Celebrate Earth Day!


Check out Scribner’s display of environmentally-related books at the reference desk, along with a couple of eco-friendly tips from the Lorax.

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Trial Database: Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912


Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912 enables you to directly experience the richness and historical significance of Harper’s Weekly, America's leading 19th century illustrated newspaper. It provides access to the illustrations, cartoons, news, literature, editorials, and ads that these volumes contain.

The first segment includes the Civil War Era: 1857-1865. The next two cover Reconstruction: 1866-1871 and 1872-1877. The last six encompass the Gilded Age: 1878-1912. In addition to the importance of illustrations and cartoons by artists like Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, and Thomas Nast, the paper’s editorials played a significant role in shaping and reflecting public opinion from the start of the Civil War to the end of the century.

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Trial Database: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism


Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. Providing all essays and research from the printed edition, and illustrated with maps and photographs, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now available in this fully searchable, digital format.

Presenting the spread of Hinduism over the last 200 years to all the continents as well as the interaction of Hinduism with other religions, it also portrays the various responses of Hindu traditions to a number of contemporary issues of great relevance today, such as feminism, human rights, egalitarianism, bioethics, and so on.

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Student Art in the Library: Fall Exhibition


Student Art in the Library provides another venue for Skidmore's studio art students to exhibit their work.
The juried exhibition is open to all art majors or minors currently enrolled at Skidmore.
The exhibition will be on display on the 3rd floor of the Scribner Library through December 17th.
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: 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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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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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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Student Book Return Due Date Notice


The end of the semester is approaching fast! Please be aware that the last date for student book requests
through Interlibrary Loan is April 26. The due date for all student ILLiad and CNY books is Monday, May 4.

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1-Credit Library Research Course


The Library offers a 1-credit course designed to help make your life easier!

 LI 100, taught in the first quarter of the semester, is open to all students, provides an in-depth overview of the research process and helps students hone their database search skills.

Keep your sanity and register for LI 100: Electronic Information Resources by selecting Library on the Master Schedule.

Want to learn more? Hear what former LI 100 students have to say about their experiences in the class.

Visit the Instructional Services page for additional information about instruction opportunities at the Lucy Scribner Library.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month!


April is National Poetry Month! Stop by the library’s reference desk display to get inspired by the "Poem of the Day" and grab a "Poem for your Pocket."

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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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