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NYT: Professor Says He Has Solved a Mystery Over a Slave’s Novel

September 19th, 2013 by David Michalski

In this New York Times article, Gregg Hecimovich, chairman of the English department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, is reported to have solved a literary and cultural mystery by identifying the author of The Bondswoman’s Narrative: Hannah Bond, and naming her literary influences by researching wills, diaries, handwritten almanacs and public records.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/books/professor-says-he-has-solved-a-mystery-over-a-slaves-novel.html

See also–
Crafts, Hannah.
bondwoman’s narrative / Hannah Crafts ; edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
New York : Warner Books, c2002.
Shields Library PS1449.C673 B66 2002 Regular Loan

In search of Hannah Crafts : critical essays on The bondwoman’s narrative / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins, eds.
New York : BasicCivitas, c2004.
Shields Library PS1449.C673 B6634 2004 Regular Loan

Hecimovich, Gregg A.Searching for Hannah Crafts in Eastern North Carolina. North Carolina Literary Review 16 (2007): 43-54.

Williams, Adebayo. “Of Human Bondage and Literary Triumphs: Hannah Crafts and the Morphology of the Slave Narrative.” Research in African Literatures 34.1 (Spring 2003): 137ff

Improved VPN (connecting to Library from off-campus)

September 19th, 2013 by Alison Lanius

The University Library has improved the VPN tools that allow current UC Davis students, faculty, and staff access to our licensed resources from off campus!

The three Connection options are:

* VPN Client allows our patrons to download the VPN client to their computer. It allows for a consistent connection to Library resources. We expect this tool will be very popular with our super-users who tend to have multiple browser tabs open at once.

* WebVPN is the lightweight tool we’ve offered for years. WebVPN does not require the installation of any client software. This makes it ideal for use on public computers or for users who cannot install software on the computer at hand. Known issues: we have found some sites do not work with WebVPN. See the Known Issues FAQ for the list of those sites and workarounds.

* Proxy Server is our oldest option. This option should be used if the VPN does not work for you. Our goal is that the VPN Client will remove the need for the Proxy Server. We will explore that possibility over the academic year.

Link to VPN: https://vpn.lib.ucdavis.edu/dana-na/auth/url_default/welcome.cgi

Link to VPN Help: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/services/connect/

Library Research Workshops in the Humanities and Social Sciences

September 16th, 2013 by David Michalski

Library Research Workshops in the Humanities and Social Sciences
with Research Librarian, David Michalski

Library research skills can help one jump-start new projects, place old questions in new contexts, and allow one to probe more deeply into the social and cultural record.

Graduate students, faculty and other researchers working in the Humanities, Cultural Studies or Social Sciences are invited to bring their projects to a Library Research Workshop.

Researchers will learn about the latest resources, participate in guided hands-on instruction, and have their questions about the library answered in this informal, collegial setting. Learn the most effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate the wide variety of interdisciplinary information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:
Locating primary source material,
Conducting literature reviews in unfamiliar areas,
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
and the use of specialized reference works.

Bring your questions and let us learn how we can serve you better.


Library Workshop Dates

October 22nd
Tuesday, 1-2:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 24th
Thursday, 10-11:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 29th
Tuesday, 10-11:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 31st
Thursday, 2-3:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

Finding the Library Instruction Lab:
http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/about/maps.php?map=lil


Instructor: David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (michalski@ucdavis.edu) is the Social and Cultural Studies Librarian at the University of California, Davis. He has twelve years experience as a research librarian, and is the author of a number of scholarly publications in information studies, cultural studies and sociology.
For more info see: http://people.lib.ucdavis.edu/~davidm/mycard.html

Changes to Library Account logins

September 12th, 2013 by Alison Lanius

As part of the Library’s response to the campus initiative to remove barcodes from the new AggieCards, students, staff and faculty can now also use their Kerberos ID and passphrase to log into their library account via the My Account links on the left bar of the Library home page . For older cards, both the 14 digit barcode numbers and 9 digit account numbers will work from the Other Accounts and Proxies login page.

Please consult the Account FAQ for additional information.