Map Collection Moves, Makes Room for More Study Space in Hodges Library

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The UT Libraries’ Map Collection is relocating, making room for more study space on the ground floor of Hodges Library. Map Services closes May 6 to begin preparing for the move.

Over the summer, the remainder of the map collection will be moved to new quarters in the James D. Hoskins Library (1401 Cumberland Avenue). The entire collection will once again be in one place, and the map collections will be staffed and remain accessible after the relocation takes place. The vacated space on the ground floor of Hodges Library will serve as study space and overflow seating for One Stop. The renovated space should open before fall semester.

Geospatial services (GIS assistance, geospatial data, etc.) will be relocated to Commons South alongside new scholarly digital services.

Library users will have access to the map collections by visiting the Storage Reading Room, 200 Hoskins Library.

If you’ve never visited the Hoskins Library, a pleasant surprise awaits you. The James D. Hoskins Library, designed by renowned architect Charles Barber and built between 1929 and 1931, is collegiate Gothic in style and features vaulted ceilings decorated with literary inscriptions. The main campus library moved from the Hoskins Library to the renovated Hodges Library in 1987.

Please bear with us as we relocate services.

Research hint: Virtual browsing

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There’s nothing like the serendipity of browsing the stacks and discovering that one book that is the perfect reference on your topic.

Well, actually, there is. Now there’s virtual browsing in the Libraries’ online catalog.

If the search box on the Libraries’ homepage leads you to a promising title, you can browse adjacent titles in the call number sequence.

After initiating a search, you should see the Virtual Browse tab listed on the brief record for any title having a call number.

Click Virtual Browse to view a virtual shelf of book covers. The virtual bookshelf allows you to browse up to 100 items to the left and right of the entry. The bookshelf displays items in the call number sequence regardless of library location. That’s even better than browsing the stacks!


You can also browse through an alphabetic list of all titles, authors, or Library of Congress subject headings from the Libraries’ catalog. Select the Browse Search option at the top of the results page.

These new features are part of our ongoing efforts to improve our library systems.

Want more helpful hints for your library research? Visit the research assistance desk in 209 Hodges Library, at the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, or the Music Library.

Research hint: Grab the formatted citation

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Citing references in your research paper? The easiest way to format a citation in the prescribed style may be to grab the citation from the Libraries’ catalog. If UT owns the item and there’s a record in the catalog, you can access a formatted citation from the brief record display (results from using the search box on the Libraries’ homepage).

Click the Details tab under the item’s brief record. Choose “Citation” from the Actions dropdown menu in the upper right of the Details box. Formatting options include the American Psychological Association, Modern Language Association, and Chicago/Turabian styles.



To format journal article citations, use a citation management tool like Zotero or EndNote.
This new feature is part of our ongoing efforts to improve our library systems.

Want more helpful hints for your library research? Visit the research assistance desk in 209 Hodges Library, at the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, or the Music Library.

UT Joins HathiTrust Digital Library

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HathiLogoThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville is one of the newest members of HathiTrust, a partnership of more than 80 major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

As HathiTrust members, UT students, faculty, and staff gain:

    Online access to millions of public domain titles, including more than three million volumes not already in UT’s collections.

    The ability to create and save “virtual” collections for public or private use. Collection Builder allows users to create and save permanent or temporary collections that can be searched independently of the rest of the HathiTrust digital library.

    Better access for persons with print disabilities. UT students, faculty, and staff with print disabilities (such as vision impairments) also have online access to any UT-owned title (including in-copyright titles) in the HathiTrust digital library — more than 650,000 titles. These users may download a version of the title that is optimized for use with screen readers.

    A collaborative research center that supports digital scholarship. The HathiTrust Research Center is developing cutting-edge software and infrastructure to enable advanced computational access to digital texts in the HathiTrust library.

The UT Libraries gains a trusted repository for the long-term preservation of its holdings as well as persistent access to the digital collections.

“The Libraries are thrilled to be joining HathiTrust,” Holly Mercer, Associate Dean of Libraries for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, said. “The Libraries has a history of being committed to digital preservation and open access, and this partnership underscores our continued dedication to provide lasting access to scholarship.”

