Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Database: 'Scientific Periodicals, 1771-1901'

In addition to the periodical database discussed below, the Sawyer Library has also added the Ebsco database 'Scientific Periodicals, 1771-1901.' Ebsco's database description states:

"The Scientific Periodicals, 1771-1901 collection contains publications related chiefly to the hard sciences: mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geology (including mining), and the like. It also contains a few social sciences titles and literary magazines with science content." Titles include:
  • The Anthropological Journal
  • Astronomical Notices
  • The American Chemist
  • The American Journal of Microscopy and Popular Science
  • The Canadian Naturalist and Geologist
  • Popular Science Monthly.
This database is a nice complement to JSTOR, which also includes journals in the sciences, in some cases with coverage going back as far as the mid 1800's.

New Database: 'Current Events and History Periodicals, 1691-1912 '

The Sawyer Library has recently added an online collection of periodicals which cover the period 1691-1912. The vendor, Ebsco, describes the collection as follow:

"The Current Events and History Periodicals 1691-1912 collection consists primarily of publications about the current events of the 18th and 19th centuries. These include regular reports on economics and government affairs, with titles such as:
  • the New England Post Office Record,
  • the Political State of Great Britain,
  • and the Social Science Review.
Also strongly represented in this collection is as group of periodicals dedicated to local news and interests, including:
  • Proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society,
  • Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
  • Mad River Valley Pioneer,
  • and Bowen's Boston News Letter.
In addition, there are many titles that take the country's history as their main subject:
  • Lexington and Concord Centennial 1775,
  • Stars and Stripes in Rebellion,
  • The Scorpion: A Journal Devoted to the Interests of the Privateersman,
  • the Historical Family Library,
  • the Picture Gallery of the New and Old Worlds,
  • and the Antiquarian and General Review,
to name but a few."

Students who are looking for contemporaneous accounts of events from that time period may find something of use here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Speaker Series Event! Voices Against Sexual Assault: A Talk by Robert Uttaro, Author and Suffolk University Alumnus

Sponsored by Mildred F. Sawyer Library and The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights

When: Monday November 17, 2014; 12pm – 1pm
Where: 73 Tremont St, Sawyer Library Commons 9th Floor

Sawyer Library is pleased to continue our successful Speaker Series with this second event, featuring Suffolk University Alumnus, Robert Uttaro! After graduating from Suffolk in 2007, Uttaro devoted his subsequent years to aiding sexual assault and rape victims via crisis counseling at centers in the area. His book, To the Survivors, highlights individual victims’ stories of trauma and recovery, and draws attention to the public need for crisis counselors serving victims of sexual assault and rape. Please join us in the 9th floor Library Commons to learn about and discuss this serious and timely issue. Robert Uttaro will focus on college sexual assault, how it can occur and how to respond to it.

Robert Uttaro is in his seventh year of working and volunteering as a rape crisis counselor, public speaker and community educator. Inspired by his undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice here at Suffolk, he continues to embrace a life-long commitment to activism and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence. Serving as a counselor, Uttaro supports rape survivors and their significant others through various legal and case management issues. 

Robert Uttaro’s book, To the Survivors is available in the library and copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Database: The World Bank eLibrary

The Sawyer Library has recently added a subscription to the The World Bank eLibrary.

"The eLibrary offers full-text access to the complete backlist of all books, working papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank since the 1990s."

Topics covered by the eLibrary include "more than 20 disciplines related to poverty, development, and social science including economic and human development, agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, climate change, natural resources, and regional integration."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NEW! Mildred F. Sawyer Library Speaker Series Presents:

Perspectives on a Modern American Death Penalty
A Discussion with Jeffrey Pokorak,
Suffolk University Vice-Provost and Professor of Law

Mildred F. Sawyer Library welcomes you to our very first Speaker Series event, featuring your Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Curriculum, Jeffrey Pokorak! We hope you will join us to discuss capital punishment in the USA with Professor Pokorak.

Professor Pokorak has been involved in many efforts to combat unjust application of the death penalty. He worked as Senior Staff Attorney at the Texas Resource Center, an organization dedicated to representation of indigents on death row in their post-conviction appeals. He has been a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Defenders Services, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to death sentenced inmates, as well as training and assistance to attorneys representing those charged with capital crimes. Additionally, he has moderated victim forums in the death penalty context, and continues research in the areas of race and prosecutorial discretion and victims' access to equal justice in the criminal law system.

Friday, October 3, 2014

New Database: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sawyer Library has recently added a subscription to the The Chronicle of Higher Education website. It is available to all current Suffolk University students, faculty, and staff, from the Sawyer Library web page (with authentication via a current Suffolk ID number, when off campus).

From the center widget box on the Sawyer Library home page > select the Databases Tab > then either choose the A-Z list, or select: Social Sciences > Education.

The Chronicle is the #1 source of news and information within the world of higher education.

Monday, September 15, 2014


The Sawyer Library has recently contracted with EBSCO's Discovery Service, to offer a 'OneSearch' option to identify library resources. As described by EBSCO, the OneSearch function strives to provide:

  • "A fast, single search of your [library's] collection
  • Comprehensive content
  • Highly-refined relevancy ranking
  • Elaborate indexing (subject headings, etc.)
  • The inclusion of high-end indexes
  • Enhanced catalog treatment & handling of repositories
  • A full-featured discovery layer user experience
  • Instant access to full text (whenever available)."
Google has been the ultimate catalyst for libraries to re-visit their methods of presenting their resources. Traditionally, content has been organized by subject (business, literature, social sciences, etc.), and to a certain extent format (books vs. articles; print vs. online). A 'Google-like' single search interface, such as OneSearch, intermingles all of the above, and then displays a variety of limiters along the margin of the screen, to enable users to narrow down their results.

"OneSearch" is the default option in the center widget box of the Sawyer Library homepage. (The 'classic' online catalog, and the periodical databases are all still available as before.) Since there is a good deal of behind-the-scenes effort that must go into to making such a system function seamlessly, we currently have our OneSearch labeled as being in 'beta.' Afterall, Google, having been founded in 1998, has a 16 year headstart.