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DVDs at Reserves

July 22nd, 2013 by Juri Stratford

The Shields Library has a DVD collection supporting campus research and instruction. The DVD collection is housed in Shields Library Reserves and  includes titles in the area of foreign and independent cinema, as well as some notable television programs and some mainstream Hollywood motion pictures.

Most DVDs are available for 3 day loan.  Use the “Advanced” search screen for the UC Davis Harvest Catalog to limit your search to DVDs held by Shields Reserve.  DVDs can be searched by actor or director as well as by title or subject.  Please ask at the Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Department for more information.

Listed below is a representative selection of DVD titles recently acquired by the Shields Library.

Buena Vista Social Club
The African Queen
Once Upon a Time in the West
Paths of Glory
Mystery Train
The Hurt Locker
Two in the Wave
The Social Network
Trois Couleurs (Blue, White, Red)
Downton Abbey [Season One]
A Night to Remember


More New Licensed Resources:

October 10th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

New subscription databases for the academic year also include:

March of Time
“From 1935-1967, Time Inc. offered Americans views of significant historical events in their newsreel series The March of Time. Several hundred of these newsreels can be searched and viewed as streaming videos. Transcripts of these commercial, documentary, instructional and public service videos accompany the films. In support of research and teaching, the resource enables users to create, edit, and share playlists or film clips.”

Vogue Archive
“The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. Search by advertisement, article, editor, and more or browse each issue by date.”

Fall Research Workshops: Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Library Research Workshop

w/ David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (

1st Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

2nd Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

This workshop invites graduate students, faculty and other researchers to see and practice with the latest research tools available. Learn effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate and evaluate the wide variety of information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

The latest in database searching (including the Proquest transisiton databases),
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
Locating primary source material,
and the use of interdisciplinary and specialized reference works.

Participants are encouraged to bring along research projects as well as any questions they have about the University Library.
Let us learn how we can serve you better.

David Michalski is a UC Davis Librarian subject specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department responsible to these departments and programs: Sociology, Psychology, Human, Community and Regional Development, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, African and African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Cultural Studies.

For more info see:

Dictionnnaire du Cinema Populaire Francais Des Origines a Nos Jours

March 7th, 2011 by Michael Winter

The Open Humanities Press: On New Publishing Opportunities in the Humanities

September 28th, 2010 by David Michalski

The Open Humanities Press: On New Publishing Opportunities in the Humanities

Marta Brunner, Open Humanities Press, UCLA Libraries
Date: Thursday, October 21, 1-3pm
Location: 126 Voorhies, UC Davis

Marta Brunner shares her experience as an advisor to the Open Humanities Press, (OUP) an international publishing collective in critical and cultural theory. This scholarly run collective publishes journals such as Fast Capitalism, Film-Philosophy, the International Journal of Žižek Studies and Postcolonial Text, as well books in series edited by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Wlad Godzich and Bruno Latour. Marta Brunner will discuss opportunities and challenges for for humanities scholars offered by new publishing systems alongside the coming crisis in humanities publishing. For more info on OUP see

Marta L. Brunner is Head of Collections, Research, and Instructional Services at the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA. In addition to her work in Young Research Library, she sits on the UCLA Library Scholarly Communication Steering Committee and is a Library representative to the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education: Humanities, Arts and Architecture, Social and Information Sciences. Marta came to Young Research Library in 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources after obtaining her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program at UC Santa Cruz.

Sponsored by the University Library UC Davis

Contact: David Michalski, Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, UC Davis, 530-752-2086

New Zealand-American Partnership to Save “Lost” American Films

June 8th, 2010 by Juri Stratford

The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation announced a partnership to preserve a collection of 75 American motion pictures that no longer survive in the United States.

The “lost” films will be preserved over the next three years and accessed through the five major American silent film archives: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which are collaborating with the NFPF on this project. Copies of the complete films will also be publicly available in New Zealand and viewable on the NFPF Web site

Only a fraction, probably fewer than 20%, of the American films created during the first four decades of the motion picture still survive in the United States. American silent films, however, had a worldwide popularity, and many works discarded in the United States survive abroad as distribution prints that were salvaged decades ago at the end of theatrical runs. The Library of Congress has estimated that roughly one-third of American silent-era features that survive in complete form exist only in archives in other countries.

