On October 3rd, the Black Student Union and the SGA Programs Board held a special event called BLM @ St. Mary’s. Held to support the Black community at SMCM and to serve as a forum for discussion about racial injustice, the event featured speakers include the Department of Political Science’s Dr. Sahar Shafqat, and interim Chief Diversity Officer Kelsey Bush, as well as an open mic segment on the waterfront during which students shared creative works. In response to a request from the Programs Board and the BSU, the Library has put together a book display of materials related to racial justice issues, including systemic racism and police brutality, as well as highlighting works by Black authors. The display, located across from the Circulation Desk on the Library’s first floor, will be up for the rest of the semester, and all books are available to check out. Come visit the library and learn more about race and social justice!
Doing some rock ‘n’ roll research? Check out Rock’s Backpages, a database of music journalism from freelance and mainstream writers from the 1950s to now. The database has over 31,000 searchable full-text articles including interviews, features, and reviews of popular music styles from rock, soul, blues to modern day movements.
Articles come primarily from US and UK publications like Creem, Rolling Stone, Mojo, and more featuring over 300 different journalists.
The best know statistical reference publication in the country, published since 1878, the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is a single-volume reference source covering statistics on society, politics, and economics in the U.S. SMCM Library has access to both the print and electronic version!
Originally produced by the U.S. government, ProQuest began publishing the Statistical Abstract beginning in 2012 after the government announced that it would discontinue the title after 2011.
Collecting data from both public and private sources, the Statistical Abstract is published yearly with the most recent data available. As the name suggests, it’s primary focus is on the U.S., but it does include some international statistical information. On top of just being dang fun, the information in the Statistical Abstract can help you find data to enhance your research and track down elusive data sources.
The current print edition is available at the Reference desk in the “Ready Reference” section. Previous editions are available in the Oversized collection on the second floor, call number HA 202 .S72.
1American Veterinary Medical Association. (2015). Table no. 1253. Household pet ownership: 2011. ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2015 (p. 794). Lanham, MD: Bernan Press.
You can’t beat the convenience of streaming video, and thanks to our subscription to Films on Demand, you can stream thousands (YES, THOUSANDS) of documentaries and educational films. Covering a wide breadth of disciplines, from Anthropology to Women & Gender Studies to the Sciences, Films on Demand provides full films and segmented clips that can be streamed from anywhere and even embedded into Blackboard and shared with others.
These are high-quality films from producers like the BBC, ABC News, PBS (including Frontline), California Newsreel, Films for the Humanities & Sciences and National Geographic, among others. All films are licensed for classroom use. So whether you want to share a documentary with your students or classmates, or just need to get a documentary fix on a Saturday night, check out Films on Demand.
Happy New Semester!
Since I know everyone’s busy the first week of classes, here’s a round-up of library news & helpful links you can use to get off to a great start:
Welcome back and good luck!
The Library maintains a College-wide subscription to The Chronicle of Higher Education. To access all articles, opinion pieces, and writing about academia you could ever want, just visit The Chronicle online and sign up for a free account using your St. Mary’s email address.
Also, all currently enrolled students, and SMCM faculty and staff can register for access to the daily NY Times and its online archive (we have a separate database for the Historical NY Times from 1851-2012 with a moving wall).
Need help getting started? Check out (literally) this selection of books about writing poetry available in the SMCM Library collection!
Want more? Try searching poetry AND (creative writing OR authorship) OR poetics using the search for words in… subject dropdown option on the search page in the St. Mary’s Catalog.
Writing Poetry Books
Poem-making: ways to begin writing poetry by Myra Cohn Livingston. Call number: LB 1576 .L578 1991
Today you are my favorite poet: writing poems with teenagers by Geof Hewitt. Call number: PN 1101 .H46 1998
Helping students learn to write poetry: an idea book for poets of all ages by Joyce C. Bumgardner. Call number: LB 1576 .B889 1997
Next word, better word: the craft of writing poetry by Stephen Dobyns. Call number: PN 1059 .A9 .D63 2011
The poetry home repair manual: practical advice for beginning poets by Ted Kooser. Call number: PN 1059 .A9 .K66 2005
Twentieth-century American poetics: poets on the art of poetry edited by Dana Gioia, David Mason, and Meg Schoerke with D.C. Stone. Call number: PS 323 .5 .T87 2004
Thirteen ways of looking for a poem: a guide to writing poetry by Wendy Bishop. Call number: PN 1059 .A9 .B58 2000
Blue notes: essays, interviews, and commentaries by Yusef Komunyakaa; edited by Radiclani Clytus. Call number: PS 3561 .O455 .Z463 2000
Rules for the dance: a handbook for writing and reading metrical verse by Mary Oliver. Call number: PE 1505 .O37 1998
Trying to say it: outlooks and insights on how poems happen by Philip Booth. Call number: PS 3503 .O532 .Z475 1996
Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan G. Wooldridge. Call number: PN 1059 .A9 .W66 1996
A poetry handbook by Mary Oliver. Call number: PE .1505 .O35 1994
Writing poems by Peter Sansom. Call number: PN 1059 .A9 .S36 1994
Getting the knack: 20 poetry writing exercises by Stephen Dunning and William Stafford. Call number: PN 1059 .A9 .D86 1992
Poem-making: ways to begin writing poetry by Myra Cohn Livingston. Call number: LB 1576 .L578 1991
Writing light verse and prose humor by Richard Armour. Call number: PN 1042 .A7 1971
The sounds of poetry: a brief guide by Robert Pinsky. Call number: PN 4151 .P55 1998
Poetry Criticism Online
Note: SMCM Library databases are found by: 1. going to the library homepage (library.smcm.edu/); 2. clicking the “Databases” icon; and searching by name or browsing by A-Z letter.
