JSTOR Announces Free Access to Early Journal Content

Earlier this month, JSTOR announced that it was making a significant portion of its journal content freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This material, known as the Early Journal Content, will include journals published in the United States prior to 1923 and journals published elsewhere prior to 1870.  This development will allow independent scholars who are not affiliated with the more than 7,000 institutions in 153 countries worldwide which subscribe to JSTOR to have free access to a sizeable collection of scholarly resources.  JSTOR is encouraging “broad use of the Early Journal Content, including the ability to reuse it for non-commercial purposes.”  They do ask, however, that users “acknowledge JSTOR as the source of the content and provide a link back to [their] site.”

For the complete announcement, including a link to the Terms & Conditions of Use as well as a quick tutorial on how to access this content, click here.


Steamboat Bicentennial

200th Anniversary of the First Steamboat down the Ohio River








This fall marks the bicentennial of the first steamboat, the New Orleans, to travel down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Nicholas Roosevelt and his family started the journey at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1811 and arrived at New Orleans in January of 1812.


Do you know what else happen that eventful year?

  •  It was the year of a great squirrel migration across the Ohio River from Indiana to Kentucky.
  •  There was the New Madrid Fault System earthquake of 1811 with a reading over 7.0
  •  The Battle of Tippecanoe began on November 7, 1811
  •  The Great Comet passed over North America




This year there will be numerous events about the steamboat and its impact on the Evansville and the Northwest Territory. You can read more about the history and the incredible journey of the Roosevelt family at the Hanover College River Institute, http://rivers.hanover.edu/ .


Here is a list of events happening in Evansville and surrounding areas.

Steamboat Bicentennial Celebration
Howard Steamboat Museum, Jeffersonville, IN September 23 – 25, 2011

University of Southern Indiana Colloquium
   River Colloquium  September 29, 2011

Historic Southern Indiana 

Indiana’s Historic Pathways Teacher’s Workshop 3rd and 4th grade teachers
   October 4, 2011

Steamboat Celebration at Madison, Indiana

   October 14-16, 2011

River Institute at Hanover College Steamboat Symposium
   October 21, 2011

Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library

“Steamboat a Comin’: The Legacy of the New Orleans” Exhibit
   October 25-November 30, 2011

Evansville Museum
“Evansville on the Ohio” Exhibit
   November 6, 2011-February 26, 2012


Belle of Cincinnati at Evansville
    Dinner Cruise –  November 8, 2011 7:00pm to 9:00pm



Sporting some winning resources!

Fall is nearly here, and that means football! High school, college, pro – wherever your loyalties lie, Rice Library can help you locate some hard-hitting resources         showcasing the game on the gridiron.
Here are just a handful of sources about football available to you in the Rice Library “playbook” (aka online catalog):

The games that changed the game : the evolution of the NFL in seven Sundays by Ron Jaworski, Greg Cosell, and David Plaut – 2010

How Football Explains America by Sal Paolantonio – 2008

Kicking Off the Week: A History of Monday Night Football on ABC Television, 1970-2005 by Wesley Hyatt – 2007

For the “armchair” researchers among you, Rice Library also has several electronic book titles, available to USI students, faculty, and staff with their MyUSI username and password. These books can be read right from your computer and in the comfort of your favorite comfy furniture (where you like to watch sports):

Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football by Lane Demas – 2010

The Man Who Built the National Football League by Joe F. Carr and Chris Willis

Scoreboard, Baby A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity by Ken Armstrong – 2010

How about a DVD?

Brian’s Song – Columbia Pictures – 1971

Jerry Maguire – TriStar Pictures – 1997

Remember the Titans – Walt Disney Pictures/ Jerry Bruckheimer Films – 2000

Rudy – TriStar Pictures -2000

You may also wish to try out the Rice Library databases to delve deeper into the glorifying (and sometimes not so glorifying) aspects of the game. Search such topics as: the positive effect of participation in football on teamwork, strength conditioning, and sportsmanship; the generous philanthropy of professional athletes; the positive/negative aspects of free agency and collective bargaining; commercialization/exploitation of college football; football-related concussions and other injuries, etc. We suggest the following databases to collect resources on these and many other aspects of football, or to grab some basic, background information on your favorite sporting event:
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Academic Search Premier
  • ProQuest Research Library
  • Credo
  • CQ Researcher
  • Britannica Online
Team up with Rice Library to tackle all your football or sports-related topics.


Hurrican Irene- In Pictures

The Boston Globe’s excellent blog, The Big Picture, highlights high-quality, amazing imagery, with a focus on current events. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday the blog is updated with collections of photographs from some of the world’s most important news sources including the Associated Press and Reuters.

The collection of images from Hurrican Irene is awe inspiring. Perhaps the most recongnizable image from this group of photos is of a deserted Grand Central Station. When Mayor Bloomberg shut down the MTA and ordered residents to stay indoors, the Station became eerily quiet.

Credit: Marjorie Anders/NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority/AP
The following photo of Billy and Erin Stinson sitting on the steps of their washed away cottage gives viewers a sense of the immense loss that many people suffered. Erin Stinson remarked, “We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset”.
Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images
To subsribe to The Big Picture blog via RSS feed, visit this page and scroll down to “News Blogs”. They also have Iphone and Android apps available via a link on their homepage.