San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive

June 7th, 2010 by Juri Stratford

Established in 1982, the TV Archive preserves over 4000 hours of newsfilm, documentaries and other programs produced locally in the Bay Area and Northern California between 1939-2005. It is part of SF State Library’s Department of Special Collections.

The archive is currently working on a project funded in part by a U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant, administered by the California State Library, to digitize, preserve and make available over 100 hours of 16mm film from the collection. The archive is also collaborating with KQED to make another 30 hours of civil rights related material available, as part of the American Archive Pilot Program.

UCLA Preserved Silent Animation

June 7th, 2010 by Juri Stratford

Although best-known for its restoration of feature films, UCLA Film & Television Archive has been preserving animated films for more than three decades, with over one hundred titles to its credit. The short subjects, trailers, and promotional films presented here provide a representative sampling of that work. They have been preserved from best-surviving and sole-surviving 35mm nitrate and 16mm prints, showcasing many forms of animation spanning the entire silent film era.

It has been estimated that eighty- to ninety-percent of all silent films–not just animation, but feature films and other short subjects, as well–have been lost to neglect, mishandling, vault fires, and nitrate decomposition. Given those figures, it’s fortunate that UCLA has as much silent animation as it does.

Some of the films offered up on this website include “Felix the Cat”, the “Inkwell Imps”, and “Aesop’s Film Fables”. Visitors are lucky enough to be able to view online or download 11 animated films from the library’s collection. While watching the films, visitors can listen to the preservation commentary, or listened to the music for each film composed by Michael D. Mortilla, who has played music for silent films for the Silent Society. Visitors can learn more about Michael D. Mortilla by reading the “About the Music” link. There are also film notes and an historical overview that visitors can read for each film. Researchers or interested parties will find a 15-page study guide of films and works about silent films available as a PDF. This helpful document is conveniently located at the bottom of the homepage.

New Library Subject Guide for Performance Studies

March 29th, 2010 by Michael Winter

The new library subject guide can be found on library’s subject guide page under Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences/Interdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences. See

Or, go directly to tne new page at

International Dada Archive

February 3rd, 2010 by Michael Winter

Gateway to the International Dada Archive Online Bibliography.

“The catalog includes materials in all formats that have been cataloged for the collection, including books, essays in books, periodical articles, manuscripts, sound and videorecordings, and other media related to the Dada movement and to the individual dadaists. These materials are located throughout the University of Iowa Libraries, but are primarily housed in the Main Library and the Art Library. Most of the manuscript holdings are on microfilms that were made in various public and private collections in Europe and North America in the early 1980s, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Jerome Foundation.

In addition to the on-line catalog, the International Dada Archive has a card catalog comprising the approximately 47,000 titles that were cataloged prior to March 1999. This catalog may be consulted at the Archive’s office in the Main Library building. The on-line catalog includes all materials cataloged for the Dada Archive since February 1999 as well as a substantial portion of the materials cataloged prior to that date. With the assistance of a University of Iowa Arts and Humanities Initiative grant, as of September 2000 approximately 60 percent of the titles in the card catalog have been entered in the Online International Bibliography of Dada. This effort will continue until the conversion of the card catalog is complete. The International On-line Bibliography of Dada is maintained as a database within the University of Iowa’s on-line system, InfoHawk.

The International Dada Archive has no staff to process interlibrary loan requests. Once you have identified a book or article of interest in the database, please use your library’s interlibrary loan services to obtain the item if your library does not own a copy. Your library should treat the International Dada Archive as a “lender of last resort.” For interlibrary loan purposes, the International Dada Archive should be treated as a special collection within the University of Iowa Libraries. Unpublished manuscript material cannot normally be loaned.”

A treasure trove of machine-readable Dada.