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Oct 30, 2015 · Featured resources

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2009

What is it?

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2009 is a full-text online collection of EVERY page of The Times (of London) in its original format.  The Times is one of the world’s leading newspapers of record.  It is an invaluable primary research resource for 19th and 20th century history and culture. 

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in primary research on 19th and 20th century British or World history or culture.  It is useful for students at all levels, and essential for many serious students and scholars. 

What will I find there?

Everything published in The Times in its original format (facsimile).  It is a fascinating and complete day-by-day chronicle of world events as they happened and unfolded.

When should I use it?

When appropriate to your assignments or interests, especially if historical primary resources are needed.  Or use it right now.  

What if I need more help?  Contact Ask a Librarian or your subject librarian  – we’re always ready to help you with your research.

Oct 22, 2015 · Open Access

Open Access Week is winding down for this year. We had lots of fun editing Wikipedia on Monday as part of the global OA Week Editathon. The Editathon is still going strong - you can still participate or track the progress here:

We also had a fantastic time on Tuesday with our panelists: Katie Hinde, Kevin McGraw, Jason Raymond, and Stephanie Schreiner, discussing open access journal publishing. We filmed the discussion and will share it soon!

Here are some #OAWeek highlights:

Thanks for joining us for this year’s Open Access Week!

Oct 21, 2015 · Open Access

Open Data is research data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone. It’s no longer enough to have access to a whitepaper or an article that discusses the results - the data are just as important for future research.

Increasingly, institutions that support research – from public and private research funders to higher education institutions – are exploring policies that require researchers to produce data management plans that explicitly cover how they will make their data available, and under what terms. Publishers and journals, such as the Public Library of Science, are starting to require that the data upon which an article is based must be made accessible alongside the article. Broadly communicating results and making research data broadly accessible and fully available for reuse encourages new research through the reanalysis of existing data, further leveraging the value of a research investment.

One of the most visible sources of open data is the U.S. Government, at, which was developed in response to the 2013 Open Data Policy, which requires newly-generated government data to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, while continuing to ensure privacy and security. This has been a remarkable resource for new applications and sources of knowledge - there is a great list of measurable impact that having this data available has made.

Here are a few important resources to learn more about open data:

For more open data resources, see the open data box on

For more on research data, go to

Oct 19, 2015 · Exhibits

Exhibit:  Remembering Our Fallen From Arizona

Location:  Fletcher Library, West campus

Available:  October 28 - November 4, 2015, during normal library hours


We must remember these American Heroes and speak their names when we see their family members.  We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom,” said Bill Williams, co-creator of the memorial.  “While this memorial is about those who have died, it was created for the living…to help the families in their grief, while reminding the rest of us of the terrible price paid for our freedom by our current generation of military.” 

A very emotional memorial, “Remembering Our Fallen,” is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 150 Fallen from Arizona killed in The War on Terror while wearing our country’s uniform in a war zone.  The photo memorial, which includes military and personal photos of each of Arizona’s Fallen.

The financial sponsor of the memorial is Bellevue University, a private, non-profit University in Bellevue, Nebraska.  Founded in 1966, it has been a military-friendly school for 45 years. Bellevue University was an early adopter of distance learning and is now a leader in online education with students in every state and 55 foreign countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq. More information can be found at:

This memorial, and 17 other state memorials representing half of our country’s Fallen since 9/11/01, has been created by Patriotic Productions, a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.  The goal is to complete a memorial for every state.

More information can be found at: or  


Oct 19, 2015 · Open Access

Open Access Journals, or “Gold” open access, are a great way of making scholarship more visible and available to a wider audience. They are free to the reader, so there are no paywalls or barriers to getting access. Most open access journals are peer-reviewed, with the same standards for scholarship as traditionally published journals.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the best place to look for open access journals. Journals have to meet some basic requirements in order to be included, and journals that meets high standards of publishing ethics and openness are marked with the DOAJ Seal. If you ever have questions about whether an open access journal is legitimate, the DOAJ is the first place to go.

If you published in a traditional journal, but still want to make your article openly available, it’s likely you can archive it in a digital repository - usually an institutional repository, like the ASU Digital Repository, or a disciplinary one such as or SSRN. This is called “Green” open access. The Directory of Open Access Repositories is a good place to look for a repository for your work.

The ASU Scholarship Showcase Collection includes recently published articles from ASU authors. For this year’s Open Access Week, we are doing an article drive to add a goal of 250 articles to the collection! We’re contacting authors to request specific articles that we’ve already identified, but if you’d like to contribute your article to the drive, send an email to and we’d be happy to include it!

Oct 19, 2015 · Open Access

Frustrated by the increasing cost of textbooks? Trying to find quality curriculum for your courses without paying a fortune? Open Educational Resources (OERs) are here to help, taking all the principles of open access and applying them to education as a whole.

For students, OERs like open textbooks or fully open courses, means you can get a quality education with no textbook costs or free courses.

For teachers and instructors, open educational resources give you the ability to remix, reuse, revise and redistribute educational content without worrying about copyright restrictions.

ASU has a commitment to expand access to a quality education to everyone, which wouldn’t be possible without exploring the options that open educational resources bring. Our partnership with EdX to offer the Global Freshman Academy is a great example of the possibilities that are available..

Stay tuned for more on OERs during Open Education Week next spring!

Oct 19, 2015 · special collections

Irene Corey, designer of the Barney costumeKJZZ Phoenix's "The Show" spotlighted the ASU Libraries' Child Drama Collection on their Friday October 16's episode.  Some of the highlights shared in the feature "Did You Know ASU's Child Drama Collection Among Rarest In The World" include:

  • The Child  Drama Collection is the largest repository in the world documenting the international history of theater for youth back to the 16th century
  • The collection includes videos, costumes, props, puppets, theater programs, set models, production photographs
  • Among the archives, is the entire archive of influential costume designer Irene Corey, who also happened to design the original Barney costume (pictured left).  

To access materials from the Child Drama Collection, please visit the Luhrs Reading Room on the 4th floor of Hayden Library (open M-F, 9am - 6pm during the fall and spring semesters) on ASU's Tempe campus.  

To connect with the Child Drama Collection:


Oct 15, 2015 · Featured resources, Open Access

In honor of International Open Access Week, we’re featuring the Open Access Library Guide as the resource of the month! This guide is your one-stop shop for searching for open access content.

What is it?  This Library Guide, prepared by librarian Alexandra Humphreys, is a collection of open access and freely available resources, organized by subject, database type, or format.

Who is it for? Everyone! This guide is unique in that all of the resources that are listed are available to everyone, anywhere. You do not have to be affiliated with ASU in order to access anything from this page.

What will I find there?  

  • An introduction to open access
  • Directories of institutional, global, and national repositories
  • Disciplinary repositories, such as, ERIC, and PubMed Central
  • Databases
  • Open Access journals and books
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Open courses and open educational resources

When should I use it?  Whenever you need to do research – these resources can be used to supplement traditional publications and library materials.

What if I need more help?  Contact your subject librarian – we’re always ready to help you with your research.

Oct 14, 2015 · Events

The ASU Libraries are hosting a special lecture series, in connection with the Jewish Refugees in Shanghai exhibit:

Event:  Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s: A Lecture Series

Location:  Hayden Library, Room C6A.

Cost:  Free and Open to the Public.

Dates, Times, Speakers:

October 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm:  Weijia Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Between Torah and Tao Te Ching: European-Jewish-Chinese Cultural Encounters in Shanghai Jewish Exile Writings.” 

November 12, 2015 4:00 pm:  Angie Chau, Arizona State University: “Reflections of Shanghai in Paris: Travel and Translation in Modern Chinese Art and Literature.” 

December 1, 2015 at 4:00 pmYomi Braester, University of Washington: “Paris of the East and Its Wartime Downfall: Shanghai through the Eyes of Jewish Residents.”  

About the exhibit:  

Locations:  Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center (Downtown Phoenix) / Hayden Library (Upper Concourse) 

Description: This traveling exhibit brings together photos, personal stories, and artifacts from Shanghai’s Jewish Refugees Museum. First developed by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Jewish Studies, the UCLA Confucius Institute, Hillel at UCLA, and the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, the exhibit is made possible here by the Arizona State University Confucius Institute, ASU’s Center for Jewish Studies, and the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. Download Exhibit Guide

Oct 14, 2015 · Open Access

Wikipedia Library and SPARC have organized a global, virtual Wikipedia editathon for open access week to improve open access-related content. All week, wikipedians will be adding and editing content to help make sure that information about open access is accurate, useful, and complete. We hope to make 1000 improvements throughout the week!

Wikipedia is one of the most visible open access resources around - we all use it as one of the first places we go to get information about anything! It’s a perfect example how transformative open access to information can be.

We’re hosting an in-person editathon today, October 19, from noon to 3:00 in Hayden Library room C41. Join us for pizza, mad wiki-editing, and information about open access! If you can’t attend in person but still want to participate, you can get all the information you need about the editathon here: