Archive for April, 2009

Library acquisitions April 2009

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 30 April 2009

Waltz with BashirItems added to the Art collections in April include:

Shanken, Edward A. Art and electronic media. Phaidon, 2009. ART TA SHA
Tilbury, John. Cornelius Cardew: a life unfinished. Copula, 2008. ART PX 20 CAR
Stok, Frank van der. Questioning history: imagining the past in contemporary art. NAi Publishers, 2008. ART M 8 STO
Beckman, Karen. Still moving: between cinema and photography. Duke University Press, 2008. ART QB 5 BEL
Folman, Ari. Waltz with Bashir. ISSUE DESK DVD 1733

For the full list visit LibraryThing.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 April 2009

findsounds.jpgFindSounds is a free site where you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples.

Primal Pictures interactive human anatomy database

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 April 2009

Primal PicturesUCL has a trial of the Primal Pictures interactive human anatomy database until 15 May 2009.

Primal Pictures features more than 6,500 three-dimensional anatomy models that focus on individual organs, regions of the body and anatomical systems.  The models are derived from medical scan data and adapted by graphic specialists.  Animations illustrate accurate anatomical function, biomechanics and movement, as well as treatments and surgical procedures.

Please send your feedback on this trial to ejournals@ucl.ac.uk, or post a comment on the Electronic Resources blog

  • Access the Primal Pictures trial (scroll down and select Primal Pictures Anatomy Premier Library Package)
  • Trial ends: 15 June 2009

Offsite access to JSTOR

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 April 2009

logo.jpgAccess to JSTOR from outside the UCL network is no longer available via Athens.  We have instead moved to a new login mechanism which will be in place for most resources from August 2009.  There are two options to access JSTOR off-site (please note that if you wish to login in to a personal account you have created on JSTOR, you must use the second option):

1.  Follow the link in the databases list (under “J” for JSTOR) or to individual journals from the ejournals list.  Enter your UCL userid and password when prompted.

2.  From the JSTOR homepage, click on Login at the top right of the screen (you might need to scroll across to find it.)  Scroll down to the bottom section.  Do not select the Athens login link.  Instead, in the section Access JSTOR through a participating institution, select UCL (University College London) from the list of institutions.  Enter your UCL userid and password when prompted.

Eclipse: radical small-press writing

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 24 April 2009

Clark Coolidge, ING. Angel Hair Books, 1968.Eclipse is a “free online archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century”. The extensive archive can be browsed by title or author, and items may be read online (as scanned images in TIF format) or downloaded in PDF format. Each item is usually accompanied by very short biographical and contextual details. The archive includes works by Kenneth Goldsmith, Bernadette Mayer, Clark Coolidge and many others. It has been made freely available by the Department of English at the University of Utah.

Many of the small presses featured in the Eclipse archive are held in the Alternative Press collections at UCL Special Collections.

Werner Herzog on YouTube

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 24 April 2009

FitzcarraldoThere are eight films by Werner Herzog now available on YouTube, in their entirety. This is thanks to the video distributor Starzmedia, one of the companies participating in YouTube’s growing efforts to stream full-length films with the support of the movie companies who own the rights. The films available are Little Dieter needs to fly, My best friend, Aguirre the wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Lessons of darkness, Woyzeck, Even dwarfs started small, and The enigma of Kaspar Hauser.

Read more about Werner Herzog at Senses of Cinema.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 7 April 2009

smarthistorySmarthistory is described as an “online art history textbook” and is presented in the form of an interactive timeline. Intended as an alternative to the traditional static Western art history textbook, the aim of the website is to expand the understanding of works of art through recorded conversations, which can be located on the website in the form of podcasts, Flash-based videos, and images. The material is accessible by ‘time’, ‘style’, ‘artist’ or ‘theme’.

Established in 2005 as a blog, Smarthistory is edited by Dr Beth Harris, who is currently Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and Dr Steven Zucker, who is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century art and theory, and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, part of the State University of New York.