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HeinOnline: Legal materials from the colonies forward

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VCU Libraries subscribes to HeinOnline, a searchable image-based database of legal research materials. What makes acquisition of this database exciting is its depth and its application to so many different disciplines and areas of study. While HeinOnline is an excellent resource for researchers looking for articles on legal issues of any kind, the collections have applicability to anyone studying history, political science, public policy and administration, homeland security, criminal justice, international relations, or any topic which involves those subjects.

At the heart of the database is the law journal collection which includes more than 2,000 publications, each provided from its first issue to the latest, subject to moving-wall restrictions. The historical collection of state statutes provides superseded statutes for all 50 states, some dating as far back as 1717.

The same “from inception” coverage, with various cut-off dates, applies to the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Reports, and many other collections. Having older versions of laws and regulations is of great benefit for those researching the evolution of statutory and regulatory coverage of certain topics.

A few examples will provide an indication of how deep the collections are. The U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library contains not only all U.S. treaties, but also books and other texts such as Great European Treaties of the Nineteenth Century (1918), History of the Five Indian Nations of Canada (1755), and treaty guides and indexes such as Hertslet’s Commercial Treaties: A Complete Collection (Vols. 1-31). Foreign Relations of the United States covers every administration from Lincoln through Carter and also includes historical texts such as Trescot’s Diplomatic History of the Administration of Washington and Adams (1857) among many others. The U.S. Congressional Documents collection includes the Congressional Record (and its predecessors) from the 1st Congress to current, as well as Congressional Budget Office documents from 1976 to present, and what appears to be all of the unclassified Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. Finally,the Session Laws collection for Virginia covers 1661-2013, thus extending our access significantly backward from December, 1861, the date of the first print volume in our collection.

Each page of every document has a permanent link. Click on the link icon to display the permanent link that can then be placed anywhere.

Citations for journal articles only may be exported to RefWorks; instructions are linked from the RefWorks guide. The combination of WestlawNext and HeinOnline provides access to legal, regulatory, and Congressional information from colonial times to the present day.

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By Marilyn Scott, education research librarian

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Study Skills: Test preparations reads

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Books about study skills and test preparation are organized and shelved together on the first floor of Cabell Library. Use them as handy references as you prep for end-of-the-semester tests and projects.
These items are available only to VCU students, staff and faculty. No renewals are permitted. Faculty may put these materials on reserve.
Librarians have organized these books in a central location to make it easy to find titles and guides that aid with time management, basic and advanced organizational skills, the studying complex academic subjects, reading to learn, transition to college life and other themes related to studying and managing information. Also housed in this section are books about test prep for LSAT, GRE, MCAT and others. Books about job searching and career choices are also available.
In addition, two useful online guides are available:
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VCU Menorah Review: Judaic culture electronic journal

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VCU Menorah Review is an electronic journal that provides information on the Judaic culture. Issues are published biannually with winter/spring and summer/fall issues.

Browse the archives and look up issues from fall 2003 to the present. The search option matches various words or phrases with articles.

VCU Menorah Review allows users to access scholarly articles from a variety of sources that discuss Judaic beliefs and customs.

Information about the the database has been taken from the VCU Center for Judaic Studies.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Voice of Shuttle: Database of databases

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Voice of Shuttle is a database about databases. Established in 1994, it provides a brief annotated guide to online resources in the humanities.

Listed as Forbes Magazine’s 2002 “Best of the Web” in Academic Research, Voice of Shuttle continues to provide access to resources on various topics, including architecture, literary theory and media studies. With a brief description of the resource, users are able to be matched with the perfect resource for their particular area of study.

Get matched to publishers and booksellers like Harvard University Press or gain access to travel resources like Microsoft Expedia. Use Voice of Shuttle to gain access to a range of resources including “Eternal Egypt” and “Gregory Ulmer’s Homepage.”

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Birds of North America Online: Comprehensive index

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With Birds of North America Online, anyone can learn all there is to know about a particular bird from their beak to their flight. It provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716-plus species of birds breeding in the United States (including Hawaii) and Canada. Information on each bird includes images and videos of plumage, behaviors, habitat, nest and eggs.

Search through various birds by their common or scientific name or just type in a keyword and Birds of North America Online will link to that bird. Once matched to a particular bird, discover articles on breeding behaviors, measurements, migration and more. Listen to the various birds’ calls or songs. Bird lovers everywhere can be introduced to birds such as the Tufted Titmouse or even the Eastern Towhee.

