Monday, November 16, 2009

New Collection: Theatrical Scene and Costume Design

Costume and scene design are two essential components of performance art. Operas, operettas, stage plays, ballets, and films rely on design to create worlds that inspire the imagination. The Theatrical Scene and Costume Design collection features a selection of such designs dating back to the mid-nineteenth century

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Images:Artstor includes Archivision 4 (Russia, Elgin Marbles, Mexico...)

Module Four features Russia as a highlight (over 2000 images photographed in summer 2005 including the major palaces and gardens around St Petersburg and coverage in Moscow.) The module also holds more material from Paris, including several important hôtels, and London--extensive coverage of Chiswick House and grounds, plus many of Wren's churches. For Classics we offer all of our ancient Roman drawings scanned directly from original 19th century volumes (348 plans, sections and elevations) and coverage of the Elgin marbles. Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum, including their amazing cast collection, provides survey support. Our collection from Mexico is also included (Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Puebla and Taxco.) For contemporary, there is new architecture in the UK and in LA, including Gehry's Disney Concert Hall and works by Norman Foster and Enric Miralles. Two important works by Mackintosh, the Glasgow School of Art and the House for an Art Lover, round out this module

New Digital Images: Alaska in the early 1900's

My favorite picture is the one of children playing on a see-saw board. The Philip Sidney Smith Collection presents over 2300 photographs of geology, camp life, and scenery in turn of the century Alaska.

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Portal: Native Canada

This portal brings together a number of digital collections with strong emphasis on the aboriginal people of Canada. View clips from four films from the ANCS (Alberta Native Communication Society) film collection, find out which traditional medicinal plant may be used for headaches, read about the Blackfoot Ghost dance under folklore or even learn how to write in Dene Suline (Chipewyan) using the Dr. Eung-do Cook fonds. The possibilities are educational and entertaining.

Links within the university to appropriate departments, faculties and centres are also noted.

Created by Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Initiatives.

New Product: Irwin Law Collection

Legal issues are presented in a succinct and readable style and in a manner that is probing and thoughtful. All manuscript submissions are subject to peer review and authors include leading law practitioners and professors in Canada and the world."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Product: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon online

The most comprehensive German-language encyclopedia of world literature. The new edition covers 13,000 important works of world literature in 18 volumes, from the earliest writings of mankind to the present, all of which is now available online

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Platform: Society of Petroleum Engineers papers now on OnePetro

A multi-society library that provides a simple way to search for and access a broad range of technical literature related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
Participating organizations include: API, ARMA, ASSE, NACE, STC, SPWLA, SPE, SUT, and the WPC.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Did you know...UofC is a member of the Center for Research Libraries?

Check out CRL's revamped website at

CRL holds over five million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, government publications and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. Current acquisitions emphasize materials produced outside the United States, especially publications and archives from many developing nations.

As members of this cooperative, University of Calgary users have access to free and unlimited use of the CRL collections through interlibrary loan. The loan period is unlimited, but is subject to possible recall notice.

Increasingly, materials are available in digital form.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Image Collection: Archivision 3 (classics, art, architecture, photography)

The third Addition Module spans contemporary (Millennium Park in Chicago; works by Gehry, Pelli, Calatrava and Libeskind) to the ancient world (the mosaics from Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily; Ephesus and other monuments of the Roman empire) and in between (French chateaux and gardens; Byzantine architecture in Mystras; Venice). Other highlights include the rest of our holdings on Frank Lloyd Wright; major murals of Diego Rivera and excellent coverage of Oxford photographed in May of 2007

Access to the Archivision collection is through the ArtStor home page

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Product: CAIRN (French journals in the humanities and social sciences)

Cairn was formed in 1995 by four European publishing houses (Belin, De Boeck, La Découverte and Eres) and offers access to French language periodicals in the social sciences and humanities. The collection is currently comprised of 149 titles from more than 40 publishers, teaching institutions and learned societies and is growing rapidly. The earliest full text coverage begins with 2001 issues to the present, in both html and pdf. The collection is projected to include 182 journals by 2009 and 230 journals by 2010.

CAIRN is part of the CRKN Digital Content Initiative.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

New Product: OSIRIS

A comprehensive international database of listed companies, banks and insurance companies.

