Sunday, October 28, 2012

New! Database Trials of Interest - Literature Online (LION), Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, TLS Historical Archive

It's been some time since you heard from me!  I hope your semester is going well. I wanted you to know that I have initiated three literature-related database trials, which are now accessible through the Library homepage.

Literature Online (LION). This searchable database is a portal to both full-text primary sources (plays, poems, stories, etc.), secondary sources (literary criticism and literary reference works from publishers such as Cambridge, Oxford, and Routledge), and multimedia (video clips of poets reading poetry, audio clips of poetry readings, and unabridged audio recordings of the 38 Shakespeare plays). It also includes the content from The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB)* and ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature). For a more robust list of sources click here. *Note-there is no plan to discontinue our MLAIB subscription via EBSCO if we do decide to subscribe to LION. The trial runs through November 18, 2012.


Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. This searchable database is a portal to full-text primary sources (poems) and secondary sources (criticism and explication, biographical sketches of poets). If you've ever used the multiple editions of Granger's Index to Poetry (in our reference and circulating collections) to find a poem, this resource will do that for you, searching across several editions of this print title. Once you locate a poem, you'll frequently be able to read the poem and listen to it online, or learn what anthology contains the poem. You will also find criticism about the poem and information about the poet. The trial runs through November 24, 2012.


TLS Historical Archive, 1902-2007. The Times Literary Supplement is a British literary weekly which offers comprehensive coverage of important publications, in every subject, in several languages – but also theatre, opera, exhibitions and film. In this searchable full-text database you will find, amongst other things, a letter to the editor from Winston Churchill, book reviews written by Virginia Woolf,  a 1932 review of Huxley's Brave New World, a poem by Sylvia Plath, and a film review of Roger Vadim's  Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The trial runs through November 22, 2012.


How to Access these Trials:
from the Library's Database Trials page (you'll need to be connected to the UVM Network to access these databases)

We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the Database Trials page.

Laptop Printing at the Library - Mac and Windows

Good News!  If you use your Mac laptop in the library, you can now print to the library's networked printers (main/1st floor).
For instructions on how to do this, click on this link http://library.uvm.edu/info/printing/pharos.php  and scroll down the page until you see "Available Installations for Mac OS."

From the Library homepage, click on Copying, Printing & Scanning in the Libraries (under the heading "Library Information"). Then, scroll down the page until you see Printing from Laptops to Library Printers. Click on Install UVM Printing Solution.Once you're on that page, scroll down the page until you see  "Available Installations for Mac OS."

If you have a Windows laptop, just look for the installation instructions for Windows computers.

If you have questions about doing this, contact the Library Systems Department at  Library.Systems@uvm.edu

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Copyright Clearance Guidance

As the semester approaches, you've probably been busy sending course reserve requests for books, books chapters, and articles to the library.  The library has recently contracted with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for an annual academic copyright license that is expansive and covers a large number of titles.  This helps the library manage the digital rights of library materials. If you have questions about this, please contact Paul Philbin, Director for Library Systems and Access Services (paul.philbin@uvm.edu / 656-1369). If you are interested in copyright issues in regard to  materials posted on your course Blackboard site, see Copyright at UVM » TEACH Act Information on the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) web site.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2012 - Teaching & Research Support

The fall semester is almost here! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer. While you're preparing your fall courses,  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
  • 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
  • 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 as the librarian for English and FTS, who looks forward to helping students with their research.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Libraries New Discovery Tool - CatQuest


In a previous post, I told you that the library was implementing a new discovery tool. Well, the library has unveiled  CatQuest,  a new discovery tool  for the Library Catalog and [most] of the libraries' electronic resources. As a reminder..... this tool provides an additional way to search for books, films, journal articles, newspaper articles, etc. provided by the UVM Libraries. Think of it like an academic Google  - and all that implies.

In the bar at the top of the Library home page, you'll see a link to this tool alongside the link to the "Classic Catalog," which is the library catalog interface you're accustomed to. CatQuest is also found on the Library's home page, as the search box at the top right of the screen.

The Library Catalog and the individual databases are not going to disappear. You will continue to have access to these resources in the traditional way. This is important, because CatQuest does not provide searchable access to many of the resources you frequently search for and expect to locate. For example, CatQuest will locate journal articles that are found in  MLA International Bibliography, but not books or book chapters.

