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Senior theses 2010-2011 available online

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Last year’s seniors (2010-2011) who submitted theses to include in our digital repository now have their work available in DSpace (go/dspace). Some students request that their work be restricted to the College community, so to view those, you’ll be asked to log in with your Midd username & password.The others are available ‘worldwide,’ and are eventually searchable via Google (etc.).

In the DSpace repository, you’ll also find previous years’ submissions, back to 2007-2008, which is when we began experiment with “ETDs” (“electronic theses & dissertations”).

Submissions are tracked and uploaded, along with metadata (including title, author, summary, subject headings), by LIS cataloging staff — this year, Sue Driscoll. (In the past, other staff who have helped include Michael Warner, Marlena Evans, and Richard Jenkins.)


Take a look to find intriguing research in a wide-range of topics and academic areas.

On a related note: print copies of Honors theses, some master’s theses, and DML theses (Doctor of Modern Languages) continue to be stored in the College Archives, housed in the Library’s Special Collections area. Titles and authors can be found here. Contact Andy Wentink or Danielle Rougeau to view these items.

Middlebury Access to Gartner Research

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Are you interested in the most current and cutting edge information about technology?

The Middlebury campus community can now find out what’s happening in IT with access to research, news analysis and trends from Gartner Inc.

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers technology-related insight that helps clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is a valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,000 distinct organizations. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,400 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries.

Students can benefit by using Gartner to find research for assignments, learn where IT is headed and how it will shape our world, discover an area of interest, or even get ideas on careers. Gartner research enriches the educational experience by providing timely, objective real-world examples and content.

Faculty & Staff can benefit by using Gartner to stay current on IT industry trends. Gartner provides insight to the application of technology to real-world problems and enables understanding of the long-term trends and issues that current and future IT decision makers will face.

Gartner’s research is licensed for use and is accessible at no cost to our students, faculty and staff. To access Gartner, you’ll need to first authenticate using your Middlebury username and password, if you haven’t already.

Access Gartner Research

(Bookmark go/gartner)

China Academic Journals – a newly added database

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Doing research for a paper in Chinese on literature, philosophy or history? Now you can find full-text and full-image journal articles in Chinese when you search China Academic Journals. One can search in either English or Chinese,  although Chinese font/software is required for displaying and inputting vernacular Chinese characters. China Academic Journals is part of the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKInet) and is produced by Qinghua University.

Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling

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The final report of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling is now available online at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagedetails.action?packageId=GPO-OILCOMMISSION.  The spill disrupted an entire region’s economy, damaged fisheries and critical habitats, and brought vividly to light the risks of deepwater drilling for oil and gas.

Our library will be receiving the print version of the report in about 2-3 weeks through the Federal Depository Library Program.

Middlebury joins the Center for Research Libraries

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The library is pleased to announce that Middlebury College has just become a member of the Center For Research Libraries (CRL) (http://www.crl.edu/).  CRL is a partnership of over 240 university, college, and independent research libraries.  The CRL collection includes:

  • the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America, including international, U.S. colonial titles, U.S. ethnic titles, and Civilian Conservation Corps camp newspapers/newsletters
  • 38,000 foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and other locations
  • a total collection of almost 5,000,000 rarely held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and primary source materials

Membership in CRL provides Middlebury library patrons with access to the entire CRL collection via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  Loan periods, and the amount of material that can be borrowed at any time, are considerably more generous than traditional ILL.  Some CRL materials can be digitized on demand and can be provided via e-mail or other electronic delivery.

How do I use CRL?

CRL materials are requested the same way as any other traditional ILL request: through Middlebury’s ILL department: go\ill (on-campus) or go.middlebury.edu\ill (off-campus).   If you know ahead of time that you need to borrow a large quantity of material, or you need to borrow something for an extended period of time, please indicate this clearly in the “Notes” field when you fill in the ILL request form.

You also have the option of searching the CRL catalog directly at: http://catalog.crl.edu/ If you locate something that’s of interest, leave a note in the ILL form indicating that you found the item in the CRL catalog.  This will save time by alerting ILL staff to route these requests directly to CRL.

If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact one of our librarians, or contact Terry Simpkins, Director of Research and Collection Services, at 802-443-5045.  If you have questions specifically about ILL matters, you can contact Rachel Manning at 802-443-5498.

We are excited to be able to provide you with access to this extraordinary collection, and hope you find it to be a valuable resource for your teaching and research.

Terry Simpkins

Director of Research & Collection Services

Middlebury joins the Center for Research Libraries

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The library is pleased to announce that Middlebury College has just become a member of the Center For Research Libraries (CRL) (http://www.crl.edu/).  CRL is a partnership of over 240 university, college, and independent research libraries.  The CRL collection includes:

  • the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America, including international, U.S. colonial titles, U.S. ethnic titles, and Civilian Conservation Corps camp newspapers/newsletters
  • 38,000 foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and other locations
  • a total collection of almost 5,000,000 rarely held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and primary source materials

Membership in CRL provides Middlebury library patrons with access to the entire CRL collection via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  Loan periods, and the amount of material that can be borrowed at any time, are considerably more generous than traditional ILL.  Some CRL materials can be digitized on demand and can be provided via e-mail or other electronic delivery.

How do I use CRL?

CRL materials are requested the same way as any other traditional ILL request: through Middlebury’s ILL department: go\ill (on-campus) or go.middlebury.edu\ill (off-campus).   If you know ahead of time that you need to borrow a large quantity of material, or you need to borrow something for an extended period of time, please indicate this clearly in the “Notes” field when you fill in the ILL request form.

You also have the option of searching the CRL catalog directly at: http://catalog.crl.edu/ If you locate something that’s of interest, leave a note in the ILL form indicating that you found the item in the CRL catalog.  This will save time by alerting ILL staff to route these requests directly to CRL.

If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact one of our librarians, or contact Terry Simpkins, Director of Research and Collection Services, at 802-443-5045.  If you have questions specifically about ILL matters, you can contact Rachel Manning at 802-443-5498.

We are excited to be able to provide you with access to this extraordinary collection, and hope you find it to be a valuable resource for your teaching and research.

Terry Simpkins

Director of Research & Collection Services

5 Things We Love About MiddLab

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Five Things We Love about MiddLab

1) You can search for discussions by themes, like Food, Mind & Body, Landscape and the Global Market. And themes are cross-referenced, so that a project like “Hidden Cities: Locating Slums on the Globalized Map” appears under Development, Geography, Population, Race Relations and Urban Living.

2) You can search for projects by people, such as College Horticulturist Tim Parsons, who recently completed a project with GIS Specialist Bill Hegman and several students using modeling software called iTree to create an interactive Google Earth map of all the trees around campus.

3) It’s easy to download materials, like complete chapters from books such as MIIS alumna and faculty member Kelley Calvert’s book about her 2009 cross-country road trip exploring the nation for signs of hope and change, called Hope Walks into a Bar Looking for Change.

4) There’s a handy interactive map you can click on to find Research Centers all over the world.

5) You can join in on any discussion, any time. So what are you waiting for?