New database available – Caribbean Literature

University Libraries now has access to the Alexander Street Press electronic collection of Caribbean Literature.

Caribbean Literature is a searchable collection of poetry and fiction produced in the region during the 19th and 20th centuries. The titles selected by our editors are presented in the original: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and various Creole languages. It also features dictionaries of the Creole spoken in these countries. Caribbean Literature gives users immediate access to a treasury of classic, rare, and contemporary literature.

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New database available – Codices Vossiani Latini

Codices Vossiani Latini

The Codices Vossiani Latini Online publishes all 363 codices which form the world-famous Latin part of Vossius’ manuscript collection held at Leiden University Library. The Codices Vossiani Latini count a large number of early medieval manuscripts (a whopping 76 Carolingian manuscripts dating from before 900), including major sources of many classic texts. The 363 codices in all comprise 40,278 openings, resulting in 84,266 images, including covers and flyleaves. The manuscript collection is enriched by detailed information drawn from by K. A. de Meyier’s catalogues of the codices, providing users, both students and researchers, with essential information on the content, context, and physical appearance of each codex.

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New librarian for Anthropology

Hilary Bussell will be joining University Libraries on March 7 as one of two new Social Sciences librarians.  Hilary will have responsibility for Anthropology as well as Economics and the School of Communication.  She was most recently eLearning Librarian at Ohio University where she was the subject librarian for several subject areas, including Sociology/Anthropology.

Article comparing digital archaeological repositories

Comparing Digital Archaeological Repositories: tDAR Versus Open Context

Beth Sheehan
Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 
Vol. 34, Iss. 4 (Dec), 2015, p. 173-213

Abstract – “In the last decade, two online archaeology data repositories, Digital Antiquity’s The Digital Archeological Record (tDAR) and the Alexandria Archive Institute’s (AAI) Open Context, have emerged in the United States as key players in the development of technology and Web platforms for preservation and public online access to archaeological research data. The need for these services has intensified since 2011, in the wake of U.S. federal open access mandates and funding agency data management plan requirements for grant applications. Through a comparison of selected features of tDAR and Open Context, this article highlights similarities and key differences in their designs, data management policies, and practices, and provides guidance to subject specialist librarians and others who advise archaeological researchers about how these differences can impact the suitability of each repository for specific data characteristics.”

Open access and the humanities

Martin Paul Eve deposited Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future in the group TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography

“If you work in a university, you are almost certain to have heard the term ‘open access’ in the past couple of years. You may also have heard either that it is the utopian answer to all the problems of research dissemination or perhaps that it marks the beginning of an apocalyptic new era of ‘pay-to-say’ publishing. In this book, Martin Paul Eve sets out the histories, contexts and controversies for open access, specifically in the humanities. Broaching practical elements alongside economic histories, open licensing, monographs and funder policies, this book is a must-read for both those new to ideas about open-access scholarly communications and those with an already keen interest in the latest developments for the humanities. This title is also available as open access via Cambridge Books Online.”

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Journal issue on digital technologies and Italian literature

The latest issue has appeared of the peer-reviewed, OA journal, Humanist Studies in the Digital Age, edited by Jeff Staiger, literature librarian, and Massimo Lollini, professor of Italian, at the University of Oregon: issue’s theme is “Lector in Rete: Figures of the Reader in Digital Humanities,” and it features articles on the application of digital technologies to research and pedagogy regarding such figures as Petrarch, Pico della Mirandola, and Dante, among others.  Enjoy and please spread the word to parties at your institutions who may be interested.


Open Access Publishing: Potentials and Pitfalls

Open Access Publishing: Potentials and Pitfalls

Wednesday, October 21, 12 – 1 p.m., Room 165 Thompson Library


As part of International Open Access Week (October 19-25, 2015), the Research Commons will be hosting a discussion forum about the potential benefits of open access publishing as well as tips for avoiding questionable publishing practices. The discussion forum is primarily aimed at OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students.



Upcoming Research Commons Workshops

September 16 – Grants for Graduate Students
September 22 – Guidelines for Keeping a Good Lab Notebook
September 30 – Zotero Basics: Best Practices for Citation Management
October 7 – Blogging for Academics: Research as a Conversation
October 29 – RefWorks Basics: Best Practices for Citation Management
November 3 – Keys to Research Success: Keeping Your Data Organized
November 10 – Finding Fuding and Getting Grants
December 2 – Human Subjects Research: Assistance with IRB Forms and Data Management

For more information and to sign up for a workshop, see

Fresh Insights From France’s Old Newspapers

“When Mr. Toscano arrived in France in 1986 as the Paris correspondent for the Italian economic daily Italia Oggi, he started to collect post-World War II French newspapers. He was convinced that if he wanted to portray France as it was in the 1980s, he had to first “get a sense of what had happened in the country after the traumatizing event that was World War II,” he said. But what was first a quest to educate himself quickly became a passion, and for the past 30 years he has been collecting English- and French-language newspapers dating as far back as 1673 to the 1960s.”