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Special Collections: Collections

  • Photo of cookbook cover.
    The Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive brings together a rich and diverse body of materials on the American culinary experience, shaped by the donation of titles collected over many years by Janice and Daniel Longone.  Our collecting interests are the production, promotion, preparation, presentation, consumption and appreciation of food & drink in America, plus related aspects of domestic and commercial life, such as entertaining and marketing. The bulk of the collection is from the 18th to the early 21st century, with key titles from throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Collection strengths include 19th and early 20th century cookbooks, charity cookbooks, and food-related advertising ephemera.
  • Painting of boats.

    Children's Literature

    Approximately 25,000 published volumes are complemented by several collections of archival material containing the artwork, correspondence, manuscripts, and other material created or collected by a number of notable authors and illustrators.

  • Photo of books

    English and American Literature

    In addition to an impressive array of literary first editions, notable holdings include one of the world’s best collections of editions, translations, adaptations, and spin-offs of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (first published in 1719) and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (first published in 1726); manuscripts by Algernon Swinburne and Anthony Trollope;  hundreds of feet of material related to the University of Michigan's renowned Hopwood Awards program; the papers of authors and poets including Victor Bockris, Nicholas Delbanco, Judith Guest, Marge Piercy, Anne Waldman, and Nancy Willard; and the records of small publishers including The Alternative Press, Broadside Press, and Hanuman Books.

    Image by Brenda Clarke/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

  • Map of Europe

    European History

    The political upheavals of 17th-century Europe are well documented in significant collections of political and other pamphlets from England, France, and the Netherlands. The Special Collections Library is home to hundreds of pre-1800 books on European military history as well as thousand of pamphlets from the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany.

    Image by rosario fiore/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

  • Detail from the Galileo manuscript.

    History of Astronomy

    The collection documents the early history of the field in hundreds of pre-1800 publications including works by Copernicus, Kepler, and Euclid. A manuscript in Galileo’s own hand illustrates his discovery, sometime between 1609 and 1610, of the four moons of Jupiter.

  • Illustration by Vesalius.

    History of Medicine

    The collection contains about 8,500 medical works of scholarly significance. The material historically ranges from a collection of 52 medical magical amulets from late antiquity (Campbell Bonner Collection), to medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, early printed books, and American medical literature from the early 1800s. It includes some important named collections on early European medicine such as the Lewis Stephen Pilcher Collection, the Le Roy Crummer Collection, and the George E. Wantz Collection.

  • Photo of Islamic manuscript.

    Islamic Manuscripts

    The collection consists of 1,095 volumes (and a small number of single leaves) dating from the 8th to the 20th century CE and carrying roughly 1,795 texts chiefly in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish. The collection offers a vast range of material for philologists and historians of various disciplines, including Islamic social history, knowledge transmission and acquisition, manuscript production and ownership, and the arts of the book, and ranks among the largest and most significant such collections in North America.

  • Image from the Szyk Haggadah

    Jewish Heritage Collection

    The collection, a gift made jointly to the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the University Library, paints a vivid, lasting, and unique portrait of the Jewish experience. In addition to more than 1,500 books, the collection consists of approximately 1,000 works of art (drawings, paintings, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs, and other types of prints); 700 pieces of ephemera (cards, calendars, clippings, postcards, and mementos); and approximately 200 objects ranging from ritual items (menorahs, groggers, and yarmulkes) to everyday objects including toys, candles, and serving trays.

  • Image of an ornate manuscript.
    Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

    Manuscript holdings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance consist of over 250 volumes largely devoted to religious topics as well as single leaves, some of them of extraordinary historical relevance such as the collection of 20 parchment leaves containing works of the Coptic writer Shenoute of Atripe. Together these illustrate the art and craft of manuscript production in several parts of Europe and the Mediterranean region.

  • Photo from the Philippine History collection.

    Worcester Philippine History Collection

    The collection consists of published works, manuscript items, and photographs documenting many aspects of Philippine history, with particular emphasis on the period between 1899 and 1913, when Worcester served as a member of the United States Philippine Commission and as secretary of the interior for the Insular Government of the Philippine Islands.

  • Anti-nuke poster from Labadie collection

    Joseph A. Labadie Collection

    The collection is one of the oldest and most comprehensive collections of radical history in the United States, bringing together unique materials that document past as well as contemporary social protest movements. Collection strengths include anarchism, labor movements, civil liberties (with an emphasis on racial minorities), socialism, communism, colonialism and imperialism, American labor history through the 1930s, the Industrial Workers of the Word, the Spanish Civil War, sexual freedom, women’s liberation, gay liberation, the underground press, and student protest movements.

