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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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McGill University Archives’ starter kit for the Fall semester

We would like to welcome all students to this new fall semester.  We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit our beautiful library starting this September! The last few months have been challenging for all of us, for …

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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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Data sets from McGill’s digital collections now available for text-mining and data-intensive research

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By Alexandra Kohn, Head, Copyright Office Collections as Data is a movement in the cultural heritage sector to make our collections machine-actionable and available at scale for data-intensive research. Inspired by the Institute of Museum and Library Service-funded project Always …

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Helping Hands: Uncovering an Eighteenth-century Midwifery Manual

Par: Mme Margaret Carlyle, Université de Chicago, mcarlyle@uchicago.edu, (Titulaire de la bourse de voyage Marie Louis Nickerson, Bibliothèque Osler d’histoire de la médecine) The Osler Library of the History of Medicine’s recent acquisition of the French-language Abbrégé de l’art des accouchemens (The Art …

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Competing For the Madeline: The Early History of Women’s Basketball at McGill

In 1891, during his first year as a teacher at the YMCA training school in Springfield Massachusetts, McGill alumni Dr. James Naismith invented basketball. Originally envisioned as a game for Naismith’s male pupils, American women began playing basketball as early …

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DRAW needs you!

Looking for something to do while you’re self-isolating and social-distancing? Would you like to contribute to weather, climate science, and history? Come help us transcribe weather records from the past on DRAW! You can join a community of citizen scientists …

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Karis Shearer awarded Raymond Klibansky Research Travel Grant

The McGill Library welcomes Dr. Karis Shearer to our Rare Books and Special Collections reading room! Dr. Shearer is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) where she directs …

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Fiat Lux – Reimagining the McGill Library

When Redpath Hall, McGill’s first dedicated library, was originally built, the words “FIAT LUX” adorned the entablature above the entrance. These words, Latin for “let there be light,” embody the concept of illumination as knowledge, a motto as timely today …

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Fontanus, Vol 13 (2013) now available online

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  “Founded in 1988, Fontanus: from the collections of McGill University, was conceived as an annual scholarly journal edited and produced by McGill Librarians. The primary purpose of Fontanus is to showcase the University Library’s extensive rare and special collections through in-depth …

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