Accessible online through the Literature Criticism Online database, the Poetry Criticism series encompasses over 100 volumes, each volume featuring 3-6 poets and/or featured works from all eras and locations around the world.
Each volume has a standard format including:
- a biographical essay with an image or portrait if available
- a bibliography of poet’s work
- selection of literary criticism on the poet and/or individual works with full, preformatted citations
- source lists to direct additional research
The online version available through Literature Criticism Online, has powerful search, browse, and entry table of contents features highlighted below. Use the linked text to jump to the relevant screenshot sections.
1. Limit your search to Poetry Criticism Online sources, by selecting it from the “by Product/Services” dropdown, under “More Options” in the search screen.
2. Forget to select it before starting your search? You can always limit search results to Poetry Criticism Online sources but selecting it under the “Publication Title” filter in the left column.
1. Browse the volumes of Poetry Criticism by following “What’s Inside” (on any page), and selecting “Literature Criticism Online”…
2. …then expand the list under “Poetry Criticism” to see all available volumes.
3. Browse volume by table of contents, search within a single volume, or search within all volumes of Poetry Criticism!
1. Easily view the available content on a poet by selecting “Entry Table of Contents” in the right hand column.
2. Jump to a specific section or critical work using the linked titles.
Limit your search to Poetry Criticism Online sources, by selecting it from the “by Product/Services” dropdown, under “More Options” in the search screen.
Forget to select it before starting your search? You can always limit search results to Poetry Criticism Online sources but selecting it under the “Publication Title” filter in the left column.
Browse the volumes of Poetry Criticism by following “What’s Inside” (on any page), and selecting “Literature Criticism Online”…
…then expand the list under “Poetry Criticism” to see all available volumes.
Browse volume by table of contents, search within a single volume, or search within all volumes of Poetry Criticism!
Entry table of contents feature
Easily view the available content on a poet by selecting “Entry Table of Contents” in the right hand column.
Jump to a specific section or critical work using the linked titles.
Need a suggestion? Check out (literally) this selection of nature/environmental poetry and criticism available in the SMCM Library collection!
Want more? Try searching poetry AND (nature OR ecology) using the search for words in… subject dropdown option on the search page in the St. Mary’s Catalog.
Poetry and Criticism Books: Nature and Environmental Themed
Sustainable poetry: four American ecopoets by Leonard M. Scigaj. Call number: PS 310 .N3 .S38 1999
Can poetry save the earth?: a field guide to nature poems by John Felstiner. Call number: PS 310 .N3 .F45 2009
Mountain home: the wilderness poetry of ancient China selected and translated by David Hinton. Call number: PL 2658 .E3 .M65 2005
Greening the lyre: environmental poetics and ethics by David W. Gilcrest. Call number: PS 310 .N3 .G55 2002
Black nature: four centuries of African American nature poetry edited by Camille T. Dungy. Call number: PS 591 .N4 .B49 2009
Urban nature: poems about wildlife in the city edited by Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Call number: PS 595 .N22 .U63 2000
Wild song: poems of the natural world edited by John Daniel; illustrations by Deborah Randolph Wildman. Call number: PS 595 .N22 .W55 1998
Poems for a small planet: contemporary American nature poetry edited by Robert Pack and Jay Parini. Call number: PS 595 .N22 .P63 1993
Pterodactyl Rose: poems of ecology by William Heyen. Call number: PS 3558 .E85 .P74 1991
A chime of windbells: a year of Japanese haiku in English verse. Translations with an essay by Harold Stewart. Call number: PR 6037 .T4645 .C5
The haiku anthology: haiku and senryu in English edited by Cor van den Heuvel. Call number: PS 593 .H3 .H34 1999
For our last Black History Month post, we’ve got a mini bibliography (what we’re calling a mini-bib) of children’s books in the SMCM Library collection. Grab one (or a stack) and take a break from those scholarly sources!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, call number: PZ7.K2253 Sn
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy, call number: PZ7.F667 Pat 1985
Aunt Martha and the Golden Coin by Anita Rodriguez, call number: PZ7.R6188 Au 1993
The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, call number: PZ8.1.S227 Fai 1995
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: a West African Tale retold by Verna Aardema, pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon, call number: PZ8.1.A213 Wh 1978