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Science Archives Now Available

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Station 3

UVM Libraries is pleased to announce that patrons now have access to Science, one of the most influential scientific publications, back to 1890. The Science Classic back file includes the very first issue of Science published under founder Thomas A. Edison and complements Science Online, which covers issues from 1997 until today.

Publishers say this about Science Classic:

“Science readers may now access a wealth of scientific literature. This archival content includes groundbreaking Research Articles and Reports, News of the Week and News Focus, Letters, Books et al., Policy Forum, Reviews, Perspectives, Association Affairs, Technical Comment Abstracts, Brevia, even advertisements found in the print issues published before 1997. Readers will have at their fingertips key articles in the history of science from the late 19th, the 20th, and the early 21st centuries such as the human genome, the genes for breast and colon cancer, and the Bose-Einstein condensate in physics.”

Access this archive as you would any Science article through the publisher’s website or UVM Libraries Online Catalog and Electronic Journals List.

Station 3 photograph by Casey J. used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

RefWorks Available

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

RefWorks logo

The University Libraries now have a one-year subscription to RefWorks, a tool to help you cite resources and create bibliographies for your research.

RefWorks is a citation management software program, similar to EndNote or Zotero, that allows you to collect and store references from online databases or websites, and organize the citations from books, articles and other sources in folders according to topic area or assignment. It automatically converts citations into properly formatted bibliographies in a variety of formats (e.g. MLA and APA).
RefWorks is free to the UVM community – all you need to get started is a UVM email address and internet access.

For assistance with RefWorks, or to share any feedback you have on the resource, please email elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu.

New Book Highlights

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The UVM Libraries’ new book list is updated weekly. Subscribe via RSS feed to subjects that interest you.

Bigfoot book cover
Bigfoot : the life and times of a legend by Joshua Blu Buhs

“Independent scholar Buhs (The Fire Ant Wars) skeptically but affectionately surveys the evidentiary traces of bigfoot and his yeti and Sasquatch kin in sightings, tracks, sideshow exhibits and film, but his focus is on the megapod as cultural signifier. To the white working-class men who are his biggest fans, Buhs contends, bigfoot is an icon of untamed masculinity, a populist rebel against scientific elites, the last champion of authentic reality against a plastic, image-driven, effeminate consumer society.” –Publisher’s Weekly

Hear Joshua Bluh Buhs discuss the book on the radio program Focus 580.

Censoring an Iranian Love Story book cover
Censoring an Iranian love story by Shahriar Mandanipour ; translated from the Farsi by Sara Khalili

“Imagine trying to write about romance in a society in which it’s a crime for a woman to walk down the street with a man who isn’t a relative, and in which government censors scrutinize every line. Shahriar Mandanipour, the struggling Iranian author portrayed with mischievous wit and serious intent in this elaborately chambered double-novel by the real-life Shahriar Mandanipour––a prominent, censored Iranian writer––labors anxiously over the love story of Sara and Dara under the sharp eyes of Mr. Petrovich, a censor of disturbingly omniscient powers.” –Booklist

Visit the author’s website.

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Finding the lost year : what happened when Little Rock closed its public schools by Sondra Gordy

“Much has been written about the Little Rock School Crisis of 1957, but very little has been devoted to the following year – the Lost Year, 1958-59 – when Little Rock schools were closed to all students, both black and white. “Finding the Lost Year” is the first book to look at the unresolved elements of the school desegregation crisis and how it turned into a community crisis, when policymakers thwarted desegregation and challenged the creation of a racially integrated community and when competing groups staked out agendas that set Arkansas’ capital on a path that has played out for the past fifty years.” –Publisher’s information

Learn about Gordy’s documentary on the same topic.

The Protest Singer book cover
The protest singer : an intimate portrait of Pete Seeger by Alec Wilkinson

“A true American original is brought to life in this rich and lively portrait of Pete Seeger, who, with his musical grace and inextinguishable passion for social justice, transformed folk singing into a high form of peaceful protest in the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson lets us experience the man’s unique blend of independence and commitment, charm, courage, energy, and belief in human equality and American democracy.” –Publisher’s information

Preview on Google Books

See an excerpt from the American Masters documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

George Perkins Marsh

The George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center, available through the University of Vermont’s Center for Digital Initiatives, brings together transcriptions from over 650 of Marsh’s letters held by UVM, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the Houghton Library, Harvard University, the New York Historical Society, and the Archives of American Art.

