Thursday, February 23, 2017

CATQuest and MLA International Bibliography

 I have learned-definitively-that content from EBSCOHost databases will not be retrieved by using  CATQuest (the library's name for the Primo discovery tool published by Ex Libris), whether or not you sign in.

Since MLA International Bibliography is an EBSCOHost database this is important for you to know. If you use CATQuest to search for journal articles you will certainly retrieve citations/full-text articles from other vendors (e.g., JSTOR, Project Muse, etc.) that provide content duplicated in MLA International Bibliography, but not everything. Additionally, you would not locate books, book chapters, and dissertations included in MLA.

When you want to perform a comprehensive search of MLA International Bibliography (or any other EBSCOHost database), I recommend that you continue to use the actual database.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Spotlight on the Collection : Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

The library has purchased access to a new title within Oxford Reference Online:  Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

This is an A-Z dictionary of words found in Shakespeare's plays, and a description of Shakespearean original pronunciation (OP), enabling practitioners to answer any queries about the pronunciation of individual words. It includes all the words in the First Folio, transcribed using IPA, and provides sound files as an additional aid to pronunciation. It details the main pronunciation evidence in the texts, notably all spelling variants and rhymes.

Once you have accessed the book, if you wish to access the introductory material and the key to abbreviations, click the tab  "ALL CONTENTS" and then click "Front Matter."

The title can be accessed in the usual places (e.g., Articles & More alpha list, Articles & More Subject list [Literature-English] in the "Reference Sources" category, library catalog, etc.).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Special Collections event Feb. 8 : "The World's Most Mysterious Manuscript"

Special Collections is holding an event that may be of interest to you: 

The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript: Theories on Its Origin and Use
 Presented by Ray Clemens, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts, Yale University
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 pm
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

Ray Clemens will talk about the Voynich manuscript, an early 15th-century codex that has been called the world’s most mysterious book. The book was written by hand in an unknown language that no one has yet been able to decipher. Colorful illustrations of unidentifiable plants, zodiac signs, astronomical and cosmological diagrams, and naked women in bathing pools add to the mystery. Clemens is the editor of The Voynich Manuscript, which was published by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Yale University Press in 2016. The facsimile volume, with new color photographs of the original manuscript and reproductions of its unusual folded sections, includes six essays that provide historical, cryptographic, forensic, and alchemical perspectives on the manuscript’s origins, owners, and meaning. The manuscript can also be viewed online.

 Ray Clemens is the Curator, Early Books & Manuscripts at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. He previously served as Acting Director of the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies and was an Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University.  The presentation is sponsored by UVM Special Collections and the College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email or call 656-2138.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Office Move

Due to work in the library related to the bridge construction, I have moved to a different office. My telephone number remains the same (802-656-5718).

My office is on the Ground Floor (Room 049), directly opposite the Media Resources Desk. Go down the main staircase to the ground floor. At the foot of the stairs, turn right and then turn immediately to your right.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

JSTOR introduces Open Access E-Books

JSTOR has sent news of an initiative to make Open Access monographs available on the JSTOR platform. There are currently 63 Open Access titles available from the university presses of Cornell, California, Michigan, and University College London. JSTOR expects to add hundreds more titles from additional partners in the coming months.

The titles are available for anyone to use without registering or logging into JSTOR;  there are no chapter download limits.

For more details and the title list, please visit . When viewing the list on this page, note that if you click the link Discipline, you will rearrange the list by discipline. Look for "Language & Literature." Some books have been assigned multiple disciplines (e.g., History; Language & Literature; Performing Arts), so be sure to look for those as well.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

English & American Literature Subject Guide - New page

I've added a new page to the English & American Literature Subject Guide: "English Language Reference (Dictionaries, Thesauri, Grammar, Usage, History)"

This page aims to provide a place to quickly find not only tools for writing, but also the history of the English language, including slang.

MLA Citation Style - New 8th Edition

MLA has just published the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook.  There are several copies at the Reference Desk and a few copies in the stacks that may be checked out of the library. The call number is LB 2369 .G53 2016.

Until the end of the semester, I'm keeping copies of the 7th ed (along with the 8th) at the Reference Desk so the students can finish up their citations. 

In the English & American Literature subject guide and the Film & Television Studies subject guide,  I've added the MLA Handbook, 8th ed to the "Citation Styles & Management" page, but have retained the 7th ed -until the end of the semester.

OWL at Purdue's online guide to the 8th ed won't be ready until early June, but  here's where you can see the differences between the 7th and 8th eds. : This new handbook is much more user friendly.

As always, please ask if you have any questions about citation.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How To Find..... Guides

In addition to Subject Guides, the library has also created several (24) "How to Find..." guides which help you locate resources in a specific category (e.g., book reviews, primary sources, streaming video, etc.). To view a list of these guides:
Research Guides by Subject

Monday, August 24, 2015

Welcome Back! Teaching/Research Support

The fall semester is almost here! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you and your students. I can do one or more of the following:
  •  Design a web-based research guide customized for your course. Additionally, I am happy to make a brief visit to your class to introduce myself and tell them how I can help.
  •  Meet with students individually for research assistance with a paper or project. Please encourage them to contact me directly via e-mail or telephone. 
  • Consult with you on a research assignment. 
  • Meet with students as a group (across English/FTS courses) outside of class, for workshops on using specific resources such as MLA Int'l Bibliography, JSTOR, etc. 
  • Meet with your students as a group during class time (I need at least two weeks lead time for scheduling and class preparation).

 I encourage you to include my name and contact information on your syllabi or in your course Blackboard site/s as the librarian for English and Film & Television Studies, who looks forward to helping students with their research.

 If you feel individual students in your courses are struggling with the research process in general, please refer them to our newly designed modular guide to the research process: Library Jumpstart. This guide provides information on basic library research skills, and answers questions about finding, evaluating, and citing resources. Within this modular guide, there is a page where students can find interactive tutorials on various aspects of the research process.

Subject Guides & Class Guides

"LibGuides," the software the library uses to create web-based subject guides and class guides, had a major upgrade to version 2.0 this summer. This has resulted in a slightly different "look" but they have retained the same functionality.

The subject guides for English & American Literature and Film & Television Studies have been updated, including a few additions.

English & American Literature
Film & Television Studies
  • The previous page "Websites" has been broken up into a few pages  that will hopefully get you to what you're looking for more quickly, e.g., "Festivals & Awards,"  "Box Office, News, and Research," "Archives & Preservation."