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September 1, 2010

Personal Librarians Welcome Yale College Class of 2014

Librarians from across Yale University Library are welcoming the Yale College class of 2014 by introducing incoming students to the Personal Librarian program.

Along with a freshman advisor, freshman counselors and college dean, each new student gets a librarian as part of the academic support network. Personal Librarians help students with research that involves using the Yale University Library and its extensive collections.

Although the library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, its size and complexity can be overwhelming, especially for new students. Personal Librarians help new library users navigate this system more smoothly.

For more information, see the Personal Librarian web page: http://www.library.yale.edu/pl/.

August 24, 2010

New Database: Digital Newspapers through PressDisplay

The library is pleased to offer Proquest PressDisplay , a digital collection of nearly 1,000 fulltext newspapers from around the world. PressDisplay features the original color and formatting of print, with the convenience of fulltext search and immediate same day access to international newspapers.

PressDisplay newspapers are available on the web (use VPN when not on the Yale network). For enhanced access the Sterling Memorial Library has four reading terminals dedicated to PressDisplay, all on oversized monitors, in the Franke Periodical Reading Room.

Check PressDisplay for your favorite newspapers or download the full title list.

August 23, 2010

Borrow Direct Changes for Fall 2010

We've made updates to our popular Borrow Direct service, which brings you books from the collections of Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Borrow Direct logo
Starting today, you'll notice a new search/request interface that should make it easier to find the books you'd like to request. The other key change is that once your Borrow Direct books are checked out, they're treated just like Yale's books - they'll show up in your Orbis account, you'll need a receipt to exit Sterling or Bass libraries and you can RENEW the books once in Orbis to keep them an additional 6 weeks. Of course, like Yale's books, you'll be subject to fines and replacement charges for overdue or lost books.

Complete information, including login for the new service are on the Borrow Direct service page.

July 14, 2009

Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1895-1976

The Library now has online access to the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1895-1976.

For finding U.S. federal publications, the Monthly Catalog ("MoCat") is an invaluable complement to Orbis (in which the cataloging of the U.S. federal depository print collection is nearly complete) and WorldCat, not least because MoCat indexes publications that were not distributed through the depository program.

The resource is available in Orbis and through the A-Z list of databases.

November 12, 2008

New Look for the Visual Resources Collection

New features and a bold new design are now available for Yale University Library's Visual Resources Collection (VRC). The VRC contains over 250,000 images of art, architecture, and art objects used by students and faculty in teaching and learning.

The new design, released now in its initial beta phase, is called Metagallery and allows users to login and create groups, browse groups created by others, and even add their own items to groups. Metagallery is available to anyone on the Yale campus at http://images.library.yale.edu/metagallery.

Continue reading "New Look for the Visual Resources Collection" »

November 6, 2008

Trial Subscriptions to the Historical Guardian and Observer & Documents on British Policy Overseas

The Library has trial subscriptions to two new databases: The Historical [Manchester] Guardian and Observer and Documents on British Policy Overseas .

The Historical [Manchester] Guardian and Observer covers the period 1791 -2003; it is part of the suite of ProQuest "Historical Newspapers Complete" which you can get to from the Databases web page or with this link Historical Newspapers Complete: http://proquest.umi.com/login.

Use the drop-down menu to select the Historical Guardian and Observer, or "select multiple databases" to search this newspaper along with others.

Documents on British Policy Overseas provides users with access to a wide range of primary source documents from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), shedding light on throughout the twentieth century. Selected and edited by the official historians of the FCO, Documents on British Policy Overseas includes many documents specifically de-classified for inclusion in the series.

Documents on British Policy Overseas contains three distinct collections, which together form a continuous exploration of British foreign policy and diplomatic history:

-British Documents on the Origins of the War 1898-1914
-Documents on British Foreign Policy 1918-1939
-Documents on British Policy Overseas

For more information see: http://dbpo.chadwyck.com/info/about.do. To use the database go to: http://dbpo.chadwyck.com/.

Comments about these databases can be directed to Susanne Roberts. A reminder that off-campus readers will need to log-in to Library resources via VPN or the Proxy Server. Click here for more information.

September 24, 2008

Springer Medicine and Life Sciences E-Books

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and the Kline Science Library have purchased access to more than 2,000 e-books in the Springer Medicine and Life Sciences packages. They can be accessed through SpringerLink. Each title will eventually be represented in Orbis, Yale Library's online catalog.

September 19, 2008

Map Department GIS Workshops

The Yale Map Department is offering a number of GIS workshops throughout the term. All workshops will be held in the Bass Library Electronic Classroom L06 (Lower Level) from 1:00-4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Stacey Maples.

Register for the workshops here.
(Please note that the registration page currently only works with Internet Explorer with pop-ups enabled.)

