Friday, September 21, 2012

BIG Search – A New Search Tool

If you have visited the library’s web page recently, you probably noticed a new, cleaner look and a more prominent search box. The search box is known as BIG Search, and it represents a new trend in libraries: Discovery. Discovery is a concept that aims to help researchers discover more relevant library materials through a simpler search interface.

The Millsaps-Wilson Library provides BIG Search for one-stop searching. Databases searchable through Big Search include EBSCO, JSTOR, and Project Muse, as well as many more. You’ll also notice that individual databases not included in BIG Search are listed and linked directly below the search box.

On top of the new search box, tabs are available to give you even more options:

Explanation of tabs:

  • BIG Search is just the first of five tabs you can select. BIG Search allows you to search a multitude of databases at the same time.
  • Articles & Databases Tab: This tab allows you to select one database at a time, and there may be times when this is the best option depending on your research. Click on a letter of the alphabet to find the database you need.
  • Catalog Tab: You can use this tab to search only the Millsaps-Wilson Library catalog or only the Worldcat catalog.
  • Journals Tab: Use this tab when you need to find out if the library subscribes to a specific journal or magazine. You can also browse for journals by subject or title.
  • Research Guides: These guides are developed by librarians to help you conduct research in specific subject areas. If you find yourself not knowing how to start your research, these guides can help you get that jump start you need.
Librarians are here to help you, and please ask us if you would like more information about any services the library offers.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Library Databases: An Introduction

What Are Library Databases?

Library databases offered by the Millsaps-Wilson Library are intended to support student research, and students often use databases when writing research papers or completing projects.  Library databases often contain both scholarly and popular articles.  Most of our databases even offer full text.  If an article has full text, then this simply means that the full article is available to read instantly online.

Want to know more about which databases the Millsaps-Wilson Library offers?  

Click on this link to see a full list:  

As the library adds new databases, we will advertise them right here on our blog.  You can also see a list of our newest databases if you click on the link listed above.  You will see the Newest Databases box on the right hand side of the screen.

Wondering about the symbols on the Database List?  Below is a key to symbols:

more information icon = Click for more information about a database.Restricted Resource  = Campus Faculty, Staff & Students onlySome full text available  = Some full textResource includes images = ImagesResource includes video = Video filesResource includes audio = Audio files

If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to:

- Come by the library's front desk for assistance
- Call us at x1073 or 601-974-1073
- E-mail us at

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lehman Engel and the Millsaps-Wilson Library

You may or may not know that the Millsaps-Wilson Library has a special room named for Lehman Engel, a Jackson-born musician, composer, conductor, author and teacher.  The library's Engel Room houses the collection that was once his personal library.

Recently, Jeffrey Sweet wrote "The Innovators:  Lehman Engel" about Engel and his work:

You will see images in this piece from the Millsaps College Archives and Special Collections.  To learn more about the Millsaps College Archives and Special Collections, visit this link:

For more information about the Lehman Engel Collection at the Millsaps-Wilson Library, click here:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Finals Week - Open Extended Hours

We hope that Finals Week is going well for everyone.  Remember that the library is open extended hours through Saturday, May 5.  Below is the library schedule:

Thursday, May 3:   Open All Day and All Night
Friday, May 4:        Open All Day – 2 a.m.  (early Saturday morning)
Saturday, May 5:    7:50 a.m.  -  4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6:       Closed
Monday, May 7:      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For the full library calendar, visit the link below:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Facebook Timeline updated

We posted some historical facts and pictures about the library on the library facebook page.  Our favorite is the audio tape storage unit from the 1970's.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Follow us on Twitter!

The Millsaps-Wilson Library is now on Twitter! Are you interested in library news and updates? Click on the button below to follow us:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Millsaps-Wilson Library – On Your Smartphone!

Are you interested in accessing the Millsaps-Wilson Library’s online services from your Smartphone?  The Millsaps-Wilson Library’s mobile interface may be just what you need.  Click on the link below to view the mobile website:
Smartphone-friendly links on the mobile site include:
-        EBSCO databases
-        Library Hours
-        Library Catalog
-        JSTOR
-        Project Muse
A link to the mobile site is also on the library’s webpage.  Look for the link in the bottom left corner of the webpage.
What do you think of the mobile library site?  Please send your feedback to