  • Shepard Fairey illustration of John Sayles' face.

    Film, Theater & Television

    Significant collections that fall under this broad category include plays in various languages printed before 1800, including numerous works from the Spanish Golden Age; early English plays including hundreds of editions of the works of Shakespeare, beginning with his 2nd folio (1632); over 1,000 plays performed in French “boulevard” theatres early in the 20th century; and several archival collections documenting American vaudeville and the “Little Theatre” movement of the early 20th century.

    • In the collection: Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers

      U-M is home to extensive archives and materials documenting the careers of American filmmakers known for coloring outside the lines: Robert Altman, Ira Deutchman, Alan Rudolph, Nancy Savoca, John Sayles, and Orson Welles. Together they make U-M a major destination for research on these American maverick filmmakers.

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    Transportation History

    Rich in printed, archival, photographic, and graphic materials, the Transportation History Collections include thousands of volumes on railroad history, roads and automobile travel, bicycling, bridges, ballooning, canals, and steamships.  Archival collections include the records of the Lincoln Highway Association, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Company, and the Detroit United Railway, and the papers of Charles Ellet, Jr., who designed and built several major wire-cable suspension bridges in the United States before he was killed in the Civil War. Other notable holdings include a 27-volume photographic journal documenting the building of the Panama Canal and extensive graphic material depicting pre-20th century modes of transportation.

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Guide to Homeopathy Materials

Taubman Health Sciences Library

Please note that many of the materials in our Homeopathy Collection have been digitally scanned, and their full text is available on line. The search interface for the documents available on line is at the following URL:

This guide was compiled to facilitate locating Taubman Health Sciences Library’s homeopathic materials. As noted above, many items from this collection have been scanned, and are available on line. The search interface for the documents available on line is at the following URL: The print materials in the Homeopathy Collection have been stored in various places including: Buhr Shelving Facility at Green and Hoover Streets, the Serials and Microfilms department on the second floor of the south section of the Hatcher Graduate Library, the Taubman Health Sciences Library stacks or Rare Book Room, secondary storage on the second floor of Taubman Health Sciences Library, Hatcher Graduate Library, and Bentley Historical Library. The subjects highlighted by the Guide are presented as illustrations of various topics that are available in the collection and by no means constitute an exhaustive list of materials. For further information, please see the Mirlyn library catalog.

The formerly-used printed card catalog, located on the fifth level near the Technical Processing Office of Taubman Health Sciences Library, has drawers #142 and #143 dedicated to the holdings of both monographs and journals in the homeopathic field, with location annotations in many instances. Researchers should also note that delicate or older materials, when not in the Rare Book Room, may have been moved to a storage area, a change not necessarily accurately reflected in the Mirlyn Online Catalog. (Check with staff at Reference desk.)

HISTORY: The homeopathy collection at the University of Michigan originated in the holdings of the Homeopathic Medical College, first established as part of the University in Ann Arbor in 1875 and conducted concurrently with the allopathic Medical School until 1922. There was also a Homeopathic Hospital in existence locally from 1879 until 1891. For a more complete history see:


"The Homeopathic Medical College."  In: The University of Michigan: An Encyclopedic Survey, edited by Wilfred B. Shaw, vol. 2, pp. 1003-1012.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.  (Also available electronically)

The Making of the University of Michigan 1817-1992, by Howard H. Peckham, edited and updated by Margaret L. Steneck and Nicholas H. Steneck.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, 1997.


The collection itself contains items dating from the mid-1800’s to the present day. Of particular interest is the Bradford Homeopathy Collection, which is composed of 1027 pamphlets that detail 75 years of the history and development of the field of homeopathic medicine. Along with the holdings of the former Homeopathic Library, these pamphlets constitute one of the most complete collections on the subject.

Homeopathy (homeo=similar; pathos=suffering) is a system of therapy developed in the early nineteenth century by Samuel Hahnemann, based on the “law of infinitesimal doses” or in similia similibus curantur (likes are cured by likes), which holds that a medical substance that can evoke certain symptoms in healthy people may be effective in the treatment of illnesses having symptoms closely resembling those produced by the substance.1

Click here to view the guide to Homeopathy materials in the Taubman Health Sciences Library



1. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing (5th ed.,) Baltimore. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005.



