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