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.