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Naxos: Streaming classical music

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VCU Libraries’ subscription to Naxos Music Library offers more than 1,750,000 streaming tracks from 120,000 albums. Classical music is the heart of the Naxos Music Library, but you will also find Broadway musicals, soundtracks, jazz, classic rock and world music. Check out new releases, with about 800 albums added each month.

Listen to music from today’s top artists such as Lang Lang or classic artists like Arthur Rubinstein. Explore composers through eras from Johann Pachabel to John Zorn. Relax to Brahms’ Clarinet Trio in A Minor performed by VCU’s Charles West. Stream on your laptop, your iPad or phone. Create playlists of favorites or enjoy the monthly Naxos selections.

Naxos is comprised of preeminent classical recording labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, RCA and Sony Classical as well as many smaller, specialty labels. You will not find music from these core labels on consumer services such as Pandora.

Try these music connoisseur features:

  • Search by artist, composer, instrument, genre, period or song duration.
  • Find liner notes, cover art and detailed performer, instrumentation and publisher information.
  • Review biographies of composers and artists, a glossary, musical terms, pronunciation guide and analysis of core classical works.
  • The opera section has more than 700 libretti and synopses.
  • For music educators, find a junior listening section and K-12 curriculum and teaching materials.

Naxos Music Library and Music Online  will become your home for deeper music exploration and research.

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Race and Violence Research: Charting the Literature

For much of the 20th century, librarians fielding questions relevant to the topic of race and violence guided researchers to historical and general social science resources.

Scholars found articles about people, court cases, or events in databases like America: History and Life, or Sociological Abstracts. Primary evidence might be most easily found in newspapers, and court records. Photographic records, personal and agency records, newsreels, and video have long been available, but until large-scale digitization efforts were underway,  these were not readily accessible outside of individual archives.

In 2016, the range and number of resources on race and violence, and their ease of access, looks quite different.

It’s possible to create quick searches that reveal compelling patterns of growth and change in disciplinary topic treatment. A sophisticated multi-disciplinary database, like Web of Science, allows a search that offers evidence for expanding perspectives. Comparing decades, and using a search on “race OR racial” and “violence”, an effort identifies:

  • 1970-1979, 11 scholarly articles;
  • 1980-1989, 18 scholarly articles;
  • 1990-1999, 381 scholarly articles;
  • 2000-2009, 1,003 scholarly articles.

By the latest half decade, from 2010-2015, the same search identified 1,386 scholarly articles.

This exercise reveals the information explosion in research. But, these sorts of carefully constructed searches can offer evidence to help us  quantify, and pinpoint these “explosions” in a field.  What may be more intriguing, if not entirely surprising, is that while the 11 articles from 1970-1980 spanned across four broad disciplinary areas, notably sociology and ethnic studies, by the most current five years, the 1,386  identified articles spanned 50 broad research areas. These 50 include predictable disciplines like history, psychology and urban studies, but also include research in fields like substance abuse, anthropology and international relations. The largest current disciplinary area for this research appears to be in criminal penology, with emerging  research in areas as diverse as surgery and linguistics.

Today, librarians will want  to understand more about your interests in race and violence to recommend additional databases, but here are some starting suggestions:

Because Web of Science is also a citation-tracing database, it is possible to reveal author connections, disciplinary crossovers and persistence of research findings through citation analysis. This sort of search in Web of Science can quickly identify leading and new scholars in a field like race and violence, or other areas. For help with crafting a search in Web of Science that can reveal a quick picture of growth in disciplines relevant to topics that interest you, contact Sara Williams, liaison to African American Studies.

By Sara Williams, Head, Academic Outreach

Image: Black Panther Demonstration, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1970, Black Studies Center

Kanopy: Video streaming service

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Kanopy, new in 2015-16, is a large, educational streaming video service. It provides easy access to more than 26,000 documentaries, feature films, shorts and more. Kanopy adds new videos regularly, so check back to browse new content.

Included are many of VCU 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; Art & Copy; Unnatural Causes.

View a video new to VCU through Kanopy: The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff; Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman; The Economics of Happiness; How Facebook Changed the World – The Arab Spring; The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life; Plastic Tides; Precious Knowledge; The Distracted Mind

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
  • Broad subject coverage: the arts, business, communication, diversity, education, experimental film, fashion, history, global studies, health, LGBT collections, literature, media, music, religion, psychology, sciences, sustainability, and technical training

Individual titles can be found within VCU Libraries Search. Kanopy online 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.

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By Nell Chenault, Film and Performing Arts Research Librarian

Image: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? 2008. Kanopy Streaming

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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