Category Archives: Digital Resources

New database: The online library of pop music journalism!

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Interested in reading up on LL Cool J or Ke$ha?

Want to listen to an audio interview with
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi or Ozzy Osbourne?

Curious to learn more about industrial music or Scandinavian pop?

How about an unpublished 2011 interview with the late
Chris Cornell?

Worry not: the recently added database Rock’s Backpages has that and so much more!

 

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With over 30,000 articles by music journalists collected over the last 50 years, Rock’s Backpages covers a spectrum of artists ranging from Aaliyah to ZZ Top. The site covers too many genres  of music to list here, but to give you an idea you can browse Rock’s Backpages  for genres including prog rock to rockabilly, jazz to space rock, Japanese pop to trip hop; yup, all these any more more genered are covered is this database.

 

Sure, this is a great site for finding articles for assignments, but it is also a wonderful place to browse and learn about new genres of music, classic to contemporary artists, and popular music from around the globe.

 

Links to Rock’s Backpages are available from the Articles and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage,
library.uarts.edu, at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section:

UArts Library Homepage

 

For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can always e-mail me, call me, or stop by the Music Library and I’ll be more than happy to help you.

 

Rock on, UArts!

James Cowen
Music Reference Librarian
University Libraries
The University of the Arts
jcowen@uarts.edu
215-717-6293

New Database Available!

Why search the web for quality blogs, social media posts, and news sources when ACI does it for you!?!

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A leading aggregator of editorially selected and curated social media and blog publications including news and commentary blogs, ACI Scholarly Blog Index includes high-quality authoritative blogs from experts in all fields of science, social sciences, and the humanities.

Search by keywords, then limit by date, subject, publication/blog title, and more.

Diggin’ on dance? Check out The Dance Journal covering dance in Philadelphia; including this article on dancers Kyle and Dinita Clark who met right here at UArts!

Looking for art history? Browse Art History Unstuffed, by OTIS College of Art & Design’s Professor Jeanne Willette.

Gamer? The National Archive’s Harold Jamie Madigan’s blog The Psychology of Video Games includes an article on “Why being a gamer can help you be a better person.”

Movie fan? ACI Scholarly Blog Index has the Movies Now blog from the LA Times.

(your Music Librarian confesses he got sidetracked writing this announcement thanks to this article on Comic-Con)

Speaking of music and movies, check out the University of Kentucky’s Scott Murphy’s blog, Musicellanea, including his article on “Star War’s triplets in alignment with Holst’s Mars.”

Like the theater? Me too! But you can read why the Flux Factory’s Moragn Meis doesn’t in her article “Why I hate the theater,” featured on the 3QuarksDaily blog.

This is just a small sampling of the blogs and more you’ll find on ACI Scholarly Blog Index.

Links to ACI Scholarly Blog Index are available from the Articles and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage, library.uarts.edu, at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section:

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For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Enjoy!

New Database Available!

We thought you may be interested in a new database to which we now subscribe:

Musical Theater Songs: The Song Is You
This site gives you over 20 different search options to help you find that perfect musical theater song. The options include voice type, voice range, character age, time signature, original key, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, and more.
Please note: this index does not include sheet music, but rather helps you build a list of songs you could then bring into the library to find the sheet music.
To see if the song is available in the library, click the link to “Find the Sheet Music” then the link for “UARTS Library” :

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The site also gives you options to buy the music from pay sites, but please always visit the library first. Can’t find a song in the library catalog that this site helped you discover? No worries, check with me, Jim Cowen, your Music Reference Librarian (jcowen@uarts.edu) to see if we can help you find what you need.
Links to Musical Theater Songs are available from the Reference Sources and the All Databases, A-Z lists accessible from the library homepage, library.uarts.edu, at the bottom of the page in the “Online Resources” section:

UArts Library Homepage
You can also search the UArts Library catalog for the name of the database, Musical Theater Songs, to find a link to the site.
For off-campus access, just remember you’ll be asked to enter your UArts credentials.
If you have any questions or need assistance in using this new resource, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can always e-mail me, call me, or stop by the Music Library and I’ll be more than happy to help you.
We hope you enjoy the search for new songs!

 

Lynda.com – Tutorials for Everything

Lynda.com is a fantastic website and resource for technology training. University of the Arts’ subscription to the site allows you to access tutorials for a wide range of subjects. On it there are hundreds of online courses that can help you to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Excel, etc., as well as management and presentation skills. The service is connected to LinkedIn and allows you to add skills to your professional profile. You can use this service to seriously beef up your resume and collect a number of work-related skills. You can also choose to follow more general learning paths like “Become a Content Marketer” or “Become a Project Coordinator”.
Learn everything from graphic design to coding through this service made free through University of the Arts’ subscription. Maybe even use it to knock out a New Year’s resolution or two.

One note: The first time you log into Lynda, you have to go through the UArts portal to register. After doing that once and setting up a Lynda account, you can access it directly, including on its mobile app!

