LACMA’s Works of Art Online


Sous-Bois by Paul Cezanne

Sous-Bois by Paul Cezanne, courtesy of the LACMA digital collection

Earlier this year the Los Angeles County Art Museum revamped their website to include a searchable collection of over 20,000 downloadable images of artwork in their collection that are in the public domain. These are high resolution images, folks! The quality is outstanding and the search interface is fantastic. In just 5 minutes I’ve manage to pull up Magritte’s The Treachery of Images (This is not a pipe), Renoir’s Two Girls Readingand examples of 15th century Islamic calligraphy.

This is an excellent resource for art students, researchers, or simply art enthusiasts. Enjoy!


The Debut of the Digital Public Library of America

George Thomas Library - Medical Librarian University of Utah

George Thomas Library – Medical Librarian
University of Utah

April 18, 2013, marked the debut of the DPLA, the Digital Public Library of America. You’ve never heard of the DPLA?  You’re not alone.  Lots of librarians have been reading and hearing about it since October 2010 when a group of 40 leaders from libraries, universities and foundations met to try to make the dream of a free, digital public library a reality.

The DPLA has ambitious goals to create “an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that would draw on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in current and future ­generations.” Did they succeed?

The DPLA received important grant funding and formed important partnerships with organizations like the National Archives, the N.Y. Public Library, and the Smithsonian Institute to name a few.  That means you can search the DPLA website to access digital collections at all of the partner institutions.  Search by exhibit collection, place, timeline, or date. 

Check out an exhibit on Activism in the USA or Parks and Public Spaces.  Check out how many items are dated from the year you were born by using the timeline (11,750 from my birth year – see if you can find it).

Is the DPLA finished?  Does it have “everything”?  Even if we could figure out what “everything” is that wouldn’t be likely.  And not everything accessible through searches in the DPLA is in the public domain so user still have to be sure they comply with copyright laws.  But – it is the auspicious beginning of portal to a wide variety of important, historical, and really interesting books, historical records, images,  and audiovisual materials.  It might lead you to materials that can help you with that next project . . . or help you find a way to send a rainy afternoon.  Check it out.

Access to History

Martin Luther King, Jr.

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Today we commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and what better way to do so than to take a look at some of the words and photos that tell his story. The King Library and Archives in Atlanta has a fascinating digital collection of Dr. King’s writings, as well as photographs and documents associated with him. As stated on the Digital Collection homepage, “There are nearly a million documents associated with the life of Martin Luther King Jr.” so what’s online is just a snippet, albeit a fascinating one.

Being able to access a fascinating primary sources online is a result of the hard work of diligent archivists, librarians, interns and technicians who not only preserve historical documents but ensure that they are accessible to the public. Our own St. Mary’s Archives include several digital collections like the Historic Campus Photographs Collection and the St. Mary’s Student Newspaper Archive. The library also provides access to historical documents and primary source materials through online databases like Everyday Life and Women in America, the Picture Post Historical Archive, Victorian Popular Culture, and Historic Documents Online.

So the next time you feel like accessing a piece of history, why not at a library?

New Database Trial: Anthropology Plus

The library will be providing access to the Anthropology Plus online database from now until Dec. 15, 2012 as part of our standard “Try before you buy” online resource vetting process. This resource is a compilation of information found in the Anthropological Index Online and Anthropological Literature, with the EBSCOhost interface we’re all so used to seeing.

Access Anthropology Plus online (while on campus).
For off-campus access, contact one of the librarians for a username and password.

The library relies heavily on input from faculty and students for our electronic resource purchasing decisions, so if you have a few minutes, please take a look at Anthropology Plus and leave your feedback online in our very short user survey.

You can learn more about Anthropology Plus on the EBSCOhost website.

Find The Numbers You Need

CQ Press State Stats

What’s the average travel time to work in Florida?
How many people in Colorado are registered to vote?

What’s the average science score for public school 4th graders in Nevada?

A good statistical information question is like librarian catnip. We love ’em. We know that somewhere in the vast infoverse some organization is collecting the data you need and we will try our hardest to find it. We have our usual go-to sources in print and online (I ❤ the Statistical Abstract), and now we have yet another great source of numbers: CQ Press’ State Stats.

In State Stats you can find data on questions related to agriculture, the economy, education, government, health, population, transportation, crime, employment, the environment, and social welfare. It’s an easy to use collection of statistical information from a wide variety of sources, perfect for students in any discipline who need to support their arguments with hard data.

Oh, and if you’re curious about the answers to the questions above, they are:

  • 25.5 minutes
  • 2,299,000 people
  • 141 out of 300 (from the National Assessment of Educational Progress)



Research Databases Anytime, Anywhere

Recent changes on the library’s website may have left more than a few people puzzled about how to access our online research databases and journals when off-campus. This is my best attempt at clearing up any confusion and hopefully getting people back on track with their research.

On our OLD site, you always went through Research Port to access databases while off-campus.

On our NEW site, you can use the Database and Journal Search right on the homepage to access online databases and journals whether you are on campus or off campus. This new search puts the search functionality of ResearchPort front-and-center, saving you time and clicks.

Making the Quest for Tests & Measures a Little Easier

APALife just got a little easier for students searching for psychological tests and measures. The library now has a subscription to the American Psychological Association’s PsycTESTS online database.

What PsycTESTS does NOT contain: Every psychological test, measure, scale, survey instrument or assessment tool ever written. Sorry, folks.

What PsycTESTS DOES contain:

  • Over 5,000 actual tests or test items
  • Primarily unpublished tests (tests developed by researchers but not commercially available as stand-alone testing kits)
  • Summaries of some commercially available tests along with their purpose, some history of their development, and publisher contact information.
  • Links to articles describing the development, review, and/or use of the test.

Not bad, huh?

Yes, many of the tests are relevant to psychological research, but there are measures that cover quite a few different subject areas, including education, sociology and health. If you’re working on your SMP or just a research paper and need a test, measure or assessment tool, try searching PsycTESTS.

But don’t forget! If you can’t find what you need in PsycTESTS, we have plenty of excellent print resources for locating tests and measures. Take a look at the Psychology Research Guide for a quick refresher.