If you are interested in regional news coverage, consider taking a look at the University of Missouri Libraries’ trial of ProQuest Historical Newspapers: St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Search the contents of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1874-2003, including news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, cartoons, and more. The easily searchable interface will lead you to first-hand accounts from the time, reporting on politics and other events, and tales of local society.
If your research interests include mass media, communications theory, linguistics, organizational communication, phonetics, or speech pathology, you may be interested in the University of Missouri Libraries’ trial of Communication Source. Developed from the merger of Communication & Mass Media Complete and Communication Abstracts, this resource includes nearly 700 full-text journals and indexes more than 1,000 core titles, with coverage dating back to 1915. Search journals, magazines, conference papers, conference proceedings, and trade publications.
To celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse, Special Collections and Digital Services have teamed up to digitize selections from materials on eclipses and astronomy from the collections of Mizzou Libraries. From sermons on eclipses as symbols of divine judgment to early works on physics and astronomy, you can find a wide range of attitudes and ideas about astronomical phenomena in this new digital resource. We’ll be sharing highlights of these materials on our Instagram and Tumblr, but you can see what else we found at our exhibition website, exhibits.lib.missouri.edu, and we’ll be adding to it throughout the week. Follow the links to read selected materials online in their entirety at the HathiTrust, and watch for unique Mizzou-contributed items as well.
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.
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.
Tips & Tricks:
-Recommended Books and Movies are available on the homepage
-The homepage also has a search box for a specialized online reference 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.
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.
Links to sites mentioned:
- MU Digital Library: http://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/mu/
- Book of Hours in the MU Digital Library: http://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/mu/islandora/object/mu:417928#page/1/mode/2up
- MOspace: https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/
- MOspace – Cambio Center Collection: https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/2236
- Cambio Center website: http://www.cambio.missouri.edu/
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.
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.
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!