Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shakespeare 450

April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

Check out LION-Literature Online for a variety of resources to learn more about Shakespeare. You will find the link on

Shakespeare Audio Plays. These are fully dramatized unabridged recordings of all 38 plays.
Student Guides for 20 of Shakespeare's plays.  These guides contain information on plot, themes, characters.  Each play is recorded by noted actors, many of whom were trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, such as Simon Russell Beale, Joseph Fiennes, David Tennant, Niamh Cusack and Sir John Gielgud and includes sound effects and music to bring the plays further to life.

Poets On Screen. Contemporary poets reading his sonnets.

Knowledge Notes Student Guides.  Guides for 20 of Shakespeare's plays, that include overviews, themes, plots, characters, and a summary.

Need to find out what frippery means?  Check out the Shakespeare Glossary.  You will find it under Reference Works on the new platform.

The Wyoming State Library has created a flier you can use to promote LION and Shakespeare.

Please contact Chris Van Burgh, if you have any questions about this or any of our other resources.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GoWYLD resources for National Poetry Month

Some suggested resources for locating poetry, biographies of poets, study guides and audio/video recordings of readings.

Check out LION! Literature Online (LION) is a wonderful resource American and English drama, prose and poetry. Here you will also find Poets On Screen, as well as a link out to Poetry Archive. Poets On Screen features contemporary poets reading selections of their own work and favorite classic poems.

Search: Billy Collins under authors. There are links to biography, bibliography, criticism, and Poets On Screen. If you click on Texts by Billy Collins, then select the tab for Literary Works, you can read full-text of many of his poems

ProQuest Learning: Literature

A great resource for K-12. Check out the Study pages for information on poetry or haiku. There is a description of the style, study questions and examples with links to author pages.

Under the Educator’s Resources, Curriculum Support, there is a lesson plan, Women Poets Speak for Themselves.

Chadwyk-Healey Literature Collections include English Poetry (first and second editions), Twentieth Century African American Poetry, Twentieth Century American Poetry (first and second editions), and Twentieth Century English Poetry. You can also search the W. B. Yeats Collection.

Wyoming Author’s Wiki includes poetry by Wyoming authors. Search by genre or author. For example: The page for David Romtvedt lists his works, contact information, and short biographical information.
To see some full-text works for him, go to Literature Resources from Gale. Search under author and then select the tab for Primary Sources.

Novelist, a fiction database, will lead you to titles of works. Then follow the Check GoWYLD link to locate in a Wyoming library. You can narrow your poetry search by using limiters such as, funny, poetry for kids and teens, dramatic, etc.

You can find more information on our Literature resources by checking out the Research Guide to Literature in GoWYLD, This guide lists resources, tutorials/webinars, and promotional fliers.

There are tutorials for LION (Literature Online), ProQuest Learning: Literature, Chadwyk-Healey and more, on the webinar archive page,
Please contact Chris Van Burgh, for more information on these or any of our other resources.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GoWYLD Resources for Women's History Month

Explore the many resources in for research topics, stories, historical and current figures, and history.

History Study Center

Check out their page: Find out more about Women’s History and read about the designation of the month as Women’s History Month.

Watch video of an interview with Amelia Earhart.  Look at a variety of historical documents, such as Women and the fourteenth amendment.

You will also find images, articles and links for a variety of Study Units.  Within History Study Center, you will find Study Units on many topics related to Women's history including: 'Gender history', 'The role of women in Britain 1837-1913', 'Votes for women', and 'Women in America 1919-'

Biography In Context

Learn more about Frida Kahlo, Bella Abzug, Janet Yellen, Babe Didrikson, Billie Holliday, Gloria Steinem, and many more.  Each biography includes a complete bio, as well as additional reference, magazine and journal articles, and when available, audio and video.

WY Inventors Database

Learn more about the inventions by women in Wyoming. This database covers United States patents issued to Wyoming inventors from 1867 - Present.

Patent Number: 664597 Click here to view patent at USPTO
Assignee: None
Issue Date: December 25, 1900
Note: First Wyoming woman to receive a patent
Inventor(s): Myrtle M. Wallin, Rock Springs, WY

Patent Number: 8191551 Click here to view patent at USPTO
Assignee: None
Issue Date: June 5, 2012
Inventor(s): Joan Skovgard, Laramie , WY

For more history databases, refer to the History Research Guides, 

Please contact me if you have any questions about these, or any other resources.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gale Databases added to subject areas on GoWYLD

Gale databases that have been added to subject areas on GoWYLD as of March 13th, are the following:  (this process is ongoing and may include further updates)

Arts & Humanities:
 Literature Resources from Gale (includes Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, Scribner Writers, and Twayne’s Authors)
 Smithsonian and Air & Space Magazine Archive

 Business Insights : Essentials
 Small Business Resource Center

 Educator’s Reference Complete

General  Topics:
 Academic OneFile
 General OneFile

Health & Medicine:
 Health & Wellness Resource Center
 Health Reference Center Academic
 Nursing Resource Center

 Kids InfoBits   (also added to Encyclopedias)

 Making of Modern Law (multiple archives)

 Literature Resources from Gale

 National Geographic Virtual Library

 InfoTrac Newsstand

Recommended Reading:
 Books and Authors

Science & Technology:
 National Geographic Virtual Library (also in digital magazines/econtent)
 Science in Context
 Smithsonian and Air & Space Magazine Archive (also in digital magazines/econtent)

Student Research:
 Student Resource Center Junior
 Student Resources in Context

Gale Databases Reinstated

The Shared Purchases Committee is pleased to announce that the University of Wyoming Libraries has negotiated a 3-year deal for statewide access to most of the Gale resources that could not be included in the Wyoming State renewal in December.  This agreement reinstates access to favorites like 'Science In Context', 'Business Insights: Essentials' and 'Nursing Resource Center'.

This agreement also includes statewide access to the National Geographic Magazine archive including:

National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994
National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current
National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World (includes National Geographic Traveler Magazine)

For product information about the National Geographic archive, see -
*note that this licensing does not include the National Geographic Kids product.

Monday, February 10, 2014


50 years ago...

Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles were on The Ed Sullivan Show,  and so began Beatlemania!
The picture is from History Study Center.  There are great images in U.S. History In Context.  Locate more articles in MasterFile and Middle Search. (
For help with these, or any other GoWYLD database, please contact Chris Van Burgh.