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)
or
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]
and
motion pictures [find this phrase]

Note:
  • 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