The Libraries’ new digital humanities librarian, Ashley Maynor, appreciates the potential benefits to UT scholars. “A number of UT’s faculty are already engaged in interesting digital projects: 3D visualization of ancient artifacts, data mining of historical texts,…. The tools under development at HathiTrust’s Research Center open up exciting new possibilities for both faculty and student scholars at UT,” says Maynor.

Since HathiTrust launched in 2008, partner libraries have contributed nearly 11 million volumes to the digital library.

The University of Tennessee Joins HathiTrust

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HathiLogoThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville has become the newest member of HathiTrust (, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than eighty partners.

Over the last five years, the partners have contributed nearly 11 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives. More than 3.4 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to in copyright volumes. Specialized features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.

“The Libraries are thrilled to be joining HathiTrust,” Holly Mercer, Associate Dean of Libraries for Scholarly Communication & Research Services, said. “The Libraries has a history of being committed to digital preservation and open access, and this partnership underscores our continued dedication to provide lasting access to scholarship.”

HathiTrust was named for the Hindi word for elephant, hathi, symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the digital collections of libraries in the United States and beyond. HathiTrust is funded by the partner libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its Board of Governors. More information on HathiTrust is available at:

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s land-grant institution and the flagship campus of the state university system. With holdings of three million volumes, the UT Libraries is a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though its digital repository, Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries

“Trace” Online Archive of UT Scholarship Logs Two-Millionth Download

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trace2milFaculty and students who publish their scholarly work online in Trace, the University of Tennessee’s digital repository, are getting a lot of attention. A million hits in the past year, as a matter of fact!

Downloads from Trace surpassed the two million mark this month, just a little over a year after crossing the one-million-download threshold.

Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange launched in 2009 as an open access platform for electronic publishing and preservation. Trace brings together in one place the work produced by the UT community and gives faculty a place to share their published and unpublished work. Faculty, students and departments can upload work in virtually any format — from datasets to dissertations — and assign keywords that make their scholarship easily discoverable by internet search engines. Trace reports to authors how often their individual works are accessed.

The open access platform increases the reach and impact of UT research. “The impact of Trace extends to student scholarship as well,” according to Holly Mercer, associate dean for scholarly communication and research services at the UT Libraries. Currently, the Top Ten Downloads highlighted on Trace include items contributed by students from the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Communication and Information; Education, Health, and Human Sciences; and Engineering, as well as students in the College Scholars and Honors programs. “The impressive number of downloads of student papers is a testament to the high caliber of UT students. But, certainly, our students’ work would not receive that level of readership were it not online and open-access,” Mercer said.

Trace also functions as a permanent repository that preserves the work of UT scholars and researchers. Additional features of the platform facilitate the publishing of electronic journals and the hosting of conferences.

Trace is sponsored by the UT Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, the University Libraries, and the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Alliance. Trace operates through the Digital Commons service developed and hosted by Berkeley Electronic Press.

Seth Jordan, Trace Administrator and Digital Production and Publishing Manager, University of Tennessee Libraries,, 974-4121

Holly Mercer, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, University of Tennessee Libraries,, 974-6600

Top 10 Things You Should Know about the Libraries

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The end of the semester is approaching faster than you think. As finals hurtle toward you, here are the top ten things you should know about the libraries :

1. Ask Us Now. By chat, text, phone, email, walk-in, or by appointment — from finding an article to the most abstruse research problem — librarians are here to help. Check out all your options for research assistance here.

2. Every area of study has its own librarian. The university’s Subject Librarians are experts in their academic disciplines. They understand the research methods and know the specialized literature in their fields. Chemistry? There’s a librarian for that. Architecture? There’s a librarian for that. Find yours here.

3. There’s a study space in the library to accommodate every learning style. In the Hodges Library there are Quiet Study floors (floors 1, 4, 5) and Group Study floors (floors 2, 3, 6). There are quiet nooks for individual study. There are Study Rooms and Practice Presentation Rooms where you can rehearse for that big speech. There are even collaborative workspaces where your work group can plug in their own laptops to confer on group projects.
4. From academic coaching to tutoring in math, there’s all kinds of help right there, in the library. The Student Success Center, Math Tutorial Center, Stat Lab, and Writing Center all have outposts in the Commons on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library.