Both standardised and “as reported" accounts are provided and specific templates are provided for banks, insurance companies and "industrial" companies to reflect the different configurations of their accounts. In the reports, financial items can be "drilled" into to reveal their more detailed components, until ultimately, the raw data is uncovered. Alternatively, users can go directly to the report that contains their required level of detail.

New Product: CSA illustrata, technology

Deep indexing for tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from the scholarly research and technical literature. “Deep indexing” categorizes data, variables and other content in tables, maps, photographs and other figures.

Usually, indexing of research articles is done at a rather high, general level where only the key concepts of the work are represented by a dozen or so index terms. But by going deeper and specifically indexing the content associated with all the individual tables and figures, CSA Illustrata enables the researcher to find information that otherwise would not be retrievable in traditional, article-level and full-text indexing systems.

New Product: ASTM Standards

Full text of all active standards of the ASTM

New Product: ASTM Digital Library

Complete access to nearly every ASTM book and paper spanning 140+ industries and 70+ years. The ASTM addresses the issue of safety and standards for everything from nuclear power plants to playground equipment.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Product: Dynamed

A clinical reference tool for use primarily at the 'point-of-care'.
Updated daily and monitors the content of over 500 medical journals and systematic evidence review databases by using many journal review services. Each publication is reviewed cover-to-cover, and each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate representing a synthesis of the best available evidence.

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Product: Classical Scores Library

On completion will include over 400,000 pages spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The database has been indexed to enable users to search on musically relevant fields, such as composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, time period; as well as score-specific fields, such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, publisher.

Further releases will include the entire catalog of UME, as well as manuscript material from the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research, and many new editions from other in-copyright publishers.

Note: scores are for personal study and teaching use and cannot be used for public performance.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Product: China trade, politics and culture 1793-1980

Images, diaries, journals, books...all english language. The project provides a wide variety of original source material detailing China’s interaction with the West from Macartney’s first Embassy to China in 1793, through to the Nixon/Heath visits to China in 1972-74.

Very much set up as a learning tool as well as a research source. The project includescustomizable slide shows, an interactive map, overview essays and links for further research.

This project links closely with – but does not duplicate - China Through Western Eyes, a landmark project published in microfilm by Adam Matthew Publications from 1997 onwards, which made available key sources describing the experiences of Westerners in China from the first British mission to China in 1792-1794 through to the mid 20th century.

New Product: Slavery Abolition and Social Justice 1490-2007

This resource is designed as portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections covering 1490-2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is being given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.

It is designed for both teaching and research use. There is coverage of topics such as the African Coast; the Middle Passage; the varieties of slave experience (urban, domestic, industrial, farm, ranch and plantation); Spiritualism and Religion; Resistance and Revolts; the Underground Railroad; the Abolition Movement; Legislation; Education; the Legacy of Slavery and Slavery Today.

The project aims to assemble many substantial clusters of material offering in-depth case studies in America, the Caribbean, Brazil and Cuba along with important material examining European, Islamic and African involvement in the slave trade.

New Product: Medieval travel writing

The core of the collection is medieval manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The main focus is accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China.

The original documents are in a range of languages including French, Latin, German, Spanish, Dutch and English. Supporting the manuscripts are relevant secondary texts of translations and editions. In addition there is a gallery of maps and images, a bibliography and chronology, and a slideshow.

The sources included tell us much about the attitudes and preconceptions of people across Europe in the medieval period, shedding light on issues of race, economics, trade, militarism, politics, literature, and science. This collection will enrich the experience of all those exploring topics such as the nature of pilgrimage, the origins of global trade, travels to the Holy Land, the Silk Road, and the representation of the ‘East’ and the ‘Other’ in the Middle Ages.

Friday, April 03, 2009

New Product: Mass Observation Online

Social attitudes to smoking? birth control? Reaction to historic events? Clothing styles? Anything you want to know about British life and opinion during key decades of the 20th century is presented in this collection.

From 1937 to 1972 researchers in Britain studied the everyday life and opinions of people, using personal journals, observations by researchers (submitted as file reports), questionnaires, and special topic studies and photographs. From this data the researchers produced a series of books and reports. All this material is housed at the University of Sussex and much of it is now made available digitally via Mass Observation Online.

