Archive for September, 2015

Willa Cather Archive

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Willa Cather Archive, sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, describes itself as “an ambitious endeavor to create a rich, useful, and widely accessible site for the study of Willa Cather’s life and writings.” And ambitious it is. Redesigned in May of this year, it states it is now “even mobile-friendly.”

The website is divided into six sections: “Writings,” “Life,” “Scholarship,” “Images & Multimedia,” “Community,” and “About.” The meat of the website is in the first four sections.

In “Writings,” there are eight first editions of her books and five Willa Cather Scholarly Editions. The first editions contain all images and page breaks, with a transcript of the page together with the page image. The short stories and essays that originally appeared in periodicals are scanned from the original periodical page. In addition, there are 33 interviews with Cather, eight speeches, and ten public letters.

“Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather, An Expanded, Digital Edition” is a version of the 2002 print volume, and the archive is currently working on a complete set of 3,000 letters. The user can currently search more than 2,000 letters by date, people to whom the letters were written, literary characters she created, and even keywords.

This site has a unique geographic chronology feature. Users can see where Cather traveled, when she traveled, and with whom she visited. Users can zoom in to an area and select a place she visited (notated by an icon); clicking on the icon gives the reader information on the location and why she was there (including a citation for the information). Users can also browse the map by time period or location.

The “Bibliography of Cather’s Readings” is an attempt to provide scholars with a “reference guide to the hundreds of direct references to written material Cather makes in her work and letters.” References range from Robert Burns to Mother Goose.

Whether one is new to her works and just wants to read My Ántonia or one is a scholar wanting to view a concordance of O Pioneers!, this site will satisfy all.


Source: College & Research Libraries News : Internet Reviews.  September 2015. Delores Carlito -  University of Alabama-Birmingham,

By JoVE!

Friday, September 18th, 2015

JoVE Biology 

JoVE Science Education

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a video database designed to teach laboratory fundamentals through simple, easy to understand video demonstrations. The Biology collection is focused upon biological experiments. The Science Education collection teaches laboratory fundamentals that are applicable across the sciences.

Established in 2006, JoVE is devoted to publishing scientific research in a visual format to help researchers overcome two of the biggest challenges facing the scientific research community today; poor reproducibility and the time and labor intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

Explore this new resource!  Go to the Library homepage, click on >>Library Quick Links, then >>Databases, Alphabetic.

New Resources

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Roper Center Archives iPOLL 

“The Roper Center is the largest archives of public opinion information and now, working from any workstation on your campus*, you may access these data.

Access is provided to iPOLL, a comprehensive database of 650,000 questions and answers asked in the US since 1935. Approximately 100,000 items also include standard subgroups–how groups (age, gender, region, political party, etc.) answered the questions.  All of the major polling organizations in the US are included in this system.

When logging on from a computer that hasn’t accessed iPOLL yet, Roper Center may require you to enter a password of your choice in order to access the iPOLL database.”

This resource was requested by a member of the faculty in the Political Science department, and it provides a ton of data and data sets that will be of use to our users across disciplines.

HeritageQuest Online

“HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources-rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources-with coverage dating back to the 1700s-that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

This resource provides users with access to primary sources, and is primarily geared toward genealogy, although history students will also be interested in using this content for their research.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

“Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations.”

This database was a request from faculty in Linguistics, and it provides access to a lot of content that we were previously unable to get — at least in the form of a single, dedicated database.

Explore these databases!

Go to the Library homepage, click on >>Library Quick Links, then >>Databases, Alphabetic.

Artist Reception September 15

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Please join us for a reception with the Library’s  visiting  artist Lori Scoffield Beer on Tuesday, September 15,  2015 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Light refreshments will be served!

The artist is an Idaho native and has worked in oils, acrylics, watercolors as well as pencil.  Her favorite subject matter includes animals and birds.

Lori Scoffield Beer’s artwork can be seen in the first floor Art area of the Oboler Library through October 31, 2015 and may be viewed whenever the Library is open.  Click here for Library hours.

The Oboler Library is located on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, at 850 S. 9th  Ave. in Pocatello.