Post by Jo Dutilloy, Music Library Circulation Assistant

UArts 140th #tbt Posts!

Have you checked out the University Libraries’ series of #tbt posts in honor of the University’s 140th anniversary?

You should!

Search Instagram for the hashtag #UArtsArchivesTBT, or visit:  https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/uartsarchivestbt

This is an ongoing series, so be sure to follow and check the UArts Libraries Instagram account regularly.

And boy, does this series have everything!

Students chilling on the steps of Hamilton Hall? Check.

Students sitting on the steps of Dorrance Hamilton Hall

Historic Philly shots? Check.

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Student makers making? Check.

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Ben Eisenstat advises a student in an illustration class

Art installationsCheck.

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A graduation photo from 1893!?!?! Check.

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Now, when you find yourself asking: where do they get all these wonderful photos?!?

Well the UArts Archives of course! All of the #tbt photos posted to Instagram -and many, many more- are available via the UArts Digital Collections page, accessible right through the good ol’ library homepage: library.uarts.edu.

The UArts Digital Collections contain not only photos from the UArts Archives, but also student work, campus event photos and videos, and other special digital collections!

Come celebrate 140home years of UArts history with us! 

Searching for Videos

There are a number of ways to search the library catalog for videos (by which we mean DVD, VHS, Blu-Ray, and streaming). All of the videos physically owned by the UArts Libraries are in the library catalog.

  1. Go to library.uarts.edu and click the catalog link at the upper right.

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  1. In the search by: box you can:

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  • search by Author for directors, choreographers, composers, and performers. Remember to search LAST NAME first, for example: Scorsese, Martin
  • search by Title if you know it.
  • search by Keyword to find a film in a collection. Put quotation marks around phrases, e.g., “andalusian dog” or “all of me” or “cave of the heart”
  • search by Subject. There are lots of subject headings; these are a few suggestions.

feature films                            operas–film adaptations

documentary films                musical films

science fiction films              concert films

  1. In the search in: box, select Video. This will search for all video formats: VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming.

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  1. Enter your search terms and click  Search!

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Just want to browse and see what we have?

  1. Go to http://library.uarts.edu/
  2. Select catalog from the yellow bar, top right.
  3. Select Call Number Search [on the right]
  4. Select u Search for other call numbers [click open the triangle]

Read the directions on the screen and follow the examples:

MD for Music Library DVDs

MV for Music Library videos

GD for Greenfield Library DVDs

GV for Greenfield Library videos

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Once you find a video, jot down the call number, then go to the Greenfield or Music circulation desk to request it.

The UArts Libraries also subscribe to a number of large streaming video databases. See them at http://library.uarts.edu/eresources/audio.html. You can access most of them from anywhere by signing in with your UArts user name and password.

What new Kanopy streaming films are available?

The streaming films website Kanopy regularly adds new films, both feature films and documentaries, to their collection and are available to UArts folks from on and off-campus!

Want to know some of the new titles recently added? Read on! 

 

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Directed by John Maybury, Love is the devil: Study for a portrait of Francis Bacon stars Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig –before he was Bond– and tells the story of a love affair between English philosopher Francis Bacon & a crook named George Dyer. Check out this 1998 film now!

 

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This Time Next Year:  Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy takes a look at  Long Beach Island, NJ, and “is a poetic documentation of a shore community as they battle local politics, cope with personal tragedy, and band together in the face of transition.”

 

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Queens at heart: Trans women in the 60’s was produced in 1967 and is a 22-minute short that provides a look into pre-Stonewall LGBT life.

 

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Treeless Mountain (Na-moo-eobs-neun san) is a 2008 Korean film, which tells the story of sisters Jin and Bin who “must fend for themselves when their mother abruptly packs her things, leaving the girls in the care of their alcoholic aunt.” This “certified Fresh” film, is “a tale of innocence lost.”

 

Access to the site is provided by the UArts Libraries, and films can be streamed on and off-campus. There are plenty of more new films as well as classics, including a wonderful selection from the Criterion Collection, available over at Kanopy. So be sure to check it out!

We’re trying something new this semester!

The Libraries are test driving something new this semester: OneSearch, which lets you search for articles from the databases, books on the shelves, videos, images, and much more all in one place.

When you visit the Libraries’ website, you will find a OneSearch box where the library catalog usually is. (If you want the traditional catalog, it’s still there in the tab to the left.) 

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This is a trial service — we will decide whether to make it a permanent addition at the end of the semester. Your feedback is crucial to this decision! Does it make it easier to find items you need? Harder? How is it working for you? Please send all comments to Josh Roberts, joroberts@uarts.edu. 

OneSearch is not replacing any of our existing resources or services. It is intended to make it easier to find what we already have. We hope it does!

 
Nitty-Gritty Details

OneSearch uses the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) product, so you’ll notice that it looks a lot like the regular Ebscohost article database. If you have signed up for a personal Ebscohost account to save and organize your research, you can even use it from OneSearch.

