September Featured Resource: Dictionary of Literary Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography offers biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Trace the development of an author’s canon and the evolution of his/her reputation.

To broaden or narrow your search:

Keyword – searches the entire collection for a match within the author’s name, work titles and section headers
Full Text – searches the entire collection for a match within the entire text of the article including keyword fields
Named Author – searches the entire collection for entries about a specific author and his/her works


Top 5: Films on Demand, August 2014


Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Marbury v. Madison (30 mins)
Who determines what the Constitution means: the Supreme Court, Congress, or the President? This 1803 case established the judiciary’s authority to interpret the Constitution. Marshall’s insistence on the principle of “judicial review” of acts of Congress brought him into conflict with President Thomas Jefferson, but established the court’s responsibility.

4. Birth of a Language (52 mins)
Melvyn Bragg begins the story of English in Holland, finding ancestral echoes in the Frisian dialect. What follows is a chapter on survival as the English language weathers Viking and Norman invasions, vying with and eventually absorbing rival tongues. Lively settings such as village pubs and markets bring home the lasting influence of Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Old French. The connection between Christianity, Latin, and an alphabet is explored, as well as the role of the language’s first champion, King Alfred the Great. Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney reads from and discusses the first epic in English, Beowulf.

3. Explaining Globalization (56 mins)
Everyone talks about globalization, but what does it really mean? And what are its implications for the average American? In this compilation of NewsHour segments, experts from the U.S. and abroad speak their minds on a shrinking world and an expanding global economy.

2. Black Is…Black Ain’t (87 mins)
Is there an essential black identity? In this documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs explores the diversity of African American lifestyles and cultural expressions, even as many speakers bare their pain at having been called “too black,” or conversely, “not black enough.” Riggs brings viewers face-to-face with African-Americans young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban, gay and straight, while offering a powerful critique of sexism, homophobia, and colorism within the black community. Includes performances by choreographer Bill T. Jones and poet Essex Hemphill and commentary from noted cultural critics Angela Davis, bell hooks, Cornel West, and others.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for August is:

1. Black Panther/San Francisco State: On Strike (34 mins)
This two-part program begins with the actual film the Black Panther Party used to promote its cause. Shot in 1969 in San Francisco, it’s an exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking, featuring an interview from jail with Black Panthers cofounder Huey Newton, as well as footage of cofounder Bobby Seale explaining its Ten Point Program and Eldridge Cleaver discussing the Panthers’ appeal to the black community. The program’s second part, shot by students and their supporters during the San Francisco State University strike of 1968–1969, documents the groundbreaking protest that led to the establishment of the first ethnic studies department at an American university.

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September Featured LibGuide: Juvenile Justice

The Juvenile Justice guide introduces users to a variety of information sources related to capital punishment, child welfare, civil rights, corrections, juvenile delinquency, prisons, recidivism, rehabilitation and other related topics. You will find both national & state statistics and a variety of multimedia titles.


Classical Music Library Popular Tracks, August 2014

Classical Music Library is an online streaming audio collection of Classical music recordings available to all Clayton State students. Last month users enjoyed listening to the following tracks:

5. Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Specialized Area of Interest: Late Romantic
Ensemble: Danish National Symphony Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Anne Gjevang, Danish National Symphony Choir and Danish National Symphony Orchestra

4. Vox Rennaisance Consort: Renaissance Nöel
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Specialized Area of Interest: Renaissance; Baroque
Ensemble: Vox Renaissance Consort
Performer: Vox Renaissance Consort

3. Nanino/Allegri/Marenzio/Frescobaldi/Ugolini/Gabrieli
Composer: Giovanni Maria Nanino
Specialized Area of Interest: Renaissance; Baroque
Ensemble: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Performer: Cambridge, Choir of King’s College

2. Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony, Hodie
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Specialized Area of Interest: 20th Century
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus
Performer: Richard Hickox

and the number 1 Classical Music Library track for August is:

1. Vivaldi: Magnificat/Gloria
Composer: Antonio Vavaldi
Specialized Area of Interest: Baroque
Ensemble: New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Performer: Teresa Berganza, Lucia Valentini Terrani

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Value Line Research Center New Interface

Value Line Research Center recently released an improved interactive interface to enhance the user experience. Whether you want stock quotes, news, or charts about publicly traded companies, Value Line is a standard and respected source of financial information.

Navigation Tips
From the Dashboard, use the Quick Links box to navigate to Value Line Investment Surveys or the Small and Mid-Cap Reports. Content not included in our subscription is not easily identified. Users will see “this online subscription is not included in your account” message for any locked content.


To find a company by name or symbol, use the search box at the top right. From the company page, the familiar PDF company reports are on the right side of the page in the gray bar that runs along the top of the results.


The stock screener, located in the Find Ideas tab, helps you find stocks that fit your specific criteria by selecting and applying categories available. Industry analysis and commentary is found in the Markets tab.

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New Titles added to our A-Z Electronic Resources

These GALILEO sponsored electronic resources are appropriate for research in criminal justice, education, human rights, international relations, political science, psychology, sociology or women’s studies topics.

Child Development & Adolescent Studies provides references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. This database includes all of the issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 – 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development, plus new coverage on child rights and welfare issues. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed in this database.

Peace Research Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, peace psychology, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution and International Journal of Refugee Law.
Coverage Dates: 1964 – present

Race Relations Abstracts focuses on content relating specifically to the relationship between races. Race relations is an area of study that pertains to the social, political, and economic relations between races and ethnicities. Specific areas covered include ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, ideology, community relations, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the sources such as Race & Class, Ethnic & Racial Studies and Journal of Social Issues.
Coverage Dates: 1975 – present

Violence & Abuse Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Records are selected from sources within the discipline, such as: Child Maltreatment, Trauma and Violence & Abuse.
Coverage Dates: 1995 – present

Browse for other titles in our collection: A-Z Electronic Resources

August Featured LibGuide: Information Sources

Information can come from any number of sources. We’re here to help you decide which one is right for your information need. Use the books, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, scholarly journals, statistics and multimedia tabs to learn about the characteristics, purpose and disadvantages of these different types of information sources and when to choose one over another.


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August Featured Resource: Book Review Index Plus

Book Review Index Plus indexes reviews from scholarly and popular English-language journals from 1965 to the present, primarily in the fields of general fiction and non-fiction, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Searching is possible by author or title of the book under review, or by the journal in which the review appeared. Advanced Search allows combining author, title, and journal, and also permits searching by reviewer, illustrator, publisher, and additional limiting by length of review, refereed journals only, date, and full-text reviews.