Thursday, December 2, 2010

DOP - dizionario italiano d'ortografia et di pronuncia - ONLINE

DOP: dizionario italiano multimediale e multilingue d'ortografia e di pronunzia. Roma: Rai-ERI, 2010.

When deciding whether to get the new print edition of DOP , I looked it up online and found that the new "multimediale e multilingue" edition has a great suite of online tools. Now, instead of just reading about how to pronounce a word, you can actually hear it!

In addition to detailed phonetic spelling to individual words, you can click on the accompanying little red arrows to listen to the preferred pronunciation. There is also an anthology of 53 selected texts from the 13th-20th centuries that you can listen to while looking at the text. This would be a great teaching tool, in addition to its research value. While I'll still get the newest version for the IC Reference collection, I think that it is well worth knowing about this online resource.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Of interest to grad students - preparation for teaching in the humanities

Winter 2011: CTL  224 - 01   Fundamentals of College Teaching in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences
For teaching assistants in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Topics include current research on learning and teaching, practice teaching sessions, leading discussions, designing assignments and group activities, grading and feedback practices, and teaching with technology. 1-3 units
Taught by Dr. Mariatte Denman
Fridays, 12:15-2:05pm, Sweet Hall 403

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Support for foreign language learning

Russell Berman, professor of Comparative Literature and German at Stanford, has a thoughtful essay in this morning's "Inside Higher Ed" defending the teaching of foreign languages in American universities - with comments by some familiar characters...
Foreign Language for Foreign Policy?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

SearchWorks updates

I imagine that many of you are now using SearchWorks, Stanford's new library catalog, rather than Socrates, and encourage those not to try it out. The SearchWorks team is continuously improving and adding new search and display features to the catalog. Here are the latest updates:

Search by Call Number
The most prominent among these is the addition of a "Search by Call Number" option to the main search box. While SearchWorks has supported searching by some call numbers for a while as an undocumented feature, it now supports more accurate searching for more types of call numbers. We've also made this more apparent in the application by adding it as a distinct option to the pull down list, giving users the choice to search everything, or by authors, titles, subject terms, or call numbers. We will continue to work on enhancing call number searching over time.

So for now, to search by a call number:
  1. Enter the call number in the search box (no quotes required)
  2. Click the arrow next to Search, and select "Call Number"

 Requests for On-Order Items
On order items are now requestable via SearchWorks, using the new request forms application. (Previously these items would display, but without a request link.) Items that are not requestable (because they are missing, for example) will now receive a helpful "No Item to Request" page, rather than error. 

Subject Links Now More Precise
Subject links and subject searches previously permitted terms to be found across multiple subject headings, giving larger (and less accurate) result sets. For example, clicking on this subject link: 
  • Vocal music > Thematic catalogs.
would also find records with these separate headings:
  • Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809 > Thematic catalogs.
  • Vocal music.
Now subject links (and a quoted subject phrase searches) will find the terms in order within in the same heading.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Acquisitions, October 2010

A selected list of recent additions to Stanford's French and Italian collections...
AIEMF (Organization), Maria Colombo Timelli, Barbara Ferrari, Anne Schoysman Zambrini, and Irene Finotti. Mettre en prose au XIVe-XVIe siècles. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010.
Amrani, Mehana. Le 8 mai 1945 en Algérie: les discours français sur les massacres de Sétif, Kherrata et Guelma. Paris: Harmattan, 2010.
Aquilon, Pierre, and Thierry Claerr. Le berceau du livre imprimé, autour des incunables: actes des "Rencontres Marie Pellechet", 22-24 septembre 1997 et des Journées d'étude des 29 et 30 septembre 2005. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010.
Bard, Christine. Une histoire politique du pantalon. Paris: Seuil, 2010.
Beaurepaire, Pierre-Yves, Silvia Marzagalli, and Guillaume Balavoine. Atlas de la révolution française: circulation des hommes et des idées, 1770-1804. Paris: Autrement, 2010.
Blanchot, Maurice, and Zakir Paul. Political writings, 1953-1993. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.
Bonnefoy, Yves. L'inachevable: entretiens sur la poésie, 1990-2010. [Paris]: A. Michel, 2010.
Bouguerra, Mohamed Ridha, and Sabiha Bouguerra. Histoire de la littérature du Maghreb: littérature francophone. Paris: Ellipses, 2010.
Campa, Laurence. Poètes de la grande guerre: expérience combattante et activité poétique. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2010.
Dosse, François. Renaissance de l'événement: un défi pour l'historien : entre sphinx et phénix. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2010.
Etoke, Nathalie. L'écriture du corps féminin dans la littérature de l'Afrique francophone au sud du Sahara. Paris: Harmattan, 2010.
Grandsart, Didier. Paris 1931: revoir l'exposition coloniale. Paris: FVW, 2010.
Hannoum, Abdelmajid. Violent Modernity: France in Algeria. Cambridge, Mass: Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University Press, 2010.
Houellebecq, Michel. La Carte Et Le Territoire. Flammarion, 2010.
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Oeuvres. Paris: Gallimard, 2010.
Minc, Alain. Une histoire politique des intellectuels: essai. Paris: Grasset, 2010.
Bochicchio, Gisella, and Rosanna De Longis. La stampa periodica femminile in Italia: repertorio 1861-2009. Roma: Biblink, 2010.
Carnero, Roberto. Under 40: i giovani nella nuova narrativa italiana. [Milano]: B. Mondadori, 2010.
Collura, Matteo. Il gioco delle parti: vita straordinaria di Luigi Pirandello. Milano: Longanesi, 2010.
Convegno di studio su Rivolte e rivoluzione nel Mezzogiorno d'Italia, 1547-1799, Antonio Lerra, and Aurelio Musi. Rivolte e rivoluzione nel Mezzogiorno d'Italia: 1547-1799. Manduria: P. Lacaita, 2008.
Faccioli, Alessandro. Schermi di regime: cinema italiano degli anni Trenta : la produzione e i generi. Venezia: Marsilio, 2010.
Guaragnella, Pasquale, Rossella Abbaticchio, and Gianluigi De Marinis Gallo. L'incipit e la tradizione letteraria italiana. Lecce: Pensa multimedia, 2010.
Hildesheimer, Françoise. Monsieur Descartes ou la fable de la raison. Paris: Flammarion, 2010.
RICABIM: repertorio di inventari e cataloghi di biblioteche medievali dal secolo VI al 1520 = repertory of inventories and catalogues of medieval libraries from the VIth century to 1520. Firenze: SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo, 2009.
Verri, Pietro. Storia di Milano / Pietro Verri, a cura di Renato Pasta. Roma: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2009.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Updates on EIO and EE

What are EIO and EE? EIO is Editoria Italiana Online, a searchable online Italian scholarly full text journal and e-book resource. EE is Electronic Enlightenment, a full text database containing the intellectual correspondence of the long 18th century. Stanford subscribes to both of these databases; you can gain access from the Databases page. Both of them just released newsletters letting users know how they are expanding in both content and features.

The Electronic Enlightenment newsletter, with information about their expanded biographical database is available here:

And here's the latest on EIO:
"EIO 2011

We are very pleased to bring you an update regarding the 2011 release of Editoria Italiana Online, Casalini libri's fulltext database of ebooks and ejournals in the Humanities and Social Sciences by some of Italy's most prominent academic publishers.

Now with over 90 publishers contributing their content to EIO, again this coming year some 1500 new ebooks and 25 new ejournals will be added to the platform, bringing the total to 6700 ebooks and 195 ejournals available exclusively in EIO. Among the publishers new to EIO in 2011 we are pleased to cite Edizioni ETS, the Gregorian & Biblical Press, Mondadori Education and Alinea.

Another new feature in 2011 regards user authorizations. Those now in place for journal articles will be extended to monograph parts of works (chapters), allowing users to download and save files to a local computer as well as copy/paste.

More information on the EIO collection and subscription packages available for 2011 is available here." 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Recently acquired rare and antiquarian books - October 2010

Arriving soon in Special Collections...

