Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Spring Semester - 2011

Happy Holidays to you all! All my best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

As you begin/continue your course preparation for the spring, remember the library. In addition to meeting with your classes for research instruction, I will:

  • prepare a web-based library research guide customized to your course
  • provide feedback on an assignment (or assignments) that will require scholarly research
  • facilitate  the purchase of library materials to support your course (and your own individual research)
  • meet with your students one-on-one for a research consultation*
  • visit your class for 5-10 minutes to introduce myself and the library. Students often feel more comfortable making an appointment with me or seeking assistance at the reference desk if they can attach a face to a name
*I will meet with any student taking an English/FTS class, whether or not they are English/FTS  majors.

Feel free to include my name and contact information on syllabi and Blackboard sites.

I hope to see you and/or your students in the spring.

Literary Criticism Workshops in Spring 2011 - Scheduled

The literary criticism workshops for  Spring 2011 have been scheduled. They are geared to the uninitiated or uncertain.
LOCATION: Bailey/Howe Library Classroom (Room 123) Main/1st floor

February 1 (Tuesday)
Literature Resource Center : 4-5 pm
MLA Int'l Bibliography : 5-6 pm

March 1 (Tuesday)
Literature Resource Center : 4-5 pm
MLA Int'l Bibliography : 5-6 pm

April 5 (Tuesday)
Literature Resource Center : 4-5 pm
MLA Int'l Bibliography : 5-6 pm

There is no "ideal" time of day or perfect day of the week to offer workshops. This is my best attempt to offer them at strategic times throughout the semester. I will make sure they are advertised on the Library web site at appropriate times. I would appreciate it if you would post these dates and times to your Blackboard site, list them on your syllabus, and/or mention them in class.

As always, if students need assistance and are unable to attend these workshops, please have them contact me directly and I will be happy to set up an individual appointment.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Literary Criticism Workshops - Spring Semester

I need your help.

I plan to offer the literary criticism workshops for Literature Resource Center and for MLA International Bibliography again in the Spring semester. I'd like to offer multiple sessions (2 or 3?) for each resource.

Since you know your students best, I'd appreciate your feedback to generate the highest attendance.

If I were to offer each workshop 3 times per semester:

1. At what points in the semester would these be most useful? spread out (once a month), clustered at the beginning of the semester, clustered at the end of the semester?

2. Should each set of  workshops be offered at different times of day throughout the semester or at the same time of  day?

2. What time/s of day would  be most convenient?  Morning (@9-10, 10:30-11:30), early afternoon (@noon-1, 1-2), late afternoon (@4-5, 4:30-5:30).

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

End of Semester Panic - Research Assistance for Students

As students continue (or begin) work on their papers or projects that require research, please encourage students to contact me if they need help.

I am happy to set up an appointment for an individual research session.   The one caveat I have is that they must be prepared to schedule several days in advance. And no, I do not come in specifically for evening or week-end appointments (-:  !

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lit Crit Workshops Reminder

MLA International Bibliography

This is a reminder about the literary criticism workshops I'm offering this month. See the blog entry for September 15, 2010 for details. You may see a flyer about them in the English Department. Tilza kindly offered to post some in your "wings." Please feel free to let your students (ug and grad) know about them.

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - Berg Fashion Library

The Library has just purchased the Berg Fashion Library, the resource I wrote about in the August 25, 2010 blog entry.

This is a searchable interdisciplinary portal to integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. it covers all aspects of clothing, dress, fashion, and textiles around the world.

Sources include: a digitized version of the 10-volume Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, 60 electronic books on fashion, and an extensive image collection from the encyclopedia and the Victoria and Albert Museum's fashion collection. An additional image collection and full-text journal content will be added in 2011.

Topics relevant to English/FTS folk include: "Film and Fashion," "Clothing in Movies," "Fashion in Fiction."
Consider this book chapter "Consuming Clothes: Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth."
Access this resource from the Library website:
  • Library Catalog
  • Find Articles & More -> Browse by title - B
  • Find Articles & More -> Browse by subject ->  Theatre

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Locating Literary Criticism - Workshops this Fall Semester

I am offering two workshops this semester on the basics of locating literary criticism.
Location: Library Classroom (main/1st floor of the library)
Wednesday, October 20 :  4:00-5:00     Literature Resource Center
 (literature portal to full-text literary criticism, work overviews, and biographical essays on major writers from every age and genre. Some film criticism and biography is included.)

