Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Trial: Biography and Short Story Databases

We have a trial going to some databases from Wilson:

Short Story Index

Biography Reference Bank Full Text Select [info]

Biography Reference Bank Full Text [info]

This trial is open until the end of November.


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America and the Nazi Book Burnings

Companion to a traveling exhibit about book burning activities in Nazi Germany. Topics include the immediate American response, how "books figured prominently" in U.S. patriotic slogans during World War II, and later symbols of book burning. Features written and audio material about 58 authors whose works were burned. Authors include Theodore Dreiser, Sigmund Freud, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller, Jack London, Karl Marx, and Upton Sinclair. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Copyright © 2009, Librarians' Internet Index, LII)


Monday, September 28, 2009

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read! Each library has on display books that have been banned or challenged for one reason or another.

What's the difference? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

To learn more visit the American Library Associations website.


Friday, September 25, 2009

New Movie Titles - Sept. 25

Already out of money? Rent one of the libraries newest movie titles available at Alcuin Library!

Crossing Over
Pretty Things
Battle for Terra
Observe and Report
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Sixth Season
The Alzheimer’s Project
Alice’s House
Californication: The Complete First Season
Californication: The Complete Second Season
30 Rock: Season 3
The Haunting in Connecticut
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete 4th Season
A Grin Without a Cat
Grey’s Anatomy: Complete Fifth Season
The Office: Season Five
My Name is Earl: The Complete Season Four

Want to see what else we have? Check out the DVD Browser to find one for you!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

READ Poster Contest!

You've seen the posters, now make your own!
Be the next individual or group on a Read Poster!
Details will be coming shortly so keep your eyes out
for when to submit your photo!

State Maps Track Spending

"The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board on July 16 introduced a Web page on with new and expanded mapping features. The maps show how much funding is being distributed to each state, how much funding is being provided to each state by each federal department, how the funding is flowing to individual contractors, and how many jobs are being created in the locations. A fourth map has links to state Web sites providing information on economic stimulus law spending." (Read entire article at:

Access new map features


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Trial: LexisNexis Congressional Suite

The library is currently running a trial to a new database from LexisNexis called "LexisNexis Congressional with Digital Collections."

The URL to the trial is

**Visit our secure web site** to get a special ID and password for the trial.

LexisNexis Congressional provides a comprehensive bibliographic record of all committee hearings and prints and Senate and House documents and reports from 1970-forward, with controlled vocabulary indexing and links to many full text publications. Also included are CIS legislative histories, which are created through in-depth research to provide a complete record of all congressional publications and Congressional Record excerpts related to enacted public laws.

The Congressional Historical Indexes module contains bibliographic information for congressional publications from 1789-1984, as well as unpublished hearings which are updated periodically as the transcripts are released.

U.S. Statutes at Large module is a chronological compilation of federal laws, joint and concurrent resolutions, presidential proclamations, reorganization plans, and constitutional amendments. Prior to 1950, it also included treaties and executive agreements, which have the same legal force as statutory law.

The LexisNexis Serial Set Digital Collection provides comprehensive, full-text access to over 337,000 Congressional and Executive branch documents and reports published in over 13,000 volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set from 1817-1969. The Serial Set Digital Collection also provides full text access to the entire American State Papers series at no additional charge.

The LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection (CHDC) provides comprehensive, full-text access to all published and unpublished Congressional hearings held from 1824-2003. Hearings A covers the years 1824-1979 and Hearings B covers the years 1980-2003. The bibliographic records provide controlled-vocabulary indexing, including citations for bills, public laws, and Statutes at Large, and abstracts of witness testimony and questions and answers between Members of Congress and witnesses. Our PDFs are fully searchable, and include not only the full transcript of the hearing, but also materials submitted for the record, such as reports, articles, and correspondence. You can copy the durable URLs found in our bibliographic records right into your own bibliographies, web sites, and syllabi to keep relevant documents at your fingertips.

The LexisNexis Congressional Research Digital Collection (CRDC) provides full-text access to more than 26,000 Congressional committee prints published from 1830-2003 and more than 32,000 Congressional Research Service reports published from 1916-2003. The bibliographic records provide controlled-vocabulary indexing, including citations for bills, public laws, and Statutes at Large, and analytical abstracts of the documents. Our PDFs are fully searchable, and often include not only the text of the document but also related articles or reports. You can copy the durable URLs found in our bibliographic records right into your own bibliographies, web sites, and syllabi to keep relevant documents at your fingertips.

