October 28, 2013

New Title Added to Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture Online

The Cambridge companion to pragmatism / edited by Alan Malachowski


Pragmatism established a philosophical presence over a century ago through the work of Charles Peirce, William James and John Dewey, and has enjoyed an unprecedented revival in recent years owing to the pioneering efforts of Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam. The essays in this volume explore the history and themes of classic pragmatism, discuss the revival of pragmatism and show how it engages with a range of areas of inquiry including politics, law, education, aesthetics, religion and feminism. Together they provide readers with an overview of the richness and vitality of pragmatist thinking and the influence that it continues to exert both in philosophy and other disciplines. The volume will be of interest to students and scholars of pragmatism, American philosophy and political theory.

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27,000 ERIC PDFs have been restored



More than 27,400 full-text PDFs have been restored in the online ERIC Collection. These are documents and journal articles that were previously restricted due to privacy concerns. If you previously requested the return of a PDF, please check the online collection. 

ERIC has speeded the process for reviewing restricted materials. We expect to release more batches of PDFs in the upcoming weeks, and we'll keep you informed as additional full text is made available. 

October 23, 2013

ERIC Makes Strides During Transition



New ERIC Website Opens Its Doors

If you have gone to the ERIC website at eric.ed.gov lately you may have noticed that it is undergoing a major change. The goal is to make the experience of using the website easier and more productive for novice users and skilled searchers alike. New functionality is being added on an ongoing basis, and there are plans for new support tools designed especially for practitioners and new ERIC users. 

The revised website was released to the public in August, and more tools and features are will be added to the existing site. Critical functions are open for business and fully operational:

• The new home page, while still subject to change, debuts with a light visual design that emphasizes ERIC’s most crucial features – Search and Thesaurus.

• The search feature is fast, robust, and fully comparable to widely used commercial search products.

• Intuitive faceting on ERIC’s new search results pages allows searchers to easily narrow overly broad searches.

• Record citations are streamlined for increased readability. 

• Easy to find limiters allow searchers to retrieve only records with full text in ERIC and/or only peer-reviewed materials.

• Full text materials are easy to identify and download.

• The ERIC Thesaurus is integrated with ERIC search, increasing its ease of use.

In addition to these key features, ERIC also provides links on the ERIC home page for users to gain access to needed support. You will find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), a notes area for updates and announcements, and the Contact Us page for customer service support. 

Future Planned Enhancements
A new site page for practitioners is now in being designed. The page will display information by education topic area; offer easy-to-use search aids; and highlight recent, peer-reviewed work of interest to this audience. Look for more information in the next edition of the ERIC Newsflash.

ERIC will also begin rolling out popular features from the former website starting in early 2014. Implementation will be ongoing for several months. 

ERIC Resumes Indexing
After a temporary hiatus from indexing in August, ERIC resumed indexing in September. The focus is on new articles and materials that were not indexed during the transition. Look for many new records and full text materials as we get back to normal processing speed.

Release of Restricted PDFs
ERIC has increased the speed for reviewing and releasing documents which have been temporarily disabled due to concerns about personally identifiable information. We will be returning more PDFs to the collection on a monthly basis than ever in the past! We thank you for your patience.

Work on the ERIC Selection Policy
The ERIC team has assembled experts from around the country to help decide the future of what is to be included in ERIC. Our broad goals are: 

• Make sure each source that we index is education research that is relevant to ERIC’s mission.

• Increase the number peer-reviewed, full-text sources in ERIC.

• Increase the number full-text sources that are rigorous and relevant, even though they may not appear in a peer-reviewed journal

• Reduce the number of articles without full text to only those sources that are peer reviewed or are of substantive rigor and relevance.

ERIC Help Desk
If you have a question about searching or using ERIC, you can call the ERIC Help Desk at 1-800-LET-ERIC, available from 7am to 11pm EST. We are happy to help!

Did You Know?
In August 2013, ERIC was used by over 1,715,413 visitors from all 50 states and in almost every country in the world. There were only 6 nations that did not have ERIC users.


October 11, 2013

Canadian writer, Alice Munro, wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

Canadian Alice Munro makes history with Nobel Prize win for literature! She is described as the "master of the contemporary short story."





The Alloway Library at TWU carries eleven titles by this gifted author.

Click here to see the list.


