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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.

Book Talk: Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance


We all love music, whether it’s lively or soothing to the soul. Alejandro L. Madrid’s new book, Danzón (Oxford University Press, Dec. 2013), delves into the emergence of the danzón phenomenon, a Latin American music, dance, and expressive culture. Its history spans more than 150 years and its influence transcends national boundaries.

Join us on March 25th at 4:30 pm for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Alejandro L. Madrid, associate professor of ethnomusicology at Cornell.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Light refreshments served.

Featured Libguide: Language Dictionaries Online: A Guide

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, Language Dictionaries Online: A Guide, was created by Reference and Instruction Librarian & Reference and News Selector, Michael Engle

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


Getting Started with Multimedia Publishing Using Scalar

Join us on March 20th at 1 pm for a workshop on the multimedia publishing tool, Scalar. Please register in advance.

Scalar is free, open source software designed to make it easy for scholars to publish book-length scholarship online. Scalar pushes the limits of long-form publishing by enabling scholars to incorporate images and digital media clips into their work and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways.

A special issue of American Literature featured four articles published using Scalar.   Transform your digital scholarship with Scalar.

Managing Your Online Persona for Scholars

Nancy Baym, a Microsoft researcher and visiting 
professor at MIT, says academics’ online presence is fraught with pressure: “We’re under a lot more surveillance at the same time that we have to be out there.” ¹

Learn strategies for creating and maintaining a professional presence online. The workshop will discuss the advantages of crafting your online identity and will introduce tools you can use to manage your reputation, connect with others in your field, and promote your work.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Olin Library, 106G Classroom

Book Talk: The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination



Everyone knows what happened on the ides of March, a turning point in Roman history, but Barry Strauss goes deeper in his investigation of what actually happened on March 15, 44 BC.

Join us on March 11th at 4:30 pm for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics at Cornell. His new book The Death of Caesar (Simon & Schuster; March 3, 2015) sheds new light on this pivotal moment.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Light refreshments served.

Becoming More Productive: A Workflow Workshop for Graduate Students

Cornell Library and the Graduate School are co-sponsoring “Becoming More Productive,” a workflow workshop for graduate students on Wednesday March 18, 2-4 pm in Mann Library.

RSVP strongly requested:

Questions?  Please email Jim Morris-Knower @

Text Mining Workshop: A Hands-on Exploration

What is “distant reading”? What is “computational analysis” or “algorithmic analysis”? What types of things can be revealed through “text mining” and what might a “visualization” of these discoveries look like? As texts move online, new ways to use them are starting to emerge. Scholars in the humanities are already embracing new methods of inquiry in their traditional fields.

Join us on March 18th at 2 pm in Olin 106G for a dedicated hands-on exploration using machine algorithms and visualization. Bring your curiosity and your questions – no technical background is required.

We will explore challenges inherent to this methodology and strategies to address them. Questions and discussion are encouraged and skeptics are welcome. If there is enough interest, we will set up consultations to explore tools in an informal setting at a later date., An Online Video Tutorials & Training Database is a constantly growing library of more than 1400 courses and 82,000 videos in streaming video format, and new material is added every week. Courses are offered at different skill levels in over 140 specialties. Subjects covered range from 3D + Animation; Audio; Business including Office and Google software; Design; Developer; Photography and Video; and Web and social media. Videos use screenshots, narration, live action, smart boards, charts and graphics, audio and include captioning.

This database requires an extra step to log in with your Cornell credentials.  Here is the catalog link to  Here are the special log in instructions:

If you have any issues accessing any videos, Ask a Librarian.

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