Service update: Curbside pickup

MacOdrum Library is now offering a limited curbside pickup & mailing service for print materials in our collection.  In this first phase only materials not available online will be eligible for a contactless pickup or mailing for students, faculty and staff. Faculty, staff, and students can start placing requests today and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. See the service guidelines and make your request online. The library building remains closed at this time. Note: Curbside pickup does not mean the resumption of interlibrary loans for print materials.

If you have any questions, please email me at

Problem: How to access Ms. Magazine archives?


Last month, I got the following research question from Prof. Ummni Khan (Law and Legal Studies):

     I'm trying to find early feminist writing that is not academic (so magazines mostly) from
     the 1980s or early 1990s that addresses the topic of rap music & lyrics, specifically the 
     argument that rap music is degrading to women / demeaning or encourages violence.

     I know there was quite a bit of this from my memory, but I can’t figure out how to search
     for magazines. I was thinking that Ms. Magazine must have articles about this topic, but  
     I don't know if there's a way to search their archive?

     Do you have any suggestions on how I might do this?

     Thanks so much for your help! 


The short answer to Ummni’s question is, “Use Academic Onefile to search for back issues of Ms. Magazine.” Academic Onefile is one of the Gale databases to which we subscribe.

But how did I figure this out?

I used another database, Ulrichsweb, to determine wh…

Library open house

MacOdrum Library invites you to an “Ask Us Anything” open house on Thursday May 7from 12-1 p.m. This event will be hosted on Zoom and is open to all instructors and faculty teaching this summer.
Representatives from the library will be available to answer any questions you have for the upcoming semester about reserves, copyright, research, data, GIS and more.
Pleaseregisterin advance.
If you can’t make it please, either email me ( or visit MacOdrum’sResearch Help page to contact us about ways we can help you.

Shadowpox: Free online game about viruses and social distancing

Shadowpox: #Stayathome is a free online game set in an immersive science fiction storyworld and informed by real-world public health challenges. Shadowpox: #StayHome Edition helps players visualize the impact of deciding to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effect on their community if they do not. Read more.
I am intrigued by this game ... it could be a very meaningful addition to any course that speaks to public health issues, social interactions, and/or free will.

I can see it being integrated into a course (either a fully online course or eventually a blended learning course) and used as a starting point for discussion and reflection.

I have created a link to the game on the Games: Studies and Development detailed subject guide (under the Find games section). Try it and let me know what you think:
The MacOdrum Library building is closed to students and faculty; however, our online resources and services are available to you and staff are committed to assisting students and faculty remotely.

The decision to close the library building was made in consideration of the health of students and staff and to do our part to slow the spread of Covid-19 in our community.On Monday, the Ontario Public Health Minister recommended closing libraries across the province and on Tuesday, the Declaration of the State of Emergency took steps to limit gatherings of 50 people or more and the closing of public spaces.

Our actions are consistent with other academic libraries across Ontario, Canada, and the United States.

1.Use our online Ask Chat service for reference and research assistance. See: Ask Chat service hours
2.Strategies for instructors: ·Help your students research their papers with a tailored course guidesubject guide, or contact a research support specialist.
·Give your students access to li…

Research skills video playlist: Embed in cuLearn

I have made a suite of instructional videos to help students improve their foundational search skills such as evaluating online information, as well as finding books and journal articles. This suite or playlist is found on the Library website:

1. Go to
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the video/Youtube link in the bottom right-hand corner.
3. Click on playlists and then the Research Skills 2019 playlist.

These videos can be embedded in cuLearn.

Library services: End-of-term changes

Changes have been made to Library services for the remainder of the term. These changes are posted on the Library website home page (
Specific changes have been made to the research help offered by Research Support Services (my department):
Reference questions will be answered via Big Blue Button, email and/or phone.Personal research consultations will be done via Big Blue Button, email and/or phoneThese changes will be updated as needed. If you have any questions, please email me at