Thursday, October 21 : 4:00-5:00    MLA International Bibliography
(citations to journal articles, books and book chapters on literary topics. Some film criticism is included.)

During both workshops, I hope to quickly review how to find books of literary criticism owned by the library.

These are "generic" workshops - not course-related. They are designed to introduce students to the basics of using two important resources for literature-related research.

I hope you will encourage your students (undergrad and grad) to attend. I am starting modestly, offering 1 workshop for each resource. While there is never a "good" time to offer ad hoc, non-compulsory workshops I hope students will take advantage of this opportunity if they have the time.

If you feel I should add an additional set of workshops at a different time of day, please let me know.

UVM Libraries CDI - Kake Walk Collection (new!)

collection image
The Kake Walk at UVM digital collection is now live at the Center for Digital Initiative's  (CDI) web site.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New! Database Trial of Interest - Berg Fashion Library

Yes, the Berg Fashion Library really might be of interest to you and your students.

The UVM Libraries currently has trial access to a new full-text and image repository from Oxford University Press. This resource serves as a portal to digital versions of a 10-volume scholarly fashion & clothing encyclopedia, dictionaries, and monographs on clothing, fashion and body adornment worldwide from all perspectives: artistic, theatrical, historical, cultural, business, and more. Also available are images from major museums around the world. Access to several journals on fashion is forthcoming.

Topics relevant to English/FTS folk include: "Film and Fashion,"  "Clothing in Movies,"  "Fashion in Fiction."
Consider this book chapter "Consuming Clothes: Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth."

How to Access:
from the Library's Database Trials page
On-campus or from off-campus, through the VPN client only

The trial runs through September 23, 2010.
We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the database trials page.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back-to-School, circa 1940s and 1950s

Our students are beginning to arrive on campus... though not looking like they did 50 years ago.
Check out this month's CDI (UVM's Center for Digital Initiatives) feature, its favorite classroom portraits: Item of the Month: Back to School.

Then take a minute to explore our CDI's amazing digital collection. Who knows? You may find something that would be useful for one of your courses.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Research Assistance for Your Students

I'm beating the same drum again. Please let me know how I can help and support your students with their research. I look forward to working with you and your students this year. Enjoy the fall semester!

Library Catalog - New Look is Coming....

A heads-up that the Library Catalog will soon have a slightly different look -and hopefully, improved functionality. Our systems librarians are working out the bugs right now. I'm not sure exactly when the new look will be unveiled, but it's coming....

If you have any questions about using the Library Catalog, please let me know.

Interlibrary Loan - Enhancements

The new and enhanced Interlibrary Loan service, ILLIAD,  has now been implemented. ILLiad is designed to give you more information on your requests and where they are in the borrowing process.
(ILLIAD = InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database)
Some key features:
  • Provide your name and contact information once, and you won't have to do it again unless you need to change a piece of information.
  • Thereafter, you log into the system and may proceed to submit your requests.
  • You can get many of your photocopies through Electronic Delivery.
  • You can get information about the status of your request through the Internet at any time.
Interlibrary Loan has provided a FAQ with more information.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Library Instruction - Scheduling for the Fall

Sorry to interrupt your summer bliss, but...
If you are planning to bring your English or Film classes (including TAP) in for  library instruction this fall, it would help if you would contact me in mid-August.

Here's why. Our Library Classroom is very busy in the fall and gets scheduled very quickly-particularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If your course meets on the Tuesday/Thursday schedule, I'd like to get you on the books so you will have a better chance of getting your preferred date. If your class meets on the other 3 days, it's less critical.

We don't have to discuss details at the time you contact me, we can just set a date at that point. However, rest assured that I will schedule a session with your class anytime you contact me.

Finally, this is a reminder that even if you don't bring your students in, I can create a web-based guide for your course, meet with your students individually, etc.

