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Monday, December 17. 2012
Most of us know about persecution of Jews during World War II. You might know that Jews have been persecuted in Europe for centuries. But, how much do you know about anti-Semitism during the American Civil War? On December 17, 1862, Major General Ulysses S. Grant, before he became Lieutenant General and commander of all Union armies, issued General Order No. 11. This order expelled all Jews from the military district under Grant's command: parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Was it Grant's intention to expel all Jews or just Jewish speculators in black market cotton? The order said one thing and Grant seems to have always claimed the other. Check the newspaper, magazine, and journal articles in ProQuest and decide for yourself.
Friday, December 14. 2012
Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966
This collection of materials from the National Archives, Kew, covers the whole of the modern period of European colonization of the continent from coastal trading in the early nineteenth century, through the Conference of Berlin of 1884 and the subsequent Scramble for Africa, to the abuses of the Congo Free State, fights against tropical disease, Italy's defeat by the Abyssinians, World War II, apartheid in South Africa and colonial moves towards independence.
Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969
This collection of materials from the National Archives, Kew, covers revolutions, territorial changes and political movements, foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), wars, slavery, immigration from Europe and relations with indigenous peoples, amongst other topics relevant to Latin America.
Public Affairs Index
Public Affairs Index is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of national and global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international commerce and conflict. This database draws from a diverse array of scholarly journals, conference papers, trade publications and government documents to provide up-to-date information on a broad range of topics of concern to the world today. Coverage starts in 1934, with more complete coverage beginning in 1970.
Victorian Popular Culture: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema
Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema explores the pivotal era in entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time. The database features printed ephemera, programmes, sheet music, cigarette cards, postcards, games, toys and other merchandise from the pre- and early-cinematic years. The printed books in this collection range from technical magic lantern manuals to children's shadow play while the periodicals range from the scientific to early celebrity gossip.
Thursday, December 13. 2012
The list of new books and other materials added to the library’s collection in November has been posted. Click on “…more New Arrivals” on the library’s home page. Or, go directly to http://library.umd.umich.edu/newbooks/.
Examples from the November list include:
Remember that a Banner hold will be placed if you have library fines or fees of more than $5.00. If you have questions about your library fines or fees, contact the Circulation Desk before you pay. You can pay fines in person, by mail, or online.
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Wednesday, December 12. 2012
We added several Japanese databases:
Online full-text database of the Japanese language Asahi Shinbun, one of Japan's mainstream newspapers. Contains 7 million articles published since 1945. Also includes articles from the weekly magazines Aera and Shukan Asahi, and from the annual new-word dictionary Chiezo.
Includes Japanese language dictionaries (Japanese, English-Japanese, Japanese-English, and English-English), a 30-volume encyclopedia, two dictionaries of current words, a dictionary of scientific terms, a biographical dictionary, the JK Who's Who, the Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan, a news database (NNA) that covers Asia and the European Union, full-text books, a database of video recordings from 1908 to 2005, a database of dissertations from the humanities departments of six universities in Japan, a books in print database, a sound library, and a music library.
Maisaku: Mainichi shinbun detabesu
Access to the online full-text, Japanese language database of Mainichi shinbun (1872 (Meiji 5)- ). The database also includes Mainichi Daily News (June 2008- ), Shukan Ekonomisuto (October 1989- ), the public opinion poll conducted by Mainichi Shinbunsha (1945- ), Mainichi yoron chosa, and the company history "'Mainichi' no 3-seiki".
Includes the Japanese language: Yomiuri shinbun of Meiji, Taisho, Showa and current issues; The Daily Yomiuri; and a biographical database. Includes English language search and some English language articles.
Zasshi kiji sakuin shusei
Japanese language index to periodical articles published in Japanese, including those in former Japanese colonies, and including local periodicals not present in many other indexes. Coverage is from 1868 onwards. Merges data from various composite periodical indexes by Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan.
NewspaperARCHIVE is a database of historical newspapers covering 1607 the present. The database consists of digital images of original newspaper pages, the largest number are from 1880-2010, and are mainly English-language from the United States, Canada, England, and Ireland, although there are some newspapers from other countries in other languages. Several small Michigan newspapers are included, which cold be helpful for genealogical research, but none are from southeastern Michigan.
Note: The holdings will list broad ranges of dates but NewspaperARCHIVE does not necessarily contain all the issues in that time period.
Tuesday, December 11. 2012
Are you taking the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, or MCAT exam? Practice exams for these and others can be found in LearningExpress Library™. LearningExpress Library also includes Job & Career Accelerator™, which can help you write resumés and cover letters, find jobs and internship opportunities, explore Occupational Profiles, and look up salary and job growth information.
