August 31st, 2007
Watzek Library's Digital Services group has been busy this summer applying the concept of a mashup to the L&C library catalog and Summit. According to Wikipedia, a mashup
is a "web application that combines data from more than one source to make an integrated experience." If you access the catalog
from the library homepage
and you're using Firefox
or Internet Explorer (sorry, not available for Safari, yet), you'll notice some added widgets when viewing the full record for books or AV materials. Notably, we are now offering:
We hope these new features add to your research experience.
Note, however, that the system is in a beta state. Please send suggestions or report bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this piques your interest in mashups, there are many other great examples
of them on the web, among them Walk Score
. If you don't find a mashup that does what you want, you can always make your own.
August 24th, 2007
Watzek Library is offering tours to new students on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 30 at 1pm, 2pm, and 3 pm both days. Come by at any of the scheduled times for an introduction to the library and its resources and services.
July 31st, 2007
You may have heard that Google is in the process of digitizing the books in several large research libraries. How can this be of value to someone who does not want to sit in front of a computer to read a book in its entirety? One big value lies in the capability it affords to search the text of all those books for a word, term, phrase or name that you are interested in. You are given the page number in the book where your term appears and in many cases you can go right to that page. Because of copyright or publishers restrictions the text of many of the books is not available, but you do get the citation, page number and often a few lines of text and can find out what libraries or booksellers have a particular book. Give Google Book Search a try.
June 4th, 2007
Choice Reviews Online
is the place to go to look for a review of that new book you just heard about from a publisher or colleague.
This is the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.
May 29th, 2007
The index some of us first used when we began learning how to do research is now online. The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature
has been indexing the most popular general-interest periodicals in the U. S. and Canada since 1890. This is what you use to find articles published in the 1920s about speakeasies, or an article that appeared in U.S. News and World Repor
t in the 1960s about General Douglas MacArthur, or a review of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
that appeared in 1890. Current articles are indexed as well, in some 350 popular magazines. Now you can search all those big green Readers' Guide
volumes at once.
April 24th, 2007
Watzek Library has made it even easier to submit your senior thesis to its growing collection of electronic theses
. By putting your thesis in our collection, you can be sure that your brilliant scholarship will influence the hearts and minds of future L&C students and faculty for generations to come.
Leave your legacy at Watzek!
To get started, visit our online thesis submission form
March 19th, 2007
The New York Times
has introduced a program called TimesSelect University
, which gives free access to TimesSelect to college students and faculty with a .edu email address. TimesSelect
contains all New York Times editorials, as well as an electronic archive of the newspaper back to 1851. Sign up here
Remember to check Watzek Library's journal title search
for access to other newspapers, journals and periodicals (electronic and print format).