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,

Have a question? Now you can text us!

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There’s a new way to get research assistance at the UT Libraries: texting.

The library has added texting to the many ways that students and other researchers can reach a librarian. Now, library users can text as well as chat, email, phone, or get help in-person.

Text your brief library or research question to 865-383-1323. Add us to your contacts and you can have librarians at your service wherever you and your phone may travel during the following hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am – midnight; Friday, 9 am – 6 pm; Closed Saturday; Sunday, noon – midnight.

The new texting service extends the UT Libraries’ customer interface to any location with cell phone service — no internet access required. So text us from anywhere, even if you’re just up in the stacks, studying.

Introducing the Database of the Smokies

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Dr. Aaron J. Sharp and Dr. Stanley Cain
taking field notes in the Smokies, circa 1935

Have you ever wished that there was a place to go when you wanted information on the Smokies — one site where you could research history, plants, animals and culture, and find links to online articles and digitized photographs? The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the University of Tennessee Libraries proudly announces the official release of the new Database of the Smokies (DOTS), a free online bibliography of Smoky Mountains material published since 1934, the date of the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

DOTS contains searchable records of books, scholarly and popular journal articles, government and scientific reports, theses and dissertations, maps, and digitized photographs, as well as travel and recreational guides. Wherever copyright restrictions permit, citations are linked to scanned copies of the published item. DOTS can be visited on the UT Libraries’ website at:

DOTS is intended to compliment Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544–1934, scheduled for publication by the University of Tennessee Press in the summer of 2013. With DOTS and Terra Incognita, researchers will have access to a wealth of published material documenting over 400 years of human activity in the Smokies and surrounding region.

Dr. L. R. Hesler at work in his laboratory,
circa 1950

DOTS currently contains about 2,000 citations, focused within the fields of biology and ecology, and includes the research publications of distinguished former University of Tennessee botanists Aaron Sharp, Stanley Cain, and L. R. Hesler. In addition to important early studies of Smokies biology, DOTS contains citations to published material from the areas of history, psychology, genealogy, archaeology, economics, tourism, environmental studies, geology, literature, cultural studies, and park management. In the future, the curators of DOTS will add links to digitized photographs from the UT Libraries’ online collections and to other content freely available on the internet. As the content expands, DOTS should become a comprehensive resource for “all things Smokies.”

The project team has been hard at work on DOTS since May 2011, building the database around Drupal, an open-source platform particularly suited for managing content. Drupal is both versatile and flexible. It affords not only easy-to-use search functions but also allows expansion of the bibliography through crowd-sourcing, an innovative collaborative web technique. Calling on the collective knowledge of a community of users, crowd-sourcing will allow users of DOTS to become contributors, as well, by identifying new publications and uploading citations.

The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project will continue to update the online database with new content. Together, Terra Incognita and the Database of the Smokies will be the most comprehensive bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains ever compiled.

Research expedition on Mount LeConte with Dr. L. R. Hesler (far left) and Stanley A. Cain (far right) in front row and Aaron J. Sharp in back row (far right), circa 1935

Anne Bridges, Co-Director, Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project, 865-974-0017,
Ken Wise, Co-Director, Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project, 865-974-2359,

Explore Tennessee’s Past through its Newspapers

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NashvilleUnionThe Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project (TNDP), a partnership between the UT Libraries and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has received a second grant to digitize another 100,000 pages of microfilmed historic Tennessee newspapers.

The TNDP is like a time machine to Tennessee’s past, allowing students, teachers, genealogists, and history buffs to consult the primary sources — the newspapers that reported the news as it happened.

A statewide panel of historians, genealogists, educators, librarians, and journalism scholars selected the newspapers that are being digitized and made freely available on the web. The selection covers the broadest scope possible, encompassing the state’s three Grand Divisions, featuring Confederate and Union papers, and representing diverse political perspectives. Selected newspapers were published between 1836 and 1922.

The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of all US newspapers with descriptive information, and select digitization of historic pages. The project was made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

This rich digital resource is developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress, and is made freely available to the public through the Chronicling America website, The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project has already contributed more than 84,000 pages to Chronicling America.


Delve into your history and help us make the historical record more accurate! View the collection of Tennessee newspapers at, and register to correct text that the optical character recognition (OCR) process is unable to accurately identify. This will help improve the accuracy of search results.

Follow the latest news from the Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project at

“Trace” Online Archive Just Logged its One-Millionth Download

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trace_1millionDL-01_smallThe University of Tennessee Libraries is one of many research libraries that now provide a platform for scholars to publish their research and creative work online. UT’s digital archive, dubbed Trace (for Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange), this week reached and surpassed ONE MILLION downloads of scholarship by UT researchers.

More than 600,000 of those downloads occurred over the past year, indicating that Trace — which was launched only three years ago, in September of 2009 — is fulfilling its mission to expand access to the university’s intellectual capital. Free online access via Trace makes UT research and scholarship easily discoverable anywhere in the world.

“Trace offers a digital space for collaboration on an international level, increasing the reach and potential influence of scholarship created at the University of Tennessee,” according to Holly Mercer, associate dean for scholarly communication and research services at the UT Libraries.

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. If a researcher wishes to share research results more quickly than a journal article can wend its way through the peer review process, Trace provides a convenient venue. Faculty can create individual webpages to showcase their scholarship, and Trace reports to authors how often their individual works are accessed. Additional features facilitate the publishing of electronic journals and the hosting of conferences.

Not only are Trace collections being accessed more frequently by the scholarly community, UT’s contributing authors increasingly use Trace to share their articles, data sets, multimedia works, and image collections. Approximately 7,500 of the more than 14,750 items in Trace were uploaded over the past year.

Trace also functions as a permanent repository that preserves the work of UT scholars and researchers. With goals of collecting digital content in a variety of formats, organizing it to make it discoverable and preserving it to assure digital file stability, long-term usage, and security, Trace allows any member of the university community to deposit work regardless of genre or format. It also allows depositors to affirm their own copyright ownership and, at the same time, extend nonexclusive rights for noncommercial use.

“The library has always been a trusted archive for the end products of scholarship, and Trace continues that mission,” notes dean of libraries Steve Smith. “Trace is helping UT advance knowledge on a global scale. One million downloads is a great milestone.”

We are celebrating as the one millionth download “Why We Don’t Vote: Low Voter Turnout in U.S. Presidential Elections,” the Honors Thesis Project of a student in UT’s prestigious Chancellor’s Honors Program — and a very timely topic! Trace recorded its one-millionth download on September 25, and — on that day alone — this thesis by Daniel Steven Roberts was downloaded 78 times, proving that Trace increases the value of student research, too.


Seth Jordan, Trace Administrator and Interim Manager, Digital Library Initiatives, University of Tennessee Libraries,, 974-4121

Holly Mercer, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, University of Tennessee Libraries,, 974-6899

Website Helps STEM High School Students

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Librarians at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville are linking STEM students to some useful online resources.

Knoxville’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) high school opened in the fall of 2011 in the former L&N Railroad station on World’s Fair Park. The L&N STEM Academy is committed to using the latest technology to prepare students for STEM careers. It’s a challenging environment in which assignments require critical thinking to solve real-world problems, and teachers of different subjects cross-plan their lessons around a single project. Each student has been given his or her own iPad2 to serve as both computer and notebook. Students even use the iPads to discover their assignments by scanning QR codes posted on classroom doors.

The costly technologies that enable the school’s innovative learning environment translate into fewer dollars for the school media center. UT librarians are stepping in to supplement the research materials available to STEM students.

A website hosted by the UT Libraries provides links to free science and technology resources. SOIL (an acronym for STEM Oriented Information Literacy) is the creation of Thura Mack, UT Libraries coordinator for outreach and community learning services; Peter Fernandez, research services librarian for Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; and School of Information Sciences student Lisa Kellerman.

The librarians hope resources on SOIL will enhance skills the STEM students will need when they begin taking dual-credit courses at UT in their junior year. The site includes research tips, guides to citing sources, a tutorial on plagiarism and academic integrity, and directories to STEM internships (a planned capstone experience for L&N STEM Academy students).

