Month: February 2018

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.

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!

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.