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Great Starting Places

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Not sure where to start looking for material for a research project? Check out our Subject Research Guides. Subject Guides are available on a wide range of topics from Anthropology to Zoology. Each guide includes recommendations for the best places to look for books, articles, and other materials related to the subject at hand. In addition many guides also provide helpful advice about research strategies and preparing citations and bibliographies.

If you need more specialized help or just want to talk with someone about your research, each guide includes contact information for the librarian that specializes in working with students and faculty in that subject area. This librarian will be happy to work with you.

Extended Hours Coming to Bailey/Howe

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Starting Monday, April 25th, Bailey/Howe will be open for extended hours to accommodate student demand. Get those assignments done and study for those finals, until 2AM most nights.

Extended Exam Period Schedule April 25-May 13

  • Monday-Thursday, April 25-28 (7 am – 2 am)
  • Friday, April 29 (7 am – Midnight)
  • Saturday, April 30 (10 am – Midnight)
  • Sunday, May 1 (10 am – 2 am)
  • Monday-Thursday, May 2-5 (7 am – 2 am)
  • Friday, May 6 (7 am – Midnight)
  • Saturday, May 7 (10 am – Midnight)
  • Sunday, May 8 (10 am – 2 am)
  • Monday-Thursday, May 9-12 (7 am – 2 am)
  • Friday, May 13, Last Day of Exams (8 am – 7 pm)
  • Saturday, May 14 (10 am – 5 pm)
  • Sunday, May 15 (CLOSED)

Studying Dink, 1957 is in the collection of the Duke University Archives. Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Talking bears, ice cream, help!

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Watch our new video and learn how you can eat ice cream and sit in the sun all day (okay, maybe not exactly…).


Vermonters in the Civil War

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

“When the order to retreat came, the wonder is that we were not all cut off, for the enemy had already outflanked us…and gave us a peppering of grape and canister as we withdrew.” –Lt. Roswell Farnham

Vermont soldiers in the Civil War wrote an enormous quantity of letters and diaries, of which many thousands have survived in libraries, historical societies, and in private hands. The Center for Digital Initiatives’  latest collection, Vermonters in the Civil War, represents a selection of letters and diaries from the University of Vermont and the Vermont Historical Society.

The collection includes materials dating from 1861 at the start of the Civil War, and will grow with additional materials throughout the years of the sesquicentennial commemoration, from 2011 through 2015. The digitized materials provide a variety of perspectives on events and issues. The voices represented in the collection include private soldiers and officers, as well as a few civilians.

Subject content for the 1861 letters and diaries covers a great deal of ground. The many logistical issues involved in launching the war effort come to light in the letters of General John W. Phelps, while officers such as Lieutenant Roswell Farnham often made thoughtful observations on the events and personalities in the camps and in the field. The enlisted men occasionally described important events in detail, but more often wrote about everyday life and concerns. Eyewitness accounts of 1861 engagements at Big Bethel (June 9-10), Bull Run (July 21), and Lewinsville (September 11) reveal the motivations and expectations of the men in arms, while descriptions of living conditions, drilling, sickness, and political intrigue provide insight on the soldiers’ experiences.

Get the Local Scoop

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


The UVM Libraries has an extensive collection of local and regional newspapers in  print, microfilm, and electronic editions.

Our collection includes historical newspapers as well as current titles.

These papers can help you get the local perspective on all kinds of current and historic research. Use them to find information on local businesses, UVM and other colleges in the area, environmental regulations, elections, local response to national and international events, and more.

Current Titles Include

The Burlington Free Press – current day’s paper is in the McCrorey Gallery and older issues dating back to 1827 are on microfilm (2nd floor).
Online version covers 2002 to the current day.

The Times – Argus (Montpelier) – current day’s paper is in the McCrorey Gallery and older issues dating back to 1985 are on microfilm (2nd floor).

The Rutland Herald – current day’s paper is in the McCrorey Gallery and older issues dating back to the early 19th century are on microfilm (2nd floor) and in Special Collections (ground floor).

Additionally, Special Collections receives numerous small weekly papers such as The Williston Observer, The Essex Reporter, and The Shelburne News in their print versions.

Fifty-three different Vermont newspapers variously covering dates from 1783-1922 are included in the full-text database America’s Historical Newspapers (Vermont Title list).

Thanks to the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, many more Vermont newspapers dating from 1836-1922 will soon be available online.

For more assistance with this collection Ask a Librarian.


Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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Magnifying Glasses Optional

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the preeminent resource on the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words in the English language.

Ever wonder when the word party was first used as a verb an in what context? What do snogging and canoodle mean, and where did they come from?  The OED has the answers.

The Bailey/Howe has the the 20 volume print edition of the OED (PE1625 .O87 1989 Reference) and the regularly updated electronic version of the OED.

The electronic version has additional features not available in the print edition, such as:

Lastly, the electronic version of the OED provides  downloadable search tools that make it easy for you to add an OED search box to your browser’s toolbar or include a full OED search box on your web page.

Give it a try today!

Photo by Camilla Hoel used under Creative Commons Licensing.

The National Digital Newspaper Program

Saturday, April 9th, 2011


Thursday, April 21, 5:00 pm., Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Deborah Thomas, Program Coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the Library of Congress, will talk about the effort to digitize historically significant newspapers from all over the United States and make them freely available through Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, a web site hosted by the Library of Congress.

In 2010 the University of Vermont of Vermont Libraries was awarded an NDNP grant to support the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project. The UVM Libraries and the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Ilsley Public Library of Middlebury, and the Vermont Historical Society will digitize up to 100,000 pages of Vermont newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. The digitized newspapers will be available to the public via Chronicling America.

Staff from the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, including Project Director Birdie MacLennan and Project Librarian Tom McMurdo, will talk about the Vermont project following Deborah Thomas’s presentation.

The presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 802-656-1493 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu.