Category Archives: Digital Resources

Don’t forget ebrary, our e-books subscription

In January 2010 the UArts Libraries launched their subscription to ebrary, an online subscription collection of more than 47,000 books. It’s research time, so we want to remind you to take advantage of this great collection.

Working on a paper on animal rights legislation? A quick search of ebrary turned up 526 books, including titles such as For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States (Ohio University Press, 2006) and Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (Oxford University Press, 2004).

To get to ebrary, follow these simple steps:

1. Start at the library home page: http://library.uarts.edu/

2. Under “Online Resources“, select E-Books

3. Then select ebrary:

IF YOU’RE OFF-CAMPUS you’ll be prompted to log in with your name and library barcode number. Don’t have a barcode? Just bring your valid ID (Fall 2010 sticker on it) to the Greenfield or Music Library and we’ll give you one.

New Additions to ReVIEW

designinform is a collection of three databases: Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR), Design ProFILES (DP) and ReVIEWReVIEW is digitizing the very best decorative and fine art journals that were published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They have just added even more material to their database – and you have access to all of it! Three important art journals are now available for full searching and access through ReVIEW.

The Studio was a highly respected journal published in England. Scholarly articles written by leading art critics highlight early nineteenth century trends in international decorative and fine arts. ReVIEW offers the first fifty volumes, published from 1893-1910.

Similar to The Studio is the German publication Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration. While it also covers international art news, Deutsche Kunst has a strong focus on German, Austrian, Scandinavian, and Central European decorative and fine art. It is written in German, but you can search by artist name or browse the journal for beautiful, high-resolution images. The first twenty-seven volumes, published from 1897-1910, are available.

The latest addition is Art et Decoration, published out of Paris. The journal covers mostly French, Belgian, and Western European art. It is written in French, but you can search by artist name or browse the journal for beautiful, high-resolution images. You will find a lot of the Art Nouveau style and extensive coverage of the Paris Exposition of 1900. Art et Decoration’s first twenty-seven volumes, published from 1897-1910, are available.

ReVIEW informs us that they are now digitizing the first six volumes of The Poster, an extremely rare, English-language journal dedicated to poster art. Look for it in December of this year.

Digital Library of the Week: “Penny Plains” and “Two-pence Coloured:” English Theatrical Portraits from NYPL

“Penny Plains” and “Two-pence Coloured:” English Theatrical Portraits 1799-1847 in the William Appleton Collection from the New York Public Library Digital Image Gallery includes over 300 English toy theatre portrait prints depicting characters for many different plays, including many of Shakespeare’s.  Each portrait is based on a real actor who portrayed the character on stage. For example, here is Edmund Kean in character as Richard the Third:

Mr. Kean as Richard the Third
Mr. Kean as Richard the Third

This is a “two-pence coloured” print, named for its cost of two English pennies. “Penny plains” have no coloring and cost just one penny. Prints were often purchased by children, glued to firm cardboard, and the character cut out. It could then be used in toy theatre, with the stage and set design often created by the child (though soon these also became available for sale) and favorite plays were acted out, in miniature, at home.

To learn more about toy theatre, check out Toy Theatres of the World by Peter Baldwin. It’s in the Greenfield Library’s open stacks with call number 745.5928 B193t.

“American History in Video” named a Best Reference 2009 resource

American History in Video, one of the UArts Libraries’ online streaming video subscriptions, has been named as a Best Reference 2009 title in the April 15, 2010 issue of Library Journal. You can find it via the Audio & Video Databases link from the library home page. The article describes this resource as follows:

“A collaboration between Alexander Street Press and A&E Television Networks, this collection of nearly 1500 videos with searchable transcripts synchronized to video, chronicling American history from the 1890s to the 1980s, tops any other similarly themed resource in its field and is an amazing deal. It’s a product every library could make accessible to its researchers, from elementary school children to historical scholars and everyone in between.” source: Best Reference 2009 – 4/15/2010 – Library Journal

New E-Journal Finder!

The UArts Libraries are pleased to announce a major upgrade to our website’s e-journal listings.  The new E-Journal Finder has detailed holdings information for all 10,054 (and growing!) journals that we have access to online.

You can search for specific journal titles or browse the contents of each of our full-text databases.  Remember, an individual journal may be available in more than one database, with differing dates in each.

Our old e-journal listings may still be found here, but they are no longer being maintained and will eventually disappear.

Please send any questions or comments to Josh Roberts, Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian, joroberts@uarts.edu.

Some Halloween browsing

Smith, Elder and Company, 1865. Page 0.ID F006-001
Sabine Baring-Gould, M.A.. The Book of Were-Wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition.. London : Smith, Elder and Company, 1865. Page 0.ID F006-001

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Library of the Week is the Cornell University Library Witchcraft Collection, described by ALA as documenting “the earliest and the latest manifestations of the belief in witchcraft as well as its geographical boundaries, and elaborates this history with works on canon law, the Inquisition, torture, demonology, trial testimony, and narratives. Most importantly, the collection focuses on witchcraft not as folklore or anthropology, but as theology and as religious heresy.” Within the site is a great image collection, The Fantastic in Art and Fiction, also from Cornell.

For something closer to home, check out this keyword search of the UArts Libraries catalog:

http://catalog.library.uarts.edu/search/?searchtype=X&searcharg=vamp*r*

Enjoy!

Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian

smacdonald@uarts.edu