November 28, 2013

ARTstor Update - November 2013

Michelangelo's Last Judgment—uncensored
Some of the more controversial nudity in Michelangelo's Last Judgment was painted over the year after the artist's death. Those additions were left intact when the Last Judgment was restored in the 1990s, but thanks to a farsighted cardinal we can see what the fresco looked like before it was censored.
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The photography of Alexander Liberman and Julius Shulman
Our friends at The Iris, the online magazine of the Getty, contributed two blog posts this month outlining the historical background to the photography of Alexander Liberman, who documented European and American artists, and Julius Shulman, who captured the development of modern architecture in Southern California:


Now available: Mott-Warsh Collection
Artstor and the Mott-Warsh Collection have made available more than 300 images of artwork by over 125 artists of the African Diaspora.

New agreement: Art Gallery of Ontario
Artstor and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) are collaborating to make approximately 500 images from the Gallery's permanent collection available in the Digital Library.

New agreement: Architectural photographs and QTVRs from Turkey, Iraq, and Rome from Columbia University
Artstor and Columbia University are collaborating to release images and QTVR panoramic views of Byzantine and Ottoman monuments in Istanbul and Edirne, Mesopotamian sites in Northern Iraq, and early Christian and Classical sites in Rome.

New agreement: Photos of Deir Mar Musa, Syria
James J. O'Donnell (Georgetown University) is contributing images of Deir Mar Musa, a monastic compound in Syria, to the Artstor Digital Library.

Tip and tools

A tip before finals: Study with Artstor's Flashcard feature
Still printing flashcards to help you study for your Art History finals? Use Artstor Mobile instead! You can even use our Flashcard feature on your desktop computer.
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November 26, 2013

EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection updated ... new ebooks available

Just want to let you know that all titles available from the EBSCOhost eBook Academic Collection are now loaded into our Library catalogue ( and this collection is current up to the end of Oct 31, 2013. 127,000 full-text ebooks from this EBSCOhost collection are now available to TWU Library patrons (we have added 48,000 since Jan, 2013.  80,000+ in the 2nd half of 2012).  

Each of these full-text ebooks are now searchable/accessible from the Library's online catalogue, as well as from the main Ebscohost database search pages (see link above). To browse the entire collection in our Library catalogue just enter the search phrase “ebook academic collection” in the Author field (not really recommended due to sheer numbers!).

We do not own these titles which are considered ‘rental’ just like ejournals from the subscribed journal databases.  But this subscription gives us an affordable way to provide a large collection of ebooks to faculty, staff and students. 

November 20, 2013

Parliament’s Historical Debates are now available online!

The Library of Parliament, in collaboration with, is launching its
Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada digital portal.

The portal provides free public access to digital versions of the historical debates
of the Parliament of Canada in both official languages.  It includes all published
debates of both the Senate and the House of Commons from Parliament 1,
Session 1* until coverage on begins.**

This initiative significantly increases access to Parliament’s documentary history
and heritage.  The portal can be browsed by Chamber, Parliament, Session, and
volume, and is full-text searchable with a number of search filters available.

The digital page images were produced by Library and Archives Canada, and
the portal developed in collaboration with, a membership alliance
dedicated to building Canada’s digital preservation infrastructure and providing
wide-ranging access to Canadian documentary heritage. 

*Official reporting of the debates began in 1871 in the Senate, and in 1875 in
the House of Commons. Prior to this, there was no official record of what was
said in Parliament. For these early years, some volumes of the debates are in
fact reconstituted from newspaper accounts of the day; you will be able to
identify reconstituted content from the records. In addition, official records of
the debates for some early sessions were produced in English only.

** Debates for the Senate of Canada are available from the parliamentary
website as of February 27, 1996. Debates for the House of Commons are
available from the parliamentary website as of January 17, 1994.
To access debates from these dates and later, please visit,
under Parliamentary Business.