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Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Immediate access to rare historical letters, diaries, manuscripts, books and more!

Nov 30, 2012 by Julie Adamo

Image of NCCO masthead

Ever wanted to peruse playbills from 19th century theater productions on your desktop? Or learn about previously undiscovered women writers? Ever wanted to read some historical British working class autobiographies or rare radical and labour periodicals? These are just a few of the types of materials and topics that you can explore in the newly acquired Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) database. 

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The Liberator: 19th century abolitionist newspaper at your finger tips

Nov 16, 2012 by Alice Whiteside

We've recently acquired a subscription to the full run of the Boston-based abolitionist newspaper The Liberator (1831-1865)!

The Liberator masthead

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New York Times & LITS

Mar 28, 2011 by Leigh Mantle

"In 1938, the first wireless newspaper was sent from WOR radio station in New York.  Photo shows children reading the children’s page of a Missouri paper." We think they would've liked the digital options of 2011.  Read on to find out more!

The New York Times launched a paywall today, March 28th, but for the MHC campus community, free access to the New York Times is still available from LITS.

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Celebrate African American History Month

Feb 22, 2011 by Leigh Mantle

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
[Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters] Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

February is African-American History Month!  The 2011 theme, African Americans and the Civil War, "honors the efforts of people of African descent to destroy slavery and inaugurate universal freedom in the United States.  The theme, chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History urges all Americans to study and reflect on the value of their contribution to the nation." (Library of Congress African American History Month)

LITS has plenty of resources to help you learn more about this important subject.  A good place to start is the African American and African Studies Research Guide or browse through the Encyclopedia of African American History

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Interested in Public Policy and Foreign Affairs? Check out PAIS

Dec 01, 2010 by Bryan Goodwin

Access a world of information...

The PAIS International database contains citations to journal
articles, books, government documents, grey
literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of
international agencies, Internet material, and more.  PAIS International includes
publications from over 120 countries throughout the world.

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ebrary: 50,000 Online Books!

Nov 23, 2010 by James Burke

ebrary screen

Did you know that ebrary gives Mount Holyoke access to over 50,000 electronic books spanning all academic subject areas?  You may come across an ebrary book by searching through the MHC book catalog or by searching directly on the ebrary page listed on the LITS A-Z E-Resources page.

Within an ebrary book, you can copy and paste text, and print pages and chapters.  If you create an account in ebrary, you can really make these books your own by highlighting, attaching notes to the text, and creating and organizing a personal bookshelf of your annotated ebrary titles.

So the next time you come across an e-book link in the catalog, give it a try!  There's a simple  ebrary quick start to help you get into this extensive collection of books at the library.

Have a restful Thanksgiving Break! Here are the Thanksgiving Break Hours for LITS:

TUE. 11/23,  8am - MIDNIGHT
WED. 11/24, 8:30am - NOON
SUN. 11/ 28,  6pm - 2am (Access with MHC Card between midnight & 2 a.m.)

Extra! Extra! Jorge Knows: Historical Newspapers!

Nov 19, 2010 by Leigh Mantle

Newsgoose Jorge by Mary Stettner

Newsgoose Jorge took to the streets recently to share the news about
free access to historical newspapers (and a Thanksgiving message, too) for Mount Holyoke College students, faculty, and staff.  LITS offers
the MHC community access to the ProQuest Historical Newspaper Collection
This collection contains scanned images (PDFs) of historical newspaper
pages and you may search by keywords, author, date, or document type
(i.e. editorial cartoon, classified ad, or obituary).  

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New Trial E-Resource: Oxford Bibliographies Online

May 18, 2010 by Leigh Mantle


New Trial E-Resource: Oxford Bibliographies

LITS is pleased to offer the MHC community a chance to evaluate a new electronic
resource: the Oxford
Bibliographies Online

We have a thirty-day trial from May 14, 2010 to June 13, 2010.  This
trial includes access to the Classics, Criminology, Islamic Studies,
and Social Work bibliographies. 

Feedback on this electronic
resource is welcome and will assist LITS in evaluating this resource
for our collection.  Please send an email with comments to the Research
and Instructional
Support (RIS) team at  LITS is always striving to
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Jorge Knows: Earth Day 2010

Apr 22, 2010 by Leigh Mantle

Photo Credit: Mary Stettner and NASA
Jorge's celebrating Earth Day 2010!
Jorge knows he can help LITS go green by turning out the lights when leaving study rooms and the library stacks, recycling rough drafts of his papers on Geese Studies, and shutting down computers after he's finished using them.

It's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year and there are lots of ways to go green and learn more about our environment. 
Did you know:

  • Only one percent of all water on the planet is available for humans (EPA Water Efficiency)
  • Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year (EPA Green Tips Podcasts)
  • Between 1960 and 2008 the amount of waste each person creates has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.5 pounds per day. (EPA Reduce & Reuse)

If you need to find current research on environmental issues, check out GreenFile, a scholarly database, which is provided for free to current MHC students, faculty,and staff.  GreenFile offers information on all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content
on climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.  

Jorge also recommends the new Miller Worley Center for the Environment News blog!

Photo Credit: Mary Stettner and NASA

Jorge Knows: Women's History Month

Mar 23, 2010 by Leigh Mantle

 MHC students and Jorge marching for women's suffrage

Jorge's celebrating Women's History Month with his mysterious ability to jump back in time to support these MHC students marching for women's suffrage in 1916.  He felt the need to add his own, mellifluous voice to this excellent cause.

Mount Holyoke College was the first women's college in the nation (founded by Mary Lyon) and continues to be a leader in women's education.  LITS has a rich collection of materials to study women's history, especially women's education.  The Gender Studies research guide is a great place to start for library materials and the Archives & Special Collections holds 9,000 linear feet of unpublished
manuscript materials and over 11,000 published volumes primarily
relating to the history of the higher education of women, including such collections as the Women's Suffrage Materials

Two scholarly databases are also worth noting for the historical content, which are provided for free to current MHC students, faculty, and staff:

  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, which currently includes 91 document projects and archives with information on such movements as the Civil Rights Movement, Women's Art Movment (Guerrilla Girls), and the Movement to End Violence Against Women, and many more. 
  • Women's Studies International with over 2,000 journals and coverage in the areas of sociology, history,
    political science & economy, public policy, international
    relations, arts & humanities, business and education. 

This year's theme for Women's History Month is Writing Women Back into History and to celebrate we've listed a small selection of digital archives that focus on women's history. 

Preserving Women's History: a Selection of Women's History Digital Archives

Photo Credit: Mary Stettner

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