If you wish to search the Library Catalog, using the CatQuest search engine, simply select  "Library Catalog" from the pull-down menu. Using the Advanced Search mode to search the Library Catalog may be more efficient.

While you are working on your own research or preparing for your courses, I invite you to "kick the tires" by replicating your favorite searches in this tool and comparing the search results with the ones from your frequently used databases.  Your feedback about functionality as well as content continues to be very important. Feel free to call or e-mail me.  I would also be happy to answer-or get an answer to-any questions you might have. If you would like some one-on-one help with this tool, please let me know and we will set up an appointment. If several of you would like a group introduction, I'd be happy to do that as well.

Printing and Scanning in the Library - New Developments

In case you didn't see the message about the library's printers and scanners under "Spotlight" on the Library home page......

PRINTING and  PHOTOCOPYING

Printers and photocopiers in Bailey/Howe Library will  no longer accept cash for transactions. Cat$cratch is the only option - using your UVM ID or a separate Cat$cratch card.

You may  purchase a separate Cat$cratch card in the library. The Cat$cratch machine in the lobby can dispense cards in $1.00 allotments. When you purchase the card for $1.00, you automatically receive a dollar's worth of printing and photocopying. Once you have the card, you can use the same machine to add money to this card when necessary. You can also add money to your UVM ID using the same Cat$cratch machine.

The cost of print copies has been reduced to 5 cents/page  for black/white, while the cost for color copies remains at 25 cents/page.

SCANNING

Scanning services, in b/w and color, are now offered free of charge at machines on the first and second floors of Bailey/Howe.  You may scan to your e-mail account or scan to a USB flash drive.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Libraries New Discovery Tool


The library is implementing a new Discovery Tool for the Library Catalog and electronic resources, which will reside on the Library home page. It is currently in beta-test mode (see post on the Library home page). This tool provides an additional way to search for books, films, journal articles, newspaper articles, etc. provided by the UVM Libraries. Think of it like an academic Google  - and all that implies. In the fall, on the library's home page, rather than the usual search box at the top right of the screen (linking directly to the library catalog), the search box will link to this new tool.

The Library Catalog and the databases are not going to disappear. You will continue to have access to these resources in the traditional way. This is important, because the Discovery Tool does not provide searchable access to many of the resources you frequently search for and expect to locate. For example, the Discovery Tool will locate journal articles that are found in MLA International Bibliography, but not theses, books or book chapters. 

Over the summer, when you are working on your own research or preparing for your courses, I invite you to "kick the tires" by replicating your favorite searches in this tool and comparing the search results with the ones from your frequently used databases.  Your feedback about functionality as well as content is very important (it really is!). You may use the Feedback Form or e-mail me.  I would also be happy to answer-or get an answer to-any questions you might have.

Monday, June 11, 2012

MLA Journals and Open Access

From the MLA News Blog (June 5, 2012)  

MLA Journals Adopt New Open-Access-Friendly Author Agreements
The journals of the Modern Language Association, including PMLA, Profession, and the ADE and ADFL bulletins, have adopted new open-access-friendly author agreements, which will go into use with their next full issues. The revised agreements leave copyright with the authors and explicitly permit authors to deposit in open-access repositories and post on personal or departmental Web sites the versions of their manuscripts accepted for publication. For more information on the new agreements, please contact the office of scholarly communication.


Want to learn more about this topic? Here are a few additional resources to get you started:
from MLA Libraries blog: http://mlalibraries.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/mla-embraces-open-access/

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - Streaming Video Collections

Progressive Era
For those of you interested in documentary filmmaking or placing American  literature in historical context, the library has just acquired access to two streaming video collections from Alexander Street Press:  Filmakers (sic) Library Online and American History in Video.

Filmakers Library Online: Searchable collection of award-winning international documentaries in streaming video format, covering a wide variety of subjects. Transcripts are included alongside the video, and clips may be created and shared.

American History in Video: Searchable collection of  commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries in streaming video format which chronicles American history from the 1890s to the 1980s. Transcripts are included alongside the video, and clips may be created and shared.

Note: Both are licensed databases and use of Ezproxy or VPN client is necessary to access them from off-campus.

Access both databases from the Library website:

Spotlight on the Collection - Los Angeles Times

Keep track of the Hollywood movie industry through the Los Angeles Times. The library provides access to both the historical and current Los Angeles Times through the vendor ProQuest.
Note: Both are licensed databases and use of Ezproxy or VPN client is necessary to access them from off-campus.

