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Attention Gonzaga Library Patrons: Research Guides Upgrade! June 25, 2014

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At the end of Summer Session I on June 27, 2014, the Research Guides system will be upgraded. The majority of the content at researchguides.gonzaga.edu will remain the same. As always, the Research Guides will act as a bridge into our physical and digital collections. The upgrade will result in slight changes to the look and feel of all the guides. As an example, a page on Foley’s current International Studies Guide (researchguides.gonzaga.edu/internationalstudies) may look like this:



For questions about the upgrade or electronic resources, contact:

Adrian Pauw, Electronic Resources Coordinator Librarian @ Foley Center Library

April 24th @ Foley: Free Pizza and Training on the IEEE Xplore Database! April 15, 2014

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Access the IEEE database at Foley Databases A-Z

For more info, contact Adrian Pauw, E-Resources Coordinator Librarian.

Announcing Foley Library’s BETA Home Page! March 29, 2014

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Foley Center Library has a new beta home page designed with data provided by you, our Gonzaga University library patrons! Students, staff, and faculty shared essential feedback through a survey distributed during Fall 2013. Survey takers were asked how they use the Foley library web page for coursework and research, and were prompted to comment on user interface and information organization. This survey data was then analyzed and used to inform our web development. Thank you to all who participated!

We’re excited to share our new Foley Library Beta Home Page with the Gonzaga community! The page is also linked at the top of the current Foley web page.


We still need your help! During our beta period, we will be continuously collecting feedback to improve the ways in which our web design supports your work and information needs. If you try the beta home page, please consider leaving comments on our feedback survey, linked at the top of the beta page. Thank you!

Checkout our new Spokane Guide! March 21, 2014

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Looking for something to do on this first weekend of spring in Spokane? We have created a new library Resarch Guide to help you find resources, places to go, and fun things to do in Spokane. Take a look and let us know what you think!  We will be adding to this guide as we get recommendations and new ideas, so check back often.

Two paths to finding articles: Path #1 “A Specific Article” February 10, 2014

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There are two distinct paths to finding articles, both start at the Foley Library Homepage.  The following example is the route a researcher will take when they need a specific article.  In this case perhaps a professor mentioned an article worth reading, or an interesting sounding title was cited by another work.

This path starts with some citation information; an article title, author, journal title, year, volume, or ideally all of the above!  To follow this path the necessary piece of information is the JOURNAL TITLE and the starting point is PERIODICALS@FOLEY.

Periodicals@Foley is a searchable list of all journals available through Foley Library, both in print and full-text online.

Here is an example of how this works:Go

A student comes to the reference desk and wants an article that appeared in the New Yorker by Oliver Sacks.  They don’t know the title, but they know it is about a pianist.

In Periodicals @ Foley, we enter The New Yorker into the search box and click “Go”.

We then get a list of journals, and click on “The New Yorker”


A new screen will open where a list of potential databases is listed.  Any database displayed here will have some full text access to the journal title that was searched.  However, date ranges can vary across databases.

It is also worth noting the “Local Collection” information,  which means a print copy of the journal is held here at Foley.  Often this option is great for older (pre-internet!) articles, although some of our databases do have full text going way back, so pay attention to those dates!

For the purposes of our students Oliver Sacks article I will
select “Proquest Researh Library…” because it has the widest date range and in
this case we don’t know when the article was published.


Once we click on Proquest, we are taken to the record for The New Yorker within Proquest, and we can search for Oliver Sacks & Pianist.NewYoker2

And here it is!  Fortunately our first result (some lucky librarian planning; if it doesn’t go as smooth don’t be shy about trying other search terms and wading through longer result lists).


If you know your date, volume and or issue, you can alternately select dates under “Browse Specific Issues” to navigate to the needed issue, thus bypassing the search all together.


A handy bit of of information on these date ranges, you might recall a few screens back Periodicals@Foley said there was full text access from “2002- ” in the Proquest database, so now why are we seeing date ranges going much further back?  That would be because the database “Indexes” the contents of the journal, but only has full text for 2002 to the present.  If the article needed turns out to be indexed but not full text, this is when the local print holdings or Interlibrary Loan are both great options.

The best attempt at instructions can sometimes lead to more confusion.  If clarification is needed for any part of this process the Reference Desk  is always here to help!

Stay tuned for Path #2: Finding Articles by Topic, post coming soon!

Technology Petting Zoo: Two Wild Nights @ Foley Center Library January 23, 2014

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Are you considering buying a device or gadget in the near future? Just want to play with some cool technology? Then we have an exciting event for you: The Washington State Library’s Technology Petting Zoo is coming to Foley!

Foley Center Library
Rare Books Room, 3rd Floor
February 4: 6pm-8pm
February 5: 4:30pm-6:30pm

At the Technology Petting Zoo, you’ll be able to try out several devices (including Kindle, Nook, Galaxy Tablet, iPad, Microsoft Surface, Chromebook, etc) and ask questions about hardware, operating systems, apps and other issues specific to the gadgets.

Do Foley’s Web Survey & Get a Snack! November 24, 2013

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We are redesigning Foley’s home page, and want to learn more about how you use Foley’s web resources. Our voluntary survey will give you a sneak peek at what our redesigned library web page might look like, and give you a chance to tell us what you think! Ask for a survey at the Reference Desk. This survey is open to undergraduate students, distant/online graduate students, resident graduate students, staff, faculty and administrators.

We appreciate your time! Your completed survey can be exchanged at the Reference Desk for a treat. Thank you!

Questions about this survey? Contact Adrian Pauw, Electronic Resources Coordinator Librarian @ Foley Center Library: pauwa@gonzaga.edu

Find Your Zone–Study Zones @ Foley October 4, 2013

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Need absolute silence when you study? How about a place to collaborate with a partner? We have spaces to meet your preferred study needs! All you have to do is find your zone!


Working on a project with a partner or group? The Group Study Zone is definitely the best place to set up camp and collaborate. Please be mindful, however, that we are still in a library and moderate conversation levels are required. Think back to the term “indoor voices,” and respect those studying around you!


Formally known as the whisper zone, the Quiet Study Zone is for those who would like to engage in occasional quiet conversation as well as have minimal noise when they study.

The stairwell has also been designated as a quiet area. This is because noise travels very easily in the stairwell; therefore conversations can be heard on all four floors!

Silent Study

Shhhhhh, the red zone is for silent study only! No talking, no whispering, and no residual music from head phones. These silent study areas should be a concentration mecca!

That being said, the third floor board room and rare book room occasionally have meetings and events, so please feel free to shut the door, and pardon the noise!

Phone Zone

Cell phone usage can be very disruptive to our studious patrons, so please take your phone conversations to the phone zone. Quiet texting is totally fine throughout the building.

Please respect the study zones to ensure a positive study experience for everyone!


Exhibit: Battles, Balderdash, and Beauty: American Sheet Music from the Howard W. Wildin Collection September 5, 2013

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SPOKANE, Wash. – “Battles, Balderdash & Beauty,” an exhibit of sheet music donated to Gonzaga University recently by Howard W. Wildin, opens Sept. 3 and runs through Dec. 3 in the Rare Book Reading Room on the third floor of the Foley Center Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit will be closed Nov. 28-29 for Thanksgiving.
The Howard W. Wildin American Popular Sheet Music Collection, totaling more than 20,000 pieces, dates from 1835-1980, reflecting the unique attitudes, tastes, and biases of bygone eras. In addition to their value as historical artifacts, many titles have covers that are considered works of art. A free, public reception will be held from 2-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 with a special musical program starting at 2:30 p.m. that includes singing, piano and banjo.

The collection will be studied and used for classroom purposes as well as by individual scholars, according to the wishes of the donor and the University. Currently, the sheet music collection is being scanned and made available digitally for viewing. Since federal copyright laws allow only for pieces published before 1923 to be viewed online, those wishing to see post-1923 items in the collection must come to the Foley Center to view those items.

To view pieces that are not on exhibit, please call to make an appointment at (509) 313-3873. Approximately 3,000 pieces of music are currently available online at the following link: http://digital.gonzaga.edu.

Due to space constraints, approximately 45 pieces of music from the collection will be on display. In addition, 70 more sheet covers are available to see in a PowerPoint presentation that will run continually throughout the exhibition. Exhibition topics include: “America at War,” “Notable American Popular Sheet Music, ” “Ragtime,” “Humor,” and “Sheet Music Illustrators.” Highlights include: “Old Folks at Home” (1851); “Bonnie Blue Flag” (1861); John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever (1897) and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” (1938).

In addition, the exhibit will be available digitally, after Sept. 3, at: http://researchguides.gonzaga.edu/sheetmusic

For more information, please contact Stephanie Plowman, Gonzaga special collections librarian, at (509) 313-3847 or via email [plowman@gonzaga.edu].

Our Curriculum Collection Has Moved! July 10, 2013

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The Curriculum Collection has moved to the center of the second floor–check it out!


The primary mission of the Curriculum Center is to support programs pertinent to preschool through 12th grade teacher preparation. This new location will still continue to house k-12 textbooks, juvenile literature, classroom software, and professional books for in-training and practicing grade school teachers.


The move has made room for the remodel of the new DREAM testing center. They will be under construction during the summer months, and expect to be open by Fall 2013.



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