In support of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, ebrary is offering open access to a collection of relevant eBooks through the month of September. To access the fifteen available titles, visit http://site.ebrary.com/lib/september11/. For more information on ebrary or other eBooks available through the library, visit http://siue.libguides.com/ebooktips.
Open Access Week 2010 has come and gone, but it's not too late to learn more about Open Access. Rising journal prices and shrinking library budgets in recent years have threatened scholars' access to valuable research articles and books. Some scholars and publishers have found ways to make their output freely available, thus expanding the audience for their research and writing. Here are just three ways of finding some of these valuable resources
This is a service that harvests metadata from institutional repositories and other Open Access sources. The materials you'll find won't be restricted to a single subject or institution, and it will all be freely available. So, you can use this for research on campus, at home, or after you graduate. http://oaister.worldcat.org/
The Directory of Open Access journals is just what it says it is. Over 5,500 journals are listed in the directory, and over 2,300 of those are searchable at the article level. You can find new, regularly publishing journals for a given subject, or you can find articles by keyword searching. http://www.doaj.org/
This organization has taken institutional repositories to the next level, combining the efforts of dozens of respected institutions. You can search the full text of articles and books, search rich metadata, or browse the many valuable collections. Not everything in HathiTrust is freely available, but there is a large and growing number of Open Access and public domain works here. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/
Also available on the Digital Collections & Exhibits link is the Mississippi River Festival site. A remarkable outdoor performing arts festival uniquely conceived as a partnership between a major American symphony orchestra and a public university, the MRF featured the most gifted classical and popular music performers of the 1960s and 1970s. This multi-faceted resource includes a historical slide show depicting the evolution of the festival, a virtual museum that provides detailed information about every performance at the MRF between 1969 and 1980, an alphabetical list of all performers, and digitized versions of two MRF promotional motion pictures produced by the university.
More virtual resources are available from the University Archives & Special Collections. Also accessible on the University Archives website is a virtual exhibit featuring numerous photographs of and historical information about the live SIUE cougar mascots, Chimega and Kyna.
Additionally, the University Archives site features a number of digitized motion pictures created by the university in the 1960s and 1970s. These promotional films are both informational and retrospectively entertaining.
Women and Social Movements
In honor of Women's History Month, why not check out Women and Social Movements. A mainstay of women's history scholarship and teaching in universities worldwide, this online collection is edited by Professors Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin of SUNY Binghamton. This extensive collection of primary historic documents, books, images, scholarly essays, teaching tools, and book and Web site reviews documents the history of women's activism in public life, and is one of the most heavily visited resources for women's studies and for U.S. history on the Web. Organized around document projects written by leading scholars, the collection is a powerful research and classroom tool designed to help users develop the skills needed to analyze primary documents and conduct research. Document projects are organized around interpretive questions, each with 20-50 primary documents that address the question. Some examples are: