The Brian O’Connell Collection

Brian O’Connell (1960-2008) was Professor of Computer Science and Philosophy at CCSU, teaching courses that ranged from computer ethics to robotics to philosophy of law. He wrote and published in all of these diverse areas. After his passing in 2008, his personal library was left to the Elihu Burritt Library. Reading was not a passive activity for Professor O’Connell.  With his book collection the library received pages and pages of notebook paper scribbled with the thoughts that were inspired by his reading. His annotations have been digitized and we are honored to make them available for future generations to learn from this truly unique mind.

Assistant catalog librarian Steven Bernstein developed an innovative portal to this collection that enables the user to view O’Connell’s annotations as well as search by author, title, year, and keywords.

E-Journals Galore!

To celebrate the New Year, the Burritt Library has subscribed to two outstanding e-journal packages: Oxford Journals Online and Sage Premier (2008 Package). The Oxford package includes 211 titles published by Oxford University Press, including 24 new titles for 2009. The backfiles extend to 1996 for most titles. A complete list of titles is available. Sage Premier provides full text access to over 400 e-journals published by Sage. The backfile coverage begins in 1999 and extends through the current issue.

We hope you enjoy the new offerings!

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!


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 ( 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.'s Veterans History Project Exhibit photoset’s Veterans History Project Exhibit photoset