Research@UWW – simplifying your research discoveries

Research@UWW is a discovery tool that allows you to search for “everything” — books, articles, and digital items available both locally and from other UW campus libraries — at once. It casts a very broad net, brings back results sorted by relevancy, and then lets you use various options to filter the results by date, resource type, etc. It may help you discover things you would have missed by searching only particular article databases.

You don’t have to search everything, though:

  • Search only for articles by choosing “Articles
  • Search only Andersen Library books, ebooks, government publications, videos, sound recordings, video games, etc. by choosing “Books, Media and more (UW Whitewater, i.e., Harold Andersen Library’s catalog)” — Please note, however, that you may see other UW campuses if they also have copies of items in Andersen Library’s collections.
  • Choose to search all UW System campus libraries‘ catalogs for books, government publications, audiovisuals, etc. — Please note that UWW students and staff may request returnable items (books, DVDs) from other UW libraries for free, and they will arrive at Andersen Library in 2-5 weekdays.

Give it a try! Searching tips:

  • Sign in (in the top right corner) with your UWW Net-ID to see complete results–especially important when working from off campus
  • Put phrases in quotes, e.g., “death penalty”
  • Use connectors like AND) in uppercase, e.g., “global warming” AND “weather patterns”
  • Use * for truncating search words, e.g., child* will retrieve children, childhood, childbearing, child’s, etc.
  • Start with simple keyword searches
  • Looking for a particular title? Put it in “” and, if the result list is long, change “anywhere in the record” to “in the title”
  • Searching for a person’s name will retrieve items both by and about that person, so if the result list is long or you really want only one or the other, change “anywhere in the record” to “as author/creator” or “in subject”

Working with your results:

  • Click “View Online” when it appears to see full text online. Remember, however, that ebooks are usually available only to students and staff at the owning campus.
  • Click “Locations” to see which campuses own copies of an item.
  • Click “Details” for additional information, such as abstracts of articles, tables of contents of books, subject headings, length, etc.
  • Click “Request” (and sign in –at the top right– with your UWW Net-ID) to have books, DVDs, or CDs at other UW libraries sent to Andersen Library for free (arrival in 2-5 weekdays).
  • Clicking on the Locations, Details, or Request tabs will provide an option to select “Actions” including printing or emailing the record for the item, or getting a Permalink to it.
  • Use options on the left side of the results display to narrow down results by date or other criteria.

Questions about using Research@UWW? Ask a librarian!

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Friday Fun: Jazz Music Library’s brand new look!

image of curved (jazzy) piano keysThe streaming audio database Jazz Music Library, part of Alexander Street Press’s Music Online, released a new look on August 14th. UWW students and staff can enjoy some jazz tracks from over 44,000 albums! That is a whole lot of listening.

The new design clearly shows your options: Browse (by titles, instruments, performers/ensembles, people, sings, genre), select a genre from a list, or select performers & ensembles from a list. The advanced search option allows you to add criteria such as a date range, publisher, catalog number, and more.

You can get durable links for your favorite tracks or albums (click the <> button). If the link doesn’t already have the Library’s proxy coding ( at the front like the example, be sure to add it if you plan to click those links from off campus, because you’ll need to login with your campus Net-ID.


And if jazz isn’t your favorite, there are two other streaming music databases: DRAM (“folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond” – if you’re not sure what you want, click “Random”) and Naxos Music Library (classical, but also some selections of jazz, blues, folk, world, gospel, and pop/rock). So, for example, you can listen to The Big Bang Theory Theme music by the Barenaked Ladies anytime!

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Loan Periods & Renewals

As of August 21, 2014, there have been a few changes to the Circulation Policies that govern how long you can check items out of Andersen Library, and how many times you may renew items. It’s all part of preparing for a new library system (Alma) that will support all behind-the-scenes work like cataloging, acquisitions, and circulation for all of the University of Wisconsin System libraries.

Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Students3 renewals except on media*

  • Main Collection   1 Semester
  • Gov. Documents   1 Semester
  • Curriculum Collection   1 Semester
  • Browsing Books/Audio Books/Graphic Novels 28 days
  • CDs/DVDs/VHS*   14 days
  • Video Games*   7 days
  • Reference Collection   1 day

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Undergraduate Students2 renewals except on media*

  • Main Collection   28 days
  • Government Documents   28 days
  • Curriculum Collection   28 days
  • Browsing Books/Audio Books/Graphic Novels 28 days
  • CDs/DVDs/VHS*   14 days
  • Video Games*   7 days
  • Reference Collection   1 day

*10-item checkout limit for media, no renewals on video games, 1 renewal on other media

You can see the details of loan periods and allowed renewals for Library materials, including various equipment, at

Questions? Contact Michael Johnson, Circulation Librarian (262-472-1022 or email

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Library Hours, Aug. 16-Sept. 2

Summer Session 2014 ends on Fri., Aug. 15th! The Library’s hours are shortened until Fall Semester starts.

Library Hours Aug. 16-Sept. 2, 2014

  • Aug. 16-31: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat-Sun CLOSED
  • Mon., Sept 1 (Labor Day): 1-5 p.m.
  • Tues., Sept. 2: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Regular Fall semester Library hours begin on Wed., Sept. 3 (the first day of classes), except that the Library will close at 10 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 4 (Wed. & Thurs.).

