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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 eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu , your liaison at Middlebury, or to Ann Flower at MIIS.

LGBT Thought and Culture – Trial through December 2, 2013

LGBT Thought and CultureThe Middlebury College community has trial access to LGBT Thought and Culture through December 2, 2013.  LGBT Thought and Culture is an online collection of books, periodicals, and archival materials related to the LGBT political and social movement throughout the 20th century to the present day.

Take a look and let us know what you think.  Email us at eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu .

AP Stylebook Online- Trial until October 19, 2013

The AP Stylebook Online is a writing style guide for journalists.  It includes an A-Z guide to usage, spelling and punctuation.  The online version is updated throughout the year and includes many useful features such as one-click access to new AP Stylebook entries and “Ask the Editor” where users can submit questions or search the archive of frequently asked questions.  This trial runs until October 19.  Take a look and let us know what you think.   Email us at eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu .AP Stylebook Home Page

Online Jazz Discography – new resource

The Middlebury College community can now access The Jazz Discography online. The CD-ROM version was available in the Music Library for years; now we offer the convenience of online access. “Looking for a specific jazz record or CD? Want to find everything recorded by a particular bandleader or musician? Want to know who played with whom, and when? Want to find who recorded a particular tune? You’ll find all this and much, much more in the world’s largest, most complete catalog of recorded jazz” – The Jazz Discography

Newly added library collections

Here are some things that we added to our collections during the 2013 fiscal year:

Online resources

Online journals

Print titles

  • Frieze - devoted to contemporary art
  • Bidoun - art and culture from the Middle East
  • Detail : Zeitschrift fuer Architektur und Baudetail – architecture; in German and some English text
  • Three month subscriptions to print versions of foreign titles for browsing during the Language Schools – Ogonek and Allure (Russian), Teva HaDvarim (Hebrew), Al Jamila and Sayidati (Arabic [at Mills College])
  • History of al-Tabari, State University New York series in Near Eastern studies (40 volume set) located on the third floor shelves of the Davis Family Library (call number: DS38.2 .T313 1985)

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.