The LexisNexis Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection will include full-text access to the complete bound version of the Congressional Record (1873-1997), as well as its predecessors: Congressional Globe (1833-1873), Register of Debates (1824-1837), and Annals of Congress (1789-1824). The bibliographic records for each day provide indexing of members of Congress, roll call votes, bills and resolutions, and other speakers and subjects enhanced with the CIS controlled vocabulary. Also included are links to related hearings, Reports, and the texts of bills, Public Laws, and Statutes at Large. Our PDFs are fully searchable, including the ability to search within particular sections such as the Daily Digest or Extension of Remarks. You can copy the durable URLs found in our bibliographic records right into your own bibliographies, web sites, and syllabi to keep relevant documents at your fingertips. We will be building this database throughout 2009. You can check what years have been loaded at any time by checking our help text, located in the upper right hand corner of the product. Click on the word, NEW!, listed at the top of the help window that opens.

There are also a number of related documents about our Congressional suite available for downloading (


Monday, September 21, 2009

Congressional Tutorials

"These tutorials show you how to find Congressional materials in the Library and on the Internet." Topics of these Flash videos include finding recent bills (1989-present), hearings, and Congressional debates. Also includes a tutorial on how to contact your Congressional representatives. Note: Includes links to some sites that require a fee to use. From Jesse Silva and Karen Munro, librarians at the University of California, Berkeley. (Copyright © 2009, Librarians' Internet Index, LII)


Friday, September 18, 2009

New Movie Titles - Sept. 18

Here are the latest movies we have to rent at Alcuin Library!

Home Movies Seasons 1-4
The McLeans Mix Three
Next Day Air
Easy Virtue
X-Men Origins--Wolverine
The Murderers Are Among Us
Miracle in Milan
Che: Part 1 The Argentine
Che: Part 2 Guerrilla
Silent Night
The garden
The Axe in the Attic
From the Earth to the Moon
Fugitive Pieces
Valentino: The Last Emperor
Full Battle Rattle
A Generation Apart
The Edge of Love
Cargo 200
Heroes Season 3


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Upcoming Event: Of Beauty and Relevance

The CSB/SJU Libraries are hosting a presentation by Wellesley College librarian Ruth Rogers entitled, "Of Beauty and Relevance: Artists' Books in the Liberal Arts Curriculum". Please join us on September 21st at 4:15pm, in the Gorecki Center,room G120.

Everyone is welcome!


Monday, September 14, 2009

(Free) Music Online

Looking for some new tunes? Who isn't?! Look no further! The library is proud to announce Music Online, a set of streaming music and music reference databases! Rockabilly, Country, Children's, Classical, Jazz, Rock and many other genres to choose. Expand your musical horizons!

Music Online will cross-search more than 88,000 tracks, 285 hours of video, 13,632 scores, and over 45,000 pages of text reference, from over 150 different record and video labels, print publishers and score publishers.

Need help? Ask a Librarian!


Monday, September 07, 2009

New Resource Page: Online Media Resources

Check out the new Guides by Subject page: Online Media Resources. It contains links to PBS, Hulu, motion picture sites and much more! Many of these sites are free (or require you to sign-up). Documentaries, rare war footage, Twin Cities Public Television, and many more would be great to use in your class assignments! Questions? Ask a Librarian!


Friday, September 04, 2009

New Movie Titles - Sept. 4

Movies available at Alcuin Library:

The Sea Inside
17 Again
Nobel Son
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
State of Play
The Berlin Airlift
Sin Nombre
King Lear
…And God Created Woman
Marx & Coca Cola


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Labor Day Weekend - Hours

The main Libraries will have regular Academic Hours over the Labor day Weekend and Holiday. The Reference staff will be available Monday from 6:30pm-10:00pm. Three great days to get ahead on class work. For a complete listing of our Academic Hours click:

"When is my ILL book due?"

Have an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and not sure when your book is due?

Lending libraries set the due dates for the materials they lend.

Due dates are indicated on the blue or yellow bookmark that comes with the book, and in MnPALS on Your Borrowing Record.

Please return books to the Circulation desk at either library on or before the due date, in order to avoid overdue charges.