Nomesseius, Nicolaus, Guglielmo Facciotti, and Pietro Antonio Lanza. Parnassus poeticus Nicolao Nomeseio Charmensi Lotharingio auctore: In quo phrases omnes poeticae, ex illustribus poetis collectae, & in certa capita distributae, ita leguntur, vt nihil a poeticae studiosis illustrius desiderari possit. Milan: P. Pontii & J.B. Picalaum, 1601.
Very early edition of this dictionary-like manual for poets, where one choses a term (love, water, etc.), under which are many citations from classical sources. It is in a nice vellum binding with ties, and in very good condition. This edition is not listed in OCLC; the only earlier edition is Rome, 1595-96, although it was reprinted several times during the 17th century. 

L'Alouëte, Francois de. Des affaires d'estat: des finances, du prince et de sa noblesse. A Mets: Par Iean d'Arras, 1597.
A rare treatise on government  by the Protestant jurist Francois de L'Alouette (1530-1606),  published for the first time in 1595. L’Alouette offers a model for monarchy, for the education of kings and princes. Divided into three books, the first 2 books  concern the French monarchy, while the third focuses on the nobility.

Le Clerc, Sébastien. Divers costumes français du règne de Louis XIV - Les figures à la mode dédiées à M. le Duc de Bourgogne. Paris, Audran, (1685-1698 ). Plates 12 x 8 cm. tipped in and bound in blue full leather with gold, in slip case.
 A full collection of 20 engravings, almost all from the first state plus  later states and three undescribed and unique engravings, according to a manuscript note. Sébastien Le Clerc, (Metz, 1637- Paris, 1740) was a professor of perspective at the Académie Royale de peinture, and the most representative engraver during the reign of Louis XIV. This will be shelved in the Art Library.

Zabarella, Jacopo, conte, Il giovane. fl. 1620-1669. Il Corelio. Padua, P. Frambotto 1664. 4to. [viii], 80p. 38 facsimile stone inscriptions, eleven woodcuts of coins, engraved title cartouche with war weeds & the Este arms.
 The sole edition of this illustrated account of the Este and of the Venetian Correr families, this work documents their history from Roman times. Monumental and numismatic
evidence, etymologies, archaeology and archives are all described, while the narrative
lists the family’s accomplishments at arms, in the Church and in the arts.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday primary source #18 - True Crime!

POLICE-MAGAZINE. Paris. Complete run: No. 1 (Dec. 1, 1930) through No. 450 (1939); bound in annual volumes.
At the end of the summer, Stanford was fortunate to acquire a complete run of the French illustrated "true crime" magazine from the 1930s, Police-Magazine.
Police-Magazine was part of a genre whose most well-known titles were Détective (published by Gallimard during the same years), and the earlier Le Petit Parisien, and L’Illustration, the latter two focusing less on criminal sensationalism. We have microfilm runs of the latter two; this is now the only set of Police-Magazine in North America. This periodical, aimed at a working class audience, is heavily illustrated, and serves as a valuable addition to SULAIR’s holdings on the turbulent 1930s in France. In addition to the journals above, it complements holdings in graphic novels and comics, our collection of the French crime fiction series Masque, and other works of interwar French fiction, politics, and crime. Paging through, I was struck by the number of female authors. While many of the contributors are now forgotten, this magazine contained at least one early serialized story Georges Simenon, and also probably provided him with ample inspiration for his novels.

From the vendor's notes: "Police-Magazine reported on a mix of organized crime, political and social scandal, titillating sexual and romantic misdeeds, urban vices such as gambling and prostitution, daring thefts from the rich, and grand guignol acts of violence -- all enhanced with photos (frequently retouched to increase the shock value) and with sleazy illustrations. For much of the run, the photo editors also went out of their way to publish pictures of young and strikingly good-looking criminals of both sexes -- often with nothing more than a caption noting that the individual had committed some petty misdemeanor.
The mix of articles is weighted toward coverage of Paris and the Paris region, but also includes reports on crimes in other French cities and towns and in rural areas of France, as well as in other European countries, the United States and elsewhere."
brought to you by...
Sarah Sussman, curator of French and Italian Collections