Hope to see you and your students in the fall!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Spotlight on the Internet - Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts

Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts

An ongoing joint project of the University of Oxford and King's College London whose mission is the creation of a digital resource reuniting all the known holograph surviving manuscripts of Austen’s fiction in a virtual collection. They represent every stage of her writing career and a variety of physical states: working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation.  The site includes transcriptions as well as high quality facsimiles.

Introduction to the Edition (learn more)

Manuscripts (view the current list and actual facsimiles, read the transcriptions)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) : Literature Criticism Online - more titles added

The library has just acquired four additional titles in the Gale Criticism series online, collectively called Literature Criticism Online. These titles join Poetry Criticism and Short Story Criticism already owned by the library.

The library now has the online versions of six titles in the series:

These are searchable databases of full-length or excerpted criticism of works, and biographical information about major writers worldwide from all eras. They present a range of modern and historical views on writers and their works.

You'll find: full-text English-language literary criticism from books and journals; biographical profiles; for each entry, a chronological list of the writer's major works; work overviews (e.g., jude the obscure); topic overviews (e.g., american naturalism in short fiction).

Note to Film Faculty: Contemporary Literary Criticism has many entries for filmmakers.

The Browse Topics feature, accessible via the top navigation bar, allows you to select from an alphabetical list of topics that are the focus of overview entries included in the database. This will prove very useful for both undergrads and graduate students who want a robust and scholarly discussion of all kinds of topics in literature. It also serves to help students select a paper or thesis topic. In addition to the overview, each entry provides a list of representative works in that topic and a list of sources for further reading.

Clicking on one of the six titles connects you directly to Literature Criticism Online (LCO). This is the "mothership" for the series. Upon entering, select the resource you want from the "by Series" menu. You may also cross-search LCO or select just the ones you want. This option can be useful, since many authors are found in multiple titles (e.g, Nathaniel Hawthorne is in Short Story Criticism and Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism).

Access this resource from the Library website:

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) : JSTOR - more journals

JSTOR is comprised of full-text journals which are purchased in "collections." An analogy would be your cable service. When you purchase a particular cable service, many channels are bundled into a service. You may not  watch the Golf Channel;  but if you want access to BBC America, the Golf Channel trots right behind it. 

The library has just acquired 3 additional  JSTOR "collections."  They are:

 Arts and Sciences V
Builds on previously introduced disciplines, adding important literary reviews and state historical journals. It will also widen the scope of core disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as philosophy, history, classics, religion, art history, language and literature.

Arts and Sciences VI
This collection will extend JSTOR's coverage in disciplines across the social sciences, with clusters focused in economics, education, linguistics, political science, and area studies.

Arts and Sciences VIII
This collection will broaden JSTOR's coverage of core humanities disciplines including history, language & literature, art history, and education. This collection will also include journals in philosophy, classical studies, and music.

These collections add to the collections the library currently has: Arts & Sciences I-III and VII.

To view more information about all these collections and to see a list of titles in these collections, enter JSTOR -> click on "About"  in the bar at  the top of the screen-> click on "The Archives" --> in the sidebar click on "Available Collections."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Books You Have Published

It's important to us that the library owns the books you have written. When you've had a book published, I encourage you to let me know so that I can order the book for the library.

If you prefer, you may request that purchase on your own by submitting a purchase recommendation. Here's how to do that:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Spotlight on the Internet - Victorian Literature and Culture

Do you teach a course that includes mid-late19th century British literature? There are many quality web sites that will enhance students' engagement with Victorian Britain. Here is a link to relevant librarian-vetted web sites that were selected based on their scholarly value and unrestricted access. While a few web sites have been created by individuals, most are affiliated with institutions of higher education. The sites range from bibliographies to online archives of digitized primary sources (text and photographs).

This list is found in the April 2010 issue of College & Research Libraries News, a library journal published by the Association of College & Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association).

Victorian Literature and Culture

Monday, June 7, 2010

Spotlight on the Collection (new!)

