Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Author Interviews from the Paris Review

The Paris Review magazine has been a great place to find much of the best in modern literature. Founded in 1953, it has published short stories, poems, photos, and other creative works. Unfortunately, we do not have a subscription to this magazine, but they do publish parts for free on the web, e.g. Benjamin Markovits' story, Another Sad, Bizarre Chapter in Human History or a translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Interiors.

One highly important section of The Paris Review however, are their interviews with authors. Again, not all of them are available for free, but many of them have been. The AUR Library has created a page that has links into all of those that are available, and made a catalog record for them so that you can find them later.

Want to see their very first interview with E.M. Forster? or with Vladimir Nabokov? or Alberto Moravia? Dorothy Parker or Ezra Pound? Many of them are there.

Give it a try.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Movie Reviews

We have upgraded our Extend Search function in the catalog to include a quick and easy way to find Movie Reviews.

Now, when you invoke the Extend Search, and then choose Videos, there is a possibility of searching for movie reviews using the Movie Review Query Engine (MRQE). This site has been on the World Wide Web for many years and comprises more than 25,000 movies in over 185,000 reviews culled from newspapers (local, national, and international), entertainment publications, and the rec.arts.movies.reviews newsgroup. It is fast, and is very reliable.

You can also find it through the AUR Library catalog.

Keep in mind that you must search the MRQE by the movie title, otherwise you will find zero. When you find zero, there is a link that goes into the Internet Movie Database, where you can search for the actor, find the title of the movie you are interested in, then go back to the MRQE to find the reviews.