Author Archives: Arabella Holzapfel

Historical Chinese Newspapers – trial through November 11, 2013

Middlebury has trial access to the Chinese Collection of ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers through November 13, 2013. This collection provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events between 1832 and 1953.

PQHNPCC_CartoonExplore the civil wars, Japanese invasion, occupation by foreign nations, rise of communism, and more — cover-to-cover and in full image with 12 English-language Chinese newspapers.

Let us know what you think! Email your feedback to or your liaison.

New online resources for Fall

Happy New Year! (a month late) Here are some resources we’ve added in the last few months:

The Social Science and Humanities Library of Taylor & Francis: nearly 1,300 journals covering fields including linguistics, ethnic and gender studies, education, political science, and lots more. This means you’ll find more in Summon. For a full title list, click here.

taylor & francisEncyclopedia of Applied Linguistics over 1,100 original essays, published in November 2012.



Lithosphere – a journal of the Geological Society of America


Declassified US Intelligence – trial access through November 2nd, 2013

Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute now both have trial access to two collections of declassified US intelligence documents on a platform that is “in beta development” from Brill.

  • Cold War Intelligence, 1945-1991 This collection of 2,360 formerly classified U.S. government documents (most of them classified Top Secret or higher) provides readers for the first time with the declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in its efforts to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
  • US Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009 Since 1945, the U.S. intelligence community has had to cover a half-dozen major wars and several dozen smaller but equally bloody armed conflicts in the Middle East, as well as innumerable civil wars, border clashes, armed insurgencies, and terrorist attacks. This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.

We’ll have trial access to these until November 3rd. Please let us know what you think – email , your liaison at Middlebury, or to Ann Flower at MIIS.

Access to ERIC (and other government-based research databases)

If you go to the ERIC website, you will see this notice:

Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.

ERIC can still be searched by the Middlebury College community through ProQuest.

If you come across other government databases that are unavailable, please send a note to and we will try to locate other providers.

Friday Links – September 27

Interactive Storytelling - There has been a lot of interest in the article “Snow Fall – The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” as presented by the New York Times. (If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out!) Bear 71 is another example of interactive storytelling. It is the “true story of a female grizzly bear monitored by wildlife conservation officers from 2001 – 2009.” The National Film Board of Canada presents this film as well as a variety of other interactive media which can be viewed here.

“Signals” help students graduate: “Signals … keeps track of how students approach class work. Taking in about 20 data points [from the CMS] such as whether or not a student has completed online reading or watched online lectures, it measures the data against test and assignment grades, and ‘signals’ students how they are doing with green, yellow, or red lights for each course. The signals are scheduled throughout each course by the instructor.”



New York Times at Middlebury College



Reading the New York Times, right now*, at Middlebury College:

  • Today’s New York Times:
    • Get one of a limited number of passes at (requires a email address)
    • in print on the Lower Level of Davis Family Library
    • text only (no images) in several databases listed at go/journals
  • Past issues:
    • 1857-2009 in ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers (pdf images; searchable)
    • 1857-2012 on microfilm in Davis Family Library (useful if you know the date of the issue(s) or you want to browse) – film no. 8
    • 1857 to a few months ago on digital microfilm (useful if you know the date of the issue(s) or you want to browse)
    • 1857 to present at which you can access after getting a pass (described above) (a few limitations on downloads)
    • text only, 1980-present in several databases listed at go/journals

*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 New York Times and choosing the link called “Middlebury College’s New York Times”

Friday Links – September 6, 2013

The history of favicon.ico.

Progressive enhancement is dead but also progressive enhancement is faster. PE, by the way, is the idea of ensuring that a web application is usable across a broad range of browser environments, most recently (and in the linked articles) in the case where JavaScript can’t be used.

Kids can’t use computers” and why we should be worried. “Tomorrow’s politicians, civil servants, police officers, teachers, journalists and CEOs are being created today. These people don’t know how to use computers, yet they are going to be creating laws regarding computers, enforcing laws regarding computers, educating the youth about computers, reporting in the media about computers and lobbying politicians about computers. Do you thinks this is an acceptable state of affairs?”

Australian and New Zealand virtual worlds scoping study: Final report available for download - In 2010-12, with colleagues from Charles Sturt University (CSU), the University of New England (UNE), and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), I worked on a project that involved conducting an Australia and New Zealand-wide scoping study on the use of virtual worlds for learning and teaching in higher education. The final report from the project is now available as an open-access publication.

MOOCs Meet the Zombie Apocolypse -

How do you get thousands of people excited about an online course in math, physics, and public health that will not earn them formal credit or any kind of certificate?

First, make it a MOOC.

Second, make the central text a popular TV show.

Third, add zombies.

Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype -

Skype has confirmed it has developed 3D video calls.

The news was revealed by a senior executive in an exclusive interview with the BBC to mark Skype’s 10th anniversary.