Monthly Archives: July 2011

PLoS ONE: The Newest SPARC Innovator

SPARC, a coalition of academic and research libraries, wants to improve the scholarly publishing system. To bring attention to individuals and groups that are doing just that, they started the SPARC Innovators program. The most recently named Innovator is a … Continue reading

Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam – Classical Dances of South India

The Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama of India, confers classical status on eight dance forms of India — Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam, Sattriya, Kathakali, and Kathak. Out of these eight, four originated in … Continue reading

On Escapology, Contortionism, Pantomime and Magic Lanterns: Victorian Popular Culture

“I was born—that fact is undisputed and undisputable. I make no apology for that!  but I apologise for appearing before you in the character of an autobiographist. I never wrote a book in my life. I have not written this, therefore … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Chocolate.

In 2009, in the United States, retail sales of chocolate were about $17.3 billion. Oh, you’re not surprised at all by this huge number? You want to move along to the story *behind* the huge number? Then let’s start with … Continue reading

Downtime and Changes for Web of Knowledge Suite

Web of Knowledge is changing over to a new platform this Sunday, July 17th. Access to all the databases on the Web of Knowledge platform may be interrupted between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm on Sunday. The new platform will … Continue reading

Smartphone Book Apps

If you’ve been following our Apps blog category, then you already know that there are some pretty cool academic resources out there. We’re still loving WorldCat Mobile and RedLaser! With countless new apps released daily, we wanted to share with you some … Continue reading

Empire Series from the 19th Century UK Periodicals

Are you researching the history of the British Empire? Then, we have some good news for you! Recently, we have added the second part of the 19th Century UK Periodicals to our e-resources collection. Those of you who have had … Continue reading

Not AirTran and Southwest, But EBSCO and Wilson–A Major Merger!

Well, it may not be AirTran and Southwest, but the recently announced merger of EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and the H.W. Wilson Company (Wilson) will enable you to fly more effectively and efficiently through your research! Which Article Literature Databases Do … Continue reading

By George, the Past Was Strange!

Hopkins’ very own George Peabody Library is well-known for its stunning architecture and important literary collections, but did you know that it is also a time capsule of sorts, revealing the fads, interests, and amusements of 19th century Baltimore readers? The … Continue reading

For Scholars Who Like Vampires

For those of you who are scholars, appreciate scholars, want to be a scholar, or know any scholars, here are my picks for extremely fun and actually intelligent books whose villains OR good guys are vampires. The Historian by Elizabeth … Continue reading