Thursday, July 29, 2010

Library Instruction - Scheduling for the Fall

Sorry to interrupt your summer bliss, but...
If you are planning to bring your English or Film classes (including TAP) in for  library instruction this fall, it would help if you would contact me in mid-August.

Here's why. Our Library Classroom is very busy in the fall and gets scheduled very quickly-particularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If your course meets on the Tuesday/Thursday schedule, I'd like to get you on the books so you will have a better chance of getting your preferred date. If your class meets on the other 3 days, it's less critical.

We don't have to discuss details at the time you contact me, we can just set a date at that point. However, rest assured that I will schedule a session with your class anytime you contact me.

Finally, this is a reminder that even if you don't bring your students in, I can create a web-based guide for your course, meet with your students individually, etc.

Hope to see you and your students in the fall!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Spotlight on the Internet - Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts

Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts

An ongoing joint project of the University of Oxford and King's College London whose mission is the creation of a digital resource reuniting all the known holograph surviving manuscripts of Austen’s fiction in a virtual collection. They represent every stage of her writing career and a variety of physical states: working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation.  The site includes transcriptions as well as high quality facsimiles.

Introduction to the Edition (learn more)

Manuscripts (view the current list and actual facsimiles, read the transcriptions)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) : Literature Criticism Online - more titles added

The library has just acquired four additional titles in the Gale Criticism series online, collectively called Literature Criticism Online. These titles join Poetry Criticism and Short Story Criticism already owned by the library.

The library now has the online versions of six titles in the series:

These are searchable databases of full-length or excerpted criticism of works, and biographical information about major writers worldwide from all eras. They present a range of modern and historical views on writers and their works.

You'll find: full-text English-language literary criticism from books and journals; biographical profiles; for each entry, a chronological list of the writer's major works; work overviews (e.g., jude the obscure); topic overviews (e.g., american naturalism in short fiction).

Note to Film Faculty: Contemporary Literary Criticism has many entries for filmmakers.

The Browse Topics feature, accessible via the top navigation bar, allows you to select from an alphabetical list of topics that are the focus of overview entries included in the database. This will prove very useful for both undergrads and graduate students who want a robust and scholarly discussion of all kinds of topics in literature. It also serves to help students select a paper or thesis topic. In addition to the overview, each entry provides a list of representative works in that topic and a list of sources for further reading.

Clicking on one of the six titles connects you directly to Literature Criticism Online (LCO). This is the "mothership" for the series. Upon entering, select the resource you want from the "by Series" menu. You may also cross-search LCO or select just the ones you want. This option can be useful, since many authors are found in multiple titles (e.g, Nathaniel Hawthorne is in Short Story Criticism and Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism).

Access this resource from the Library website:

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) : JSTOR - more journals

JSTOR is comprised of full-text journals which are purchased in "collections." An analogy would be your cable service. When you purchase a particular cable service, many channels are bundled into a service. You may not  watch the Golf Channel;  but if you want access to BBC America, the Golf Channel trots right behind it. 

The library has just acquired 3 additional  JSTOR "collections."  They are:

 Arts and Sciences V
Builds on previously introduced disciplines, adding important literary reviews and state historical journals. It will also widen the scope of core disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as philosophy, history, classics, religion, art history, language and literature.

Arts and Sciences VI
This collection will extend JSTOR's coverage in disciplines across the social sciences, with clusters focused in economics, education, linguistics, political science, and area studies.

Arts and Sciences VIII
This collection will broaden JSTOR's coverage of core humanities disciplines including history, language & literature, art history, and education. This collection will also include journals in philosophy, classical studies, and music.

These collections add to the collections the library currently has: Arts & Sciences I-III and VII.

To view more information about all these collections and to see a list of titles in these collections, enter JSTOR -> click on "About"  in the bar at  the top of the screen-> click on "The Archives" --> in the sidebar click on "Available Collections."