Remember that even when the Library is closed you have access to databases (including online full-text articles), the library’s catalog (including immediate access to ebooks and online government publications) and Ask a Librarian assistance via chat (if you send email or leave voice mail messages on Library staff phones, Library staff will respond when the Library is open).

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Andersen Library @ Orientation Week Events!

Welcome (back) to UWW! Come see us at various Orientation Week events! Here’s where we’ll be:

  • Mon., Aug 25, 9:30-10:30am: Involvement Opportunity Fair for UWW employees (Kachel Center)
  • Mon., Aug 25, 1-2pm: Library Services & Online Resources for UWW faculty & staff (Library Instruction Lab, L2211)
  • Mon., Aug 25, 5-7pm: Graduate School & Nontraditional Student Orientation (UC Hamilton Center)
  • Wed., Aug. 27, 10:30am-noon: King/Chavez Scholars & Future Teachers Program Resource Fair
  • Mon., Sept. 1, 1-5pm: Andersen Library open (no Reference Desk)
  • Mon., Sept. 1, 4:30-6:30pm: HawkFest!! for first year students (parking lot off Prince St.)
  • Tues., Sept. 2, 7:30am-10pm: Andersen Library open (Reference Desk 9am-5pm)

Andersen Library entrance photoDon’t see an event for you? Can’t make it? Well, c’mon in, or give us a call or an email and we’ll be happy to set up a time to meet with you! Call the Reference Desk at (262) 472-1032 or email

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New Stuff Tuesday – August 19, 2014

Nonprofits & Advocacy

Nonprofits & Advocacy:
Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment
edited by Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka Tsujinaka
HD62.6 .N693 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Nonprofits are organizations that are tax-exempt, provide a public benefit, and further a greater cause in some way. As the name suggests, they do not attempt to earn a profit from any products sold or services rendered. Instead, they raise money through fundraising, donations, etc. A few examples include the Humane Society, United Way, and National Public Radio (NPR).

People often question whether or not nonprofits should engage in advocacy, that is whether or not they should attempt to affect public policy. This book, written by a variety of scholars, discusses nonprofit advocacy in local and national settings, as well as advocacy strategies for nonprofit organizations. The book is packed with data, and will be an interesting read for anyone looking to work in the nonprofit sector.

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Remembering Lauren Bacall

Actress Lauren Bacall passed away this week. You can read about her in books such as the autobiography Now published in 1994 (3rd-floor Main Collection, PN2287.B115 A3 1994), or watch her in movies from Andersen Library’s 2nd-floor Browsing DVD Feature Films (they’re shelved alphabetically by title):
Cover of Now

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Friday Fun: American Museum of Natural History’s Digital Special Collections

When I lived in the Washington, D.C. area, I loved to visit the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian). I enjoyed it so much, that when I traveled to other cities I looked for other natural history & science museums to visit (in Denver, Seattle, Albuquerque, etc.). I’ve never been disappointed. But I don’t travel all that much, so thank goodness for the Internet!

The web sites of all of these museums are fascinating. This spring the American Museum of Natural History in New York City launched an online image database, which contains thousands of images of archival photographs, art, museum memorabilia, drawings and rare book illustrations from its visual collections. An example of what’s in store for virtual visitors to the Digital Special Collections is the Julian Dimock Collection: photos of nature (agricultural work, fishing, wildlife, birds) and people, including African Americans and Native Americans, in Southern states from about 1904 to 1911, and images of immigrants at Ellis Island. In addition, the database features “lantern slides created at the turn of the 20th century by Museum staff to illustrate culture, paleontology, and zoology in places as diverse as Greenland, Mongolia, and Africa” and “the Lumholtz Collection, which documents four expeditions led by ethnographer Carl S. Lumholtz to northwestern Mexico between 1890 and 1898 and includes portraits of the indigenous peoples of Mexico.” Browse the collections and enjoy!

screen shot of web page for Digital Special Collections, American Museum of Natural History

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Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams, an extraordinary comedian as well as an award-winning dramatic actor, may have left us, but we can honor his memory and appreciate his work by watching some of his movies. Andersen Library has several in the 2nd-floor Browsing DVD Feature Films (the collection is alphabetical by title):
cover of DVD case for Good Will Hunting

UWW students and staff may read (or listen to) Robin William‘s biography in the H.W. Wilson’s Biography Reference Bank database. The New Yorker published an article in 2011 in which Williams talked about his visits to entertain U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan: “Good Morning, Baghdad.”

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New Stuff Tuesday – August 12, 2014

The Love of Beer

The Love of Beer
by Alison Grayson
HD6073.L62 N77 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

It’s still summertime and I hope you are able to relax and enjoy the rest of August before the Fall Semester. If your relaxation includes fermented beverages, then you should watch this documentary on women in the beer industry. Featuring Tonya Cornett, originally of Bend Brewing and recently of 10 Barrel Brewing, the film explores how women in the industry break stereotypes, balance work and home life, and craft amazing beer. Perhaps those of you 21 and over could enjoy a brew from New Glarus, a Wisconsin brewery with a woman co-owner, while you watch.

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