Research Toolkit Workshops Now Available Online

Learning to do academic research is one of the biggest challenges college students face. Students often struggle with skills like defining a research topic, locating relevant sources, constructing searches, and making sense of information once found. We designed the Research Toolkit workshops three years ago to help students overcome the most common challenges of doing college-level research. Students overwhelmingly report that they feel more comfortable and confident about doing research after the workshops. Faculty have reported noticing an improvement in their students’ skills after completing a workshop.

Since we introduced the workshops, the most commonly asked question has been, “Will these be available online?” We’re happy to report that the answer is now an enthusiastic “yes!” We have made three workshops available to be viewed any time online. Those workshops are:

Each of these workshops can be viewed independently on the Research Toolkit research guide. Each is also available as a module that can be embedded into a class Pilot page. Instructors who are interested in offering these workshops for credit can find the zip files for Pilot on the “For Instructor Use” page. Both “Stop Searching and Start Finding” and “Integrating Your Sources” include Pilot quizzes.

More workshops will be available as we are able to complete them. Each is still available in person for groups of four or more students by faculty or advisor request. Contact with questions or for more information.

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Blind Date with a Book 2018

Our Blind Date with a Book event will return this year from February 13th – March 2nd (while supplies last) on the shelves of the Popular Reading Collection, on our first floor between Starbucks and the Group Study Room. We’ve wrapped up popular titles, so you won’t be able to judge them by their covers. You’ll have to rely on our clues to choose a book, read it, and tell us what you think for a chance to win a prize. You might be surprised which ones you’ll enjoy.

Here’s how to play:

  • Pick up a wrapped book from our Popular Reading Collection on the first floor of Dunbar Library.
  • Check it out at the Circulation Desk.
  • Take it home.
  • Unwrap it.
  • READ IT!
  • Return a completed evaluation form to the Circulation Desk and you’ll be entered to win a prize!

We’ll see you February 13th to get “set up” with your next great read!

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New Resources & Raffle

Your library account has received a big upgrade! The Central Library Consortium (CLC) has joined OhioLINK/SearchOhio, which means that a ton of new material is available to request. The CLC includes 14 public libraries, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Who knows what exciting fiction book, audiobook, CD, or DVD is waiting for you?

Like all OhioLINK and SearchOhio items, your library card gives you FREE access to these materials. Requested items normally arrive to the Dunbar Library in 3-5 business days. You can navigate to the SearchOhio catalog by accessing this library’s homepage at, clicking on “Research,” and selecting “SearchOhio Catalog.” Start your discovery today!

Now it’s better than ever to request items from OhioLINK and SearchOhio – participate in our raffle!

  • Borrow 10 items from OhioLINK or SearchOhio and enter to win one of several small prizes at the end of the semester.
  • Every set of 10 items is a chance to enter, so the more you borrow, the better chances will be! Submit all entries by April 9th.
  • Please note, you must select “Dunbar Library” as the pickup location for your items.

Check out all the great items available:



Wright State University Libraries:

Questions? Contact Matt Shreffler, Head of Resource Delivery Services.


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Sue Polanka Named Interim University Librarian

In December, Provost Thomas Sudkamp named Sue Polanka, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, to the position of Interim University Librarian, effective January 1, 2018.

Sue Polanka has 28 years of experience in libraries, with 13 of those served here at Wright State. She earned a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University in 1995. Prior to Associate University Librarian, Sue was Head of the Reference and Instruction Department. She has also served on the Administrative Council for the University Libraries, and led the development and implementation of the University Libraries Strategic Plan. In October, 2017 Sue was awarded the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award by the Academic Library Association of Ohio.

An interview with Sue Polanka:

Why do you like working in libraries?

Librarianship is extremely gratifying to me because of the service orientation and focus on life-long learning. I enjoy connecting users with information. Libraries are always anticipating the needs of the community as well, so this brings opportunities for growth and change.

What are the biggest challenges and opportunities you see with your new position?

Challenges – Maintaining our extensive collections, top-notch staff, and wide array of services during this difficult budget climate.

Opportunities – Creating new partnerships on campus and in the community; working with the Friends of the Libraries who are celebrating their 40th Anniversary, and assisting with the “Discover Your Story” campaign for the WSU Archives Center.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about libraries?

I wish people knew more about the connection between library collections, staff, services and student success. There are a number of studies showing that students who use the library’s resources and work with library staff tend to have higher GPAs, greater retention, and are more likely to graduate on time as a result of their interactions with the library. Our staff help students and faculty succeed with their research and information needs every day.

What is something you like to do for fun when you’re not at work?

I enjoy traveling, cooking, fitness classes, and spending quality time with my family and friends and my dog, Maya.

On behalf of the University Libraries’ Social Media Team, thank you for your continued service to Wright State, Sue. Welcome to your new position.

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