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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 .



Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

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

A stack of books by the window
Database Highlights & Trials

Why isn’t this journal available from St. Thomas Libraries?

It sounds like a very simple question, but the answer is anything but.

There are several big trends in scholarly publishing that have an impact on the funds available for journals.  We’ll look at two of them here.

It’s been a long time since even the largest or best-funded library can claim to collect every academic journal.  The huge increase in the number of journals – and number of articles per journal – is one reason. By some estimates, scientific publishing output has increased threefold since 1990.  To note just one example, Nature Research – publisher of the prestige weekly Nature – now has 32 additional research journals in various sub-disciplines.  Three new journals were launched just in 2019.

Another challenge is the increasing cost of each journal.  Subscription prices go up every year.  With an increasing proportion of library budgets dedicated to journal subscriptions, this means that libraries need budget increases every year just to maintain current journal subscriptions.  And with many competing priorities on campus library budgets are not keeping up.

In the last two decades, large publishers have come up with their own solution to this dilemma, presumably aimed at helping libraries while securing their own customer base.  They launched the “Big Deal” model, now widely adopted.  In one common iteration of this model, a library gets access to a publisher’s entire portfolio of hundreds or thousands of journal titles in exchange for a contractually-mandated promise to maintain a set level of spending with that publisher. If a subscription is cancelled, another of equal or higher value must be added to maintain the set spend level.

The dark side of the Big Deal became evident as library budgets began to shrink.  Unable to save money by cancelling Big Deal subscriptions, libraries cut their book-buying budgets and cancelled journals from smaller publishers.  Alarmed at increasingly having to cancel titles they would otherwise keep but for Big Deal restrictions, libraries started rejecting these deals. This year the huge University of California system ended its Big Deal with Elsevier, making huge waves in the academic community.  In support of this decision, a group of University of California faculty vowed not to serve as editors of some Elsevier titles, underscoring how faculty research and library spending are tied together.

So, when we consider adding or maintaining a journal subscription, it’s with these budget pressures in mind. Then we start looking at specifics, such as:

  • The use of other journals in this discipline. Is there a low-use journal that could or should be cancelled so that we can acquire a new title?
  • Journal cost, and the overall proportion of the library budget devoted to each discipline. We strive to maintain fairness when allocating funds across schools and colleges.
  • Relevance of the journal content to the curriculum
  • Impact factor and other measures of the journal’s influence in the discipline
  • Availability of the title locally from other libraries or via interlibrary loan

And if the libraries need to cancel journal subscriptions, we think about additional factors, such as:

  • Overall use of the journal and the cost-per-use
  • Whether print journals are now available online and, if yes, does that warrant changing formats
  • Minimizing duplicate print subscriptions among the St. Thomas libraries (there is very little of this anymore)

Ultimately, the Libraries strive to maintain a collection that is relevant, dynamic, and responsive to our University of St. Thomas community.  At the same time, we also want a collection that is a stable and reliable source of scholarship.  We juggle these priorities whenever we make decisions about adding or removing journal titles from the collection.

Our campus is changing all the time. Faculty leave or retire, and new faculty often have different research and teaching interests within their disciplines.  Curricula change (as we know!) and class offerings change topic and frequency.  Disciplines themselves shift and change over time; new specialties arise, and research areas once popular wane.  Teaching modes and student expectations influence decisions about formats; should we provide access to podcasts?  How much streaming media should be available?  Are students and faculty using e-books and is print still popular (answer: yes to both!).

For all these reasons it is imperative that the libraries work in partnership with faculty, students, and staff to stay abreast of what is happening on campus and to understand the scholarship to which library users need access.  And hopefully by staying in conversation with us, St. Thomas community members will have a better understanding of why that journal is or isn’t available from the libraries!

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, New Materials, News & Events

New Audiobook and Video Database Hoopla

Hoopla provides streaming video (movies and TV shows) and audiobooks. Popular titles and classics, fiction and nonfiction are available.

NOTE: You need to create an account to have access. You will have to use your UST username and password to create the account (if your password is longer than 20 characters the account won’t work, you will need to change your UST password to less than 20 characters). You can check out up to 7 titles per month. This Collection is limited to classroom use and personal use. This Collection cannot be used for Campus Screening (Not for Public Events)
For information about devices and more visit Hoopla help.

Database Highlights & Trials, Latin America, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, Political Science

Database Trial: TUGG Films

During the month of March, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for TUGG. This is a platform that offers content of academic videos in different subjects including:

  • Human Rights
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Arts and Culture
  • Jewish Studies
  • Politics
  • Asian & Asian American Studies
  • Israel/Palestine Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Race Studies
  • Technology
  • Psychology

Please send your comments about this resource to Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Head of Music & Media  Collections.

Thank you!

Database Highlights & Trials

Database Trial: CINAHL Plus with Full-Text


The UST Libraries will be trialing the CINAHL Plus with Full-Text database through mid-March. CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) Plus with Full-Text is a comprehensive research database covering a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, complementary medicine, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines. Content includes:

  • More than 750 full-text journals
  • Full-text coverage dating back to 1937
  • Indexing for nearly 5,500 journals
  • Evidence-based care sheets

For those of you that are avid PubMed users, CINAHL makes an awesome complement to your research. Click on CINAHL Plus with Full-Text to access the trial. Please send your comments to Karen Brunner at

Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theology

February Database Trial: World Christian Database

During the month of February, the University of St. Thomas Libraries will be conducting a trial of Brill’s World Christian Database. Click on the blue hyperlink to try the database: World Christian Database.

World Christian Database is an electronic reference source that contains statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and groups of people. It also includes extensive details on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. This trial runs through February 28, 2019.

Please try the database and send your comments to Curt LeMay at


Database Highlights & Trials

Access interruption for Jan. 19-20 for some resources

Starting on 9am on Saturday, January 19th through Sunday, January 20th we will have service interruptions to all









resources.  There will be times when these resources, or even parts of them, will be available and then POOF!  They’ll be unavailable.  This is a planned outage in order to maintain the resources.

Thanks for your patience.