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Requesting resources in CLICsearch from another CLIC Library is not currently functioning – RESOLVED

UPDATE 11/11/2018 @ 11:00 pm CST: The issue has been resolved

Requesting resources in CLICsearch from another CLIC Library is not currently functioning. Upon submission, it is serving the error: “Failed to place a request on the resource. Please contact the library.”

Library staff can still place the request for CLIC materials for you via the backend of our system. For now, contact a circulation desk to request an item be requested from a CLIC Library on your behalf:

O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Charles J. Keffer Library

Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library

Schoenecker Law Library

Please include as much information as possible, including title, barcode, your name, UST ID#, and CLICsearch URL.

Note: Requesting UST materials through CLICsearch is still functional.

We will update this space as the vendor provides details about a fix.

Group study 321 in OSF featuring a SMART Board
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

SMART Boards among new technology in O’Shaughnessy-Frey group study rooms

Based on student feedback for “More STELAR-like spaces” and seeing students hanging around the STELAR (St. Thomas E-Learning and Resource) center on the lower level of O’Shaughnessy-Frey, the libraries partnered with ITS to upgrade some of its group study spaces. 

Six rooms were picked for upgrades. These upgrades include webcams, wireless keyboards, wireless mice and large wall mounted displays for group collaboration. Rooms 321 and 322 each received SMART Boards. Room 110, next to Stacks Café, received a computer for two large dual monitors. The three rooms opened for student use on Tuesday, September 12th. Rooms 312B, 421, and 422 will become available later in the week. These rooms will be compatible with webcams and will feature 60-inch screens in a conference room style layout.  

All the upgrades were inspired to better facilitate group work and student collaboration.  Students using large group rooms will no longer have to huddle around a small screen or be tied to a computer in the corner of the room. Students now can pass control around the table, enhancing participation and encourage new ideas. Now that the rooms are equipped with video capabilities, programs such as Zoom can be used when needed.   

Two group rooms in Keffer Library on Minneapolis campus have large screen and webcam technologies as well. This will bring a greater consistency to the collaborative student experience across the two campuses. 

Reserve a group study at any one of our locations today!

Higher Education, Services

Reduce Course Materials Costs: We’ll Help

Textbook prices have been increasing at a greater rate than the Consumer Price Index for the last three decades, but the rate of increase has itself taken a dramatic upturn in the new century as shown in this graph based on Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census data:

Comparison of textbook costs to the Consumer Price Index over time

This dramatic increase is leading to students deciding not to purchase course materials, which negatively impacts student learning. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) study, Fixing the Broken Textbook Market:

  • The average student spends $1,200 on textbooks per year.
  • 65% of students said that they had decided against buying a textbook/coursepack because it was too expensive.
  • 82% of students felt they would do significantly better in a course if the textbook/coursepack was available free online and buying a hard copy was optional.

The future doesn’t have to be bleak. There are a couple of options to reduce or even potentially eliminate course costs for students for a course:

  1. Open Educational Resources (OER) – There are a wide variety of freely available textbooks and other open courseware that can be customized, repurposed, or used as-is for a course. The library suggests places to find these on the Textbook Alternatives Research Guide.
  2. Resource Lists Canvas Add-on – Since January, the University Libraries and STELAR have worked together to offer a Canvas add-on that allows instructors to create, manage, and deliver lists of course materials in Canvas. This system can be utilized to make course materials more affordable because the Resource Lists system filters the readings through existing library holdings which have already be licensed or purchased by the library. Learn more about Resource Lists, see the how-to documentation, or contact Greg Argo at if you’re interested in using it for an upcoming course.

CLICsearch FAQ

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Improve our FAQ by asking us questions via our CLICsearch feedback form.

About CLICsearch

  1. What can I find in CLICsearch?
    CLICsearch provides simple, one-stop searching for books, articles, videos, recordings, and more. Included in your search are physical books and other materials (DVDs, scores, etc.) from the CLIC libraries’ collections plus millions of electronic books and journal articles from many of the scholarly publishers and database vendors (like ProQuest, Sage, and JSTOR) to which St. Thomas subscribes.
  2. What is the meaning of the different search scopes CLIC + Online, CLIC Catalog, Online Only, and Course Reserves?
    • CLIC + Online: Searches the physical materials of all CLIC libraries (books, CDs, etc.) plus St. Thomas’s online resources
    • CLIC Catalog: Searches all CLIC libraries’ physical materials (books, CDs, etc.), streaming audio and video, and some ebooks
    • Course Reserves: Searches any type of material put on reserve by professors
    • UST Digital Collections: Searches UST Research Online, a repository of scholarly and creative works created or sponsored by UST faculty, students, and staff, plus selected digitized content from the UST Libraries collections
  3. How do I perform a more targeted search using CLICsearch?
    Post-search you can refine your results using the options on the left side of the results. Or use the options in the Advanced Search.

How do I [insert your task here] in CLICsearch?

1. How do I sign into my CLICsearch account and renew materials?
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Why should I sign in?
Signing in allows you to:

  • View Full-Text of licensed content
  • Renew loans
  • Place requests
  • Access your library record
  • Save searches for future retrieval
  • Save records to your folder
  • Display additional journal database records

2. How do I open the full text of an article?
If you click on the “Full Text available” link in a record, you will be taken to a CLICsearch record for the item. Click on the link under “View it online” which mentions the name of the database to go to the full text.

3. How do I request materials from other CLIC libraries?
Click on the “Check Holdings” link in a result, you will be taken to a CLICsearch record describing the item. Look for the “REQUEST OPTIONS” section on this page for the link to request the item from another library.

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