Dorothy H. Hoover Library

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Online Resources: The Joyce Papers

April 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Online Resources: The Joyce Papers · General Posts

Are you a Joycean unable to make the trek to the National Library of Ireland to see James Joyce’s original manuscripts? Well, you can save your airmiles because you can view them online for free via the Library’s online catalogue!

Available in the Joyce collection are over 500 manuscript pages and some 200 pages of proofs, together with some typescripts, including “notes and early drafts of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, as well as earlier notes by Joyce from between 1903 and 1928. Two of the notebooks include the earliest surviving sets of notes, and there are drafts of nine separate episodes of Ulysses. The handwriting in the manuscripts matches Joyce’s known handwriting from the different periods in his life and includes his use of coloured crayon lines and Xs through certain writing.”

Click here to access the Collection List which guides you through all the details of their holdings. You can access the collection itself by clicking here.



Please note the following: “By viewing these materials, you acknowledge that it is your responsibility to comply with the legislation in your jurisdiction particularly copyright (where applicable). We also remind you that the National Library of Ireland owns these materials and makes them available for the purposes of research and private study only. Any other use is strictly prohibited without prior written permission from the National Library of Ireland. The National Library of Ireland accepts no liability or responsibility for the manner in which the materials are used or the results of such use.”


Lost in the Library – A Video Guide to the DHH Library

April 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Lost in the Library – A Video Guide to the DHH Library · General Posts

Do you find the library a scary place? If so, this fun and informative video will help dispel your fears! Created by Lindsay Gibb, Greg Janssen, Stacey Redick, and Lindsay Timmins, featuring the fantastic craftsmanship of Michael Harding, puppet maker extraordinaire, this video guides you through the wealth of services we have to offer here in the Dorothy H. Hoover Library, providing tutorials on how to search the library catalogue, how to read call numbers and find books on the shelf, as well as excellent tips for searching the databases! Check it out!


Online Resources: KniteCite, a Bibliographic Citation Generator!

April 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Online Resources: KniteCite, a Bibliographic Citation Generator! · General Posts

Having troubles with creating a bibliography for your assignment? Check out this handy tool from the Hekman Library at Calvin College: This application will generate citations in following three styles: APA, Chicago, and MLA. Be sure to select which citation style you want on the top left corner, then click on the type of resource you are using. Input the appropriate information in the fields listed, press “Submit,” et volia! A citation you can copy/paste into your bibliography!


Online Resources: Mapping Gothic France

April 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Online Resources: Mapping Gothic France · General Posts

Vassar’s Andrew Tallon and Columbia’s Stephen Murray have recently unveiled their massive and remarkable digital project to document the architectural monuments of 12-13-century France, entitled “Mapping Gothic France”. This open-source, open access project is available on the web at:

The site consists of hundreds of dynamic, panoramic images, mapped to each monument, and accompanied by contextual materials including historical texts, time-lines, interactive maps, and biographies of scholars. It also contains tools for comparative study.

You can explore this site in the following three dimensions:

  • Space: “Buildings displayed in their geo-political space – Great Gothic structures apportioned on an interactive map”
  • Time: “Buildings arranged by approximate construction dates – historical maps dealing with changing medieval and political boundaries”
  • Narrative: “Buildings represented in words—follow a narrative for each building, explore the thoughts of the principal scholars, or survey the recurring stories of how Gothic became Gothic”

From the site: “Whereas pictures can be satisfactorily represented in two dimensions on a computer screen, space — especially Gothic space — demands a different approach, one which embraces not only the architectonic volume but also time and narrative. Mapping Gothic France builds upon a theoretical framework derived from the work of Henri Lefèbvre (The Production of Space) that seeks to establish linkages between the architectural space of individual buildings, geo-political space, and the social space resulting from the interaction (collaboration and conflict) between multiple agents — builders and users.”


Climate Change: Challenge and Solutions

March 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Climate Change: Challenge and Solutions · General Posts

hereSt. Patrick’s Day is long gone and so is our Irish display.

Our new display is focused on climate change. It seems fitting in light of the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing this week. Coincidentally the focus fits quite well with Melissa Luk’s current display on Food and Agriculture for the OCADU Reading Club. Agriculture is influenced by and also has a huge impact on climate change.

