & Culture; Environment & Sustainability; Health & Social Care; Linguistics; Philosophy; and Sport and Leisure.
  • Swank Feature Films: Our initial collection includes 25 feature films on this new streaming media platform.


  • JSTOR Business IV: An additional component to our JSTOR collection;  50 titles increasing JSTOR’s coverage in core fields such as economics, management, industrial relations, and finance, with a broad international scope.
  • Mergent Archives:  An additional component to MergentOnline; an indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents.
  • Mergent Intellect:  An additional component to MergentOnline; a collection of worldwide business information incorporating sources such as Hoover’s, Dun & Bradstreet, and First Research.
  • Oxford Handbooks Online  Economics & Finance Foundation Collection:  An additional book bundle to fill out the existing Economics & Finance Collections previously purchased
  • Oxford Handbooks Online  Economics & Finance 2013 Collection:  An additional book bundle to fill out the existing Economics & Finance Collections previously purchased
  • SRDS Compete Pro: A new resource from the SRDS/Kantar Media family. Use it to see the traffic, engagement, and demographics for any of the top 1 million sites on the internet. Restricted to UST students, faculty, and staff; users must log in with their UST email address.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (1972-2012): We have been online subscribers to the current content of this resource since ProQuest took over its publication in 2013, but we have now added 40 years of back content


  • Bibliography of British and Irish History: is an extensive guide to the published writings (books, book chapters and journal articles) on British and Irish history.
  • Iter Italicum: Brill and Iter describe this resource as “the most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world. Originally published in six volumes, between 1963 and 1992, it is an essential tool for any scholar working in the fields of classical, medieval, and Renaissance studies.”
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIV: An additional component to our JSTOR collection;  125 journals drawn primarily from the fields of Archaeology, Language & Literature, Communications Studies, Asian Studies, and Political Science.
  • Oxford Dictionaries: Please welcome Arabic and Portuguese to our Oxford family of dictionaries: Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, German, and French.


  • Philosopher’s Index with Full Text: on EBSCOhost: We upgraded our subscription to Philosopher’s Index (now retired) to the full text version.
  • ProQuest Congressional Base: This resource that provides access to congressional publications is now available to all of UST. In the past, our access was restricted to just the Law Library, but now all of UST may access.




UST Libraries are excited to be able to continually add new resources to our collection. If you ever come across something you’d like to see added, please let us know. Requests can be made directly to any UST Librarian or through one of our online request forms.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Library Week Quiz Results Announced!

question marksThank you to everyone who took the “How Well Do You Know the Library?” quiz during Library Week!    We hope you enjoyed learning more about the library – and the candy you received for turning in your completed quiz!

Congratulations to these quiz prize drawing winners:

Ignacio Garcia, Charlie Kiolbasa, Laura Bearth, Kaitlin Salter and Grace Herbertz!



How Well Do You Know the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library? 
(True or False)

1. Only faculty are allowed to check out movies from the Media Resources Collection.
False.  Current UST faculty, staff, and students may check out movies.

2. UST students can get help for a reference or research question 24 hours a day.
True.  Students can get help from a librarian even when the library is closed via a service called AskMN.

3. The best way to make sure you can get a group study room in the library is to get here early!
False.  You can reserve a library study room in advance, online!

4. Headphones can be checked out at the circulation desk for just $1 per hour.
False.  This was a bit tricky – there are headphones available for checkout, but they do not cost $1 per hour.  They are free!

5. There is no way to lock up your valuable belongings in the library, so all you can do is ask someone else to guard them.
False.  There are free lockers available for your use in a secure location behind the Circulation Desk. 

(Short Answer)

1. What is the nickname for the library’s 2nd floor Great Hall?
Harry Potter Room

2. What is the name of the library web page Google-style search?

3.    What two devices does the library provide so you can charge your phone while you’re here?
1) the charging station near the library coffee shop, and
              2) smart phone charging cords available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.
4.    What item can you check out from the Circulation Desk that can recharge your energy and boost your mood on dark or cloudy days?
We have a special tabletop lamp commonly called a SAD light – it can boost your energy on a dark day, or help if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter months.

5. What is the best and most efficient way to start your research paper?
a)   Start Googling
        b)   Ask other people in your class what they did
        c)   Go to the reference desk and ask for help with research skills and resources



Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Music and Art of the 1930s – May 5 noonartsound

depression era 1Our final noonartsound presentation of the academic year, “The 1930s: Songs of the Early Labor Movement,” will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at noon in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.  noonartsound is always free and always open to all!


Andy Scheiber and Liz Wilkinson

Please join us in the O’Shaughnessy Room for music of the 1930s, presented by two professors of the UST English Department, Andrew (AJ) Scheiber and Liz Wilkinson.  They have been performing folk and honky-tonk music as “Wilkinson James” for the past seven years, and will be playing a mixture of original songs and folk and labor tunes from the 1930s, including a song or two by Woody Guthrie.

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson will present popular art and photos from the 1930s, including images of labor unrest and musicians from that time.

Bring your lunch if you wish – beverages and light dessert will be provided.   We look forward to seeing you on May 5!