Thursday, May 31, 2012
Articles from historical issues of more than 190 scholarly journals are included in Arts & Sciences Collection II. Selected journals and publications include African Affairs (1944-1999), American Anthropologist (1888-2004), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (1970-2011), The Classical Review (1887-2006), The English Historical Review (1886-2001), Hesperia (1932-2008), The Hispanic American Historical Review (1918-1999), The Journal of Hellenic Studies (1880-2008), Journal of Peace Research (1964-2008), Political Theory (1973-2008), and Theory and Society (1974-2008).
Articles from historical issues of more than 220 scholarly journals are included in Arts & Sciences Collection III. Selected journals include American Art Journal (1969-2003), American Speech (1925-1999), Buddhist-Christian Studies (1981-2008), College Composition and Communication (1950-2008), Ethnomusicology (1953-2012), Folklore (1890-2006), The Jewish Quarterly Review (1888-2006), The New England Quarterly (1828-2008), Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 (1961-2006), South Atlantic Review (1981-2008), and Western Folklore (1947-2006), to name a few.
Explore the JSTOR collections and search or browse our complete journal collections at Locating Journals.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Early voting takes place from April 30 - May 8.
Are you uncertain about whether you are currently registered to vote in Texas or at which address you're registered? Then check out the Voter Information Search database made available through the Texas Secretary of State's office. You can search by Driver's Licence number and date of birth, or First Name/Last Name and date of birth. Try it out!
Monday, April 2, 2012
Yes, it's time for the National Archives to release another decennial Census-worth of data on our forebears. This time it's the 1940 Census that will become completely available online, as of 9 A.M. EDT today.
Every 10 years the Census Bureau counts us all, as well as collecting information on where we live, how we work, etc. The aggregated numbers resulting from each Census are available from a few months to a few years after we've filled out our forms.
But the actual forms, with names and addresses, legally cannot be released until 72 years after the Census was taken. This delay protects the privacy of most of the adults counted, and the eventual release is quite a boon to their descendants doing family histories.
At the 1940 Census website you can find a step-by-step guide to finding information in the voluminous files. Plus see an informative video that describes the herculean task the Archives undertook to digitize the previously microfilmed records.
National Public Radio has publicized a bunch of fascinating tidbits from the Census and the year 1940 in general. And they also display this promotional video, made by the Census Bureau to encourage cooperation with the Census takers:
Monday, March 5, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles John Huffam Dickens, well-known English novelist and short-story author. Dickens is considered by some to be one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian period.
Some of Dickens' better known works include The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Barnaby Rudge, Bleak House, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, to name just a few.
The Blume Library provides many print and online resources where you can learn more about Charles Dickens and his writings, including Credo Reference, the Gale Virtual Reference Library, and the Literature Resource Center.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens!
"Portrait of Charles Dickens." The Bridgeman History of Science. London: Bridgeman, 2006. Credo Reference. Web. 07 February 2012. Portrait by William Powell Frith located in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.
Friday, December 2, 2011
You may have noticed some empty shelves as you walk into the Louis J. Blume Library. We will be starting construction on a new Learning Commons in May 2012 and we are making some preparations for that space.
The library is discarding both journals and reference books that are available to our faculty and students as on-line digital resources. We are NOT discarding non-reference books from the circulating collection on the third floor. This is something we would have done in a leisurely fashion anyway and no one would have noticed. Libraries do it every day, all over the world. If not, we would be buried under tons of useless information and misinformation and the university would have to build a new wing for the library every ten years or even more often. We have had to move quickly this semester because we are starting construction on the new Learning Commons in May and have to move substantial quantities of books and journals between the floors to make the space available.
NOTE: While we ARE recycling material that is useless to our students and faculty, we are not lightly throwing away material that might be useful to other libraries. We are working with Better World Books, a company that redistributes books to libraries serving developing countries and other nonprofits, and sells used books to individuals. We have shipped more than 9 tons of books to them for redistribution or discounted sales to Haiti, various African countries, and other places. We could do no more than that. You can read more about Better World Books in Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Better_World_Books
See the environmental metrics document to learn more about this activity, which has brought $8,744.82 back to the library and is being used to purchase ebooks.
based on information provided by Dr. H. Palmer Hall, Director, Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary’s University
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Blume Library, in partnership with the Native American Student Association at St. Mary’s University, has created a display to celebrate Native American Heritage Month this November. The display is installed in the entryway of the Blume Library and will run from Nov. 1st-30th.
The artifacts on display are clothing and other items presented to Geronimo, leader of the Chiricahua Apaches during the late 19th century. Geronimo was imprisoned by the U.S. Government for raiding and for defying the resettlement of his people to an arid reservation in Arizona.
The display also includes books on Native American Studies, historical studies of Geronimo, and fiction by Native American authors. Books on display are available for checkout.
You can find out more information about Native American and about display though the Native American Heritage Month LibGuide on the Library website.
I encourage you to take time to celebrate Native American Heritage Month by visiting the display, learning more from the LibGuide, and taking advantage of the events sponsored by the Native American Student Association. Check out the University calendar for more details about upcoming events.