Month: August 2015

Build Your Research Toolkit

Are you excited about your research papers and projects this semester, but maybe just a little bit overwhelmed by them, too? The Research Toolkit workshops are here to help you learn how to do better research, faster! Started last year, each of the eight Research Toolkit workshops are designed to improve library research skills based on the areas that students have identified as most challenging. These are appropriate for everyone from students in the first semester to graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation. We’ve got something for everyone.

Students who have attended the Research Toolkit workshops have overwhelmingly found them useful and were more confident about their skills after attending a workshop. One student told us, “I wish I had had this workshop on the first day of my program! Thank you!!” Others said that they gained such useful information in the first workshop they attended that they were going to try to attend all the workshops.

Each Research Toolkit workshop focuses on a different skill needed to do better research, faster. We think of those skills as the tools you need to succeed. This year, we’re introducing a new way to represent the tools you’re adding to your toolkit: each workshop has a corresponding button that you can pin anywhere. When you complete your fifth workshop, you’ll receive a tool that’s a level, flashlight, and four screwdrivers in one. Come to the Research Toolkit workshops and build your research toolkit – and your physical toolkit!

ResearchTK2015buttonsAttend at least five workshops, earn five of the research skill buttons above, and you’ll win this 5-in-1 multi-tool:


Learn more or register for the Research Toolkit workshops at 

The Power of Cooperation: OhioLINK

Most students, faculty and staff in Ohio colleges and universities are familiar with OhioLINK. Established in 1989 and providing resources online since 1996, The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of 90 Ohio college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers with the information they need for teaching and research. Together, OhioLINK and its member libraries provide access to nearly 50 million books and other library materials, more than 100 electronic research databases, millions of electronic journal articles, over 81,000 e-books, thousands of images, videos and sounds, and over 39,000 theses and dissertations from Ohio students.

You’ve probably used OhioLINK resources in your work, but do you know HOW OhioLINK is able to provide those resources?  Cooperation among the libraries in the state is the key.

In FY 2014-15, it cost OhioLINK $38,500,000 to provide the online resources we use every day.  Where does that money come from?  You might be surprised:

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81% of the funds for OhioLINK online resources come from the budgets of the individual OhioLINK member libraries.  For Wright State, it’s a great deal; for our $1.6 million, we get $38.5 million in content that’s available to our users 24/7.

How often do you use OhioLINK?  Comment with your thoughts.

For questions about OhioLINK or how to request materials, please contact the Info Desk at 937-775-2925 or Ask a Librarian using chat, email, text and more!

Change to Library Authentication

15533 Michelle Brasseur, Dunbar Library Marketing Photos 3-30-15Attention Wright State students, faculty and staff:

Beginning August 24, 2015, the University Libraries will be implementing a change to off-campus access for library resources. To comply with vendor license agreements, a more secure access method of authentication will be used, requiring users to login with their campus username (w#) and password, as are currently used for WINGS, Pilot and other Wright State online authentications.

All students, staff and faculty will need to know their login information to access library materials. Library staff will not have access to your login credentials.

Please contact CaTS at 937-775-4827 for assistance in obtaining or updating login credentials. Click here for frequently asked questions about library authentication.

For assistance in finding and accessing library materials please contact the Information Desk at 937-775-2925 or visit

Get Your Game On! Sept. 4

Unwind from your first week of class with free pizza, soda and snacks plus board games, video games and more at Dunbar Library on September 4th from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Students should bring their Wright1 card and get ready to have some fun. The library will be closed for all other business.

Games will include:
Team Fortress 2
Mario Kart 8
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Just Dance 2015
Guitar Hero World Tour or Rock Band 3
Plus a variety of classic and modern board games, and physical games like ping pong and corn hole.

While you’re here, say hi to our library staff volunteers. We’re here to help you, at Game Night, and throughout the year.


Wright State Alumni Association
Boonshoft School of Medicine
Computing and Telecommunications Services
College of Education and Human Services
Division of Business and Finance
University Honors Program
University Center for International Education
University Ombudsperson, President’s Office
Residence Life and Housing
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Student Support Services