Sunday, August 27, 2017

CATQuest - help for students

Since CATQuest is now the focus on the library homepage, students will naturally gravitate towards it. Librarians want to make sure students have some asynchronous help in using it most effectively, so two methods have been created for this purpose:

  1. Learn more about CATQuest  - research guide format with tabbed pages
  2. CATQuest Overview - a brief interactive tutorial  (Chrome browser is recommended). The tutorial provides the opportunity for you to assign the tutorial and receive, via email, the results of the "quiz" each student takes.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Library Changes - Physical

The library has been undergoing physical changes this summer - primarily on the main/1st floor. We are experiencing the domino effect of the construction of the bridge between the library and the new residence hall.

When you return on Monday, August 28th, expect to see the following:
  • Media Services and the Multimedia Lab (with the 3D printer) will be in new headquarters on the main/1st floor - near the lobby area between the bridge and the library proper.
  • The Reference Desk will be moved farther back into the reference area, a little closer to the print Reference Collection.
  • New study tables, computer tables, etc. will be arranged in different configurations on the main/1st floor.
  • The former custodians' closet has been transformed into a single gender-neutral restroom, along the same wall as the other restrooms.
  • The McCrorey Gallery will remain in situ.
  • My office is still on the ground floor.

Library Changes - Virtual

The new Library website is here. If you can't find a link to something that you used on the previous website, please let me know and I can try to help you.

Three big changes are:

1. The way to find important electronic resources. We have migrated from the Articles & More list to the Research Databases list. The icon for this is directly underneath the CATQuest search box.
Ways to find the resource you're looking for:
  • You can browse the entire list A to Z
  • You can select your Subject from the pull-down menu (English, Film & Television Studies, etc.) and then view the entire list of resources in that subject area
  • Within the Subject category you selected, you can refine your search further by format (article databases, reference sources, newspapers, etc.) by selecting the format/type from the "All Info Types" pull-down menu.
2.  The Classic Library Catalog. It is still available. From the Library homepage, click Research from the top menu bar and look for the Classic Library Catalog link at the bottom of the first column.

3. The CATQuest search box is now the main point of entry for our resources. To perform a more nuanced search, click Advanced Search (under the search box). Here is a screenshot with some search tips.
NOTE: When you are on the Advanced Search page, click Sign In on the upper right of the screen in order to access the most complete content.  Remember! Not all our content is available through CATQuest. You still need to use individual databases to ensure the most comprehensive search.

     To perform a Browse search in the CATQuest Library Catalog, follow these steps:
  • Click Advanced Search
  • Click Basic search (link under the search box)
  • Click Browse Search link to the right of the search box
  • Use the pull-down menu to choose the field you want to browse (title, author, subject heading, call number, etc.)
If you intend to use CATQuest to find and link to online resources from off-campus, I strongly advise you to log in to the UVM network via VPN. The ezproxy is not always effective. If you choose to try ezproxy first, log in to ezproxy before you enter CATQuest. Click the "Connect Off-Campus" button under the search box. Make sure you see "ezproxy" in the URL while in CATQuest.

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) New Library Resources

I'm pleased to announce that the library has recently purchased access to the following four resources that may be relevant to your department:

1. Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (online and print): Replaces the 16th ed. The online version is found in the Research Databases list in C and in the English and FTS subject guides on the Citing Sources pages. Copies of the print version are on order. One copy will be held at the Reference Desk.

2. Cambridge Histories (online). Several Cambridge History titles have been purchased in online format.  Each individual volume can be searched. Individual pdf chapters may be viewed online, saved to your computer, printed.
Relevant titles in the series are found in three places: the library catalog;  the Research Databases list in the "E-books & E-texts" category for English;  on the "E-Texts" pages for all three English & American Literature Subject Guides : English & American Literature. Medieval-18th Century. 19th Century.
You can still access the content in these individual titles through the global Cambridge Histories search.

3. World Shakespeare Bibliography.  It provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, film and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide from 1960 to the present, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare. Cumulates and expands the annual bibliographies in Shakespeare Quarterly.  It can be found through the Library Catalog; in the Research Databases list, alpha list and Subject ->English; and on the Shakespeare page in the English: Medieval-18th Century Subject Guide.

4. Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.  Comprehensive, scholarly, authoritative, and critical overview of literature and theory covering people, key literary genres (e.g., detective fiction, horror, gothic), and related cultural and societal topics, such as "Race" and "Class."  It comprises 330+ cross-referenced entries ranging from 1,000 to 7,000 words. It can be found through the Library Catalog; in the Research Databases list, alpha list and Subject ->English; on the Encyclopedias page of the 19th Century Subject Guide.

English & FTS Subject Guides - Updates

The basic English & American Literature Subject Guide and Film & Television Subject Guide have been refreshed and updated. Updates include, but are not limited to, changes to links that reflect the new Library website. The CATQuest version of the Library Catalog is now the default on the  "Books" page in each guide.
The Research Guides link/button is directly below the CATQuest search box. When you are on this page and click the link for English, you will see three subject guides.

The major new development is that I have split the English & American subject guide into three guides to cut down on the clutter of the guide and to take the opportunity to accommodate more period-specific resources, including primary and secondary sources that provide historical, cultural, and political contexts.

English & American Subject Guide remains as the mother ship for general literary research (including genres such as poetry, science fiction, horror, etc.), but also covers 20th-21st century literature.

English & American Literature : Medieval-18th Century covers American and British literature during this time span. *This is the guide that has special pages for Shakespeare and Manuscripts.

English & American Literature : 19th Century covers American and British literature during the 19th century.

I understand that these time periods are arbitrary, as several literary movements (e.g. romanticism) span centuries; I have tried to accommodate that by including the same resources in two (sometimes three) of the guides.

Many of our Cambridge History of.... titles have been purchased in online format. I have linked to relevant titles on the "E-Texts" pages for all three English & American Literature Subject Guides Please note that you can read, download, and print individual pdf chapters in each volume.

If you have suggestions for additional library resources or relevant websites to add to the guides, please send those to me for consideration.

Research Support for Students

Group instruction is not always the best or only way to support our students' research. In addition to the Research Guides, we have provided other types of  research help for the students. Feel free to point your students to them - all found on the Library Website:

Research Guides: when you click on this page, you'll see the complete list of research guides, a list of research guides for specific courses (I'm always happy to create one for your courses - just ask!), a list of other types of research and "how to guides," e.g., Book Reviews, Biography, guides to citation management software, etc.

Research Roadmap:  find basic information about the research process, including how to choose a topic,  find articles, evaluate information, etc. There is also a link to a series of interactive tutorials covering selected resources (e.g., CATQuest, Academic Search Premier) and various aspects of the research process (e.g., evaluating information)

Citation Guides:  major styles are represented

And of course, students can always schedule an appointment with me for an individual consultation.