The site is regularly updated with more photo, video and audio galleries and information is continuously revised.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Knovel Library: Engineering research resources

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Knovel Library provides users  with technical information in engineering and applied science.

Information comes from books, conference proceedings, databases and other materials from more than 100 sources.

Interactive tables and graphs display data in clear ways.  Users can download materials in a PDF or an Excel spreadsheet.

Knovel also contains a feature called interactive equations, which solve various problems in the field of chemistry, engineering and more. Users can use and save sample equations or enter ones of their own for Knovel to solve.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Directory of Published Proceedings: Paper database

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The Directory of Published Proceedings offers users access to research papers from all over the world. The site provides categories, ranging from science and technology to economics and finance.

Use the Directory of Published Proceedings to find articles on pollution control and ecology or science and technology. There are articles like “Energy, Power & Facility Management Strategies & Technologies 2014-2015” from the United States or “A Real-Time Testbed for Routing Network” from Bulgaria.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others 

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Berg Fashion Library: World fashion index

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Fashion lovers everywhere can be in-tune with fashion statements throughout history with the Berg Fashion Library.

The resource provides integrated text and image content from the 1600s to today in the form of e-books, reference works and more. It provides in-depth information on various bodies, garments and styles of fashion. The database also allows users to be matched with references and articles.

Browse through various dress, individuals and textiles throughout history. Berg Fashion Library allows users to get matched with scholarly fashion articles on everything from “Afro Hairstyle” to “The Fabric of Fabrication.” Get lost in the world of silks and calico while browsing through the site. Whether one’s interest is new world or old school, Berg has options. Discover how Tibet influences fashion in  “Archaeological Evidence: Tibet” or turn up hundreds of hits on Christian Dior.

Berg Fashion Library allows users to explore by time and place. Search for fashion from Oceania to Central America. There are articles about some of the iconic fashion items in the world from the sari to the kimono.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Blackbird: Online literature and arts journal

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Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts  contains poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art.

Get lost in the works of Joshua Bennett, David Wojahn and Louis Draper. Blackbird connects users to various works of art, but it gives users in-depth information on the writer. In some instances, it gives “Blackbird’s Notes” in which users can glean background information on the work. Users are also given the option to read reviews of particular works.

Discover works of art in galleries from people like, Sarah Eckhardt and Tony Langston. Blackbird offers scholarly looks into literary and artistic works for users to go through.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others 

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iPOLL: Comprehensive U.S. data from 1935 to today

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Drawn from every major polling organization in the United States, iPOLL offers comprehensive and up-to-date national and some international public opinion poll data. With more than 650,000 questions and answers dating to 1935, users can find public opinions on a variety of topics.

The database offers useful search features, including keyword, topic, organization and dates and also searching within a set of question results. iPOLL contains polling data on public policy issues ranging from elections to social security to religious status.

Special note may be made of the Topics at a Glance feature. Users may choose from a variety of topics found in the headlines, utilizing the pre-populated datasets, charts and issue briefs to get a quick overview of public opinion.

iPool is managed by The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, currently located at the University of Connecticut. According to its website: “It is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys. The Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and abroad. Founded in 1947, the Roper Center holds data ranging from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Its collection now includes over 22,000 datasets and adds hundreds more each year. In total, the archive contains responses from millions of individuals on a vast range of topics. …  The Roper Center has a strong presence in the public opinion community and maintains cooperative relationships with other archives around the world. Its Board of Directors contains representatives from both academic and commercial public opinion research.”

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by Nia Rodgers

Grey Literature: Resources beyond the library

“Public policy work increasingly relies on a wide range of resources — some are traditional scholarly publications, but the majority are ‘grey literature’. Reports, discussion papers, briefings, reviews and data sets produced by government, academic centres, NGOs, think tanks and companies are heavily used and highly valued in policy and practice work, forming a key part of the evidence base” (Lawrence, Houghton, Thomas & Weldon, 2014, p. 3).

Grey literature is academic work that is not published by commercial publishers. Examples include fact sheets, pre-prints, white papers, proceedings, patents, standards, newsletters, patents, bulletins, symposia, some surveys, some maps, and scholarly materials published in open access journals. With the rise of the internet, self-publishing has brought grey literature to researchers all over the world in a more timely fashion than traditional publishing. See this paper for more discussion on the value of grey literature: Find It

With the increase of electronic publishing opportunities, digitization efforts and emerging technologies, grey literature is now more available and more in demand by growing user communities.

by Nia Rodgers

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Services Highlight: Interlibrary Loan

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When a book or article is not available at VCU Libraries,  students and faculty can request items through Interlibrary Loan. Through this system, VCU Libraries will deliver print materials to graduate and undergraduate students at the library of their choice (James Branch Cabell or Tompkins-McCaw) or electronic articles via email.

