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Oxford’s Very Short Introduction Series Now Online

Very Short Introduction volumes in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are now accessible online to the Cornell Community. Launched in 1995 by Oxford University Press, Very Short Introductions offer concise overviews of a diverse range of subjects from classical mythology to consciousness, aesthetics to ancient warfare, American immigration to Islamic history. The collection includes Prof. Jonathan Culler’s VSIs to Barthes and literary theory.

Improve Wikipedia’s Coverage of Women in the Arts!

Help us improve the coverage of women in the arts at the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at Cornell! For just half an hour or for the whole day, you can pitch in through different ways: Write an entry, add a footnote, translate text, upload images, or look up information for others. You can also just cheer us on and get the buzz going on social media.

Everyone is welcome—no matter your gender, and regardless of experience with editing. Unfamiliar with Wikipedia? We’ll walk you through. Can’t bring a laptop or tablet? Use one of ours. If you already have women artists, writers, or performers in mind (whether cis-, transgender, or non-binary), great! If you don’t, just pick from our list.

Learn more and get ready for the event!

When: March 8, 2019, International Women’s Day, and throughout the month of March
Where: Olin Library, 7th Floor, or anywhere you can log in and edit

If you have questions, please feel free to get in touch with Marsha Taichman (met228) or Susette Newberry (sn18).

Sponsored by Cornell University Library, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability

The Library has just acquired online access to The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, which addresses a new and rapidly growing area of interest within the spheres of literary and cultural criticism. Signed essays cover a wide range of impairments — including cognitive difference, neurobehavioral conditions, and mental and chronic illnesses — relative to the medieval and early modern periods, the long 18th century, postcolonialism, intersectionality, race, gender, and more. A print copy is also available in Olin Library.

New Oxford Shakespeare Online

The New Oxford Shakespeare Online, which encompasses the content of all three printed volumes — the modern critical edition (complete works in modern spelling), the critical reference edition (complete works in original spelling), and the authorship companion — is now available to the Cornell community.  In addition to the texts of Shakespeare’s plays and verse, The New Oxford Shakespeare Online contains essays on questions of authorship and chronology, as well as links to digitized archival images related to the folios and quartos. Edited from the base-texts themselves, The New Oxford Shakespeare draws on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship and offers a number of useful features, such as the display of parallel texts and editor’s notes on a single screen; downloading pages and sections as pdfs; a “copy and cite” tool; full text searching; page navigation; and word look-ups in the online Oxford Latin Dictionary.

Illustrated London News Archive Now Available

The Illustrated London News, the world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper, debuted in 1842. The inaugural issue covered a fire in Hamburg, Queen Victoria’s fancy dress ball, the war in Afghanistan and the latest fashions in Paris. The ILN commissioned a galaxy of great artists and draughtsmen to cover wars, royal events, scientific invention, exploration, theatre, literature and the arts. In 1855 it launched the world’s first color supplement. Over the years the publication played host to distinguished contributors and continued to push the boundaries of journalism throughout its history. Now a full digital facsimile of the entire archive is available to Cornell students and faculty. The full text is searchable, and page images, which were scanned from print copies, are in full color. Access the ILN through the Library Catalog record or via this direct link:

Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedias of Literature Now Online

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature is an ongoing scholarly resource comprising individual titles covering key literary genres and periods, from the Medieval period to the present. Each contains signed, authoritative articles by recognized literary scholars accompanied by substantive bibliographies.  Olin Library Reference holds print editions, but we’ve now added full text online access.  The currently accessible volumes include:

Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature

Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789

Encyclopedia of the Gothic

Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature

Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature

Encyclopedia of the Novel

Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction

Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English

Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory

Clicking on the blue icon in the upper-left corner of any one volume will connect to an interface that allows searching across the entire set.  Additional volumes will be made accessible to Cornell patrons as they become available.

East India Company Database Now Available

Whether you’re studying British literature in the context of colonialism or researching postcolonialism from a global perspective, the East India Company database will open up a wealth of possibilities. It provides full-text access to a unique collection of India Office Records from the British Library: royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, charting the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1600 to 1947.  A guide detailing the contents and various searching options may be found at

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

The 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 War 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.

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