May 30, 2014

Oxford Reference: May Update

May Update: New Titles, Editions, and Features!

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May 30, 2014

Unveiling our new subject-based content releases for Oxford Quick Reference

Starting this month, each Oxford Quick Reference content release will now focus on expanding and updating our content in one or two core subjects, and we are proud to announce our first subject-focused release – on Life Sciences within the core subject of Science and Technology (see below).

As well as this subject-focused updating, there will of course continue to be plenty of new and updated content across the other subject areas in both our releases and monthly updates (see below).

New subject pages!

In order to support this new updating strategy, we have created new subject pages that provide an overview of each core subject discipline, link to all the relevant titles in Oxford Reference, offer selected free content, and highlight the authoritative experts who create and maintain all our content. See for example the Science and Technology subject page

May 2014 Content Release – Life Sciences, in Science and Technology

Our first subject release focuses on Life Sciences, with two fully revised and updated New Editions:
More new content in May 2014

In addition to the new Life Sciences content above, we are also pleased to announce the following new editions have been added to Oxford Quick Reference in this May 2014 release:
The following new title has also been added:
There have also been significant updates to our core English dictionaries – Oxford Dictionary of English, and New Oxford American Dictionary.

Oxford Quick Reference: All-Subject Monthly Updating program

In addition to the new titles and editions included in our releases, over 100 entries in Oxford Quick Reference are updated each and every month to reflect key factual changes in the world, across all subject areas. Since the last Oxford Quick Reference content release in January 2014, over 500 entries have been updated in our monthly updates to ensure the Quick Reference content in Oxford Reference is as up-to-date and trustworthy as possible.

May 23, 2014

OutLook OnLine: Search BC Public & Academic Libraries -- new updated version

OutLook OnLine (OLOL) has migrated to a new 4.0 interface. With OLOL you can search multiple BC public and academic libraries -- including TWU -- at one time; as well as various BC union databases (Media & Serials).

Click here to have a look.

May 22, 2014

New Cambridge Companion Online now available

Access to these resources is made possible by a generous donation from the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association.
The Cambridge companion to Albert Einstein / edited by Michel Janssen and Christoph Lehner

This volume is the first systematic presentation of the work of Albert Einstein, comprised of fourteen essays by leading historians and philosophers of science that introduce readers to his work. Following an introduction that places Einstein's work in the context of his life and times, the book opens with essays on the papers of Einstein's “miracle year,” 1905, covering Brownian motion, light quanta, and special relativity, as well as his contributions to early quantum theory and the opposition to his light quantum hypothesis. Further essays relate Einstein's path to the general theory of relativity (1915) and the beginnings of two fields it spawned, relativistic cosmology and gravitational waves. Essays on Einstein's later years examine his unified field theory program and his critique of quantum mechanics. The closing essays explore the relation between Einstein's work and twentieth-century philosophy, as well as his political writings.

Table of Contents: Introduction / Michel Janssen and Christoph Lehner -- 1. Einstein's Copernican revolution / Jürgen Renn and Robert Rynasiewicz -- 2. Einstein's special theory of relativity and the problems in the electrodynamics of moving bodies that led him to it / John D. Norton -- 3. Einstein on statistical physics: fluctuations and atomism / A. J. Kox -- 4. The quantum enigma / Olivier Darrigol -- 5. The experimental challenge of light quanta / Roger H. Stuewer -- 6. 'No success like failure …': Einstein's quest for general relativity, 1907–20 / Michel Janssen -- 7. Einstein's role in the creation of relativistic cosmology / Christopher Smeenk -- 8. Einstein, gravitational waves, and the theoretician's regress / Daniel J. Kennefick -- 9. Einstein's unified field theory program / Tilman Sauer -- 10. Einstein's realism and his critique of quantum mechanics / Christoph Lehner -- 11. Einstein and the development of twentieth-century philosophy of science / Don Howard -- 12. 'A believing rationalist': Einstein and 'the truly valuable' in Kant / Thomas Ryckman -- 13. Space, time, and geometry / Michael Friedman -- 14. Einstein's politics / Robert Schulmann -- Appendix: Special relativity / Michel Janssen.

