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Streaming Films from Swank

Among the many notable media streaming platforms offered by the Music and Media Collections, Swank is one that stands out from the rest. The streaming platform Swank offers a diverse collection of films to watch all online. With the pandemic still prevalent, many people prefer to stay at home opposed to running the risk of contracting the virus by being in public spaces. Swank provides easy online access to films so those who would prefer to stay home safe away from the virus can still enjoy quality films through the Music and Media Collection’s online streaming platform. Through Swank, the Music and Media Collections has selected many incredible films to watch which would include the following:

BlacKkKlansman recaptures the events of the true story of an African American police officer named Ron Stallworth who successfully manages to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan branch. With the help of his Jewish proxy, Stallworth works to undermine the organization from within in this comedic, yet suspenseful, Spike Lee film.

A Star is Born is the story of a seasoned musician named Jackson Maine who discovers a struggling artist named Ally. Their relationship blossoms as they begin to for one another while Ally’s music career begins to take off. However, their relationship begins to wane as Maine continues to struggle with his internal demons.

1917 is a retelling of the real-life story of a WW1 soldier assigned to carry out a mission which leads him on a perilous journey across war-torn France. The film is shot to look as if it was done in a single take which enhances the suspense and draws the audience further into the dangerous mission taken on by Lance Corporal Schofield.

12 Angry Men follows the closing arguments of a murder trial where all 12 jurors must come to the unanimous decision to sentence an inner-city teen to death. However, throughout the deliberation, one juror in particular sheds some doubt on elements of the case which inevitably leads to considerable and escalating debates amongst all the other jurors.

By Sean Neeser

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

February is Database Trials Month

During the month of February, the University Libraries will be offering trials of several databases, especially in the area of the health, nursing and psychotherapy.  If you are working in these disciplines, take a look at these new resources and let us know if you would find them useful for your teaching and research.

CINAHL Complete – the definitive research tool for nursing and allied health professionals. With CINAHL Complete, users get fast and easy full-text access to top journals, evidence-based care sheets, quick lessons and more.  Note, this is a more expansive collection than the CINAHL that the library currently subscribes to.  (Through February 28.)

APA PsycTherapy – Streaming demonstration videos for teaching and learning psychotherapy techniques (Through March 5.)

Nursing & Allied Health Database – designed to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of nursing and allied health students and educators. Includes 360 full-length clinical skills videos. (Through March 5.)

LWW Nursing and Health Professions Premier Collection –  Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (a major publisher in health field) offers this collection of over 80 core nursing journals. Our trial will also include access to Emcare, a database of scholarly, peer-reviewed literature in nursing and allied health on the Ovid platform, with access to over 5 million records.  (Through March 3.)

Library of Catholic Thought – The Library of Catholic Thought presents essential resources for studying the development of Catholic thought and theology, including works on the interaction between Catholicism and modern science, and on the history of Catholic moral theology.  A key element of the Library is the new fully revised third edition of the Jerome Biblical Commentary, a 2 million-word project by leading Catholic biblical scholars that features a preface by Pope Francis and is digitally exclusive to the LOCT.

We will be providing trial access to one or two more databases during Trials Month and will alert faculty in the appropriate disciplines when these resources are available for review.

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Science

JoVE Offers FREE Access through June 15

In response to the significant impact COVID-19 is having on the educational community, JoVE is providing FREE access to their STEM education video library collection through June 15. While this access does not include all of JoVE’s content, it does include access to the following:

  • JoVE Core – a video textbook that isolates and visually presents core concepts in Biology and Social Psychology to improve learning comprehension.
  • JoVE Science Education – a collection of simple, easy-to-understand video demonstrations in eight STEM fields
  • Lab Manual – comprehensive, curriculum focused videos for introductory biology lab courses

In order to obtain access, you must use your St. Thomas email address to create an individual JoVE account. Go to https://www.jove.com/ and click the “Log In” link at the top of the page and then hit the “Sign Up” button that is provided. From there you can save the login/password info to your browser or simply re-enter when returning to the JoVE site.

This free access is open to all St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff. Please contact Research & Instruction Librarian, Karen Brunner (brun4952@stthomas.edu), with any questions.

