Monday, December 14, 2009

Course Support - Spring 2010 Semester

As you are busily grading exams and papers from the fall semester, most likely the last thing on your mind is the spring semester. However, once you begin preparing for your spring courses, please keep in mind that I look forward to helping you and your students.

  • Library Research Guides - If you'd like me to design a library research guide for your course, please let me know ASAP so I can begin working on it over the break.
  • Course-related Library Instruction - we can schedule now and talk details later.
  • Class Visit - If you don't feel an entire library instruction session is needed, I can pop into your class for 10 minutes to introduce myself. Sometimes putting a face to a name lessens the anxiety for a student who needs individual help
  • Syllabus and/or Blackboard Presence - Feel free to include my name and contact information on your syllabus and/or Blackboard site.
  • Ad Hoc Workshops on a Specific Database - If a group of you feels that your students would benefit from a workshop on a specific database (e.g., MLA, Literature Resource Center, Film & Television Literature Index, JSTOR, etc.) outside of class time, we can certainly discuss how to make that happen.
If you are thinking about changing an assignment that requires library research, and would like some feedback, I'd be happy to do that too.

Have a wonderful break. Happy New Year!

Spotlight on the Collection - British History Online (relatively new!)

British History Online
Is a digital library featuring sources documenting the history of the British Isles from the 11th through the 19th centuries. Topics include: religious, legal, educational, cultural, parliamentary, regional and urban history - drawn from both primary and secondary sources.

Here are the subjects that are covered:

Browse by regions, broad subject areas and time periods, or use the Advanced Search for maximum flexibility. First, click on "Text search" and then, click on "Advanced search."

Find Articles & More --> browse by title --> B --> British History Online

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Reminder - Research Assistance for Your Students

Whether or not I met with your students in a library instruction session or designed a research guide for your class....

I look forward to working with any students in your courses - providing research assistance. Please feel free to give my name and contact information to your entire class or to individual students whom you think may benefit from an individual research appointment.

New Online Resource of Possible Interest

Library of Latin Texts (Series A & B)
full-text database of modern critical editions of Latin classical, patristic, and medieval Christian writers including the entire corpus of ancient Latin literature up to the second century A.D. The database also contains a significant amount of Neo-Latin Literature (after 1500) including decrees from modern ecumenical councils up to Vatican II and sixteenth century translations into Latin of important medieval works.

When you enter the database you are actually defaulted to using the Cross Database Searchtool.
Note: Unless you actually select a database on the main search screen (this will be obvious), the following databases will be searched : Library of Latin Texts (A & B), Monumenta Germaniae Historica, and Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature Online at the same.

Click on the "Databases:" icon to select a specific database.

Find Articles & More --> browse by title --> L --> Library of ....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Project Muse - No longer completely Full-Text

Just in case you haven't noticed this in one of our electronic journal collections Project Muse....

A search no longer returns just full-text articles.
In order to make sure this happens, you need to do this:
On the left side of the screen

Check the box next to "Only content I have full access to" to restrict the search to only the journals to which UVM subscribes.

This is the explanation from Project Muse
"...You can limit your search to include only the journals to which your institution subscribes. To apply this limit, check the box for 'Only Content I have Full Access to.' When this box is not checked, your search will include all MUSE journals and the search results may include articles for which your institution does not have access to the full text. In those instances, please see your librarian for assistance with obtaining the articles."

Copyright & Fair Use - Video

Navigating the minefield of copyright and fair use can be confusing. This is especially true for videos-creating, showing, posting.

In the library research guide - Film & Television Studies
I've added a sub-tab under the tab "Web Sites" --> c. Copyright & Fair Use - Video

On this new page, I've included the links provided by Tom Streeter and Deb Ellis, and added another link which may be useful - "CCUMC- Consortium of College & University Media Centers: Copyright Matters." Please let me know if you have other links you would like me to add.

Thanks to Tom and Deb for sharing.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Literature Resource Center - New Search Interface

I'm back from leave and like you, busily preparing for the fall semester. I wanted to let you know that the Literature Resource Center has changed it's search interface. I know the timing is unfortunate and gives us little time to become comfortable with it before the semester begins.

You'll notice that the "Basic" search-which is the default-allows for more customization and flexibility than the previous search interface. This may be good or bad news, depending on your perspective.

