Nineteenth Century Collections Online provides the full-text of a variety of primary sources related to the 19th century. Resources include: books and monographs, newspapers and periodicals, diaries and personal letters, manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, maps, and more. Archived material contains works in both Western and non-Western languages. The interface allows you to search by document type, content type, archive and source library. Nineteenth Century Collections Online provides a wealth of primary sources for researchers in history, sociology, literature, modern languages, and many other disciplines. It can be accessed on our database page.
The National Geographic Virtual Library contains the full text–with photography and maps–of National Geographic magazine from 1888-present. It also contains National Geographic Kids and National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World. The browsing tool allows you to view the entire content of the magazines, and the image search function allows you to find images by description keywords and image type. You can find National Geographic Virtual Library on our database page.
It’s great to know that the ARTstor Digital Library offers more than 1.6 million images when you’re searching for something in particular, but a bit overwhelming when you just want to explore. With 235 collections from museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates, where to start browsing? We have some tips.
A new study from the City University of New York, “Student Reading Practices in Print and Electronic Media,” to be published in September 2014 in the journal College & Research Libraries, tracked the reading habits of 17 CUNY students through diary entries, interviews, and discussion groups over the course of two weeks.
Surprisingly, the study found these Millennial students still prefer reading long texts and academic selections in print, at least partly because they felt more comfortable annotating documents on print
They read electronically a great deal, but this reading consisted mostly of brief leisure materials. They liked print for both reading fiction and for serious study.
Another item to take note of — students had negative views of e-textbooks, as they were less comfortable using them.
It can be incredibly hard to find health, education, and psychosocial instruments. Last semester we conducted a trial of PsycTESTS, a database that addresses this problem by providing descriptive summaries, relevant citations, and full text of development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching. Based on the positive feedback we received from our trial, we have added the database to our permanent collection. You can access it from the database page, or from the Tests and Measures guide.
Starting July 1 you may notice several changes in our database holdings. A large part of this is because iConn–the state library organization through which we receive many databases–has changed its vendor contracts. As a result we will be losing the following databases:
General One File
General Reference Center Gold
Kids Info Bits
As a result of the new iConn contract, we will be adding the following:
Academic Search Premier
Biography Reference Bank
Biography Reference Center
History Reference Center
Legal Information Reference Center
Newspaper Search Plus
Professional Development Collection
Science Reference Center
Student Research Center
Other databases that were previously provided by the state we have elected to continue via our own subscriptions:
Academic One File
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Business Insights Essentials
Biography in Context
Educator’s Reference Complete
Health and Wellness Resource Center w/Alt Health Module
Science in Context
U.S. History in Context
World History in Context
This package includes some new offerings as well:
Global Issues in Context
Small Business Resource Center
Health Reference Center Academic
The Supreme Court made history today striking down two of the biggest laws passed to keep lesbians and gay men from equal rights in the United States. The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) from the Clinton era and California’s Proposition 8 (Prop 8) were both struck down by the Supreme Court in a close 5-4 decision.
In 1920, Constance Lindsay Skinner began work on what would become The Rivers of America Series, a collection of beautifully illustrated literary works that feature America’s rivers, including titles published between 1937 (The Kennebec) and 1974 (The American). By providing accounts of particular rivers crafted by wordsmiths rather than historians or geographers, the series pieces together a lush, expansive portrait of America that allows readers a personal experience enriched by sensory details.
Stop by the Rivers of America Exhibit at DiMenna-Nyselius Library now through mid-August to admire the fruits of Skinner’s vision, and search our catalog to check out select titles in the series, as well as other works by participating authors and illustrators.
Special thanks to Jeff Bouvier for generously lending us twenty-six titles from his collection, including The Brandywine, illustrated by Andrew Wyeth; The Sangamon, written by Edgar Lee Masters and illustrated by Lynd Ward; and The Everglades by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, celebrated for its impact on conservation.
The Writing Center has relocated to the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Lower Level (near the Center for Academic Excellence) To visit the Writing Center, turn right into the double doors at the bottom of the Lower Level stairs.
The Writing Center will have limited hours when summer classes are in session. It will be open for drop-in services only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 11.
The Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the Association of Research Libraries are offering a plan they call the Shared Access Research Ecosystem, or SHARE. They propose SHARE as a workable, higher-education-driven solution to meet an August 22 deadline to comply with a recent White House directive to expand public access to research.“Share envisions that universities will collaborate with the federal government and others to host cross-institutional digital repositories of public-access research publications.”
Visit DigitalCommons@Fairfield, an institutional repository service of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, that offers open access to the collected scholarship and creative works of Fairfield University faculty, students and staff.
Our building was packed with students during Finals. A shout-out to all the Library Staff for trying to make students as productive as possible by supplying coffee and food every morning, two doggie de-stress visits and a collaborative event with Counseling and Psychological Services offering massages and relaxation meditation tips. Special thanks to Marilyn Rice and her friend Janet who shared their beautiful dogs with our students.
St. Anne icon N. Julia Russell, artist Universal Saints
Pope Francis canonized the first saints of his papacy — including the first ever honored from Colombia and Mexico — at a Mass on Sunday at St. Peter’s Square, according to the Vatican website.
Laura Montoya of Colombia and Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala of Mexico were made saints for their work as nuns in their home countries.Pope Francis also canonized 800 Italian martyrs who refused to convert to Islam in the 15th century and were beheaded.
“Let us look on the new saints in the light of the word of God proclaimed, a word that invited us to be faithful to Christ, even unto martyrdom; a word that recalled to us the urgency and the beauty of bringing Christ and his Gospel to everyone; a word that spoke to us about the witness of charity, without which even martyrdom and mission lose their Christian savour,” he said.