October 03, 2013

What's New in SciFinder Scholar

What's New in SciFinder

SciFinder logo 

New Non-Java CAS Structure Editor (October 2013)

The latest SciFinder update features a new structure editor that does not require a Java plug-in for web browsers. Other enhancements improve the usability of existing features. Commercial sources answer sets now include substance Quick View and supplier information now includes mailto hyperlinks. Analyze by reagents is a new option for reaction answer sets. Additionally, SciPlanner tutorials have increased availability, and access to account management settings is improved.
Non-Java CAS Structure Editor
The new Non-Java structure editor is an alternative to the Java-based editor and allows users to draw structures for substance and reaction searches without requiring a Java plug-in. The available features are equivalent to those in the Java version, with remaining features to be released shortly.


Analyze by Reagents 
A new default Analyze option for reaction searching lists all reagents contained in the reaction answer set. It allows researchers to quickly scan for particular reagents, giving them the ability to focus on reagents they have available or use frequently, or to evaluate different reagents for a particular type of reaction. 

Substance Quick View in Commercial Sources Answer Sets
Users can now view substance details without leaving commercial source answer sets, and this enhancement makes it quicker and easier to scan larger answer sets which may contain multiple substances.

Commercial Supplier Email Hyperlinks

The addition of mailto links in commercial supplier records is a time saving feature that opens a pre-populated email message and allows you to contact a supplier while still in a SciFinder session.



New Online Reference Books Available on Oxford Reference

New editions
Feature Articles
  • The Normans at Our Table: John Ayto, author of the second edition of The Diner’s Dictionary, talks about the Normans rerouting of the English language, and particularly of its vocabulary.
  • Brevity is the soul of lit: Dinah Birch and Katy Hooper, editors of The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature, look at answering the question of how you choose what is likely to accompany readers into the new century, for short entries displaying neatly on ipads and tablets and ereaders, or even on Google Glass?
  • What's in a name?: Michael Allaby, Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Plant Sciences, explores the need for a classificatory system and looks at answering the question 'what's in a name?'.

