Arabella Holzapfel

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New online resources for Fall

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Happy New Year! (a month late) Here are some resources we’ve added in the last few months:

The Social Science and Humanities Library of Taylor & Francis: nearly 1,300 journals covering fields including linguistics, ethnic and gender studies, education, political science, and lots more. This means you’ll find more in Summon. For a full title list, click here.

taylor & francisEncyclopedia of Applied Linguistics over 1,100 original essays, published in November 2012.



Lithosphere – a journal of the Geological Society of America


Declassified US Intelligence – trial access through November 3rd, 2013

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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 , your liaison at Middlebury, or to Ann Flower at MIIS.

Access to ERIC (and other government-based research databases)

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If you go to the ERIC website, you will see this notice:

Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.

ERIC can still be searched by the Middlebury College community through ProQuest.

If you come across other government databases that are unavailable, please send a note to and we will try to locate other providers.

New York Times at Middlebury College

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Reading the New York Times, right now*, at Middlebury College:

  • Today’s New York Times:
    • Get one of a limited number of passes at (requires a email address)
    • in print on the Lower Level of Davis Family Library
    • text only (no images) in several databases listed at go/journals
  • Past issues:
    • 1857-2009 in ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers (pdf images; searchable)
    • 1857-2012 on microfilm in Davis Family Library (useful if you know the date of the issue(s) or you want to browse) – film no. 8
    • 1857 to a few months ago on digital microfilm (useful if you know the date of the issue(s) or you want to browse)
    • 1857 to present at which you can access after getting a pass (described above) (a few limitations on downloads)
    • text only, 1980-present in several databases listed at go/journals

*Note that these details will change over time. We will update this post as needed. You can always land at this page by searching go/journals for New York Times and choosing the link called “Middlebury College’s New York Times”

September 11th incident – Staff Council statement

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The Middlebury College Staff Council recently sent this email to all Middlebury College staff:

Members of the staff of Middlebury College,

The Middlebury College Staff Council strongly rejects disrespectful behavior in any circumstances. The recent disruption of a solemn memorial display by very few people in no way represents the welcoming social and physical environment of the Middlebury College campus that staff members work hard to help provide. We support President Liebowitz when he said, “the disrespectful methods of the protesters overshadowed anything that might have been learned from the convictions they claimed to promote.” We further support the administration’s disciplinary investigation.

To foster more open dialog on this important matter, we have posted this statement on our blog and welcome your comments there.

Staff Council

We would like to hear what you think! Please comment here or email us at


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In the past, we have used OCLC’s “FirstSearch” web page to search WorldCat, OCLC’s database of worldwide library holdings, along with several other research databases.

Over the past years, OCLC phased out many of those research databases and launched a new public face for WorldCat – –  a more mobile device-friendly interface with social networking capabilities and other enhancements.


As of mid-July, we are pointing our links to so that we can better understand how well this new search tool suits us.

So please search to your heart’s delight and then send any feedback by email to or comment on this post.

By the way, you can always find the go-link at go/worldcat.

Friday Links – August 23, 2013

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No more “20% time” at Google – “Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to take one day a week to work on side projects, effectively no longer exists. That’s according to former Google employees, one who spoke to Quartz on the condition of anonymity and others who have said it publicly.”

Increasing public access to federally funded research – This is not new, but for researchers and data nerds alike it is worth reading again – and following developments! You can find the official memo here:

A tiny book!  – from University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections.
Rosen, Rebecca J. “Revealed: A Book the Size of a Ladybug.” The Atlantic. 7 Aug. 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2013.

The Getty launches Open Content Images: 4,687 images from their collection are now available for free use under their open content license.

WebKit Has Implemented srcset: Right now there’s no good way to switch the image in an HTML <img> tag for a different browser (for example, giving a smaller image to a mobile browser). The srcset attribute solves most of the issues with this. See also: Mat’s talk on the subject.

QR Codes vs. URLs. In related news, Microsoft Tag is shutting down. Did you even know that Microsoft Tag existed?

Internet Trends 2013  InternetDog