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12
Mar12

Not Sure Where to Start? New in Arts & Humanities Reference Overviews from SAGE

Posted by: Amanda Rust

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Encyclopedias and handbooks provide excellent ways to get an overview and start your research project. (Think of how you use this encyclopedia, probably every day.) To help give context to large research questions, the Library has just purchased a collection of encyclopedias and handbooks from SAGE Reference. You’ll find answers to questions like:

You can search or browse the SAGE Reference collection, and find more resources through our Arts and Humanities subject guides. If you have any comments, let us know here or via email.

Posted in: Anthropology, Art, Business, Cinema Studies, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, English and American Literature, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Read, Listen, Watch, Religion, Research Online, Serendipity, Sociology, Sports and Recreation, Theater, Women's Studies

6
Mar12

Learn a Language with the BBC

Posted by: Rebecca Bailey

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In my role as the librarian for Foreign Languages and Literatures, I get questions all the time from people who are looking for materials to help them learn a foreign language. So I’m always on the lookout for free online resources to which I can direct people.

One that has just come to my attention is the BBC’s Languages site. This site offers a wealth of free language lessons and tools, for a variety of languages. You can watch videos, see vocabulary lists, subscribe to phrase-a-day RSS feeds, sign up for email tips, and more. It seems to have the most content for French, German, Italian, and Spanish, but there are 40 languages for which they at least offer lists of useful phrases.

So, if you want to do some language prep for your study abroad trip or your international co-op (or spring break!), you may want to see what the BBC has to offer you. You can also check out my subject guide for Foreign Languages & Literatures for other helpful language links. And buena suerte / bonne chance / viel Glück / good luck with your language study!

Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Read, Listen, Watch, Staff Interests

16
Nov11

Linguistics Film Screening at MIT, 11/17/11

Posted by: Rebecca Bailey

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I just found out about a very cool event: this Thursday, 11/17/11, at MIT at 7pm, there will be a screening of the documentary film We Still Live Here – As Nutayunean. This film is about the efforts of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe of Massachusetts to revive their language after the death of the last native speaker. A copy has been purchased for Snell Library and is on reserve, so you can view it on your own at any time, but the screening at MIT will also feature a question-and-answer session afterward with the filmmaker and several linguists who have worked with the tribe on the language reclamation project. See this MIT calendar listing for more information.

The film will also air on the PBS program Independent Lens in the near future. Check your local listings for airtimes.

Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Read, Listen, Watch, Staff Interests

25
Oct11

Extra! Extra! Read all about Library Press Display!

Posted by: Kathie Demeritt

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Library Press Display is a great but little-known resource available through Snell Library. If you are looking for international or U.S. newspapers, Library Press Display is a convenient and easy to navigate tool that has a large collection of world newspapers from the past 60 days.

The Library Press Display home screen shows the last 7 days of important world news and events. This resource has tabs that allow you to search or browse newspapers by country, by language, or alphabetically. For most papers there are two ways to read each paper: you can click on the heading and an easy to read digital version of the article will appear, or you can choose to zoom in on the actual pages of the paper and read the articles as you would if you had the paper copy of the newspaper in your hands. 

For international users who prefer to navigate Library Press Display in their first language, the display can be switched to Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. The language can be switched on the labels, tabs, and buttons.

Don’t forget, Snell Library also has several other news and newspaper resources available! For general news try Access World News. For other newspapers, including historical newspapers, check out Snell Library’s newspaper resources page.

Posted in: Information and Society, Library News and Events, Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity

20
Oct11

Miss Representation, film airing tonight (10/20/11)

Posted by: Katherine Herrlich

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A powerful film about women will be televised on the OWN network at 9pm tonight.

The film Miss Representation “explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging their limited and often disparaging portrayals in the media,” according to the description from the OWN Documentary Club web site. Appearing in the film are such notables as Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, and Gloria Steinem. See a preview: Miss Representation trailer

If you miss the broadcast, Miss Representation is also available at Snell Library (currently checked out, but you can “place a hold” and be notified when it becomes available).

Posted in: Read, Listen, Watch, Women's Studies