Fall Issue of the Burritt Library Newsletter Available

Fall Issue 2008 I’m happy to report that the Fall issue of our “official” publicity organ (we even have the ISSN to prove it!), The Elihu Burritt Library Newsletter, is available for your reading pleasure. This issue features a fascinating article written by Christoper Teal, the biographer of Ebenezer D. Bassett, CCSU’s first African American student. We also keep you up-to-date on all the library happenings from this fall! Enjoy!

-Debbie

Off-campus Access Problems – JSTOR and ScienceDirect

Sorry guys… we’re currently experiencing remote access problems with JSTOR and ScienceDirect. The issue resides with the viewing/printing of PDF articles. We have isolated the cause and are working on a solution. If you need an article sent via e-mail, please contact the Reference Dept. (832-2084) or Ask-A-Librarian.  Thanks for your patience!

UPDATE: CRISIS AVERTED! The problem has been fixed. – Debbie Herman

Proquest Dissertations and Theses: Full Text Now Available

We’re happy to announce the addition of ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Full Text to the panoply of research databases offered by Burritt Library to CCSU students, faculty and staff. With more than 2.4 million entries, the database (formerly Dissertation Abstracts) is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. Most dissertations completed since 1997 are available in PDF format for immediate free download.

Please note that access to Dissertation Abstracts on the OCLC FirstSearch platform will be discontinued at the end of November.

Shadow and Flame: Myth, Monsters, and Mother Nature in Middle-earth

Join us for a fascinating talk with Dr. Kris Larsen, on Wednesday, November 12, from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Burritt Library classroom (third floor, Reference)

 

 

Fear, especially of the unknown, is a universally shared emotion, as famed fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien understood well. Like Middle-earth, our everyday world is filled with uncertainty and peril, including natural forces such as earthquakes and volcanoes. With the benefit of modern science, we can understand these terrifying events as being part of the normal process of the world. Our ancient ancestors, however, enjoyed no such luxury, and described these catastrophic events in terms of monsters and malicious gods. Likewise, unusual astronomical events such as meteors, eclipses, and auroras were also considered to be “monstrous.”  Geologist Dorothy Vitaliano coined the term geomythology in 1968 to describe the scientific truth hidden in some seemingly fantastical myths concerning the natural environment. Given that Tolkien clearly stated that Middle-earth is our Earth, and that the natural environment itself plays the role of a major character in his works, it is not surprising that we should find a large body of monster-centered geomythology (and corresponding astromythology) within the pages of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Join us on an exploration of the intersection between fact, fiction, and myth in the world of Middle-earth.

 

Free refreshments will be served.

Now on Display! Veterans History Project

The Center for Public Policy and Social Research, in conjunction with the Elihu Burritt Library, is pleased to announce the launch of the Veterans History Project Digital Archive (http://content.library.ccsu.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2FVHP). The archive will make available oral history interviews conducted by CCSU students and volunteers with veterans of U.S. armed conflicts, as well as many of the items donated to the project for digitization and preservation.

In order to promote the digital archive as a repository of valuable primary source material for faculty and student research, the library has mounted an exhibit of memorabilia owned by the men and women interviewed for the project associated with their military service. The exhibit will be on display from October 1 – November 15, 2008 on the library’s main level.

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2009 Elihu Burritt Library Undergraduate Research Awards

Burritt Library invites applications for the 2009 Undergraduate Library Research award. This award will recognize excellence in undergraduate research papers/projects as well as skill and creativity in the application of library services, resources and collections. Two prizes of $350 will be awarded during the spring 2009 semester at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). One prize will be award to a senior thesis and the other will be awarded to a paper/project from any class/year.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIBRARY RESEARCH AWARD IS A SEPARATE PRIZE FROM THE OTHERS PRESENTED AT URCAD. For more information about URCAD, please go to http://www.ccsu.edu/urcad/

Eligibility:

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled during the spring 2009 semester as a Central Connecticut State University undergraduate at any class level or discipline/major.
  • Have completed their research paper or project for a credit course during the spring, summer, or fall semesters in 2008.
  • Agree that the paper or project and application materials will become property of Elihu Burritt Library and may be publicly displayed in the library and/or library website.

Check out the Burritt Library website for more information or to apply.

Application deadline is February 11, 2009. Essay, paper/project, and bibliography should be sent as Microsoft Word, RTF or PDF.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Slaga, Reference Librarian, at slagas@ccsu.edu or 860-832-2095.

Sisterhood of the Lost Girls Video on 9/24

The Sisterhood of the Lost Girls: Finding Their Way through Burritt Library

Wednesday, September 24
Special Collections Room, Burritt Library, Second Floor


Watch the new video about two CCSU students who get trapped in Burritt Library overnight. Does a ghost really live there???? What’s in that building anyway???!!!
Show times:
4:05 pm
4:25 pm
4:45 pm
(Running time: approximately 10 minutes)
Refreshments will be served.
Students – enter to win raffle prizes!