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Now Streaming Feature Films: Swank Digital Campus

Pepperdine University Libraries now provides campus-wide access to streaming films through Digital Campus by Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. Digital Campus allows students to legally view course-assigned films inside or outside the classroom for the purpose of research, teaching and private study.

Swank Digital Campus streams feature films for curriculum support and is easily accessible to an unlimited number of students. Films can be streamed whether students are on or off campus.  Swank offers a wide selection of streamable titles for faculty and staff seeking to enhance the academic experience with streaming video. All new films feature closed captions and some older films do as well; Swank will add captions upon request.

Click here to access Pepperdine’s licensed Swank films.
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Please contact Sally Bryant or Jeremy Whitt with any questions or film requests.

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New Advertising Databases

­­Pepperdine University Libraries now subscribes to two advertising databases, Ad$pender and MRI+ University Internet Reporter.

Ad$pender (4 simultaneous users) provides media expenditure overview, tracking advertising expenditures for millions of brands across 12 media types (including Network TV, Cable TV, Syndication, Spot TV, Magazines, Sunday Magazines, National Newspapers, Newspapers, Network Radio, National Spot Radio, Outdoor, US Internet – Display). Users can sort expenditure information by category, parent company, subsidiary, and brand, and sort top spenders by industry, parent, and brand.

GfK MRI+ University Reporter (10 simultaneous users) provides access to GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer for academic use. The Survey of the American Consumer provides a detailed view of the 226 million adult consumers in the U.S. and includes demographics, lifestyles and attitudes, and usage of almost 6,000 products in 550 categories. University Reporter also allows students to tap into several market segmentation reports, such as Top Markets. Faculty, students, and staff will need to register for an account using their @pepperdine.edu e-mail address, and enter a registration code obtained from a librarian.

Database Trial: Latin American Newspapers

Pepperdine University Libraries is now trialing Latin American Newspapers: Series I & Series II, modules of the World Newspaper Archive (launched by CRL). Trial access is available until May 8.

These resources provide online access to more than 50 newspapers published in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela between 1805 and 1922.

Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, matrimony notices, and obituaries, these newspapers chronicle the evolution of Latin American culture and daily life over two centuries and provide wide perspectives from diverse Latin American cultures.

Series I contains more than 1.2 million pages of content, including:

  • El Mercurio (1914–22) – An important Spanish-language paper published in Santiago, often considered Chile’s newspaper of record.
  • O Estado de São Paulo (1876–1922) – This title (published as A Provincia de São Paulo until 1889) traces Brazil’s history from an empire to a republic, and stands as one of Brazil’s premiere newspapers.
  • La Prensa (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (1869–1922) – This title, founded in 1869 by Dr. Jose Clemente Paz, was considered among the most significant newspapers in the world by the turn of the century.
  • Mexican Herald (1895–1915) – An English-language title bringing international and local news to the American expatriate community in Mexico.

Series II deepens coverage of countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico, and includes papers from areas not covered in Series I such as Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize.

Access Latin American Newspapers: Series I here and Latin American Newspapers: Series II here.

http://www.readex.com/content/latin-american-newspapers-series-1-and-2-1805-1922

Database Trial: Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare

Pepperdine University Libraries is now trialing the Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare database until April 27. This resource includes full text of 11 major editions of Shakespeare’s works, ranging from Shakespeare’s First Folio to the Cambridge edition of 1863-1866.

Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare also includes text of the First Folio of 1623, as well as the original quarto printings of individual plays. 18th and 19th century editions of Shakespeare’s plays are also featured and allow scholars to trace the development of the modern Shakespeare text. 24 contemporary printings of the Bard of Avon’s plays are also highlighted, as well as selected apocrypha, related works, and over 100 adaptations and sequels from the past three centuries.

Researchers can search by keyword, edition, genre, play/poem title, author, speaker, and publication date. Search options allow users to limit searches to plays and poems with associated text, plays and poems only, songs and lyrics only, stage instructions only, cast lists only, or the entire database.

Click here to access Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare.

