Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More new databases

New York Staff Directory Online

Contact information across all levels of state, city and municipal government, as well as state organizations. The directory includes profiles and photographs of all elected officials -- from state legislature to local officials.

Federal Staff Directory Online
Comprehensive resource for information on the federal government.

Media Contact Directory Online
Directory with comprehensive coverage of media contacts including newspapers, periodicals, online media, TV programs, radio programs, news services, and media relations contacts.

Judicial Staff Directory Online
The Judicial staff directory lists all National Courts, Federal Courts of Appeal, District, Bankruptcy and State Appellate courts, as well as circuit and judicial district data on many counties and cities.

Congressional Staff Directory Online
The Congressional Staff Directory has been Washington's most trusted resource for information on Congress for more than forty years. The electronic and print versions have a common design and are intended to complement each other. The print directory remains a handy reference with revisions 3 times a year. The website is free to all print subscribers, and is updated daily as new information is obtained.

Friday, June 20, 2008

still more new electronic resources, June 2008

Alexander Street Literature
Alexander Street Literature is a comprehensive, cross-searchable package of collections covering literatures of place, race, and gender. It includes poetry, short fiction, and novels, along with full-text plays and film scripts.

Black Short Fiction and Folklore : from Africa and the African Diaspora
The most comprehensive collection yet created of stories from Africa and the African Diaspora. When complete, it will offer more than 8,000 short stories and folktales, ranging thematically from oral traditions that date back many hundreds of years to contemporary tales of modern life. In addition to these works, the database includes complete runs of selected literary magazines.

Black Women Writers
Celebrates the many voices of women from Africa and the African Diaspora. Offering fiction, poetry, and essays from three continents and 20 countries, the database gives an unparalleled view of black women’s struggles through time. New content is uploaded on a biweekly basis, giving users immediate access to a steadily growing treasury of extraordinary writings. The database currently features over 37,000 pages of poetry and prose.

Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period
Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by approximately 50 Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. Compiled and edited by Stephen Behrendt of the University of Nebraska, the database also offers numerous biographical and critical essays prepared by leading scholars specifically for the project. New content is added to the collection on a regular basis.

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period
Online full-text database of 18th and 19th century Scottish poetry by women authors, plus critical essays.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

more new electronic resources June 2008

American Civil War Research Database
Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs. In addition to 222 volumes of rosters published by the state Adjutants Generals, the database includes the military records for every soldier in the collection as well as Official Records, pension index records, 1860 census records, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) records, Roll of Honor records, Medal of Honor records, and regimental histories. This information has been compiled from personal items, graveyards, and newspaper reports.

Applied Science and Business Periodicals Retrospective
Provides a single resource for seven decades of articles on the most important events, issues and trends in the history of business and industry (including the complete file of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957), plus the most important historical sources in the applied science and technology field for the 20th Century.

Asian American Drama
brings together more than 250 plays representing the various ethnicities within the Asian American community. Along with many works by writers of Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Chinese descent, the collection includes plays by writers of Hawaiian, Indian, Thai, Korean, Persian, and Malaysian ancestry, along with related biographical, production, and theatrical information. The collection begins in the late nineteenth century and continues to the writings of contemporary playwrights. Some 50% of the plays have never been published before. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.

Biography Index Retrospective
Biographical content from periodicals indexed in other Wilson databases for the years 1946-1983. The database includes articles and book citations as well as interviews and profiles of history-makers. It covers asked-about public figures, including writers, artists, statesmen, sports figures, politicians, religious leaders, scientists, educators, military leaders, teachers, actors, business people, and more.

Caribbean Literature
a searchable collection of poetry and fiction produced in the region during the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the titles selected are numerous rare and hard-to-find works written in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and various Creole languages. Future releases will also feature journals, reference works, and interviews with key writers. New content is uploaded on a biweekly basis, giving users immediate access to a steadily growing treasury of classic, rare,
and contemporary literature.

Classical Music Reference Library
The Classical music reference library brings together reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music. Included are the reference titles Baker's dictionary of music, Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians, Baker's student encyclopedia of music and Women composers: music through the ages. Provides coverage of all classical genres, from the Medieval period to the 21st century.

