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Book Talk: Reading the European Novel to 1900


After teaching undergraduates and graduate students at Cornell for more than 46 years, Daniel R. Schwarz has an in-depth understanding of how and why the masterworks he has chosen are meaningful and important to our lives. His credo, for which he is known, is “Always the text; always historicize.”

Join us on April 21st at 4:30 pm for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Professor Schwarz to hear about his recently published book, Reading the European Novel to 1900.  His book examines the history and evolution of the European novel to 1900, defining each author’s aesthetic, cultural, political, and historical significance.

Daniel R. Schwarz is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1968. He is regarded as among the world’s leading critic-scholars of the form, history, and meaning of the novel. He has written sixteen books covering a wide variety of subjects. He is an engaging lecturer and his talks are lively!!

Light refreshments will be served.

Featured Libguide: Data & Statistics Research Guides

Subject expertise from Cornell University Librarians is available 24 hours a day through Library Guides. These guides, which provided curated lists of resources on a variety of subjects, classes, and skills, can be found from the front page of the Cornell Library website.


Today’s featured guide, Data & Statistics Research Guides , was created by Michelle Edwards Data Librarian at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER).

If you still have questions, or prefer to contact us in person or via email, phone or chat: Ask a Librarian.

Conversations in Digital Humanities: “Poetry in the Digital Age: Reading in the New Scholarly Archive,”

The Conversations in Digital Humanities speaker series engages scholars and practitioners at Cornell whose projects explore the intersections of advanced digital technology and cultural understanding.

Please join us this Thursday, April 16th at 4:30 pm in Olin Library 107 for “Poetry in the Digital Age: Reading in the New Scholarly Archive,”.

This conversation will be led by Natalie Houston, Associate Professor of English, University of Houston, who had this to say about the talk: “This talk presents some of my current research in using network analysis, image analysis, and computational text analysis methods to understand the cultural function of poetry in the later nineteenth century.”

Film Screening of “Clash of Civilization Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio” April 15th at 4:30 pm


Flash Exhibition: Three Lincoln Documents, One Day Only!

A century and a half ago, in April 1865, the Civil War was coming to an end.

To commemorate that anniversary, Cornell University Library is putting three unique documents related to Abraham Lincoln on display in the same place at the same time: Saturday, April 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition will be held in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, level 2B of Kroch Library on Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, N.Y.

The open house will include:

  • The Emancipation Proclamation, the first engrossed copy made from the manuscript draft sent to the State Department and signed by Lincoln;
  • The Gettysburg Address, one of only five existing copies written in Lincoln’s own handwriting; and
  • The 13th Amendment, one of 14 commemorative copies signed by Lincoln and the members of Congress who voted to end slavery in America.

The documents will be on public display in this special one-day event, alongside the Library’s related exhibitions, “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work” and “150 Ways to Say Cornell.

Why now?

Curator Lance Heidig noted that April includes several major sesquicentennial anniversaries:  April 3, when the Confederate government and troops abandoned their capital, Richmond; April 9, when Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox; April 14, when Lincoln was assassinated; and finally, April 27, when Cornell’s charter was signed in Albany.

“The Library has a dual mission: to make these documents accessible, but also to take care of them and preserve them,” Heidig said. “When they come out in the light, they are damaged a bit, and our Conservation and Preservation experts keep track of that.  “After our sesquicentennial celebrations, these artifacts won’t be publicly displayed together again for a long time, so you’ll want to check out this flash exhibition.”

The event is free and open to the public.

In-Depth Research Rescue: Research Consultations Are Now Available

Is that final paper deadline suddenly too close for comfort?   Do you have specific questions on how to tailor Zotero to your research needs?  Would you like to meet with your subject librarian to help find resources in your area of interest?

Consider filling out a research consultation form: .

Whenever possible, requests will be responded to within two business days by librarians who will schedule an appointment with you. If you need assistance more quickly, Ask a Librarian.

April Workshops at Olin and Uris Libraries

Please register in advance from the links in the workshop titles.

Show Me the Money: Funding Beyond Cornell4/08/2015 – 4:00pm5:15pm

Trying to identify funding sources for dissertation research and writing? Learn how to find opportunities offered by foundations and other granting organizations and research the grants themselves. The class emphasizes U. S. funding sources. Registration limited to Cornell University graduate students. Class Outline

Adobe Photoshop CS64/13/2015 – 2:00pm4:00pm

A hands-on introduction to image manipulation using the Adobe Photoshop CS6 software. Learn about image file formats, color correction, how to touch up photos and ready images for print or web publishing. Practice with basic Photoshop tools used for selecting and altering forms, adjusting brightness, contrast and color saturation, and converting and resizing images. No previous experience required.

Managing Your Digital Research Files4/15/2015 – 12:00pm1:00pm

What is the best way to manage your digital assets over time? How do you safeguard your data from technical obsolescence or accidental loss? Whether it’s your email, digital photographs, research papers, or personal documents, data preservation requires strategic thinking and action planning.

This introductory session will explore various approaches to managing and preserving your digital data over time. We will discuss establishing your own personal archive; different back-up strategies; file migration; and workflow/tracking methods. Attendees will leave with guidelines and practical resources to begin managing their personal archives.

Critical Introduction to the SimplyMap and PolicyMap Databases4/17/2015 – 10:00am11:30am

This workshop will introduce you to two similar data source and mapping tools.

PolicyMap provides access to over 10,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, income, crime, mortgages, health, jobs, and more. Data is available at many common geographic entities as well as unique geographies. It is accessible in interactive maps, tables, charts, and reports and downloadable as comma-separated value (.csv) files.

Simply Map provides some commercially-produced population projections; it also overlays some 1980 and 1990 census data onto 2000 and 2010 census tract and block group boundaries for easier comparisons within neighborhoods. Simply Map also contains a substantial amount of marketing data.

Designing Effective Presentations4/17/2015 – 12:00pm1:00pm

Learn the basics of creating dynamic visual presentations in any discipline, whether you use PowerPoint or Keynote as your presentation software.

In this workshop we will show you where to find images that can be used legally and ethically, and give tips to design visually compelling slides that will get your points across effectively and boost your confidence as a presenter.

Introduction to Tableau Public4/24/2015 – 10:00am11:30am

Tableau Public is a free data visualization tool. It requires no plug-ins and no API. You can create interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables from virtually any data. The tool includes a free desktop product that you can download and use to publish interactive data visualizations to the web.



Get Off-Campus Access to Online Resources Over the Spring Break with Passkey

The Passkey bookmarklet helps off-campus patrons connect to online databases and journals without going through the library web site.

Anyone who works off-campus and starts their online research somewhere other than the library home page can use the bookmarklet tool by adding it to their browser.

If you find yourself on a web page that has access restrictions, click on the bookmarklet icon and you will be redirected to the Cornell Web log-in screen to check for your valid Cornell affiliation.

You will be automatically led to the page you were trying to read, this time recognized for your right to gain access to the library’s licensed resources.

The Passkey bookmarklet is a simple tool that will help your research process in most web browsers. Try it and tell us what you think.

For more information on off-campus access options click here.


Olin and Uris Libraries Spring Break Hours

Olin Library schedule (from March 27th to April 5th)

Friday March 27th: 8 AM to 6 PM
Saturday March 28th: 10 AM – 6PM
Sunday March 29th: 12 PM – 6 PM
Monday March 30th through April 2nd: 8 AM – 6PM
Friday April 3rd: 10:00 AM – 6 PM
Sunday April 4th: 12 PM – 6PM
Regular hours begin again on Sunday April 5th, 10 AM to 2 AM

Uris Library schedule (from March 27th to April 5th)

Friday March 27th: 8 AM to 5 PM
Saturday March 28th: CLOSED
Sunday March 29th: CLOSED
Monday March 30th through April 2nd: 8 AM – 5 PM
Friday April 3rd: 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday April 4th: 10 AM – 6PM
Regular hours begin again on Sunday April 5th, opens at 10 AM

For more details on hours for library services, please visit this page.

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