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May 05, 2014

Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR) Database Reload

Wolters Kluwer Health | Ovid

Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR) Database Reload

On May 1st, we reloaded the Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR) database on OvidSP due to specific changes for the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials.
Included in this reload are the following new fields, changed fields and updates:
New fields:
  • Language (LG)
Changed fields:
  • Study Design (SD); added the following values:
    • Control Before-After (CBA)
    • Interrupted Time Series (ITS)
Additional updates:
  • MeSH terms have been checked and updated based on the current 2014 thesaurus.
  • Journal names have been converted to NLM journal authority list format (e.g. “Lancet Neurol” converted to “Lancet neurology”). Searchers should update any saved searches or search alerts using this field. For an NLM list of journal abbreviations, please visit NLM FAQ: Finding NLM Serials Data and MEDLINE Indexed Journals.
  • Additional records from PubMed® have been added due to changes made by Wiley in their search filter. As a result, users may see older records in their searches and alerts.
Please note, there was no unscheduled run of AutoAlerts prior to the reload going live. For further information, please refer to the Database Guides.
Should you have any questions during this time, please contact us at

New Art Discovery Group Catalogue

International group leads project to bring
together art library catalogues in WorldCat

The new Art Discovery Group Catalogue, a view of WorldCat that brings together items from leading art libraries around the world, will launch today at the Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference, in Washington, D.C.

Coordinated by, an international working community of more than 100 art libraries from 16 countries, the new catalogue offers an art-focused research experience within the WorldCat environment. Art library catalogues will now be searchable alongside additional content from a multitude of online journals and databases, promising more results on a global scale. The project has been developed as part of The Future of Art Bibliography initiative, with generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and The Getty Research Institute, whose initial funding made the launch possible.

“The Art Discovery Group Catalogue is the best place to start for art-related content discovery,” said Geert-Jan Koot, Head of the Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam. “Art historians want a unified, focused, and reliable service to provide comprehensive research findings and pinpoint discovery of individual items in the world’s leading art libraries. The and Future of Art Bibliography groups have collaborated with OCLC to provide such a tool for art research, along with access to the core functions of WorldCat and its global library holdings.”

The Art Discovery Group Catalogue will initially include the holdings of art libraries from Europe, North America and Australia. Additional art libraries will join the initiative. Participating libraries include the IRIS Consortium in Italy, the Institut National d’Histoire d’Art (INHA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Art Library of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the kubikat union catalogue of the German research institutes in Florence, Munich, Paris and Rome, and the National Gallery of Australia.

“The group chose to work with OCLC for development of the Art Discovery Group Catalogue because we were very impressed with WorldCat’s search functionality, including its scoping and faceting of result sets, fast response times, and unlimited scalability,” said Véronique Goncerut Estèbe, Chief Conservator at the Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie in Geneva, Switzerland. “We also chose WorldCat because, as the world’s largest research database, its searches can include holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide and more than 200 million journal articles from sources such as ArticleFirst. This new level of global exposure will maximize discovery and use of our collections.”

“The addition of more art libraries in WorldCat and the focused Art Discovery Group Catalogue will greatly benefit audiences who, while used to searching WorldCat, have not yet been introduced to many of the treasures held in art libraries internationally,” said Kathleen Salomon, Assistant Director of The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, USA.

“The Art Discovery Group Catalogue is a great resource for scholars, students or anyone else interested in art,” said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We look forward to continuing our work with these prestigious art libraries and others who want to join in adding to this global catalogue dedicated to the study of art.”

The following art libraries are already participating in the Art Discovery Group Catalogue:

        National Gallery of Australia
        National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
        National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
        Biblioteca dell’Accademia di architettura Mendrisio, Switzerland
        Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie (BAA), Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva, Switzerland
        Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Switzerland
        Rijksmuseum Research Library Amsterdam, Netherlands
        Kunstbibliothek Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
        Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Germany
        Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, Germany
        Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte (Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art), Paris, France
        Institut National d’Histoire d’Art (INHA), Paris, France
        Biblioteca Berenson (Villa I Tatti), Florence, Italy
        Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome, Italy
        Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max-Planck-Institut), Florence, Italy
        National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
        Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, (NYARC),New York, USA
        Cleveland Museum of Art, Ingalls Library, Cleveland, USA
        Frick Art Reference Library, (NYARC), New York, USA
        Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA
        Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
        Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
        Museum of Modern Art Library and Museum Archives, (NYARC), New York, USA
        Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
        Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago, USA
        The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
        University of Texas Art Library, Austin, USA
        Berenson Library, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy
        National Museum of Western Art, Research Library, Tokyo, Japan
        Sächsische Landesbibliothek–Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB), Germany
        Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
        Fine Arts Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
        Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University Libraries, New York, USA
        Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (Netherlands Institute for Art History), Netherlands

A list of participating institutions will be updated and can be found at

About The Future of Art Bibliography
The Future of Art Bibliography (FAB) initiative was developed by The Getty Research Institute with initial funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, in response to concerns among colleagues in the United States and Europe over limited funding resources for art libraries and international projects. In a series of international meetings, art librarians and historians, publishers, and information technologists reviewed current practices, took stock of changes, and developed more sustainable and collaborative ways of supporting the art history bibliography of the future. An international community-driven initiative arose from these early FAB meetings, one that envisions a global approach to an ever-evolving definition of bibliography.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.

May 01, 2014

Artstor Updates: May 2014

pmxArtstor and the Portland Art Museum are collaborating to share approximately 2,500 images of artworks, with a particular focus on the Museum’s premier collections of Native American and Northwest art.
Remarkable for its depth and diversity, the Museum’s permanent collection of Native American art consists of over 3,000 objects that date from pre-European contact to the present. The collection features important works created by some 200 North American cultural groups and contemporary artists, with especially strong representation of artworks from the Northwest coastal region. Anchored by the world-renowned Rasmussen Collection of Northwest Coast Art and the encyclopedic Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection, the Portland Art Museum’s collection of Native American art is the single most visited and researched aspect of the Museum’s collection.
artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor and Wangechi Mutu are collaborating to share all the images included in the artist’s two major museum surveys:Wangechi Mutu at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and A Fantastic Journey, a travelling show that opened at Nasher Museum of Art.
Kenya-born artist Wangechi Mutu scrutinizes globalization by combining found materials, magazine cutouts, sculpture, and painted imagery. Mutu is best known for provocative collages that combine drawn elements and image fragments from a variety of media such as fashion magazines, ethnographic journals, and pornography to explore gender, race, war, colonialism, global consumption, and the exoticization of the black female body.
artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor and the Amistad Research Center are collaborating to share nearly 300 images from the Center’s art collection, focusing on works by Harlem Renaissance masters from the Harmon Foundation.
The collection in Artstor will include the entirety of Jacob Lawrence’s The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the artist’s first historical series, as well as the work of many other important African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff, Aaron Douglas, and Elizabeth Catlett.
Carter Medicine Company | Carter's Little Nerve Pills | 19th century | Cornell: Oskar Diethelm Library for the History of Psychiatry
Carter Medicine Company | Carter’s Little Nerve Pills | 19th century | Cornell: Oskar Diethelm Library for the History of Psychiatry
At the beginning of the nineteenth century the prevailing medical belief that “the more dangerous the disease, the more painful the remedy” meant that bloodletting, purging, and blistering were often prescribed. Not surprisingly, this led to the development of a market in patent medicines promising painless cure-alls. Manufacturers used advertising cards to promote a world of pleasant medical fixes with friendly graphics and reassuring claims and testimonials. The ingredients in these patent medicines might have been as harmful as the illness, but they were more tempting than the agonizing solutions offered by doctors.
Peter Carl Fabergé; Henrick Wigström, (Workmaster) | The Rose Trellis Easter Egg | 1907 | The Walters Art Museum
Peter Carl Fabergé; Henrick Wigström, (Workmaster) | The Rose Trellis Easter Egg | 1907 | The Walters Art Museum
As we get close to Easter, you’re sure to run into at least a few mentions of the renowned Fabergé eggs. And rightly so, as these decorative objects are ingenious and rich with history. But did you know there is much more to Fabergé than just eggs?
Exhibition: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk | Exhibition on view: November 13, 2011-February 12, 2012 | Exhibition Location: Dallas Museum of Art;
Exhibition: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk | Exhibition on view: November 13, 2011-February 12, 2012 | Exhibition Location: Dallas Museum of Art;
Since its opening in 2011 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs in “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” have been electrifying audiences in Montreal, Stockholm, Brooklyn, and Dallas—and now, London.
Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier | Two Ensembles; Group | Fall/Winter 1994-1995 | Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art;
Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier | Two Ensembles; Group | Fall/Winter 1994-1995 | Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art;
I had the opportunity to see the exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum this past March. I’m no fashionista, but I could certainly appreciate the craftsmanship and creativity of an absurdly talented artist. Credit is also due to the curator, Thierry-Maxime Loriot. I admittedly rarely read museum labels, but I was so impressed and eager to learn more that I read all of the wall text. All of it.
Raphael | Saint George and the Dragon | c. 1504 | Musée du Louvre | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.;
Raphael | Saint George and the Dragon | c. 1504 | Musée du Louvre | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.;
Carlo Crivelli | Saint George | ca. 1472 | Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Carlo Crivelli | Saint George | ca. 1472 | Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Saint George’s Day is celebrated on April 23. I know this because as a child I was obsessed with the world of make-believe. While my sister was collecting books on the natural sciences, I had a whole shelf devoted to children’s versions of Greek mythology, fairy tales, and folklore. The stories I loved best involved magic and monsters. To this day my mother will buy me used books if they have a dragon on the cover. And this is where Saint George comes in.
In the 13th century, Jacobus de Voragine wrote in The Golden Legend that Saint George was a Christian knight who in his travels came across a city called Silene that was being plagued by a dragon that lived in its pond. Silene’s inhabitants were forced to appease the monster by sacrificing their children. The victims were selected through a lottery system, and one day it was the king’s own daughter who drew the last lot.
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