Biblioteca : Latin American and Iberian Resources at Georgetown

Entries from October 2013

Edward Tufte in Arlington (again!)

October 25, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Last year the data visualization expert Edward Tufte held a couple of his one-day courses on data and data presentation in Arlington, and now he is back for three days at the end of the month! The tuition includes four of his books, and there is a discount for full-time professors and students. I have not attended his course, but my friends and colleagues who have said it was great. Course information and registration is here, and Lauinger has his books here.

Have a great weekend!

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October 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

I’m back after a little trip to New York for a talk about the Biblioteca Digital Mexicana (more on that in another post) and a brief trip to my parents’ house in Illinois. It was a good break after a few rather intense weeks in Washington, and it’s hard to believe we are already halfway through the semester!

If you were at Georgetown before this academic year, you may have noticed quite a few changes on the library’s home page. Essentially, the list that was on the left is now under the menus at the top, and the search box that used to be on the upper right is now much more prominent.

The biggest change within the search box is undoubtedly the addition of OneSearch. OneSearch is meant to be a Google-like search. It can search across GEORGE, the library catalog, the WRLC catalog, and many different journal article databases all at the same time. It does not search *all* of the databases, however, and soon I hope to post which ones are included (I do know MLA International, Historical Abstracts, and other major ones are in there, however.)

OneSearch is good for a starting point, especially if you are less familiar with your topic. For example, I have a good idea where to start with a paper for a colonial Latin American history course: the Latin American Studies research guide . But I would have a tougher time knowing about a course that dealt with recent trends in Mexican business, so for this I would use OneSearch as my initial search. From there, I can see which databases and journals are being used more often, or which call numbers or subject headings are more common, and so on.

Another good use for OneSearch is to find out the latest research on any given topic. Using the limits on the left side of the results page, you can limit to the most recent year or years, and quickly find the latest research trends (especially if you limit to articles only.) As with any database, including library catalogs, keep in mind the use of limits to help narrow your search results.

Feel free to give feedback to me or any staff member about OneSearch. Have a great week!

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WorldCat Live (OCLC)

October 7, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Something I found while looking for something else: WorldCat Live. This page, from OCLC, which runs the database, shows real-time additions to WorldCat. I find the language selection to be pretty limited, but it is still in the experimental stages. If you look at it long enough, you’ll start to realize why librarians still have jobs :-)! If you do switch languages, it takes about five to ten seconds to make the change.

Have a great week!

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Biblioteca Digital, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (Santiago, Chile)

October 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Yes! I am still posting. I have a moment to breathe now that the semester has officially started. I’m still aiming for the once-per-week posting goal, and it should be easier from now on.

Because of the recent anniversary of the Allende coup, I thought a post about sources relating to him and Pinochet would be useful. The Biblioteca Digital of the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago has an excellent collection of useful primary resources. They are organized by type of resources: texts and manuscripts, photographs, iconography (posters, cartoons, etc.), objects, videos, and audio, and are very easy to search. Note that you can search all of the various collections from the home page, but also within each type of resource on its corresponding section. The scans of items themselves are also very well-done and clear, and the video clips and audio are also high quality (and fascinating.) I highly recommend this source for historical and/or literary research on the period, or if you are just researching dictatorships in general.

A keyword search in GEORGE reveals about fifty titles on the coup, and almost thirty of these titles are in Spanish (or, in a few cases, at least contain or were translated from Spanish.) To get to the Spanish titles, click on “Modify Search” at the top, and then choose Spanish from the drop-down menu under “Language. There is even a documentary available through the excellent Films on Demand .

Feel free to contact me with purchase suggestions or if you have questions, mrs249[at] Have a great weekend!

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