5. In addition to books, the library lends laptops and video cameras. Through the library, you have access to all the latest technology (laptops, video cameras, lighting kits…you name it). Here is a full list of equipment available from the Commons.

6. The library will help you use media to enhance your project. Why be plain vanilla when you can be media-enhanced? The Studio in Hodges Library provides media workstations, audio and video recording studios, and instruction in their use. Amaze your friends. Amaze your instructors. (Amaze yourself.)
7. Researching online? The library is still your best guide. The library has created online guides to the fundamentals of research and the most authoritative sources in the various academic disciplines. (Check out these LibGuides.) To get free access to the full features and complete content of many online databases and scholarly journals, you must link to those resources through the Libraries’ gateway. Even if you start with Google, you’ll put the best finish on your project if you end with the library. (Start here.)

8. There are special libraries for students in agriculture, veterinary medicine, and music. Two conveniently located branch libraries serve the specialized needs of those disciplines: the George F. DeVine Music Library (G4, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center) and the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library (A113, UT Veterinary Medical Center).

9. The library is preserving bits of Tennessee history and other rare and unique items. Davy Crockett Almanacs. Civil War-era letters and diaries. Nineteenth-century photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains. The editorial cartoons of Charlie Daniel. All have been preserved by Special Collections. And a selection of those last three are available online as digital collections here. (By the way, check out the UT historical photo exhibit on Classroom Row on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library.) Other rare and unique research materials are made available to researchers — including student researchers — in the Special Collections reading room, 121 Hodges Library.
10. You’re social. We’re social. We’d like to invite you to join us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Join us, also, for contests (like our Student Art in the Library contest) and public programming (like our Writers in the Library series of readings by noted authors).

How the Government shutdown will affect your research

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We are currently working to pull together a comprehensive list of UT Libraries resources that will be affected by the government shutdown.

If the information below does not cover an issue of particular concern to you, feel free to contact us for more personalized assistance. You can find us through any of the avenues outlined at this link.

So far, we can tell you that ERIC reports are not available online.  As a workaround, you can still request ERIC microfiche from Library Express. You will need to specify the title and the DE number of the report.

The U.S. Census site also is down.  You can still use ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States from our databases page to access much of that data.  We also have old census data in print on the third floor (Call number: HD7293 .A6113).

Another good database of statistical data from the government is Statistical Insight.

If you need information normally housed on an affected web site, don’t forget about The Wayback Machine.

For example, their archive of the USDA site works fairly well.

Here is a more comprehensive list of affected web sites.




Grant proposal needs a data management plan? DMPTool can help.

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Many grant funding agencies now require researchers to plan ahead for data preservation and sharing as part of their research projects. To aid with these requirements, researchers at UT now have a tool that makes the process a little easier. The University Libraries offers the DMPTool created by the California Digital Library, which allows researchers to walk through the process of writing a data management plan for twenty different grant agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and all directorates of the National Science Foundation. Also provided are links to institution-specific guidelines.

For more information on or a demonstration of the DMPTool, visit the Libraries’ Data Management Guide (, or contact Chris Eaker, Data Curation Librarian (, 974-4404).

Browse Journals on your iPad or Android Tablet

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browzineThe UT community has a new way to read scholarly journals: on a tablet. The UT Libraries now subscribes to BrowZine, an application that lets users browse and read journals in a format that is optimized for their tablet devices. The BrowZine app is available for the iPad and tablets running Android.

To get started, just search for “BrowZine” in the app store on your tablet. Simply register your NetID and password, and you’ll have access to all the UT Libraries’ electronic journals (issues back to 2005) and lots of useful features. BrowZine users can create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals, be alerted when new editions of journals are published, and easily save to Zotero, Dropbox, and other services. Remember to update your password with BrowZine whenever you change your NetID password.

If you have further questions, contact Gayle Baker at the UT Libraries (865-974-3519,