Recent Gifts, Acquisitions, and New Acquisition Models

Over the last year, the Library has provided access to an enormous range of print and electronic resources.   Here are some exciting new additions:


  • Judith Toll Picture Book CollectioToll books spinen:   With great delight and gratitude, we received a second gift of children’s picture books from collector Judy Toll. The Judith Toll Picture Book Collection now totals over 500 books and is an essential resource for the study of children’s literature and fairy tales.  Prof. Liz Muther’s classes in both these genres have made extensive use of the first gifted collection. Check them out in the PZ’s on the fifth floor of Hubbard.


  • JAMA 1894 to present: If Nature isn’t enough to keep you busy, we have also purchased the complete archivejama-logo of the Journal of the American Medical Association back to 1894.   From women’s “disorders” to health insurance to the evolution of antibiotics and other treatments, this treasure trove provides a historical overview of major health, medicine, policy and sociological issues.
  •  U.S. Congressional Hearings Digital Collection: Speaking of treasure troves, search the full-text of published U.S. congressional hearings, 1824-2003, recently purchased by the Library. Incredibly rich for just about any kind of research–from the arts to sciences–the hearings document testimony from a surprising cast of characters summoned to Capitol Hill.
  • Chinese Historical Newspapers:   No Chinese lchinesenewspapersanguage skills necessary!   Our subscription to this database includes 12 English-language newspapers published in China, covering the turbulent period from 1832-1953. Includes the North China Herald, China Weekly Review, and the Chinese Recorder.


New Acquistitions Models

  • Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia University Press e-books Pilot Project: Bowdoin, along with 15 college and university libraries, is collaborating with Princeton, Harvard, and ColumbiCUPa university presses to provide access to almost all of their current e-book content through December 2016, under a pilot pricing model to the libraries. The ebooks are available in CBBcat and OneSearch.   The goal of this pilot project is to have publishers develop a more liberal approach to licensing electronic content to academic libraries. A timely example is Wendy Brown’s The Power of Tolerance: A Debate
  • Science Direct Backfile Content Pay-Per-View by the Library (Pilot Project): Since January, the Library has been (stealthily) experimenting with another pilot acquisitions model. We opened up access to pre-1995 journal content in the Elsevier Science Direct database. Researchers now see a Purchase PDF button SDpurchase which enables them instant access to the needed article and the Library pays the bill.   Without our having publicized this new access, you have downloaded almost 1,000 articles! We will evaluate the sustainable cost benefits of this pilot project in the coming months.

Women’s History Month Resources

The Library has access to many electronic primary and secondary women clip artresources for research on women’s history. Here are some noteworthy sources.  Be sure to AskUs for more!

Workshop: Unraveling the Mysteries of Citing Sources

Not sure when you should cite your sources?  Come to this workshop to learn the who, what, where, why, when, and how of acknowledging your sources!

Unraveling the Mysteries of Citing Sources

Ramp Gallery: New Exhibit and Opening Reception

RampCanYouPoster-croppedCurated by Sarah Haimes ’15, the new ramp gallery exhibition features 47 student photographers who have captured “moments from abroad.”  Sarah states:

One of the most exciting parts of studying abroad, in addition to establishing a “home away from home”,  is having the ability to travel to other surrounding cities and countries. The curiosity that stems through the desire to explore unknown cultures is uniquely inherent in the images taken during travel. This show is a celebration of those pursuits: it aims to examine the way travel photography has developed in the last several years. In an age where iPhones have amazing camera capabilities and social media is so dominant, the saturation of images has increased to the point that it becomes overwhelming and we end up clicking through many images in a matter of seconds. For the most part, rapid consumption of hundreds of images are placed on the internet so others can acknowledge them more often than not as a record to prove someone did something or was/is somewhere. Through choices in presentation, this show intentionally juxtaposes the prolonged indulgence of the images on the wall in a traditional and static presentation with the touch viewing of ~200 images on the iPad. The intent is to make obvious the quick nature in which we absorb images in our daily lives

Stop by the ramp gallery on Thursday, Oct. 23 4:30-6:30  (basement of HL, on the ramp to Hubbard!) for the opening reception of this exciting show.

Off-Campus Access to Library Databases

Polarbear and computerGot research to do over break? Sorry to hear that, but the good news is…the Library databases can be accessed anywhere in the world with your Bowdoin ID!  (And the bad news is…the Library databases can be accessed anywhere in the world with your Bowdoin ID!)  Just click on the database you want to access and you will be prompted for your name and ID.  More info:

ICPSR Data Fair 2014: Powering Sustainable Data Access

Drop in the week of October 6-9, 2014 for one or several webinars offered by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.  Topics include teaching with data, data management, data sharing, sensitive data, ICPSR datasets, and more. Stop by to view the one-hour webinar presentations of your choice!  All webinars are being held in  H-L Library, Second Floor, Room 7.  For a full schedule and descriptions of the webinars, see ICPSR Data Fair 2014. 

Questions?  Contact Barbara Levergood.

Welcome Class of 2018!

Students at TableWelcome from the Library!  We are here to help you succeed in your study and research, and so each first year student has been assigned a First Year Librarian to help you do just that!  If you missed the message from your First Year Librarian, here’s the list grouped by your last name.  Feel free to contact her or him to introduce yourself if you haven’t already:

Last name begins First Year Librarian
A-Bos Joan Campbell
Bot-Dang Judy Montgomery
Dank-Fre  Karen Jung
Fri-He Carr Ross
Hi-Lem Katie Sasser
Lew-Miller, C  Sue O’Dell
Miller, E-Ph Marjorie Hassen
Pi-Sh Barbara Levergood
Si-Walk  Anne Haas
Wals-Z Carmen Greenlee

We will be offering library tours and office hours in September.  In the meantime, check out the Library’s First Year blog and our Facebook and Twitter pages!


Cambridge Histories Online

CambridgeHistorySearch the venerable Cambridge Histories series of books online, anytime.  We bet you’ll be surprised at the range of subjects to which Cambridge Histories have been devoted–here’s a sampling:    Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World; Cambridge History of the Romance Languages; Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music;  Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics; and the Cambridge History of Islam, to name just a few.

New Streaming Dance, Opera, Classical Music Videos

PulchinellaBravo! The Library now has access to several new streaming performing arts databases, all part of our Music Online collection:

Dance in Video, v. 1 includes ballet, jazz, experimental and other genres of dance. Watch Mark Morris’s “stupid men dance.”

Classical Music in Video. Listen to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sing Rilke.

Opera in Video: Watch/listen toVerdi’s Otello with Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa.

For the performers out there, we have also added an additional scores module: Classical Scores, v. 2

Writing a Research Paper? Need Help? Ask Us!

Why ask Google when you can Ask Us?  Use our chat, email, or appointment service.  Or contact a librarian who specializes in your area. You can also stop by the reference desks at all of the libraries.  We want to help you get that A!

Wanna do it yourself?  Here’s some help:

Research help page:

Citing sources:

Research Guides by Subject:

We look forward to working with you in whatever way works best for you!