Digital Archives of Newspapers

If you are doing historical or sociological research, archived copies of newspapers can be great sources… and are even more convenient when they have been digitized!

A recent tool for finding digitized historical newspapers is NewspaperCat from the university of Florida.   You can search by newspaper name or location, or browse by geographic location (States, Cities, etc.).  The record will link you to the digital archive, whether it is from a local library’s digital copy or from other sources such as Google News.  Use these links to search the actual content of the newspapers.

The University Libraries also subscribe to other historical newspapers that are not included in NewspaperCat because they are not freely available on the Web.   We have the New York Times from 1851-2003 (current articles available in LexisNexis Academic), and the Wall Street Journal from 1889-1993 (current articles available in Factiva).

More information about finding first-hand accounts (primary sources) is available.

Using OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan: Faculty/Staff Workshop

Faculty & staff are invited to join us for the third of our Connection Sessions this semester: Using OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan.   This 30 minute session will help you request items from other libraries in the state, across the country or around the world.   The session will be taught by faculty in the College of University Libraries and Academic Support.  Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack!

Using OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan

  • Wednesday, November 3, 2010– Carlson Library, room 1009, 12-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 4, 2010– Mulford Library, room 420, 12-12:30 p.m.

No reservation necessary, just stop in!

Make your research skills pay: QuizWhiz from LexisNexis

If you can answer the questions in this online quiz, you can earn points that can be redeemed for gift certificates to Starbucks, Papa John’s, Target, or Amazon.   New questions come out twice a week, and each multiple choice question has a point value based on difficulty.   This contest is open to students only (sorry faculty & staff!) at institutions like UT that subscribe to Lexis Nexis databases.  See the official rules for details.  Contest runs through November 15th.

The UT Libraries subscribe to:

LexisNexis Academic for information from newspapers, business and legal publication.

LexisNexis Congressional for information on the U.S. Congress activities and legislation.

JSTOR Update

Update to the Update:  After getting feedback from librarians, JSTOR has promised to make the results show only what we have access to, but this change may not be in effect until September 6th.

JSTOR, a database of scholarly journal back issues, has recently updated its interface.  One major difference is that the search results now show all JSTOR content, whether the University of Toledo Libraries subscribe or not.  In order to see only the items available in our subscription, you must choose ‘Only content I can access’ from the Advanced Search or Search Results screen.  This will limit your results to only full text articles that we have access to.  (Click here for a screenshot)

The University of Toledo Libraries subscribes to over 1,100 journals in seven JSTOR collections.  See the JSTOR website for a full list of highlights from the recent JSTOR interface update.

New Trial: Publishing Opportunities Database, through 11/30/09

The Publishing Opportunities Database provides the most extensive listing of opportunities for professors, post-doctorates and other students interested in presenting and publishing their research papers.  Information from three distinct sources (highly cited journals, journal special issues and academic conferences) is combined and presented in a convenient, intuitive format.

Each Publishing Opportunities Database record contains vital information about:

- The publication or conference
– The scope and topics on which manuscripts are sought
– Applicable deadlines for abstracts, manuscripts and final papers
– Manuscript formatting requirements
– Submission information
– Publication frequency
– Contact information

The database, which is updated twice each month, covers multidisciplinary subject areas.  It includes information on more than 14,000 highly cited journals, 2,000 special journal issues each year, and over 12,000 conference calls for papers annually.

We have access to this trial through the end of this month.  Please email us with any comments on this resource as we evaluate it for possible purchase.

UT Authors Collection

Did you know that you can search for books by University of Toledo authors (faculty, staff, students, alumni) in the UT Library Catalog?  They’re all part of the University of Toledo Authors Collection, and we have over one thousand items produced by our own scholars.  Click on a title to see where we keep the book… some are only available for use in the Canaday Center for Special Collections, but many can be checked out!