This past year, the Hatfield Library replaced RefWorks with Zotero. This is the first semester that we have been actively teaching the Willamette community how to install and use Zotero.
Zotero is a free citation tool that helps you cite, manage, and share your literature research. You can install a browser extension (available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Explorer–it sometimes has problems with Safari) and work entirely with the online version of Zotero. You can also download the desktop version which embeds itself within MS Word and works with the browser extension (we suggest downloading both desktop and browser extension). You can also drag and drop citations into Google Docs from the desktop Zotero.
It work with both Macs, PCs, and Linux. While there is a little learning curve, it is fairly easy to catch on. Zotero is a powerful and handy tool for any academic researcher, and will serve you well in you academic and professional career.
The Oregon Coast is filled with unexpected history. Prior to World War I, most of the Oregon coast was inaccessible. As a response to World War I and perceived need for emergency preparedness, the concept of the Roosevelt Coast Military Highway was created and named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1919, Oregon voters approved the sale of $2.5 million in bonds for the project, but matching federal funds failed to materialize. But Oregonians still wanted access to the coasts, so the Oregon’s Highway Department began work on 400 miles worth of road, bridges, and tunnels in 1921 and continued through the 1920s & 30s. The road became U.S. 101 in 1926 and then renamed in 1931 as the Oregon Coast Highway.
This is also the 50th anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bill which was signed into law on July 6, 1967 to safeguard beaches from development. Our beloved coast could look much different had the bill failed and a few private developers won. Thankfully as Oregonians began to hear what they stood to lose, the trickle of public support turned into a tidal wave. After months of battle, the bill was signed into law. And the rest is history. Your experience of our wonderful Oregon Coast line and access to the miles of beach that people around the world come to visit is a direct result from this important legislative bill. Know that our beautiful beach is for the public to treasure and protect. Forever!
The Willamette University Alumni Publication collection comes from the University Archives & Records collection area, which contains publications, images, administrative records, research materials, and scrapbooks dating from Willamette’s beginnings.
It includes the Willamette University Bulletin (1919); The Willamette Alumni Magazine (1922-1923); The Willamette Alumni Bulletin (June, 1925); The Willamette University Alumnus (1926-1970); The Willamette Scene (April 1967 – Spring 2014); The Willamette Magazine (Fall 2014 – Summer 2016)
Also available are materials relating to Freshman Glee, one of Willamette’s longest running – and most beloved – traditions. This collection can be browsed or searched.
The Hatfield Library is beginning an exciting new project. We are collecting digital copies of Willamette faculty research in our Academic Commons. This includes past and current research papers other works. It also includes data sets that Willamette Faculty may have created during their research process.
Since these collections will be publicly available, faculty need to make sure that their publication contract allows for general public access. If the faculty member is not sure, they should contact their publisher. If the publisher does not allow for the final copy to be made publicly available, often times they allow pre-publication drafts instead, so this collection may include a number of pre-publication drafts too.
Once the faculty member has verified that it is okay to include their work in these collections, all you need to do is email a copy of your work to either Bill Kelm (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Repplinger (email@example.com). They will upload it for the faculty member. All Willamette faculty from all departments are encouraged to submit their publications in digital form to be included in these collections, so these collections will grow over time.
This is a wonderful way for faculty to get their publications and research work out there for others to read and use. Students, current and prospective, may be interested in these works.
Willamette University’s long running newspaper, the Collegian, is now available digitally and fully keyword searchable. With unprecedented access to history at your fingertips, what will you search for?
Beginning in November 2013, over 100 years of Collegian issues needed to be unbound and assessed for completeness. Microfilm copies were used to fill in any gaps. The unbound Collegians were then mailed to iArchives and digitized. Once scanning was complete, each image was reviewed to ensure its readability. Over a century of Collegian data was then uploaded to the Academic Commons for publication. The Collegian is now searchable, and browsable, all the way back to its first issue in 1875.
To the right, “Class of 1919 in the shape of a W and 19.”
We’re highlighting the Willamette University Campus Photograph Collection from the University Archives this month. It is comprised of over 2,500 items including photographic prints, negatives, slides, and copy prints of sketches and blueprints, is a rich documentary resource covering nearly a century and a half of Willamette’s history. A strength of the collection is the visual documentation it provides of Willamette’s ever-developing campus, particularly the buildings and landscape. Images show ground-breakings, construction, renovations, fires, and demolitions of various buildings. Below is a sample of what you will find in this wonderful collection.
Starting in July, Willamette users will have online access to the complete run of “Science” magazine, from the first issue (through JSTOR) to the most recently published. You will be able to access this title through our A-Z database list and our library catalog. Faculty, staff, and students have waited years for current online access this popular science magazine, and we are pleased to finally provide this access!
We have just added three excellent resources to our digital collection, in addition to the recent addition of Science: Birds of North America Online, the Oregonian, and the Oregon Newspaper Sources.
Birds of North America Online is a database of over 716 species of birds that live and migrate through North America, including Hawaii and Canada. It includes a multimedia collection for every bird, including top quality audio and videos galleries, and rich collection of article information for each species for pretty much anything you would want to know about a specific bird. So if your curious what birds you saw outside your window or heard singing, this will be an outstanding resources!
The Oregonian newspaper (ranges from 1987-present). There is a one day delay, so you won’t be able to read through the current day’s edition. We’ve had very spotty electronic access to recent editions of the Oregonian, but this gives us reliable full text coverage back to 1987.
Oregon Newspaper Sources is a collection of 51 of the largest Oregon-based newspapers, including the Statesman Journal newspaper, Oregonian, and Eugene Register-Guard that can be search simultaneously or individually. You can even browse individual editions of newspapers by sections.
We’re are featuring the database Health Source this month in celebration of National Nutrition Month. It is one of our lesser known electronic resources, but extremely useful if you are researching health or nutritional topics.
Health Source provides the full text to over 270 periodicals covering nutrition, exercise, medical self-care, drugs and alcohol, and much more. You’ll find plenty of scholarly articles in this database, but in addition to the full text offerings, this database indexes and abstracts for over 430 periodicals.
This database also provides full text for over 1,090 pamphlets and 23 books. Health Source is an Ebsco Host databases, so you may recognize the interface.