Friday Finds: 9/11 Television News Archive

We’re starting a new series at USF Library News & Events bringing you interesting, fun or amazing things we find on the internet that have information at their heart.

For the first installment, I bring to you Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive. Created by the Internet Archive, Understanding 9/11 is a

“…library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. A resource for scholars, journalists, and the public, it presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis.

Television is our pre-eminent medium of information, entertainment and persuasion, but until now it has not been a medium of record. This Archive attempts to address this gap by making TV news coverage of this critical week in September 2001 available to those studying these events and their treatment in the media.”

Adding to what is already an outstanding resource, Understanding 9/11 also links to related content including a history of the broadcast news collection, an archive of over 600 9/11 related websites and the 9/11 community video collection.

This website could be a fantastic resource to anyone studying or researching anything related to the events, aftermath or people involved in the 9/11 attacks. Think you might be interested in this topic? We’ve started your research for you: check out some of the 9/11 related books and media available right now at USF Library.


Welcome back students!

The start of a new school year can be a crazy time for students, but remember that the staff at USF Library are ready and waiting to help you start the year off right. Talk to a librarian about borrowing your textbooks instead of buying or for a demo of the best databases for your major. Whatever your information needs may be, a librarian can always help!

Want to sit down and talk to a librarian about your information needs? Send us an email or fill out this form and Lisa, the reference and instruction librarian will contact you with available dates and times.



We’re Open!

We’ve received the OK from USF Security and Maintenance to use the front entrance to the library once again! This means the library is open to everyone, but please use caution around the front entrance as finishing work is still being done around the edges. If you have trouble getting into the library for any reason during normal hours, please call 815.740.5041.

Is the USF Library Open? Construction Update

Work is continuing on the front of the USF Library and we are anticipating it will be completed shortly. Until the porch has been completed only USF Faculty and staff will be able to access the building. Students will be able to use USF Library once the renovation is complete. An announcement will be made once the building is reopened to everyone.

For those who are in need of computers or printers, there is a computer lab open on the second floor of Tower, complete with printers and another in the Motherhouse, near the Bistro. If you have placed a request for a book through I-Share or ILL and have been notified of the book’s availability, please call the library circulation desk at 815.740.3690 to schedule a time to pick up your book.

If you have any other questions about the library please call 815.740.5041 or email us at

New Trial History Databases

USF Library recently started a trial period of two history databases: America, The History and Life Full Text and Historical Abstracts Full Text. Both databases will be available to all USF affiliates until September 1, 2011. If research in history is in your future, take a look at the new databases and let us know what you think!

America: The History and Life Full Text indexes 1,500 journals from 1955 with full text coverage of 230 academic journals and over 100 books. The database covers historical topics from prehistory to the present, focusing on the culture of the United States and Canada.

Historical Abstracts Full Text complements America: The History and Life by covering world history, excluding the U.S. and Canada, from the 15th century to the present. Historical Abstracts Full Text indexes over 2,500 journals dating back to 1955, with full text coverage of over 370 journals and 120 books.

To access any trial databases offered through USF Library, visit the A-Z Database list page on the USF Library website and click the Trials link at the top of the page or scroll all the way to the bottom of the A-Z list. Trial databases are listed apart from the ongoing databases to highlight their limited availability.

New Look and Name for NetLibrary

If you’re an avid user of the ebooks USF Library has access to, you might have noticed a change in NetLibrary. While NetLibrary used to have a unique look, it was recently acquired by EBSCO, the vendor for many of USF Library’s databases. As of Monday, August 8th, NetLibrary was renamed the EBSCO eBook Collection and now the same design and search functions as the EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier and CINAHL.

The EBSCO eBook Collection still hosts thousands of full text ebooks on a variety of subjects. Included in the changes to the design include a simpler and more efficient search, ability to browse by category, highlighting of ebooks recently added to the collection and other value added components.

If you have any questions about the change from NetLibrary to the EBSCO eBook Collection, please contact the USF Library Reference Desk.