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Welcome New and Returning Students!

welcome mat imageWelcome to all new and returning students! Here’s three quick things to know about the library to get you started this semester

Textbooks: If your textbooks haven’t arrived yet, please check at the desk in the library to see if your instructor has put a copy on 2-hour reserve. We don’t have all of the textbooks used in MUH classes, but there are some that are available. Your Miami ID card is your library card.

Printing – Use your Miami ID as your print card. You can “charge” up your ID card at the MuLaa box in Schwarm Commons, and in 2nd floor of Mosler. Black and white print jobs are 10 cents per page, color is 25 cents a page. We have a “Quick Print” computer if you are in a hurry to get a document printed. More info at our Printing and Copying page.

Hours – Our hours of operation have changed. We’re here 8am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm Friday, closed Saturday and open Sunday 1pm-5pm. Our library hours page has all of the dates we’re closed.

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, May 10, 6-9pm
Saturday, May 12, 12-5pm
Sunday, May 13, 3-10pm

Haiku contest winner

Karen O’Hara is the winner of the 2018 Rentschler Library Haiku Contest. Karen is the Web Specialist for University Communications & Marketing in Oxford and teaches EGS 215 (Workplace Writing) on the Hamilton campus.

Her haiku:

Window cat wonders

at snowflakes dancing up, down
Why can’t she catch them?


Her haiku was selected by a panel of four judges using a blind review process. There were 39 other entries. Thanks to all who submitted a haiku!

Shout out to Carrie Girton, Public Services Librarian & Web Developer, for creating the haiku website and managing the submissions. Another shout out to Ruth Orth, Regional Campus Social Media and Communications Specialist, for including the contest in the digital signage system.

I’d also like to thank the other judges: Krista McDonald, Library Director, Dr. Theresa Kulbaga and Dr. Tory Pearman, Associate Professors from the Department of Literature, Languages, and Writing.

Still time to enter our haiku contest!

There is still plenty of time to submit your own original haiku for the Rentschler Library Haiku Contest!  The contest ends April 30th. Winner gets a T-Shirt!

Nature themes always make for good haiku. In fact, traditional Japanese haiku almost always had some mention of what season it was written. (either explicitly or implied). Just look around you for inspiration as you walk to class. Take, for instance, the Canadian geese outside of Schwarm Hall…

image of Canadian Goose

Harbingers of spring:
daffodils, tulips, robins
goose poop on sidewalks.



Your haiku must be in the 5-7-5 syllable format. The contest is open to students, faculty and staff. Winners will be announced no later than May 4th.

Do YOU Haiku? Enter our Haiku Contest!

yoda from Star Wars

Swampy Dagobah —
even a Jedi Master
can’t keep his feet dry.


If you enter the Rentschler Library Haiku contest, you don’t even have to have a serious theme. That’s how wide open the contest is. Write one about your favorite popular culture thing, your dog, that time you got sick on the bus. As long as it’s cleverly done, we don’t care.

So go ahead…submit a haiku using our online form. Win, you just might.

Enter our Haiku Contest

haiku T-shirtApril is National Poetry Month and just one of the ways Rentschler Library is celebrating this year is with our Haiku Contest. Just write your own original haiku in the 5 syllable, 7 syllables, 5 syllable format and you could win a haiku T-shirt (at left.) You get to select your color and size, though.

The contest is open to all Miami-affiliated persons (students, faculty, 
and staff.) You can enter your haiku online at the URL below or stop by our display in Rentschler Library to fill out a form. We also have a small collection of haiku books on display for inspiration. 

Entry form:

What is a haiku? Here’s what the Academy of American Poets says:

“A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression….. As the form has evolved, many of these rules—including the 5/7/5 practice—have been routinely broken. However, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.

Here’s a haiku from novelist and poet Richard Wright to get you started:

 From this skyscraper,
all the bustling streets converge
towards the spring sea

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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.