Friday, September 28, 2007

Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) now available

The Walker Library has aquired the History and Geography, and Literature and Languages subject areas of Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).

This substantial collection of over 47,000 books will be indispensable to researchers of history and literature.

“Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. As the eighteenth century opened, the expiration of the strict controls that previously existed over printing, coupled with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, resulted in the proliferation of printing operations across the country—and in turn, created an explosion of literacy. For the first time, a large segment of the population was exposed to a vast array of printed material. Social and economic criticism flourished; theories on man and society were set forth and debated.

A variety of materials is included—from books and broadsides, Bibles, tract books and sermons to printed ephemera—with works by many well-known and lesser-known authors, all providing a diverse collection of material for the researcher of the eighteenth century. A centerpiece of this collection is the complete works of twenty-eight major eighteenth-century authors including Henry Fielding, Edmund Burke, Alexander Pope, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, and Jonathan Swift. ” (Gale database guide)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

EndNote Web

Citations getting out of hand? Where is the printout of the article you found last week? Is your brain too overloaded to alphabetize your list of works cited? Is your car on its last legs?

EndNote Web can solve three of these problems, and it’s now available on our Databases A-Z page. Start by signing up for an account; references may be downloaded or exported from another database as a file and then imported into your EndNote Web account. References can also be collected directly from ISI Web of Knowledge databases or created manually.

Manage your references by organizing them into folders that may be shared with other registered users. Create a list of works cited by formatting and saving select items.

Find help online by refering to the EndNote Web support center page, and good luck about the car. At least if it breaks down you won’t have to worry about parking.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

New Printers

Nine new HP 9040 Laser Printers have been installed in the Library. They replace the HP 9000 and 4200 printers that were purchased roughly three years ago. Each new printer has a total paper tray capacity of about 2500 sheets of paper. While the new printers are faster, quiter, they will still get a lot more usage than their predecessors. If at all possible, please limit your printing to the bare necessities. Print double sided and limit your copies if possible. You can also help by printing powerpoint slides as handouts. Print 3 or 6 per page and always select “Print in pure black and white.”

Monday, September 10, 2007

Chronicle of Higher Education is now online!

The Walker Library has made available campus-wide access to the Chronicle of Higher Education online. It can be accessed through the library’s Databases A-Z, online catalog (Voyager), or Journal Locator.

If you are off campus, remote access is available using your Pipeline account. The subscription includes the current issue and archived issues back to Sept. 1989, which can be both searched and browsed. Additional resources are also available on the Chronicle’s website, including the Chronicle Almanac and the Chronicle Review.

Friday, September 7, 2007

MTSU English professor wins ALA book award

MTSU English professor Carl Ostrowski has won the American Library Association’s Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award for his monograph Books, Maps, and Politics: A Cultural History of the Library of Congress, 1783-1861.

Ostrowski book

Dr. Ostrowski previously won the ALA’s Donald G. Davis Article Award for his article, “James Alfred Pearce and the Question of a National Library in Antebellum America,” in Libraries & Culture, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 2000.