Tag Archives: library collections

Gallup Brain – trial through April 8, 2013

Dive into public polling with The Gallup Brain – a searchable, living record of more than 70 years of public opinion. Inside, you’ll find answers to hundreds of thousands of questions, and responses from millions of people interviewed by The Gallup Poll since 1935.

Middlebury College users have full access to the Gallup Brain through early April. Please let us know what you think: Send an email to Rebekah Irwin or your liaison.

Safari Books Online new & improved

Safari Books Online, our digital library with over 22,886 ebooks on technology, digital media, and design, announced some recent changes.

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  • Download the new Safari To Go app for Android, iPhone, iPad, and Kindle Fires or Nooks. Find out more about mobile devices and Safari here.
  • Access Safari content via the Mobile Optimized Website for mobile device users.
  • Self-register for a My Safari account for enhanced features including: (1) The ability to create, organize and manage folders of favorite titles (2) Create notes and tags in Safari content (3) establish digital bookmarks in Safari titles to allow users to keep their place (4) write reviews for Safari ebooks.

Expanded access to Oxford Handbooks Online

Find more ebooks and scholarly essays in Oxford Handbooks Online.

We’ve expanded access to include the following collections: Philosophy, Religion, Economics & Finance, Music, Literature, History, and Political Science.

Find OHO and other new library acquisitions & current trials here.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers {trial access}

Until February 15 the Middlebury College Libraries has trial access to Proquest’s House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP), a full-text searchable database with the working documents of government for all areas of social, political, economic, and foreign policy from the 18th century to the 21st.

House of Commons at Westminster 1808 (Wikimedia Commons)

Visit our New & Trial Resources page or search the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) here.

Please share your comments with Rebekah Irwin or your subject liaison.

Trial Access: Factiva.com, Vogue Archive, ProQuest History Vault: Struggle for Women’s Rights, 1880–1990

Until February 6 we have access to the following:

Factiva.com 

Factiva.com from Dow Jones is a business and general reference resource that includes information in the areas of business, current events, communications, technology, foreign policy, and more.  For the trial, when you are on the FACTIVA site, go up to the first tab “Search” and choose “Search Builder”.

Vogue Archive 

The Vogue Archive is a comprehensive collection of American Vogue issues from its inception in 1892 to the present.  Every issue has been reproduced in high-resolution color and is searchable by designer, brand name and garment type.

ProQuest History Vault: Struggle for Women’s Rights, 1880–1990: Organizational Records

This collection follows the growth of the women’s rights movement in America from the campaign for women’s suffrage to the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and beyond.  The archive includes  the National Woman’s Party Papers (1913-1971), League of Women Voters collection (1918-1974), and documents about the Women’s Action Alliance (1971-1996).

Trial access to Oxford Handbooks Online through December

Until December 26 we have access to all of Oxford’s fourteen handbooks in the Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO) collection. Middlebury currently has access to only three OHO collections: PhilosophyReligion, and Political Science.

Get started with a video tutorial or browse and search OHO.

Find OHO and other New & Trial Resources here (go/trials).

Email Rebekah Irwin or your library liaison with comments.

The slow rise of ebooks (by the numbers)

The Library took note in May 2011 when Amazon.com announced that its customers were purchasing “more Kindle books than all print books – hardcover and paperback – combined.” Though we’re certainly not yet debating the idea of a bookless library at Middlebury, some number crunching over a 14 month time period seems to show that Middlebury faculty, students, and librarians are beginning to favor ebooks over print too:

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A 14 Month Snapshot of Library Requests (Sept. 1, 2011-Nov. 1, 2012)

1,339 faculty, students, & librarians requested books

Overall 35% preferred a print book

Overall 65% preferred an ebook

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Of the 211 students requests 45% preferred a print book and 55% preferred ebooks

Of the 432 librarian requests 33% preferred a print book and 67% preferred ebooks 

Out of 696 faculty requests 34% preferred a print book and 66% preferred ebooks