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Staying Current Podcast Series - Web 2.0 Presentation Tools & Resources

Taubman Health Sciences Library


Web 2.0 Presentation Tools & Resources

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Date/Time: March 1, 2007
Title: Web 2.0 Presentation Tools & Resources
Presenter: Patricia Anderson


Text of Slides:

Slide 1: Web 2.0 Presentation Tools & Resources: Flickr, SlideShare, Zoho Show & More Patricia F. Anderson

Slide 2: Web 2.0 is Useful for ... * Folk who use multiple computers in various locations * Discovery of items similar to your selections * Sharing resources with peers, managers, students & others * Web site development & support * Building communities and discovering like- minded individuals

Slide 3: Web 2.0 Presentation Resources * When making a presentation, you want pictures, and a few words. And people. * Finding Pictures: * Google Images * Other Image Search Engines * Flickr * Building your presentation -- Zoho: Show * Sharing your presentation (& finding other presentations) --

Slide 4: Google Images

Slide 5: Yahoo Images

Slide 6: Wikimedia

Slide 7: Other Image Search Engines * A9 * Altavista: Image Search * Ask: Picture Search * Ditto * DogPile * PicSearch * MORE:

Slide 8: Flickr *Account types *Free, with limited uploads *Fee, personal accounts *Inexpensive - around $15 USD/year *No corporate accounts, yet

Slide 9: Flickr: Find Pictures *Search all of Flickr *Search your account *Search images in a group on your topic

Slide 10: Browsing Tags in Flickr * Tags are freeform and self-selected * Check a variety of spellings, phrasings, capitalization, and punctuation for the same concept * Watch for popular terms * When tagging your pictures, use a variety of spellings and terms to aid in discovery. * Browse: *

Slide 11: Flickr: Find Communities & Groups *Search for a group by keyword *Search: DENTISTRY, find:

Slide 12: Flickr: Find Communities & Groups *Search for a keyword, find a picture, find a group that collects those types of images. *Search for: GASTRIC MUCOSA, find:

Slide 13: Flickr: Build Communities & Groups * Start a group on a topic that interests you * Search for images that fit; look for a range of interesting images * Invite people to join and add their images * Invite partner(s) to help moderate group to keep it on target * Thank those who add good images, to build a reward system.

Slide 14: Flickr: Build Communities & Groups * Why? (NOTE: These are true for Web 2.0 communities in general) * Market and promote your resources * Link back to your online resources * Broaden recognition of your expertise among new groups * Broaden awareness of range of resources available * Discover new persons interested in your topic of interest

Slide 15: Flickr: Build Communities & Groups * Example: History & Art of Dentistry,

Slide 16: Flickr: Build Communities & Groups

Slide 17: Flickr: Favorites & Comments * Commenting & marking an image as a favorite (favoriting) is one way to build good feelings in the community and build relationships. This is the most popular image in the dental history pool, with 688 views in less than 3 weeks.

Slide 18: Flickr: FYIs * All new accounts temporarily restricted from being accessible via Flickr search. * Accounts may be blocked from searching if focus is not real-folk photos (negotiable). * 'Blocked' photos still accessible via groups and photostream. * Some image restrictions apply: * Copyright, * Image ownership, * Sexual, nudity, graphic violence, * Or otherwise not family-friendly.

Slide 19: Home

Slide 20: Home: Featured

Slide 21: About *Content from those who want to get their ideas out: *Not-for-profits *International schools *Consultants *Individuals

Slide 22: About 2 * Things to do with SlideShare: * Find teaching materials * Share teaching materials * Share conference slides * Review content remotely from secured computers. * NOTES about sharing: * People cannot download your presentation without asking you first. * People can ask you.

Slide 23: Things to Do

Slide 24: Tags

Slide 25: Tag Browse

Slide 26: Searching * No advanced search * Sloppy search * This reflects relatively new product and growing collection -- they want you to find something, so make the search imprecise. * Community still "young" (in Web 2.0 terms), so few comments / added tags * Pluses: Searches full text of presentation slides, and breaks out full text in display

Slide 27: My SlideSpace

Slide 28: My SlideSpace *Presentations *Favorites *Tags *Contacts *Comments

Slide 29: Zoho Show: Home

Slide 30: Zoho Show: What You Can Do

Slide 31: Zoho Show: Ways to Use It * Backup your presentation, in case * Your computer fries at a conference * When you have to use someone else's computer * You are working from a public computer without your preferred presentation software * Last minute edits / updates to previously loaded presentation * Pseudo Webcast presentations -- conference call + online slideshow you control * Interviewing job candidates remotely * Guest speakers & consulting presentations

Slide 32: Zoho Show: New Presentation

Slide 33: Zoho Show: Editing Interface

Slide 34: Zoho Show: Adding a New Slide

Slide 35: Zoho Show: Images & Flickr

Slide 36: Zoho Show: Images & Flickr *Success!

