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: http://www.uvm.edu/ets/software. 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. http://www.endnote.com/support/ENX201_WinMac_updater.asp

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 (laurie.kutner@uvm.edu / 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."