Don’t Download Excessively

image of RM CooperWe’ve had a report of excessive downloading from Taylor & Francis journals. The publisher immediately suspended access to all off-campus users. They have since cleared the block.

In accordance with procedures agreed upon in early 2016, we have initiated forced, on-campus authentication for all titles from this publisher, effective immediately. We subscribe to over 1000 journals in nearly every discipline from Taylor & Francis.

  • You will now be asked to login to view T&F titles while on-campus.
  • Any bookmarks will no longer work while on-campus. You’ll need to bookmark them again.
    1. You should always use the library’s website to access our subscribed/purchased resources.
  • Future activity of this nature may cause a user’s CUID to be automatically blocked from using all electronic resources, until we can determine if their ID has been compromised, used illegally, etc.
  • Future activity of this nature may suspend access to all Clemson users, and may even result in permanent loss of access to Clemson.

For your convenience, here is the link to our policy on

2 Database Trials–PolicyMap & OnArchitecture

We have access to two resource trials—already launched.

PolicyMap (ends on March 19)
Easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, economics and more in communities across the US.

OnArchitecture – critical views on contemporary architecture (ends April 16)
Interviews with prominent architects from around the world and explorations of their principal works, all on video.

Please send your thoughts about either or both to Kathy Edwards, librarian at Gunnin Architecture Library.


Reclaiming Our Ancestry Workshop 2/12

As part of the University’s celebration of Black History Month, Cooper Library is offering a drop-in workshop, “Reclaiming Our Ancestry,” on Monday, February 12 from 2-6 pm in the Brown Room (room 416).

Faculty members experienced in researching African American genealogy will make brief presentations at 2:15 and 3; the rest of the time will be used for individual consultations with anyone who wants to try to fill in their family tree using the Ancestry Library database.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop. Handouts will be available to guide people in their research once the workshop is over.

Please contact librarian Camille Cooper ( if you have any questions.

New Database: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive

The Clemson University Libraries now has access to U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive which covers the years 1926 – 1984 and nearly 5,000 issues.

The magazine features a broad variety of topics in current events, politics and business, and is well known for its ranked lists of businesses and institutions.

You can find this database and others on our Databases A-Z page and many of our research guides.

If you have questions stop by the Library Services Desk or Ask A Librarian.

Library Workshop Tonight

Tuesday, September 5 @ 7:00pm: Returning to Research – Finding your way back to the library

Are you returning to school and finding that research has changed a bit? Come to this workshop to learn ways to find the best sources in the most direct way.

This workshop is online.

To register, click here:

Questions? Contact Anne Grant

Library Workshops for Fall

Take a look at our research workshops for fall semester. Focused mainly on graduate students, the workshops are open to all. Registration is encouraged but you are welcome to drop in.

The first workshop is on Wednesday, August 30:

Academic Integrity For Graduate Students
Plagiarism and its consequences can be scary stuff.  While it can result from a misunderstanding of the rules and standards used in documenting sources, it’s often due to errors made in the research and note-taking process.  Learn how to protect yourself with strategies to avoid both these types of unintentional plagiarism.
Location: online
Time: 2:00pm
Register at:
Questions? Contact Anne Grant.

Complete list of workshop dates and times:

Here’s a few of our offerings:

  • Academic Integrity For Graduate Students
  • Copyright Basics
  • Trademark Searching
  • Returning to Research –Finding your way back to the library
  • Building a Better Search
  • Intro to Data Management
  • Creating a Winning Poster
  • Patent Searching
  • Conducting a Literature Review using RefWorks
  • Scholarly Publishing and Open Access
  • Understanding and Assessing your Research Impact

New Security Measures for Library Databases

As you know, CCIT (Clemson Computing Information & Technology) has recently implemented new security measures for the way we access various campus accounts and resources. These measures are designed to help protect investments in technology and safeguard your personal information.

In the past year, Clemson Libraries has seen a substantial increase in the potentially unauthorized use of its electronic resources. Why does this matter?

  1. Expenditures for electronic resources represent the majority of our budget for research materials.
  2. The vendors that provide access to these materials can temporarily suspend access for everyone when unauthorized use is suspected.

This is why we are implementing new security measures to protect this investment and ensure we maintain access to these resources for your research.

Starting this semester, you will be asked to log in (with your standard Clemson username and password) more frequently when using some of our electronic resources on campus. Requiring these additional logins will allow us to identify excessive or suspicious access before our vendors detect it and suspend access for the entire campus.

If you experience any problem maintaining access to our electronic resources, please contact us.

For more information about excessive or suspicious activities, please refer to our Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources.

Access to a Selection of Historical Black Newspapers is Now Available

The Clemson University Libraries now has access to 5 full-text digital newspaper archives.

The new titles are:

Researchers will have the option to search these papers through ProQuest’s user-friendly interface.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Grant, the history research librarian.

New Databases Ideal for Historical Research

Several new databases containing valuable primary source material have been added to the Libraries’ wide collection of resources.

From the World Newspaper Archive, researchers now have access to news sources from Africa (1800-1922), Latin America (1805-1922), and South Asia (1864-1922). An open access pamphlet collection entitled the Reconstruction of Southern States documents the time in the American South between 1865-1869. And the Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) provide primary source materials on literature, theatre, and music. These materials are mainly from the United Kingdom, but also include other European locations. Finally, Early English Books Online provides access to virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works printed in English elsewhere from 1473-1700.

You can find all these and more on our Databases A-Z list. If you have a question or need assistance, you can Ask A Librarian.