We welcome Allison Haack, who joined us in November as the Library Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Allison earned her B.A. in History from Simpson College and her Master of Library Science with a specialization in archives and records management from Indiana University-Bloomington. She brings with her experience in academic libraries and archives, and looks forward to learning more about Grinnell and the Special Collections.
We also welcome Meredith Carroll ’16 as our newest research tutor. Meredith, a history major, has just returned from a semester of study at the Newberry Library. Students can work with our tutors at Burling’s research desk or online to get an early start on their research projects this semester.
New Movie Browser Online
With our New Movie Browser Online, you can conveniently browse through our documentary films, feature films, and foreign films. These links can also be found in 3Search; look under "Browse" toward the bottom of the page.
Tea Service in Kistle
We are now serving hot water and tea in the Kistle Science Library. Please bring your own container with a lid to enjoy the new service!
New Database and Online Reference Sets
JSTOR Collection XI
Arts & Sciences XI will expand JSTOR’s coverage in the humanities, with scholarship in core fields of Language & Literature, History, and Art & Art History. Comprising a minimum of 125 titles, the collection will include important journals in Classical Studies, Architecture & Architectural History, and Music. Other discipline clusters will include Bibliography, Library Science, Religion, Philosophy, Archaeology, Performing Arts, Film Studies, and Linguistics. Interdisciplinary titles will broaden the scope of the collection to include area studies such as American studies, Asian studies, Jewish studies, and African American studies.
Green’s Dictionary of Slang
By Jonathan Green
An unprecedented collection of slang words of the English language, the Dictionary covers five centuries of innovation in all English-speaking regions of the world and takes an authoritative, scholarly approach to slang. Over 100,000 words are defined; each word is authenticated by genuine and full-referenced citations of its use.
New Oxford Companion to Literature in French
Edited by Peter France
This work presents an authoritative guide not only to ten centuries of literature produced in the territory now called France, but also to the rich literary output of other French‐speaking countries around the world. It is a new and completely reconceived work, rather than a revision of the 1959 Oxford Companion to French Literature. Written by an international team of specialists, entries cover individual authors and works as well as the latest scholarship on topics such as chivalry, Occupation and Resistance in wartime France, scholasticism, the sciences, literary movements and genres, and many more.
Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages
Edited by Robert E. Bjork
A reference work covering all key aspects of European history, society, and culture from 500 to 1500 CE, as well as the Byzantine Empire, Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples of the era. Over 800 scholars have assembled thousands of comprehensive entries, lavishly supplemented by hundreds of illustrations and dozens of maps. The Dictionary provides coverage of both the whole geographical extent of the European Middle Ages (including Germany and Austria, Spain and Portugal, the Low Countries, and Central and Eastern Europe, among many others), and of numerous major topics, from art and architecture, medicine, and law to archaeology, ecclesiastical history, and languages and literature.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation
Edited by Steven L. McKenzie
This work provides detailed, comprehensive treatments of the latest approaches to, and methods for, interpretation of the Bible. Written by expert practitioners, it provides a single source for authoritative reference overviews of the scholarship on some of the most important topics in the field of biblical studies. The Encyclopedia contains entries ranging in length from 3,000 to 5,000 words, each with a bibliography for further reading and cross-referenced to other useful points of interest within the Encyclopedia.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature
Edited by Jack Zipes
Written by an international roster of more than 300 authors, the Encyclopedia comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. With a global perspective that pays attention to significant international trends and the multicultural expansion of the field, it includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are feature essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, and prominent trends and themes, as well as general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
Edited by Thomas Riggs
The St. James Encyclopedia Of Popular Culture, 2nd ed., updates and augments the over ten-year-old first edition. It includes 3,036 signed essays (300 of them new), alphabetically arranged, and written or reviewed by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. The entries cover topics and persons in major areas of popular culture: film; music; print culture; social life; sports; television and radio; and art and performance (which include theater, dance, stand-up comedy, and other live performance). The entries analyze each topic or person's significance in and relevance to American popular culture; in addition to basic factual information, readers will gain perspective on the cultural context in which the topic or person has importance.
To access these databases and reference sets, please visit the Libraries’ "Databases A-Z" list.