OneSearch contains indexing for all our Ebsco databases, as well as many other sources: journals and ebooks that are held in other databases, such as ProQuest or JSTOR; books, DVDs, scores, and other items physically located in the libraries; open access scholarly journals available on the web; streaming audio and video from Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, and Naxos; and images from ArtStor. 

This indexing is not 100% complete for non-Ebsco sources, but it’s pretty close. So OneSearch is not the only source you should consult if you are doing very in-depth research, like a review of literature for your thesis, but it should be a good place to start, especially for more general research needs. 

OneSearch has many features that we hope will make it easier to use than our existing databases. These include “research starters” that can give you a little background on thousands of topics. It also has smarter search logic, which will expand your search in some of the intuitive ways you are used to from Google. For example if you search for “free speech” and “colleges”, One Search will also include terms like “universities” and “higher education.” You don’t even need to enter the last name first when searching for a specific author. 

Our access to EDS is currently on a trial basis. As such, it is not as fully functional as it will be if we commit to adding it permanently. Links to other databases may occasionally be inconsistent, and our e-journal holdings information may have a few gaps, but these should improve with time. Please send any issues you encounter to Josh Roberts, joroberts@uarts.edu.  

New database: Naxos Music Library World

Like World music?

You need to check out our new database:

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“An invaluable resource for World music enthusiasts”

 

Naxos Music Library World has over 5,370 albums with more materials being added weekly. Although NML-W is centered around the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalog, lots of additional recordings from labels like Sony, Warner, Arc, Celestial Harmonies, and Naxos World are available as well.

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Found a few tracks you enjoy? Sign up for a free account and create your own personal playlists! You can also browse playlists created by other users or specifically by fellow UArts users;  this database is new to us, of course, so will you be the first to make a UArts World music playlist?!?

Sure, you can search by title, artist, or composer, but you can also search by country/geographical area, language, instruments used, and more. Another great option is to browse by list of cultural groups or geographic areas. From on-campus and off-campus, you can access NML-W anytime and anywhere to take advantage of these great features and explore some different musics.

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To check out NML-W, visit the UArts Libraries’ homepage then click the link for Audio/Video Online at the bottom of the page in the Online Resources sections. Find Naxos Music Library World in the alphabetical list, click the link, and you made it. Remember, when using the campus network you’ll be taken right in, but for off-campus access current UArts students, faculty, and staff can simply enter their UArts email user name and password.

Got questions? Good!
Swing by the Music Library or Greenfield Library
today and ask away!

Digital Theatre Plus

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“At the heart of Digital Theatre Plus is the ethos to share the best of British theatre with teachers and students all over the world.”  Digital Theatre Plus: About Us

Digital Theater Plus is one of the amazing streaming video subscription databases to which the University Libraries subscribes. This database allows UArts students, faculty, and staff the ability to stream recent British theatre productions in the classroom, in the home, or anywhere you would like!

In addition to having full length productions available for viewing, behind the scenes documentaries and interviews are provided to allow us to see the full process required in staging these performances.

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Take, for instance, the award-winning September 2014 production of playwright Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible, captured live at The Old Vic Theatre. Not only can you watch the full 3+ hour performance, you can also view interviews with actors Richard Armitage, Natalie Gavin, Anna Madeley, Adrian Schiller, and Jack Ellis, plus an interview with director Yaël Farber is included.

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The productions captured vary from Mozart‘s opera Don Giovanni to Sondheim‘s musical Into the Woods, to the 2007 Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award Winner The Container, to Billy the Kida play about a would-be soccer star benched by World War 2.

Looking for more information on these plays? Digital Theatre Plus also includes introduction to the stories, character summaries, relationship maps, plot summaries, and more. For all you instructors out there, “Keywords and answers” sections are great for starting up some class discussions.

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Feel like geeking out? Then you definitely need to watch the production of Much Ado About Nothing featuring David Tennant, the tenth Doctor Whoand Catherine Tateone of his companions from the BBC show; together they share the stage again at Wyndham’s Theatre in this modernized retelling of the Shakespeare penned classic.

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You can also check out Toby Jones, the Dream Lord from Doctor Who, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Arnim Zola, the voice of Dobby the House Elf from the Harry Potter films, and Claudius Templesmith from the Hunger Games movies, in Parlour Song; “a satirical exploration of deceit, paranoia, and desire in suburbia.”

Yes, this service looks to have something for everyone.

Enough of my talking: check out Digital Theater Plus now! Just visit library.uarts.edu, click the Audio/Video Online link under “Online Resources” at the bottom of the page, and then the link for Digital Theatre Plus and you’ll be enjoying high quality streams of wonderful British theatre productions in no time! Just remember: when on the campus network you’ll be taken right into the database but for off-campus access you’ll need to enter your UArts username and password.

Happy viewing!