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.





Four New Databases

26 08 2016

We now have access to four new databases, all of which use the Web of Science interface. There are now separate listings for each of these on the A-Z databases list:

  • BIOSIS Citation Index
    • Vendor description
      • Find the first mention of plants, organisms, chemicals, or lab techniques in various life sciences fields.
      • Access over 22 million records from journals, books, reports, meetings, and U.S. patents dating 1926 or later
    • Also listed on subject database pages for biology and science
  • Data Citation Index
    • Vendor description
      • Provides a single point of access to quality research data from repositories across disciplines and around the world.
    • Anyone care to suggest what subject database lists this one should be on?
  • Derwent Innovations Index
    • Vendor description
      • Conduct patent and citation searches of inventions in chemical, electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering. This resource merges the value-added patent information from Derwent World Patents Index with the patent citation information from Derwent Patent Citation Index. You can use additional descriptive information and coding to quickly grasp a patent’s significance and its relationship to other patents.
    • Also listed on subject database page for law
  • Zoological Record
    • Vendor description
      • World’s oldest continuing database of animal biology. It is considered the world’s leading taxonomic reference, and with coverage back to 1864, has long acted as the world’s unofficial register of animal names. The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences.
    • Also listed on subject database pages for biology and science




New Database: Vault

22 08 2016

Each CUNY college now has access to Vault, a great source of career information. This is a database that our students frequently ask us about.

You’ll find links to this database on the following database pages:

  • A-Z list
  • business databases
  • company information databases
  • industry information databases

When I did a query for “libraries,” I found not only career overview articles like this  2009 report on careers in libraries but also profiles of specific library schools, internship listings, job overviews, etc.





New Database: Loeb Classical Library

14 07 2016

We now have access to the 520 ebooks in the Loeb Classical Library. Published by Harvard University Press for over a century, these translations of classical works in Greek and Latin are now available online.

Links to this new resource can be found on the A-Z list of databases and on the subject database lists for English, history, and philosophy.





New Database: Artstor

7 07 2016

We now have access to Artstor. You’ll find links to on on the main databases page as well as the subject database lists for:








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