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4-07-09 Database Updates

Here are some recent databases that have been added or updated in CONSORT and/or on the Online Resources Page.

  • Book Review Digest Retrospective – provides excerpts from, and citations to, reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction. Citations with excerpts of reviews of juvenile and adult fiction and nonfiction in the English language are included.

  • Birds of North America Online – provides scientific information for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada, with image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, recordings of bird’s songs and calls selected from the collection in Cornell’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds. Includes also an extensive bibliography for each species.

  1. Kissinger Telephone Conversations
  2. US Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction
  3. Peru Human Rights, Drugs, Democracy

  • The Left Index database is moving to EBSCOhost from Biblioline in April. It should be able to be searched co-currently with all of the other EBSCO databases.

3-23-09 Books2Eat 2009

Winner of the 2008 best in show award Read a cake or eat a book as Denison Libraries participate for the sixth year in the International Edible Books Festival.  On Wednesday, April 1, the event will again take place in the Library Atrium (near the Jazzman’s Coffee Café) starting at 2:30 p.m.  Denison staff, faculty, and students and the Granville community are invited to enter an edible art creation or to come and enjoy the food and festivities.

The edible creations will be accepted starting at 2:00 p.m., ready for viewing at 2:30 p.m. and judged at 3:00. They will be ready for consumption along with “high tea” sponsored by the library staff as soon as the judging and announcements are complete. Be here early as the food goes fast.

The entries will be judged in the following categories: Most Creative: Best artistic endeavor (originality of thought); Best Presentation: Surpasses all others in style and appearance; Most “Bookish”: Best interpretation of a book title OR best use of text OR looks most like a book; Most Hilarious: Makes you laugh out loud; and Best of Show: Your overall favorite – may encompass 2 or more of the above categories

The basic rule for all entries is that they be completely edible. It is preferable that they be made of something which can be consumed by the guests after the judging. If serving pieces are required, please be sure they are disposable. The library isn’t responsible for containers, etc. Anything left behind by a book artist will be eaten or discarded.

To view past entries in the Denison Books2Eat Festival, go to

For a thorough description of the event go to the festival’s website at  Photographs from past international events are located at

Debby Andreadis is the contact person and may be reached by telephone at 740-587-5653 or by e-mail at

1-19-09 Learning Commons gets a Facelift

Over the winter break, the Learning Commons at the Library was redesigned to reflect the changing needs of students and to better facilitate technology. Pictures of the process can be located by following this link.

9-24-08 Database Updates

Since the beginning of the semester, several databases have been added to our Online Resources Page. These can also be found in the CONSORT Catalog as well. These databases are:

Abstracts in Anthropology – Online version of periodical that contains references to journal articles, miscellaneous papers, and books in Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics.

China Data Online – A database collection that covers statistics and census data of China at the national, provincial, city, and county levels.

Engineering Village – A database that combines Compendex 1969- and Compendex Historical 1884-1968 into one access point. Trial versions of EI Patents, GeoBase, NTIS and Referex are also available for the fall semester. The new link provides a combined search of all of the above databases at once.

FRASER (Federal Reserve archival system for economic research) – provides historical economic information and data to researchers interested in the U.S. economy.

Health Source: Consumer Edition – Provides consumer oriented information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, adult health, behavioral health, cardiology, drug and medication information, pediatric health, senior health, women’s health, and sports medicine.

New Gale E-books added to Catalog

24 new Gale E-books were recently added to the CONSORT Catalog. These titles are:

1)  Guide to African Cinema
2)  An Encyclopedia of Swearing
3)  The Columbia Companion to American History on Film
4)  Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia
5)  Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development
6)  Encyclopedia of Environment and Society
7)  World War II in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, with General Sources
8)  Food is Culture
9)  The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America
10) Louise Erdrich: A Critical Companion
11) The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
12) Julia Alvarez: A Critical Companion
13) Teen Life in Africa
14) Food Culture in Spain
15) Food Culture in Japan
16) Education and Social Change in China
17) Rural Women in Urban China
18) Japan’s Foreign Policy Since 1945
19) China and the Challenge of Economic Globalization
20) China’s Environment and the Challenge of Sustainability
21) Historical Dictionary of Pakistan
22) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Confucianism
23) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism
24) Energy for the 21st. Century

7-1-08 Database Changes

Beginning July 1, several OhioLINK databases will be replaced with new resources. The affected databases are funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, which is administered through the State Library of Ohio, and are available to all Ohioans through Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO). LCO is a collaborative effort of OhioLINK, OPLIN,INFOhio, and the State Library of Ohio. Libraries Connect Ohio is constantly striving to provide the strongest portfolio of research resources possible to serve the diverse lifelong learning needs of all Ohioans, within budgetary limitations.

What’s Changing?