Slide 37: Zoho Show: Actions *Import PPT *Export PPT

Slide 38: Other Free Zoho Online Tools *Zoho Writer (word processing) *Zoho Sheet (spreadsheet) *Zoho Polls (surveys) *Zoho Creator (online databases) *Zoho Wiki *More ... at

Slide 39: Creating Accounts * Each account per tool (Flickr, Zoho, Slideshare) must usually be associated with a unique e-mail address. * If creating an account to be shared across an office, consider creating an e-mail list to serve as the contact e-mail address.

Slide 40: More: Copyright & Licensing * Creative Commons license options for both SlideShare and Flickr * Is there an institutional policy? * What does your boss think? * Most conservative license is "All Rights Reserved." * Next most conservative, but more open, is Creative Commons, non-commercial use only, no derivatives.

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Staying Current Podcast Series: Refworks

Using RefWorks to Manage Your Literature

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Date/Time: April 10, 2007
Title: Using RefWorks to Manage Your Literature
Presenter: Pat Redman


Text of Slides:

  1. Using To Manage Your Literature Pat Redman Taubman Health Sciences Library © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  2. What is RefWorks? Database software ….provided by the Library ….accessible via the web
  3. Why use RefWorks? • To organize your references….like an electronic filing cabinet • To import your database search results • To format your papers and bibliographies according to journal/style specifications • To share references for team or department projects
  4. Access on campus:
  5. RefWorks Tutorial & FAQ
  6. Tutorial Basics
  7. Highlighted Tutorials
  8. OVID Medline Search
  9. Direct Export
  10. Export Results to RefWorks
  11. Import from OVID
  12. Last Imported Folder
  13. Descriptors View
  14. Citation View
  15. Recapping • Direct Export is easy but not available in all databases. It is in UM-Medsearch, PsycInfo and Dissertation Abstracts. • For other databases such as PubMed and Web of Knowledge, save your results as a text file and use File-Import in RefWorks.
  16. Now in PubMed
  17. File - Save As
  18. Import Filters
  19. Manually Adding a Reference
  20. Use the Folders menu to create folders and organize your references
  21. Create New Folders
  22. Use the Search menu to Lookup
  23. So far we’ve: • Built our RefWorks library with references from UM-Medsearch and PubMed • Learned how to add a reference manually • Used folders to organize our references • Looked at the Search menu Now let’s format a paper!
  24. Choose Cite View
  25. Open Word File
  26. Place Cursor, Click Cite, Selection Citation
  27. Drag & Drop Drag and drop Citation into Word document
  28. Clear between cites
  29. Save & close your paper
  30. Creating a bibliography
  31. RefWorks renames file
  32. Important! • Autism.doc is not formatted by RefWorks • Final-Autism.doc is formatted by RefWorks If you want to make changes, make them to Autism.doc and then reformat in RefWorks again.
  33. Need help? • Online: remember the Tutorial & FAQ • Call or email us: – 764-1210 – • Contact me directly: – Pat Redman
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Staying Current Podcast Series - Social Bookmarking and Delicious

Taubman Health Sciences Libraries


Social Bookmarking &

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Date/Time: February 22, 2007
Title: Social Bookmarking &
Presenter: Patricia Anderson


Text of Slides:

  1. Social Bookmarking & A Personal and Professional Productivity Tool Patricia F. Anderson <> Taubman Health Sciences Library © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. University of Michigan All rights reserved. February 22, 2007
  3. Useful for … • Folk who use multiple computers in various locations • Discovery of items similar to your selections • Collecting search strategies & information for bibliographies • Course-integrated instruction • Sharing resources with peers, managers, students & others • Web site development
  4. Content in • Database built by general public, contains what others liked • Focused: better for popular topics and items • Currently tends to focus on items of interest to technophiles and young adults, but growing and diversifying • What you add changes the profile
  5. Like … but for Scientists • Connotea • CiteULike
  6. Connotea
  7. Connotea
  8. CiteULike
  9. Searching in • Three options
  10. Searching in • Example:
  11. Searching in • Let’s try it. •
  12. Browsing Tags in • Tags are freeform and self-selected • Check a variety of spellings, phrasings, capitalization, and punctuation for the same concept • Avian flu = avian.flu = avian_flu = avian-flu = avianflu = Avian.flu = Avian.Flu = “avian flu” = … • Avian influenza • Bird flu = birdflu • Bird influenza • Pandemic influenza • Pandemic flu • H5N1 / h5n1 • MORE: tamiflu, pandemic, flu, epidemic, influenza • Watch for popular terms
  13. