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2017 Cornell Summer Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities Now Accepting Applications

This program provides Cornell graduate students with hands-on experience using digital tools for humanities research and scholarly communication. Over a 6-week summer period, library staff will help fellows plan, develop, and execute small-scale digital projects related to their own research and teaching interests. No advanced technical skills required! Sponsored by Cornell University Library and the Society for the Humanities, this program provides:

  • Tutorials in digital scholarship tools and communications platforms, tailored to participants’ interests and prior skills
  • Orienting readings and discussion of historical and current issues in digital humanities
  • An introduction to practical aspects of developing, implementing, and managing complex digital humanities projects, ranging from technical considerations to broader scholarly impact
  • Ongoing guidance and technical support for participants developing their own digital projects
  • A stipend ($1,000).

See the web site at for more information and an application form. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 noon on April 15, 2017.

Digital Collections Grants Program Seeks Applications

Digital scan of punk concert flyer in the Library's Punk collectionThe seventh round of the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, a program funded by the College of Arts of Sciences and coordinated by Cornell University Library, is now open for applications from faculty and graduate students. The goal is to build enduring digital resources in support of scholarly and teaching activities in the College of Arts and Science and at Cornell in general. The process does not require any technical expertise – all you need is a good idea!

Information about the program’s goals, selection criteria, process, and timeline is available on the grants program website:

The website also includes a list of the inspiring projects funded during 2010-2016:

The application deadline for 2017 grants is March 17, 2017.

New Content in British Periodicals

Cornell Library access to the British Periodicals database now includes the magazines collectively known as the “Great Eight” during the late 1800s and early 1900s:

The Illustrated London News
The Sketch
The Sphere
The Tatler
The Graphic
The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News
The Bystander

Most if not all of these were heavily illustrated publications, so the visual content in particular is quite rich. This group of publications should be an especially welcome addition for those studying 19th and 20th century popular culture and the arts in the UK.

Do You Need an ORCID iD?

If you are a Cornell faculty member, graduate student, postdoc, or research associate who publishes in scholarly journals, the answer is Yes!  ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized by linking you to your professional activities. Unlike other research IDs, your ORCID iD is universal. It’s not tied to any institution or database, and it can follow you wherever your research takes you. More than 3,000 journals are already collecting ORCID iDs from corresponding authors. Creating your ORCID iD is easy. Go to the Library’s ORCID guide to find out how, or contact Help@ORCID at Once you’ve created your ORCID iD, it’s easy to add your scholarly works to your ORCID record, enable automatic updates, and delegate management of your record to someone else. Be identified with the good work you do: get your ORCID iD.

Oxford Handbooks Online

oxfrdhandbooks Now available online to the Cornell community, the Oxford Handbooks series offers in-depth articles by prominent scholars across the humanities and social sciences. Each Handbook includes thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in a particular field of study. Articles review the key issues and major debates, and provide an argument for how those debates might evolve. Among the many titles focused on literature are volumes exploring ecocriticism, global modernisms, postcolonialism, indigenous American literature, Milton, science fiction, the Victorian novel, Wordsworth, and African-American slave narratives. Volumes can be accessed individually by title through the Library Catalog or collectively through the database link.

Rotunda Digital Literary Editions

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The Library now offers access to all the critical digital editions available in the University of Virginia’s Rotunda Literature and Culture collection, including:

  1. The Digital Temple: a documentary edition of George Herbert’s English verse.
  2. Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences: a born-digital textual inquiry
  3. Clotel by William Wells Brown: an electronic scholarly edition
  4. Typee by Herman Melville: a fluid-text edition
  5. The Letters of Matthew Arnold: a digital edition
  6. The Letters of Christina Rossetti: a digital edition
  7. Journal of Emily Shore: revised and expanded

Each title may be accessed through its Library Catalog record, or through the main Rotunda web page.

18th Century Journals Now Available Online

18thcentjournalsCornell’s 18th century scholars now have online access to Eighteenth Century Journals, a portal to periodicals and newspapers published between 1685 and 1835. Gathering material from rare collections at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, the Harry Ransom Center, Cambridge University, and other repositories, the database includes the full text of not only British titles such as The Bee and The Lady’s Magazine, but serials from India, the Caribbean, Ireland, and Poem from The BeeCanada as well. This rich complement to Eighteenth Century Collections Online illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. The topics covered include: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature, theater, and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion.

A New Resource for Victorianists

victencycThe Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) was recently added to the Olin Reference collection (at PR451 E553 2015). This four-volume set, edited by Dino Frano Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes, comprises over 330 scholarly essays, both comprehensive and succinct, on the novel, plays, poetry, and global Victorian studies, along with thematic articles on cosmopolitanism, race, sexuality, journalism, and reading. The latest in a series of Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedias of literature, it joins The Encyclopedia of British Literature – 1660-1789, The Encyclopedia of the Gothic, The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, and The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature in the Olin Reference reading room.

SPARK Talks: A New Opportunity for Grad Students

spark-logo As academic pursuits grow ever more complex and specialized, it’s critically important that scholars know how to clearly communicate their research, whether to undergraduates in the classroom, prospective employers, funding agencies, or to the general public. With this in mind, the Library presents SPARK Talks — a series of 5-minute lightning talks by CU grad students and postdocs that offer them opportunities to present their research to a diverse audience, get feedback, and network with other scholars.

Presenters will attend a workshop session (October 15, 2015, 4-6pm in Olin Library Room 106G) with Theater Professor David Feldshuh, who will introduce performance techniques embedded in everyday interactions that can improve communication and promote more confident, expressive and effective public presentations in a variety of formal and informal settings.

SPARK Talks will be held once a semester and will rotate through different libraries. Each SPARK Talks has an interdisciplinary theme. The inaugural SPARK Talks will be held on Oct. 22, 2015, 4 to 6pm in Olin Library Room 107, followed by a reception. The Fall 2015 theme is Intersection[s].

Interested in presenting on this semester’s theme? The deadline is Sept. 25. Apply today.

Questions? Visit our FAQ or contact us.

Olin DVD Collection Moved to Uris


The DVD collections formerly housed in the Media Center on the lower level of Olin Library — including the Asia disks — have recently been moved to the Dean Room in Uris. The new location allows for easier browsing of the films and provides room for expansion.

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