Monday, December 11, 2017

Digital Theatre Plus - Added Content from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

As you know, Digital Theatre Plus  (DT+) is the British-based collection of high-definition streaming videos which capture recent live full-length professional theatre productions from leading theatre companies in Great Britain.  DT+ now also presents various production forms: film, music, opera, dance in addition to filmed theatre productions.

Exciting news! The Royal Shakespeare Company has chosen  DT+ as the digital distributor of it's full canon. As of December 11, 2017, 13 productions have been made available in DT+, with the remaining productions added as they are captured.

To access the RSC's Shakespeare productions currently in DT+,   type   shakespeare rsc    into the search box
then scroll down the screen to find the filmed productions (caveat: other RSC digital material is included in the 37 results).

I have a quick reminder that it is also the place where you can access text- and video-based study guides and teaching aids as well as videos of filmed interviews with actors, etc., associated with all the productions in the collection, including the RSC's canon.

Find Digital Theatre Plus from the library website:
Research Databases list - D
Research Databases list -> All Info Types -> streaming media
English & American Literature : Medieval-18th Century Subject Guide -> Shakespeare
And.... CATQuest and Classic Library Catalog

New Search Interface - American National Biography (ANB) & Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB)

The search platform for the two standard Oxford biographical sources, American National Biography and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, has changed. I wanted to let you know now in case you want to explore during winter break.

Both are accessible through the Research Databases list as well as the three English & American Literature Subject Guides and the Film & Television Studies Subject Guide.
To see a complete list of entries in both resources.......
1. Put your cursor in the search box at the top and press enter. You'll get a complete list of entries.
2. Click "Occupations" (ANB) and "Occupations" or "Religious Affiliation" (ODNB) and then within the list, click "Browse All."
Depending upon the resource, there are ways to filter your search results by image, sex, feature essay, etc. When you are viewing a biographical essay, scroll down the left screen to get to the "See Also" links, such as "More on this Topic" to view external resources available (for example, related entries in Oxford Companion to United States History).

These resources now favor the broad search over the refined/focused search. This is the "discovery tool" effect.   Please let me know if you have any questions about either of these databases.

Database Change: LexisNexis-Academic

 Many of you may use LexisNexis-Academic to search for current full-text newspaper articles and reviews. Please note....

LexisNexis-Academic has transitioned to another product called Nexis Uni. The News, Legal, Business content hasn't changed, but it has been re-packaged.

While LexisNexis- Academic is still available in the Research Databases list,  it should disappear by the beginning of 2018. However, Nexis Uni is currently available in:
the Research Databases list - N 
the Research Databases list - All Info Types -> newspapers
and in the following subject guides: English & American Literature ; Film & Television Studies ; Book Reviews.

If you have any questions about searching the "News" portion of this database, in the basic search or advanced search mode, please let me know.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CATQuest - new look coming soon

CATQuest is being migrated to the next version, so will have a slightly new look. It's not a major revision, but we've been told that we will see some changes by the beginning of spring 2018 semester - perhaps earlier. Two examples:

1.  My understanding is that the "Sign-In" link (feature that allows access to the most complete contents available) will be on the library homepage adjacent to the CATQuest search box. This will enable you to sign in and perform the most complete search possible using the big search box, if you don't wish to use the Advanced Search.

2. We've been told that the link to the Classic Catalog will be on the library homepage instead of hidden under the "Research" link.

When the final revision is complete, I'll check to see if there are any other substantive changes. If so, I'll communicate those to you.