Dance in Video
Searchable database containing streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Videos can be browsed by people, role, ensemble, genre, and venue. Material types include documentaries, editorials, instructional, interviews, and performances. Database users may create their own custom playlists and video clips.

Dolley Madison Digital Edition
Dolley Payne Madison was the most important First Lady of the nineteenth century. The DMDE will be the first-ever complete edition of all of her known correspondence, gathered in an XML-based archive. It will ultimately include close to 2,500 letters. From the scattered correspondence were gathered letters that have never been previously published. The range and scope of the collection makes this edition an important scholarly contribution to the literature of the early republic, women's history, and the institution of the First Lady. These letters present Dolley Madison's trials and triumphs and make it possible to gain admittance to her mind and her private emotions and to understand the importance of her role as the national capital's First Lady.

The Gilded Age
brings together primary documents and scholarly commentary into a searchable collection that is the definitive electronic resource for students and scholars researching this important period in American history. When complete, the collection will contain over 50,000 pages of fully searchable text and associated audio and video material. These materials are frequently rare and hard-to-find, and include songs, letters, photographs, cartoons, government documents, and ephemera. In addition, the collection features numerous critical documentary essays that provide scholarly commentary and annotations to selected primary sources. Spanning from 1865 to 1902, The Gilded Age provides insight into the key issues that shaped America in the late nineteenth century, including race and ethnicity, immigration, labor, women's rights, American Indians, political corruption, and monetary policy.

Herman Melville's Typee
One of America's most startling fluid texts, Herman Melville's Typee
exists in multiple critically diverse versions, in both manuscript and
print. Based on the recently discovered working draft of Typee, this
electronic edition offers digital images, a transcription of each
manuscript page, corresponding print texts, and a dynamic reading text,
which allows readers to inspect the revision sequences and narratives of
more than 1000 revision sites.

Journal of Emily Shore: Revised and Expanded
This young Victorian woman wrote of politics, natural history, her
progress as a scholar and scientist, the worlds of art and literature.
Emily Shore wrote, too, of her illness and impending death. Her journal
is a record of a brief but remarkable life, and this new digital edition
is expanded to include transcriptions from two recently discovered
manuscript volumes and a new introduction by the editor.

The Letters of Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti has come to be considered one of the major poets of
the Victorian era.This digital edition incorporates the complete text of
the 4-volume print edition, The Letters of Christina Rossetti. All 2124
letters may be read in chronological order or searched by full text or
recipient. In addition, indexes from the print volumes have been
consolidated into a powerful single online index.

The Letters of Matthew Arnold
Matthew Arnold was the preeminent poet/critic of the second half of the nineteenth century. Including nearly 4,000 letters, The Letters of Matthew Arnold represents the most comprehensive and assiduously annotated collection of his correspondence available. This digital edition is fully searchable and includes both a linked index and a complete chronological listing of the letters.

North American Indian Drama
Full text of plays by American Indian and First Nation playwrights of the 20th century, information about the plays and their production, and biographical data. The collection represents groups across the United States and Canada , including Cherokee, Metis, Creek, Choctaw, Pembina Chippewa, Ojibway, Hawaiian/Samoan, Comanche, Cree, Navajo, Rappahannock and others. Also includes issues of the Native playwrights' newsletter.

North American Indian Thought and Culture
contains biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. Biographies include works on Quanah Parker, Dennis Banks, Susan La Flesche Picotte, Cochise, Jim Thorpe, Crowfoot, Peter Pitchlynn, Sacajawea, Geronimo, Hosteen Klah, Black Elk, Pocahontas, George Washington Grayson, Standing Buffalo, and many more.

North American Women's Drama
brings together more than 1,500 plays by more than 300 playwrights, along with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The collection begins with the works of Mercy Otis Warren and Susanna Haswell Rowson in colonial times and spans the 19th and 20th centuries to the present. It includes playwrights such as Marsha Norman, Beth Henley, Susan Glaspell, Sophie Treadwell, Gertrude Stein, Maria Irene Fornes, Emily Mann, Zora Neale Hurston, Jane Martin, Lynn Nottage, Theresa Rebeck, Nora Ephron, Susan Sontag, Edna Ferber, Alice Childress, Rachel Crothers, Megan Terry, and many more.

