May 27, 2020
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An Introduction to Academic Video Online (AVON): Feel-Good Videos to Stream During Quarantine

The JKM Library has a new database worth checking out! Academic Video Online (AVON) is a premier database that holds over 68,000 videos spanning a variety of disciplines and subjects. Whether you’re in the mood for a documentary, news, feature films, or interviews, AVON has access across the board. Explore videos of different genres, lengths, and age, and expand your horizons; search for the exact title you’re looking for, or just peruse the homepage! The database’s wide variety provides a well-rounded collection of both educational and entertaining resources, and Chatham users can see it all! Here’s a few titles that both highlight the diversity of AVON and can lift your spirits!

Image of the cast of Candide1.) Candide, libretto by Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein’s operatic adaptation of Voltaire novella comes to life in the 2004 production with the New York Philharmonic, featuring the musical stylings of theatre giants like Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone. The show tells the story of the eponymous protagonist as he traverses through adulthood meeting bizarre new people and learning important life lessons. Candide boasts an impressive score full of bright, exuberant numbers and an overall feeling of comedy and joy throughout. Viewers can expect to laugh their way all the way through this musical adventure. A true testament to the quality of AVON’s performing arts selection, Candide is fun for everyone.

Film poster for Land Ho!2.) Land Ho!, directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens

Here’s one raucous comedy evokes the feeling of the ’80s road trip movies, but turns the trope on its head with its elderly protagonist. This feature film follows former brothers-in-law Mitch and Colin as they attempt to relive their youth while taking a trip through Iceland. This indie darling is simple and character-driven, and while it has the occasional heavy moment, the majority of Land Ho! is chock full of quirk and witty humor. Coupled with the beautiful scenery of Reykjavik, this movie is a short and sweet romp that prioritizes mischief, friendship, and the idea that we all need someone to be there for us every now and then.

Film poster for Awake3.) Awake: The Life of Yogananda, directed by Pablo Di Florio and Lisa Leeman

In this documentary, the life of acclaimed yogi Paramahansa Yogananda serves as the subject. His story of enlightenment and self-discovery is juxtaposed against his personal struggles growing up, and paints an incredible picture of his journey. Often credited as bringing yoga to the west via his memoir Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda’s grounded view of life and practice of self-realization helped to propel yoga into the mainstream. This documentary would be a great fit both for those who want to further inform their practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as well as those brand new to the topic and wanting to learn more.

Film poster for Fermented4.) Fermented, directed by Jonathan Cianfrani

Part science, part history, all educational, this documentary explores the roots of one of oldest forms of food preservation, perfect for the sustainability-savvy viewer. Learn all about the different ways that fermentation can occur, from pickling to making alcohol, and their importance to the world of food! Host Edward Lee is incredibly passionate about exploring this food practice, and his enthusiasm could very well extend to the viewer. Considering the growing popularity of food studies and sustainable food practice, this film would serve as a great supplement to learning about current food trends–canning and pickling may make a quarantine comeback!

Film poster for Mister Rogers It's You I Like5.) Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, directed by John Paulson

Nothing says “feel-good” quite like Mister Rogers. 2019 gave us two great movies, Won’t You Be My Neighbor and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, but this earlier documentary pays homage directly to Mister Rogers’ television legacy. Highlighting some of the show’s most memorable clips and performances, and featuring interviews with celebrities on how Mister Rogers shaped their lives, It’s You I Like gives an inside glimpse of the importance of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in its 900 episode run. You’re guaranteed to finish this documentary with a smile on your face, and an even greater understanding of the importance of this hometown hero on children’s television.

These are just a few of the thousands of titles available through AVON. Whether you’re interested in a three-minute mindfulness video, a fashion show, or a virtual trip to the orchestra, AVON has something for everyone. Watch with your significant other, your kids, or with friends, maybe host a Zoom watch party–regardless of what you choose, the possibilities seem endless! Access the database here, and remember to also check out our other available library resources during our closure. Happy watching!

Carina Stopenski is the Access Services Associate at Chatham University’s Jennie King Mellon Library. They started out as a student worker while getting their creative writing degree at Chatham, and have since started working on their Master’s of Library Science at Clarion University. They enjoy games of both the board and video persuasion, vegan baking, and reading graphic novels.

February 11, 2016
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Streaming Movies for Black History Month

Think you might spend the entire weekend indoors, huddled under a blanket, drinking hot beverages, and watching movies? If so, we have an exciting new database just for you: Swank! Swank features 300 streaming movies, from current popular titles to classics to documentaries.

With February’s celebration of Black History Month, we’d like to point out that Swank includes a number of great titles you can watch:

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For a full list of the 300 movies available, please click here (Excel file). Access to Swank is on a trial basis only and will end on June 30, 2016.

Swank requires Google Widevine, which you may need to install in your browser. It should just prompt you through the installation process, but if you have any difficulty, please contact a librarian for assistance.

Please note: Swank movies do not include public performance rights and are only intended for individual or classroom use.

June 8, 2014
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America: History and Life, June’s Database of the Month

Ever wanted to do any research about anything that involves the United States and Canada? If so, you ought to know about  EBSCOHost’s America: History and Life.

The portraits of Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck, leaders of Shay’s Rebellion. This rebellion was in response to economic trouble of the 1780s and is seen as a potential cause of the replacement of the Articles of Confederation with the United States Constitution.

Attention students and faculty in: African American Studies, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Global Policy Studies, History, International Studies, Law & Society, Media Arts, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Studies, Social Services Administration,Women’s Studies

AND MORE (I’m sure I’m missing at something)

America: History and Life bills itself as “The Definitive Database for the Past and Present of The United States and Canada”. With full-text coverage of over 260 journals and 80 books, indexing and abstracting of thousands of additional titles- including english abstracts of foreign-language articles, book review, and detailed, searchable reference, you gotta admit they have a point.

The database will look very familiar to those who have used EBSCOHost databases in the past. A nice feature of EBSCOHost is that you can search multiple databases simultaneously. Depending on what you are searching for, America: History and Life would likely pair nicely with many other databases, including Academic Search Premier, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Environment Complete, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source, and World History Collection.

Canadian Women wearing plastic face protection from snowstorms in Montreal, 1939. While this image is of little historical significance to Canada, it sure looks cool.

Once you’ve selected the databases you want to search, I would go straight to the advanced search feature, where you can find material by Title, author, subject, or look for phrases within the abstract or the full text. Another wonderful feature of America: History and Life is the many ways to you can limit your search. A simple click, and you can make sure that everything your search returns is the full article or book. It’s just as easy to limit your search by publication year, type of material, (A book versus an article versus a book review, for example) make sure your results are peer-reviewed, or look for publications that include images or graphs.

One thing about America: History and Life that disappoints this reviewer is a lack of primary sources. The database focuses on scholarly material of the late 20th century. While it’s great to know your strengths, even especially if you are a database- the researcher should keep in mind that resources you will find in America: History and Life are most likely secondary or tertiary, and will work best when combined with primary resources. Some places to look for great primary resources include:

The Chatham University Archives

Accessible Archives

The National Archives

The Library of Congress American Memory Project

EBSCOHost’s Newspaper Source

Fordham University Modern History Full Text Resources

 

Articles of (potential) interest from America:History and Life

Quigel, James P. “Steel and Steelworkers: Race and Class Struggle in Twentieth-Century Pittsburgh (Book).” Journal Of American History 90, no. 2 (September 2003): 729-731.

Smith, Michael B. 2001. “‘SILENCE, MISS CARSON!’ SCIENCE, GENDER, AND THE RECEPTION OF ‘SILENT SPRING’.” Feminist Studies 27, no. 3: 733.

April 12, 2014
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Explore the World With Global Road Warrior

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Are you travelling the world this summer? Or do you just wish you were? Either way, April’s database of the month, Global Road Warrior is an informative, and dare I say- fun database for you to explore.

Global Road Warrior was created by the World Trade Press, a company devoted to providing up-to-date information and media to researchers, travelers, educators, and professionals. Their hope is to facilitate better global understanding.

Global Road Warrior accomplishes this with a great breadth of knowledge and information about most of the world’s nations. This database includes information about business culture, travel tips, security briefing, human rights reports, popular recipes, translations of common words and phrases into 36 languages.

There are a few ways to search this database. Selecting a specific country from the drop-down list or finding it on the world map will probably be most useful for most of your needs. Once you are on a country’s page you will find information about the land, people, history, and current condition of the nation in question- with a sidebar where you will find links to much more information.

