Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

19th century UK pamplets in JSTOR

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I don’t usually tell scholars to go search JSTOR for something.  Generally speaking, things that are stored in JSTOR show up in searches done in other databases or catalogs and then our handy UC-eLinks service sends you to JSTOR to get the text in question.  JSTOR is definitely good for browsing academic journals, and for certain areas of study it may well be a decent place to search, but you must remember that it doesn’t contain the most recent 5 years of publication.

That said, JSTOR just announced that it is providing University of California Libraries free access to its new 19th Century British Pamphlets collection until June 30, 2009.  This pamphlet collection includes the Cowen Tracts (1603-1898), the (John) Hume Tracts (1769-1949) and the Knowsley Pamphlet Collection (1792-1868).  If you want to browse the pamphlet collection, you can open JSTOR and just type in the name of the collection in the search box.  For example, type “Hume tracts” in the search box to see documents in this collection.  Alternatively, you can open this link  in JSTOR if you are connected to the UCLA network.  Doing so will give you a list of the JSTOR collections that UCLA folks can access.

A new LibGuide for the new year

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Locating resources for literature-related research at UCLA has just gotten a bit easier.  I have just unveiled the Literature research guide (aka “LibGuide”) to help give you a launching pad for your research.  The URL is easy to remember:

On the home page, you will find handy frequently used links such as the MLA International Bibliography database, Literature Criticism Online, the library catalogs, and more.  You will also find links to MLA style guides and manuals, as well as ways to contact me for research assistance.  Along the top, there are tabs that organize resources into Reference Sources, Books, Journal Articles, Primary Sources, and Other Resources.  Other Resources includes a growing list of digital humanities sites and scholarly web projects related to literature.

The best thing about the guide is that it is adaptable.  I will continue to add new resources as I come across them.  You are welcome to leave comments about what is useful or what you would like to see added to the guide.  Is there a particular database or resource that you use frequently?  Let me know and I can put it on the home page to help minimize the number of clicks it takes you to find it.  Is there are more intuitive way to organize the information?  Let me know and I’m happy to work with your suggestions.

Some free articles from American Literary History

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Because UCLA subscribes to American Literary History, we already have online access to all its articles, but it’s worth knowing that a handful have been made freely available in honor of the journal’s 20th anniversary.

*Celebrating the 20th anniversary of American Literary History*
To mark 20 years of American Literary History, we have made a
selection of articles from the current anniversary volume available
FREE online. To access the articles, simply click on the links below:

*FREE ARTICLES from the 20th anniversary volume*
What Good Can Literary History Do?
Jonathan Arac

National Treasure, Global Value, and American Literary Studies
Eric Lott

Border Literary Histories, Globalization, and Critical Regionalism
José E. Limón

“Are We There Yet?”: Archives, History, and Specificity in
African-American Literary Studies
Xiomara Santamarina

Re-thinking “American Studies after US Exceptionalism”
Donald Pease

Hemispheric Islam: Continents and Centuries for American Literature
Wai Chee Dimock

Scholarship and the State: Robert Greenhow and Transnational American
Studies 1848/2008
Anna Brickhouse

*Table of contents*
To browse the tables of contents and other articles from the
anniversary volume, visit

*About American Literary History*
Covering the study of US literature from its origins through the
present, American Literary History provides a much-needed forum for
the various, often competing voices of contemporary literary inquiry.

LibGuides at UCLA

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Research has never been a straightforward, easy endeavor and it has only become more complicated with the advent of online indexes and databases.  With resources changing on a frequent basis, it is tough for even the most advanced scholar to figure out how to find relevant sources in her area of research. 

UCLA Librarians are now trying out LibGuides, a dynamic software program that enables us to present online research guides that are easy to update and user-friendly.  A list of available guides can be found at

I don’t yet have a guide for Literature, but I have already created a guide for History and literature scholars will find a great deal of relevant information in the History guide.  I plan to release the Literature guide at the beginning of Winter Quarter, so keep an eye out for it!

