Author Archives: Arabella Holzapfel

New for the libraries – Indigenous Peoples primary sources and more

We’re pleased to announce that Middlebury College users now have access to extensive manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, documents, photographs, and some short films covering the history of indigenous peoples in North America –


We have also extended our access to the archive of the Times of London, which now includes through 2009.


Both of these and other primary source databases can be cross-searched simultaneously on Gale’s Artemis platform – Artemis

Italian bibliography – AIDA Online (trial ends July 21, 2015)

The Middlebury College community (including, and most especially, those in the Italian School at Mills College in California) have temporary free access to AIDA, AIDAa comprehensive bibliography of 315,000 articles in the humanities from 1,400 Italian periodicals.

Let us know what you think – email feedback to or your liaison.

Is there a database, journal or other resource you think we should explore? Let us know at go/requests.

Friday Links – May 28, 2015

An exciting example of where a liberal arts education can take you: the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has a program to enroll liberal arts students who “show promise for developing into compassionate and humanistic physicians” (Mt. Sinai, 2015). In an NPR article, Dr. David Muller, the dean of the school, asserts that “[s]cience is the foundation of an excellent medical education, but a well-rounded humanist is best suited to make the most of that education.” Read the NPR article here or jump straight to the program page at Mt. Sinai here

Einstein’s papers now digitized and online!

Friday Links – May 15, 2015

The Programmable Table

The Programmable Table

From self-assembling furniture to curving racing car wings, seven GIFs that show the future of 4D printing – Today building something means getting our hands dirty – hammering wood, welding metal and cementing bricks. But what if everyday objects could build themselves? If tables could snap into shape when you got them home, or pipes could contract and expand to alter the flow of water.

The science of The Avengers, as told by the American Chemical Society:

Atheer Labs

Atheer Labs

3D smart glasses will transform workflows around the world, says Atheer’s CEO – The augmented reality future is now for workers using 3D smart glasses in healthcare, warehousing, construction, and oil and gas industries, notes Atheer Labs CEO Alberto Torres.

TRAC Terrorism (Trial ends May 30, 2015)

A student asked that we trial TRAC Terrorism, so a trial is now under way at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute, ending May 30th.

Created by The Beacham Group, LLC, Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) is a uniquely comprehensive resource for the study of political violence of all kinds. In cooperation with a team of 2800 experts, TRAC gathers the best information for exploration of this topic by faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals, as well as the general public.

Find guidance for how to use the site in this video:

Let us know what you think – email or your liaison.

Is there something you’d like the Middlebury libraries to trial? Let us know at go/requests.

iPoll Databank (trial ends April 13th)

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 or your liaison.