Online interactive version (with linked citations, digital images, and full video and sound) of the Birds of North America, the definitive US scientific reference on the 700+ breeding birds of North America. First housed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, BNA was initiated as an 18-volume print reference in the early 1990's under the guidance of the American Ornithologists Union and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Searchable by species, topic, or keyword. Each species account covers the life details, behaviors, migration information, maps of breeding and wintering ranges, all habitat descriptions, and conservation and management guidelines. All information is regularly updated with the latest research findings from the leading researchers for each species.
Uses streaming RealPlayer for audio (bird songs and calls) and QuickTime for video.
The Transportation History Collection in the Special Collections Library of the University of Michigan contains a unique body of printed and visual materials on transportation technology and travel. Although there are printed items from as early as 1588, the majority of the material is from the 19th and early 20th centuries. International in scope, subjects in the collection include ballooning and dirigibles, early roads, automobiles, canals, bridges, carriages and coaches, and, most notably, railroads.
The collection of railroad material consists of over 14,000 items relating to American, Canadian, Mexican, British, French, German, and Russian railroad companies and their rolling stock. There are annual reports, including extensive runs of most major lines in the United States, pamphlets, timetables, charters, stock certificates and other legal documents, surveys, advertising brochures, posters, artwork, archival collections and photographs. In addition to the annual reports, there are many monographs and long runs of most of the State Railroad Commissions' Reports.
Imageworks is located on the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library. The physical collection includes over 3,000 DVDs, VHS tapes, and CD-ROMs; more than 100,000 35mm slides; and numerous blueprints and maps. In addition, there are several thousand high-resolution, royalty-free images available from our Corel CD-ROM collection.
The DVDs, VHS tapes, and CD-ROMs can all be found in Mirlyn. and through the Imageworks Video Database. You may browse and borrow videos during our open hours, or request them via "Get This" in Mirlyn and the item will be held at the circulation desk of your choice. These items circulate for 3 days, with 3 renewals.
Other media (35 mm slides, blueprints, etc.) can be searched while in the collection. Staff will be happy to help you find what you need when you visit.
Our facility has a flat-screen monitor for individual or group viewing VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray items, along with wireless headphones.
Project tools include a Mac and a PC workstation; flatbed scanner; slide/film scanner; light table; and paper cutter, 3-hole punch, stapler, scissors, pens, etc.
We can assist with finding quality images, creating image portfolios, and using images in presentation software. In addition, we can offer advice regarding copyright and fair use of images.
For faculty, we will make digital images from book or journal illustrations. The images are added to our general collection. Please bring your images at least two weeks before you need them for presentation.
At faculty or GSI request, we will put videos or dvd's on reserve for a course. The material can be viewed at one of several viewing stations in the library.
To check out materials, users must have a valid University of Michigan ID.
DVDs and VHS tapes circulate to all users for three days and can be renewed three times.
Maps and blueprints in reasonable condition circulate for 1 week.
Faculty may borrow 35mm slides for as long as required for teaching and research. However, as a consideration to other users we request that faculty return images within two weeks.
Students may borrow 35mm slides for a 1 week period for class presentations.