Fake News: The Research Guide

In this challenging time, it is more important than ever to learn to think critically.  The library has launched a new Fake News Research Guide (or LibGuide), with videos, websites, articles, a tab dedicated to COVID-19 materials, and numerous other resources to help you get started on your information literacy journey.  Think you’re already a fake news expert?  Test your skills in the Games and Challenges tab! 

Check out the new LibGuide here:  https://uregina.libguides.com/c.php?g=715959&p=5105525

Photo source: https://abcnews.go.com/US/ways-spot-disinformation-social-media-feeds/story?id=67784438

The World Online: The Emergency Library

Finishing up the semester and continuing research has had many unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Did you know that there is an Emergency Library to help? With a huge variety of materials in numerous languages, the EL is a unique opportunity to access information.

Created by Internet Archive, on March 24th their resources were opened up for temporary public, international access. Their announcement can be found here: http://blog.archive.org/2020/03/24/announcing-a-national-emergency-library-to-provide-digitized-books-to-students-and-the-public/

Their Blog and Projects tabs also connect to a number of like-minded pages and groups. From NASA’s image archives to rare Louis Armstrong recordings, this is the internet at its finest.

Check out this amazing service: https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary

Further information about Internet Archive can be found here: https://archive.org

De-stress with Virtual Concerts

Music can be a perfect way to de-stress during this challenging time, especially for study breaks.  Many musicians across Canada and around the world are offering live concert streaming, and it’s a chance to see amazing concerts and other performances!  Some are paid streaming services, but many offer free trials or have entirely free sections.  Check out these great viewing and listening opportunities and calendars:

Concerts and Operas:
1. National Arts Centre: https://nac-cna.ca/en/canadaperforms
2. Royal Opera House :  https://www.roh.org.uk/
3. Jazz:  https://www.jazz.org/media/
4. Loud Wire: https://loudwire.com/rock-metal-online-performance-streaming-calendar/
5. The Boot: https://theboot.com/country-virtual-shows-coronavirus/
6. CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/music/an-up-to-date-list-of-canadian-live-streams-to-watch-during-covid-19-1.5500113
7. Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams
8. ClassicFM: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/live-streamed-classical-music-concerts-coronavirus/
9. All Arts: https://allarts.org/

Ballets and Dance:
1. Sadlers Wells:  https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/
2. Bolshoi Ballet: https://www.youtube.com/user/bolshoi
3. Marquee TV: https://www.marquee.tv/

Broadway Musicals and Theatre:
1. Broadway Direct:  https://broadwaydirect.com/where-to-watch-musicals-online-the-musical-lovers-guide-to-streaming/
2. BroadwayHD: https://www.broadwayhd.com/
3. Filmed On Stage: http://www.filmedonstage.com/

If you can’t watch the livestreams at the time they occur, remember that many of these groups post the recordings afterwards.  Performances are also being updated constantly, so keep checking back to these sites for more opportunities!

Photo Credit: https://globalnews.ca/news/6741174/winnipeg-musicians-make-the-most-of-self-isolation-with-online-concerts-from-home/

Tips for Zoom Users

It seems like the whole world is suddenly living on Zoom. Here are a few tips on making the most of your Zoom experience.

Background Noise

Are you in a meeting or class and someone has their mic on in a room with lots of background noise but they don’t realize it? The meeting host can hit ⌘Cmd+Ctrl+M (PC: Alt+M) to mute everyone on the call at once. This saves trying to figure out where the distraction is coming from in a large group.

Keep my Video Off and Microphone Muted

Want to always join a meeting with your video off and microphone muted? You can go to settings and under “audio” check the box for mute microphone when joining a meeting. A similar option for video is available under the “video” option from the settings menu. This way you can join the meeting now, and turn on your mic or camera when you are ready.

Screen Annotations

Did you know that participants can annotate a screen share? Users can type text, draw shapes, circle or underline items on the screen, or stamp shapes beside items as a few examples. To annotate a screen that’s being shared, look for a green bar at the top indicating the screen is being shared and click on the menu just to the right of this and look for the annotate option. This will open a toolbar with the various annotation options. As the person sharing the screen you can annotate as well, just move your mouse to the top of the screen and the screen share menu will descend, including the annotate option. If you hover over “more” with your mouse a menu will appear that includes the option of disabling annotation by users.

Appearance Touch Up

Worried about your appearance but can’t get away with just not sharing video? In Settings > Video, check “Touch up my appearance,” and Zoom will soften the focus on your camera, theoretically minimizing any issues with your skin.

Start Zoom Automatically

Do you open Zoom first thing every time you turn on your computer these days? In Settings > General click the box for “start Zoom when I start Windows.” This will save you seconds of precious time each morning J


Busy multitasking by reading e-mail during a meeting when the host suddenly calls on you and you have to scramble to get back to Zoom to unmute your mic before it’s obvious you were doing something else? Go to settings and find the keyboard shortcuts menu. You can both change the keyboard shortcuts for specific actions as well as turn on “enable global shortcut” so that the keyboard shortcut will work even when you are not in Zoom. This way you can unmute yourself from your e-mail app and start talking as you get yourself back to Zoom.

Ignorance, Hope and Perspective

Exams can be stressful. Although we can’t be here physically to support you this exam time, here are three “off campus” study break suggestions from the University of Regina Library collection.

First have a study break and take 14 steps to use the power of ignorance!

Then find out how to live courageously in troubled times by finding your intrinsic hope.

And then view the streaming video “Perspective” to find out that “your brain isn’t always as honest with you as you think”.

Visit the Library’s COVID-19 web page for up to date information about library services.

And most importantly, know that you are not alone and you’ve got this!

De-stress with Virtual Travel

Image by mailanmaik from Pixabay

Final exams are now upon us.  This time is stressful under the best of circumstances, but students – and faculty – are now faced with the added challenge of adapting to an entirely online mode of learning.  

The Archer Library recognizes the importance of taking time to de-stress, regroup, and refresh during these difficult times.  While we can’t be there for you face-to-face, we wanted to provide you with some virtual distractions. 

You may be feeling a bit of cabin fever, so why not take yourself on a virtual vacation?  You deserve it!  

  • Walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu, visit an empty Sistine Chapel, or tour some of the world’s most famous museums here.  
  • If you’re missing the library atmosphere, check out some of the world’s most beautiful libraries here.  

Remember that library staff are still here for you!  If you need assistance, visit the library’s home page for links to our various online services.