From the homepage you can also search for words or phrases in one particular page or across the entire database. The later could be useful if you have a very specific phrase that you’d like to compare across nations- but it usually returns too many results.

Although a few smaller island nations seem to be excluded, Global Road Warrior has no small amount of information on 176 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. With Global Road Warrior, you can pretend you’re traveling the world even if you can’t afford it- and doesn’t that sound like more fun than yet another Netflix marathon?

March 22, 2014
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Database Review: Counseling and Therapy in Video

Counseling and Therapy in Video

  • Has 356 videos totaling  409 hours of content

  • Includes real and staged counseling sessions along with lectures and presentations by renowned therapists

  • Includes expert commentary on staged counseling sessions

  • Has a great advanced search feature, and each video has a searchable transcript

  • Allows you to create your own video compilations and add annotations

  • Is a great resource for students and faculty in psychology, social work, integrative health studies, and education

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Counseling and Therapy in Video is exactly what it sounds like- a database of videos related to counseling and therapy. Site resources include lectures by and interviews with renowned therapists as well as real and scripted therapy sessions. Many of the counseling footage is blended with commentary and consultations, where scenes are cut with advice and analysis by an expert therapist.

The best way to access this database (other than the link at the top of this post) is by clicking “Databases A-Z” under the “Articles and Databases” tab on the home page. Counseling and Therapy in Video is the second to last of the databases that start with C. This database can also be found in the Psychology subject guide under the “Find Articles” tab.

Once in the Database you can browse the videos by subject, theme, or video type. If you have a specific idea of what you are looking for, you should click the “Advanced Search” button beneath the header. In advanced search, you can search by title, subject, and date, but you can also search the transcripts of the videos, or narrow down your results by the gender, and race the therapist or the age, gender, race, and sexual orientation of the client. This could be particularly useful if you are seeking counseling resources specific to particular groups.

Each video has a detailed, searchable transcript, along with a brief abstract. What’s even more exciting is that the video interface gives the viewer the ability to make clips from the video, and combine clips and videos into annotated playlists. Combined with the video embed feature, the ability to make and share clips can be a great tool for including brief, relevant audiovisual elements to classroom projects easily and seamlessly.

If you need help with Counseling and Therapy In Video, or any of the library’s database, please do not hesitate to come to the library, if you don’t want to come over, feel free to e-mail the reference desk, or Psychology Liaison Librarian, Kate Wenger.

 

November 3, 2013
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Database Review: E-Book Academic Collection

Attention all students and faculty!

EBSCO’s Academic E-book Collection database has more than doubled the JKM Library collection with the addition of circa 120,000 titles!

 

What is in this e-book collection? This database is multidisciplinary, covering a wide range of academic fields from the humanities to STEM and beyond. Although several classic titles have been included, most of these e-books have been published recently: 72% of the titles were published from 2000 to 2010, and 11% were published in the last 2 years.

 

How can you find these e-books? Many of these titles can be found in the catalog search with our normal collection but not all. We are working to get all titles into the catalog, but for the moment, you can access all titles through the E-book Academic Collection link on the Databases A-Z page. Once you are in the database, you can browse e-books by category, highlights, and featured books. You can also search for words within the books or search by subject, category, year of publication, language, and whether it can be downloaded.

 

How do you access an e-book you want? You can always view the e-book through the database (any time, any place, and unlimited students). Most of the e-books can also be downloaded as well, but you’ll need to create an account with EBSCO to do so (books are checked out for 28 days). Please note that your device must be compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, which can be freely downloaded. If an e-book has been downloaded, you may still view it through the database.

 

What else does it feature? Once you find a useful e-book, you can use SmartText searching to find similar ones. When an e-book is opened, you can use the dictionary to look up vocabulary, search within the e-book, find its citation, make notes on and bookmark important passages, as well as print, export, or email sections. If you create an account with EBSCO, you can save your materials and searches into a folder for future use.

September 8, 2013
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Database Review: Mango Languages

Attention: All faculty and students!

Belay yer carousin,’ ya landlubber, and learn to speak like a gentleman o’ fortune with Mango! Brush up on your Swashbuckler for September 19th: International Talk like a Pirate Day. Find out more.

Speak like a pirate with Mango Languages!

Mango Languages is an online program that helps you learn over 45 foreign languages, like Pirate, as well as 15 courses on English as a second language. The courses provide basic conversation elements, cultural notes, and a lot of practice, which help you to quickly learn foundational language patterns and understand cultural influences. This resource is perfect for those anticipating a semester abroad, practicing a language that was previously learned, or considering taking up a new language.

Mango’s interface is simple and attractive, and its navigation is intuitive. Before each chapter, the conversational and grammar goals are clearly outlined. Sentence elements are marked in color, which help you visualize how phrases fit together and, in turn, help you to build new sentences. To track your progress and continue from the place you stopped, you will need to create an account. Mango can also be accessed from off-campus.

Not sure whether Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or Afrikaans is right for you? Check out Mango’s poster “Which languages are the hardest to learn?” It explains how many hours you would need to devote to the language, how many people speak it, and what makes it difficult.

August 29, 2013
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Database Review: Natural Standard

Attention students and faculty of Counseling Psychology, Biology, Environmental Studies & Ecology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Food Studies, and Psychology!

Natural Standard offers evidence-based and peer-reviewed data on complementary and alternative therapies that is synthesized into encyclopedia-like entries. The World Health Organization said “[It’s] the best and most authoritative web site available on herbal medicines” (WHO, 2009). Hundreds of scholars are involved in this completely independent international research collaboration and include our own John Laird from the Physician Assistant program!

Admittedly, this database is hard to browse or find information on a minor topic, but we have a trick for you! Use Google to search it by looking for your topic, say “acid rain,” followed by “site:naturalstandard.com/databases”. Voilà!

The toolbar header helps you navigate its main sections, including its collection of databases. These include Foods, Herbs & Supplements, Health & Wellness, Comparative Effectiveness, Charts & Tables, Brands & Manufacturers, Medical Conditions, Sports Medicine, Genomics & Proteomics, Environment & Global Health, and Animal Health. Each database is further divided into subsections for quick reference:

Database Divided into
Foods, Herbs & Supplements Herbs & Supplements, Functional Foods, and Vitamins & Minerals
Health & Wellness Therapies, Diet, Fitness, Beauty
Comparative Effectiveness Allergy & Immunology, Cardiopulmonary, Dermatology, EENT, Endocrinology, GI & GU, Hematology & Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology & Psychiatry, Rheumatology & Orthopedics
Charts & Tables Herbs & Supplements, Drugs & OTCs
Brands & Manufacturers Brands, Manufacturers
Medical Conditions Allergy & Immunology, Cardiopulmonary, Dermatology, EENT, Endocrinology, GI & GU, Hematology & Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology & Psychiatry, Rheumatology & Orthopedics
Sports Medicine Amino Acids, Antioxidants, Athletic Performance Enhancement, Bath & Body, Cell Metabolism, Exercise Recovery, Muscle Building, Sports Supplements, Sports-Related Conditions, Weight Loss & Fat Burners, Workout Routines
Genomics & Proteomics (none)
Environment & Global Health (none)
Animal Health (none)

 

Topics within these databases are arranged alphabetically and can also be searched by grade (“levels of scientific evidence for specific therapies”). When selected, each topic entry provides information on several of its aspects, such as related terms, background, signs and symptoms, treatment, prevention, evidence discussion, risk factors and causes, etc.

FYI: Some databases include topics that you wouldn’t normally associate with each other. For example, Sports Medicine includes the topic “Mindfulness Meditation” and a whole division on “Bath & Body.”

Natural Standard is directed at healthcare professionals working in the field, so it provides not just a collection of databases, but also checkers, tools, continuing education opportunities, and news and events. Checkers help you deduce ailments or effects of drugs and can be searched either alphabetically or by category. Specific checker tools include symptoms, pregnancy/lactation, depletion, interactions, and adverse effects. The tools section is your electronic reference shelf and includes a recipe and therapy finder, calculators, a dictionary, patient handouts, nutrition labels, products studied, practitioner search, and training programs. Under Continuing Education, you can take courses as well as view presentations and tutorials. News and Events also offers alerts, an eNewsletter, RSS feeds, webinars, podcasts, a blog, and social media platforms to help you get informed and involved.

Sources

World Health Organization. (2009). A Practical Handbook on the Pharmacovigilance on Antiretroviral Medicines. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/quality_safety/safety_efficacy/HIVhandbook.pdf

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