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Summer Workshops at Olin and Uris Libraries

July 12th @ 2:30 pm – Introduction to LaTeX, Uris Classroom

A hands-on introduction to document creation with LaTeX using the TeXStudio front-end and the MikTeX engine for WindowsLaTeX is a markup language enabling anyone to create high quality typeset documents.

Learn the basic structure of LaTeX and take advantage of the tools provided in TeXStudio. No previous experience required.

July 13th @ 3:30 pm – Building an Online Collection with Omeka, Olin 106G

Omeka is a free, open source platform for publishing digital collections on the web.

Using this innovative software developed for scholars, build collections of texts, images, or multimedia, and display content through galleries, with curatorial annotations, on maps, and more.

Attendees will learn the basics while creating a small digital collection and online exhibition.
Take a look at some of these Omeka sites for inspiration: | |

Signup is required 48 hours or more in advance. Attendance limited to Cornell community members.

July 14th @ 3:00 pm – Zotero Clinic, Olin 106G

This session is intended for researchers who have started using Zotero, but need a review of certain functions or want to learn more about features like groups, Zotfile, notes, tagging, managing storage, and more. Bring your questions and laptop with Zotero installed.

If you’ve never used Zotero and need an introduction, consider attending our Introduction to Zotero workshop.

August 2nd @ 2pm – Adobe Photoshop, Uris Classroom

 A hands-on introduction to image manipulation using the Adobe Photoshop. Learn about image file formats, color correction, how to touch up photos and ready images for print or web publishing. Practice with basic Photoshop tools used for selecting and altering forms, adjusting brightness, contrast and color saturation, and converting and resizing images. No previous experience required.

August 11th @ 3pm – Introduction to Research Management with Zotero, Olin 106G

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the free PDF and citation management tool, Zotero ( This session will cover the basics of how to add citations and PDFs and how to create bibliographies in various formats.

If you’ve already using Zotero and want to learn how to use it more efficiently, consider attending our Zotero Clinic workshop. Bring your own laptop to this session. Please download and install Zotero before the workshop.

August 16th @ 3 pm – Get Started with Library Research at Cornell, Olin 106G

Join us for a small group, hands-on workshop, and learn to navigate through electronic articles, databases, and citation management tools. We will show you tips for improving research efficiency, how to search for citations, when and how to request items through Interlibrary Loan, and introduce ways to keep track of the research you find. Get the most out of your research time!

Passkey: Easy Off-Campus Access to Online Resources

The Passkey bookmarklet connects  off-campus patrons  to online databases and journals directly from the resource.

If you find yourself on a web page that has access restrictions, click on the bookmarklet icon and you will be redirected to the Cornell Web log-in screen to check for your valid Cornell affiliation.

Your credentials will be saved in the browser and you will have access to the library’s licensed databases.

The Passkey bookmarklet is a simple tool that will help your research process. Try it and tell us what you think.

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Welcome Back, Alumni and Friends

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Lists of all library related events can be found here and here.

From English at CUL Blog: Do You Need an ORCID iD?

If you are a Cornell faculty member, graduate student, postdoc, or research associate who publishes in scholarly journals, the answer is Yes!  ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized by linking you to your professional activities.

More details at English at CUL blog:

Studying abroad? You CAN take it with you.


Study Breaks at Olin & Uris Libraries Start May 13th

May 13th through May 24th:

Large Format Coloring in Olin Lobby -May 13th through 24th

Add your style and favorite colors to the community coloring page outside the cafe.

Large Format Word Search in Uris Library – May 13th through 24th

Search out words on a custom made, large scale word search

May 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm

Free Chips, Guac and Lemonade, courtesy of Cornell Minds Matter

Stop by the entrance of Uris Library for some free refreshments, courtesy of Cornell Minds Matter.  There will also be Kan Jam on the Arts Quad.

May 17th at 11:59 pm

Free Late Night Pizza, courtesy of Cornell University Library and the Olin & Uris Libraries Outreach Committee.

Pizza will be served just after midnight in Libe Cafe.

May 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm

Free Chips, Guac and Lemonade, courtesy of Cornell Minds Matter & therapy dogs from Cornell Companions

Stop by Uris Library entrance for free chips and guac, stay for the canine companionship.  Cornell Companions therapy dogs will also be outside the library entrance.  Cornell Minds Matter will also have Yoga on the Arts Quad.

May 21st starting at 10 am

Free coffee and breakfast bars

Libe Cafe will be closed for a private event until 1 pm….So stop by Olin 106G for some free coffee and breakfast bars (while they last) courtesy of Cornell University Library and the Olin & Uris Libraries Outreach Committee.

Slope Day 2016 at Olin, Kroch and Uris Libraries


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From the EnglishLit @ CUL Blog: Oxford Handbooks Online





Now available online to the Cornell community, the Oxford Handbooks series offers in-depth articles by prominent scholars across the humanities and social sciences.  To read more about Oxford Handbooks Online, please visit:

“Space and Film: Geography as a Major Actor” Exhibit

The Maps Unit in the Research & Learning Services Department of Olin & Uris Libraries, invites you to visit the exhibit, Space and Film: Geography as a Major Actor, displayed in the lower level lobby of Olin Library.

Geography plays a prominent role in the art of motion picture: from being a simple, esthetically beautiful background to being one of the main actors, to even validating the movie itself by showing that it is not just a piece of fantasy and fiction, but does indeed take place in a concrete place and time.

Space influences the not only the actions, but the whole life and death of the main character as “Into the Wild” shows. It can serve as a physical and mental catharsis in “Wild”. The desert, in the words of Robert Ebert, can seduce the characters in “The Sheltering Sky” with “its purity, beauty and harshness,” but it can be harsh and bring about their destruction. Its majesty and beauty, however, can also inspire them to start a journey that will help them understand their loved ones better, as does Tommy in “The Way.”

This exhibit explores the interrelationship between space and film based on several pictures that, in our opinion, illustrate vividly the argument about the utmost importance of geography. We intended to show the opportunities that GIS allow us by creating original or using already existing maps, which tell the story of the film and help us grasp the enormousness of the tasks the characters undertake.

Geographical location can also serve as an exotic and shallow background for one shaken-not-stirred-martini sipper, named James, James Bond – probably the most well-traveled movie hero of all time. GIS presented us with the opportunity to predict where Mr. Bond will travel in his next movie, based on analysis of the locations he visited in his 25 films.



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