To access LearningExpress Library, you can either use your UMID or your Michigan driver’s license.
Monday, December 10. 2012
Cynthia Barnett, author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis, was the speaker at the Natural Sciences Colloquium last Friday. Her talk, "Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America," discussed Americans' attitudes, illusions, and knowledge about water. She also proposed a shared water ethic among citizens, government, and major water users.
Books were available for purchase. If you missed the opportunity to purchase one, the library has a copies of two books by Cynthia Barnett available for checkout: Mirage : Florida and the vanishing water of the Eastern U.S. and Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis.
December 2012 R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Meeting
Book: The Dressmaker: A Novel by Kate Alcott
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 1210 Mardigian Library
Ask for R.E.A.D. titles at the Circulation Desk; both the Kindles and print books are kept there, and the print copies are on reserve for us.
Light refreshments are provided. Please join us!
Upcoming book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Tuesday, February 19, 2013)
Thursday, December 6. 2012
This Friday and next Tuesday, there will be Public Observing Sessions at the SLRC Observatory. The sessions will be about Jupiter and the Winter Sky.
If you are interested in learning more about Jupiter, the Mardigian Library has a few books and e-books. However, many more are available through MeLCat — dozens of books and some videos are available.
Haven't used MeLCat? It's easy. Just go to MeLCat. You can order books or audiovisual materials from another library in Michigan and have them delivered right to the Mardigian Library for pick-up. For more about MeLCat, see How to use MeLCat.
If you missed last night’s Fair Lane Music Guild concert, you might like to know that the library has a few resources that can help you listen to what you missed. Classical Music Library and Naxos Music Library both stream recorded performances of classical music. The Classical Music Library and Naxos recordings certainly aren't the same as being at a concert, and don't include the same musicians who played last night, but these databases include tens of thousands recordings.
And, if you are interested in finding out more about composers, check out the library’s Music databases.
Wednesday, December 5. 2012
It is the 200th anniversary of the first printing of Grimm Fairy Tales and we are having a trivia contest for UM-Dearborn students. To be entered into the drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Club Cappaccino, you can now enter online at http://library.umd.umich.edu/events/brothersgrimm/. Answers to some questions may be found in the Brothers Grimm display in the Mardigian Library. Good luck!
Entries must be submitted by Friday, January 11, 2013.
Tuesday, December 4. 2012
The Mardigian Library hours for finals study will be:
Monday, December 10 — 8:00 a.m. - [no closing time]
December 11 - 13 — open 24 hours
Friday, December 14 — open until 11:45 p.m.
Saturday, December 15 — 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 — 8:00 a.m. - [no closing time]
December 17 - 18 — open 24 hours
Wednesday, December 19 — open until 7:30 p.m.
Between midnight and 8:00 a.m., only University of Michigan students can enter the library and you be required to show your MCard.
Extra security personnel will be on site to monitor activity throughout the building. While the building will remain open, library services will be limited during the extra hours. All four floors of the library and the computers by the Library Research Center will be available for use, and it will also be possible to check out materials. Research assistance, guest printing, and financial transactions, including adding money to printing accounts will not be available during extended hours.
For the complete listing of library hours, including break hours, visit http://library.umd.umich.edu/Us/hours.php.
Monday, December 3. 2012
This past weekend, I watched a repeat of the PBS documentary The War of 1812. It reminded me that the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin will take place in Monroe in January. Check the National Park Service website for more information.
The database Early American Imprints has A JOURNAL, Containing an accurate & interesting account of the hardships, sufferings, battles, Defeat, & captivity of those heroic Kentucky Volunteers & Regulars, commanded by General Winchester, in the year 1812...1813. Also, two narratives, by men, that were wounded in the battles on the River Raisin, and taken captive by the Indians. This account of the events that took place in what would become Monroe was written by Elias Darnall, a private from Kentucky and one member of the force that was on its way to retake Detroit from the British.
With the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 upon us, it is not surprising that many new books have been written about it. The library has many, both in print and online. Check them out!
Friday, November 30. 2012
One hundred years ago today, photographer Gordon Parks was born. According to Wikipedia, Parks "...was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft."
The library has a couple of books written by Gordon Parks, a children's book illustrated by Parks, and e-book of Parks' autobiography. We also have a DVD copy of the movie Shaft. Check one or more out today!
If you are interested in Gordon Parks' photography, you can view a few images through the MLibrary Image Collections database.
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