Reference at Newman Library

New Database: Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820

On the Alexander Street platform, we have expanded our collection of archival materials in women’s history with “Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820.” The vendor says that the database:

seeks to enlarge the scope and enhance the significance of the study of empire by creating a 75,000-page database and archive of documents that views the history of modern empires through women’s eyes.  Drawn from libraries, archives, and personal collections around the world, many of these documents are available for the first time.  We hope they will provide scholars and students with new perspectives on imperial history as a process of political, social, economic and cultural interactions involving indigenous and imperial people, family life, social networks and civil society as well as governments and armies.  

Links to this database can be found on the following pages:

If there are other subject databases pages that should feature a link, please let me know.

New Database Trial: Oxford Scholarly Editions

Description (from the vendor)

“Available for the first time online, Oxford’s scholarly editions provide trustworthy, annotated primary texts for scholars and students.

OSEO currently includes writers active between the 8th and 20th century, plus Roman and Greek authors — from Aristotle, Austen, Bentham, Catullus, Dickens, and Donne through to Plato, Virgil, Homer and Wordsworth. It contains over 1,750 scholarly editions — the equivalent of more than 870,000 print pages.”

Trial Ends

November 28, 2023


On and off campus. Use the link on the Trials tab on the databases page.


Please share with any faculty who might be interested and recommend they use the trial feedback form (also linked to on the Trials tab on the databases page).

Access Problems for Library Resources

Due to issues this morning with various network systems on campus, our EZproxy server that manages remote access to library resources (databases, e-journals, ebooks, streaming videos, etc.) is down. There is no remote access available right now.

Unfortunately, this problem also interferes with on campus access, as all database traffic is initially routed through our EZproxy server. If you need on- campus access to a database, you’ll want to remove the EZproxy prefix that appears at the start of the URLs.

For example, if you copy the URL from the link to ABI/Inform Global on our A-Z database list, you can see that it’s trying to go to:

If you are on campus, just copy that URL into your browser and delete the portion at the start that has:

That leaves you with a URL of that will actually work from computers on campus on our network:

As soon as I get word of network services returning to normal, I’ll send out an update here.

Remote Access Problem on Faculty and Staff Laptops

If you are using a Baruch-issued laptop while off campus (just the ones issued to faculty and staff, not the ones we loan out to students), you’ll want to turn off the GlobalProtect VPN service before you try to connect to library databases and other licensed content. Due to a change in the set-up for GlobalProtect, if you leave it on while trying to connect to a library database, you’ll find yourself looking at a vendor login page, something that you’ll not be able to get past.

While I work with BCTC to figure out how to fix this problem, please use this workaround to sign out of GlobalProtect on your laptop or that of faculty and staff who report remote access problems.

  1. In the lower right corner of your Windows screen (look for the carat to the left of the time and date display), click on the carat to open up the “system tray” that shows programs running in the background on your computer.
  2. Among the icons in the system tray, click on the GlobalProtect icon, which is light blue globe icon with the black dot on it.
  3. When the “GlobalProtect” window opens, click the hamburger menu icon in the top right corner and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  4. When the settings window from GlobalProtect opens, click on the “Sign Out” option in the lower left corner.
  5. You should now be signed out of GlobalProtect and able to get to library resources in the usual off campus method (click a link, get our EZproxy login page, enter your CUNY Login credentials, and get redirected to the resource).

This video I made shows the steps above for signing out of GlobalProtect. If you need to turn GlobalProtect back on, the icon for it can be found in the same system tray location, but now the globe icon you’ll click on will be light gray (indicating that you’re presently signed out).

As soon as a fix is found for this new behavior from GlobalProtect, I’ll update this blog post and notify everyone on our library mailing list.

New Database: LACLI

We’ve added a new, freely available database that a number of CUNY librarians have helped contribute to: LACLI. Here is how the organization behind the database describes itself:

Welcome to LACLI, an international collaboration to create a repository of free online resources for Latin American, Caribbean, Latinx, and Iberian studies! LACLI is an essential tool to find websites that provide access to a great variety of resources such as audiovisual materials, books, data, ephemera, government documents, oral histories, periodicals, reference works, visual materials, web archives and more!

LACLI is managed by the Latin America Northeast Libraries Network (LANE), a network of library professionals representing academic and research libraries mainly in the Northeastern United States. LANE is a regional affinity group with ties to the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM).

In addition to a link to this database on our A-Z list, it also can be found on the following subject database pages:

Places for Students to Have Job Interviews

We frequently are asked by students where they can find a quiet place to have a job interview by phone or video call. In the Library Services wiki, I’ve started a place to list all the options we know about and hope that others can contribute to that page, as there are many nooks and crannies across campus that would probably work.

So far, I have:

  • Book a group study room (current Baruch and CUNY SPS students only)
  • 6th floor computer lab presentation rooms (first-come, first-served)
  • lounge/cafeteria area on 1st floor of the library building

If you have any other suggestions, please add them as comments here or to the wiki page.

Refreshed Design in OneSearch

The CUNY Office of Library Services launched a refresh of the fonts used in OneSearch today. We haven’t yet received an overview from them of all the changes, but things look a bit more structured and legible than before. A number of elements are now in bold to help give the page more structure.

If you have any suggestions about OneSearch regarding its design or functionality, let me know so I can pass that on at the Library User Experience Committee meeting next Tuesday.