Thursday, July 3, 2014

Welcome New & Returning Students!

Welcome to a new term at Union Institute & University! As you enter your online classrooms, remember that the library is here to support your academic adventures throughout the term.

Welcome Back by Joe Shlabotnik (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
The Union Institute & University Library provides a broad range of library resources and services, including e-books, article databases, presentations, reference and research assistance, and interlibrary loan. And it's all available to you from your computer! Watch the following video for a quick introduction to our library:

Ready to start using the library? Start searching our e-book and article databases from the library homepage.

Want more help on how to use our library tools? Check out our step-by-step guides to searching for e-books, articles, journal titles, UI&U student studies, and dissertations or to use Google Scholar@UI&U.

Getting started on your research projects? We've put together a research guide to help you select a topic and find and evaluate sources.

Would you like some one-on-one help? Find information to call, email, schedule a meeting or chat with UI&U library staff at Ask a Librarian! We do our best to response to your research questions and requests in a timely manner.

We wish you the best this academic term!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Get Help from a Librarian

The UI&U Library contains millions and millions of scholarly resources, and we know it can sometimes seem overwhelming to navigate through them. Luckily, library staff members are here to assist you by phone, chat, email, or in-person whenever you have questions or need assistance. 
  • Phone: 800-871-8165 x8747
  • E-mail:
  • Live Chat: Ask a Librarian 
  • Research Appointment: Schedule an online research appointment to get help with an assignment or assistance finding resources. 
You can also find our contact information in the website footer or by clicking the “need help” button in the top, right-hand corner of each page.

Librarian superhero comic character
Super Darling Librarian Comic by Gwyneth Anne Browynne Jones (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Graduating and need a job?

The Career Transitions database provides hands-on guidance and immediate access to key job search activities. In addition to delivering measurable details on user accomplishments and successes, the new Career Transitions offers many new features and functionality:
  • Job-Seeking: multi-faceted job searching and related activities for creating resumes and cover letters, applying and preparing for interviews
  • Career Exploration: discovering career interests; identifying new opportunities based on work or military experience; exploring growing career paths, including green and new economy jobs; and finding education and training
  • Interactive interview practice
  • Matching work and military experience to new careers
  • Multiple job-search options, including internships and entry-level, with job tracking
  • Comprehensive education and training options by career, program and location
  • Guided resume and cover letter creation
  • Continually updated expert advice and industry-leading content
  • Hundreds of career overview videos, including "A Day in the Life" series featuring real people who work in those occupations
  • A new, streamlined interface designed to give users immediate access to activities
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    1349 FJ1 and 1349 FJ2 by Studio TDES (CC BY 2.0)

Job Search  Ebooks& Videos

Cover Letter E-books

Curriculum Vitae E-books

Image & Appearance

Resume Ebooks & Videos


Career-Specific E-books

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Library Website and Links

We're moving! UI&U Library is moving to a new website We're very excited to make the move over to the WordPress platform while continuing to provide you with access to all the library resources you need. Hopefully, you won't notice much "construction dust", but there are two matters that will affect a lot of UI&U Library users.

1) Bookmark our new page: If you've saved any bookmarks to Help Center or Services and Policy pages, either for yourself or in your courses, update those bookmarks too. All links to the library website pages now start with

2) Update any links to e-books or articles that require your UI&U login for access. As part of this process, we've updated our proxy address which means all the links that start with have now changed. If you have these links, use this prefix instead:

Faculty members: If you use library links in your course, you need to take action to fix those links. We've updated our syllabus links page to help you create new links to your course materials. We're also partnering with CTL so you can contact both the library and CTL for help.

Students: Update any bookmarks you have to the library. If you use a citation manager, it has saved any permanent links with the old prefix. Also if you run into any problems accessing your course materials, you can contact the library for help. Very soon any link that looks like this will not work:

If you find a dead link, you can still get to the resource if you replace the prefix so the link looks like this:

We know all this change may be a little disconcerting and requires some work to adapt, but these updates will give us a more stable platform to continue to provide you with access to all our quality library resources.

If you have any questions, please contact us at, 800-871-8165 x8747 or Ask a Librarian.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Search Strategies

Learning how to craft sophisticated searches will decrease the amount of time you spend researching and improve the relevance of your search results.  Visit the Search Strategies page in the Library Help Center to learn about combining concepts, special characters, and developing your search.  Please note: Not all databases support the same search features.  If you get an error message, no results, or too many results, revise your search or ask a librarian for assistance.

Searching the Online Catalog by Long Beach Public Library (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

We also recommend this video on Boolean Operators from Carnegie Vincent Library, because everyone should know how to search for Pirates, Ninjas, and Cephalopods.  Click the "YouTube" or "Full Screen" buttons to increase the size of the video.