Adapters available at the Laptop Desk

14 09 2017

The laptop desk now loans laptop adapters for students who have their laptop but forgot their adapter.  These are available for 2 hour loans.

We have adapters for Mac Air, Macbook Pro and Dell Latitude laptops.

New Database: International Encyclopedia of Communication

24 08 2017

Because this is on a standalone platform and not part of one that aggregates different reference works in one place (like Gale Virtual Reference Library or Oxford Reference Online), I’ve added this encyclopedia from Wiley-Blackwell as its own listing on the A-Z databases page as well as on the database pages for communication studies and for dictionaries and encyclopedias.

New Database: DSM-5 Library

23 08 2017

We now have access to the DSM-5 Library. This database from the American Psychiatric Association provides the full text of the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a standard reference work in the mental health field, as well as a handful of other related reference works.

Links to this database can be found on the A-Z page and the psychology databases page.

New Database: Britannica Academic

25 07 2017

Thanks to funding from NOVEL, all of CUNY now has access to Britannica Academic, which includes the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Bose noise-cancelling headphones – now available for loan at the Circulation Desk

6 07 2017

Hi all,

Starting today, we will be loaning Bose noise-cancelling headphones from the circulation desk.  These will be same-day loans, due back 10 min before the desk closes.

We can offer them to students looking for headphones but I think it’s also a good idea to offer them to folks who are looking for a quiet study space but aren’t a part of a group.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks, Jeff

New Database: Independent Voices

8 03 2017

Name: Independent Voices

Description (from the vendor):

 Independent Voices is a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.

Access: On and off campus via IP authentication (off campus users will get our remote access login page). Added to these database pages on the library website:

  • A-Z list
  • Black Studies – Databsaes
  • History – Databases
  • Journalism – Databses
  • LGBTQ – Databases
  • Women’s Studies – Databases

If there are additional subject database pages we should add this to, please leave a comment on this blog post or email Michael Waldman or Stephen Francoeur.

New Database: Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

31 01 2017

We now have access to “Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law,” a new database from HeinOnline containing primary source legal materials about slavery. Here’s the vendor’s description:

This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.

For more information, check out this quick reference guide (pdf) from HeinOnline.

Links to this database can be found on our A-Z page as well as the following subject database pages: history, black studies, and Caribbean studies.

Redesigned Site for the CUNY Office of Library Services

11 11 2016

This week, CUNY OLS launched a new version of their pages on the CUNY website. Looks like they’ve cleaned up the navigation and updated lots of content.

New Database: Pivot

12 10 2016

Aimed at researchers who are looking for funding opportunities, this database lets you set up a profile where you detail your publications and your research interests. Based on your profile, Pivot will suggest sources of funding. Alerts about new opportunities are emailed automatically.

New Page to List Databases with Videos

29 09 2016

There’s a new database list page that details different ways to get streaming video. For a number of reasons, we’re mostly not able to make the videos in those collections discoverable in the library catalog or in OneSearch. We don’t really expect that most users will go to this video databases page so they can track down a specific video. Instead, it’s designed more as a showcase page to let our users know we have streaming video (from usability studies I did this year, I found many students assume we don’t have any videos in any format, just books).

In the coming years, it’s likely libraries and the vendors we rely on will have solved this problem of how to get all streaming video titles from large collections indexed in discovery tools like Primo. In the meanwhile, we’ve at least got a page that shows you where to go to find most of our video content. If you have any suggestions for databases we already subscribe to that feature a notable number of streaming videos, please let me, Mike, or Amanda know.

Thanks, by the way, to Linda for suggesting this new page.