Monday, January 13, 2014

Concordia Reflections: interviews with old Concordia students digitized and available!

In the early 1980s, as a part of her sabbatical, the late Concordia librarian Margaret Horn (pic below) interviewed more than twenty former Concordia students living in the south.  Thanks to the Minnesota Digital library, those interviews are now available to listen to and download from the Minnesota Reflections website.  

The interviews are with students who attended the college in the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s and feature recollections of their experiences at Concordia.  Among other things the former students are asked about:

  • teachers they enjoyed and why
  • their friendships on and off of campus
  • the hierarchy among students
  • the places in the Twin Cities that they visited
  • the way they paid the bills (i.e. working off campus and through donations)
  • extracurricular activities including athletics, clubs, and the hazing of younger students. 

Even in those days, the school was focused on not only cultivating future pastors and teachers for the church body of which it was a part (the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod), but also laypersons possessing the benefit of a Christian liberal arts education.  As such, there are about thirteen interviews with those who went on to become pastors, and eight of those who went on to do other work. 

Take some time in the near future to enjoy listening to some of the interviews!  Again, here is the link for the interviews (and here a link that gets you to all the Concordia items found in the collection)
Here is a summary of one of the more colorful interviews with Rudolph Ritz, class of 1935: 

"Pastor Ritz, whose mother was the chief cook for Kaiser Wilhelm II, talks about, among other things, why he came to study for the ministry at Concordia, how public school teachers sacrificed extra time to help him learn English and math, the President’s long list of responsibilities at the school (leading chapel, night watchman, his own secretary), outstanding profs and what made them great, the dissection of stray animals for biology classes, how city boys at Concordia avoided hazing and who got it the worst, classroom clowning and fun, playing sports, the difficulties professors faced, the scandal of dating students (dancing, movies), extracurricular night lectures by a professor on sexual matters, a “rebel” student newspaper (the “Rebel Comet”), pro baseball and the St. Paul Saints (Babe Ruth), work outside of school, the conversion of a co-worker to Christianity through his preaching, and an interesting story about a personal letter from President Nixon.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sport Management Database SBRnet Available as a Trial Through the End of the Semester

Please try this resource for sport business market research at the URL:

Here's what it includes:

  • Industry-developed Market Research
  • Government Statistics
  • Facility Reports and News
  • International Market Publications
  • Customized Research
  • Directories
Here are some of the subjects it covers:
  • College Sports
  • Endorsements
  • Facilities
  • Fan Market Profiles
  • Financial Reports
  • Licensing
  • Market Demographics
  • Marketing
  • Professional sports
  • Social Media
  • Sponsorship
  • Sporting Goods demographics and brand preferences
  • Sports Participation
Trial ends: December 15 
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Monday, November 4, 2013

MLA International Bibliography Trial Also Available Through ProQuest

There is also a trial of MLA International Bibliography through ProQuest. Please compare it with MLA Bibliography through EBSCO and let us know which works better for you:

MLA International Bibliography via ProQuest

MLA International Bibliography via EBSCO

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Database Trials: Humanities Source, MLA International Bibliography, and The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

For the remainder of the year, we will be trialing two databases in the Humanities: Humanities Source and MLA International Bibliography. We will also be trialing a teference source called The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism.

About Humanities Source:
Humanities Source provides full text—plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing—for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and history. Including feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and more.
About MLA International Bibliography:
 Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains millions of citations from journals & series, as well as book publishers. 
About The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism:
Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, the Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements and is updated annually.

Direct URLS:

Humanities Source:                           ,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=hus

MLA International Bibliography:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mzh

The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism:

Trials end: December 29, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Try Out Arts & Humanities Full Text from ProQuest until November 10th

For a limited time, try out Arts & Humanities Full text from ProQuest. "Titles include both scholarly peer-reviewed journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to applied arts and cultural studies." Strengths of this collection are:
  • Art, design, crafts and photography
  • Archaeology, anthropology and classical studies 
  • Architecture, interior design and urban planning 
  • History, philosophy, geography and religion 
  • Modern languages and literatures 
  • Music, theatre, film and cultural studies
 Direct URL:

Trials ends: November 10th

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Subscription to The Cochrane Library: Evidence-Based, Systematic Reviews for Health and Medicine

The CSP Library now subscribes to The Cochrane Library, a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. "Each Cochrane Review is a peer-reviewed systematic review that has been prepared and supervised by a Cochrane Review Group (editorial team) in The Cochrane Collaboration according to the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions or Cochrane Handbook for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews."

Try Out Our Trial for a New PsycINFO/PsycARTICLES Interface

We already subscribe to PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES through EBSCO, but are trialing them through ProQuest to see how the search, linking, and interface stack up. Let us know what you think!

Trial ends: September 16th

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Direct URL:,1007458