When Marsh’s Man and Nature was published in 1864 it was immediately hailed as a major contribution to the field of physical geography. Now a classic of environmental literature, its author, George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882), was one of the first to recognize and describe in detail the significance of human action in transforming the natural world. In addition to his work as a scholar and lawyer, Marsh served in the United States Congress in the 1840’s and held diplomatic posts in Turkey and Italy.

Major topics covered in the correspondence include the American Civil War, Vermont geography, nineteenth-century sculpture, nineteenth-century public architecture, and the creation of the Smithsonian Institution.

Brady-Handy Photograph Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Digital File Number: LC-DIG-cwpbh-02223)

Birds of North America

Friday, May 22nd, 2009



Step outside on a quiet summer evening in Vermont and you just might hear the call of our state bird, the Hermit Thrush, beautifully singing in its fluty warble “Oh, holy holy,-ah, purity purity,-eeh, sweetly sweetly.”  If you’re not sure a Hermit Thrush is what you’re hearing, log into Birds of North America and listen to their audio sample rather than relying on this phonetic description.  But audio samples of bird songs are just a small percentage of the useful information you’ll find in this database.  Birds of North America “provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada.” The in depth articles contain everything you would want to know about a bird including information on demography and population, migration, habitat, food habits, behavior, and breeding information.  The database also contains images, video, and audio that illustrate plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and more.  So whether you need to gather some information about the local birds of Vermont before a bird watching trip or want to add some visual or auditory appeal to your presentation, Birds of North America is the premier reference source for your North American ornithological information.

Santee Wood Duck by murali_n used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

New Book & DVD Highlights

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

How to Read Bible Stories in Myths and Art book cover How to read Bible stories and myths in art: decoding the old masters from Giotto to Goya by Patrick de Rynck.

“In How to Read Bible Stories and Myths in Art, Patrick De Rynck explores the roots of Western civilization from three different angles: He introduces the reader to the best-known stories from the Bible and mythology; he presents a selection of exquisite masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters; and he shows the reader how these painters interpreted these famous scenes.” –Publisher’s information.

An Orchard Invisible book cover An orchard invisible: a natural history of seeds by Jonathan Silvertown ; with illustrations by Amy Whitesides

“The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution. From the tiny sesame that we sprinkle on our bagels to the forty-five-pound double coconut borne by the coco de mer tree, seeds are a perpetual reminder of the complexity and diversity of life on earth. With An Orchard Invisible, Jonathan Silvertown presents the oft-ignored seed with the natural history it deserves, one nearly as varied and surprising as the earth’s flora itself.” -Publisher’s information

The Myth of Mars and Venus book cover The myth of Mars and Venus by Deborah Cameron

“Ambitious in scope and exceptionally accessible, The Myth of Mars and Venus tells it like it is: widely accepted attitudes from the past and from other cultures are at heart related to assumptions about language and the place of men and women in society; and there is as much similarity and variation within each gender as between men and women, often associated with social roles and relationships. Cameron concludes that we have an urgent need to think about gender in more complex ways than the prevailing myths and stereotypes allow. A compelling and insightful read for anyone with an interest in communication, language, and the sexes.” -Publisher’s information

The West Wing Season 2 DVD coverThe West Wing. The complete second season.

“It’s never politics as usual inside this Oval Office. The President and his staff have been targeted for disruption by rival politicians, soon after being targeted by would-be assassins. Yet the determined colleagues continue to serve the U.S. and its President as the administration heads through midterm elections and into a crisis that leads to allegations of criminal conduct. The West Wing’s second season won the Best Drama Series Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.” -Publisher’s info

Watch excerpts from Season 2 of The West Wing:

America’s Historical Newspapers

Monday, May 4th, 2009

America's Historical Newspapers graphic

The University of Vermont Libraries recently acquired a subscription to America’s Historical Newspapers, a powerful database that provides access to American newspapers dating from 1690-1922. The resource makes hundreds of newspapers from around the nation available as searchable, online documents that provide contemporaneous accounts of events such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, westward expansion, the abolition of slavery, and the labor movement.

America’s Historical Newspapers lets you search newspapers by region, state, and title as well as by article type. All articles are avilable in PDF format and can be zoomed in or viewed in the context of the whole page.

