Web Research Resources

The Oxford English Dictionary Online Has a New Interface

OED Timeline

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online has a new interface. The design has changed, and they’ve added new content. Searching has become easier in a lot of ways. You can filter according to different categories, allowing you to start your search very broad and then narrow down. When you look at the entry for a specific word, you can hover over the source for a particular quote and see if it's possible to find where the quotation came from and potentially find more information about the author.

They also include links to other resources within an entry. For example if you click on Sources, the second result will be Shakespeare. If you click on that entry, not only will see you all the words he is quoted as a source for, but you'll see a link to his biographical entry in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. They have an an ‘Aspects of English’ section, which is a series of descriptive articles on language, past and present. They have integrated the Historical Thesaurus into it as well.

Probably my favorite change is is the addition of timelines and other new ways to visualize the history of words. When I clicked on Timelines, I compared the number of words that entered the language in 1640-1649 (5127 words) versus 1650-1659 (7529 words) (if I had the time, I'd love to explore why so many more words entered the language in 1650-1659). While looking at the Timeline, I then clicked on the 1650-1659 decade range to see all the words that were listed. I learned that the word aboriginal appeared in 1650. You can also select categories in the Timelines for Subject, Region, or Origins. It's a really fun tool to play with!

Five Books

What do the experts read? Fivebooks.com answers that question.

From Soccer to Economic Theory, Fivebooks.com asks experts in their field to describe the top five books. It's a fascinating web site! Check it out!

Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier - Workshop

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals in your field are considered the most influential? If not, then you might want to come to an upcoming workshop called "Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier". This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the citation tools available to help them. We'll cover the basics of Journal Citation Reports, discuss the useful tools in Web of Science, and realizing that not all journals are covered in JCR and WoS, we’ll also cover tools such as SciMago, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities.

By the end of the session we hope you’ll have gained:

• Awareness of the different tools available
• Understanding of the value of these different citation analysis tools
• Ability to select the best tool for any given task
• Understanding of vocabulary like impact factors
• Skills to gather citation information and include them in their promotion documents

This workshop is designed to be informative for all disciplines at Miami, and will be jointly led by a Humanities Librarian and a Science Librarian!

Where: King 110
When: November 16th from noon-1:00pm

Register here http://www.lib.muohio.edu/workshops/register/654.

Victorian Women Writers Project Has a Brand-New Interface!


Indiana University just launched a new interface for their Victorian Women Writers Project website, which has made it much easier to navigate. This website began in 1995 and is primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century. The collection represents an array of genres - poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more. You will find some more well-known names like Harriet Martineau, Edith Nesbit, and Lady Jane Wilde, but also many other Victorian women. Each entry includes valuable bibliographic information, as well as the texts themselves. You can browse by either author, title, or year. There's also options to do more advanced searches.

It's very fun to browse through authors and titles to see what kinds of entries come up. For instance, who doesn't want to read a text called Anarchism and Violence, written by Louisa Sarah Bevington in 1896, or The Inheritance of Evil, Or, the Consequence of Marrying a Deceased Wife’s Sister, written by Felicia Skene in 1849!

Free Music & Sheet Music @ Musopen.com

Music faculty, students and classical music lovers: Musopen.com is a fantastic new free resource for classical musical recordings and sheet music. From their about page:

Listen to Fur EliseMusopen (www.musopen.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.

Berg Fashion Library online trial

Photograph by Henry Talbot. Powerhouse Museum.

The library has a trial (8/23/10-9/22/10) of the Berg Fashion Library online, which can be accessed here:

The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more.

A full list of the contents of the resource is available here:

NBC News Archive on Demand Trial Extended

The library currently has a trial of the NBC News online resource "Archive on Demand". This resource makes thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs, and more available to instructors, researchers and students.
The trial has been extended and will run through September 22, 2010.

Access this resource via the following URL:

ProQuest Celebrates National Library Week

From April 12-18, 2010, ProQuest is offering free, open access to some of their most popular online resources at www.proquest.com/go/celebrate.

A few of the offerings include:
CultureGrams: explore the world's cultures with local experts that document the history, customs, government, and daily life in multimedia reports on over 200 countries.

eLibrary: this easy to use resource brings together content about in-demand subjects from millions of multimedia-rich, global resources.

ProQuest African American Heritage: brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers: experience history firsthand via continuous runs of the following full-image titles: The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, and New York Amsterdam News.

Visit www.proquest.com/go/celebrate to access these resources and more, during National Library Week.
No user name or password needed!

Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia

This month the world will turn to Vancouver, British Columbia, when the 2010 Winter Olympic Games take place. From February 12 through 28, skaters, skiers, sledders, snowboarders, and curlers will compete in and around this West Coast city.
  • Olympic.org

    Provides useful information about Olympics activities, links to related sites.

  • Vancouver2010.com

    The official site for the events. Find out about events, about venues, schedules, results, and more. Maps and images of the region are online, and in the maps collection, show the communities and the event locations. The Venues page tells what events are to be held there, and at the Transportation tab, gives directions to the venue with a street map of the arena location.
I created a Google Map to show the venues in Vancouver and vicinity, at Cypress Mountain, and in Whistler. Natural Resources Canada provides this satellite view with a guide to using imagery. Successive views focus on specific areas, and reveal that BC Place, site of the opening and closing ceremonies, and awards ceremonies each night, is visible from space.

New maps in the our collection cover this area, as well. Four of them are by International Travel Maps, based in the Vancouver area:
Finally, a blog, Beyond Binary, by Ina Friend at Cnet, has begun a series of articles on the science and technology of the Winter Games, beginning with one on the issue of preserving snow at Cypress Mountain, site of the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events.

Haiti Earthquakes Information & Resources

The following is a good collection of information and resources regarding the devastating Haitian earthquakes. If you know of any good resources, let us know.

News & Emergency Information

  • Crisis Map of Haiti
    This real-time map is updated with emergency information coming from SMS messages, the web, email, radio, telephone and other sources. It's the most comprehensive map for humanitarian and relief efforts.
  • Google Crisis Response
    A comprehensive resources with information about donations and charity, videos, Google Earth imagery. Also includes a person finder!
  • United States State Department
    Information on the earthquakes and the relief response from the State Department.

Relief Efforts/Donations

Social Media


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