New trial databases, hot off the press!

Looking for something fun and different?  Give our new trial databases a spin; they’re available now through March 31st!

You can find links to our trials listed here.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think by filling out the feedback form located beneath the trial links.  Your input helps us to make decisions on which resources to acquire, so help us help you!

Enjoy these trials, and please contact Erin Gallagher with any questions or comments.

New collection of videos for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, our friends at Kanopy streaming video have created a collection of almost 200 critically acclaimed films celebrating the roles, achievements, and lives of African Americans in U.S. history.  You can access the collection here.  The collection will be available through the month of February, but you can access most of the films throughout the year.  Please enjoy these powerful films.

New! Scheduling appointments with Librarians

Librarians can be your secret weapon for knocking your research papers out of the park. You can find us by walking into the library lobby and screaming “Somebody help me!” and we’d totally be there in a second. Or you can avoid the embarrassment and use our new online scheduling dorothystudent[1]system to book an appointment at your convenience. Click here to get started.

The librarians will still have drop-in hours, or you can book tutoring and writing appointments at the same place. Just don’t leave things to the last second, okay?

Test Drive our new Trial Databases!

It’s that time of year again. Sweaters? Cooler weather? Pumpkin-flavored everything? Yes, but it’s also time for our fall database trials. This time around, we have a diverse collection of resources ready for you to test drive. The trial database page is located here, with links to each individual resource. Our trials run through the month of October. Your feedback helps us to make the best decisions on what we purchase for your teaching and learning success, so please fill out the feedback form located below the trial links. Happy test driving!
Roper Center: The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys.
Statista: Statista presents information with over one million statistics, 15,000 third party studies, 1,500 dossiers and industry reports, 40,000 forecasts, and numerous infographics.
Bridgeman Education Images: Offers over 800,000 digital images of art, history and culture from global museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use.
• Library and Consortia Research Collection: This suite of collections gives access to six databases: American Library Directory, Fulltext Sources Online, Literary Market Place, International Literary Market Place, Faulkner Security Management Practices, and Faulkner Advisory for Information Technology Studies (FAITS) online reports which help IT and business students prepare for class discussion, internships as well as providing an excellent resource to prepare for job interviews.
African American Communities: This collection presents multiple aspects of the African American community through personal diaries and scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.

Download the BluuBeam App and Get the Library Working for You!

Starting this fall, targeted recommendations for library resources and services will be available in various spots across campus through BluuBeam, a proximity-triggered information system that iPhone and Android users can access with a free app.
BluuBeam uses iBeacon technology and Bluetooth Low Energy transmitters to reach out to people in a specific location. If the app is on your phone, you will be notified when a Beam is in your area; you might also see the BluuBeam logo in spots where a beam is available. The information sent through these Beams is intended to be of special interest to the people in that area. For example, BluuBeam users in the Cornell Fine Arts building might find links to good online collections of art while users in Crummer will be reminded that Dorothy Mays is ready to work with them. This information can be saved on your phone and even shared with others who aren’t in the area.
To access BluuBeam, start by installing the free app from the iTunes, the Google
store or at

New Open-Access Economics Database

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Access to RePEc’s IDEAS Economic and Finance Research open-access database is now available through Olin Library’s database list. This great, bibliographic, FREE database is a central index of economics and finance research, including working papers, articles and software code. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact an Olin Librarian for assistance.

Explore new databases from Olin Library

Thanks to your suggestions and valuable feedback, we have acquired four new exciting resources for your searching and viewing pleasure.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online: Need citation help? We now have access to this dynamic online reference manual including the full contents of the 15th and 16th editions of the Chicago Manual of Style online.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender (1910-1975): This rich newspaper archive offers primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts. The Chicago Defender (1910-1975) was a leading African-American newspaper with a wide readership outside Chicago.

PsycTHERAPY: Hosted by the American Psychological Association, PsycTHERAPY contains videos featuring live therapy sessions and demonstrations of clinicians working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of therapeutic topics.

SocINDEX with Full Text: Hosted by EBSCO, this is the world’s most comprehensive sociology research database, encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study. Most articles are accessible in full text.

Students, faculty, and the entire Rollins community can find links to these new collections on our database list with descriptions, and they are searchable through R-Search. Happy researching!

The end of e-reserves (as we know it.)

For many years the library has provided an e-reserves service to enable faculty to provide students will access to scanned readings. In the last few years most faculty have migrated to placing such readings in their Blackboard courses. Students are far more familiar with using Blackboard than they are with using e-reserves, the copyright concerns associated with placing copyrighted works in Blackboard or on e-reserves are very similar, and in June 2015 the library will be migrated from the Sirsi Symphony system that has provided our online catalog and our e-reserve system to a new integrated library system. This seems like the right time to end the duplication of effort and confusion involved in providing access to online readings via Blackboard and e-reserves and focus instead on the system the students find easiest to use – Blackboard.

Therefore, the  next semester – Spring 2015 – will be the last semester in which we accept materials to be placed on e-reserves. After that semester all faculty are asked to plan on placing such readings in their Blackboard courses. If you need assistance in doing so, contact the IT Help Desk.

Please note, our physical reserve system (for books, DVD’s etc.) will continue and is not affected by the change.

Thank you.

New Library Resources


We are pleased to announce that our Rollins community has access to two fascinating new digital resources.

Adam Matthew Digital Collections, which provide permanent access to rare primary source materials in the following areas:

China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980 covers the period of monumental social and political upheaval that ultimately recreated China into a modern power. Sourced from an array of world class archives this digital collection answers the need for clear, intelligible and informative English-language sources relating to China and the West.

Confidential Print Latin America, 1833-1969 is sourced exclusively from The National Archives, UK and comprises the complete run of Confidential Print for Central and South America and the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Issued by the British Government this series represents a fundamental building block for political, social and economic research.

Everyday Life and Women in America, c1800-1920 is sourced from the Sally Bingham Centre for Women’s History, Duke University and The New York Public Library. This resource is unparalleled for the study of American social, cultural and popular culture during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Kanopy Streaming Video, which provides access to thousands of educational and feature films, all available for online streaming.  View all available collections here.

Collection highlights include:

  • Criterion Collection – Jules and Jim, Safety Last, The 400 Blow
  • Green Planet Films Collection – Thin Ice, Trashed, The Ethics of Fracking
  • Symptom Media Collection – DSM Guided Military Series, Mental Disorder/Illness Symptoms
  • First Run Features Collection – God Loves Uganda, Peter Brook the Tightrope, 56 Up

Both resources are easily accessible from both on or off-campus and can be found in our list of databases.  We at Olin Library hope you enjoy.  Happy researching!