Friday, March 30, 2007

New Movie Titles, March 30, 2007

Here are the latests arrivals at Alcuin Library:

Beyond the Gates of Splendor
Depche Mode Exciter Tour
Top Secret!
Edward R. Murrow Collection
Edward R. Murrow: The Best of Person to Person
Deep Sea
Wondrous Oblivion
Pursuit of Happyness
Children of Men
Happy Feet
Curse of the Golden Flower
Music from the Inside Out
Bottle Rocket


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

EBSCO Databases [trial]

We've got several EBSCO databases on trial for the next month. Some of these we have, and others are new.

EconLit with Full Text

This is the familiar EconLit database and it also includes the full text of many of the journals. We currently get EconLit through CSA Illumina.

Literary Reference Center

A full-text database that combines information from books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and other sources. Contains information on the most studied authors and their works. Compare this to Gale's Literature Resource Center.

Points of View Reference Center

Contains information on popular and controversial topics. Compare to the Opposing Viewpoints series popular in many libraries.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

We already get RILM through CSA Illumina. This is an alternative interface.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Alexander Street Press [trial]

We've got trials to two Alexander Street Press databases:

North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial to 1950


Early Encounters in North America

These are collections of primary source materials and are entirely online. Please let us know if you are interested in these resources.


BGMI [trial]

Biography and Genealogy Master Index is a place to go to find information about people. It indexes popular reference sources, as well as other biographical sources. There are over 13 million biographical sketches indexed by this database.

The trial goes for a month - let us know what you think!


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Notable Videos from the American Library Association

Video Librarian, the most comprehensible video review magazine in the world, recently featured the American Library Association's- Video Round Table 2007 Notable Videos.

The 2007 Notable Videos are (the library has all of these or they are on order):

We have all of them or they are on order for our media collections.

Country Boys
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
The Devil’s Miner
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
Grizzly Man
The Ground Truth
Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action
In the Tall Grass
Life in the Undergrowth
One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern
Sir! No Sir!
Street Fight
We Are Dad
Why We Fight


Ulrich's Periodical Directory [trial]

We're running a trial to the standard periodical directory, Ulrich's. This database contains a great deal of information about each of the major journals, magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals.

Give it a trial and let us know if you think this would be a useful addition to our online resources.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry [trial]

Granger's is the classic poetry reference work, which both Alcuin and Clemens have in the reference collections in print. We're now taking a look at the online version, which includes the full-text of a great deal of poetry.

Here's a blurb from the publisher - take a look and see if you think you'd value this resource - and as always, let us know!


Granger's now has over 210,000 full text poems and several new sets of critical context essays.

Coming this spring, look for the following enhancements:

* Improved searching and browsing, enabling easy, intuitive searching of poets and poetry
* Simpler access to the most studied longer works of poetry and all their parts
* Direct searching of biographies, commentaries and critical context, including their content
* Browsable and searchable lists of schools of poetry and eras, ethnicities/nationalities, and language
* Audio readings of the 100 most beloved and studied poems

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

9th Annual Clemens Library Art Contest

The Clemens Library of the College of Saint Benedict will once again be the venue for an Art Contest and Show sponsored by the joint libraries. The Libraries are inviting any student at CSB/SJU to submit artwork. The show will be juried by members of the Art Department and the Library, and the selected works will be awarded cash prizes and displayed in the gallery space of the Clemens Library. If you entered last year, do not hesitate to enter again this year! Entries to the contest must be submitted by April 11, 2006 to LeAnn Suchy in A108 at the Clemens Library (CSB) or to David Malone in the Library Reference Office at the Alcuin Library (SJU). Students may submit up to three pieces unless it is a series which consists of more than 3 pieces. This contest is open to all CSB/SJU students, not just Art Majors!

Work in all two-dimensional and three-dimensional media will be accepted including but not necessarily limited to sculpture, painting, prints, drawings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, video, computer or artist’s books. Work created in classes is certainly eligible. All work should be suitably framed (in whatever way the artist thinks is appropriate to the piece) and ready for hanging.

The artwork should be accompanied by a typed statement relating the intentions, motivations, or themes of the artist. The statement should be approximately 100 words. The awards have been increased this year; prizes include 1st place of $200, 2nd place of $150 and 3rd place of $100. The contest is sponsored by the Clemens Library of the College of Saint Benedict and the Alcuin Library of Saint John's University with the assistance of members of the CSB/SJU Art Faculty.

The work will be displayed in the Clemens Library from April 20 – May 8. For more information contact David Malone ( or 363-2127) or LeAnn Suchy ( or 363-5296).

