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Database Highlights & Trials

Bibliography of Asian Studies Trial

The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is the major multi-disciplinary index for the study of East, Southeast, and South Asia. It contains citations to Western language works published worldwide on all subjects pertaining to this vast region, especially in the humanities and the social sciences (including but not limited to art, history, language, literature, religion, anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics).

The online BAS focuses on periodical articles and chapters in edited volumes; articles in over 100 “fast track journals” are given priority in indexing. Currently, the number of citations is approaching 800 thousand.

The online BAS offers users various methods to search, browse (by country-subject or journal title), download, and email citations. The “Find it @ your library” button under each record can be used to retrieve the full-text article, identify the availability of the print copy, or make an ILL request.  If you have any questions, please email me at kmburke@stthomas.edu.

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Benezit Dictionary of Artists

The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available online for the first time via Oxford Art Online. With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language. Entries are clear and concise, and Benezit contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. In addition to its outstanding scope and depth, two features in particular make Benezit unique among art reference works: its superb coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.

Key Features of Benezit Include:

  • Nearly 170,000 entries on artists from the first English edition (2006), the largest edition to date, plus revisions and new biographies exclusively available online
  • More than 11,000 images of artists signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale
  • Detailed museum listings, bibliographies, exhibition information, and auction records
  • Ability to view Benezit results separately or alongside Grove Art and other Oxford art reference works
  • Comprehensive coverage on artists across all media, from painters and sculptors to calligraphers, ceramicists, illustrators, installation artists, and performance artists
  • Updated three times per year to reflect new scholarship, additions to the bibliographies, and corrections – concurrent with Grove Art updates

Please contact Kate Burke with your comments

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Harriet Bart artwork on display in the O’SF library

For the next few months, the O’SF library is please to present some of the art of Harriet Bart. A Minnesota native, Harriet Bart is a conceptual artist working across disciplines in a variety of media. She creates evocative content through the narrative power of objects, the intimacy of artists books, and the theater of installation. She has a deep and abiding interest in the personal and cultural expression of memory; it is at the core of her work.  You may link to Ms. Bart’s webpage here. The Art in the Library subject guide is here.

Bart’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Germany. She has completed more than a dozen public art commissions in the United States, Japan, and Israel. She has won two Minnesota Book Awards and been the recipient of fellowships from Forecast Public Art, McKnight Foundation, Bush Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, NEA Arts Midwest, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her work is in many museum, university, and private collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, Jewish Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry. Bart is a founding member of W.A.R.M. Gallery and Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art. She is represented by Driscoll Babcock, New York.

Here are some images of what you will find on the first floor of the O’SF library:

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GeoRef will rock your world!

Established in 1966, GeoRef is produced by the American Geosciences Institute and is now one of the most comprehensive databases for the geosciences (or earth science, as it is sometimes known).  Some specific topics covered include:

  • Environmental and engineering geology
  • Hydrology
  • Economic geology
  • Geophysics
  • Petrology
  • Paleontology
  • Marine geology and oceanography
  • Mineralogy.

This focus lends itself well to use by those studying geology, engineering, environmental sciences, archeology, and similar disciplines.  Students can search a number of different formats, like journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, and reports in order to find information dating back to 1785.

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Art Full Text

The Art Full Text database provides full-text access to many journal articles on art and art history. For articles where only a citation or abstract is provided, click on the Check for Full Text icon to determine availability.

– Other subjects covered in this database include women’s studies, cultural studies, and history.

– Access the Art Full Text database by using the A-Z List of Databases link on the Library Homepage.

– To search only Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, select this option from the limiters.

Use the Research Guides link on the Library Homepage to explore other subject-specific databases in Art/Art History.

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Oxford Bibliographies Online Trial until March 14.

Talk about a sweetheart of a deal.  We now have a trial to Oxford Bibliographies Online, available through the end of the month.

” Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is an entirely new research tool for the social sciences and humanities. A scholar-curated library of discipline-based subject modules, OBO is designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research. Each entry is a selective guided tour through the key literature on a topic, receives multiple peer-reviews as well as Editorial Board approval, and is designed to facilitate a research experience with no dead ends. All citations are linked through to your collection via OpenURL, full-text via DOIs, or to the web via links to OCLC, WorldCat, and Google Books, allowing users to locate quickly full-text content directly from OBO. OBO is the ultimate collection development tool for librarians and time saving tool for students and researchers.”

OBO is a unique reference tool in which 95 broad subject categories are broken down into smaller and smaller subject areas, and individual books and articles important to the study of each subject is listed and described. Users can start their exploration with a keyword search or by browsing through a broad subject area, such as Art History and Medieval Studies.

Remember Tommies love research and so do Tommie Librarians!

