New interface for Ovid

OvidSP, an upcoming release of a new precision search and discovery platform, will be live and accessible on Thursday, October 25, 2007. USF offers different databases through OVID like MEDLINE and PsychINFO.

Additions and enhancements include:

Support of free text, natural language searching
Simultaneous searching across all databases, journals, and books
Results ranked by relevancy. [...]

New APA rules about electronic resources citation style

The APA just released new rules about the citation of electronic documents with Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers. You can find details on the APA website at as well as on the University of Maryland University College Library’s website at

But, students, before you apply these new rules, check with your instructor first.

New databases in FirstSearch

OCLC Online Computer Library Center has completed the integration of twelve databases (formerly part of the RLG Eureka service) into the OCLC FirstSearch service, available through MetaLib. The RLG Eureka databases now in FirstSearch include:

Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute
Anthropological Literature
Anthropology Plus
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Bibliography of the History of Art [...]

New database for African Studies

The African Studies Companion is an annotated guide to print and electronic information sources in the field of African Studies. As in many other disciplines, there is now growing information overload on Africa and African studies. This makes the need for critical evaluation all the more important. Annotations in the African Studies Companion [...]

EDITED! Change in log in information – effective 10/10/07

***The change in PIN number has been moved a week in the future, at least. We will keep you updated***

When logging into the USF Libraries website using your Library ID, the required log in information is changing. Effective Wednesday, October 10, 2007, library patrons will no longer be required to enter the last four digits [...]

Last chance for The Hollywood Librarian

Tomorrow, Friday the 5th, is your last chance to see The Hollywood Librarian: a Look at Librarians Through Film at the USF Lakeland Library. This one-of-a-kind documentary will not be shown in theaters!

When: 1:15PM
Where: USFL Technology Building Audiorium (LTB 1100)
How: Tickets are available at the USFL Cashier’s Office

See for all details and watch the [...]

New resources at the USF Lakeland Library

Here are our new resources for the month of September. As always, new books from the circulating collection are located in the “New Books” shelf in the Group Study room. Reference books and journals are put immediately in their respective shelving. Journals are shelved in alphabetical order.

This week is Banned Books Week which highlights intellectual [...]

Metalib update

Some minor changes have been made to MetaLib: font issues with the “I” button and the Quick Search databases have been fixed. The “Locate” tab has been renamed as well; it now reads “Vendor”.