New Database: Fashion & Race

City Tech Library is thrilled to now offer access to Fashion and Race, a database that provides access to books, articles, written profiles and other resources that support study of the intersection between fashion and race.

To get started, visit http://cityte.ch/fashion or select “Fashion and Race” from the Library’s A-Z Database List. If you are off campus, you’ll first be asked to log in with your CUNY login.

The first step for using this database is setting up your own individual login. You’ll see the following registration screen, and you should log in with your City Tech email address and whatever password you’d like:

Once you’ve set up this login, you can use it any time you access the database.

Interested in learning more? Follow Fashion and Race on instagram or check out their podcast, The Invisible Seam.

Questions? Feel free to ask a librarian!

Database Updates: Archives of Latin American and Caribbean History, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century

Formerly known as Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean, this database has been reorganized as Archives of Latin American and Caribbean History, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. Access it through the Library’s A-Z list of databases, at https://cityte.ch/az. You can head straight to this database at http://cityte.ch/wsl 

What can you find inside? Use this database to explore more than 1.3 million pages of historical material across 33 archival collections from the United States and Europe, including original manuscripts, signed letters, expedition records, reports, maps, diaries, descriptions of voyages, ephemera, and more from sources such as:

  • Brazil’s Popular Groups, 1966-1986
  • ColecciĂłn de Documentos InĂ©ditos Relativos al Descubrimiento, Conquista Y OrganizaciĂłn de Las Antiguas Posesiones Españolas de America Y Oceania. — Madrid : M.B. de Quyros, 1864-1884
  • Conquistadors: The Struggle for Colonial Power in Latin America, 1492-1825
  • Despatches From U.S. Consuls in Havana, Cuba, 1783-1906
  • Latin American History and Culture: An Archival Record, Series 1: The Yale University Collection of Latin American Manuscripts, Parts 1-7
  • Latin American and Iberian biographies
  • Latin American Independence: Nineteenth Century Political and Official Pamphlets
  • Mexican and Central American Political and Social Ephemera
  • Papers of Agustin de Iturbide, 1799-1880
  • US State Department records on Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and more

(See the website for more info)

If you used this database under its former name, Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean, you may be looking for some of the periodicals and reference books included in that database. Those have been moved to Gale’s Dictionary of Literary Biography (http://cityte.ch/litbio) and Gale eBooks (http://cityte.ch/gvrl).

Questions? Feel free to ask a librarian!

New Online Library Resources: Dictionary of Literary Biography and Something About the Author

City Tech library now has access to two new online databases: Something About the Author and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. (Those links will ask you to use your CUNY login if you’re off campus.)

Something About the Author provides access to all volumes ever printed in Gale’s Something About the Author book series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults. This includes content from both the main series (over 200 print volumes) and the Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 290 volumes, 20,000 entries, and nearly 30,000 images.

The Dictionary of Literary Biography provides reliable information on authors and their works in an easy to understand, engaging format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history.

Biographies in Encyclopedia Britannica

Did you know that the library provides access to online encyclopedias? Wikipedia isn’t the only encyclopedia on the internet these days; check out Encyclopedia Britannica (http://cityte.ch/brit) as a great starting place for your research. (Remember: if you’re off campus, you’ll be asked to use your CUNYfirst login when clicking on the links in this blog post.)

In addition to giving topic overviews, Britannica is also a terrific source for biographies. Not sure why your professor keeps mentioning Freud’s work in your class? Read a quick biography to figure out what Freud’s deal was. Desperate to find a fashion designer to write a paper about? Browse biographies by profession (click under “known for”); you can even limit by nationality, time period, and gender, and then scan the results for some ideas.

This image shows the Biography Browse screen in Encyclopedia Britinnica. The display includes options to limit results by era, national/cultural association, what they're known for, and gender.

A biography in Britannica doesn’t give you all the info (we’d love to add a few more paragraphs to Aaliyah’s, but it’s a great starting point for context and keyword that you can use for further research.

(BRB, we’re reading all about Hypatia now.)

A quick look at library resources for exploring AI

While AI is an ever-evolving field and new technology is available at an increasingly rapid pace, some of the library’s electronic resources can provide a foundation for talking more about how we use AI and how it impacts our everyday lives. We’ve provided a few starting points below; note that all of the links provided will require you to log in with your CUNY ID if you’re not on campus internet.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a terrific database for overviews on major issues. Their Topic Overview on AI is a great place to start: in addition to a summary of key concepts and the history of the field, they’ve also provided some critical thinking questions.

Are you interested in some of the concrete impacts AI is currently having? A quick search for “artificial intelligence” in eMarketer pulls up very recent reports on ChatGPT and Generative AI for Social Media Marketing or ChatGPT and Generative AI in Media and Advertising, to name a few. These results also include charts compiling recent poll data on impressions and use of AI.

Looking for scholarly publications on AI? One place to dive deeper is IEEE Xplore. Start with a broad search of journal articles, or head straight to a publication specific to the topic — such as IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence.

For help navigating any of these resources or for taking your research on AI further, please get in touch! Chat with us any time via Ask a Librarian.

Faculty/Staff Workshop: Advanced Search Techniques

The City Tech Library, in partnership with the Faculty Commons, is pleased to invite all faculty and staff to a library workshop: Advanced Search Techniques for Library and Internet Sources. Improve your research skills and go beyond the basics with Boolean operators, truncation, limiters, and other sophisticated search strategies in library databases, Google, and more.
Our workshop will be held on Wednesday October 9, 1-2pm in Rm. A441 in the Library, Atrium 4th Fl. RSVP to Prof. Keith Muchowski at kmuchowski@citytech.cuny.edu.
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LGBT Life with Full Text–New!

New to our online resources: Ebsco’s LGBT Life with Full Text:

Publisher’s description: This full-text database contains all of the content available in LGBT Life as well as full text for hundreds of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers including The Advocate, Gay Parent Magazine, Girlfriends, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies, James White Review, ISNA News, Ladder, Lesbian Tide, New York Blade, ONE, Tangents, and many more. Continue reading “LGBT Life with Full Text–New!”

While you were away … 5 New Alexander Street Databases

The library has acquired access to five new databases from vendor Alexander Street. They cover a variety of disciplines and topics in the humanities and are available for your searching pleasure:

They can be accessed via the library’s list of databases, all of which help you locate articles, primary documents, news articles, images, and more for your research!
Furthermore, the library has also purchased dozens of new e-books, adding more titles to our ever-growing accumulation of e-books! Visit the library’s list of e-book collections to see what we have to offer (especially via the MyiLibrary and Project MUSE vendors).
Keep checking back to see what else we add over the summer to aid you in your research in the fall!
If you’re having difficulties accessing the databases or e-books, check out the library’s instructions on accessing electronic resources from home. If you’re still having trouble, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian!
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Limited availability of library resources on 7/31/12

On Tuesday, July 31 (that’s tomorrow!), several of the library’s online resources will be unavailable between the hours of 6 AM and 12 PM. Users will be unable to access the catalog and all its functions (such as requesting books via CLICS, renewing items, etc.), as well as remote (off-campus) access to all library databases.
While in the library or elsewhere on campus between 6 AM and 12 PM tomorrow, users will be able to access all databases and retrieve all articles. However, the catalog and all its functions will remain unavailable. Please use WorldCat during that time to locate items in the library’s collection.
10:26 AM: All library services are back up & running. If you experience any problems, please contact Prof. Allie Verbovetskaya at averbovetskaya@citytech.cuny.edu or 718-260-5457.
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