To e-mail a research question to a librarian, simply click the "Ask a Librarian" link from the library's homepage: Response time is generally within a couple of hours, and librarians are happy to serve you in this way.
In an age when "cut and paste" from Internet resources may make stealing someone's ideas far too easy for students, instructors can team up with librarians to help stop plagiarism.
For tips on dissuading, investigating, and identifying plagiarism in student papers, please visit the library's "Plagiarism Prevention" web page.
This web page, which was designed to assist instructors, also includes links to additional "Internet Resources for Fighting Plagiarism".
"The World Wide Web provides plagiarists with a rich library of material from which to gather information, but it also provides professors with a powerful tool to check sources and catch the word thieves."
Ryan, Julie. "Student Plagiarism in an Online World." ASEE Prism 8.4 (1998):20-24.Fall Library Hours
Link to /library/hours.html
Universal Borrowing (UB) is a service which allows a patron in one UW library to borrow books from another UW library - quickly and easily. Accessible by clicking the gold button while searching within the Library Catalog, UB is a popular service.
From July 2002 through June 2003 the libraries of thirteen universities and the colleges initiated a total of 21,628 borrowing or lending transactions!
Patrons borrowed through the Karrmann Library about 600 items. Additionally, patrons from other UW libraries borrowed about 600 items from the Karrmann Library collections.
What are the fastest growing occupations?
How many people in Wisconsin carpool to work?
For research requiring statistics, the library offers access to the Statistical Universe database. Some full text is available.
Visit the library's homepage and click "Journal Articles, Full Text and more", and Statistical Universe. (note: Statistical Universe is no longer available)
The flag and patch from the Columbia Space Shuttle were donated to the library's SW Wisconsin Room. See them on display on the Lower Level of the library!
My Zoo Family by Helen Martini (1955)
Mother to Tigers by George Ella Lyon (2003)
Mother to Tigers is a slim new children's book available in the Instructional Materials Laboratory in Doudna Hall. The book tells the story of Helen Martini who is married to a zookeeper and who cares for three tiger kittens in a tiny apartment because the mother tiger is not able to do so. Eventually Martini sets up a nursery at the zoo and becomes the first woman keeper in the history of the Bronx Zoo. The back cover of Mother to Tigers offers a photo of author Lyon as a high schooler carrying a copy of My Zoo Family, the 1955 autobiography of Helen Martini.
Also located in the Instructional Materials Laboratory, My Zoo Family is a gem of a book, describing how this childless woman raises lions, deer, gorillas, leopards, lemurs, and so on. Martini had a gift of nursing sickly animals to health. If you are an animal lover, this book will touch you as you observe Helen figuring out ways to heal and amuse an odd assortment of wild animal babies. Before Helen took on this task, no tiger cub born at the zoo had survived; however, she managed to raise 27 tigers and numerous other animals whose offspring are found in zoos all over the world.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live with three tiger kittens, or a couple of orangutans in a small New York apartment, or what it would be like to walk a panther at the end of a leash, I would highly recommend, My Zoo Family.
Kay Young, Editor