MRU Library Blog

Blackboard Blackout – alternative log-in

MyMRU / Blackboard is currently down and the Help Desk is working on the problem.  You can access Blackboard at the following URL –

Please visit the Information Desk if you have any problems logging in or if you have any other questions.

New York Times (1851-2006) with Index (1851-1993)


If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Library’s recent subscription to this Historical Newspapers collection yet, now is a good time.  Several features are now in place to facilitate access to the content.

Enchancement over the weekend has brought a new Topics tab, which provides a screen where you can search for topics originally published in print in The New York Times Index between 1851 and 1993.  You can also browse by different Categories:

  1. Companies/Organizations
  2. Locations
  3. People
  4. Subject

These same categories are also searchable via the Advanced Search screen (click on the drop-down menu of the search box and notice the ones marked with an asterisk).

Articles  published within the period covered by the NYT Index (1851-1993) have 3 additional fields:

  1. Topic headings
  2. NYT Index summary
  3. Print location (ie. page and column nubmers)

Check it out.  Access New York Times (1851-2006) with Index (1851-1993) from the Library homepage:  Click on Find > Articles > News.  It’s the 6th database listed there.

Any queries?  Please contact the Library Info Desk.

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Prevent theft – watch your belongings!

Laptop thefts have recently been reported around the university.  Please protect your belongings and don’t leave any valuables unattended.  If you notice something missing, please check the Lost and Found at the Circulation / Reserve Desk and at the MRU Security Office.  (X200 – next to the Wyckham House hallway.)   All thefts should be reported to the MRU Security Office.  403.440.6897

More Power To The Students!

Welcome back students!!

We’ve been busy this summer providing you with more seating, more power for your laptops, and bigger, better computers.

Carrels with lights have a power outlet in the light fixture, so you will be able to plug in your laptop in the carrel without unplugging the lights to the carrel.  A power plug symbol has been attached to each carrel in the library that has power, so you can easily recognize which carrels have lights and an extra power outlet.  The light must be turned on for the outlet to work.

We’ve also attached power bars under most of the tables in the library; this provides plug-ins for up to four laptops.

Some of the periodical shelving has been removed from the library and been replaced with study carrels.  These carrels near the ESL collection will not be a quiet area until after ESL orientations are finished each semester.  There will be signs indicating when ESL orientations are in progress……

Watch this space for library updates!

Posted by Oliver in News