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.
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.
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.
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/
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 email@example.com or 860-832-2095.
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???!!!
(Running time: approximately 10 minutes)
Refreshments will be served.
Students – enter to win raffle prizes!
For the safety of all library visitors, we ask that you avoid STACKS 7 & 8 (bound periodicals) while we deal with the bees who have taken up residence in the library. We hope to have the problem resolved within the next week. If you need bound periodicals, please consult with our Reference staff at the 3rd and 4th floor Information Desks.
Today, September 2, 2008, the process of requesting materials through the Interlibrary Loan office has changed.
How will this affect you? The first time you request a book not in the CSU system or an article from any other library, you will be prompted to create an account in ILLiad, our new management software.
This account will allow you to:
• Keep track of all of your data, so you will not have to rekey this information every time you place a request.
• Quickly change your email if needed
• View your electronic documents
• Track the status of your requests
• Request renewals.
When placing any subsequent requests the only thing you will need to do is log into your account.
We hope you enjoy this new innovation to help you manage your research requests.
Greetings! Those of you in and around Library Land already know that we regularly arrange for trial access to new research databases. Doing this offers you, our library patrons, a chance to check out the content and “kick the tires” as it were… I’m excited to announce that we’re kicking off the academic year in high style with two great offerings from Proquest: Dissertations & Theses (Full-text Dissertations!!!) and Accounting & Tax Standards. Trial access will be available through September 25th. Please tell us what you think!
I’m very excited to announce that CCSU Media Center will be filming a video to help students find their way around the Burritt Library. ( It will have a ghost/horror type theme). The filming will take place on Monday, August 25 from 12:00 pm – 4:45 pm. Please be advised that some areas in the library may be closed off for short periods of time. Some patron computers may not be available, and lights may be turned off from time to time. Also if you happen to be using the library that day and need to be near the filming, please keep the noise down. I’m sorry– I don’t mean to be one of those librarians that says “ssshhh”, but in this case it’s needed. If you have any questions, please contact me, Susan Slaga at 832-2095 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance.