The UW Colleges Libraries are conducting a trial of a new resources – Cambridge Companions Online (UW Colleges users only)
Cambridge Companions Online is an online database of the Cambridge Companions series of guides on topics in the humanities, which are each written by experts in their respective fields. The database “covers literature, philosophy, religion, classics, cultural studies, and music.” The database includes over 500 titles, and is updated as new Cambridge Companions are added to the collection.
There are three collections included:
- Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics
- Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture
- Cambridge Companions in Music
To try it out, click on the link above or check out these selected titles:
- In honor of National Poetry Month, The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry since 1945
- For those in Chorus, check out The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music
- The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction
- For those in philosophy, there’s The Cambridge Companion to Kant
Once you’ve tried it, let the Libraries know what you think – there’s a form here or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two great events yesterday – The War Against Grammar and Sapphobilly! Check out the library’s Facebook page for the photo album.
You can listen to The War Against Grammar by clicking here: http://coursecast.uwc.edu/DisplayCast.aspx?id=12742 (starts automatically)
You can listen to Sapphobilly by clicking here: http://coursecast.uwc.edu/DisplayCast.aspx?id=12743 (starts automatically)
The library will be open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday – Friday of Spring Break. We will resume normal hours on Monday, March 24th.
(Update 3/6: The audio recording for the lecture at the UW-BSC is available here: http://coursecast.uwc.edu/DisplayCast.aspx?id=12578)
Join the UW-BSC Library and the Reedsburg Public Library as they present writer John Bates for his lecture Writing to the Head, Hands, and Heart: One Naturalist’s Attempt to Reconnect People to the Natural World.
For your convenience, the lecture will be held at two times and locations:
- 12:30pm on Thurs. March 6th at the UW-BSC campus library
- 6:30pm on Thurs. March 6th at the Reedsburg Public Library
Poster in PDF form: Writers Series John Bates March 2014_BooU
lynda.com is a great new service offered to UW Colleges students and staff!
lynda.com is an online learning company that helps users learn software, technology, creative and business skills through online tutorials. The site contains over 2,400 courses and 112,000 videos on topics like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative suite software, Prezi, and D2L. In addition, lynda.com’s videos cover subjects such as business, design, photography, and education.
- Go to www.lynda.com.
- Click on “Log In” in the upper right side of the screen.
- In the pop up box, type “uwex.uwc.edu”, then click “Go”.
- You will be redirected to a UW Colleges/UW Extension login page. Log in using your full email (including @uwc.edu or @students.uwc.edu) and regular password.
- Use the dropdown lists to find courses you’re interested in.
- Use the search box to search for a specific software, technique, or subject.
- Click on the title of a course or video to watch it.
- Once in a course or video, you can add it to your “playlist” to return to it later, download exercise files, watch videos, view transcript, or search for a specific skill you need.
The library is currently running a trial of the online version of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). Note: trial is only available for patrons with a UW Colleges user name and password.
This dictionary “has long been consulted by a wide range of scholars and lovers of language and regional nuance. This digital version transforms the dictionary into an interactive, multimedia tool that will greatly benefit both scholarly inquiry and general intellectual curiosity.” (“About DARE”)
But more than that, it’s just plain cool.
If you’re looking for the mythical hodag, or just trying to decipher your uncle’s colorful expressions, DARE is the resource for you.
- search for specific words or phrases
- browse by state or region
- scroll through the dictionary’s entries
Some word entries even have recordings, so users can hear people from across the country in their own regional dialect. Overwhelmed by choice? Go to the “How to use DARE” page to get search tips and information about what’s in a dictionary entry.
So…how many Wisconsin words do you recognize? Click here to see all the DARE entries specific to Wisconsin or the Upper Midwest.
When you’re done testing DARE, let us know what you think! You can submit feedback to the library over here.
In case you missed Professor Dale Murray’s lecture for the Baraboo Range Preservation Association on February 11th, it’s not too late to hear it!
You can listen to the lecture – along with other Sustainability Series events – through the library’s CourseCasting service.
The lecture was entitled Frac Sand Mining, A Cautionary Tale. It was led by Dale Murray, Associate Professor of Philosophy at UW Baraboo/Sauk County in conjunction with the Baraboo Range Preservation Association.
Professor Murray provided a perspective on silica mining for the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process now being used to tap into our nation’s natural gas reserves. Dr. Murray is the local campus environmental ethicist, and his lecture discussed what price is paid as these mines creep closer to the Baraboo Hills.
Ever miss a lecture on campus and wish you could have heard it? Ever attend a great lecture and want to share it with your friends?
Never fear – the library’s CourseCasting service to the rescue!
CourseCasting is a way to take the lecture with you wherever you go. Based on Podcasting technology, CourseCasting gives you the ability to listen to lectures or supplemental material from participating courses. Students will find UWC CourseCasting a complement to their studies and the community is also invited to listen and learn with us. In addition to classroom recordings, UWC CourseCasting also features recordings of campus activities such as poetry readings, lecture series, and special topics.