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New Electronic Resource: The Bible in English

Pepperdine University Libraries now provides access to The Bible in English.

This database includes 20 different versions of the English Bible (including 12 full Bibles, five New Testament texts, two versions of the Gospels only, and William Tyndale’s translations of the Pentateuch, Jonah, and the New Testament).

English literature scholars will find this resource particularly insightful. The database highlights the Renaissance period, including the most significant texts from Tyndale to the King James Bible.

For biblical, theological, and religious scholars, this resource includes texts from the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and non-conformist traditions.

The Bible in English allows users to search all versions of the Bible or a selection of them, and display different versions of the text simultaneously. Doing so allows students and scholars to research how the Bible has influenced authors as well as how the English language has developed over hundreds of years.

New Music Databases

Pepperdine University Libraries now provide access to Music Index and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, two online resources for music research.

Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature featuring digitized content from 1970 to present, Music Index contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 480 periodicals. It also provides selective coverage for more than 200 periodicals.

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Produced by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is a comprehensive music bibliography resource that provides citations, abstracts and subject indexing. Featuring over 700,000 records, RILM offers broad yet detailed coverage, and facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels. RILM is the first stop for verified bibliographic information that is fully cited, abstracted, and indexed.

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To search Music Index and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature simultaneously, select both databases in the EBSCOhost “Choose Databases” link, located on the search box:

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New Electronic Resource: American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955

Pepperdine University Libraries now provide access to American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 database, which contains digitized content from the print index Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities (DDAAU). The database includes nearly 100,000 indexed dissertations from 1933 through 1955.

American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 is unique as it represents an extensive record of dissertations accepted by American universities during this time period. This print index was compiled annually by the H.W. Wilson Company for the National Research Council and The American Council of Learned Societies by the Association of Research Libraries. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) collaborated with the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston to digitize the print indexes originally published by the H.W. Wilson Company with the support of a donation from the H.W. Wilson Foundation.

New Electronic Resource: FactSet

Pepperdine University Libraries now provide access to the FactSet database, Courtesy of Dr. Andreas Simon’s research grant. FactSet is a comprehensive platform used to analyze financial data from global equity and fixed income markets, and public and private companies.

The database is accessible on and off campus. Access to FactSet is available through April 30th, 2015. For assistance contact FactSet HelpDesk at 1-877-FACTSET – available 24×7

Mango Languages online language-learning system now available.

Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce that we now offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to our patrons. Find it in the list of electronic resources

Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.

Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Have you ever wanted to experience the adventure of Homer’s Odyssey in its original Ancient Greek or the Old Testament in Biblical Hebrew? It may sound far-fetched, but our library now offers introductory online courses in these and other languages through Mango Languages!

Mango’s new Religious & Scholarly Course Collection includes Scholarly Latin, Ancient Greek, Koine Greek (the language of the New Testament) as well as Biblical Hebrew. These online courses are accessible through the library’s computers or from your home through our website’s online databases. Each one offers a rich visual and sensory learning experience that integrates classical texts with the latest language techniques and rich cultural notes.

Pepperdine Digital Commons reaches 100,000th download milestone!

Pepperdine Digital Commons, the University’s centralized e-publishing platform and repository, celebrated its 100,000th article download this week. Launched only last February, Pepperdine Digital Commons offers full-text downloads of faculty and student scholarship, including articles in Pepperdine produced journals, such as Global Tides, Pepperdine Policy Review, and Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. Lucky download number 100,000 was “The World of the Eighth-Century Prophets,” authored by our own Rick Marrs, Dean of Seaver College. The article appears in a 2003 issue of Leaven, a journal produced by the Religion Division of Seaver College. Prior to joining Pepperdine Digital Commons, Leaven was strictly a print-only journal. Through a partnership between the Religion Division and Pepperdine University Libraries, all 76 back issues of Leaven–going back to 1990–are now available online, opening up an important corpus of Christian Scholarship to a new, global audience.

Click here to explore Pepperdine Digital Commons. And thanks for your support.