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February 2007

Database Trials for Women’s History Month

Reminder: Two databases are available as trials to the Wheelock community through March 31:

Please forward any comments to the library.

Find Videos and DVDs

The Library has many curriculum-relevant videos and DVDs in our collection. All titles are currently listed in our catalog, but we understand that searching for Wheelock videos can be challenging and occasionally frustrating.

In response, we’ve created an online Video and DVD list to help you find what you need. Visit the alphabetical title list to find specific titles, browse the subject index to see what’s available , or use our search hints to find videos in our FLO Catalog. The video list is updated weekly.

Questions? Suggestions? Please contact our friendly Circulation Specialist Vickie Raymundi via email or phone (617-879-2398).

Inclement weather closing information

The Library will be closing at 8 p.m. tonight, February 14, due to the current weather conditions and the forecast for additional ice and snow.

Unfortunately, that means there will be no extended hours and snacks tonight. But if you’re reading this before 8 p.m., there’s still time for you to check out such books as The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Exploring Winter by Sandra Markle, and What Do Animals Do in Winter? How animals survive the cold by Melvin Berger.

Database trials

Alexander Street Press is offering free trails of several databases for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Latino History Month.

Black History Month (available to the Wheelock community through February 28):

  • Black Drama: features approximately 1200 plays by 201 playwrights and includes information on productions and theaters.
  • Black Women Writers: contains fiction, nonfiction and poetry by women from North America, Africa and the Caribbean; present essays by scholars and feminists about the history of feminism and genre studies in these regions.

Available year round: the library subscribes to Black Thought and Culture

Now available for Women’s History Month (access through March 31) :

Other available resources:

Latino History Month databases will be available March 15 through April 30 and will include access to Latino Literature and Latin American Women Writers.

Access information will be posted as it becomes available. Please send your feedback to the library.

Oxford English Dictionary update

If you’ve ever been followed around by a little black raincloud you’ll be happy to know that the word “eeyorish” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Other new terms include chalcogenide, ear bud, flob, fugly, tupuna and, at long last, booger. The library holds a subscription to OED Online – visit for precise definitions of these words and more.