NYT Archives and Old Music!

Interested in what the New York Times was publishing from 1851-1922? Well, now you can see for yourself. The TimesMachine allows you to view, print and download as PDF all the articles printed by the NYT during those years.

Another old-timey offering online, the Library of Congress just released a service they’re calling the National Jukebox. This service makes available historical sound recordings for FREE! Currently the National Jukebox has over 10,000 sound recordings from the Victor Talking Machine Company (through a license agreement with Sony) from 1901-1925.

So enjoy your summer, and spend a few minutes checking out these great historical resources!


Zotero Everywhere

Many of the people who love Zotero as a citation management system hate two things about it: its lack of portability and it working exclusively with Firefox. While Zotero has made strides to sync files between multiple computers, the Firefox dependency remained, until now. Today Zotero announced that they would be unveiling Zotero Everywhere. Here’s a part of the press release:

Zotero is the only research software that provides full and seamless access to a comprehensive range of open and gated resources. With a single click, Zotero users have long been able to add a complete journal article, book, or other resource to their personal libraries, including bibliographic metadata and attached files like PDFs. Until now, this powerful functionality has been tied exclusively to the Firefox browser, which not all researchers can or want to use. Today we are announcing support for Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer, which account for 98% of the web’s usage share. Plugins for these browsers will soon allow users to add anything they find on the web to their Zotero libraries with a single click, regardless of the their browser preferences. Rather than use the Zotero pane in Firefox, users will have the new option of accessing their libraries via a standalone desktop version of Zotero, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Want to see what Zotero can do for you? Watch the quick video below that Zotero made explaining its services. If you have additional questions about using Zotero, please feel free to contact a USF Librarian and they can help get you started.

Free Study Guide eBooks from Kaplan through August 30

If you’ve got an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download a free copy of any of Kaplan’s standardized test study guides as an ebook through August 30. Included in the ebook giveaway are the guides for the GMAT, GRE, MCAT and LSAT, among other standardized tests. You do need an iTunes account, so point your mobile browser to http://kaplanpublishing.com/iTunes and download whatever you need. Unfortunately, this is only available for Apple devices. The deal expires Monday, August 30, so get your digital copy today before time runs out.

Video Clips OK’d In Classrooms for All Subjects

Previously, only media studies classes were allowed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to show film clips in their classrooms. Thanks to a recent update on exemptions to the DMCA by the Librarian of Congress, now all faculty and university instructors are able to show film clips in their classrooms without violating copyright laws relating to public viewing. The new ruling states that all faculty and university instructors can willfully and lawfully circumvent the Content Scrambling System on DVD’s for teaching purposes.

This does not, however, grant faculty privileges to put clips of videos or films they do not have rights to online or to make use to illegally obtained videos in the classroom. If you have questions on the legality of your use of video in the classroom, please speak with a librarian and we will do our best to guide you in terms of your allowances as an educator.

Updated RSS Feed

USF Library will be updating its RSS feed and all followers who have subscribed to the USF Library News will be required to use the new feed link in order to continue to receive USF Library News posts in their feed reader. The new feed will now be:  http://feeds.feedburner.com/wordpress/EmEh

To update your feed, either copy and paste the above link into your reader where you are able to add a subscription or simply click the orange RSS subscription box at the right of the screen. If you have additional questions, please see Lisa Quinn.

Internet Explorer 6 Becoming Unsupported

While once the dominant web browser Internet Explorer 6 is becoming largely unsupported by many websites, making upgrading to a newer version of IE, or another free browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, important. YouTube is one of the biggest upcoming websites to drop IE6 with the browser becoming unsupported on March 13th.

If you use IE and are unsure what version you are running, open Internet Explorer and click the Help option at the top of the screen, then choose, About Internet Explorer. Here it will tell you what version you are running.

Even Prominent Philosophers Need To Check Their Resources

While he claims to get his information from books and not Wikipedia, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, is in some trouble for citing a fake philosopher, Jean-Baptiste Botul,  in his most recent book. Botul, unfortunately,  is nothing more than a creation of journalist Frédéric Pagès, though a creation complete with  his own Wikipedia page (in French), a Facebook profile, a name for his philosophical ideas (Botulism), and a fan club that meets monthly.

At USF Library, we’d just like to use this story to highlight the “Dependability” and “Credibility” aspects of evaluating your resources when doing research on any topic. Be sure to not cite Wikipedia as a resource, and if you can’t find the information you got on Wikipedia or any other free Google-able website anywhere else, don’t use it. Have questions on what makes a resources a good one? Check out the library tutorials on evaluating resources and websites.

Google Docs Now Accepting All Kinds of Files

Looking for a way to access your files from anywhere? Now Google Docs is accepting any kind of file, not just the .doc, .pdf, images, .xls and .ppt files like before.  Now you can upload any file type, up to 250 MB in size and store it in Google Docs.  So for all of us who have left our flash drive with a term paper on it in a computer somewhere, this offers a much easier option. And with Docs’ sharing capabilities, you can share that zipped folder with lots of people easier than trying to email them all the attachments. The 1 GB limit is more than enough for most people, but if you must have more, Google is offering additional space at the cost of 25 cents per GB.

If you don’t already have a Google or Google Docs account, get one here.