Introduction to GIS Mapping and ESRI’s ArcGIS Software

An introduction to the basic concepts of creating, managing and analyzing explicitly spatial data within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) framework. Included is a step-by-step, "hands on" introduction to using spatial data within ESRI's ArcGIS software. Topics will include: Spatial Data Models, Spatial Relationships, The ArcMap User Interface, Thematic Mapping Using Symbology, and Simple Analysis Using Complex Selection Methods.


Wednesday, September 24
Friday, October 17
Wednesday, November
Thursday, December 3

Finding GIS and Census Data & Preparing It for Use

Geographic data can come from a variety of sources, including your own database files and spreadsheets, federal, state and local governmental agencies and commercial vendors. This workshop will focus upon dependable sources of commonly used GIS data, common data file formats, projections & coordinate systems, scale, aggregation, metadata, and issues of sources and citation. Special Attention will be given to downloading and preparing Census data for use in GIS software.


Wednesday, October 1

From Non-Spatial Data to Spatial Data: Geocoding & Georeferencing in ArcGIS

This workshop provides the skills necessary for turning non-spatial data, such as street addresses and scanned maps, into explicitly spatial data for use in GIS analysis. Topics include: The TIGER Data Model, Collecting Useable Address Data, The Geocoding Process, Troubleshooting Problem Addresses, Using Offsets, Scanning and Georeferencing of Paper Maps, and Display of XY Data.


Wednesday, October 8

Raster: The ‘Other’ GIS Data

The Raster Data Model provided an effective means of characterizing spatially continuous phenomena, such as elevation, temperature, precipitation and other environmental and climatic characteristics. This workshop provides a targeted introduction to the tools available in ArcGIS for creating, managing and analyzing data in raster form. Topics include: Introduction to Spatial Analyst, Map Algebra and the Raster Calculator, Surface Analysis, and Combining Vector & Raster Data in Analysis.


Wednesday, October 15

GPS & GIS: Collecting Spatial Coordinates and Using them in ArcGIS

A workshop designed to introduce the participant to the use of consumer-grade GPS equipment for the collection of explicitly spatial data for analysis within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) framework. Topics include: The Global Positioning Satellite System, Coordinate Systems, Minimizing Measurement Error, and Converting Tabular Data to ESRI Shapefiles.


Wednesday, October 22

Editing in ArcGIS: Creating and Altering Spatial Data

The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with hands on experience with editing in ArcGIS (or doing "heads-up" digitizing), to provide an appreciation of the issues involved in editing to maintain topological consistency and to demonstrate the steps which may be involved in creating a new, spatially accurate coverage.


Wednesday, October 29

Creating Map Layouts in ArcGIS

This workshop will introduce the ArcGIS tools available for creating effective map layouts that are capable of clearly conveying the results of GIS analysis to an audience. Topics include: Symbolization, Advanced Labeling, Annotation, Using Graphics in Layouts, Cartographic Elements, and Grids & Graticules.


Wednesday, November 5

Classic Cartographic Techniques in ArcGIS

One of the drawbacks of the computer revolution in mapping is the decline in attention to cartography as a graphic art. Working in the Yale Map Collection exposes one to the most beautiful cartography ever produced. This workshop is intended to provide the participant with an appreciation of the graphic and cartographic techniques used in classic cartography and the tools to reproduce some of these elements in their own cartographic work. Topics will include: Coastal & Lacustrine Vignettes, Depiction of Topography and Use of Color in Thematic Mapping, Decorative Typography and Creating Custom Cartographic Elements. This workshop is being presented as part of the activities celebrating GIS Day 2008.


Wednesday, November 19

September 3, 2008

Library Launches Yufind Catalog Interface

The University Library has launched a beta version of Yufind, an experimental alternative interface to its catalog. Yufind is not a replacement for Orbis, the Library’s current catalog, but it provides a new kind of discovery experience for users, one that better fits current search expectations and incorporates a variety of Web 2.0 tools.

Orbis transaction logs show that searches often fail because of misspelled words, use of natural language (versus controlled vocabularies like Library of Congress Subject Headings), or information entered into the wrong search fields. Users also expect a Google-like interface that suggests alternate spellings and employs sophisticated relevancy ranking and faceted navigation to help display and narrow search results.

Yufind offers a powerful keyword relevancy ranking algorithm, RSS feeds, formatted export of bibliographic citations, integration of cover art, book reviews, sample book chapters, tables of contents, and real-time circulation status. Future enhancements will include the ability to bookmark and annotate records and send them to an e-mail address, cell phone, or PDA, while longer-term goals aim to integrate archival finding aids, visual image records, and new facets that will allow results to be narrowed by item availability and location.

The Library invites user feedback to help improve Yufind, and questions and comments can be sent to Daniel Lovins. For detailed information about Yufind and to contact members of the project team visit About Yufind.

September 2, 2008

Trial Access to Routledge Reference Resources

The Yale community has trial access to the Religion Resources and Politics and International Relations subject collections of Routledge Reference Resources. The trial ends on September 21 and off-campus users will need to log-in to the proxy server or VPN before accessing the resources.

Although there’s a link only to Religion Resources on the product’s home page, you can access both of these collections (and more) by clicking on Subjects and choosing a subject from the list in the left column: Anthropology, Classical Studies, History, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and Social Policy. There are a few titles under each subject, but Religion and Politics and International Relations are the collections that have the greatest number of titles available in their first releases. An Advanced Search option provides for full-text searching across all titles in a given subject collection.

Please contact Suzanne Lorimer with feedback, questions, and comments.

August 21, 2008

Information Services in Sterling Memorial Library

Beginning Tuesday, September 2, Information Services, located in the Sterling Memorial Library nave, will provide information about the University Library’s collections and services, directional assistance, referrals to subject specialists, and reference assistance, as well as information about reader access to the libraries including privileges cards for visiting researchers, study carrels, fines, and circulation. This new service will integrate Privileges Office operations and reference desk services.

The service also represents increased hours in which staff will be available to assist readers in the Sterling nave, as well as enhanced support for readers who have questions about accessing the Library and its resources.

Information Services will be available Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00- 5:00 p.m.

Questions and comments about this new service can be sent to Danuta Nitecki, Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Library Teaching and Learning.

July 17, 2008

Latin American Public Opinion Project

Survey datasets from LAPOP, the Latin American Public Opinion Project, are now accessible to Yale faculty, affiliated researchers, staff, and students. You can access LAPOP via the Library's StatCat site.

Continue reading "Latin American Public Opinion Project" »

July 9, 2008

Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Sex, Gender and the Family

The Library now has electronic access to Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Sex, Gender and the Family. This database produced by Alexander Street Press focuses on gender roles and relations, American consumerism, changes in reaction to each major war, class relations, and adjustments to new technology, among many other topics. The collection includes traditionally published items, including how-to books and guides; professional manuals, such as employee manuals; society publications, including sorority and fraternity pledge manuals and Boy Scout and Girl Scout manuals; textbooks; teacher-training and course manuals; commercial literature; and government instruction manuals for a variety of workplaces and industries.

June 26, 2008

Burney Collection Newspapers

The Library now has electronic access to Gale-Cengage's 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers from the British Library. Readers can access it from the Databases & Article Searching page on the Library's web site.

For more information on the collection, visit Gale-Cengage's British Library Newspapers information page.

June 13, 2008

British Periodicals II Database

The Library now has access to ProQuest/Chadwyck-Healey's British Periodicals II database, a collection of journals spanning the late 17th through early 20th centuries, and covering a range of topics such as literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. Derived from the UMI microfilm collection 'Early British Periodicals,' the collection will contain the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes and over 3 million pages. This is a welcome addition to the earlier collection, British Periodicals I.

You can get to both collections from the Databases and Article Searching link on the Library's web site.

June 5, 2008

FBIS Daily Reports

The University Library now has a subscription to the full text of Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1974-1996.

FBIS Daily Reports provide English-language translations of broadcast transcripts, news agency transmissions, newspaper and periodical articles, and government statements from countries around the world.

FBIS Daily Reports can be accessed from the library's A-Z databases list or directly from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=FBISX.

Continue reading "FBIS Daily Reports" »

June 3, 2008

Latest Update to Oxford DNB Now Online

The latest update to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is now available via the Library's A-Z list of databases or directly at www.oxforddnb.com.

This update adds biographies of nearly 100 men and women active between the first and the late twentieth centuries in addition to 45 new reference groups charting well-known clubs, gangs, and networks in British history.

May 20, 2008

Primary Sources at Yale

Primary sources can be found in all of Yale’s twenty-two libraries as well as at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Yale Art Gallery. Use the new Primary Sources at Yale web site to discover and use primary sources in all subjects.

Digital Collections Search

The new cross-collection search web site retrieves results from over 300,000 images in selected Yale University Library Digital Collections.

May 13, 2008

Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopadie (DBE) Available Online

One of the most important German biographical sources, the Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopadie (DBE) [Dictionary of German Biography], is now available online to the Yale community.

The DBE provides information on roughly 65,000 individuals from the 9th century to the present, who contributed to the cultural heritage of the German-speaking areas of the world. The database contains the full entries of the second, revised and enlarged print edition of the DBE which began publication in 2005. Over 1,250 longer articles were written and signed by recognized experts and a reference to further reading is provided at the end of each entry.

DBE Online also provides biographical information on individuals who are mentioned in the text of an entry in the print edition but who do not have their own article.

You can access the Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopadie at http://gso.gbv.de/DB=2.176/LNG=DU/ (German) and at http://gso.gbv.de/DB=2.176/LNG=EN/ (English)

May 12, 2008

Trial Subscription to "Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences"

The Library has a trial subscription to the online Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences until June 1.

Comments and questions are welcome and can be sent to Stefan Kramer.