The libraries will also deliver materials to faculty and staff to their campus offices.

Request materials through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan and delivery service and materials will be delivered within a few days.

Nonprofit Studies: Library research resources

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People interested in careers in the nonprofit sector can pursue a degree or certificate at the undergraduate or graduate level through the Wilder School’s Nonprofit Studies Programs. These programs support the development of current and future executives, boards, staff and volunteers to become collaborative, thoughtful and ethical leaders in this growing field.

In support of the nonprofit studies curriculum, VCU Libraries offers a robust collection of books, ebooks, journals and electronic resources. An overview of these resources is listed below:

by Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian Patricia Sobczak

 

British Periodicals: Hundreds of 17th-20th century titles

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VCU Libraries expanded its British Periodicals series with the acquisition of British Periodicals I and III. This series consists of facsimile page images and searchable text for nearly 500 periodicals published between the 17th and 20th centuries. Topics covered include politics, science, history, literary and creative arts, archaeology and popular culture.

British Periodicals I is the foundation of the series, some 160 journals that comprised the Early British Periodicals microfilm collection. This collection covers topics such as politics, science, history, literary and creative arts, archaeology and popular culture. Titles in this series include the Athenaeum, the Scottish Review and the London Journal.

British Periodicals III extends the scope of the series into the first half of the 20th century. This collection contains illustrated periodicals known as the “Great Eight” in British publishing. These popular periodicals covered news, art, photography and literature of the era. Titles in this series include Britannia and Eve, The Sketch, and The Tatler. Images are in full color when present in the original.

These additions join British Periodicals II, a collection dedicated to the arts, in VCU Libraries electronic resources. Material from these collections is available to download either as PDFs or JPEG images.

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By Emily Davis Winthrop, arts collections librarian

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Collections Profile: Kevin Farley

Kevin FarleyCollection librarians advise on acquisitions and materials to support teaching and research as well as new course and degree development.
Humanities Collections Librarian Kevin Farley serves the VCU Department of Music.

Schools and Departments Served: African-American Studies, English, History, World Studies (including Philosophy, Religious Studies, and world languages), MATX, Music

Expertise/education:

  • Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • MLS, Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MA, English, Kent State University
  • BA, English, Old Dominion University

Areas of Interest

  • The future of humanities publishing
  • Cultural theory
  • Digital Humanities
  • Shakespeare
  • World literature and translation studies
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Film studies and experimental film
  • Music history

What do you like most about what you do?

Collections are at the forefront of tremendous changes underway in academic libraries, reflecting the transformations taking place in how disciplines are taught, studied and practiced. This is challenging but also very exciting, and with the increasing role of digital collections, it’s possible to see researchers find connections that are now often more visible than ever before. The variety of ways of thinking about oneself and the world that is the foundation of doing the humanities has been my lifelong fascination. Creation in the humanities is especially vibrant at VCU. Contemporary humanities are diverse, inclusive and internationalist in thinking and approach, and to be part of that is fulfilling both professionally and personally.

What currently has your attention?

At work, the shift into digital environments for media access, and ways to provide dynamic and wide-ranging streaming access to the VCU community. At home, the intricacies of the classical guitar, which I am determined to learn.

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Collection librarians like Farley work in collaboration with outreach librarians, who support research, curricular and information literacy. More about other outreach librarians for the arts: Creative Catalysts: VCU’s arts librarians

Map It: Tools for research in the Wilder School

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Electronic mapping resources are fast becoming an important tool for researchers to visually communicate their scholarship. More and more VCU courses require the visualization of data to supplement academic efforts in effective and powerful ways. For example, while you can explain the concept of food deserts, having a way to visually show the large geographic areas that do not have access to a grocery store, paints a much more graphic reality. Or, when a nonprofit needs a list zip codes that meet a certain criteria for potential donors, looking at that data on an interactive map, enables you to change the data and make adjustments to better focus on exactly the areas you need to cover.

VCU Libraries has several mapping resources for a range of skill levels:

  • SimplyMap allows you to create thematic maps and reports using extensive demographic, business and marketing data. SimplyMap has all the data you need to answer key research questions, make sound business decisions and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any geographic area in the United States. It offers more than 75,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences and public health. Find It
  • VCU Libraries owns many spatial and numeric data sets, most of which are produced by the Federal government. Use the VCU Libraries Search to search the collection, or browse a list of data collections.  Find It

To learn more about mapping resources and geographic information systems, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs offers a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Also, as part of the Virginia higher education site license for ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), VCU students, faculty and staff have free access to GIS courses offered via the ESRI Virtual Campus. For more information  and to register, please see the following:

by Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian Patricia Sobczak

 

 

 

 

Psychotherapy.net: Trial of streaming videos

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VCU Libraries offers a trial of streaming videos from Psychotherapy.net. Faculty are invited to access this item from the Trials web page.  Test this from home or remote locations to see how the streaming holds up. Feedback will be important to making a purchasing decision. The trial goes through Oct. 10.

Psychotherapy.net includes interviews, lectures and therapy sessions conducted by leading psychotherapists and counselors. VCU Libraries already holds many Psychotherapy.net titles on DVD and online via Counseling and Therapy in Video. The collection in preview now includes newer titles but there is some overlap with existing products.

Features include the ability to search the collection by keyword or browse by client population, therapist, therapeutic genre or specific issue. There is also an easy way to create clips for classroom use or research by highlighting text in the transcript. Plus, users can further refine their search by looking for keywords in the transcript when they are viewing a particular video.

By Lynne Turman, collections librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

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Kanopy: Try new video streaming service

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VCU Libraries introduces a trial of Kanopy, one of the largest, educational streaming video services, providing access to more than 26,000 documentaries, feature films, shorts and more.

The VCU academic community is invited to use the service, which VCU Libraries has licensed,  during the trial period (through October 14) and provide feedback to inform a purchase decision. Your feedback about research and teaching use of this new resource by you and your students is valuable, so please let us know what you think.

Included are many of the libraries’ most circulated DVD and VHS titles: Still Killing Us Softly 4; La Jetee; The National Parks; Race, the Power of Illusion; A House Divided; Rome, Open City; Apted’s Up series; Crude, the Real Price of Oil; Graduating Peter; Recovering Bodies; Art & Copy.

Collections include:

  • Feature and international films from: Criterion/Janus Films, New Day Films, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Kino Lorber Education, Flicker Alley (silent film classics), Film Movement
  • Documentaries from: Media Education Foundation, Green Planet Films, Roland Collection, Michael Blackwood, PBS, BBC, California Newsreel, Documentary Educational Resources, Psychotherapy.net  

Access the Kanopy interface from Trial Databases. Soon, individual titles will be added within VCU Libraries Search. Kanopy features include closed captioning, tools for links, social media and embedding players. Create an account to save clips and playlists. Explore through searching, browsing and recommendations, then refine through the subject, date, language and other limiters at the bottom, left of the interface.

By Nell Chenault, Film and Performing Arts Research Librarian

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Markets of the Future: Explore next generation markets

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Euromonitor offers in-depth analysisGraph With Stacks Of Coins of the business environment and consumer markets for next generation markets including Africa, Cuba and Iraq. Comprehensive reports cover more than 50 consumer categories and extensive brand share data, as well as key economic, demographic and infrastructure factors. The research allows for real-life decision making and strategies for identifying new opportunities in geographic areas not covered in traditional sources.

How to use it? Login to Passport GMID, select any page under Industries, Economies or Consumers and look for Markets of the Future Reports.

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By Bettina Peacemaker, assistant head, academic outreach and business research librarian

Map It: Mapping tools for business research

Electronic mapping resources are fast becoming an important tool for researchers to visually communicate their scholarship. More and more VCU courses require the visualization of data to supplement academic efforts in effective and powerful ways. For example, while a list of bicycle sellers in the RVA may help someone who is looking to open a bike shop, that same information shown on a map gives immediate, graphical information that can help an entrepreneur identify opportunities. Or, when creating a marketing strategy, a company can use an interactive map to input data and highlight areas that meet the criteria for inclusion in the campaign. VCU Libraries has several mapping resources for a range of skill levels:

  • SimplyMap allows you to create thematic maps and reports using extensive demographic, business and marketing data. SimplyMap has all the data you need to answer key research questions, make sound business decisions and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any geographic area in the United States. It offers more than 75,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences and public health. Find It
  • VCU Libraries owns many spatial and numeric data sets, most of which are produced by the Federal government. Use the VCU Libraries Search to search the collection, or browse a list of data collections.  Find It

To learn more about mapping resources and geographic information systems, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs offers a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Also, as part of the State of Virginia higher education site license for ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), VCU students, faculty and staff have free access to GIS courses offered via the ESRI Virtual Campus. For more information  and to register, please see the following:

By Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian