Library Lowdown

A Newsletter for UO Students from the UO Libraries

Welcome to Library Lowdown, the inside track about the UO Libraries for University of Oregon students. Library Lowdown keeps you informed of new and improved library services, resources, programs, and events that further the university's mission of teaching, research, and service.







Winter 2008


Table of Contents

  1. Knight Library Open 24/7 from 11/27 to 12/7
  2. Undergraduate Library Research Awards: Deadline: Jan. 31, 2008
  3. New and Improved Library Workstations Up and Running
  4. Dozens of New Databases Offer Something for Everyone
  5. Got Game? The UO Libraries Do
  6. Hone Your Multimedia Skills
  7. EndNote Available Online
  8. Win Up to $1,000 for Your "Sparky" Video!
  9. Ten Library IT Resources to Make Your Life Easier
  10. Think Links


1. Knight Library Open 24/7 from 11/27 to 12/7

All UO students could use a little extra peace and quiet to study when the end of the term comes around. That's why Knight Library stays open 24/7 during Dead Week and Finals Week. This term, the 24/7 opening will run from Tuesday, November 27, to Friday, December 7. Get full details here.


2. Undergraduate Library Research Awards Deadline: Jan. 31, 2008

If you've written a top-of-the-line research paper using library resources in the past 12 months, enter it in the library's annual Undergraduate Research Awards competition. You might win a $1,000 scholarship for your efforts. Here's how to enter.


3. New and Improved Library Workstations Up and Running

You'll see many new benefits from recent changes made to library workstation configurations, including access to Microsoft Office and the Adobe software design suite. Click here for more information about these upgraded workstations.

4. Dozens of New Databases Offer Something for Everyone

In the last few months, the library has made available many new databases that will make your searches for information much easier. Here's a roundup of the research areas covered by the new database additions.

5. Got Game? The UO Libraries Do

Video games in the library? That's right! Beginning fall 2007, the Science Library is making a new collection of video games and the consoles that play them available for checkout to UO students, faculty, and staff. Start your library gaming career by clicking here.


6. Hone Your Multimedia Skills

Have you ever wanted to edit your own movie and burn it onto a DVD for a class project? What about recording a podcast or transferring tunes from your vinyl records to CDs? You can do all of that and more using Media Services' audio and video dubbing rooms located on the lower level of Knight Library. Click here for details on reserving and using the rooms.


7. EndNote Available Online

EndNote, a software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, is now available in a web-based version to UO students free of charge thanks to a purchase made by the library.You can use EndNote to manage research paper citations and automatically create lists of references in any style. EndNote Web can be accessed at


8. Win Up to $1,000 for Your "Sparky" Video

Do you have something to say about the sharing of ideas? The SPARC Discovery Awards challenges you to illustrate in a short video presentation what you see as the value of sharing information. Use your imagination to suggest what good comes from bringing down barriers to the free exchange of information. First prize in this "Sparky" competition wins $1000! Click here for more information about entry regulations and deadlines. Lights, camera, action!


9. Ten Library IT Resources to Make Your Life Easier

UO students have access to many IT resources through the UO Libraries. Here is a small sampling.

I. UO Libraries Website

Your first and best stop for all your research and study needs. Here's where you'll find the best resources for any topic you're tackling.

II. The Learning Commons

Need a room where you can collaborate or study with other students? A place to practice group presentations? Access to high-powered multimedia software, scanners, and other technologies? The Learning Commons in Knight Library is your ticket to success.

III. Blackboard

If you haven't already encountered Blackboard in one of your classes, you soon will. It's the university's online course management system, brought to you by the UO Libraries.

IV. Summit Catalog

How does easy access to 28 million items housed at 34 university and college libraries in the Pacific Northwest sound? Summit gives you that and more. You can search Summit through the library's website.

V. Online Library Account

Using your online library account is as easy as checking your e-mail. Keep track of all things library with your personalized account.

VI. Instant Messaging Help

Get your reference question answered from your dorm, apartment, home, or even on the road. IM a reference librarian and stay put. (You can also get reference help by phone or e-mail.)

VII. Laptop Checkout

Get portable. Borrow a laptop from the UO Libraries. They're loaded with Microsoft Office and Adobe's Creative Suite, and configured for full Internet connectivity.

VIII. Undergraduate Research Awards

Turn your research skills into scholarship dollars. Enter the Undergraduate Research Awards competition.

IX. Library News RSS Feed

Get an RSS feed from the Library News web page, and you'll get immediate notification when a new library service or resource comes on line. You can access Library Lowdown, our electronic newsletter especially for students, from the News page, too.

X. Everything Else

We've only scratched the surface. You'll find hundreds of other useful services and resources by browsing the library's website or by talking to our friendly librarians.


10. Think Links

Your library has a number of services and resources designed to help you study and conduct research. Here are some useful links: