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Brandeis Library Updates OneSearch Tool for More Responsive Catalog & Electronic Resource Searches

January 5th, 2018 · No Comments

The Brandeis Library has introduced a new user interface for OneSearch, our catalog and electronic resources search tool.

With responsive design for desktop and mobile devices, the new OneSearch interface uses the latest web technologies to retrieve results from across the library catalog and most of our databases.

OneSearch allows users to find millions of resources at once without having to search individual locations. If users are at the beginning of their research process they can use OneSearch to get an overview of a topic, and if the title or author of a specific book is already known they can use OneSearch to find it quickly.

From the drop-down menu, users have the option to conduct four different types of searches:

  • Library Catalog: Use this option to search for physical items (books, print journals, DVDs, etc.), ebooks, and streaming media owned by the library.
  • Articles & More: Use this option to search across many databases of articles in journals, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.
  • All OneSearch: Use this option to search both the Library Catalog and Articles & More.
  • Course Reserves: Use this option to search for books and videos that have been set aside for your courses.

Users sign in to OneSearch using their Brandeis username and passphrase. Once in their account, users will see all the items they have saved while using OneSearch. Users also can save specific searches and alerts, as well as view loans, requests, fines and fees.

For more information and to provide feedback on the tool, contact us here.

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Brandeis Library Introduces New Database A-Z List, Replacing Brandeis Scholar

December 19th, 2017 · Comments Off on Brandeis Library Introduces New Database A-Z List, Replacing Brandeis Scholar

Brandeis Library is excited to be introducing a new library database list. You can access the database list from the Library homepage and at the following URL: .

The new list replaces Brandeis Scholar.

When you are using library databases in your research, you can go to the page to explore available resources in a number of ways:

  • Know the name of the database you are looking for? Search for the database name in the search box. You can also search across the database descriptions.

  • Not sure of the name of a database? Use the Subjects filter to explore the databases for different subject area.

When you select a subject, you’ll see a list of “best bets” (highly recommended databases for the subject area), additional recommended databases, contact information for the subject librarian, and a list of relevant library research guides:

  • Looking for databases with specific types of content? Use the Database Types drop-down menu to explore databases containing images, primary sources, data & statistics, streaming audio & video, government information, and more.
  • Interested in databases from a specific vendor? Click on the Vendors/Providers drop-down menu to view databases from ProQuest, EBSCO, and others.

If you’d like to search across multiple databases, you can use the Articles & More option in the Library’s OneSearch.

Your feedback about the new database list is welcome! Please complete the following survey and let us know what you think: .

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Brandeis Library Collections Temporarily Moving on Goldfarb 1

November 14th, 2017 · Comments Off on Brandeis Library Collections Temporarily Moving on Goldfarb 1

Over the next four weeks, Access & Commons Services will be temporarily moving collections on Goldfarb 1 to prepare for painting and new carpeting during intersession. Below are the collections that will be moved and their temporary locations.

This plan was developed to ensure all collections remain accessible during the duration of the project. Signage will be put up in empty areas to direct guests to the collections. We hope to have collections back to their locations by early February.

  • New books will be restored to the general collection. New books that arrive from cataloging will be held until the project is done.
  • Recreational Reading books will move to Goldfarb 1 preshelving.
  • DVDs will move to Goldfarb 2 preshelving.
  • Periodicals will move to the last aisle near bathrooms on Goldfarb 1.
  • VHSs will move to on-campus storage and will be retrievable by request.
  • CDs will move to Goldfarb 3 preshelving.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact .

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USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive Access Now Available Through Brandeis Library

November 1st, 2017 · Comments Off on USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive Access Now Available Through Brandeis Library

The Brandeis Library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. The largest digital collection of its kind in the world, the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive contains more than 54,000 primary source video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. Interviews have been conducted in 62 countries and 41 languages. Many testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after the interviewee’s experience with genocide.

The Visual History Archive began as a repository of Holocaust testimony and has expanded to include testimonies from other genocides:

  • the 1915 Armenian Genocide,
  • the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China,
  • the 1975 Cambodian Genocide,
  • the Guatemalan Genocide of 1978-1983,
  • the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda,
  • and the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic.

Every streaming video in the Visual History Archive is digitized, indexed and fully searchable to the minute. Users can search by keywords that cover experiential group, geographic terms, names, biographical information, religious identity, places of incarceration, flight or resistance details, and find the exact minute in the testimony that matches their search terms. Video transcripts are available for almost 1,900 testimonies, with additional interview transcripts forthcoming.

USC Shoah Foundation partners with other organizations to integrate their testimonies into the Visual History Archive. Partners include Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center, Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala, the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Holocaust Museum Houston, the Armenian Film Foundation, and a consortium of nine Canadian archives.

By registering for a free account on the site, users can login and create projects, save testimonies, and share testimonies with others.

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Open Access, Archaeology and the Digital Humanities at Brandeis

October 24th, 2017 · Comments Off on Open Access, Archaeology and the Digital Humanities at Brandeis

by Helen Wong, Brandeis University B.A. ’19
History and Classical Studies
Jerome A. Schiff Fellow, 2017-2018
Senior Intern, Brandeis Classical Artifact Research Collection (CLARC)


When I first arrived at Brandeis in the fall of 2015, I was looking for a strongly interdisciplinary academic experience. I wanted to be a humanities major, but had always felt drawn to the sciences and didn’t want to give that up completely even as I decided to commit myself to studying History. I realized, after taking a class on methods in archaeological science in my freshman year, that I didn’t really have to choose between the sciences or my chosen field of study. They could coexist and for me, the digital humanities became the perfect bridge between them. As a result of my engaging with the work being done at the Brandeis Digital Humanities Lab, as well as the MakerLab, open access has become a cause I deeply care about because it’s so integral to the work I’ve chosen to do.

One of the best things about studying History is how flexible the approaches to studying it can be, and how the discoveries that result from new methodologies (like those being explored now through the digital humanities) are often groundbreaking and diverse in their outcomes. Even though History is inherently a retroactively analytical discipline, new discoveries are being made all the time. The field lends itself perfectly to the exploration of new ways to display and disseminate information because the past can only be understood if it is accessibleand this is where open access principles become crucial, especially when so much research being produced now is easily distributable online.

My personal advocacy for open access stems from my research experience, which deals mostly with the production and dissemination of 3-D archaeological data. My work focuses on the use of extremely precise 3-D scanning technology to produce analyses of artifacts’ surfaces, providing detailed information on wear patterns, pigmentation, damage, and similar marks of use or deterioration. This kind of data, which is fully digital, extremely accurate to the physical object, and holds a lot of potential in terms of improving both education and research, really needs open access policies in order to function to its maximum potential. The data I produce is firsthand, true-to-source replication of a real, studiable object. Similarly to how literary primary sources are often digitized and made widely available for free so that the general public can access the material and build off of it in virtually infinite ways, 3-D archaeological data is basically primary source material whose potential can only be realized if as many people can access and build off of it as possible. In my work, I see open access as nothing less than necessary.

At the Brandeis Digital Humanities Lab and the MakerLab, there are so many ongoing projects that implement open access as a core principle of their operation, like the OpenARCHEM database, which compiles chemical analyses of the organic contents of ancient vessels; the Homer Multitext Project, which allows analysis of openly available scans of medieval manuscript copies of Homer’s works; and at the MakerLab, multiple ongoing projects post their results online through freely accessible platforms like Sketchfab. Brandeis is a hub of student and faculty open access activity that I am truly glad to be a part of.

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