New e-journal on book history

Monday, October 13th, 2008

The Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec has announced the launch of Mémoires du livres, a new e-journal devoted to the study of book history.  Here is a description of this new publication from the journal’s website:

Dedicated to the dissemination of research in book history, Mémoires du livre welcomes studies pertaining to all types of media for the written word, from manuscript to the screen, without excluding print. This historical perspective can also include research on contemporary phenomena undertaken with a sociological angle, be it library science, statistics or an analysis of the various trades related to the book world. Mémoires du livre will generally opt for interdisciplinarity and the decompartmentalization of the various fields related to book history. Indeed, Mémoires du livre will be open to all corpora and approaches that will provide insight on the “book-system”, the word “book” being understood in all possible meanings.

Co-edited by Marie-Pier Luneau and Josée Vincent, professors at the Université de Sherbrooke and directors of the Groupe de recherche sur l’édition littéraire au Québec, Mémoires du livre is published biannually. Each text is submitted to a reading committee and must fulfill the requirements of an academic journal of the highest quality and of international dissemination. Each article is published in full at no cost, in French or in English; the journal is not published in hard copy.

The call for submissions to its inaugural issue can be found here

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio wins Nobel Prize for literature

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Never read Le Clézio?  We have lots of his books here at UCLA Library!

Elections 2008: Get Registered, Get Candidate Info, and Get out and Vote!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Need election information? Here’s a UCLA Library wiki that is chock full of all kinds of election-related information.

Need to register to vote? There is a voter registration table from noon to 2:00 pm all this week and next week outside Powell Library (aka College Library).

Also, the UCLA Newsroom has set up an election blog to host election-related analysis by UCLA faculty and graduate students.

Welcome back! and Companion to Digital Literary Studies

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

The new academic year is almost upon us and I will be increasing the frequency of my blog posts from here on out, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I wanted to pass on a link to Blackwell’s Companion to Digital Literary Studies, edited by Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman, and now freely available online.  We also have one non-circulating copy of the print edition of this book at UCLA.

Can I use this text in my course pack?

Friday, September 5th, 2008

When I was teaching English and history courses during my grad school days, I always had this nagging question as I prepared my syllabi and reading lists:  Can I use this text in my course pack without needing to ask permission or worry about copyright infringement?  If you have similar questions as you prepare your own syllabi or as you consider using particular materials in your published research, I just came across this handy tool for figuring out whether something is copyrighted or in the public domain.  It’s the Digital Copyright Slider, put out by the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy.  Seems to me it would also be a useful tool for teaching students about copyright.

Of course, if you play with the slider, you will notice that the answer to the question “Is this work protected by copyright?” is either “No” or “Maybe.”  More information about the “Maybe” response is available if you click on the word “Maybe.”  For a lot of our educational purposes, Fair Use doctrine allows us to reproduce copyrighted works without seeking permission.  However, Fair Use is only really a set of guidelines for a risk assessment, not clear-cut legal protection for educators, and there have been recent efforts on the parts of some publishers to challenge educators’ rights to put copyrighted material in course packs.  

If you are reproducing something in a published format (in print or on the web), a “Maybe” could well turn out to be a “Yes, you do need to seek permission.”  

Complicated? Yes, but the slider makes it a lot easier to track.

NEW RESOURCE: Literature Criticism Online

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

I am pleased to announce that UCLA now has Literature Criticism Online (if this link doesn’t work, it is probably because you need a UCLA IP address to access it). This database provides electronic access to most of the print content available in reference sources such as Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children’s Literature Review, and Shakespearean Criticism–all of which we currently own in our print reference collections at UCLA.  These print runs take up approximately 150 linear feet of space in our reference collections but do not see much use. We will be moving these print volumes out of the reference reading rooms and into SRLF.

Why are we going for the online version if we have already paid for the print?  A few reasons: 1. These very expensive print sets don’t see much use anymore, even though there is a wealth of very useful information in them. This may be our fault as librarians for not promoting the print materials vigorously enough, but it seems that many scholars are–increasingly, and for a variety of reasons–erring on the side of convenience (full-text, online) rather than comprehensiveness (hunting down every single useful resource they can find). 2. Space is always an issue in our libraries and these sets take up a great deal of space. If they are not seeing much use, it is preferable to relocate them and use that space for reference materials that are not available in electronic form. 3. There are significant cost-savings involved in the long term by going to one digital resource rather than having duplicate sets of the print in multiple libraries on campus.

If you would like me to conduct a training session for this resource, individually or for a group, please let me know.