Archive for January, 2011

January 27-International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Our January 2011 book display coincides with “International Holocaust Remembrance Day” on January 27th. The books on display range in content to include: the execution of the Holocaust, experiments on humans performed by the Nazis, denial of the Holocaust, anti-semitism, memories of those who were a part of and/or survived the Holocaust, and more. Visit the January Book Display remembering the Holocaust. Click here for a list of featured books.

Winter 2011 Library Workshops Schedule

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Each quarter the reference librarians at Penrose offer a number of free general workshops on a variety of resources. The workshops are open to current DU students, faculty, and staff. This Winter quarter we are offering workshops on finding books and articles, Google tools, RefWorks, Advanced RefWorks, research funding, managing your online reputation in Facebook and Twitter, business and company research, and using business databases. Workshops take place in the Research Instruction Room on the main floor of Penrose Library.  For the first time, we are also offering a couple of online workshops through the Adobe Connect software. If you sign-up for an online workshop, you will receive an email on how to access the virtual classroom.  Due to limited space, please RSVP for any workshop(s) you would like to attend. To see the complete schedule and sign-up for a workshop, please go to our Library Research Workshops page.

If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Forbes, Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian, at (303) 871-3407 or email

Updates to Encore catalog searching

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Over two years ago, Penrose Library introduced Encore, a new way to search the library’s catalog.  The new search looked and felt more like the search experience today’s students expect online, but lacked some of the advanced features of our “classic” catalog.  Advanced searching was — and is — still possible through a links to “Advanced Keyword Searches” under the top search box on the library’s homepage and on the Encore search results page, just under the search box at the top of the page.   We are happy to announce, however, that many of the advanced search features are now also available in Encore!

These include:

  • Truncation – type at least three letters of the word’s trunk followed by an asterisk to see words with alternate endings (e.g. child* for child or children)
  • Wildcards – insert an asterisk to see words with alternate spellings (e.g. wom*n for woman or women)
  • Phrase searching – put more than one word together in quotation marks to find only that phrase (e.g. “higher education”)
  • Call number searching – for exact call numbers
  • Standard number searching – using government document numbers, ISSN, and publisher number

Google Preview in Library Catalog

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The Encore version of the library catalog has a new feature:  Google Preview. 

Recently, while searching the library catalog using Encore, you may have noticed a new feature – a Google Preview button. 

If the book has an ISBN and if there is a preview available in Google Books, a “Google Preview” button will appear in the full record on the left side of the screen.  For example, in the full record for a book on Denver history, The Mansions of Denver: The Vintage Years 1870-1938, note the Google Preview button on the left side of the screen:

A preview will generally contain the title page, table of contents, the acknowledgements, and selected content from throughout the book.  It doesn’t necessary include the index to the book. 

Not every book has a preview, just those that have an ISBN and a preview in Google Books, so the results can be hit or miss.