Write Your Thesis with Scrivener
Wednesday, April 29th
Are you working on a large writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks,” and brings your research and writing together into a single conceptual workspace.
The library will offer a Scrivener workshop on April 29th at 4:30p.m. Participants will learn how to create a new writing project, how to import existing work, and how to outline, research, and write with Scrivener’s unique features. This workshop is aimed at thesis writers but is open to all members of the College community. For more information on Scrivener and to sign up for the workshop, visit go.middlebury.edu/scrivener.
Library Systems will be performing necessary security upgrades to the EZproxy server on Sunday morning during regularly scheduled downtime (6 am to 10 am) on 4/12/2015.
There will be no off-campus access for the Library’s subscription databases, e-books, and e-journals during this time. There will be intermittent access interruptions on campus, too. I expect the whole process to last no more than one hour. I apologize for any inconvenience.
This should be done by 10 am.
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.
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
Due to the holidays and shipping madness, the increased risk of losses, and the lack of libraries open or willing to send things, the Interlibrary Loan Department limits ordering and shipping during the second half of December.
If you need anything before winter break request it now! Interlibrary loan requests submitted to ILLiad after Dec. 18th will be ordered in early January.
ILLiad article requests will continue to be filled by RapidILL through Dec. 20st, but requests must have a valid ISSN and year to be processed by Rapid.
For loan materials use NExpress: (http://go/NExpress). NExpress will stay open during break. Requests placed in NExpress go straight to the Lending Library for processing. Loans ordered from NExpress over break should arrive in early January.