October 01, 2013

New from ARTstor - October 2013



Caspar David Friedrich | Lone Tree (Solitary Tree; Village Landscape with Morning Lighting) | 1822 | Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
Caspar David Friedrich | Lone Tree (Solitary Tree; Village Landscape with Morning Lighting) | 1822 | Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
The Prussian Cultural Heritage Image Archive (Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz) and ARTstor have released more than 3,500 additional images of key works from the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin). This release includes masterworks from such canonical artists as Albrecht Dürer, Caspar David Friedrich, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hieronymus Bosch, Käthe Kollwitz, Lovis Corinth, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Matthias Grünewald, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Peter Paul Rubens, and Rembrandt.
artstor_logo_rgb2ARTstor is collaborating with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to share approximately 3,000 images in the Digital Library.
The collection will include a substantial number of works from the museum’s Artists Archives, which consist of the archival collections of eight prominent American photographers of the twentieth century: Clara Sipprell (1885-1975), Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947), Karl Struss (1886-1981), Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), Nell Dorr (1893-1988), Eliot Porter (1901-1990), Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988), and Helen Post (1907-1979). These photographic collections are comprised of over 22,000 prints plus over 150,000 negatives. Other highlights to be released include Mexican War daguerreotypes and works by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Eadweard Muybridge, David Octavius Hill, and Southworth & Hawes.
Giotto | Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds, predella of Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmatta | c. 1295-1300 | Musée du Louvre | Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y. ; artres.com
Giotto | Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds, predella of Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmatta | c. 1295-1300 | Musée du Louvre | Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y. ; artres.com
October 4 is generally recognized as the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of the animals, steward of nature, and author of the Canticle of the Creatures.  In a divinely ordained cosmos, Francis considered all elements – sun, moon, and stars, water and fire, and the animals – our sisters and brothers, and he is often depicted and described preaching to the birds, as in Giotto’s panel shown here, 1295-1300.  The cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York famously marks his feast day with the blessing of the animals (this year the closest Sunday falls on Oct. 6).  Thousands of creatures, from tortoises to camels, process though the nave, gather in the yard, and are blessed by clergy.  This scene is replayed throughout churches around the globe, a celebration of the beasts that surround us and enhance our lives.
Leonardo da Vinci | Lady with an Ermine | c. 1490 | Czartorysky Museum | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.comIn honor of this day, we invite you to explore the ARTstor bestiary, a virtual menagerie as diverse as the animal kingdom itself, where our pets and companions are presented with majesty and poignancy. Leonardo’s sleek, muscular and somewhat enigmatic ermine poised on the slashed sleeve of Cecilia Gallerani, the young mistress of Ludovico Sforza, communicates both the purity of the sitter and the power of Sforza, and was in fact the coveted pet of high Renaissance aristocrats, c. 1490.  In striking contrast, Milton Rogovin’s photograph of a working-class couple and their rabbit taken some 500 years later, glows with sheer pride and pleasure.
Photographer: Rubén Durán | Creole/Fantasy Influence (Carnival in Dominican Republic) | February or March circa 2009-2010 | Cotuí, Dominican Republic | Photograph © HCC Central College - Rubén Durán
Photographer: Rubén Durán | Creole/Fantasy Influence (Carnival in Dominican Republic) | February or March circa 2009-2010 | Cotuí, Dominican Republic | Photograph © HCC Central College – Rubén Durán
Rubén Durán, Senior Web & Video Developer at Houston Community College Central’s Curriculum Innovation Center, was kind enough to give us a little background on his collection of photographs of carnaval, which were recently released in the ARTstor Digital Library.
The riotous, rebellious world of carnaval came to life for me when I traveled to my native Dominican Republic to recapture some of my youth. The result is a collection of 550 images now available in the ARTstor Digital Library in collaboration with the Houston Community College Central Fine Arts Division. The vibrant colors document the oldest carnaval celebrations in the Americas and I discovered at the Caribbean crossroads, Creole, Spanish, and African cultures blending with the indigenous Taino people to create festivals unlike any others I’ve seen.
Photographer: Rubén Durán | Fantasy Influence (Carnival in Dominican Republic) | February or March circa 2009-2010 | Cotuí, Dominican Republic | Photograph © HCC Central College - Rubén Durán
Photographer: Rubén Durán | Fantasy Influence (Carnival in Dominican Republic) | February or March circa 2009-2010 | Cotuí, Dominican Republic | Photograph © HCC Central College – Rubén Durán
ARTstor and Houston Community College have collaborated to share 550 images documenting carnivals in the Dominican Republic by Rubén Durán in the Digital Library.
Durán’s photographs explore Dominican identity by documenting the yearly carnival celebrations in Santiago, Cotuí, Santo Domingo, La Vega, and La Romana that put to the fore a cultural mosaic forged by ordinary people.
Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ('The Ambassadors') | 1533 | The National Gallery, London  | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London
Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (‘The Ambassadors’) | 1533 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London
Hans Holbein the Younger’s “The Ambassadors” of 1533 memorializes Jean de Dinteville, French ambassador to England, and his friend, Georges de Selve, bishop of Lavaur, who acted on several occasions as French ambassador to the Republic of Venice, to the Pope in Rome, and to England, Germany, and Spain. The painting is well known for its anamorphic image of a skull in the foreground, but upon close perusal, the objects on the table between the two men prove just as fascinating.
The upper shelf, which is concerned with the the heavens, includes a celestial globe, a portable sundial, and various other instruments used for understanding the heavens and measuring time, while the lower shelf, which reflects the affairs of the world, holds musical instruments, a hymn book, a book of arithmetic, and a terrestrial globe. Continue Reading »

New titles added to Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture


The following three titles have been added to the CCO PRC collection online … the records have been added to the Library's online catalogue (authentication required):
  1. Cambridge companion to Heidegger's 'Being and time': https://ezproxy.student.twu.ca/login?url=http://universitypublishingonline.org/cambridge/companions/ebook.jsf?bid=CCO9781139047289
  1. Cambridge companion to American Islam: https://ezproxy.student.twu.ca/login?url=http://universitypublishingonline.org/cambridge/companions/ebook.jsf?bid=CCO9781139026161
  1. Cambridge companion to horseracing: https://ezproxy.student.twu.ca/login?url=http://universitypublishingonline.org/cambridge/companions/ebook.jsf?bid=CCO9781139012768
For more information on the series see: http://www.twu.ca/library/cambridge_companions.htm

Access to this resource is made possible by a generous donation from the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association.