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Spice up your research papers with Statista

Statista logoOne of the newest subscription databases we are offering is Statista, a portal to graphical representations of data over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources on a single platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, it provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. Statista includes data sources such as market research reports, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases.

You can dowload data as Excel spreadsheets, into PowerPoint, as PDFs, or in graphic format (.PNG files). The Infographics would make a great addition to a research paper or presentation. (Oh, and you can also create citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles). Here is a sample infographic about Google’s online empire:

Google infographic

Statista is listed on our Databases A-Z page, our Statistics – Research by Subject page, and is available from off campus with your Miami ID and password.

Check out Kanopy streaming videos

Kanopy logoIf that documentary or film you found on YouTube is requiring you to purchase access, try our Kanopy streaming video service. It’s a subscription offered by University Libraries that features over 8,000 films from a variety of important collections and producers, including California Newsreel, Green Planet, PBS, BBC. Kanopy videos can be watched on TV via Roku, Apple TV, HDMI cable, or Chromecast. Each film includes a citation in APA, MLA, and Chicago Style, so you can cite them in a research paper or presentation.  More information available on our Kanopy guide.

Welcome back!

wooden welcome signHello and welcome to all new and returning students! We hope this semester will be rewarding and successful one. Rentschler Library is ready to help you, whether it’s help with research, or finding out what your instructor has on reserve.  We have group study rooms that you can reserve for 2 hr. periods, and even book them at least 2 weeks in advance.

Our hours are:
8AM – 9PM Monday-Thursday
8AM-5PM on Friday
10AM – 2PM Saturday
1PM – 5PM Sunday

Best of luck!

Winter Term Hours

Rentschler Library is on Winter Term hours from Jan. 2 to Jan. 28.

Monday-Friday  8AM to 5PM
Saturday & Sunday:  Closed

Our regular hours resume when Spring 2018 semester starts Mon. Jan. 29, 2018.

Cram Jam @ Rentschler Library

Rentschler Library and the Office of Learning Assistance are proud to offer Cram Jam again this semester. There’ll be peer tutors in a variety of subjects, librarians, snacks and coffee.  Open to all Miami students and hosted at Rentschler Library, Schwarm Hall, Miami Univ. Hamilton campus. The dates & hours of Cram Jam are:

Thursday, Dec, 7, 6-9pm
Saturday, Dec, 9, 12-5pm
Sunday, Dec, 10, 3-10pm

Got a question? Need help with your research?

Just about a month to go until final exams. How are your research papers coming along? Do you need to find some high quality sources? Need help narrowing your topic or casting a broader net? Schedule a Research Appointment with one of our reference librarians. Sessions are scheduled for 30-45 minute slots, so you can count on having a one-on-one learning experience with the librarian’s undivided attention. For sessions to be successful, please fill out the form above completely and give an accurate description of the assignment. We ask that you bring a copy of the assignment (if applicable), any outlines or citations already created, and a motivated research attitude to your appointment!

Dive into the past with historical newspapers online

Girl reading newspaperYou can find a lot of historical information freely available online, but really old articles from newspapers? Not so much. While Google News Archive has some actual scanned images of historical newspapers, the coverage is pretty limited. Many of the titles have only a few years of coverage, and major daily papers are few and far between.

Luckily, Miami University students, faculty and staff also have access to 5 major newspapers from our subscription to ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Links below give the title and years of coverage. You can see every issue for the years listed, complete cover-to-cover content including photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, editorial cartoons and more. You can limit your search by date range, to front-page articles, classified ads, and other document types. You can also email articles to yourself along with a citation in many different styles. All of these resources are available off-campus with your Miami ID and password.

New York Times Historical (1851 – 2013)

Washington Post Historical (1877-2000)

Chicago Tribune Historical (1849-1993)

Wall Street Journal Historical (1889-2000)

Cincinnati Enquirer Historical (1841-1922)