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Kent Library Hosting E-Reader Petting Zoo April 16

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Thinking about purchasing an e-reader, but not sure what type to get? Wonder what all the buzz is about with e-books? Kent Library, as part of National Library Week, is having an E-Reader Petting Zoo from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, in Sadie’s Place. Library faculty and staff will be on hand for questions and demonstrations. Refreshments will be served.
Featured devices will include:
• Nook Color, Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
• Kindle keyboard edition
• iPad/iPhone
• Android tablet
• Laptop
• Apps for e-books
Featured formats and content will include:
• Recreational reading e-books
• Academic e-books for research and class assignments
• Websites with free e-books, magazines and other texts
• Children’s books
• Comics and graphic novels


Academic ebooks – Over 138,000 full text ebooks now available

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

In cooperation with MOBIUS member libraries and via EBSCOhost, Kent Library now provides access to over 138,000 full text ebooks that are academic in nature, suitable for use in papers and projects across the University curriculum. The books may be read in a web browser on a computer, tablet or phone/mobile device. Books may also be ‘checked out’ for 2 weeks at a time and read without an internet connection required.

The books may be accessed from the databases A-Z page and via this link


Ebooks from Safari Tech Books Online now available

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Ebooks on tech related subjects are now available through Kent Library. Safari tech books provides titles from prominent technology related publishers such as O’Reilly, Sams, Wiley and others. Subjects and applications covered include graphics & image processing (Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup), multimedia/video production (Flash, Adobe Premier, Camtasia), audio/music (Audacity, ProTools, Finale) computer programming (C, Python), cybersecurity, web design (Dreamweaver, Drupal), teaching online (Moodle), productivity (Microsoft Office) and more.

Available from the Kent Library web page at:


Access over 200,000 ebooks from Open Library

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Due to the Missouri State Library’s participation in Open Library, Missourians have access to over 200,000 ebooks that can be ‘checked out’ for a two week period at

You will need to create an account and then you can search or browse the collection and check out a book to download a pdf or e-pub format to read on your computer or e-reader.  To use e-pub format, you will need to download the free Adobe Editions program – this also lets you transfer an e-pub book to a mobile device.

A sample of titles/authors available from the collection:

Anne Tyler
John Updike
Joyce Carol Oates
Kurt Vonnegut
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Joy of Cooking
Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
The Hobbit
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Beethoven by Maynard Solomon (definitive biography)
Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Foxfire v.3
An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn’t
Green Eggs and Ham


Films on demand – over 12,000 streaming educational/academic videos available

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Kent Library is pleased to announce the availability of Films on Demand. This streaming video service offers over 12,000 titles covering a wide range of academic subjects from freshman to graduate level. Content includes documentaries, lectures, instructional/curricular videos, and historical primary source videos. Example content includes Ken Burns’ ‘Civil War’ documentary, Universal Newspapers Newsreels, and ‘10 essential interviewing skills’. Videos may be browsed by subject, by special collections such as PBS’ NOVA, or searched by keyword, and can be linked from or embedded in Moodle course pages. You can link to/embed entire videos or specific segments, and many videos have closed captioning available. Videos may be viewed from anywhere in the world that has high speed internet access (DSL or higher recommended), including phones and other mobile devices.

There will be training opportunities available early in the Spring semester.

On the Library’s web page:

Direct link:

Help pages: at the above link, click on ‘help’ near the top right to access various guides and tutorials. For example, type ‘moodle’ in the search box on the help screen to find information about using videos with our online learning system.


