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!

Fiscal Year 2017 Collections Budget Update with Cancellation Lists

The University Libraries are finalizing the previously announced 1.2 million dollar reduction to our collections expenditures for FY17. More information about the need for this spending reduction and how we identified potential savings can be found at –  University Libraries – FY17 Collections Budget Update. Lists of titles to be canceled are included in the Update. We have added the lists of titles that will no longer be part of our Sage, Springer (added March 1) and Wiley packages. 

Faculty and students may contact the subject librarian for their program with questions. General questions may be sent to Shannon Cary at carysn@missouri.edu. The University Libraries are committed to providing quality service and timely access to materials, though more materials will need to be acquired using our consortial and interlibrary borrowing services.  In an environment of scarcity, our subject librarians need to hear about research and teaching priorities for materials more than ever.  Even if we cannot fill a specific request immediately, information about what is most needed and why will help us make decisions about the best use of our funds going forward.

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

Fridays @ the Library Workshop: “I have an idea for an invention, where do I go from here?” Nov. 11

Join Spruce Fraser to learn whether your invention might be patentable. We will explore basic search tools on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website and other more powerful tools such as PubEast. This workshop is guaranteed to provide entrepreneurs and inventors simple patent search strategies. 

This workshop will be offered simultaneously in two formats: Rm 213, Ellis Library and live online

November 11th 1-2 pm

Registration Required

Trial Available for Harper’s Weekly: 1957-1912

Harper’s Weekly: 1957-1912 is the electronic format of the Harper’s Weekly periodical that ran from 1857-1912. This periodical covered five presidential elections, national and international stories, featured both literature and verse for entertainment, and printed over 75,000 images ranging from illustrations, cartoons, maps, and portraits. The entire collection has been scanned in high quality and can be easily searched or browsed. Harper’s Weekly: 1857-1912 also features contextual essays and related materials that aid in explaining and expanding a researcher’s understanding of the periodical. This trial ends on November 20, 2016.

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Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912