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Technology Sandbox for Smith students: tools and tips for research & learning
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NAXOS introduces new media player for mobiles

Naxos Music Library With the introduction of the new Naxos Media Player, you can now stream Naxos Music Library on your tablet, iPhone or Android phone, with a Smith login/password, through the web browser, WITHOUT apps!

Access Naxos off the streaming media page, found at:
Naxos features Classical, Jazz, World, Classic Rock, and Nostalgia music recordings, and includes the catalogues or selected recordings of over 640 labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, EMI Classics, Erato, Finlandia, Hänssler Classic, Harmonia Mundi, Hungaroton, Naïve, Naxos, Nonesuch, Nimbus, Ondine, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Teldec, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics
An amazing resource!
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April - May, 2013: Tell us what you think!

Have you tried Zotero to manage your citations for research? We'd love to hear from you.

Libraries and Educational Technology Services staff members are evaluating Zotero as an alternative to RefWorks for the Smith community.

Your comments are greatly appreciated.   Smith College Zotero Survey

This survey will take just a few moments of your time.  Responses will be kept confidential.


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New Search Tool - Discover!

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more



New! Discover: Start here for books, articles & more


Discover's single search box combines the Five College Library Catalog and many of Smith's research databases.  Try it as a starting point - Discover may be the only search you need to find a few good resources.

Please let us know what you think of Discover by taking this brief survey.


Learn More about the new Discover search


Introducing Zotero

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Zotero is a free research plug-in for Firefox that helps you gather, manage, and cite your research sources. Zotero is an open-source alternative to other citation management tools such as Refworks and EndNote.

Learn more about Zotero


Latest Tools: Naxos Android App

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Naxos on the Go! Now for Android!

Naxos Music Library has launched a free Android app in addition to their iPhone app. Listen to playlists created by you or your professors on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android device!

Learn more about the Naxos apps


Latest Tools: ScienceDirect iPhone app

ScienceDirect iPhone App

The free ScienceDirect iPhone app lets you search for and download peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

To get started, create a ScienceDirect username/password and then download the app from the iTunes store. A User Guide is available with more information.

Tools you can use

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The "Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011" list includes a comparison of rankings over the last four years.



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Visit the Web Lab's "Links"  page and tell us about your favorites.

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Send-to-Mobile in Music Online

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Alexander Street Press’s Music Online now offers send-to-mobile functionality. You can send an audio track, video track, album, or playlist from their streaming collections to your mobile device to listen to later.

Learn more about Send-to-Mobile in Music Online


E-reader Apps

Stanza app on iPod

Have you checked out the Libraries’ Kindles yet? If you like the flexibility of having a portable bookshelf, but don’t want another electronic device, you can download one of the many e-reader apps for your PC, Mac, smartphone, iPod, or iPad.

The New York Times recently did a review of several apps, Apps That Turn Pages, and Save Money, and both Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer free versions of their e-readers for a range of devices.

Other reviews:

5 Fantastic Free iPhone E-book Reader Apps (Mashable)


WorldCat Local

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WorldCat Local is a great place to start your research! Search libraries worldwide and a small collection of journal articles, including JSTOR and Science Direct (2006+). Please let us know what you think of this resource by taking this brief survey.

Search Smith Libraries and beyond for books, CDs, more


Learn More about WorldCat Local


Music Online Quick Search

You can now search Alexander Street's Music Online audio, video, scores, and full text music reference collections from your Web browser's toolbar using their Search Engine Add-On. After installing the add-on, you will be able to type search terms directly into the toolbar, as seen below:

Music Online Quick Search


Installing the add-ons is simple and takes very little time.

Click here for installation instructions.


New DVD Alerts

Find out about New DVDs using Five College Library Catalog Alerts

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Use the library catalog “alerts” feature to find out about new DVDs and videos – at Smith or in any of the Five College libraries – through regular email or RSS updates.

Learn more about Catalog Alerts.



Use EBSCO Alerts to keep your research up-to-date


You can use EBSCO RSS alerts (or email alerts) to be notified when new articles become available for previously run searches or new issues of journals are out.

Learn more about EBSCO RSS Alerts


RSS Feeds

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Tired of checking your favorite web sites daily?

Learn how you can use RSS feeds to automatically get the latest updates from web sites, blogs, and library databases.

Learn more about RSS


Social Bookmarking - It's Delicious!

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With Delicious you can get to your favorite websites and documents from any computer - at home, in the libraries, from your room, or wherever you happen to be.

All your bookmarks are kept in one place, stored online, for you to tag, save, and organize. You'll be able to find good stuff on the web, keep track of it all, share links with people you add to your network, and create a tag cloud to post on a blog or website.

Learn more about Delicious



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RefWorks is an online tool that lets you import references from most of the databases to which the Libraries subscribe.

Learn more about RefWorks

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