Secure charging stations

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Leave your laptop, camera, or phone and charge it using the new secure charging stations in the IM Center at Kent Library. Keys can be checked out at the IMC Service Desk for 3 hours and the service is free. For more information, visit


2012 Election Guide

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Tired of all the hot air? Looking for more objective information about the 2012 election? Librarians at Kent Library have put together a guide to non-partisan sources of information for the 2012 Presidential and Missouri State elections. Find credible information on the candidates and the issues, as well as links to voter information. To view the guide visit


Oxford Reference Online launches new interface

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Oxford University Press has launched a new design for Oxford Reference Collection. From the Oxford Reference ‘what’s new’ page at

Oxford Reference has relaunched

September 19, 2012

OUP is pleased to announce the launch of Oxford Reference

Today OUP launches Oxford Reference, the new home of Oxford’s quality general reference publishing. Bringing together 2 million entries, we have integrated the superb reference content from Oxford Reference Online and the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf onto the new Oxford Reference platform. The new service enables users to access and cross-search Oxford’s prestigious reference works at the click of a button, and hugely extends its usefulness by opening up free material for general web searching and linking.

The new Oxford Reference platform is made up of two collections:

Oxford Quick Reference provides concise entries for readers wanting to quickly check a fact or find key information on a concept, person, or term from 125 core subject, quotation, and language dictionaries. Oxford is committed to ensuring that Oxford Quick Reference content continues to provide answers you can trust, with the quality and authority readers have come to expect. Our active editorial program now provides monthly updates to this dynamic current collection, and adds entire new titles and major revisions three times a year.

The Oxford Reference Library is made up of over 180 more specialized works including award-winning Oxford Companions and multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedias. These titles are fully cross-searchable with those in the Oxford Quick Reference collection, and provide longer, in-depth, academic content as well as essays and specialist definitions. Oxford Reference Library also brings a selection of scholarly titles from other prestigious publishers, such as Brewers and Continuum.

A major aim of the new service is to widen use and open up new paths to further reading. Oxford Reference now offers a wealth of easily discoverable, freely available content including over 300,000 new free Overview pages, providing a quick definition for every unique topic plus onward links to deeper content and related topics;  270 free Timelines containing links to over 9,000 free reference entries; a new, free, online-only Quotations title; and regularly published topical theme articles.

Oxford Reference is the perfect reference point for research at any level, and is designed to help readers save time, whatever they’re looking for -  from concise definitions of a term through to in-depth articles, on topics from Art to Zoology or Aristotle to Zeus.  The quick search and advanced search functionality of the site enables results to be easily sorted by relevance, title, author name, current online version date, or length, while also enabling you to filter by reference type, subject, content set or illustrations. Many new links to related content lead on to further research. Each user can also personalise Oxford Reference by saving their favourite books, entries, and searches, so they can easily retrace their steps to learn more.

Discoverability to help people find and use the content:

  • Over 300,000 new Overview pages offer free definitions of topics and networks of links to related material
  • 270 new Timelines containing links to 9,000 free reference entries
  • A new online-only Quotations title, Oxford Essential Quotations
  • Featured topical articles
  • All findable from general web search
  • Over 16,000 illustrations, including colour photographs, line diagrams, maps, and tables
  • Oxford Quick Reference contains 125 core subject and language dictionaries
  • Oxford Reference Library offers 180+ in-depth, specialist, long entry titles
  • Quick search and advanced search with easy sort and filter options
  • Subject pages with featured content: Search or browse titles in the same subject area, plus featured content carousel that highlights new or topical books and entries
  • Personalisation features: Save searches, favourite books, and entries saving valuable research time
  • Social Media links and bookmarking: Share content with friends and colleagues with integrated tools including social bookmarking, email, and citation export
  • Oxford Index: Fully linked to the OI via an Oxford Index bar that allows users to explore other Oxford content related to their search

Quick tips – content, power searching, and more

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

“Quick Tips” highlights new content, hidden gems, great tools and other tips to make searching for information quicker and more productive.

Quick tips guide


Kent Library Offers New Chat Service

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Can’t make it to the library?  Don’t want to send an email and have to wait for a response?  Kent Library now offers a chat service for all Southeast students, faculty, and staff.

Kent Library’s chat service is easy to use, is accessible anywhere, and allows you to ask the library questions in real time.  We bring the library to you!

To chat with us or to learn more about Kent Library’s chat service and the hours of availability, visit