New Databases: January 2019

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in January 2019.

  • Armed Conflict Database (ACD) provides monitoring, data and analysis on armed conflicts worldwide, ranging from rebellions and insurgencies to civil wars and inter-state conflicts.
  • Critical Collective is an initiative by art curator and critic Gayatri Sinha. Critical Collective works towards building knowledge of the arts in India. Since its inception in 2011, it has collaborated with institutions in India and abroad to create exhibitions and seminars on art. In order to expand the scale of its activities, Critical Collective created this website. This resource is intended to fill in the lacuna caused by an absence of publishing in the arts, a lack of reprints and a shortage of institutional infrastructure in India to support knowledge in the domain of arts.
  • John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera provides access to selected items offering insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.
  • Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) Archive is a scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology (the study of humankind) in its broadest and most inclusive sense.
  • Twentieth Century Religious Thought is a multivolume, cross-searchable online collection that brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to worldwide religious thinkers, from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century.
    • Volume I, Christianity includes the complete 17-volume German edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke (DBW) and English edition of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Series (DBWE).
    • Volume II, Islam focuses on modern Islamic theology and tradition and details Islam’s evolution from the late 19th century by examining printed works and documents by Muslim writers, both non-Western and Western voices.
    • Volume 3: Judaism focuses on modern Jewish theology and philosophy and details Judaism’s evolution from the late 19th century by examining printed works and rare documents.

New Databases: December 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in December 2018.

  • CEPR Discussion Papers: Research by CEPR Research Fellows and Affiliates appears initially in the CEPR Discussion Paper series. These Discussion Papers are circulated widely to other specialists in the research and policy community so that the results of the research receive prompt and thorough professional scrutiny. The Centre produces more than 800 Discussion Papers each year and has an archive of over 12,000 of them.
  • Ethnologue: Languages of the World contains data for finding, reading about, and researching all 7,097 known living languages in the world.
  • News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive (feat. Newsweek): An archival collection comprising the backfiles of 15 major magazines (including the Newsweek archive), spanning areas including current events, international relations, and public policy. These titles offer multiple perspectives on the contemporary contexts of the major events, trends, and interests in these fields throughout the twentieth century. The collection will provide valuable primary source content for researchers in fields ranging from history and political science, through to law and economics.
  • ProQuest Civil War Era is the resource American history scholars have been waiting for–comprehensive primary source materials that were previously unavailable digitally, cover a vast range of topics including the formative economic factors and other forces that led to the abolitionist movement, the 600,000 battle casualties, and the emancipation of nearly 4 million slaves.
  • The Cecil Papers is a major collection of early-modern historical documents from the reigns of Elizabethan I and James I/VI. More than 150,000 pages have been digitised in full colour to create a definitive online archive of almost 30,000 manuscript documents written by some of the most significant figures of Elizabethan and Jacobean history. These are accompanied by the complete Calendar of the Cecil Papers, featuring summaries and/or transcripts of many documents and two eighteenth-century volumes of selected transcriptions.
  • The trench journals and unit magazines of the First World War are a source of information on the common serviceman and woman’s experience of the war. These magazines were written by and for every type of unit from every combatant nation. As such they contain the hitherto unheard voices of hundreds of thousands of men and women writing from every facet of the conflict.

Get Set for a Great Finish!

NYU Libraries has a host of resources to help you sprint through finals.

Check out the listings of what’s happening at Bobst and Dibner.

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BOBST LIBRARY

Study all night starting Friday 12/14

We’re keeping the Bobst stacks open 24-hours for NYU students.

Making more space

We’ve suspended our guest policy this week to maximize space for you!

Perk up!

Beginning Mon. 12/17 free coffee is available during the overnight hours in Bobst on LL1.

Stretch & RelaxWomen in a seated yoga pose with hands in prayer position over her head.

Sign up for a yoga and mini meditation session

Mon. 12/17 – 2:00pm
Mon. 12/17 – 2:30pm
Tues. 12/18 – 3:00pm
Tues. 12/18 – 3:30pm

Get in the zone

Complimentary earplugs are available at the Circulation & Reserves Service desk in the atrium.


DIBNER LIBRARY

Extended hours starting Friday 12/14

Dibner will be open 24-hours and not closing again until Fri. 12/21 at 6pm.

Snacks & Treats

Cup of black coffee in white mug sitting on a yellow surface, photographed from above.

Overnight snacks at midnight in LC433 provided by Student Affairs on Mon. 12/17, Tues. 12/18, and Weds. 12/19

We’ve got coffee available for overnight studying

Popcorn will be distributed (while supplies last) starting Sun. 12/16 in the late evening.

De-stress and get in the zone

The library will be handing out security reminders and tips for studying and de-stressing.

