New Digital Exhibition: Winds of Change

Climate is weather with history, and to truly explore what climate change means for the future, we must understand the weather patterns of the past. Winds of Change: Weather and Climate from Antiquity to Present is an exhibition in support of Confronting Climate Change, the 12th annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium here on the Mizzou campus. It was originally exhibited in the Ellis Library Colonnade in March 2016, and a digital version is now available online. This exhibition investigates the relationship between weather and time by questioning past perceptions, examining measurement and prediction practices, and surveying sources of historical data.

View the exhibition

Native American Studies Guide Available

Can you name the Indigenous Nations who once lived in Missouri?  Want to know which books on Native American culture are written by Native Americans, themselves, rather than just others writing about them? Need a starting point for research for a Native American Studies class or paper topic? Find these answers and much more on the new Native American Studies Guide, compiled by Willow Hoxie, graduate library assistant and past president of MU’s Four Directions: Indigenous Peoples and Allies, with input from Rachel Brekhus, Social Sciences Librarian, and Anne Barker, Literature Librarian.

Along with the recommended resources for each area, the latest news in Indian Country is available, as well as information about on-campus resources.  

Check it out to learn more about the first peoples of America!

Tips & Tricks:

-Recommended Books and Movies are available on the homepage

-The homepage also has a search box for a specialized online reference library.

 

MERLIN Catalog Unavailable March 30

Due to server maintenance, the MERLIN Catalog will not be available on Thursday, March 30.

Please consult the information page to learn about services affected.

Contact the Ellis Library Circulation Desk with questions.

Highlights from the MU Digital Library and MOspace

MU Digital Library

A 15th-century book of hours from Venice, Italy has been digitized and is now available in the MU Digital Library. Books of hours would have been familiar to most members of the middle and upper classes by the late Middle Ages. These devotional books have as their central text the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin, a shortened version of the daily cycle of Christian devotions called the Divine Office. This book of hours also includes more specialized prayers and litanies relating to the Virgin Mary. The original, which was possibly made as early as 1450, is in the Ellis Library Special Collections Department. It is about 3.7 inches in height and is 330 pages long. 

MOspace Institutional Repository

In addition to papers and presentations from MU faculty, students, and staff, MOspace now includes many MU publications issued by departments. Recently, the Cambio Center Collection was greatly expanded. The MU Cambio Center, as noted on their website, "leads research and outreach on Latinos and changing communities.” In MOspace, you will find conference papers, eBriefs, and other Cambio Center publications. The University Libraries will continue to work with the Cambio Center to add new publications to MOspace. 

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Database Trial: Brill’s Medieval Reference Library Online

Ever wondered what peasants wore in England in 682, or needed to explain why it was important for people to make pilgrimages to their religion’s Holy Land? Brill’s Medieval Reference Library Online can help answer those questions and more.

Brill’s Medieval Reference Library Online consists of four reference resources. Brill's Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages covers European medieval history from c.500-c.1500 over a broad range of topics. The Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles provides articles on medieval dress and textiles of the British Isles c.450-1450. The Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage deals with the role of travel in medieval religious life and covers the period from c.300-c.1500. Finally, The Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle presents the latest research into the chronicles written and studied in the Middle Ages.

Brill’s Medieval Reference Library Online give your the ability to browse each work, or search through all or one with the basic or advanced search options. Register for a free account and be able to star and label results, as well as save searches, all to help you with your research. Check it out before our trial ends on April 6, 2017.

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Brill’s Medieval Reference Library Online

Double Database Trials

Lexicon des Mittelalters + International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages (LexIEMA)

Europa Sacra (ES)

MU Libraries is providing trials for two new databases this month! LexIEMA is based upon an important encyclopaedia in the world for medievalists and covers all aspects of medieval studies within the period 300 to 1500. Encyclopedic entries within will be in English, German, or Latin. 

Europa Sacra is a comprehensive tool for researching ecclesiastical figures from the Middle Ages. Entries in this publication are all in Latin.