New Product:

From composting toilets to porous asphalt, BuildingGreen covers everything environmentally friendly and sustainable in construction, integrating GreenSpec product listings, high-quality articles about green buildings, peer-to-peer comments, and more than 200 project case studies. This information is searchable and cross-referenced by CSI MasterFormat division, LEED credit, or green topic. Each article, product listing, and case study also lists related content and information sources.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CISTI Source Retiring

After many years of stellar service CISTI Source is being retired by the federal government. Use has declined over the years as other sources became more popular. Still, many folks, especially in the sciences, will have fond memories of using this document delivery tool to obtain articles from the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information.

Tomorrow by 9AM, users will see the following message when they try to access CISTI Source:
"The Federal Government is discontinuing CISTI Source as of August 2009.

Because of better interlibrary loan coverage and tools such as SFX, use of CISTI Source at the University of Calgary has declined dramatically since 2003. The Library decided not to renew our contract after March 31, 2009 for the last few months of CISTI Source’s existence. Please use the interlibrary loan form to request the scientific, medical and technical articles that you used to request with CISTI Source :

If you have any questions about why CISTI Source is being discontinued or questions about alternatives to CISTI Source please contact Rob Tiessen the Head of Access Services for the University of Calgary Library or the liaison librarian for your subject area. "

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Look for Investext

Now via Thomson Research. Research reports written by analysts at over 1,000 investment banks, brokerage houses, and consulting firms worldwide. Nearly 4,000 new reports are added each business day.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Product: Periodical Archives Online

Deep (200+ years) archive of over 400 journals focusing on the humanities and social sciences. Includes more than 60 foreign-language titles.

Hours of harmless fun brought to you by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Product: International Law Reports

Featuring cases from 1919 onwards and devoted to the regular and systematic reporting in English of decisions of international courts and arbitrators as well as judgments of national courts. Cases are drawn from every relevant jurisdiction. Because of the standing and scope of its coverage, the series is widely cited in judgments of international and national tribunals.

Access to ILR is consolidated with other JUSTIS databases, with searches automatically including ILR.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Product: Foreign and International Law Resources

Part 1 includes International Yearbooks and Serials, Part 2 contains U.S. Law Digests, Part 3 consists of International Tribunals and Judicial Decisions and Part 4 includes other significant works relating to foreign and international law.

Very up to date...4 citations to the term zombie, vampire gets 5.

New Product: United Nations Law Collection

Reproductions of major United Nations legal publications, including the complete collection of the United Nations Treaty Series.

Don't fall asleep! This is a great product with some cool features. Search the term "slave" and you find the 1904 protocols on the suppression of the white slave traffic. Even better, click on the link on the bottom of the record display to find 17 journal articles that cite this treaty. Also lots of good info on the status of the treaty is displayed in the record.

New Product: World Trials Library

In addition to trial transcripts and other critical court documents, this collection includes trial-related resources such as monographs which analyze and debate the decisions of famous trials as well as biographies of many great trial lawyers in history

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Product: Dance in Video

Dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Included are classic performances from top ballet companies; experimental works from up-and-coming dance troupes; documentaries by and about leading choreographers; videos on dance training; and other items covering a wide range of 20th century dance styles.

New Product: Opera in Video

Important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances and stagings worldwide of the major operas allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors.

New Product: Foreign Law Guide

Provides relevant information on sources of foreign law, including bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations, indications of currentness of the legal materials listed, and, finally, selected references to secondary sources in English.

Monday, February 09, 2009

New Product: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Digital Library

RMMLF is an educational organization dedicated to providing scholarly research of the laws and issues affecting domestic and international mineral and water resources.

The goals of the Foundation are to foster and encourage a scholarly and yet practical study of the law and applicable regulations relating to oil and gas, mining, water, public land management, land use, conservation, environmental protection, and other related areas.

Note: The URL leads the user to a login page where they need to click "submit" to access the product, unfortunately this can not be bypassed.

New Product: WildPro Encyclopedia Online

Everything from Foot and Mouth Disease to the Health and Management of Bears.
A one-stop source of information on the health and management of captive and free-living wild animals, and emerging infectious diseases.

Image Quick View in Ebsco Databases

A feature in EBSCO that provides the ability to view thumbnails of the images in an article.

