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:

Naxos-World

“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!

Kanopy

Kanopy is the newest video database available to the UArts community. With over 12,000 videos available to stream online both on and off campus, Kanopy vastly increases the UArts Libraries’ video collection. These thousands of videos are divided into ten categories: Film & Popular, The Arts, Business, Education (K-12), Global Studies & Languages, Health, Media & Communications, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Technical Training. These are further broken down into subcategories which offer you suggestions over a gigantic variety of topics.

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New movies are constantly being added as well. On the front page of Kanopy, there are various scrolling selections of movies. At the very top are new additions but there are also more personalized categories, such as “Student Summer Pics,” “Celebrate LGBT,” or “Independent Cult and Horror Films.”

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Kanopy also provides films and TV broadcasts from renowned distribution companies and broadcasting networks such as The Criterion Collection, PBS, The BBC, Janson Media, Kino Lorber Edu, and First Run Features, as well as many others.

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Additionally, members of the UArts community are able to create their own personal profiles. With these, students, faculty and staff can create playlists, save clips from videos, add videos to their “watch list” to view later, and see their viewing history.

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There is something for everyone on Kanopy, from 50s horror movies to French art films to multi-part Ken Burns documentaries. Go to library.uarts.edu today to give it a try!

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is the preeminent software tutorial website currently on the market. And through UArts, you can access it for free! Lynda.com offers tutorials on a wide variety of topics, from Adobe’s Creative Cloud network of software to business and IT to education and many other topics. Whether you’re just trying to familiarize yourself with a new piece of software or looking for some new tips to help you expedite or enhance your creative process, Lynda.com is sure to have something for you.

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The tutorials offered are helpful and in-depth, narrated and demonstrated by professionals who guide you through every step and more often than not include example files for you to follow along and try out the principles taught for yourself. Also provided are transcripts of what the narrator is saying and an area to take notes that keep track of what time in the video you wrote them.

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In addition to the tutorials, Lynda.com also offers various videos more along the lines of short documentaries and video blogs from and by various professionals in their respective fields.

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Finally, Lynda.com provides you with many other non-software tutorials to help improve many talents such as presentation skills, public speaking and time/project management.

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Lynda.com is a valuable tool to any student learning about their field who wants to improve or expand their talents. Look for more posts from the UArts Libraries about various Lynda.com tutorials and videos!

Library iPad Apps – The Fantastic Flying Books…

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a beautiful iPad app adaptation of the Academy Award-winning short film of the same name directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.

The app follows the same story as the short film, but also includes interactive sequences that enhance the user’s experience. From simple animations when you tap on certain parts in the story to animations such as a piano keyboard for you to play with, the app is downright adorable.

The other main difference between the film and the app is the inclusion of narration by Mike Martindale. While the film is without dialogue, the app as well as the book adaptation include a written story describing the events of the film. Though the story is obviously geared towards younger audiences, it is still quaint and touching enough to be enjoyed by all lovers of books and stories.

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International Encyclopedia of Dance

 

Are you interested in any or all aspects of dance? International Encyclopedia of Dance is a great starting point. In its print form it’s a 6-volume encyclopedia published in 1998 that was the first true encyclopedia of dance published (and received multiple awards, by the way). The online version, published by Oxford University Press, can of course be updated, and can be accessed anywhere by current UArts students. Articles can be emailed to any email address, and most entries have a selected bibliography of books, articles, and sometimes videos. Look up tutu, footwear, scenic design, lighting, Merce Cunningham, or Bakst!

To get to it, go to http://library.uarts.edu/. Under ONLINE RESOURCES select Reference Sources and then scroll down to International Encyclopedia of Dance.

Music Resources Online

Now available on Digication: Music Library Online Resources

The Internet is crammed with so much information that it can be dizzying to find exactly what you’re looking for. Furthermore, there is always the risk that a lot of what a Google search pulls up isn’t particularly reliable, accurate, or up-to-date. For your convenience Music Library staff have hand-picked and compiled a portfolio filled with interesting and informative online resources that will help you with your next term paper, performance, or simply for your personal enjoyment. We’ve included not only annotated lists of our subscription databases and e-journals, but hundreds of valuable, open access (aka free!) sources so you may access all the online resources from our catalog in one place.

What you’ll find:

Open Access Databases

Organized by subject or resource type are numerous open access databases from a variety of notable sources, including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, and the British Library. Available on these databases are a wide range of resource types, such as sheet music (International Music Score Library Project), sound collections (The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection at Stanford University), dictionaries (Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary), and much more.

Open Access E-Journals

It is hard to ignore that many newspapers, magazines, and journals are eschewing print in favor of digital publication. Despite their presence online, most of these publications can only be accessed through paid subscriptions. However, there are many scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that can be accessed free of charge. We’ve selected several to showcase here, which encompass a wide variety of music-related subjects. Browse through such diverse titles as Ntama: Journal of African Music and Pop Culture, Voices: a World Forum for Music Therapy, Popular Entertainment Studies, and many more.

Subscription Databases (UArts Only)

Unlike the above resources, the databases in this section are available to current UArts students, faculty, and staff. They include numerous audio collections (including, but not limited to, Naxos Music Library and Music Online (Alexander Street Press), where you can listen to old favorites or discover new ones (and, unlike Youtube, you will never encounter ads or poor quality recordings). A number of reference sources are also available, including those at African American Song and Oxford Music Online, which include scholarly essays, biographies, and more.  If accessing any of the databases off-campus, you will be required to log in with your UArts email information.

Subscription E-Journals (UArts Only)

In the final section is a list of online journals we subscribe to. Titles include (but definitely not limited to!) Computer Music Journal, Eric Nemeyer’s Jazz Inside, and Journal of Research in Music Education. A vast majority of these journals are also available, in print, at the Music Library, in case you grow tired of looking at a backlit screen.

 

 

 

From Special Collections to Visual Resources; Ad Reinhardt’s How to Look at Art

 

We recently had a request to add some images from Ad Reinhardt’s famous “How to Look” series to ARTstor. We were excited to discover that we had large reproductions of the entire series right here in Special Collections! We have added all 23 images to The Visual Resources Collection of the University of the Arts in ARTstor.

 

Ad Reinhardt’s series on looking at modern art first appeared in PM magazine in 1946. The series gives a humorous look at art history, politics, culture, and art criticism.

The entire series can be seen online in the Visual Resources collection in ARTstor, or in person in Visual Resources and Special Collections, right above the Greenfield Library on the mezzanine of Anderson Hall.

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about using the Visual Resources and Special Collections, contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources and Special Collections Librarian.

UArts Libraries now subscribes to Rhizome.org!

 

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Douglas Coupland, I Miss My Pre-Internet Brain (2013)

UArts Libraries now subscribes to Rhizome.org!

What is Rhizome?

Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, our website serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. Our programs, many of which happen online, include commissions, exhibitions, events, discussion, archives and portfolios. We support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media. Our organizational voice draws attention to artists, their work, their perspectives and the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture.

-Mission Statement, Rhizome.org

 

Focusing on works of art in new media, this resource has been addressing questions of access and preservation since 1999. Through the development of features such as online collections, user portfolios, and member exhibition curation, it has built a vibrant online community.

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Human Vectors 1982 (click to play)

Register for an account to:

  • Create a portfolio and upload work
  • Apply for commi$$ions
  • Vote on commission applications
  • Curate online exhibits and submit work to current exhibits
  • View collections, browse artist portfolios and search archives
  • Keep up with events, discussions and job postings