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Movie Monday: The Fidel Castro Tapes

by Sarah Berry

Released in 2014 by PBS, “The Fidel Castro Tapes,” chronicles the life of Cuba’s controversial leader, Fidel Castro, who passed away in 2016.

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Through rare images and recordings, audiences gain insight into Castro’s life and career as a revolutionary and a politician, as well as the strained relationship between the United States and Cuba. Events such as the Bay of Pigs, the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and the custody battle of Elian Gonzalez are also documented.

“The Fidel Castro Tapes” 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.

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Free Trial of Ebrary’s Academic Collection – Available Now Through Dec. 31!

by Sarah Berry

Take advantage of Rohrbach Library’s semester-long trial of Ebrary’s Academic Collection. Now through December 31, 2016, students and faculty can access and download over 170,000 ebooks, most of which are scholarly, from leading publishers. With the trial, users have unlimited, multi-user access to the collection’s ebooks.

With its expansive catalog, users can download and read texts on learning another language, teaching techniques for educators, or to read a classic novel. Additionally, Ebrary’s advanced searches make it easy to find texts, allowing users to search by ISBN number, subject, document type, and more.

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To start browsing the collection, head to http://libguides.kutztown.edu/ebrary.

Remember, this trial is only available until December 31, 2016. Don’t miss out!

EBSCOhost and You

by Sarah Berry

EBSCOhost is a familiar name to many college students; it is a go-to source when preparing papers or projects. However, it also has additional features that are often overlooked by users.

One particular feature is its Personal User Authentication service. Personal User Authentication allows students to bypass the library’s authentication process through their own EBSCOhost account. Thus, instead of going through the Rohrbach Library website, students can head directly to the database’s website, whether through a quick Google search for “ESBCOhost login” or through a saved bookmark for the site, and login with their personal account information.

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Users create a shared folder by selecting to share a Custom folder.

With an EBSCOhost account students can save reference material for future use. EBSCOhost organizes saved documents by file type, but also allows users to create custom folders, thereby organizing their documents by class or project.

Additionally, if working within a group, students can create shareable folders. Similar to sharing documents on Google Drive, shareable folders on EBSCOhost allow users to share and access database documents in the same location, cutting out unnecessary emailing or link pasting between parties.

An EBSCOhost account also allows students to save their search preferences, making for faster and more efficient search results. For example, users can check to have only “Full Text” or “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” in their results. As well, students can select various account preferences, such as their preferred citation style.

In short, the Personal User Authentication feature simplifies the process of gathering, citing, and sharing research by allowing individual accounts for a subscriber’s users.

To start reaping the benefits of an EBSCOhost account, click here (on-campus) and select “Sign In” on the top toolbar and then, “Create New Account.”

EBSCOhost account creation

The “Sign In” button to begin account creation can be found above the search field.

If accessing EBSCOhost off-campus, you will need to login first with your campus credentials or library barcode before creating an EBSCOhost account. For more information on accessing EBSCOhost and other databases off-campus, click here.

Free Trial of Britannica Original Sources – Available Now Through Sept. 30!

by Sarah Berry

Take advantage of the Rohrbach Library’s month-long trial of Britannica’s Original Sources Database. Starting September 1, KU students and faculty can access the multitude of primary source documents available on the electronic database, which include works by classic authors, such as Jane Austen and Frederick Douglass, as well as the journals of explorers, like Christopher Columbus. Additional resources include documents pertaining to a variety of topics and events, including the Affordable Health Care Act, the Viking invasions, the Civil Rights Movement, and more.

To take advantage of this trial, head to http://sources.eb.com and enter the following (all lowercase): Username: backto    Password: school

Britannica Original Sources

Remember, this trial is only available from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. Don’t miss out!

Note, Britannica’s Original Sources database can be found and accessed through the library’s A-Z database list under “O.”

*As of October 2016, Britannica Original Sources is now a member of the Rohrbach Library database suite and is available to all students and faculty.

Try BrowZine: a NEW way to research through Rohrbach!

By Veronica Daub

News: The Rohrbach Library has just added BrowZine to its already extensive list of research resources. And, it’s going to change the way you look for online academic journals at Rohrbach!

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the abundance of information available online. At times, this information tsunami makes it difficult to pinpoint a solid BrowZineLogo-FINAL COLORtopic or journal source for research. The dreaded search-box asks you what you’re looking for, and in many cases, you don’t know just yet. BrowZine has brought research into the 21st century by providing academic journals and articles in a “bookshelf-view” that omits the search-box venue of research. In addition to bringing academics to the modern age, not only can users experience BrowZine on their computers, but also on their tablets and smart phones. (In fact, it started as an app!)

Video: Watch this video for a preview of how easy BrowZine is to use:

On Trial at KU: Kutztown University has a trial subscription to BrowZine (including off-campus access) until December 31st. Try it! If you like it, please let Bob Flatley know at flatley@kutztown.edu. If we get enough interest, BrowZine could become a game changer in how we access our online research journals at KU starting in the spring semester.

Using BrowZine: The shelves are organized by subject, making it easy for thumbing through academic journals. Users can dive in and find what they’re searching for through browsing, rather than beginning with a search.

For example, I chose earth and environmental sciences. The next page brought me to a large, alphabetical shelf-view list of journals that covered the wide range of topics that fall under environmental sciences, such as aquaculture, ground-water monitoring, and sedimentation. Selecting a journal will bring you to a page similar to this (click image for a full view):

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Underneath the journal title on the left, you may select the year of publication, which will bring you to the respective list of volumes and issues. After selecting an issue, you will see a list of the journal’s content through different subheadings. Clicking on one will bring you to a document viewer that will provide both the abstract and full text.

BrowZine also has a “My Bookshelf” feature where you can file favorite articles and journals to view later, AND you can set it up to receive notifications when those journals are updated with new information. This way, BrowZine assures its users that they can stay on top of the constantly emerging information in their chosen field. BrowZine also makes sharing information as simple as a click; articles can be emailed, posted to Facebook or Twitter, or opened in other apps (when using a tablet) all through BrowZine.

Like it? Let us know!: We hope you like BrowZine. Again, please try it and get any feedback to Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu.

Noodletools is here to help with your next project!

by Veronica Daub

Starting this year, the Rohrbach Library has a subscription to NoodleTools, an extremely noodletoolsuseful tool for faculty and students across all majors. In order to sign up, those interested must click the link for NoodleTools located in the A-Z list of databases. You may click through the link, or find the page underneath ‘find information’ on the library’s website. Clicking through the KU-specific links will verify that the user is going through Kutztown’s subscription; going directly to the website outside of these links will not permit any user registration.

Logging In: Creating an account is the first step to using NoodleTools for your citations, bibliographies, and research. By entering NoodleTools through the KU links, you will be able to authenticate and create your own username and password for the site. After you register, you will use the login you create to re-enter in the future.

Setting up a Project: Once inside, you can begin with your first project. Hitting ‘new project’ brings you to a page with a list of options. The first option is for citation style: MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian. Your choice determines which handbook the site will follow when helping with your citations. The second set of choices determine the citation level; there’s starter, (six basic forms, equipped with an introduction to citing sources), junior (a set of simplified forms), and advancednoodletoolssignin (includes 70+ citation forms and comprehensive coverage of the style guidelines). Clicking ‘create new project’ will bring you to the project dashboard.

Research/Writing: At the top of the page, you may compose or edit a research question. Beneath that there is a text box for your thesis, main claim, and hypothesis.

Collaboration: There are options to share the project with a professor for collaboration or review. You can also add students for projects that are a collaborative effort.

Bibliography: The bibliography feature builds your work cited page as you build your project.

Notecards: NoodleTools features a notecard function that allows you to create notecards in the software. The notecard page offers many ways to organize your ideas, as you can see below.

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New Music and Film Databases Now Available!

By Samuel Box

For a limited time, the Rohrbach Library will be trialing two new databases that allow for users to discover and research a wide array of data related to film and music. The databases are called Film Industry Data (Film ID) and Music Industry Data (Music ID), and they are both essential tools for students, faculty, or just general lovers of music and film alike.

Music and Film ID

Both databases draw upon similar types of data archives.

The databases provide easy access to both current and historical data about films and music from around the world and, for the first time, feature of the first uses of Nielsen data in an academic atmosphere. Students now have the ability to see the same information that film and music executives use to make key strategic industry decisions.

Not suprisingly, George Clooney's movies sell more aroud the holidays.

Film ID let’s you view indsutry trends such as spikes in DVD sales around the holidays.

Film ID allows you to compare things like box office earnings across different directors, genres, actors, or cultures. Other things such as sales trends, the economic, political, or social contexts that films fall in, or how technologies such as streaming services have affected the industry, can now be analyzed. The level of specificity of the different types of data you can find is almost staggering.

For instance, say you need to research George Clooney’s career. If, for whatever reason, you needed to compare the sales of each different home media edition of Clooney’s film Gravity (DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.) that information is now at your fingertips. If you want to narrow that sales data down to three months in 2014 while comparing it to the DVD sales of any other Clooney movie, you can do that as well. The possibilities are seemingly endless.

Music ID Features

Here are some of the goals of Music ID as shown on the website.

The other database, Music ID, draws upon more than sixty years’ worth of musical data from Billboard, Official Chart Company, and many other resources from around the world. Like Film ID, the database can be used to analyze and display trends in the music industry in helpful graph formats. If you want to know which bands’ album sales rose and fall after the 2010 Grammys, Music ID can help. If you want to know what was number 17 on the Austrian top 40 chart in 1998, the info is readily available. Additionally, Music ID draws upon a large range of scholarly and journalistic sources that provide information and insight on just about any aspect or subject in the music industry.

The two databases will be available until April 23, 2015, so students, faculty, music and movie lovers alike, should all take advantage of them while KU still has access to them. Links can be found on the A-Z list of Databases located on the library’s website.


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