Author Archives: Arabella Holzapfel

New for the library – IMF e-Library

Faculty, staff, and students at the Middlebury campuses in both Vermont and Monterey now have access to the E-Library of the International Monetary Fund. IMF

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) eLibrary simplifies analysis and research with direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies. In addition to nearly 14,000 of the IMF’s publications, the E-Library includes access to data and statistical tools such as International Financial Statistics, Direction of Trade Statistics, and more – click the “IMF DATA” link at the top:IMF_Data_2

Dictionary of Natural Products – trial through August 18, 2015

By faculty request, we are evaluating CRC’s Dictionary of Natural Products on CRC’s CHEMNetBASE platform. This is a comprehensive database of 170,000 natural products effectively organized into a key information product. The wealth of data provided includes names and synonyms, formulae, chemical structures, CAS Registry Numbers, extensive source data, uses and applications, physical state, melting point, boiling point, pKa, and key literature citations. In addition a comprehensive type of compound classification scheme brings together compounds that are biogenetically related. All this information is readily searchable by text or by substructure, using flexible and intuitive software.

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

Is there a journal, database, or other resource you think the library should subscribe to? Let us know at go/requests.

BrowZine – trial through August 10, 2015

BrowZine is an application that allows you to browse, read and follow thousands of the library’s subscribed scholarly journals from your Android and iOS mobile devices, all in a format optimized for your tablet or smartphone! (and coming soon – available on the web!) if we subscribe to a journal, you can browse the journal and read and/or download the articles during this trial. We think the ability to BROWSE current online journals in your field – reminiscent of the time you might walk down the aisle of current print journals in the library – is the real value of this service.

And there’s more than browsing – built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, Dropbox or other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

Download the app here. BrowZine

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

Is there a database, online journal or service you think the library should trial or subscribe to? Let us know at go/requests.

New for the libraries – Roper Center’s Public Opinion Archives

The Middlebury Libraries recently subscribed to the Public Opinion Archives of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. This vast trove of data from public opinion surveys is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, focused on surveys conducted by the news media and commercial polling firms. Most of the surveys in the Roper Center were conducted on national samples, but there are also some state and local surveys, as well as a number of surveys of special populations of interest.

You can easily search all of the data in the archive through the iPoll interface and even download complete datasets.  iPoll is organized at the question level, providing the tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys, 1935 to present.  Our subscription includes RoperExpress (offers downloads of over 20,000 datasets from over 100 countries to use with statistical software to conduct bivariate and multivariate analysis) and Roper Explorer (online analysis of several hundred studies allowing cross-tabulations without specialized statistical software).  More details on coverage.  To download datasets, register to create an account and agree to their terms about confidentiality, data reuse, and more.

There are some unique and important aspects of our license agreement that, If you are a researcher who may use entire datasets, you need to be aware of :

  • Neither the Member Institution nor Users may re-disseminate any Roper Center documentation or data obtained from the Roper Center outside of the Member Institution. However, researchers who are actively collaborating with individuals at non-member institutions may provide a copy of relevant data sets to their collaborators solely for their private use in connection with and for the duration of the project, after which they will return or destroy such material. Researchers are advised to obtain a written agreement from such collaborators to abide by the foregoing requirements.
  • Neither Roper Center data nor any tool, application or other application that works with such data may be placed on any web site without the prior express written permission, which the Roper Center may grant, deny or condition in its sole discretion.
  • Users may create aggregated analyses, compilations or derivative works using data available from the Roper Center for their own scholarly research and teaching purposes, but may not use any of the data to develop a database, database service (online or otherwise), automated data or text mining applications, or other information resource in any medium (print, electronic or otherwise, now existing or developed in the future) for use by others. Authorized Users who create such derivative works, subsets of data or applications and wish to share access should contact the Roper Center to archive their materials with the Center to make them available to the research community. The Roper Center may agree or decline to do so in its sole discretion.

Roper also provides educational material for using their tools and learning the basics about polling and analysis.

The Rutland Herald – online at Middlebury

RutlandHeraldOnline access to local papers can be difficult and confusing. Here’s a rundown of how you can read the Rutland Herald (and Barre Times-Argus) online, right now*, at Middlebury College.

  • Today’s Rutland Herald:
    • If you click on a link on one of the newspaper’s main pages to “read more,” you will probably see the statement: Middlebury College Library offers FREE access to the Rutland Herald and the Times Argus. Underneath that, you are asked to provide an email and password. Enter your email address and provide a password to create your own individual account. You will then receive confirmation of the creation of your account on the webpage as well as in an email message. You will then be able to see the entire news story and other content as long as you are logged in. This username and password will work every time you log in to the newspaper website (assuming you have verified your status by either being on campus or logging in to the EZ-Proxy server).
    • You can also read it in print in the Harman Periodical Reading Area on the Lower Level of Davis Family Library
  • Past issues:
    • From one month ago to today: In the upper-right corner of any page of, click “e-Paper.” RH_ePaperYou can log in here using your personal credentials that you established as described above. Using the “Back Issues” pull-down menuRH_backissues near the top, you can see online versions of the last month’s worth of issues.
    • From January 1, 2010 to one month ago: After clicking the e-Paper link described above, in the left-hand frame, choose “Search the Archives”RH_Archives
  • Previous to 2010: At this time, issues of the Rutland Herald between 1853 and 2010 are only available on microfilm – film number 27. Issues from 1850-1852 are available courtesy of the Library of Congress at Chronicling America.

*Note that these details will change over time. We will update this post as needed. You can always land at this page by searching go/journals for Rutland Herald and choosing the link called “Middlebury’s Rutland Herald”

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