  • Biography Reference Bank will replace American National Biography. Biography Reference Bank provides biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images.
  • Consumer Health Complete (an EBSCOhost database) provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information including medical encyclopedias, popular reference books and magazine articles.
  • Science Online will replace AccessScience. Science Online presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.
  • World Book Web (includes World Book Dictionary, World Book Atlas, World Book Advanced, World Book Kids, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos) will replace Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, Encyclopaedia Britannica School Edition and Enciclopedia Universal en Español. World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that delivers encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

In addition, OhioLINK will not be renewing its subscription to Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals and Bibliography of the History of Art. Some OhioLINK member libraries may continue to subscribe some of the cancelled resources individually. Please contact your library with any questions.

4-13-08 Food for Fines

Donate food to reduce your library fines and help a good cause at the same time. In honor of National Library Week (4-13-08 to 4-19-08) the library will accept non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry. In exchange for each item you bring in, you can receive $2.00 off your fines for overdue items. This does not apply to lost or billed items.

3-28-08 Books2Eat 2008

farwell to arms image

2007 Best in Show: A Farewell to Arms
Seanna Holtz
Photograph by Peggy Rector

Ever had to eat your words? For the fifth consecutive year, you can eat some very delicious words at the Edible Books Festival held in the Denison University Libraries. The creations may be viewed starting at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, in the Atrium of Doane Library (400 West Loop), and tea will be served along with the books at 3:30 p.m. A string quartet comprised of Denison students will provide music for the event. Everyone is welcome to participate in creating an edible book or just to come and join in the festivities. “Book” entries must be brought to the library by 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Internationally, the Books-2-Eat Festival is in its ninth year. Each entry features works of edible art in the form of books, words, or inspirations from books. Last year at Denison the winners were: Most “Bookish” – Retha Murray’s “Little Book of Chocolate” which was, literally, a little book made out of chocolate bars; Most Creative – Karen Ordonez’s “A Modest Proposal,” a baby-shaped meatloaf, complete with diapers fashioned from mashed potatoes; Best Presentation – Rachel Baxter, Kristin Birdsall and Teresa Hummel’s “Seussville.” This was a “Cat in the Hat” interpretation made of cake which was topped off with a goldfish bowl. And the Best of Show was awarded to Seanna Holtz for “A Farewell to Arms.” The display consisted of a fondant-covered cake in the shape of an octopus with eight disembodied licorice arms. This year a prize will also be awarded for the Most Hilarious entry.

The rules are simple. All entries must be completely edible and able to be out for an hour or two without refrigeration. If serving pieces are not disposable, the entrant is responsible for taking them away after the event. Anything left will be discarded.

For more information, contact Debby Andreadis at 740-587-5653 or e-mail

9-5-07 Remnant Trust Exhibition Opens

An opening reception for the Remnant Trust collection will be held in the library’s main level on September 12, 2007, at 4:30 p.m.  The collection of rare books and documents is on loan to the university from The Remnant Trust, Inc., a public educational foundation.

1-26-07 Three New Databases Available

Music Index is now available for use by the Denison community. This index is a bibliographic database covering more than 725 international music periodicals from over 40 countries in 23 languages. Topics include every aspect of the classical and popular world of music.

Naxos Music Library Jazz is available along with the original Naxos Music Library. Naxos Music Library Jazz is a comprehensive collection of online jazz music, offering over 20,000 tracks. Music is available for listening at a library listening station or from any computer on campus with internet access.

PsycCRITIQUES, a database of reviews covering psychology books and films, is now available at Denison. You may access it on our Databases page or via the CONSORT catalog.

1-5-07 Transfer Your EJC Alerts by January 31

The OhioLINK EJC will have a new interface beginning January 8, 2007. The new interface will look familiar to current EJC users, but it will also offer better performance and more functionality. Read more about the new interface here.

EJC users who have created e-mail alerts or saved searches on the current EJC interface will need to migrate that information to the new system by the end of January. Here?s how to create a new account in the new EJC and transfer your information:

  1. Connect to the new EJC.
  2. Look for “Create an Account” and follow the prompts to create your new account.
  3. Log into your new account.

For complete instructions with screen shots, please go to OhioLINK’s News archive on the topic.

Two new Archive of Americana Databases are Available

We have obtained two new databases. They are: House and Senate Journals, Series I, 1789-1817 and Senate Executive Journals, Series I, 1789- 1866
House and Senate Journals, Series I, 1789-1817 chronicles matters considered on the floor, votes and other actions taken, as well as excerpts from executive department communications and member responses. It documents important issues, events, organizations and people, including the Constitutional Convention, the Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments, Alexander Hamilton, and the Fugitive Slave Act.

Senate Executive Journals, Series I, 1789- 1866 records executive proceedings in which early American senators deliberated on Indian treaties, Spanish-American relations, the Monroe Doctrine, the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation and more.

7-26-06 NEW Library/Research Assignment Alert Form

This form allows faculty to let the librarians know when class assignments requiring research are coming up. With advanced notice, we are better able to serve students’ needs.
The form is available online at:
It can also be accessed via the Faculty Services page.

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