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Dictionary of American Regional English (Trial ends Nov. 6, 2015)

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For a limited time, members of the Middlebury College community can discover the full panoply of American regional words, phrases, and pronunciations with Harvard’s Dictionary of American Regional English, or DARE. The digital edition features audio, interactive maps, and insights into the DARE Survey.DARE_mapLet us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your library liaison.

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 eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Wilson Media Lab – Summer Stats

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We’ve finished tabulating the usage counts for the Wilson Media Lab which can be found in the Piktochart below or here. Some interesting differences from last year’s summer session include:

  • An increase in requests for help from 11% in 2014 to 33% of users in 2015.
  • We are also seeing an increase in graphics and video usage and a decrease in text usage

If you haven’t visited the newly redesigned Wilson Media Lab we encourage you to do so!

ForeignPolicy.com (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 foreignpolicy.com, 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 eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu 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 eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

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

The Canvas Pilot

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Our current Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle, was adopted back in 2011. Four years later we are reflecting on whether Moodle is still the best LMS to serve the growing needs of Middlebury. This fall we are doing a pilot to evaluate Canvas and determine whether we want to continue with Moodle or move to Canvas. You can learn more about Canvas and Middlebury’s evaluation by following this site – http://sites.middlebury.edu/canvas/

Since it has launched over 1,200 colleges, universities and school districts have adopted Canvas, including many of our peer and neighboring institutions, including Amherst,  Williams, Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth. It uses modern technology and service management, has a user-centric design, and the features that are common to an LMS are easier to find and use.

Some of the appealing features that are worth exploring are:

What about Moodle?

Middlebury adopted Moodle as its LMS in 2011 after a year-long evaluation (http://sites.middlebury.edu/segue/2011/06/14/moodle-middlebury/). At that time it was decided that we would use Moodle for a minimum of 5 years. At the end of the 5 years we would ask ourselves: Is Moodle still the right LMS for Middlebury? The 5 years will end in August of 2016.

The Canvas evaluation should not be considered as a sign that Middlebury intends to stop using, supporting, or expanding the platform. This is simply an opportunity to consider other options and review our use of Moodle.

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 eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu.