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Starving the Beast:The defunding of America’s public universities

by Sarah Berry

Earning its title from the political strategy of limiting government spending by cutting taxes (and therefore revenue), the documentary “Starving the Beast,” provides an in-depth examination of the ongoing power struggle between public universities and political representatives, in regards to funding, which has led to budget cuts and higher tuition rates for students.

Public universities like the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and the University of Virginia are featured throughout the documentary, which examines two opposing views of public education: one, that it is a public good to be supported by society and the other, that the cost of public education should be met by individual degree-earners and private entities.

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To begin watching “Starving the Beast,” click here. If you are accessing Kanopy Streaming off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Celebrate Louisa May Alcott’s 184th Birthday!

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by Sarah Berry

Today marks acclaimed novelist Louisa May Alcott’s 184th birthday. Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Alcott was best known for “Little Women,” which  was loosely based on Alcott’s own life. Since the books release, it has been adapted for film several times, in 1933, 1949, and most recently in 1994; the novel has also been adapted for television and stage.

Through the Rohrbach Library, students can access several resources relating to Alcott’s work. For example, via Britannica Original Sources, students can read three of Alcott’s works: “Little Women,” “Little Men,” and “Flower Fables, while Films OnDemand offers the 1949 film, “Little Women.” Alternatively, students can search EBSCOhost for Alcott’s works and as well as analyses of Alcott and her contribution to literature.

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For information on accessing databases and library resources off campus, check out 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.” 

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.

New Early American Databases

By Robert Flatley

Coordinator of Electronic Resources, Interlibrary Loan and Periodicals

The Rohrbach Library is pleased to announce the addition of Early American Newspapers Series 6 & 7 to our e-resources collection.

Early American Newspapers, Series 6 & 7 includes more than 320 significant 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century newspapers, including titles of unique historical significance, regional weeklies and big-city dailies.

Series 6 includes many new titles of singular importance, including the Detroit Plaindealer, Detroit’s first successful black newspaper; The Colored American, which provided detailed coverage of the Amistad revolt; Argus of Western America, an early Kentucky paper and a strong supporter of Andrew Jackson; and the Arkansas Gazette, one of the first papers west of the Mississippi. Other significant titles include the Kalamazoo Gazette, Kansas City Times, Northern Standard, Oregon State Journal and many more.

Series 7 includes many new titles of singular importance, including New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, established in 1837 and one of the South’s most prominent newspapers, and The Oregonian, founded in 1850 in Portland and still the state’s largest daily.

This marks a major addition of primary source materials to the library’s collection.

You can access all the library’s e-resources at: http://www.kutztown.edu/library/er.


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