September 28, 2010

Find the database you need in the catalogue

Systems Librarian Shirley Lee has added a new collection code to the catalogue which identifies online databases & indexes. This gives Alloway Library researchers another way to find which of our 93 databases & indexes may be relevant to their area of interest.

For example, suppose that you want to find nursing databases:
  • Keyword: “nursing”

  • Limit by: Databases, Indexes (Online)

  • Results: 10 databases related to nursing
Give it a try it and let us know if you need further assistance. You can also find Indexes and databases using the TWU Journal List and the Indexes & Databases A to Z list. TWU Login may be required to access the contents of the databases.

September 22, 2010

Books as bricks?

Sometimes books are more useful as building materials than they are as information providers. Here's the Info Desk at Delft Technical University's Architecture Library. It's made entirely out of books. See more pictures here.

Image ©Ellen Forsyth

According to :

The colorful and carefully arranged desk is a testament to the school’s love for design and books. The strong, solid corners give the desk a solid foundation and the pattern has been arranged so that in some instances the spines of the books are turned out to reveal the title. Recycled books, journals and magazines were used to construct the desk, which was then topped with glass to provide durability and stability.

Read more: TU Delft Architecture Library Desk Made From Books | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

September 20, 2010

19th Century American Fiction Collection added

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Image via Wikipedia

They're here!

“Every novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875…including works by well known writers such as Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Nanthaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe” have been added as an ebook to Alloway Library's collection and can be found in our catalogue. The Wright American Fiction 1851-1875 collection of 19th century literature consists of the works of 1,456 authors -- the giants of literature, as well those that were popular in their own time but now forgotten.

To browse the complete set of titles in our catalogue, enter a Series Title (starts with) search for “Wright American Fiction”.

Lyle H. Wright was a librarian at the Huntington Library in California. In 1957 he published a bibliography of American fiction covering 25 years, entitled American Fiction 1851-1875: A Contribution Toward a Bibliography. His work listed titles in adult fiction including “novels, novelettes, romances, short stories, tall tales, tract-like tales, allegories, and fictitious biographies and travels, in prose." He compiled his list from the collections of 18 American libraries, Today, it is still considered the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult fiction of the 18th and 19th centuries.” More details on the Wright project here.

American fiction was still in its infancy in the years 1851-1875, but this period saw publication of some of the great authors at the core of American literature. Most of the authors contained in the bibliography are little known, however. This period, a momentous one in American history, provides the foundation of later American literature, and a searchable electronic collection will allow insight into American literature, culture, and history otherwise unattainable.

The online collection actually consists of two rather different groups of texts. The larger is a group of electronic texts created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. These texts are available for searching and browsing, using the digital page images. The text files have not been proofread or corrected, and still contain errors.

Ongoing work is being done to correcting errors and adding SGML encoding for better navigation by identifying chapter or story divisions within each work. Fully edited texts allows readers to view both the electronic text as well as the page images. The entire collection represents over 750,000 pages of published work.

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September 17, 2010

Oxford Reference Online Updated

Cover of "A Dictionary of Ecology (Oxford...Cover via Amazon September's update expands Oxford Reference Online's arts content, its information on countries of the world, ecology resources, and offers brand new Oxford University Press content dedicated to the mysteries of consciousness, to the world of allusions and references, and to the rapidly-growing field of biomedicine.

With four new titles:
and four new editions:

These updates, plus thousands of other updated entries throughout the ORO site continues to provide Alloway Library users fascinating information and useful reference material. (TWU login may be required to access these resources.)

September 16, 2010

Want Alloway News tweeted?

I'm exploring the interest in sending posts to a Twitter account. That would let you, dear reader, get the news about Alloway Library sooner, wherever you are.

Let me know what you think.

September 10, 2010

Alloway Library makes Mars' Hill's "Must Haves" list

The Freshman Issue of Mars' Hill reminded new students that their needs have changed now that they are no longer in kindegarten.

In a tongue-in-cheek "then and now" comparison student journalist Kayla Busby notes that then, library books had "so many pretty pictures..." Now, she says, TWU students "have an exuse to meet the awesome library staff..."

"Books," she continues, can "help with writing papers too." Awesome Alloway Librarians are ready to help with that task as well.

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