Los Angeles Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Full-text of the LA Times 1881-1987. View individual articles and full-page images of the paper.

Los Angeles Times  Full-text articles written and edited by the LA Times-no newswire stories. Text only. Coverage: 1985-present.

For a list of full-text newspapers (current and historical) useful for your research see the "Newspaper Articles" tab in the English & American Literature subject guide and the Film & Television Studies subject guide.

Access these resources from the Library website:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spotlight on the Internet - EUscreen (European Television)

The EUscreen project aims to promote the use of television content to explore Europe's rich and diverse cultural history. Explore videos, images, text and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives ranging from the early 1900s to the present day, in several languages. Funded by the European Commission. 

Kiss (from the Netherlands)


The EUscreen web site has been added to the Film & Television Studies Subject Guide - Moving Images & Sound - [sub-tab] .

Spotlight on the Internet - Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection

SMU's Central University Libraries has digitized the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection (as well as Carib Gold  from 1956, starring Ethel Waters and Cicely Tyson). This collection is comprised of six short subjects, nine features, and a set of newsreels, all produced 1935-1956. The African American films include comedies, dramas, news, and musical performances made outside the Hollywood system by filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, and William D. Alexander.

To view the streaming video files, visit http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/cul/ttb/ target="_blank"

Friday, May 4, 2012

Streaming Video - Your Recommendations Welcome!

The Media Services Department is looking to build its digital video collection and would like to take suggestions from faculty.   If you would like to provide a list of titles we will gladly do our best to purchase those titles in digital format.  Digital video options are becoming more available every year - especially for higher education.

Please feel free to contact: MeLori Holiff, or Aaron Nichols  with your suggestions.

Project Muse - How to Handle Book Reviews

I and other librarians have been carping to Project Muse about the annoying book review issue within the new interface - both to search only for reviews or to exclude all reviews.

According to a customer rep, the folks at Project Muse actually listened (!), and will be adding that function (both to search only for reviews or to exclude all reviews) soon.

In the meantime, she gave me instructions on how to exclude most (not all) book reviews from your search results, which I'm sharing with you.

Run your search.
On the search results page, click on Modify Search button (upper right).
There you can construct a boolean search (e.g., and, or  connectors). Your search term/s will display in the first  box.
Change the connector to NOT
Change the Field label in the second box to:  Title
In the search box,  type   review
 Most of the reviews in MUSE have (review) in the title. By filtering your search to not include any titles with the word review, you should see greatly reduced numbers in your results.
Watch a demonstration

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Summer Classes 2012 - Research Assistance

Many of you are teaching  on-site or online English  and FTS courses this summer. Rest assured that I'm available to support you and your students. I will:
  • Meet in-person with  students for research assistance
  • Help students with research via e-mail
  • Create a web-based research guide that you can link to from within your Blackboard site
  • Provide a simple research resource list as a Word document
  • Join your course Blackboard site to answer library- and research-related questions within Blackboard
Please let me know if there is anything additional I can do to support you and your students during these intense courses.

Spotlight on the Internet - Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO-TCP)




ECCO-TCP is a searchable collection of texts from Eighteenth Century Collections Online, English titles printed between 1701 and 1800. No images are provided.

The University of Michigan,University of Oxford, and Gale-Cengage have cooperated in a text creation partnership to make freely available 2,231 fully searchable text editions from among the 150,000 titles available in the Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) subscription database. This is a research database that includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

ECCO-TCP has been added to the English & American Literature Subject Guide - E-Books & E-Texts tab -> Freely Available on the Internet

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Los Angeles Times - Date Coverage

LexisNexis-Academic no longer provides comprehensive coverage of Los Angeles Times. Coverage is now limited to the last six months only. The library would like to continue to provide access to as many years as possible, so is currently offering a trial to the LA Times through ProQuest, (1985-present).

Like LexisNexis-Academic, it does not include articles from wire services, advertisements, photos, etc.  Based on the license agreements, it is only the content that is created by the LA Times.

How to Access:
from the Library's Database Trials page

The trial runs through May 3, 2012.
We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the Database Trials page.

There are several other trials listed on this page. If any of these resources are of particular interest to you, please let me know and I will certainly advocate for them.