Newsboys standing next to a gate

[Newsboys standing next to a gate holding bundles of newspapers and drinking from cups]. 1904 Aug. 11. DN-0001790, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society. Accessed via American Memory.

New Geoscience Resource Available

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Bryce Canyon

The University of Vermont Libraries now offer access to GeoScience World, an online resource for research in geological and earth sciences.

GeoScience World provides access to citation information and, in many cases, full-text articles from the publications of leading geoscience societies and university presses. In some instances, you’ll have to use other tools, such as the library catalog, to track down the works cited.

GeoScience World supports cross searching with GeoRef, another major research tool for the geosciences.

Contributors include:

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG),
  • American Geological Institute (AGI),
  • Geological Society of America (GSA),
  • The Geological Society of London (GSL),
  • Mineralogical Society of America (MSA),
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Desert Rocks

New Book and DVD Highlights

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

The UVM Libraries’ new book list is updated weekly. Subscribe via RSS feed to subjects that interest you.

Farm Sanctuary cover Farm Sanctuary : changing hearts and minds about animals and food by Gene Baur

“In 1986, Gene Baur co-founded Farm Sanctuary, a group opposed to factory farming and dedicated to cruelty-free living and providing refuge to weak and sickly animals abused or rejected by slaughterhouses. The group has two farms; one in upstate New York and one north of Sacramento. Each has more than a dozen barns and hundreds of acres of pasture.” –Los Angeles Times

“Factory farms subvert democracy and are some of the nation’s worst polluters. This book shows how they also treat animals with unspeakable cruelty. Farm Sanctuary is a compelling testament to the need to civilize this industry and end its radical practices for producing meat, dairy, and eggs.” -Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Preview the book on Google.

Watch a video about Farm Sanctuary and the book:

Critical Perspectives on Bell Hooks cover Critical perspectives on Bell Hooks edited by Maria del Guadalupe Davidson and George Yancy.

“Although bell hooks has long challenged the dominant paradigms of race, class, and gender, there has never been a comprehensive book critically reflecting upon this seminal scholar’s body of work. Her written works aim to transgress and disrupt those codes that exclude others as intellectually mediocre, and hooks’ challenge to various hegemonic practices has heavily influenced scholars in numerous areas of inquiry. This important resource thematically examines hooks’ works across various disciplinary divides, including her critique on educational theory and practice, theorization of racial construction, dynamics of gender, and spirituality and love as correctives in postmodern life.” –Publishers information

Preview this book at Taylor & Francis.

Watch bell hooks talk about cultural criticism and transformation:

Confessions of a Mullah Warrior book cover Confessions of a mullah warrior by Masood Farivar

“In this earnest bildungsroman, Farivar tells the remarkable tale of how he went from Afghan refugee to resistance fighter to Harvard University student. Fleeing the increasing violence and political instability in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, the author and his family escaped to Pakistan-and the hardships and alienation of refugee life. The young Farivar entered a madrassa where he studied the Koran intensively and became a devout Muslim. Eventually deciding he had a duty to return to Afghanistan to fight, he left his family to embrace jihad against the occupying Soviet troops. While serving on the front lines, Farivar continued “brushing up on [his] Pythagorean theorems, among other things” in preparation for the SAT and made his way to an American prep school and later, Harvard.” –Publishers Weekly

Preview this book on Google.

Read an interview with author Massod Farivar in The Boston Globe.

Milk DVD cover Milk [videorecording] written by Dustin Lance Black, directed by Gus Van Sant

“Director Gus Van Sant uses the account of one of the country’s first openly gay public officials, who was assassinated in 1978, to invest the gay rights movement with mythic grandeur, as a successor to all the heroic social protest movements in American history.” -Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“[Its] power lies in its uncanny balancing of nuance and scale, its ability to be about nearly everything — love, death, politics, sex, modernity — without losing sight of the intimate particulars of its story. Harvey Milk was an intriguing, inspiring figure. “Milk” is a marvel.” –A. O. Scott, New York Times

Watch the Milk trailer:

Climate Planning for Campuses: A How to Guide

Monday, April 13th, 2009


The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education released Climate Planning for Campuses, a guide in the form of a moderated wiki. Users can submit suggestions and revisions to help the guide evolve over time.

Topics addressed include greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, determining carbon footprint, project evaluation practices, and public engagement.

This resource will be of use to students, faculty, and administrators who are working to ensure green campuses.

Read more at Inside Higher Ed.