The library has just purchased 4 fab online resources that you should know about -3 of which were database trials. So many to swoon over! To make it easier to read about these resources I'm dividing them into separate posts-see the next 4 posts.
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • Early American Imprints, Series I and Series II
  • Cambridge Histories Online

On a lighter note......
Lady Gaga Does Library Instruction

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) : Short Story Criticism

Short Story Criticism
This is the online version of the well-known Gale product, Short Story Criticism in the Reference Collection, and like Poetry Criticism, is part of the "Literature Criticism Online" series. This searchable full-text database offers excerpts from criticism of the works of short fiction writers from both journals and books. Provides a historical survey of the critical response to writers' works  and biographical information about major writers worldwide from every time period.

Access this resource from the Library website:

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) : Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Provides digital access to more than 125,000 literary and historical classics printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Subject coverage is multidisciplinary, covering literature, history, religion, music, art, science and politics. These are from the collections of works from Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.

Access this resource from the Library website:

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) : Early American Imprints

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819

Digital collections of virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 180-year period.  These collections include thousands of printed works, including bibles, broadsides, elegies, eulogies, narratives, novels, pamphlets, plays, poems, primers, sermons, songs, speeches, textbooks, travelogues, and more. This is the digitized version of the collections the library currently owns on the wretched/dreaded microopaque cards in the Microforms Room.

Access these resources from the Library website:

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) : Cambridge Histories Online

Cambridge Histories Online
This is an online searchable collection of scholarly texts on many areas of history: U.S., world, language, English, Irish and American literature, music, religion, etc. N.B. The following titles may be of particular interest: Cambridge History of American Literature, Cambridge History of English Literature, Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature,Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Cambridge History of the English Language.

Access this resource from the Library website:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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 2010

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 2010 semester, I wanted to catch you before the semester ends.

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.
  • Design a web-based research guide for your course, visit your class briefly to introduce myself, and meet with students individually as necessary.
I encourage you 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.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Two More Database Trials

UVM currently has trial access to two resources of possible interest: Early American Imprints, Series 1: Evans Digital (1639-1800) and Cambridge Histories Online.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. Digitized from one of the most important collections ever produced on microform, this resource is based on Charles Evans’ “American Bibliography” and Roger Bristol’s supplement. The collection includes more than 36,000 printed works,including advertisements, bibles, broadsides, charters and by-laws, cookbooks, elegies, eulogies, laws, narratives, novels, operas, pamphlets, plays, poems, primers, sermons, songs, speeches, textbooks, travelogues, and more. This is the digitized version of the collections the library currently owns on the wretched/dreaded microopaque cards in the Microforms Room. Trial access will run through May 31, 2010.

Cambridge Histories Online is an online collection of scholarly texts on many areas of history: U.S., world, language, English, Irish and American literature, music, religion, etc. N.B. The following titles may be of particular interest: Cambridge History of American Literature, Cambridge History of English Literature, Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature, Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Cambridge History of the English Language. Trial access will run through May 23, 2010.

You may also find a link to these resources on the Library Home page --> Find --> Database Trials.

To provide feedback, either contact me or submit your "Comments" on the Database Trials page.

Millennials' Media Addiction?

Here is a fascinating article on an experiment in which students at the University of Maryland "disconnected" from all media for 24 hours and reported back:

URL: http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu/sociss/release.cfm?ArticleID=2144

Here is a related link to a Pew Research Center report on Millennials.
URL: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1437/millennials-profile

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bailey/Howe Library Collections - Your Opinions Matter!

Amongst other things, the Bailey/Howe Library is considering some significant changes to its book acquisitions program that may affect whether or not newly published books are readily available to you in the library for your teaching and research needs. We would love to know how the library can best support your teaching and scholarship, and your students' research. If you would like to weigh in, I encourage you to participate in the focus groups being offered by the library.

See the message below for particulars:

Do the UVM Libraries have the collections you need? Are they available to you when and where you want them? How do you go about research and literature searching in the 21st century?

Help us learn more about how to support your research needs.

The UVM Libraries are holding focus groups the week of April 26th. In the spring of 2009, the Libraries conducted a LibQUAL survey of library users. Results show the faculty dissatisfied with library holdings, and the means of accessing them.