I encourage you to explore the database again, using this new search interface. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I'd be happy to work with you in person or via e-mail.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spotlight on the Internet - Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Many of you may already be aware of this Internet source for digitized manuscripts - Digital Scriptorum, an image database of 5300 (currently) medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions. This database is hosted by Columbia University Libraries.

I'd like to draw your attention to another similar Internet source for digitized manuscripts - Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts, hosted by UCLA-Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Introduced to the general public in December 2008, it links to almost 1,000 manuscripts by nearly 200 authors in 20 languages.

Caveat: Once the desired manuscript is located, users move to the library or archive hosting the image, where one encounters a variety of portal configurations.

While the Digital Scriptorum manuscripts are drawn from repositories in the United States, the Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts draws from collections in Europe, Australia, North America, and Japan. There is only a very small overlap in the 2 collections-specifically in the U.S. repositories.

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Borrowing Privileges for UVM Faculty

As members of the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL), the University of Vermont Libraries now offer borrowing privileges to faculty members at any participating Vermont institution.

University of Vermont faculty can obtain VCAL Reciprocal Borrowing cards at the Bailey/Howe Library Circulation Desk, which will allow them to borrow materials from libraries at Middlebury College, Bennington College, Vermont Law School, Sterling College, Vermont state colleges, and other institutions.

All borrowers will present to the lending library a completed Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing card issued by their home library. This card will carry with it an authorization and expiration date issued by the home library.

Each library has set its own circulation policies (e.g., loan period, renewals, etc.)

Use the B/H Library interlibrary loan service or borrow directly-whatever is most convenient.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Order on Demand (OOD) Redux

RE: the post from June 2, 2009

I just learned that the OOD program extends to three publishers not two. The third publisher is John Wiley. I've updated the June 2 post to reflect this. A reminder that only one word in the publisher name is sufficient when searching, e.g., wiley.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Library Resources & Blackboard

Many of you use Blackboard for your courses. If you want to learn more about how to integrate library resources and services into your course on Blackboard, click Integrating Library Resources & Services into Blackboard.

Here you will find instructions on how to create links to resources such as e-reserves, an item in the Library Catalog, an article from an online journal or full-text database, etc.

On this page you will also learn how your library liaison [that would be me!] can add specialized materials or support for your class.

This page is found from the Library homepage -> Services -> For Faculty -> Classroom Support -> Integrating Library....

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2009 - Redux

In my May 8th post, I wrote that I'll be on leave from the beginning of July through most of August. When I return towards the end of August....

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you and your students in your fall courses.
I can do one or more of the following:

* Design a web-based research guide customized for your course
* Meet with your students as a group during class time
* Consult with you on a research assignment
* Meet with students as a group (across Eng/FTS courses) outside of class, for workshops on using specific resources such as MLA Bibliography, Literature Resource Center, JSTOR, etc.
* Meet with students individually for research assistance with a paper or project. Please encourage them to contact me directly.

Feel free to include my name and contact information on your syllabi as the librarian for English and FTS, who looks forward to helping students with their research.

Spotlight on the Internet - European Film Gateway

Grab your popcorn and junior mints! While browsing through the web site Europeana (funded by the European Commission and the member states, this site links you to 4 million digital items from Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections ) for a project, I came across another web site that may be of interest to our Film faculty and students - European Film Gateway (EFG).

This is a nascent project which intends to provide direct access to about 790,000 digital objects including films, photos, posters, drawings, sound material and text documents. While there is no actual content available now (keep checking), clicking on Related Links, on the left of the page, brings you to a list of sites for audio-visual portals and projects.

One site does offer some fine viewing - Europa Film Treasures. This site offers "treasures from 28 European film archives to re-discover and view online." It is searchable by a variety of criteria, including country of origin and genre. The current selection spans the years 1896-1999 and includes-for now-76 films.

Care to learn more about and view "Jedna Seoska Srpska Svadba" (A Serbian Country Wedding) from 1910? Just click on the film title link. There are more gems like this from Hungary, Russia, Ireland, Sweden, etc.

I have added this link to the Film & Television Studies subject guide, under the "Web Sites" tab.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Spotlight on the Collection - PsycINFO

The database PsycINFO doesn't readily come to mind when researching a literary or film topic; this is the core database for psychological literature (journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, etc.).

