COVID-19 Course Guide Available

Taking OWU’s MOOC on COVID-19? We have a resource guide for that!

We’re in This Together: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Coronavirus Pandemic is a 10-week course, where 24 Ohio Wesleyan faculty members address the coronavirus pandemic from perspectives across academic disciplines. Through lectures, panel discussions, and questions from the class, they will explore the lasting effects this crisis will have on global society, even as the pandemic unfolds. For more information on the course itself, please see the official COVID class page.

Along with linking to the weekly assigned readings, the library course guide will assist students in locating resources to add to their understanding of the crisis.

Have any questions bout the guide or need help accessing resources? Contact us!





New Resource Alert – Global Environmental Justice Documentaries

This curated collection of 29 documentaries aims to present “under-reported stories of human rights and environmental protection issues in Asia and North America.” In addition to covering a variety of subjects, each documentary is accompanied by a teaching guide, created by the same faculty responsible for curating the collection (Whittier, Yale, Brandeis and NYU Shanghai).

Other highlights of this particular collection include:

  •         Ability to integrate content into Blackboard or provide permalinks links
  •         Ability to create playlists and clips
  •         Closed captioning (for most titles)
  •         Synchronized transcripts
  •         Video markups for class presentations
  •         New content added periodically

Please note that licensing of this collection covers use in-class and for other closed-campus events.These films cannot be shown or advertised outside the OWU learning community.

To learn more about using this new collection, visit the Docuseek2 Help wiki.

For more about providing links or integrating content into Blackboard, visit the Integrating Docuseek2 wiki.

Additional questions can be directed to

New! Safari O’Reilly Ebooks and More

Starting on Wednesday, October 10th, Safari Ebooks is now Safari O’Reilly. And it includes more than just ebooks! You now also have access to access to video tutorials and self-guided courses on business, programming, and information technology.

Accessing Safari O’Reilly is a little different too. Below is what you’ll see when you find a Safari O’Reilly title in the catalog and click to access.

Find a Safari title in CONSORT, here:

Or in Summon here:

Click on link: “Full text online” or “Connect to…”

If it’s your first use, you will be asked for your email address.

Safari will recognize your email.


Then you will be asked for your OWU account login.

And then you will access your resource:


Subsequent use on campus will result in this message when you click on a Safari link:

You may then be asked for your OWU login if you haven’t already logged in to access other resources.

Off-Campus Access

When not on campus or the OWU network you will be asked for your email and OWU login, just as you were when you first accessed Safari on campus.

Safari Emails

After your first time logging into Safari, you will receive an email from them. It will tell you more about their content and the mobile app. You can opt out of these emails:

Have any questions about content or access? Please contact us!


Change in Library Resource Access


As previously announced, this summer the Libraries changed the system used to provide access to our electronic resources.  All users (whether on campus or remote) will now be asked to log in with their OWU credentials (same as OWU email). Users should only be prompted to log in once as long as they remain in the same browser.

Please note:

  • This will impact any saved links users may have, including those in Blackboard. Saved links and bookmarks will need updating but the old links should still be functional for awhile.


  • This change will not affect the catalogs, so users will still be asked to enter their name and barcode when requesting materials from CONSORT or OhioLINK.


  • This is a change all CONSORT schools made to ensure better access to library resources moving forward.


For any questions or to report issues, please email

New at the Libraries: Meditation and Reflection Space

New this semester, the Libraries will offer a Meditation & Reflection Space on the Third floor of Beeghly!

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A pilot project based upon student suggestions and driven by a collaboration between the Chaplain’s Office and OWU Libraries, this neutral space is open to all at Ohio Wesleyan. It is a quiet place to reflect, meditate, pray, or just enjoy a few peaceful moments to unplug and melt away stress. We encourage visitors to view the guidelines of the space before use.

Please direct any questions or feedback to:

What’s New at the Libraries for Spring

New Staff

Please welcome two new faces to OWU Libraries and the Ohio 5!

Public Services Librarian
Holly Birk

Ohio 5 Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
in Digital Scholarship

Olivia Geho

Textbooks on Reserve Pilot Extended

Thanks to a continued partnership with WCSA, more textbooks for select courses will be on reserve at the Libraries this semester!

To discover if your course has items on reserve, visit our reserves page and search by course or instructor last name.

Contact us if you have any questions!

New Resources

Explore the Resources of the American Antiquarian Society
Through our partnership with OhioLINK, Ohio Wesleyan library users now have access to an extensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912.

Read the Letters of an OWU Student and Union Soldier
The OWU Historical Collection has published a collection of Civil War-era letters to the university’s institutional repository, Digital Commons @ OWUThe Paula B. and Thomas W. Harvey Collection of Civil War Letters consists of 240 handwritten letters, authored primarily by former Ohio Wesleyan student Thomas Sumption Armstrong (1835-1909) and George Washington Porter (1838-1888).

The letters detail the experiences of Union soldiers during the course of the war and the aspects of their daily lives that they shared with family members. To facilitate research in the collection, each letter has been cataloged and is accompanied by a full transcription.

Explore the collection here!

New at the Library this Fall!

New Librarians

Welcome new Public Service Librarians Calvin Cleary and Audrey Heisel!


Need help finding resources for a project or a paper? Contact a librarian to set up an appointment.

LexisNexis is now Nexis Uni

This essential database of newspapers, and legal and business documents has changed its name from LexisNexis Academic to Nexis Uni. It has a brand new interface with new functionality. Contact us to learn more.

Ebrary is now Ebook Central

Ebrary, our largest provider of full-text ebooks, is now called Ebook Central. What does this change? Not much at all! You will just see the Ebook Central logo instead, otherwise how you view and work with ebooks will remain the same. Find out more about how to access our ebook collections here!

Ebook Landing Pages

More on ebooks! Now, when you click on an ebook link in the catalog, you will arrive at a landing page like this:

Look for the links in blue, click, and it will take you to your book. 

Textbooks on Reserve

Thanks to a partnership with WCSA, we have been able to expand the number of textbooks on print reserve as part of pilot project this Fall. To search for all items on reserve, visit our reserves page.


Ebrary is now Ebook Central!

Ebrary, our largest provider of full-text ebooks, is now called Ebook Central.

What does this change? Not much at all! You will just see the Ebook Central logo instead, otherwise how you view and work with ebooks will remain the same.

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Book record on Ebook Central

If you created an account in ebrary, that carries over to Ebook Central. Haven’t created an account? We recommend you do. It’s quick and easy, and ensures you can access full downloads of books, notes, and bookmarks both on and off campus. Look to the upper right corner of your Ebook Central screen to sign in or create an account.

Questions? Problems? Check out our ebooks user guide or Contact us!

New Database: The Congressional Serial Set

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New Database: The Congressional Serial Set

The Congressional Serial Set, including the American State Papers, is a series of reports and documents published by Congress.  It’s called the Serial Set because it was published in serial fashion. It contains all House and Senate reports and documents published since 1817, Presidential messages to Congress, treaty items, executive branch publications, as well as digitized images of maps and illustrations. The Serial Set covers a variety of subject areas, including African American Studies, botany, history, law, political science and women and gender studies.

To access the Congressional Serial Set, please click here. To learn more about it, follow this link.

LGBTQIA+ Resources for OWU Students

Jillian Maruskin and Sarah Lucas (’16) have created an excellent new resource for LGBTQIA+ students at OWU. This comprehensive site includes information on how to find LGBTQIA+ books in library catalogs, a list of excellent websites, campus and off-campus resources, ally resources, and information on sex positivity.

This resource is available at

If you’d like to suggest additions to this guide, please email Jillian at