Image Quick View allows a patron to view full details of images found within a record. Image Quick View also helps patrons search for a specific image – whether it be a chart or a photograph – when performing searches.

New Product: Springer Protocols

An electronic database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.

Springer Protocols offers access to time tested, easily reproducible, step-by-step protocols for immediate use in their lab.

Written by renowned experts in the field with an emphasis on both comprehensiveness and ease of use, each protocol is organized in an easily reproducible recipe style, and offering helpful tricks of the trade in an invaluable “notes” section.

Friday, January 23, 2009

New Interface for Justis (Law)

On Thursday 29th January the Justis and JustCite website Interfaces will change.

Visit for a summary of improvements and sample screenshots

Change in Serials Records in SIRSI

For the next week, you may encounter two types of electronic journal records in the catalogue.

The old type will have database names and coverage in the link (next to 'Internet Access':

Internet Access: Full text available from Institute of Physics: 03/01/2000 to present
Internet Access: Full text available from ScienceDirect Journals: 03/01/2000 to 11/30/2007

The new records will have links by subscribing institution:

Internet Access: University of Calgary users
Internet Access: Calgary Health Region users
Internet Access: Tom Baker Cancer Centre users

The appropriate link will take the user to a display of databases and coverage for the journal title.

For example, after clicking on University of Calgary users, a UofC user will see links to the Institute of Physics and Science Direct Journals.

The migration to the new type of record should take about six days.

- information courtesy of Aaron Wood

New ArtStor Content (architecture, art, archaeology)

Larry Qualls Archive
- documenting three decades of contemporary art exhibitions at galleries and other exhibition spaces throughout New York City and elsewhere.

Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
- focuses on Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art, as well as Early Christian and Byzantine art.

Canyonlights World Art Image Bank
- focus on Classical architecture and archeological sites in Greece, Italy, and Turkey.

Architecture in Britain images from Brian Davis
- the collection documents architectural and garden sites in Europe, primarily architecture in Britain from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.

Cave temples at Ellora

- architecture and sculpture of the rock-cut cave temples at Ellora in Maharashtra, India. This initial release of more than 1,100 images focuses on Buddhist caves, the earliest structures at Ellora, dating from 500 to 700 C.E.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Product: The Birds of North America Online

The Birds of North America Online

BNA Online provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada.

Account contents are updated frequently, with contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors. In addition, BNA Online contains image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and more. And most online BNA accounts now feature recordings of the songs and calls of their species, recordings selected from the extensive collection of Cornell's Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds.

Classical Music Library has new platform

New features include
* Browse by Album allows users to browse all classical works by album and find associated recordings of those works

*Users can now search for complete recordings of classical works through our Advanced Search. This way, users can limit their search results to only recordings where the complete work is available instead of highlights/snippets.

*A number of tools that let users create, annotate, and share playlists with content from anywhere on the Web.

19th Century masterfile has new interface

A snapshot of the new interface and the changes can be found at

New Image Collections Added to ArtStor

Ferguson-Royce: Pre-Columbian Photography
Approximately 4,200 images of Pre-Columbian archaeological sites from the department's Ferguson/Royce Archive.

Architectural photography of Philadelphia by Ralph Lieberman
ARTstor has sponsored an extended photographic campaign in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Ralph Lieberman focusing on the city's historic and contemporary architecture, as well as its public art and sculpture.

Images of architecture in Venice from Sarah Quill
Approximately 600 additional images have been added from Sarah Quill's photographic archive of Venice, where she has been photographing buildings and civic life for more than 30 years. There are now approximately 800 images in the collection.

World War I & II postcards and posters
Approximately 5,740 images depicting posters and postcards from World Wars I and II. The collection is international in scope and contains materials from a range of governmental, commercial, and charitable organizations.

Tibetan and Buddhist Art from Rob Linrothe
Approximately 10,000 images of Tibetan and Buddhist art.

New Titles in Credo Reference

Animals and Science: A Guide to the Debates
A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists
Consciousness: A Guide to the Debates
Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics
An Encyclopedia of Macroeconomics
The Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Debates
Homosexuality and Science: A Guide to the Debates
Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History
Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia
Pop Culture Arab World! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle