New Authentication–new access to SHU databases

The University Libraries has implemented Shibboleth, an open source software package for web single sign-on to ALL our databases.  Now, accessing databases like Pivot, a grants database, or Project Muse can be done by using your Seton Hall ID and password (note you will need to come in through the library portal). Questions? Contact Marta Deyrup (marta.deyrup at








Library subscribes to 2 new databases for Americanists

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

 This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Feedback requested

The library has a trial subscription to MLA,  provided by the vendor, Gale. The rationale for switching vendors is that Gale provides better linkage between the articles indexed in MLA and the full–text.  Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions. Again, this a trial. We will have access to this interface until April 28th, 2017. Click on the image on the left  to access the database.

Finding new materials in the library catalog

Ever wonder how librarians are able to find the newest films, books and other materials in our catalog so easily? Try searching as they do, by using  the WORLDCAT Indexes

With a few simple commands you can search for new acquisitions on or about Shakespeare
[su: shakespeare AND yr: 2015-]
Over 27,000 films for your classes
or new books on Writing and Composition
[kw: writing AND yr: 2015-]

Have questions or want some tips? Contact Dr. Marta Deyrup ( at the library

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers –The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650


nehJohn N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on continuity and change in the production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during the 200 years following the advent of printing with movable type. In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which adherents of different religious faiths shared common ground in exploiting elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries) in order to inspire reading, but also to restrict interpretation. Employing key methods of the History of the Book, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the Renaissance and/or Reformation, the History of the Book, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 18 June until 15 July 2017 at The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, one of the nation’s leading research and cultural centers. Among the Library’s 420,000 rare books and seven million manuscripts are major holdings in medieval manuscripts, books printed before 1501, Renaissance history and literature, maps, travel literature, and the history of science, medicine, and technology. The Huntington also boasts art galleries containing 650 paintings and 440 works of sculpture, as well as twelve botanical gardens containing 15,000 plant varieties.

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2017 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,300. Up to three spaces will be reserved for adjunct faculty.

Full details and application information are available at For further information, please contact The deadline for application is March 1, 2017.

Scholars use Big Data to show Marlowe co-wrote three Shakespeare plays

A new edition of William Shakespeare’s complete works will name Christopher Marlowe as co-author of three plays, shedding new light on the links between the two great playwrights after centuries of speculation and conspiracy theories.

Marlowe will be listed as co-author of the three Henry VI plays in the New Oxford Shakespeare, due to be published in several installments over the coming weeks by the Oxford University Press.

“Shakespeare has entered the world of Big Data and there are certain questions that we are now able to answer more confidently that people have been asking for a very long time,” Gary Taylor, one of the project’s senior editors, told Reuters. Read more…..