All reasonable care and precaution will be taken in the handling, storing, and installing of the artworks submitted for this contest. Neither the Libraries nor the jury committee will be responsible for damage to works while in our possession. Submission to this contest shall imply agreement to all conditions of the contest.

An entry from can be found at or in the library.


Popular Magazines at Clemens and Alcuin- Finally!!

From the responses we received from our Popular Magazine Survey we had last semester, we ordered several new titles for each library. AND they are finally arriving!!

Alcuin Library has the following new titles added to their collection:

Entertainment Weekly
Men's Health
Vanity Fair
National Geographic Adventure
Car & Driver
Golf Digest
Game Informer

Clemens Library added these new titles:

Popular Science
Backpacker Magazine
Vegetarian Times
Cooking Light

We hope you enjoy!



Friday, March 16, 2007

RefWorks Workshop

Computer-Created Citations and Bibliography!


It is that EASY- Learn How!

Why stress over your bibliography page when RefWorks can do it all for you?

Quick information sessions:

Monday, March 19- Clemens Computer Lab (CSB) 4:00pm
Thursday, March 22- Simons G60 (SJU) 4:00pm

Questions? Contact Sarah Gewirtz at ext.2601 or

Please RSVP by Friday, March 16 to


New Movies, March 16, 2007

Here are a few movies we got in this week for your viewing pleasure:

King of New York
CSI: The Complete 6th Season
Casino Royale
School for Scoundrels
Heading South (French, subtitled)
Paper Dolls (Hebrew, Tagalog, subtitled)
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny

As always if you have a movie you want to recommend, please post it in the Blog!



Best Documentaries of 2006

Video Librarian, the most comprehensive video review magazine in the world, recently ranked the Best Documentaries of 2006. Many of the titles on their list we have in our collection:

49 Up
Ballets Russes
Beyond the Gates of Splendor (on order)
Country Boys
The Devil and Daniel JohnstonEmmanuel’s Gift
The Future of Food
Grizzly Man
The Hobart Shakespeareans (on order)
An Inconvenient Truth
Our Brand is Crisis
Racing Against the Clock on order)
Sir, No Sir!
A State of Mind
Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party (on order)
Street Fight
Three of Hearts: A Post-modern Family
Twist of Faith
When the Levees Broke
Why We Fight
Yellow Brick Road (on order)

Check one out today!


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

HeinOnline [trial]

We're running a trial to the resources of HeinOnline, which contains the full text to law reviews in addition to the Federal Register, Statutes at Large, and the U.S. Supreme Court Library.

To see a complete list of available titles, visit their Title List.

Try HeinOnline today and let us know what you think:


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Iraq Study Group Report Now Available

(Reference Resources)

This report includes a number of recommendations for actions to be taken in Iraq, the United States, and the region.

The book is available at both libraries in the general collection
(LC call# E902 .I73 2006). It can also be found in the Government Documents collection, at Alcuin Library (SuDoc# Y 3.P 31:2 IR 1/3).


Media Portrayals of Girls and Women

(Internet Resources)

This site "provides a snapshot of the issues around the media's portrayal of women and girls -- from effects on body image and self-identity to ramifications in sports and politics. It looks at the economic interests behind the objectification and eroticization of females by the media as well as efforts to counter negative stereotyping." Also includes links to material about media portrayal of minorities, men, and gays and lesbians. From the Media Awareness Network.

(Copyright © 2006, Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)


Monday, March 12, 2007

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols [trial]

We've got a trial to a biology research database. Here's the publisher's description:

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols is a definitive, interactive source of new and classic research techniques. The database is fully searchable by keyword and subject, and it has many novel features—such as discussion forums and personal folders—made possible by online publication. Its coverage includes cell and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, and imaging. Protocols are presented step-by-step and edited in the style that has made Molecular Cloning, Antibodies, Cells and many other CSH manuals essential to the work of scientists worldwide. Protocols will be continuously expanded, updated, and annotated by the originators and users of the techniques.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!


Friday, March 09, 2007

Thursday, March 08, 2007

300 women who changed the world

From Britannica, in honor of Women's History Month:


(Reference Resources)

Global Development Finance [trial]

Global Development Finance (GDF Online) is the sole repository for statistics on the external debt of developing countries on a loan-by-loan basis. They have 220 different data series on each country, including all aspects of debt for these nations. The data are collected and published by The World Bank.

The trial runs through March. Give it a try and let us know what you think.


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

America's Newspapers [trial]

America's Newspapers is a database covering 800 newspapers including the St. Cloud Times, Pioneer Press, and extensive coverage in Minnesota. We've got a trial through April 13th. Give it a whirl and let your librarians know what you think.

We also have subscriptions to the following newspaper resources:

ProQuest Newsstand
LexisNexis Academic Universe
Westlaw Campus Research