We want to learn more about what’s missing, and what we could be doing differently with the resources we have.

Faculty are invited to join us at focus groups on:

Tuesday, April 27th, 1PM – 2PM
Thursday, April 29th, 9AM – 10PM
Thursday, April 29th, 4PM – 5PM

Refreshments will be served, questions will be brief, and your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

To volunteer, contact Selene Colburn at selene.colburn@uvm.edu, 656.9980.

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Resource: Chronicle of Higher Education

The UVM Libraries now provides complete online access to the web-based version of The Chronicle of Higher Education. This version, updated throughout the day, includes: all graphics and charts; text from the current print edition, posted every Monday morning; a searchable archive of previously published content; all the commentary and essays from the weekly magazine, The Chronicle Review; all the data from the annual Almanac and other special, single-topic reports.

How to Access:
  • Log in to the UVM network your usual way
  • Library Catalog -> in the Quick Search mode, perform a "Journal Title" search for chronicle of higher education
  • In the results list, choose Record 2
  • Click on the last Internet link in the catalog record (i.e., Full text available 1995-. Available in Publisher site)
find the title in the E-Journal Titles list on the library home page, after logging in to the UVM network.

To test our access, go to The Chronicle's home page at http://chronicle.com and click on any of the news articles identified as “premium content.” You should not be asked for a user name or password. If there is a problem, please let me know.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Database Trial - Early English Books Online (EEBO)

UVM currently has trial access to full-text collections of works from Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.
Trial access will run through April 10, 2010. Please let me know what you think.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) provides digital access to more than 125,000 literary and historical classics printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Through the Web, researchers can view images that accurately reflect the way the works appeared in their original printed editions. Subject coverage is multidisciplinary, covering literature, history, religion, music, art, science and politics.

You may also find a link to this resource on the Library Home page --> Services --> Database Trials.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spotlight on the Collection: HathiTrust Digital Library

""But they have no brains!" someone is sure to say."

This is the first line in chapter IX "Inside the Brain of a Movie Star," from a book called Breaking into the Movies published in 1921. How can you read this entire book written by John Emerson and Anita Loos (author of the satirical short story collection Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady)? Through the HathiTrust of course.

The library has recently made available thousands of digitized books and journals in the public domain, which are accessed through the Library Catalog.

This collection is courtesy of HathiTrust. HathiTrust is a collaboration of the 13 universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections. It now includes such partners as the University of Michigan Libraries, University of Chicago Libraries, and numerous others.

Subject coverage is vast; you’ll find books on the motion picture industry written in the 1920s as well as books on Iraq written in the 2000s.

Following is a sample list of titles:

Breaking into the Movies / John Emerson and Anita Loos (1921)
When the Movies Were Young / Mrs. D. W. Griffith (Linda Arvidson) (1925)
Motion pictures in Education; a practical handbook for users of visual aids / Don Carlos Ellis and Laura Thornborough (1923)
Shakespeare’s Wit and Humour / William A. Lawson. (1912)
Negro Poets and Their Poems / Robert Thomas Kerline (1935)

How Do You Access these Full-text Books?

In the Library Catalog, use the Guided Keyword search.
In the top search box, type hathitrust
In the middle box, type in your search terms, e.g.,

hathitrust [find all terms]
motion pictures [find this phrase]

  • You may also search the HathiTrust collection directly through its Catalog.
  • Printing is awkward and is only available page-by-page. This precludes downloading an entire book.
  • The FAQ page answers common questions about searching and viewing books.
  • There is significant overlap of volumes in HathiTrust and Google Book Search.
  • The Bailey/Howe Library owns many of these titles in print format.

The HathiTrust project is one example of making books available digitally; this project is a non-profit venture. There is a larger trend in academic libraries toward acquisition of commercially-published electronic books rather than print. If you would like to provide feedback or share your thoughts about the implications of this on your work as scholars, please let me know and I will pass along your comments to Peter Spitzform, Acquisitions Librarian.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

EndNote - Additional Help

For those of you who use EndNote - a desktop software program that allows you to store and manage your references and images:

The Dana Medical Library has published a detailed guide to EndNote, using the LibGuide format. The URL for this guide: http://danaguides.uvm.edu/Endnote

You may also find this guide linked from the home page of the Dana Medical Library --> Help --> Tutorials & Tips

Reminder from an earlier blog post:
A different type of help guide for EndNote may also be found on the web site of Bailey/Howe Library --> Help --> Managing Information

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online - Folger Shakespeare Library

If you would like the library to request a trial for the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online, please let me know. The database is produced by Shakespeare Quarterly and published for the Folger Shakespeare Library. The trial would run for 45 days.

Description - taken from the database web site:
The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and 2010. Containing over 123,496 annotated entries, this collected information is an essential tool for anyone engaged in research on Shakespeare or early modern England. In 2001, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) awarded the WSB Online the Besterman/McColvin medal for outstanding electronic reference work.

Database Trial - American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections

UVM currently has trial access to 2 full-text collections of historical periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society. Trial access will run through June 30, 2010. Please let me know what you think.

AAS Series 1 : Includes content from most major American periodicals published between 1691 and 1820.
Subject strengths include but are not limited to Afro-Americana, agriculture, children's literature, education, eighteenth-century imprints, leisure and hobbies, Masonic works, medicine, religion, science and technology, the trades, and women's literature.

AAS Series 2 : Includes over 1,000 periodicals published between 1821 and 1837.
Topics covered include: Jacksonian Democracy era -- agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics.

If you currently use America's Historical Newspapers (see blog entry for May 20, 2009), which the library currently subscribes to, you may want to explore the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collections.

You may also find links to these resources on the Library Home page --> Services --> Database Trials.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Who Owns the Literary Copyright?

Today I learned of a database that may be useful when you need to obtain permission to use copyrighted literary material in a book or article. WATCH : Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders is a database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent figures in other creative fields.

It is run jointly by the Harry Ransom Center (UT-Austin) and University of Reading (UK) Library.

A search for the copyright holder for W.B. Yeats yields this result:

For information about vanished publishing concerns, literary agencies, and similar firms, please see the sister site, FOB (Firms out of Business). You must know the name of the firm.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Literature Resource Center - Advanced Search

All the databases coming from Gale Publishing-which includes Literature Resource Center-now have "Advanced Search" as the default search mode. However, you still have access to the "Basic Search" by simply clicking on that link in the top left of the screen.
Advanced Search has the familiar multi-box search screen and allows for more searching flexibility.

A few hints:
  1. To search for a phrase, enclose the words in quotation marks.
      "cherry orchard"
  2. When searching for an author, using the search field "Person-By or About (pz)", type "last name first name" e.g., "chaucer geoffrey"

  3. Truncation/Wildcard:
    * substitutes for one or more characters at the end of a word or root word
    ? substitutes for a single character within a word or at the end of a word
    ! substitutes for one or no characters within a word (colo!r locates color and colour)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Change in Google search results

I thought I'd pass on something I learned from a colleague in Reference, in case you haven't heard about it.

Google has made a significant change to the way it searches and presents results.

As of December 4, 2009, Google has made "Personalized Search" the default search. This means that the search results are no longer based on Google's normal algorithm. Rather, search results are now customized based on 180 days of search activity linked to a cookie on your computer's browser.

Quoting from an article in Search Engine Land, "By watching what you click on in search results, Google can learn that you favor particular sites. For example, if you often search and click on links from Amazon that appear in Google's results, over time, Google learns that you really like Amazon. In reaction, it gives Amazon a ranking boost. That means you start seeing more Amazon listings, perhaps for searches where Amazon wasn't showing up before." (Sullivan, Danny, 2009, "Google Now Personalizes Everyone's Search Results," http://searchengineland.com/google-now-personalizes-everyones-search-results-31195)

Here's a link to Google's announcement about the change: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/personalized-search-for-everyone.html

Here is a link to information about how you can turn off the personalization on your own computer, if you wish: Turning off Personalization.

This has interesting implications for researchers who are unaware of this change in how search results are displayed.