The resources on SOIL are freely available at

New Digital Collections: UT Theatre Playbills and a Student Magazine

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries announces two new digital collections. Theatre playbills and an early student publication drawn from the University Archives are the newest digital collections available on the UT Libraries’ website at

Playbill-1UT THEATRE PLAYBILLS. The University of Tennessee Theatre Playbills Collection showcases the history of theatre at the University of Tennessee from 1935 productions by the Faculty Players to the current season of the Clarence Brown Theatre Company, an affiliate of the exclusive League of Resident Theatres.

Ephemeral theatre groups were active on UT’s campus as early as the 1830s, but the earliest extant playbills date to productions by the Faculty Players, a club composed of faculty and spouses that brought a new level of seriousness to campus theatre in the 1930s.

UT’s theatre program began as a one-year course within the English department in 1940 and became a full-fledged department of speech and theatre in 1968. A Master of Fine Arts program was added in 1980.

The campus’ first permanent theatre space was the Carousel arena theatre, completed in 1953. The Clarence Brown Theatre opened in 1970 and was dedicated to the legendary filmmaker and UT alum whose generous gifts funded both the proscenium theatre and the professional company.

UT’s theatre program has had an illustrious history, hosting world premier productions and an international exchange of artists. Theatre enthusiasts who browse the online playbill collection will encounter productions starring renowned actors such as Mary Martin, Zoe Caldwell, John Cullum, Dame Judith Anderson, and Sir Anthony Quayle.

Mugwump-1MUGWUMP. Mugwump was a University of Tennessee student publication that ran from November 1920 until 1932. A combination of college humor and literary material, Mugwump chronicles student life and highlights student creativity through stories, essays, poetry, as well as student-drawn cartoons and artwork.

The artwork is a jaunt through 1920s fashions, from the short skirts and bobbed hair of the flapper to fellas in knickerbockers or “Oxford Bags.” Stories, cartoons and even the advertisements are a window on students’ concerns, from dating to dance crazes to doing laundry. Some cartoons also reflect the entrenched racist attitudes of the times.

Mugwump rewards even casual browsing, if only to enjoy the often humorous — and sometimes beautifully drawn — cover art.

UT Community Invited to Contribute Scholarly, Creative Work to New Electronic Publishing Service

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trace-smThe University of Tennessee Libraries announces the launch of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (, a digital repository which will expand access to the university’s intellectual capital and help preserve the creative work of its scholars and researchers.

Open access services like Trace provide free online access to scholarly work and apply tags that make that work more discoverable by Internet search engines. UT faculty are invited to enhance the research impact of their work by depositing it with Trace.

Trace lets any member of the university community deposit work regardless of genre or format — pre-prints, datasets, multimedia, conference presentations, technical reports, image collections, public performances, theses and dissertations — through an easy-to-use Web interface. Trace allows depositors to affirm their own copyright ownership and, at the same time, extend nonexclusive rights for noncommercial use.

Trace operates through the Digital Commons service developed by Berkeley Electronic Press, which was founded in 1999 by academics to address specific needs and concerns of researchers. In addition to its user-friendly Web interface, Trace enables faculty to create individual Web pages highlighting their scholarship. Trace reports to authors how often their individual works are accessed. Other features facilitate the publishing of electronic journals and the hosting of conferences.

“University publishing services enhance our international collaboration and global academic networks,” said UT Knoxville Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Martin. Added Brad Fenwick, UT Knoxville vice chancellor for research and engagement, “This program offers a collaborative digital space to explore new forms of scholarship and make work more discoverable.” Both the UT Office of the Provost and the Office of Research are sponsors of the institutional repository, along with the University Libraries and the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Alliance.

Agencies that fund research are requiring broader public access to the research they support, including the datasets upon which findings are based. “Electronic publishing has profoundly affected research and teaching. Trace makes UT scholarly and creative work highly visible and easily accessible to current and future scholars,” said University Libraries Dean Barbara Dewey. “The service showcases UT’s academic quality.”

Linda Phillips, head of scholarly communication at the UT Libraries, chairs a Trace advisory group that has created a set of preliminary policies. “Campus digital publishing and preservation services are still evolving,” Phillips said. Phillips and Roger Weaver, the Trace administrator, are offering several orientation and training sessions during the academic year. Questions from individuals or departments about Trace should be directed to