Arabella Holzapfel

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Archive of materials from Reconstruction (Trial ends Oct. 27, 2015)

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Students, faculty, and staff in the Middlebury College community have free trial access to

Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Enforcement of Federal Law in the South, 1871-1884

This Archives Unbound collection on law and order documents the efforts of district attorneys in states that fought in the Confederacy or were Border States to uphold federal laws. It includes correspondence between and among DAs, Attorneys General, marshals, judges, convicts, and citizens.Reconstruction_snip

These documents and images are cross-searchable on the Archives Unbound platform, where Middlebury has purchased access to 30 other collections.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

Friday Links – Sept. 25, 2015

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“I’m not dead yet!” say print books: E-book sales slip, a piece from the New York Times. “… While analysts once predicted that e-books would overtake print by 2015, digital sales have instead slowed sharply. …” (trial ends Oct. 19, 2015)

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All members of the Middlebury College community will have full access to Foreign Policy for the next 30 days. FP

In addition to articles published in Foreign Policy magazine, this includes:

  • direct, seamless access to all content on, which is added to many times per day and covers all regions of the world,
  • Advanced search capabilities,
  • All content from daily alerts,
  • Full archive of the magazine back to 2010, and coming soon, a 45-year archive.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals (Trial ends Oct. 31, 2015)

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Until the end of October, members of the Middlebury College community have free access to FIAF, an international index of film periodicals.FIAF_snip

This is a bibliographic resource covering the foremost academic and popular film journals up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available in full text.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

Is there a resource you think the library should consider? Let us know at go/requests.

Friday Links – Sept. 18, 2015

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Welcome to the new academic year!

US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node

In June, Kilton had agreed to be part of a pilot program called the Library Freedom Project, which aims to use spare bandwidth at the nation’s public libraries to expand the Tor network, and so safeguard people’s privacy online. It went live in July.

But soon after the library turned the service on, it got a visit from the cops, tipped off by Homeland Security, which warned library and city officials that the service could be used for criminal activity.

Grim news from Japan: Many social sciences and humanities faculties in Japan are to close after universities were ordered to “serve areas that better meet society’s needs”.

Of the 60 national universities that offer courses in these disciplines, 26 have confirmed that they will either close or scale back their relevant faculties at the behest of Japan’s government.

It follows a letter from education minister Hakuban Shimomura sent to all of Japan’s 86 national universities, which called on them to take “active steps to abolish [social science and humanities] organisations or to convert them to serve areas that better meet society’s needs”.


(For those new to Middlebury, the Friday Links are an occasional compendium of interesting but not urgent information, sometimes with humorous interludes, contributed by any staff members from the Library or ITS who come upon something they want to pass along.)

New to the Library – CRC’s Dictionary of Natural Products

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Middlebury College now has subscribed access to the Dictionary of Natural Products on CRC’s CHEMnetBASE platform. The DNP is a comprehensive database of 170,000 natural products. The wealth of data provided includes:

  • names and synonyms,
  • formulae and chemical structures,
  • CAS Registry Numbers,
  • extensive source data,
  • uses and applications,
  • physical state, melting point, boiling point, pKa,
  • key literature citations.

In addition a comprehensive type of compound classification scheme brings together compounds that are biogenetically related. All this information is readily searchable by text or by substructure, using flexible and intuitive software.

Is there a resource you think the library should add? Let us know at go/requests, or contact your liaison or email

Friday Links – August 14, 2015

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Language Schools are over; Fall term is yet to start. Is it the Silly Season at Middlebury? (not counting Bread Loaf where BLWC is in full-swing.)