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Torrossa – full-text multi-language e-books and e-journals

The Middlebury College community now has trial access to Torrossa, an online resource with full-text in Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Browse arts, literature, and lots more.


From “El vidrio en la pintura del Museo Nacional del Prado” by José María Fernández Navarro y Francisco Capel del Águila

(Note that when you’re looking at an e-book  (“monograph”), only a “sample page” displays . To see the full text, choose the full-text icon.

TorrossaFTWhen viewing a journal (“issue”), select an article from the right-hand menu, then the full-text icon.)

Update July 17: Not all of the 160 publishers that provide content for Torrossa allow their works to be printed or downloaded. If you have trouble printing, it may be that it simply isn’t allowed. Disallowed functions are shown by minus-signs by the icon(s), as shown here:NoDownloadPrintPaste

Hovering over the icon will show “Download not allowed” for example.

The trial will expire August 16th. Please let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu

Oxford Language Dictionaries – trial through Language Schools

Flags1Students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury College and Monterey Institute can try out Oxford Language Dictionaries Online through the duration of Language Schools (ending August 16th). Included are:

  • Oxford Chinese Dictionary
  • Oxford Russian Dictionary
  • Oxford German Dictionary
  • Oxford Spanish Dictionary
  • Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary
  • Oxford-Paravia Italian Dictionary

These are all accessible from this link.

Check these out and let us know what you think! Email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu at Middlebury or Ann Flower at Monterey.


Summer Language Display


Welcome to all Language Schools Students!

We have a new and improved browsing display for everyone’s enjoyment:

NEW!  Dictionaries: a selection of basic dictionaries in each language is now in the browsing section.  These dictionaries cannot be checked out, they are there for quick use in the library.  Pink arrows on the floor take users to additional dictionaries in the Reference section.  Dictionaries in the stacks can be checked out.

NEW! Music CDs: by popular demand we now have some great music! We’ve selected CDs with songs in each language (no instrumental music). For Chinese, German, Hebrew, Portuguese and Russian, all song/vocal CDs are on display.  For French, Italian, and Spanish, we chose the most popular CDs (there are more behind the circulation desk).

Audio Books: we have expanded the selection of books-on-CD in each language.  Rest your eyes, and listen to a good book!

DVDs: movies! TV series! plays! documentaries!  We brought most of them to the display area, but some are still lurking in the “regular” DVD Browsing, so don’t forget to check.  Some DVDs require multi-regional DVD players, which is indicated by bright pink stickers.  And remember that  most popular English language movies have subtitles in Spanish, French, and other languages.

Browsing Books:  easy readers, timeless classics, graphic novels and comics – check one out, and enjoy it while sitting out on the lawn in the shade of a tree.

Foreign Language Popular Magazines


Selected foreign language popular magazines have been moved to the Harman Periodical Reading Room for the duration of the summer language schools.  In addition to those already on display,  Russian and Hebrew titles are on order and will be added as soon as possible.   Titles usually found in this area have been moved to the current periodicals collection on the other side of the shelf.



It’s getting easier to download free ebooks and audiobooks

Overdrive, our provider of popular fiction and non-fiction titles, launched a new platform. It’s a little less clunky and less hampered by Digital Rights Management road blocks.

And we’ve added new titles too.

Visit the site at http://go.middlebury.edu/overdrive (Or, go/overdrivego/audiobooks, go/bookstogo).

You can watch a tutorial on the new platform here.

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British Documents from the past in China – trial through May 14

Until May 14, we have access to three Chinese history collections:

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Spanning three centuries (1750-1929), this resource makes available rare pamphlets from Cornell University Library’s Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia. In addition, China: Culture and Society features a host of secondary resources, including scholarly essays, an interactive chronology, mini guides, and editors’ choices from the collection.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980
This digital collection offers English-language sources relating to China and the West, 1793-1980, including: papers of key individuals involved in the Chinese Maritime Customs service; papers of missionaries active in all regions of China; fully searchable run of the Chinese Recorder, 1867-1941, and more.

Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980
The complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan during these decades of 1919-1980. The documents cover politics, industry, trade and cultural affairs and include eyewitness accounts, weekly and monthly summaries, and economic assessments and synopses on leading Chinese personalities.


Email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison with comments please.



Deutsche Sammlung German ebooks (trial through May 3)

For one month starting today, we have access to over 4,500 German ebooks covering the humanities, arts, sciences, technology, engineering, and medicine from publishers such as De Gruyter, Aarhus University Press, International Monetary Fund, Ohne Verlag, and Frank & Timme GmbH.

Visit Deutsche Sammlung or our New & Trials website for other new library collections and current trials.

Email us at eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison if this would be a useful addition to our collection.