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Birding Mount Royal, Yesterday and Today

Mount Royal Park is a green haven at the centre of Montreal. From the top, looking south over McGill University’s lower campus and the spread of the St. Lawrence River, you may be lucky enough to spot some of the …

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Unsung Heroes of the McGill Library

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As part of McGill’s Bicentennial Celebrations, faculties, central units, associations, and unions were asked to nominate Unsung Heroes in their department who have greatly helped shape the community. In addition to being featured on the University’s Unsung Heroes page, the …

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Discover eScholarship open content in Google Scholar

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McGill’s open access repository eScholarship is now discoverable via Google Scholar. This includes over 50,000 items such as articles, dissertations, and theses. eScholarship items will either be the first link: Or one of the versions: Interested in adding works to …

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Animating ROAAr Collections

Animation has come a long way from the early days of film in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you go even further back, early animators breathed life into still, 2-dimensional pictures using mechanical techniques. Take a tour …

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Welcome, bienvenue! An interview with Dean Colleen Cook

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By Maya Willard-Stepan, Outreach Assistant, Humanities & Social Sciences Library With 12 branches and more than seven million items, the McGill Library is one of the largest – and most enjoyed aspects of our university. No one knows this better …

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The student face of Library services

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By Steven Spodek, Development and Alumni Relations Officer, McGill Library Student employees are actively involved in the McGill Library. From digitizing cultural heritage materials, organizing archival collections, and researching artwork to writing news stories and social media posts, and acting as information assistants. Student hires are …

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How to protect yourself and your work when publishing open access

What would you do if you discovered your open access PhD dissertation for sale on Amazon? Several postgrads at The Open University found themselves in this very situation. The Open University’s library team contacted Amazon and the theses were pulled off …

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Google Scholar – Public Access Tracker, Open Access, and eScholarship

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A few months ago, Google Scholar launched a Public Access Tracker. This is a tool embedded in Google Scholar profiles that shows if a researcher’s work is compliant with their funding agencies’ open access mandates: A few things to note: …

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“Archiving an Era”: The Early Work of Marcus Leatherdale and Sunil Gupta

By Leighetta Kim, Museum Database Intern, McGill Visual Arts Collection Hooded Glance – Self Portrait by Marcus Leatherdale is a photograph that immediately draws you in. A tension between vulnerability and strength commands a viewer’s gaze. As an intern at the …

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4 Things to see at McGill Library before you graduate

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Virtual convocation is here! While many of us are celebrating remotely, we’re still celebrating! Usually at this time of year, we jot down a list of Library activities to do with visiting family members. And this year will be no different. …

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