Prof. Stephen Cohen to Give Sigma Tau Delta Lecture on April 21

Professor Cohen
Professor Stephen Cohen
The local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, is pleased to present an installment in its Ex Libris series:

Professor Stephen Cohen will give a talk entitled, “Falling into Form: From Comics to Comedy,” at 4pm on April 21 in the Special Collections room of the Elihu Burritt Library.

The public is most cordially invited to attend.

2009 Undergraduate Library Research Award Winners

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Library Undergraduate Research Awards. They are Matthew T. Bannon, a senior History/Secondary Education major, for the paper “Delicate as Silk: Labor/Management Relations in the Cheney Silk Mills of South Manchester, Connecticut, 1918-1934,” and Sharon E. Kenniston, a senior Elementary Education and English major, for the paper “Unspeakable Things Unspoken: Toni Morrison, Literature Censorship and the Modern American Classroom.” The awards will be presented on Friday April 3 in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Congratulations to our winners!

RefWorks Beta Release – RefWorks Mobile

Are you using RefWorks to store and organize your research? Do you have a smart phone, PDA or iPod Touch? If you answered yes to both, then RefWorks Mobile is for you! RefMobile gives you the ability to view references in a RefWorks account, search within RefWorks, add a note to a reference, as  well as search and import new references using an ISBN, DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or author/year using the “smart add” option.Please send feedback about this Beta release to Debbie Herman (hermand@ccsu.edu).

Introducing OneSearch…

Providing a single, unified user interface for our research databases has been an ongoing challenge for the library. However, I’m pleased to promote our newest research service, OneSearch, which represents a positive step forward in fulfilling this user need. OneSearch lets you search across many of our research databases, including CONSULS, EBSCOHost, and Proquest, with a single search. More advanced features include logging in with your BlueNet ID and password to create custom database quicksets, store citations, and set user preferences. We hope you enjoy the new service and do let us know what you think! I prepared a short screencast demonstration of OneSearch that introduces the basic features. Watch it now!

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!

-Debbie

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.