Don’t forget to stop by and have a look at what’s on display. All books are available to sign out.

A list of books in the climate change display can be found here.

Follow the Library on our Facebook page where we will feature some of these books:



Online Resources: National Gallery of Art Images

March 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Online Resources: National Gallery of Art Images · General Posts

The National Gallery of Art announces the launch of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection. This repository of digital images documenting the National Gallery of Art collectionsallows users to search, browse, share, and download images more than 20,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels believed to be in the public domain.  Images of these works are now available free of charge for any use, commercial or non-commercial. Users do not need to contact the Gallery for authorization to use these images. The images are organized into the following Featured Image Collections: French Galleries, Frequently Requested, Self-Portraits, and Music. Check it out:


OCADU Reading Club Display: Food and Agriculture

March 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on OCADU Reading Club Display: Food and Agriculture · General Posts

The current theme is Food and Agriculture.  Check out the newest Reading Club display in the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. This display was created by student, Melissa Luk. Come to the library to pick up a copy of the Suggested Reading List: a list of potential books, graphic novels, websites, articles and zines to read on the topic of guerrilla gardening, slow food, and urban agriculture.

The OCADU Reading Club is not the kind of book club where everyone reads the same best seller and gets together to debate its merits. Instead, each month the Dorothy H. Hoover library will house a themed display and reading clubbers are encouraged to look at a variety of material on that theme and get together to discuss the subject with friends and fellow students. Materials might include books, graphic novels, artwork, articles, websites and the display itself.

Want more information? Check out the OCAD U Reading Club Facebook Page!


Workshop for OCAD U Students–Avoiding Plagiarism: Using Sources in Academic Writing

March 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Workshop for OCAD U Students–Avoiding Plagiarism: Using Sources in Academic Writing · General Posts

The Writing & Learning Centre presents an academic skills workshop for OCAD University Students:

Avoiding Plagiarism: Using Sources in Academic Writing

Learning how to cite sources appropriately in your written work is challenging. This workshop will answer your questions about plagiarism and when you need to cite your sources, such as “When do you need to cite information you find on a web site?” and “If you paraphrase information do you still need to cite it?” It will also introduce you to some practical strategies for reading, note-taking, and writing research papers. These strategies will help you integrate the research you’ve done with your writing so that you are both documenting your sources and maintaining your own “voice” as the writer.

Facilitated by Leah Burns of the Writing & Learning Centre, this interactive workshop will help you approach your academic writing with confidence and success!

Refreshments will be served.

Workshop Details:

Wednesday, March 21 from 9:30am – 11:30am


Monday, March 26 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

All workshops will be held in the Writing & Learning Centre, Room 1512, Level 5, 113 McCaul Street.

Please RSVP to and clearly indicate which workshop date you will be attending. You will be sent a confirmation email prior to the workshop.


American Indian Art – Spring 2012

March 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on American Indian Art – Spring 2012 · General Posts

The library has just received the latest issue of the American Indian Art magazine which can be found on our new issue magazine rack. This volume contains the following articles:

“The Representation of Inuit Art at Expo 67,” by Sherry Brydon

“An Elk am I”: The Elk in Lakota Art and Lore, by Ron McCoy

“Early Navajo Sandpainting Blankets: A Reassesment,” by Rebecca M. Valette

This is a very visual magazine which offers a lot of illustrations and examples of Native American works as well as explains the symbolism behind a lot of the imagery.  Articles are also accompanied by extensive bibliography which can be useful for further research.


International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on International Women’s Day · General Posts

Holidays are imortant and we tend to remember them because that means a day off school or work. It makes us happy and thrilled to take some time to ourselves. Oftentimes, big holidays overshadow smaller days which are regular work days but are equally important. The International Women’s Day is one of those. What most of us don’t know is that this day has been observed since the 1900’s when women began to gain equal status in our society. It is the perfect day to take a moment to call your mom, your grandmother, give flowers to your girlfriend or just take a minute to yourself.

You can read more about the International Women’s Day here:

Marked by a modest flowering pot of purple mums at our reference desk, we would all like to wish you a wonderful Women’s Day! You ladies ROCK!