Tips and Tricks: Both databases use very simple search and browse features. In addition, LexIEMA allows you to browse by author or within many suggested categories.

The trials for both resources end on and include April 5th, 2017.

Independent Voices

Independent Voices

Check out the newest database provided as a benefit of our membership in the Center for Research Libraries: Independent Voices! Explore how feminists, dissident GIs, right-wing press and many other groups used their creativity to make their voices heard in the latter half of the 20th century! Entries are full text PDFs. The database is easy to browse both by title and by date. Several collections have also been compiled into series. Dates covered are 1950-2015.

Tips and Tricks: When browsing by date, you can use the calendar view to see when other publications occured in relation to the one you're looking for!

Collections Budget Update with Cancellation Lists

Thank you to faculty, students, and staff who contributed to the difficult process of reducing our collections spending in FY17. We have completed the process for this fiscal year.

  • You may review lists of journals cancelled.
  • We stopped ordering books on April 1 and will resume after July 1. Please let your subject librarian know of materials you will need for the summer and early fall as soon as you can.
  • Please be aware especially of how these budget cuts may impact your students as they must rely more on interlibrary loan and MOBIUS for materials. These impacts include:
     

     

    • waiting for delivery of articles and books from other libraries;
    • shorter loan periods; and
    • stricter overdue fines from other libraries.
       
  • Although it’s tempting to use informal methods (I can haz pdf, SciHub, etc.) to obtain articles, be aware that these often involve violations of copyright and license agreements, can pose online security issues, and prevent us from knowing what you need. We will deliver materials via interlibrary loan as quickly as possible—and use request data to make future budget decisions.
  • Help us be more aware of what materials are used: please link to articles and other online materials rather than reposting pdfs.
  • Please do not reshelve materials used in the libraries. Just leave them on a table or reshelving area, so we can register that they’ve been used.

Our budget for FY18 is not yet final, but we will be reducing our collections spending again. Our first project towards this reduction will be to review the titles in our package of journals published by the University of Chicago Press (Chicago Complete). To contribute your feedback on these titles, please review the list posted on our Collections Review page. Please contribute feedback by May 30th.

Collections Review Update

We’re completing the collections review project of the fall.

  • We’ll stop receiving many journals in January. You may review lists of the journals cancelled, posted as we complete negotiations with our vendors.
  • The budget for one-time purchases (books, videos, recordings) has also been curtailed. We stop ordering on April 1 and resume after July 1. Please let your subject librarian know of materials you will need for the summer and early fall as soon as you can.
  • Please be aware especially of how these budget cuts may impact your students as they must rely more on interlibrary loan and MOBIUS for materials:

    • waiting for delivery of articles and books from other libraries
    • shorter loan periods and stricter overdue fines from other libraries.
  • Although it’s tempting to use informal methods (I can haz pdf, SciHub, etc.) to obtain articles, be aware that these often involve violations of copyright and license agreements, can pose online security issues, and prevent us from knowing what you need. We will deliver materials via interlibrary loan as quickly as possible—and use request data to make future budget decisions.
  • Help us be more aware of what materials are used: please link to articles and other online materials rather than reposting pdfs.
  • Please do not reshelve materials used in the libraries. Just leave them on a table or reshelving area so we can register that they’ve been used.

Endnote X8 is now available at MU

Endnote X8 is now available at the Division of IT site

  • EndNote X8 is free for MU students. Log in with your pawprint to MyServices and find EndNote under "software."
  • EndNote X8 costs $30 per year for MU faculty and staff. Order EndNote here

Endnote X8 has the following upgrades:

  • X8 will allow library sharing with up to 100 other users.
  • Versions X8 and X7 will be cross compatible so X7 users can share with X8, and vice versa.
  • An activity log has been added so users can easily track changes that others are making to a shared library.
  • Icons across Mac & Windows have been updated to better represent their action.

Additional product details are available at the Endnote site along with a “What’s New in Endnote X8” video. To decide whether or not to upgrade to X8, check out a chart comparing the features of X6, X7 and X8