Loeb Classical Library – 1 year in.

By - Research & Instruction Librarian December 8th, 2015

Last year the library began its subscription to the Loeb Classical Library.


Over this past year the Loeb eBooks have been opened 1411 times in this inaugural year, (with 715 of those being in the month of October 2015).


A measure of Classics students diligent research? 🙂


Our Loeb sales associate also shares these good things to look forward to:


“Upcoming additions to the Library include Galen’s On the Constitution of the Art of Medicine, The Art of Medicine, and A Method of Medicine to Glaucon, and new editions of works by Appian, Augustine, Caesar, and Livy.”

Digital Loeb Classical Library – Now Online. Prod. Harvard University Press. YouTube. 16 Mar. 2014. Web. 01 Dec. 2015. <http://youtube/ uQYy3Yml5r4>.

Which digital reference books did you choose?

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 21st, 2015

The library recently concluded it’s pilot in User-Driven Acquisition.


This past year the entire 2,000+ collection of digital reference books was available to the SPS community.


Now, at the end of the academic year, the library has purchased those 20 titles most consulted by SPS researchers (you!).  🙂



What were they?


Ancient Rome

Cold War Reference Library

Early Civilizations in the Americas Reference Library

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health 3

Garbage and Recycling (Greenhaven Press)

Global Events: Milestone Events Throughout History

Global Viewpoints: The War in Iraq

Greek and Roman Mythology

Greenhaven Encyclopedias of: Ancient Greece

Greenhaven Encyclopedias of: Terrorism

Human Trafficking (Greenhaven)

Learning Disabilities

Literature and Its Times, vol. 1-7

Nutrition and Health: Genetically Modified Foods

Oceans (Greenhaven Press)

Online Social Networks

Sleep Disorders

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd ed.

Teen Rights and Freedoms: Discipline and Punishment

World War II Reference Library


I was happy to  see science, hum., history, health and languages all represented.  What do you think?


The Digital Loeb Classical Library

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 7th, 2015

The library recently purchased The Digital Loeb Classical Library.


What is it?

A complete, and digitized, library of the Loeb classical volumes from Harvard University Press. Over 500 translations of classical works, containing either the original Latin or Greek, alongside an English translation. Search the entire Loeb library in Latin, Ancient Greek, and/or English!

A Harvard University Press overview video is available here or click on the image below.

Off the grounds & need some classical literature?  Please log in to vpn.sps.edu to access this (or any/all of the library’s eCollections).

Digital Loeb Classical Library – Now Online. Prod. Harvard University Press. YouTube. 16 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 Dec. 2014. <http://youtube/ uQYy3Yml5r4>.


Poetry Break

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 10th, 2014

robert frost photo

Taking a break from Humanities research?  As part of National Poetry Month want to then use that break to read biographical content about a favorite poet, or to enjoy an analysis of a favorite poem?

Consider the Literature eReference Collection from Salem Press, purchased by the Library.

Perhaps a little:

Of the grounds?  Do log in first, to http://vpn.sps.edu  in order to access this content.

Photo by Mr. Littlehand

Salem Literature

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 2nd, 2013

Looking for an author or poet biography?  Analysis of a text used in your Humanities class?  Need the backstory on a hero in a graphic novel?

Try Salem Literature, a collection of classic literature reference titles providing biography and analysis, including:

  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction
  • Critical Survey of Poetry
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction
  • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes
  • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Themes & Technique
  • Magill’s Literary Annual 1977-2013


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