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Database Trial: Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

During the month of March, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall.  This is a platform that offers concerts for each season. Around 40 concerts are broadcasted live and they can also be viewed at a later date in the concert archive. The archive already contains hundreds of recordings with all the great artists of classical music. There are also fascinating documentaries and bonus films. Access numerous interviews, and Educational Programs.

You need to create an account in order to have access to the trial. Go to this link to create your account.
https://login.ezproxy.stthomas.edu/login?URL=https://www.digitalconcerthall.com

Please send comments to Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Head of the Music & Media Collections.

 

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Database Trial : Women and Social Movements Library

 

The Libraries are now running a trial of the Women and Social Movements Library .   This database focuses on women’s public activism globally, from 1600 to the present. Created through a collaboration with leading historians, the collection contains nearly 400,000 pages of primary source documents and more than 200 related scholarly essays interpreting these sources.  The materials are organized around three major topic areas:

  1. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 :  Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. women’s history
  2. Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 :  Explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices.
  3. Women and Social Movements, International: Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, this collection lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life.

This resource is available to preview through Friday, February 28, 2020. Please send any comments you have on this resource to Ann Kenne (amkenne1@stthomas.edu).

 

Database Highlights & Trials, Science

A New PubMed is Here!

The new year includes a new PubMed. Don’t worry, it will continue to be the go-to biomedical database with over 30 million citations and growing daily. But gone is the clunky, 1990s-esque database look; in its place the National Library of Medicine promises a modern interface with intuitive search features and responsive design to improve the mobile experience.

Here’s a quick overview of some key features that you rely on for searching, as well as for saving and sharing your results:

  1. The default sort order of results is now Best Match. Best Match uses an algorithm based on several relevance factors. You can choose to toggle results to a Most Recent sort.
  2. Use the Results by Year graph to see trends in literature over time or to refine your search results by publication year.
  3. Use the filters along the left to meet your research needs.
  4. Save your search results to a file, email your results, or send your results to a clipboard. Please note: if you previously had an NCBI account, it will continue to work in the new PubMed (so if you previously saved searches and/or results–they will still be there!).

While Legacy PubMed is still currently available, it will eventually be retired (though no official end date has been announced). The St. Thomas Libraries encourage you to familiarize yourself with the new interface. For the best search experience, please remember to always access PubMed from the St. Thomas Libraries page.

In the meantime, if you have questions or need help with the new PubMed, please contact reference librarian Karen Brunner (brun4952@stthomas.edu).

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Database Trial – Vogue Archive

The UST Libraries is trialing the Vogue Archive now through October 30th.   This database contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. More than 400,000 pages are included, constituting a treasure trove of the work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists, and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion. The Vogue Archive is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender, and modern social history – past, present, and future.

Please send your comments to Ann Kenne at amkenne1@stthomas.edu .

 

 

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Student Success Video Series in Academic Video Online

Going to university is an exciting and challenging experience. While classes teach us so much, it is important to seek guidance from other sources too. Based on the Cognella book series, the videos in the Student Success Video Series can help! Learn about a variety of life skills for independence and teamwork, including time management, communication, test taking, health, budgeting, and much more. These video guides feature advice from experts in education, mental health, and finance. Listed below are just some of the many videos included in this series.

A Student’s Guide to Communication and Self-Presentation is a great resource for being an effective communicator. The video addresses components of communication such as body language, written communication, tone of message, and word-choice. Learn about the importance of communication during and after higher education as you pursue a career, and how to navigate professional surroundings with social and networking skills.

A Student’s Guide to Stress Management explains what stress is, why we need it for motivation and success, and how to recognize when stress levels are too high. This video is invaluable when it comes to managing your response to stress and finding effective ways of approaching stressful situations.

Whether you’re a freshman new to everything or a seasoned senior ready to take on the world, you should watch A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career. In this video, you’ll learn how to find a career path right for you. While many other videos and programs look at career seeking through your degree, this video helps you discover how you can use your unique skills and personal goals to make an impact on the world around you.

Remember to check out the 20,000 + physical titles available from the Music and Media Collections! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey