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.

Library’s Search Box Changing

Library Search BoxIn response to faculty and student feedback, we plan to make changes to the search box on the Library’s web site simultaneous with the launch of new CBBcat.  The Catalogs search tab will become the first tab listed with options to search CBBCat (default), NExpress or MaineCat.  OneSearch will move to the second tab position.

Please direct questions or comments to Judy Montgomery,, x3749.

OneSearch is Here!

OneSearchThe Library is excited to announce the debut of OneSearch, the single most comprehensive tool for searching scholarly materials in the Library’s physical and digital collections—from a single search box. A single search in OneSearch returns full-text or citations to relevant books, journal and newspaper articles, e-books, images, dissertations, videos, CDs, music and manuscript collections, along with resources from the Bowdoin Digital Commons and public domain e-books from Hathi Trust.

OneSearch is a great place to begin your research. And, of course, you will still have direct access to the many databases now offered by the Library. The cross-resource searching in OneSearch will allow the Library to retire Cast-A-Net when the new tool is launched.

Librarians look forward to working with you to make the most of this new approach to navigating the Library’s resources.

Comments? Please contact Judy Montgomery at or 725-3749.

New Database: JapanKnowledge +NRK

japanknowledgeJapanKnowledge is a portal to Japanese encyclopedias, dictionaries and databases, searchable both in Japanese and English. And you can like the database on Facebook!

Contents include Nihon Kokugo Daijiten, a largest Japanese language dictionary, Rekishi Chimei Taikei, a large historical & geographical dictionary that consists of 51 volumes, contains 200,000 entries, and updated from printed version (1979-2005), Kôdansha Encyclopedia of Japan, the largest encyclopedia in English about Japan, Nihon Dai Hyakka Zensho, one of the largest encyclopedia in Japanese (31 volumes), Jitsû, one of the best dictionaries about history and culture of Kanji, Imidas and Gendai Yôgo no Kiso Chishiki, dictionaries of current words, e-book of Tôyô Bunko series, e-journal of Shûkan ekonomisuto and etc.

Women and Social Movements International Digital Archive

Wanna be starting something?  Find out what activist women around the world Madrehave been starting since 1840 by exploring this new digital archive of conference proceedings, reports of international women’s organizations, publications and web pages of women’s non-governmental organizations, and letters, diaries, and memoirs.   Research organizations such as the  Associated Country Women of the World, founded in 1933 or The International Alliance of Women, founded in 1904, or search by country, region or activist.

And if you are wondering what American women activists have been up to, see Women and Social Movements in the United States.

New database: Rock’s Backpages

We know, it’s only rock ‘n’ roll but we like this new database: Rock’s Backpages–a database of music journalism.

Boomers (and sons and daughters of Boomers) will love reading reviews of albums, and reading–and listening to–interviews with their favorite artists. (Listen to Levon Helm talking about his roots–the voice!)

Read the 1969 Rolling Stone profile of Joni Mitchell, the coverage of the 1968 arrival of the Queen of Soul (that would be Aretha) in London, or about “THE MOST exciting new band to break from the States this year” (1973, Steely Dan).  Search for your favorite artists and learn about the world and culture they lived and performed in.  Here’s what happened on September 4, years ago:

Sep 04 1952
Precocious eight-year-old Gladys Knight forms her first singing group, after putting on an impromptu show at her brother Bubba’s tenth birthday party. (1952)

Sep 04 1963
An article in today’s edition of Variety, the US entertainment trade magazine, hails fast-rising star Bob Dylan as ?a folknik hero?. (1963)

Sep 04 1965
Help! by The Beatles reaches No1 in the Billboard US singles chart, for the first of three weeks. (1965)

Sep 04 1970
Led Zeppelin play at The Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1970)

Sep 04 1970
The Rolling Stones release a new album Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out! ? The Rolling Stones In Concert, on Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the USA. (1970)

New Journals Added to the JSTOR Archive

The Library has purchased the JSTOR XI collection of journals, which, when completed by 2014, will add about 125 journals to the database.  Many are available now.  Journals to be added include:

AA Files
Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry
The Agni Review
The American College Bulletin
American Journal of Theology & Philosophy
The American Scholar
Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California
Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California (1888)
Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California (1891)
Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California and of the Pioneers of Los Angeles County
Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California and Pioneer Register, Los Angeles
Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles
Antike Kunst
Archival Issues
ARLIS/NA Newsletter
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America
Austrian Studies
Bilingual Review / La Revista Bilingüe
The Black Scholar
Building Material
CAA Slides & Photographs Newsletter
Christian Education
The Christian Scholar
Comparative Drama
The Conradian
Dalhousie French Studies
Diálogos: Artes, Letras, Ciencias humanas
The Eugene O’Neill Review
Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism
The Georgia Review
Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques
The Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly
Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles
Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles (1890)
Illinois Classical Studies
Interdisciplinary Literary Studies
Italian Americana
The Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.) Newsletter
Journal of Advanced Composition
Journal of Caribbean Literatures
Journal of Moravian History
The Journal of The Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.)
Journal of West Indian Literature
Marvels & Tales
Mediterranean Studies
Merveilles & contes
The Midwestern Archivist
The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists
Die Musikforschung
Newsletter (College Art Association of America, Visual Resources Committee)
Nouvelles Études Francophones
The Polish Review
Portuguese Studies
Publications of the Historical Society of Southern California
Publications of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
Quarterly Publication (Historical Society of Southern California)
The Quarterly: Historical Society of Southern California
Reference & User Services Quarterly
Revista de Musicología
Rheinisches Museum für Philologie
Rheinisches Museum für Philologie, Geschichte und griechische Philosophie
Romanische Forschungen
Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui
Scandinavian Studies
Scandinavian Studies and Notes
Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Southern California Quarterly
Studies in American Jewish Literature (1975-1979)
Studies in American Jewish Literature (1981-)
Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology
Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics
Studies in the Decorative Arts
Studies in the Novel
Theory and Practice
Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Tijdschrift voor Philosophie
Trama & Texturas
Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society
Transactions of the Moravian Historical Society
The Yale University Library Gazette
The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies

Newspapers from Around the World Available Online

The Bowdoin community now has access to a database of current newspapers Library Press Displayworldwide. Library PressDisplay provides “instant online access to today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. The ever-expanding collection currently includes more than 1,200 U.S. and international titles—from 94 countries in 48 languages. Just like reading the familiar print edition, viewers can browse articles and other key content, such as pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. The service also provides up to a 60-day backfile and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and the entire backfile.” (from the database description)

Note that 3 users may access the database at one time (additional users are fairly pricey), so if you can’t get in, just try again. And if access is a consistent problem, let us know!

Mango Languages Database

Traveling this summer? Mango Languages database has basic courses in a variety of languages, including Hindi, Thai, Korean, and Portuguese. They have also added, for your scholarly travels, Koine Greek, Ancient Greek, Latin and Biblical Hebrew.

Library Database News: Historical Databases

Nineteenth Century Collection OnlineThe library has access to several collections of historical newspapers and archival collections that could be just the thing for your summer research needs!

17th & 18th Century Burney Collection of Newspapers, which we have long had on microfilm, is now available online — very exciting. Click here for a list of newspapers included in the collection.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers expands our coverage of news from that era. Click here for a list of newspapers included in the collection.

And NCCO, Nineteenth Century Collections Online, follows in the footsteps of ECCO, with 3 collections released for your research: European Literature 1790-1840: the Corvey Collection; British Politics and Society; and Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange.

Happy researching!