Friday, March 2, 2012

New! (Another) Database Trial of Interest - HarpWeek (e.g., Harper's Weekly)


The UVM Libraries currently has trial access to HarpWeek, the electronic version of Harper's Weekly. This database provides searchable access to the full text of this American illustrated newspaper known for its writing, cartoons, and other illustrations. Dates of coverage are 1857-1912.

The illustrations as well as articles would prove useful for bringing historical context to literary works and topics.

How to Access:
from the Library's Database Trials page


The trial runs through April 30, 2012.
We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the Database Trials page.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

JSTOR and Print Journals

By now I'm sure you've seen Dean Mara Saule's e-mail message to the faculty about the proposed disposition of print journals that are provided online through JSTOR. In the message she included a link to the Project website.

While the Project website provides a mechanism for feedback, it is personally important to me that the English/FTS faculty have its collective voice heard.  I have already contacted Tony, offering to meet with you as a department to answer questions or record and report your comments/concerns. Please let me or Tony know if you would like that to happen. I'm also interested in hearing from you individually if you'd rather speak with me or send me a message instead of submitting a feedback form.

New! Database Trial of Interest - 19th Century UK Periodicals



The UVM Libraries currently has trial access to 19th Century UK Periodicals, a database developed through a partnership between Gale Publishing and the British Library. This database provides searchable access to the full text of hundreds of periodicals from 1800-1900, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, politics, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

This resource would prove useful for bringing historical context to literary works and topics.

How to Access:
from the Library's Database Trials page


The trial runs through March 13, 2012.
We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the Database Trials page.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Microfilm Readers for Your Viewing Pleasure

The Bailey/How Library has just acquired a set of microfilm readers that we hope will make viewing and printing microfilm easier.

The new machines are located on the main/1st floor of the library, near the Reference Desk. The machines  allow you to: 1) read the microfilm,  2) scan pages that you can send to your e-mail address,  3) save to a USB drive,   4) print.

Public services staff is still in training mode so the machines you are used to are still on the 2nd floor in the Microforms Room, and should remain there for the next month or so.

If you have questions, please contact me or Aaron Nichols (Aaron.Nichols@uvm.edu   / 656-3425), Access Services Librarian.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Research Assistance - Advice Welcome

I'm always trying to think of different ways I can help your students with their research. As you know, I offer group instruction, create course-related and subject-based library research guides, and provide individual research consultations by appointment.

If you and/or your students have additional ideas for research help, I'd love to know them!

2012 Student Research Conference - Reminder

Applications for the 2012 Student Research Conference are currently being accepted.
Applications and Abstracts Due:  5:00 p.m.   Friday, February 24, 2012
On-Line Application Forms 

When:  Thursday, April 19, 2012
8:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Davis Student Center, 4th Floor
 Co-sponsored by the: Honors College, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Graduate College

Eligibility:  All students working on a research or creative project with a UVM faculty member are eligible to present some aspect of their research at this forum. Research and creative projects at any stage of completion are welcome. The event also serves as a resource for students who are not yet involved with research but wish to learn about how to engage in research pursuits.

If you have any questions about the 2012 SRC, please call or e-mail Andi Elledge. tel: 656-8867 / e-mail: uvmsrc@uvm.edu

Citation Management - EndNote and Zotero Help

Here is the workshop schedule for two citation management products, EndNote  and Zotero. These dates are also posted on the Library homepage under Events & Exhibits.

These are tools that can help you to keep track of research materials, take notes, format citations, and create bibliographies for your articles and papers in a variety of styles. All workshops are free and open to UVM students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required.

Introduction to EndNote
Workshops  (location: Library Classroom, Room 123 - main floor)
Facilitator: Laurie Kutner

February
1       3-4 pm
9       4-5 pm
14     1-2 pm
22     4-5 pm

March
1       8:45-9:45 am
13     4-5 pm
21     3-4 pm

Help Sessions
(location: Reference Conference room, Room 102 - main floor)

April  5     1-2 pm
April  24   4-5 pm
Or by appointment

To schedule a workshop for a particular group,  contact Laurie Kutner (laurie.kutner@uvm.edu  / 656-2213)

Introduction to Zotero (a free plug-in for the Firefox web browser)
Workshops  (location: Library Classroom, Room 123 - main floor)
Facilitator:  Daisy Benson

Weds. Feb 15 –     4-5pm
Tues. Feb 28 –      4-5pm
Tues. March 27 –  4-5pm

Advanced Zotero Workshop
Expand the capabilities of Zotero by learning how to sync files to Zotero.org and create group folders for collaborative work. No registration is required for this event.
Workshops  (location: Library Classroom, Room 123 - main floor)
Facilitator: Daisy Benson

Thurs. March 1 –   4-5pm
Thurs. March 29 – 4-5pm

To schedule a workshop for a particular group,  contact Daisy Benson (daisy.benson@uvm.edu  / 656-0636)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Spotlight on the Collection - Five New Resources!

During the winter break, the libraries acquired access to several resources that will be of interest to you:

American National Biography
(added to the English & American Lit subject guide)
Preeminent scholarly biographical source for noteworthy deceased Americans. Contains links to entries in the Oxford Companion to United States History, providing historical context to the biographical essay. When available, cross-links to the person's biography in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
(added to the English & American Lit subject guide)
Preeminent British biographical source. Scholarly essays about deceased, noteworthy persons from the earliest times to the present who were born and lived in the British Isles or its territories or who visited or settled in the British Isles for significant periods. Also provides access to essays in the  Dictionary of National Biography, published in the late 19th/early 20th century. When available, cross-links to the person's biography in the American National Biography.

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance
Major research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts, initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research. Indexes journals, books, book chapters, and dissertations on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. Many citations have full-text attached. Coverage: 1960s-present.

Play Index
(added to the English & American Lit subject guide)
Find plays (written or translated into English) published in anthologies, collections, or discretely from 1949-present. Coverage includes plays in collections and single plays, one-act plays, radio, television, and Broadway productions.

Vogue Archive
Searchable database of the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. While obviously of central importance to the history of fashion,  it is also a rich source for other areas of modern culture. It  provides a record of  changing social tastes and mores, and encompasses literary works by Kate Chopin, Evelyn Waugh, Vladimir Nabokov and Carson McCullers, articles by Winston Churchill and Bertrand Russell, wartime photojournalism by Lee Miller, features on popular cultural figures of the day from Marlene Dietrich and the Beatles to Nicole Kidman and BeyoncĂ©, and on prominent American women from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.


All databases are in the Find Articles & More list.
All are licensed databases and use of Ezproxy or VPN client is necessary to access them from off-campus.

Project Muse - New Search Interface

The search interface for Project Muse has changed - for better or worse.
Here are the major changes:
  • The multi-search box interface has gone, and has been replaced by one search box. The multi-search box is available after you perform your original search. Click on the "Modify Search" link.
  • You can use parentheses in the one search box to mimic a multi-search box search. For example: (women or gender) and (chaucer or "canterbury tales")
  • Project Muse now offers access to both book and journal citations. UVM does not provide full-text access to the books in this database. The library may own the book in print format. Check the Library Catalog first. If the library doesn't own it, you may request the book or book chapter through ILL.
  • To search for full-text journal content, perform your initial search and on the screen of search results, tick the box on the left "Only content I have full access to."
  • Truncation (e.g., theat*   to get theatre, theater, etc.) no longer works. I have been assured that they are working on this issue.
  • You can no longer exclude book reviews from your search results. I have been assured that they are working on this issue.
I'm happy to answer any questions you have about using the new interface.

    Citation Management Help - EndNote Spring 2012 Workshops

    Introduction to EndNote
    Workshops  (location: Library Classroom, Room 123 - main floor)

    January
    24     4-5 pm

    February
    1       3-4 pm
    9       4-5 pm
    14     1-2 pm
    22     4-5 pm

    March
    1       8:45-9:45 am
    13     4-5 pm
    21     3-4 pm

    Help Sessions
    (location: Reference Conference room, Room 102 - main floor)

    April  5     1-2 pm
    April  24   4-5 pm
    Or by appointment

    To schedule a workshop for a particular group,  contact Laurie Kutner (laurie.kutner@uvm.edu  /656-2213)
    These workshops and sessions will also be announced on the library homepage.

    Improved Access to Online Journals

    During the winter break, the libraries implemented new technology which we hope will improve your access to electronic resources. SFX is used by many academic libraries for providing access to full-text articles in journals.

    Journal Holdings
    The former E-Journals list now points to all our journal holdings - print and online. So, if a journal has both  print and online holdings, you will be able to find all the holdings for a journal. You'll notice that the former E-Journals link on the library homepage is now called "Journal Titles."

    Link Resolver
    The icon you click to link to full-text from a database is now "powered" by SFX and will hopefully offer more stable access to our full-text journals at the citation level.

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