Trial Database: American Consumer Culture


American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965 provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst and market research pioneer.
The collection is a treasure trove of information on some of America’s best known brands, containing thousands of reports commissioned by companies such as Philip Morris, Chrysler, Exxon and CBS on consumer goods ranging from tobacco and broadcasting to cars and hotels.
This collection provides researchers of consumer culture, business, advertising, marketing and psychology with a wealth of documentation, including a gallery of advertising campaigns from the companies that Dichter worked for from 1935-1965.

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Assembled Alphabets: Selections from Special Collections


The Lucy Scribner Library’s Department of Special Collections contains many rare and unique books with alphabetical elements. This exhibit includes a mix of artists’ books and illustrated books that feature creative uses of the letters of the alphabet.

Exhibit curated by Yvette Cortes, Fine Arts Librarian

The exhibit will be on display in the Harris Lobby in the Scribner Library through April 15.

Please check out our Flickr page for images from the exhibition.

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Halloween Books, Films, and more!



Looking for horror films to watch this Halloween? Go to the Films by Genre page, and click on Horror or Vampires.


If you want to find books about Halloween, search in the Library Catalog using the keyword “Halloween.” Also try these subject headings:

Haunted houses
Horror tales


Looking for images related to Halloween? Go to the Find Images page and do a keyword search for “Halloween” in the databases ARTstor or AP Images.

Reference Information

Want to learn more about Halloween? Look it up in Brittanica Online, Credo Reference, or Oxford Reference.

Phyllis A. Roth Vampire Literature Collection

The Phyllis A. Roth Vampire Literature Collection in the Department of Special Collections is dedicated to Skidmore College Professor Phyllis A. Roth in recognition of her scholarly contributions to the study of vampire literature and her lifelong service to Skidmore College as a teacher and administrator. The collection includes rare and first editions of many vampire books, as well as magazines, playbills, comics, ephemera, and more relating to the vampire theme. To search this collection, do an advanced search in the Library Catalog with the keyword “Vampire,” and choose Special Collections in the Location field.

Apartheid South Africa I-III

Apartheid South Africa

Apartheid South Africa I-III makes available British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices spanning the period 1948 to 1980.

The launch of apartheid policies by the National Party in 1948 heralded 40 years of legally entrenched white dominance over South African politics, society and business. Punitive restrictions placed on travel, education, work and political activism instigated the formation of organisations such as the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), saw support increase for the Communist Party and fuelled the growth of international anti-apartheid organisations.

These previously restricted letters, diplomatic dispatches, reports, trial papers, activists’ biographies and first-hand accounts of events give unprecedented access to the history of South Africa’s apartheid regime. The files explore the relationship of the international community with South Africa and chart increasing civil unrest against a backdrop of waning colonialism in Africa and mounting world condemnation.

This resource is in three sections: 1948-1966, 1967-1975 and 1976-1980.

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Student Art in the Library: Spring Exhibition


Student Art in the Library provides another venue for Skidmore students to exhibit their artwork. The juried exhibition is open to all current Skidmore students who have taken one or more studio art courses at Skidmore during 2014.

The exhibition will be on display on the 2nd floor of the Scribner Library through May 1st.
The Student Art in the Library Map shows where all the works are, and take a look at the Online Gallery!

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Trial Database: ShipIndex

Titanic-06 lets you search for information about practically any ship, from famous ships such as the Titanic to less well-known vessels such as the Peter Iredale. The database tells you which books, magazines, and websites mention the vessels you're researching.

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Black Studies Center


Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies that includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more. It brings together essential historical and current material for researching the past, present, and future of African-Americans; the wider African Diaspora; and Africa itself.

Black Studies Center is comprised of several cross-searchable component databases, including The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, Index to Black Periodicals Full Text, Black Literature Index, and the Chicago Defender historical newspaper from 1912-1975.

This unique database examines interdisciplinary topics on the African experience throughout the Americas via in-depth essays accompanied by detailed timelines along with important research articles, images, video, and more.

Black Studies Center can be found on the Library’s Research Databases page.

For more information about Black Studies Center:

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The library’s newest discovery tool, SearchMore, can be found on our homepage. SearchMore allows discovery of resources across databases, formats, and disciplines, including full-text journal articles, books from the library’s catalog, and more.

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Featured Database: Merriam-Webster Unabridged


Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the largest, most comprehensive American dictionary currently available in print or online. It is built on the foundation of Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. New and revised entries and usage content will be added to the site on a continuing basis.

Definitions have been enhanced with over 117,000 author quotations. Supplementary notes provide additional context, and usage paragraphs offer clear guidance and suggestions for words with confused or disputed usage. Dates of first known use are being added.

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Student Art in the Library: Call for Submissions


Student Art in the Library provides another venue for Skidmore students to exhibit their artwork. The juried exhibition is
is open to all current Skidmore students who have taken one or more studio art courses at Skidmore during 2014.

Spring 2015 Exhibition dates: March 11 - May 1

**Deadline for entries: Friday, February 20**

To apply, please read the Exhibition Guidelines and fill out the Exhibition Entry Form.


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Open Access Week


Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research is conducted.
To learn more about Open Access (OA) and access OA databases, visit the Library’s Open Access page.

Open Access Week

OpenAccessLockOpen Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need.  With the central themes of free reader access, peer-review standards, and millions of published articles geared toward the academic community, Open Access is becoming the accepted model in higher education publishing, both in the US and internationally.  

This year, Open Access Week is October 21 – 27, 2013. To learn more about this growing worldwide initiative and access several searchable OA databases, see the Scribner Library’s Open Access page.

Blind Date with a Book


This Valentine’s Day go on a Blind Date With a Book! Choose one of the wrapped books at the Reference Desk, borrow it, unwrap it, and read your mystery date!

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Trial Database: L'Année philologique


L'Année philologique on the Internet is the most comprehensive and authoritative international bibliography of classical studies. It covers classical scholarship throughout the world including the whole range of the ancient classical languages, literature, history, archaeology, art, music, religion, law, philosophy, science and technology, and allied topics. Originally available in print form only, this database includes all volumes of the annual index, beginning with Volume I published in 1928.

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