Earplugs are available from the service desk to help block out distractions.

Visit the De-stress Zone (across from the service desk)
We’ve got activities for your study breaks:

  • games (chess, battleship, etc.)
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • origami
  • coloring sheets
  • de-stress balls
  • spin chair

The Holocube Brings Virtual Reality Experience Closer to Tandon Students

At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, virtual reality (VR) has become a trending research topic for students. A new a virtual reality experience room at Bern Dibner Library – The Holocube – was built so that students could gain experience with current virtual and augmented reality applications.

Inspiring creative ideas to integrate AR and VR technology for NYU students

A large variety of educational and recreational games are available to be played in the Holocube, including Tandon-made applications. VR film Grandpa’s Reef, created by Alum Sara Camnasio ’18, transports viewers to a healthy, vibrant coral reef. Relevant Motion, a venture from professors and students in the Integrated Digital Media program, utilizes motion capture technology with a virtual reality platform in occupational therapy.

Holocube VR console hardware lit up by blacklights.
Inside the Holocube. Source: Bern Dibner Library IT.

Making the room an experience in itself

I was asked to create an IT sandbox room by the librarians here. I did some research and found that all the sandbox rooms around the country, in different colleges/universities, were all the same… a piece of VR equipment with a mask in a plain room.

I decided that I wasn’t going to follow that cookie cutter pattern but instead make the room an experience in itself.

– Scott Broussard, IT Services Manager at NYU’s Bern Dibner Library.

The name “Holocube”, Scott relates, refers to the “cube” shape of the room and the “hologram” aspect that comes to mind when he thinks of virtual reality. The space design, with blacklight accent lighting (which users can opt to turn off) and the acoustic tile mosaic, is a fun departure from the average library collaborative space.

Broussard and his team produced a promo video [YouTube Video] highlighting the space’s features.

Equipment and Reservations

The room is currently equipped with the HTC Vive Virtual Reality system. A large variety of educational and recreational games are available to be played in the room.

The Holocube is located on the 4th floor of  Bern Dibner Library, NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Reservations are now available on LibCal. Each student can reserve a 45-min session for a maximum of 3 people.

Before reserving the room, students are required to take an online training session which provides essential information such as room usage policies and equipment instructions.

New Databases: November 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in November 2018.

  • Communist Historical Newspaper Collection covers historical local, regional and national news. The collection includes: The Daily Worker, Daily World (1968-1986), The Ohio Socialist, People’s Daily World, People’s Weekly World, Sunday Worker, The Toiler, The Worker, and The Worker.
  • GoinGlobal helps researchers, job seekers, and travelers learn about working and living in new locations. It includes country and city guides, business etiquette advice, country-specific visa regulations (including a listing of US employers who successfully sponsor H1B visas), job application/interview advice, and more.
  • The SHAFR Guide Online: An Annotated Bibliography of U.S. Foreign Relations since 1600, is an online annotated bibliography of historical work covering the entire span of U.S. foreign relations.
  • Stylus produces market research reports on fashion and design, including cross-industry trends and consumer insights.
  • World Newspaper Archive offers a search of diverse titles from Africa, Latin America, and South Asia across a broad range of academic disciplines. The database includes 19th and 20th-century newspapers.   Available collections are listed below.

New Databases: October 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in October 2018

  • American Indian Newspapers includes historic pressings to contemporary periodicals, covering nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the US and Canada. With newspapers representing a variety in publisher, audience and era, users can research how events were reported by and for Indigenous communities.
  • Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is a general encyclopedia of music offering in-depth articles on music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts. MGG Online contains the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions.
  • The Kotobarabia Modern Arab Renaissance Collection is an archive of books published 1820-1914 from Egypt, Syria, and other regions of the Islamic World. The collection is comprised of over 2,500 titles in the humanities and the sciences, including writings from Mahmoud Abdo, Gamal El Din El Afgahany and Rashid Reda. Consisting mostly of historic texts, the books in this collection are full-image, with searchable metadata only.
  • Revolution and Protest Online examine how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped and transformed the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.

Bobst Coloring Contest, Oct. 8-23

Take a study break, get creative, and try to stay within the lines!

photo: stack of crayons

We’re excited to announce the first ever Bobst Coloring Contest featuring an image from our Special Collections.

Our first coloring sheet depicts a woodblock print from the most heavily illustrated of the book of the 15th century—the Nuremberg Chronicle.

Open to all current NYU students, coloring sheets can be picked up at the reference desk on the first floor of Bobst Library

Win a gift card to the NYU Bookstore or Starbucks (your choice)

1st Prize: $75
2nd Prize: $50
3rd Prize: $25

Winners will be announced Wednesday, October 31st on the Library social media accounts.

See page 2 for contest rules and guidelines.