Database Trials: Anthropology Online and Ethnographic Video Online

ASPTrials of Anthropology Online and Ethnographic Video Online are available through June 15, 2015. Both collections are provided by Alexander Street Press.

Anthropology Online

Anthropology Online brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the database will contain more than over 100,000 pages of full-text material at completion, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives. All aspects of human behavior are thoroughly covered in this collection, including kinship, family, race, material culture, marriage, gender, prehistory, evolution, kinesthetics, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, male and female roles, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, and more. Alexander Street’s indexing allows the content to be searchable by geographical region, cultural or kinship group, anthropological subjects, and more.

Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic Video Online is a comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork. It’s also a resource for a study of the discipline itself: By placing examples of traditional ethnographic methodologies alongside indigenous-made films representing previously overlooked perspectives, scholars, teachers and students of anthropology can gain a sense of the discipline’s history and of its future direction.

Key topics within the series include:

  • Culture and cultural change
  • Language and communication
  • Kinship and family
  • Economic systems and globalization
  • Political organization and sovereignty
  • Religion, ritual, and ceremony
  • Music, dance, and art
  • Gender roles, sexuality, and identity
  • Social stratification and status
  • Conflict and conflict resolution
  • Agriculture, food, and sustainability
  • Migration and movement
  • Climate change
  • Human rights and land rights
  • Health
  • Ancestral beliefs and practices
  • Indigenous knowledge and aesthetics

 

Anthropology Online is available to unlimited users via networked computers on the MSU campus in Bozeman and via the proxy server: .  Ethnographic Video Online is likewise available to unlimited users via networked computers on the MSU campus in Bozeman and via the proxy server: Please direct questions or comments to Kirsten Ostergaard, Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian, kirsten.ostergaard (at) montana.edu.

 

Can robins hear worms?

American Robin. Photo by Brocken Inaglory. Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 4.0 International license.

American Robin. Photo by Brocken Inaglory. Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Next time you see a robin on your lawn, take a look at how it catches worms. You might notice that it will appear to cock its head and listen to the ground. Naturalists have suspected since the 1800s that robins can actually hear worms moving beneath the soil. Years ago, two Canadian biologists devised a series of experiments to test the theory. Continue reading

4/14 Workshop: Excel Beyond the Basics (Level II)

Free workshop Tuesday, April 14 from 1-2 p.m. in the Heathcote classroom of Renne Library.

Learn more advanced functions of Excel. Topics to cover: using formulas and functions, relative vs. absolute references, referencing cells in formulas, using auto-fill with references, inserting and formatting charts, plotting multiple series on a chart, and printing options.

Registration is recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome as long as there is room.

Register and see more library workshops here.

 

4/6 Workshop: EndNote Citation Management

Free workshop Monday, 4/6, from 3-4 p.m. in the Innovative Learning Studio of Renne Library.

EndNote is now available for free for MSU users. See how EndNote X7 makes formatting citations and managing bibliographies easy! Learn to search, import records, add notes, find articles, manage PDFs, and format papers using any one of thousands of citation styles. This workshop covers how to get EndNote, share references, and use both the desktop and online version.

Registration is recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome as long as there is room. Bring your own laptop and install EndNote during the workshop.

Register and see more library workshops here.

GoPro video competition at MSU Library

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Enter our video competition to win $50 gift card to Northern Lights:
-  2 minutes or less
-  Theme: Mountains & Minds
-  Submit video* by April 24th, 2015 using #GoProMontanaState on Twitter or Instagram
- Winner will receive $50 gift card to Northern Lights and have their video posted on the Library website.
- All approved video entries will be displayed in the library during Finals week: May 4-8, 2015
-  Questions? Contact Steve Hunts or Jacqueline Frank at the library.

GoPro’s available for 3-day checkout at the Borrow Desk 
GoPro accessories and more policies here.

*MSU Library may use videos for promotion

3/31 Workshop: Excel Basics (Level I)

Free workshop 3/31 from 1-2 pm in the Heathcote Classroom of Renne Library.

Learn the basics of Excel, with an eye toward troubleshooting common problems. Topics to cover: general spreadsheet formatting, data formatting (%, $, etc.), using formulas and functions, referencing cells in formulas, inserting and formatting charts, and printing

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Register and see more library workshops here.