Middlebury has two-week trial access to the iPoll Databank from the Roper Center at the University of Connecticut, one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys. If we subscribe, it would include RoperExpress (with the ability to download the datasets to conduct bivariate and mulitivariate analysis) and Roper Explorer (online analysis of several hundred studies allowing cross-tabulations without specialized statistical software). The trial now includes the download and online analysis options (use the register link to create a free user id to use this feature). More details on coverage.
Roper provides educational material for using their tools and learning the basics about polling and analysis.
Check it out and let us know what you think – email email@example.com or your liaison.
Top scholarly journals found less than good about respecting readers’ privacy. “15 journals [PNAS, Nature, Chemical Reviews, among others] earned failing grades because their participation in advertising networks exposes their readers to tracking and spying.”
The increasing role of videos in student learning
Adobe Photoshop is a pretty amazing application, but in the hands of artists, it’s breathtaking. Check out the work of Erik Johansson via this post in Mashable. I’ve included a Behind the Scenes video below that shows you how he works his magic. (Hint: LOTS of layers.)
“Why digital natives prefer reading in print”
On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours
Affected resources that Middlebury subscribes to:
- ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com), which includes (a partial list):
- ProQuest Central (over 16,000 full-text journal titles)
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers
- PsycINFO and PsycTESTS
- Safari Technical Books
- ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
- Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here); includes Periodicals Archive Online
- ProQuest Digital Microfilm
Students, faculty and staff at Middlebury have free access for 30 days to the
SIPRI Yearbook online – full of information on armaments, disarmament, and international security.
Look it over and let us know what you think – email firstname.lastname@example.org or your liaison.
Faculty, staff, and students from Middlebury now have access to several encyclopedias and other reference works on the ScienceDirect platform. This information sheet explains the module and its contents which include:
and much more. Explore, and let us know what you think – email email@example.com or your liaison.
Through March 20th, students, faculty, and staff affiliated with both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey will have trial access to a Human Rights Studies Online – a research and learning database providing comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. This collection includes primary and secondary materials in multiple media types.Look it over and let us know what you think! Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or your liaison.
If there’s something you’d like the library to explore or purchase, let us know at go/requests.
Over November and December of last year, the library purchased access to a number of fascinating library resources:
- Gale Virtual Reference Library – we now have access to everything in the Gale Virtual Reference Library that was published prior to August 2014.
- Alexander Street Drama – loaded with information about theatrical productions and with full-text scripts for many (but not all) plays by a wide breadth of playwrights, Alexander Street Drama includes Black Drama, Asian-American Drama, Latino Drama, and more.
- Kanopy Streaming – members of the Middlebury College Community can now watch films from Kanopy (“Netflix for colleges”). Our access to this uses a “Patron-Driven Acquisitions” model. A film in the collection can be watched by any authorized user (student, faculty, staff member) anywhere, anytime – just click this link. The fourth time a given film is viewed, a purchase will be “triggered” and we will have licensed access to that film for a year.
- American History in Video – a student requested that we trial this collection of newsreels, documentaries and other historical film works. Browse by event, person, place, and more.
- National Anti-Slavery Standard – still in pre-publication, this is a database of images and some full-text from the National Anti-Slavery Standard – the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan, the society sought to extend the rights of slaves across the country and implied not only suffrage rights for colored males, but also advocated suffrage for women.
- London Review of Books – by popular demand, we now have full access to current and past online content of the LRB!
- CQ Researcher Archive – we now have access to the full archive of CQ Researcher, going back to 1923. We’ve also filled in some gaps in our access to CQ Almanac, and added CQ’s Guides to U.S. Economic Policy, U.S. Environmental Policy, and U.S. Health & Healthcare Policy.
- Coming Soon – Celebrity Studies, a new journal subscription