Opera in Video
A streaming video database that will contain approximately 250 important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world's leading performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work's importance to the operatic canon.

The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition
A landmark in historical scholarship, The Papers of George Washington encompasses five separate series and the complete diaries. This digital edition offers the complete Papers to date in one online publication. The search may be conducted on full text and by date, author, or recipient across all volumes and series. The exceptional indexing of the individual print volumes is combined here into a single master index, and all internal document cross-references are linked.

Social and Culture History: Letters and Diaries Online
Allows students, scholars, and online researchers to experience the past through thousands of private writings and personal narratives. The resource is a unique forum that brings together the voices of ordinary men and women from all walks of life with the personal accounts of well-known historical figures. In their own words, people from diverse ethnic and social groups bring vividly to life hundreds of years of history through their perspectives on life, love, faith, politics, business, and countless personal events.

Social Theory
offers an extensive selection of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization. It features works by such major theorists as Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Ulrich Beck, Howard Becker, Nancy Chodorow, Emile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman, Robert Merton, and Talcott Parsons.

South and Southeast Asian Literature: Classic and Postcolonial Writers in English, 1825 to Present
The collection comprises literature written originally in English by writers who either were born in or identify themselves culturally with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Fiji. Because the South and Southeast Asian Diasporas are so widely cast, the collection also includes the work of writers living or working in Africa, the United Kingdom, North America, and the Caribbean. The collection will focus upon literature written during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras, but it will also include earlier work that is essential to scholarship in this area.


Monday, June 16, 2008

CUL Style Guide

Is it The Burke Library, or simply Burke Library? How many "Rs" are in Starr? Web site or website? You'll find helpful information about how to refer to our buildings, divisions and the usage of common words in the CUL Style Guide. Created in 2006, the style guide is adapted from UDAR and the Office of University Publications at Columbia. In most cases it follows the Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.) and the spellings of Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th ed.).

The CUL Style Guide is always growing. Send comments and suggestions to Laura Kenna.


Laura Kenna
Communications Coordinator
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services
Room 207 Butler Library

Phone: 212-854-4692

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new databases June 2008

19th Century UK Periodicals contains over 1 million pages of periodicals published in Great Britain from 1800-1900. It includes publications on women, children, leisure and sport, and humor.

GreenFILE offers well-researched but accessible information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done on each level to minimize negative impact.

Medieval Travel Writing provides an extensive collection of manuscript materials for the study of medieval travel writing. The core is a collection of medieval manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The main focus is accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China. The manuscripts are from the British Library; Bodleian Library; Bibliothèque nationale de France; Cambridge University Library; Trinity College, Cambridge; Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg; Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek; Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen; the Beinecke Library at Yale University and about 15 other Libraries and Archives.

Public Administration Abstracts covers essential areas related to public administration.

SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data for the United States.

Visual History Archive includes testimonies in 56 countries with Jewish, homosexual, Jehovah's Witness, and Roma (Gypsy) survivors, as well as liberators and Nuremberg trial participants. Some videos may take 48 hours to load and view.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Starr Renovation

Starr East Asian Library Renovation:

"This summer our library will be undergoing major renovation work in the entrance and service area to accommodate a beautiful centrally-located integrated service desk and card-reading entrance gates. Although we hope to keep the library and collections open and accessible, in order to accommodate the work we do need to make some temporary changes to some of our public services.

"As a first step in the process all public workstations will be removed from their accustomed locations. Some will need to be stored until after the renovation, but most will be moved to two temporary locations as follows:

"Three library terminals will move to the microform corridor on the 100 level of the stacks, along with Ninja printer Kent 300B.

"Three more library terminals, along with Ninja printer Kent 300A will move to Alcove 317, as will the Japanese and Korean CDR terminals with the color printer, and one of the workstations providing access to the /Chinese Civilization in Time & Space/ database, along with its printer. (Alcove 317 is the first alcove on the south side - i.e. the right hand side coming from the entrance - of the reading room.)

"At this time, we aim to keep the library open and accessible throughout the process. Some of the work will, however, be noisy and perhaps sometimes dusty, so plan accordingly. If, on occasion, closure of the library turns out to be unavoidable, notices to that effect will be posted both at the entrance and on our website. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause."

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