However, in addition to MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO may be an additional source for locating material on the psychological study of literature or film, or psychological interpretation of individual authors, filmmakers, individual literary works or films. These articles or book chapters are generally from psychology journals or books.

In MLA International Biography, use these search phrases in addition to your other search term/s:
psychoanalytic approach
psychological approach

In PsycINFO, use this search phrase in addition to your other search term/s:
psychoanalytic interpretation

Find PsycINFO in the "Find Articles & More" lists --> Browse by Title (P) and Browse by Topic (Psychology).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Spotlight on the Collection - International Medieval Bibliography (new!)

Geoffrey Chaucer would be proud. International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) , a core resource in Medieval Studies, is now available online through the UVM Libraries. This is the leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages (450-1450), indexing periodicals, conference proceedings, essay collections and festschriften. The online version also provides integrated access to Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale (BCM), which indexes monographs. Users can choose to search both databases simultaneously or select only one of the two bibliographies. Coverage begins in 1957, but coverage date varies by publication. The Advanced search mode allows a more refined search, e.g., limiting by language, academic discipline, century, etc.

Find IMB :
  • "Find Articles & More" lists

    • Browse by Title (I)

    • Browse by Topic (Literature-English, Theatre, History).

Find BCM :
  • "Find Articles & More" lists

    • Browse by Title (B)

    • Browse by Topic (Literature-English, Theatre, History).

An added bonus is online access to the International Directory of Medievalists. Find this resource in the "Find Articles & More" title list. Within the IMB database, click on the pull-down menu at the top of the screen, "All products," and choose the resource.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Order on Demand (OOD)

While searching the Library Catalog, you may have come across catalog records for books we don't have - you see "Collection: Order On Demand," with an icon you click on to rush order the book for the library. Feel free to order the book when you find something you feel the library should own. The three publishers we currently use in this program are Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and John Wiley; this program applies to recently published books only.

To actively search for books that are part of OOD, .....
Library Catalog -> Guided Keyword Search

Top search box: ood
Middle search box: oxford (to limit to just Oxford UP bks) macmillan (to limit to just Macmillan bks). choose "Publication facts" in the Search in: pull-down menu.
Bottom search box: your search term/s

For example, to search for Oxford UP OOD books that have "american fiction" as a subject heading.....

You don't have to use the entire publisher's name-oxford, macmillan or wiley will do; you don't have to restrict the search term/s to the subject headings field, but it will refine your search. Since new books are published all the time, these lists do change; I regularly troll these lists and order books I think the library should own, but you may also want to search these OOD lists periodically.

As always please let me know if you have any questions about this program or searching for these books.

EndNote X2 for Macs

I just had an excellent question about downloading the latest version of EndNote onto a Mac. Let me share my answer will all of you who have Macs. According to the note on the ETS (aka UVM Computer Services) software site, EndNote X2 files are compatible across Windows and Mac OS X platforms. If this download doesn't work on your computer, you may want to contact Hope Greenberg in Academic Computing/CTL e-mail: / tel: 656-1176. She is the EndNote czarina and has taught CTL workshops on EndNote. I'm sure she would be happy to help you.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

EndNote Redux

Because I know you were all anxiously awaiting the news about EndNote X2...
(in case you're thinking, "what? what in the world is EndNote and why should I care?", see the blog posting for Monday, May 18th)

EndNote X2 is finally here! You can download the newest version of EndNote by going to the ETS site here: Improvements in this newest version include: better integration with EndNote Web; a "find full text" feature that connects you to your library's holdings and downloads the pdf's/full text of your articles into your EndNote library; fancier grouping capabilities.

One caveat: EndNote says, "EndNote has created a patch for EndNote X2 that fixes some of the software’s reported problems. Perhaps the most important new feature addresses what to many has been X2's annoying way of importing online search results automatically into an EndNote library. When you install the X2 patch EndNote will now offer three views within the program itself: one that automatically imports online results directly into your library; another that provides a temporary online view allowing you to chose which references to add to your library; and a general library view."

The solution? You can download the X2 software patch from the EndNote web site.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Spotlight on the Collection - America's Historical Newspapers (new!)

Microopaque and Microfilm begone! America's Historical Newspapers (aka Early American Newspapers) is now available full-text online. This is a powerful database that provides access to American newspapers, 1690-1922. The resource makes hundreds of newspapers from around the U.S. available as searchable, online documents that provide contemporaneous accounts of events such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, westward expansion, the abolition of slavery, the women's suffrage movement and the labor movement.

Read contemporary newspaper articles about Anne Bradstreet, or an advertisement from 1774, selling poetry by Phillis Wheatley, "Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston, in New-England."

Search by full-text, headline, era (e.g., Gilded Age), specific date or date range, article type (e.g., news/opinion, advertisements, letters, poetry, etc.), place of newspaper publication, and individual newspaper title. The text isn't digitized, which means you'll see a facsimile of the original page.

Find America's Historical Newspapers in the "Find Articles & More" lists --> Browse by Title (A) and Browse by Topic (History).

Monday, May 18, 2009

Using EndNote to Keep Track of Your References

Need help keeping track of your references while writing an article, thesis, or paper? Try EndNote.

What is EndNote?
  • EndNote is a software program that allows you to store and manage your references and images.
  • EndNote will format your references in whatever style you choose -- APA, MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, etc.
  • EndNote works with word processing software to allow you to insert citations directly into your paper, building your bibliography as you insert your citations.
  • You can import references into EndNote from many online databases.
  • EndNote has a search interface that allows you to search library catalogs and selected bibliographic databases; it retrieves results from them directly into your EndNote library.
  • EndNote allows you to create your own searchable database of references, and any additional information you choose to add about each resource.
For more information about downloading and using EndNote, see the EndNote page listed in the "Tutorials & Tips" category on the UVM Libraries homepage. Laurie Kutner ( / 656-2213) is the librarian contact for EndNote.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Purchase Requests: Library Resources for Research & Teaching

With the newly designed library website and subject guides in English Literature and Film/Television Studies, I hope you're finding it easier to locate resources for your research and teaching needs. Please let me know if there are resources (journals, online reference sources, online full-text sources, etc.) that you would like the library to consider for purchase. While a purchase is not guaranteed, it is important that your work is supported as much as possible.

Here are some tips:
  • for monographs continue to use the recommendation form
    (also found on the Library homepage)
  • for journals, online reference sources, online full-text databases, contact me directly
  • when you contact me, provide as much rationale, information, etc. as possible so I can go forward armed and ready. All the better if more than one person makes a recommendation- together or separately
If you would like me to post some literature and/or film resources for your consideration (you may already know about them), let me know.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Congratulations Graduate Students!

Congratulations to all the graduate students who are graduating in May. It was a joy and pleasure to work with you. Best of luck on your future journeys!

Looking Ahead to Fall 2009

The end of the semester is finally here! I hope you all have a wonderful summer. While the last thing you want to think about is the Fall 2009 semester, I wanted to catch you before the semester ends.

I'll be on leave from the beginning of July through most of August, and will have limited access to e-mail. When I return, it will be v. close to the beginning of the semester, and I will be on my skates trying to prepare. So, if you are beginning to think about your classes for the fall...

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you and your students in your fall courses.
I can do one or more of the following:
  • Design a web-based research guide customized for your course
  • Meet with your students as a group during class time
  • Consult with you on a research assignment
  • Meet with students as a group (across Eng/FTS courses) outside of class, for workshops on using specific resources such as MLA Bibliography, Literature Resource Center, JSTOR, etc.
  • Meet with students individually for research assistance with a paper or project. Please encourage them to contact me directly.
Feel free to include my name and contact information on your syllabi as the librarian for English and FTS, who looks forward to helping students with their research.

MLA Handbook, 7th edition

The 7th edition (2009) of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (LB 2369 .G53 2009) is now here. We have several circulating copies and several copies available on our Ready Reference shelves, next to the Reference Desk. With this new edition, online access is available. However... online access is quite restrictive (tedious story). If you are interested in using this online resource for your individual use, please let me know.

Spotlight on the Collection - Books in Print

Books in Print .... Added Value
Looking for books which received an award? Click on the Awards button at the top right of the Books in Print home screen to to locate the outstanding book, audio, and video winners and nominees from hundreds of international awards.

Looking for something fun to read this summer while sitting on the beach or in an airport? Use FictionConnection to locate fiction suggestions based on a title or author that you already enjoy. Or, take advantage of the broad category search featuring topic, genre, setting, character, location, and timeframe. On the home screen, look for the link under "Complimentary Resources."