Join Us for an Open House

Open House invitation blog

Monday, August 13: 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m.

Tuesday, August 14: 8:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 15: 8:00a.m, noon

Thursday, August 16: 8:00a.m, noon, 2:00p.m.

Friday, August 17: 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., noon

 

Monday, August 20: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Tuesday, August 21: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 22: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Thursday, August 23: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

 

For more information, visit our website at library.pfw.edu.

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New and Trial Resources for June 2018

The library has added subscriptions to several new databases! We invite you to use and share these resources in your classes and with other members of the Purdue Fort Wayne community.

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Jove: Behavior and Jove: Psychology

These databases collect peer-reviewed videos that provide high-quality video demonstrations to help individuals teach and learn key concepts in psychology and behavioral sciences.

 

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IBISWorld

This business database provides in-depth, up-to-date information about industries in the United States. Each report includes key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, and more. Risk reports assess the future operating conditions for each industry.

 

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Psychotherapy.net

This site includes a variety of training videos for mental health professionals, including clinical demonstrations, live sessions, nonverbal observation, and in-depth commentaries.

 

vault-logo-102The library is offering trial access to Vault Career Guides, a robust resource that provides company, career, education, and internship insights for students and job-seekers. Access to this trial is available until June 23, 2018. Tell us what you think of this resource by contacting your librarian or emailing ref@pfw.edu.

Library Catalog Transition

Helmke Library is moving closer to the launch of our new library catalog and search system! Here are a few things to know:

  • IUCAT and Express Search will be available until the end of Summer I (June 23). Our new, enhanced Library Search will be the best way to access our collections starting in Summer II.
  • During the transition of our systems, access to individual library account information will not be available online. Beginning Thursday, May 24, please call the Helmke Library Service Desk at 260-481-6505 or email ref@pfw.edu with any questions about your loans, due dates, or fines.

As always, your Helmke Library librarians and staff are ready to help you access information and resources throughout the summer! Contact us online, be in touch with your librarian, or visit us in person Monday-Thursday from 8 AM until 7 PM or Fridays from 8 AM until 5 PM.

Library Changes Affecting Summer Courses: What to Know

As Helmke Library transitions to Purdue, we are making every effort to minimize changes while summer classes are in session. If you are planning to teach a summer course that incorporates library resources, here are a few things you should know:

Searching:

  • Express Search and the IUCAT catalog will remain available throughout Summer I, but will be retired from the library’s website before Summer II begins.
  • For Summer II, our new catalog and Library Search will fully replace the functionality of Express Search and IUCAT.
  • The Database A-Z list will remain the same, and our Library Search will also feature a new A-Z journal list.

Library Guides:

  • The URL for all Subject and Course guides will change to the “PFW” domain on May 7, before Summer I begins. This means that any link to guides.library.ipfw.edu will become guides.library.pfw.edu. Please update any guide links in your syllabi or Blackboard courses. Old links will be redirected to the new system, but updating your content will provide our students with a smoother transition. This change will not affect the library’s homepage.
  • If you use a subject or course guide for your summer classes, please contact your librarian. We will be updating guides throughout the summer, and we will prioritize guides in active use by summer courses.

Course Reserves:

  • Course reserves may be requested through the usual link for both Summer I and Summer II. Reserves will be listed in IUCAT for Summer I and in our new Library Search for Summer II.

If you have questions about these changes or how this will affect your courses, please contact your librarian, ref@pfw.edu, or Alexis Macklin, Dean of Helmke Library.

Extended Hours and More!

The library will be open extended hours during study week and finals week!  We are grateful for IPSGA for their support. Here’s the schedule:

  • Open 8 AM until 2 AM from Monday, April 23 through Saturday April 28
  • Open 24 hours from 8 AM Sunday, April 29 through 6 PM Friday, May 4
  • Open 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM on Saturday, May 5
  • Closed Sunday, May 6

We’re pleased to offer coffee and snacks during finals week, as well! Join us Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 5-8PM in the Learning Commons.

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Trial Databases – What do you think?

The library is pleased to offer trial access to several new collections. We welcome your feedback about these resources!  Please send comments to your librarian or to ref@pfw.edu.

JoVE Behavior and Psychology Education Video Journal Collections

Starting now and available through April 27, the library is offering trial access to JoVE, a peer-reviewed scientific video journal collection. JoVE Behavior and JoVE Psychology Education platforms contain hundreds of research “video articles” that demonstrate experiments from top research institutions.

JoVE Behavior Journal includes video articles demonstrating “observational and experimental approaches that seek to understand human and animal behavior.”  JoVE Psychology Education includes a behavioral science collection, which houses videos focusing on concepts of learning, memory, cognition, behavioral disorders and other neuroscience-related topics. JoVE Psychology Education also includes an experimental psychology collection that highlights “how psychological experiments are embedded in the actual research process.”

Cabell’s Blacklist

Starting now and available through May 10, the library is offering access to Cabell’s Blacklist. Cabell’s is known for scholarly analytics related to publishing opportunities. The Blacklist enables users  to search a database of predatory publishers and journals flagged as “probable threats.” By monitoring behavioral indicators, objectivity, transparency and evolving criteria, Cabell’s Blacklist is able to identify fraudulent behaviors and aid scholars in avoiding predatory journals.

Access to these trial databases is available through Helmke’s A-Z list of databases. Please send comments to your librarian or to ref@pfw.edu.

What is Digital Humanities?

What happens when you apply computational methods and analysis to research questions in literature, history, philosophy, and other humanities fields?

Join Helmke Library next Tuesday as we kick off an exploration into Digital Humanities with a presentation by Dr. Troy Bassett, Associate Professor of English.

Bassett will survey a sample of projects, showing the wide range of subjects, formats, and purposes that digital humanities encompasses, and the ways in which these methods can enhance projects, research and teaching.

What: An Introduction to Digital Humanities

Where: Helmke Library media wall (2nd floor)

When: Tuesday, April 24 from Noon – 1 PM

This presentation will be the first in a series of events, continuing in Fall 2018, centered on digital humanities.  Questions? Contact Erika Mann at manne@pfw.edu.

Spring Highlights

Reminder: Helmke Library will be closed Sunday, April 1.

It’s been a busy spring semester at Helmke Library! Here are a couple highlights we’re particularly proud of!


The 21st Annual Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium was a fantastic success!

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This year more than 100 students shared their research at the symposium, and six teams won cash prizes for their stellar projects and presentations. Congratulations to all of our participants! Find more images from the Symposium on Facebook.


The library is celebrating Women’s History with a display of works by and about some of our favorite influential women. Stop by the library’s first floor to check out the display or to borrow any featured books!

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Keep up with Helmke Library every day on Facebook!

Spring Break Hours and More

Helmke Library will be open during spring break, but with reduced hours as follows:

  • Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4: Closed
  • Monday – Friday, March 5-9: Open 8AM – 5PM
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11: Closed

We hope you enjoy your break!

Looking for things to read? Book orders for the rest of the semester are due BEFORE break, but consider picking up The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie, the first title in our new book club!

Join us for our new Book Club!

Interested in reading more for fun this year?   Join our new book club and unravel a few of the library-themed mysteries we have selected for the semester. bookclub1.png

Our first book is The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie & we’ll be discussing the book on March 28th at noon in Library Room 112.

Our April selection will be Murder Past Due by Miranda James.

A few copies of each title will be available soon at the first floor Helmke Library service desk.  The copies will be available on a first-come first-serve basis for a limited checkout period.

Questions?  Please contact Shannon Johnson (johnsons@ipfw.edu) or Sarah Wagner (wagners@ipfw.edu). You can also check out our webpage for more information.