As my web page has now been migrated to a new server at Towson University, this blog is being discontinued. If you visit my new web page at http://wp.towson.edu/lwoznick and click on the tab titled “Cook Library Updates,” you will see posts and tips about research news at the library as well as other information relevant to performing arts research.
As of today, August 26, 2016, there will be no new posts on this page. Please do visit the new site and leave me a note, if you are so inclined.
There has been some publicity about a number of new online exhibits that are quite eye catching and informative. From the American Beethoven Society, the Beethoven’s Vienna exhibit provides a window on Beethoven’s world and its customs: Beethoven’s Vienna. Equally interesting are the new photos now available on the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Treasures website. If you don’t have the chance to travel this summer, you can visit other places and times by browsing these sites.
If you missed the MLA Citation Workshop last week, you still have time to come to explore CMS style of citation as well as Using AV Resources in Research. Check out my two remaining workshops here: woznicki_fall_workshops
Better late than never … This semester has been a frantically busy one for many of us, myself included. I am just getting my head above water and wanted to offer to everyone my Fall newsletter. Unlike previous semesters, I am only publishing one edition for Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts. Please enjoy and share with others interested in performing arts research at TU. Combined newsletter fall 2015
Many music majors are familiar with this old joke: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Answer: practice, practice, practice. While that may be true for many of us, Carnegie Hall has now come to you in the form of the digital archive of filmed performances. Included are concert clips of community concerts, masterclass performances, interviews with music notables, and resources for music teachers. Most of the content is streamed through Carnegie Hall’s Youtube channel, but their site has nice divisions of clips organized by content type. If you are looking for some inspiration to share with friends or give yourself a little boost after a rough day of classes, take a look at the site. All three Subject Gateways for music have links to this content along with the other streaming databases available through the library. Here is a direct link to the site: http://www.carnegiehall.org/DigitalLibrary/
This fall, starting on October 14, 2015, I will again be spending time each week in Center for the Arts to assist students and faculty with any research needs. This semester, I will be holding session on Wednesdays, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. No appointments are needed. I will be sitting at the long table in the cafe area on the second floor with my laptop, ready to answer your questions and comments about the library and its services. Look for signs in the Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts Departments advertising my service as we get closer to the start date.
No matter what your research need, Cook Library has you covered this semester with a wide variety of research workshops ranging from citations for research papers in the most popular formats (MLA, CMS, APA) to using new tools like Zotero and Mendeley to incorporating AV material into your research. For a full list of workshops, check out http://bit.ly/Cookworkshops.
If you like what you see and want to register for a workshop, visit http://tinyurl.com/libworkshopsF15
As always, all Cook Library workshops are free and open to all students and faculty.
Beginning this week, TU faculty and students will have access to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. This database includes lengthy abstracts from dissertations dating back into the last century and full text dissertations from roughly 1997 to the present day. While many researchers will use this tool for the goldmine that the bibliographies of most of these documents can supply, the more adventurist user can get a glimpse of research on topics that are very finite and narrow, allowing a greater specificity of subjects within a particular field. The beauty of this database is that now, right at your desk, you can access many dissertations and theses from around the world as PDF documents for easy downloading and saving. If you are looking for a model paper to share with students or looking for current research on a particularly obscure performer or topic, the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database is worth a try. On my subject gateways, I have placed this resource in a special group at the bottom of the listings – look for a box now called ‘Special Research Tools’ and click on the ProQuest database link. I will be adding other tools to this box in the near future; right now, this particular resource did not match any of the other types on my gateways, so it got its own little box. We have unlimited simultaneous usage both on and off campus. You can also access the database from the A to Z listings on the Cook Library web site. Here is a direct link to that listing; just scroll down to the database and click on its title: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/gateways/databases.cfm?alph=P. Remember that off campus access will require a log in with your TU Net ID.
New this week for those interested in streaming video is the addition of the Kanopy database to Cook Library’s streaming video choices. Kanopy’s title list includes a wide array of films including the Criterion Collection, BBC, Kino, PBS, and many more. Included are a variety of interesting feature films ranging from A Hard Day’s Night and Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast to performance videos of dance productions and plays. Many films include transcripts and closed captioning, and with the creation of a free account, you are able to create clips and save to a playlist for quick access when needed. New films are added each month, and the search box is easy to use and result screens easy to navigate. The database has unlimited simultaneous users and can be accessed on or off campus. Flash player is required for viewing and can be downloaded for free on your computer. Kanopy has been added to the performing arts Subject Gateways and can be found in the Streaming Video section of each gateway. You can also visit the library’s web site and access it from the A to Z listing of Research Databases. Off site use requires Net ID authentification.
It was a sad day this week when we learned that the world famous Diana Hacker’s Research and Documentation Online website has been taken down from the internet. The publisher of the latest version of what we refer to as “the Hacker Guide” has issued a new print version of the title, removing Diana’s name and showcasing the updates that make it relevant for current digital scholarship. All of this is wonderful, but to access the information, you will have to pony up to purchase either the e-book-to-go [their words] or the print version. The companion site that was used by many of us for years is no longer available on the open web. The e-book-to-go option is less than desirable because it is a static, PDF of the book. Unlike the web site or the online version of the Chicago Manual of Style, the new e-book does not have updates, but will be available for download to your favorite device. Until another comparable free service is found, we are referring users to the OWL Purdue site, which is a viable alternative to the Hacker Guide, but not as comprehensive. PDFs of the original annotated sample paper, outlines, and annotated bibliography can still be found on the Internet Archive, but live links to the site don’t seem to work anymore. Cook Library is working to gain electronic access to the style manuals for APA and MLA to compliment our CMS online edition, but so far, nothing has been finalized. We are not certain that we can gain institutional access to the e-book version of the latest Research and Documentation, but we are trying. It would have been nice to have some warning about this on the site, but I guess we should be grateful that it remained in place through the end of the semester.