Please contact me if you have any questions.  Kate Burke kmburke@stthomas.edu

 

 

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National Geographic Magazine and Archive– Fun stuff

National Geographic Virtual Library

What is National Geographic Virtual Library?
WOW!  That was my reaction when I first opened this database containing the entire archive of National Geographic Magazine from 1880 to the present – an amazing 120 years.  Every page is included, so you can view photographs, maps, and even advertisements. It is an invaluable research tool, but also a wonderful place in which to lose yourself for hours (which I did!)

Where can you find it?
National Geographic Virtual Library is available from the UST libraries’ homepage. Under SEARCH DATABASES, choose either Databases by Title (N), or Databases by Subject. If you are off-campus, you can still access the database from the libraries’ homepage by using your student login.

When would you use it?
This database would be a fantastic resource for just about any research assignment.   National Geographic Magazine is not considered to be an academic or scholarly journal, but it is certainly an authoritative source.  For instance, I found a terrific article with stunning photography about Terra-Cotta Warriors in Color (December 2012) – Art History students take note!

How do you use it?
The homepage shows a selection of stories from different years.  On the day I accessed the database, a featured article caught my attention from October 1952 called “Fish Men Explore a New World Undersea” by Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau.  The article described the invention of the Aqua Lung and the development of underwater photography.

The database has a Browse Magazine page that allows you to view the cover of each issue.  You can scroll down the page to travel through time!  The Browse window also lets you narrow your view by date.

A search box in the upper right of the home page can be used to enter keywords.  An Advanced Search feature lets you filter your search by Content Type (articles, images, advertisements), by Image Type (cartoon, map, chart), and by date.  The results page is sorted by Content Type, and contains additional filters.  Click on an article title to view the scanned version – I found the full-screen mode was the best way to read an article.   Tools on the viewer allow you to print or email the article.  There is also a citation generator (be careful!) and a list of related topics.

From the homepage, click on Term Frequency to use a nifty analytical tool.  The tool allows you to enter a word or phrase, such as “global warming” to see a graph showing that National Geographic first used the term in 1983, and that the term was used most in 2007.  Click on the graph nodes to see actual articles containing your term.

Try it!
From the homepage, click on Browse Magazines.  Using the Filter by Date tool, narrow to your birth month and year.  Click on the magazine cover to open a viewer.  Now you can page through the magazine issue to see articles and advertisements from the month and year you were born.

This blog post is from Maggie McElrah at the Jamestown Community College.  Thank you, Maggie.

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A Piece of Cake (ARTstor and PowerPoint)

 

November 21st, 2013 by Kate Burke.  Adapted from a Radka Ballada blog post.


Creating a PowerPoint slide presentation from ARTstor images is not difficult.
See instructions below:

1. On ARTstor Digital Library block select ENTER HERE and then log into your ARTstor account or register for a new account.

2. Search for images.

3. Select images for your presentation by clicking on them (selected images will have orange borders).

4. Save selected images as a new image group using the following steps:

a. Select “Organize” tab on the top bar.

b. Select “Save selected images to new image group”

c. Select a folder and type your image group name.
d. Select “Save & Open” option.

5. Select “Tools” tab on the top bar.

6.  Select “Export image group to PowerPoint.”

7. Select “Submit” option in the Export/Download Gudelines pop-up box.

8. Select “Accept” option in the Terms and Conditions of Use pop-up box.

9.  When your Power Point file is generated (it takes a few seconds), you can open your new slide presentation.  In my case, it was ” A Piece of Cake”. :-) If you have any questions please contact me.  Kate Burke

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Celebrating The Freedom To Read

September 22-28, 2013

 

large_BBW13_300x250Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held September 22-28, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.    

 

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

 

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Good Times in the UST Media Collection

Good Times

There’s a time and place for everything, and summer on campus is the time for (among other things) relaxing with some movies from the UST media collection. If you find yourself with time to kill between your summer classes, why not try watching a film on the theme of time travel? Here are a few we’ve picked out – let us know if we missed any good ones!

Primer

Primer
This movie focuses on the consequences of time travel and how difficult it might be to navigate the ethics of time travel. It’s written, produced, and directed by Shane Carruth, who also plays one of the main characters, and who also was formerly an engineer, so I think we can trust his technological insights. The movie won big time at the 2004 Sundance film festival.

 

 

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Two high schoolers travel back in time in a phone booth and meet famous historical figures in an effort to pass a history class. Should they fail the class, their fates will be altered and the future Utopian society based on their leadership will never happen. This is why you should spend your time wisely, and study.

 

 

The Fountain
The Fountain
The characters in this film may not actually travel through time themselves, but the viewer is transported to many different time periods, connected by a narrative thread: a couple in love try to cope with the reality of death. Heavy stuff, but it’s worth reflecting on how to cope when your time is up.

 

 

That’s all we have time for right now – pick these up from the  UST Media Collection if they interest you, or let us know in the comments what time travel movies you prefer!