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Movie Monday: Her

by Sarah Berry

Featuring  Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, “Her” follows soon-to-be divorced Theodore Twombly and the beginnings of his romantic relationship with Samantha, an artificial intelligence operating system that serves as Theodore’s personal assistant.

Nominated for several film awards, “Her” was awarded Best Original Screenplay by the Academy Awards for its humorous, yet heartbreaking exploration into romance in the digital age.

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“Her” is available now on Swank Digital Campus. If you are accessing Swank Digital Campus off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Movie Monday: Miss Representation

by Sarah Berry

A play on words, “Miss Representation,” focuses on the portrayal of women in mainstream media. Often, media representations of women focus on their appearances, versus their skills or personality.

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In turn, “Miss Representation” presents a compelling argument, through numerous facts and statistics, as well as interviews with notable women in leaderships roles, such as Gloria Steinem, Condoleezza Rice, and Katie Couric, that the media’s portrayal of women has become a contributing factor to the small amount of women in leadership positions in the U.S.

“Miss Representation” is available now on Kanopy Streaming. If you are accessing Kanopy Streaming off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Movie Monday: Halloween Treats

by Sarah Berry

In celebration of Halloween, today’s feature will instead highlight a variety of episodes or films involving Halloween or offshoots of the October holiday.

From witches and vampires, to the pumpkin market, the streaming databases of the Rohrbach Library offers a variety of Halloween-themed choices. Check out our picks below.

Kanopy Streaming: Heroes and Legends: Dracula – The Allure of a Monster

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Focusing on the literary character of Dracula, this 33-minute episode analyzes Bram Stoker’s motivations behind creating Dracula and his brides, as well as the continued impact of Dracula on audiences today.

Kanopy Streaming: I Married a Witch

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This 1940s romantic comedy classic centers on a vengeful sorceress from the Salem witch trials who has cursed the male descendants of the man who sent her to the stake, which is fine and dandy until she finds herself falling for one of them.

Films on Demand: Witches in Exile

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Swerving away from the comedic charm of “I Married a Witch,” is the above documentary, which brings to light the belief of witchcraft in countries across Africa, such as Ghana, and the punishment afforded to those accused of witchcraft.

Films On Demand: Autumn: Supermarket Secrets

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This BBC documentary takes a look at the methods used by British supermarkets to get shoppers in an autumn mood. Highlights include the purchasing and shipping of pumpkins, as well as the mass-production of pumpkin pies.

Swank Digital Campus: Psycho

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Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller has a premise and a shower scene that many viewers are familiar with already. So, take time to relive (or experience for the first time), on-the-run secretary Marion Crane’s stay at the Bates Motel.

Swank Digital Campus: The Cabin in the Woods

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A supernatural horror film with a touch of comedy, this film follows five friends who uncover not only a cabin, but an ancient ritual.

Aside from “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Psycho,” Swank Digital Campus hosts several horror and thriller films, such as

“Plum Prints” added to EBSCOhost databases

by Sarah Berry

Recent users of EBSCOhost databases may have noticed a new addition to their search results – a so-called “Plum Print.”

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Plum Prints are displayed in search results, allowing users to compare and contrast resources.

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A close-up of the analytical information provided by the Plum Print

Developed by Plum Analytics these prints are icons that provide valuable viewing information to users, such as the number of views, shares, or cross references of the book or article. As a result, viewers are able to visualize the impact or use of a specific resource in the academic world.

To learn more about Plum Prints check out these Plum Analytics articles: “The Plum Print: Coming to a Result List Near You,” “See the Plum Print Altmetrics…In More than Just Articles,” and “Visualizing Impact: The Plum Print.” 

Discovery Education provides a series of spooky lesson plans for Halloween

by Sarah Berry

Discovery Education, a database of the Rohrbach Library aimed towards education majors, has compiled a list of available resources for lessons on Halloween.

“Scare Up Some Learning This Halloween,” includes a variety of secondary and elementary resources, from audiobooks and videos to entire content collections. Content collections include lesson starters and complementary resources for teaching elementary, middle, and high school students.

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Users can easily add a resource collection to a personal content list, a classroom, a student, or to their personal builder for lesson plans, quizzes, and more.

Note, accessing these collections through Discovery Education’s blog will require login information. To utilize Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com. KU students, faculty, and staff should select “Login” and then “Passcode/Create New User” to enter KU’s eight-character passcode, 8727-6ee3.

Afterwards, you will be asked to create a personal username and password and then login with those credentials. Once logged in, you will be free to explore the site and take advantage of all of its offerings.

So head on over to Discovery Education and scare up some learning!

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicks off at Films On Demand

by Sarah Berry

Films On Demand, a streaming video database of Rohrbach Library, is promoting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a collection of segments and full-length videos on cybersecurity. Check out some of our favorites below.

TedTalks: Fighting Viruses, Defending the Net
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Learn about some of the world’s first computer viruses, from the Brain virus to keylogger viruses. Additionally, discover the struggles facing law enforcement officials as they try to tackle what has become a global crime.

Rise of the Hackers

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NOVA introduces a new group of scientists who are exploring and developing ways to thwart hackers through unbreakable codes and advanced computers.

In Google We Trust

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Uncover the ways in which governments and corporations log and track the digital interactions of users and how laws have failed to catch up to the digital age, leaving a user’s data open to public review.

The Surveillance Industrial Complex: America’s Surveillance State

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Dive into the history behind the NSA and its contracts with tech companies to access user data, as well as the subsequent public reaction after Edward Snowden went public about the NSA activities.

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To view more videos about cybersecurity from Films On Demand, click here. If you are accessing Films On Demand or any of the library’s databases off-campus, check out our post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus.

Scopus added to the Rohrbach Library’s list of databases!

by Sarah Berry

The Rohrbach Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, from scientific journals to conference proceedings.

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An extensive multidisciplinary database, Scopus provides students and faculty access to over 21,000 titles, 7.2 million conference papers, and over 130,000 books from 5,000 publishers worldwide. Additionally, the database features tools for tracking, analyzing, and visualizing research.

With these tools, users can analyze their search results, providing them a unique insight into their search results or into a specific work.

For example, a user may select to analyze the search results by author to discover which authors are actively publishing and/or researching their work. In turn, users can decide to “follow” or even contact these individuals. To learn about more ways to analyze your search results, click here.

Check out Scopus today by heading to the library website. If you are accessing Scopus or any of the library’s databases off-campus, check out our post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus.


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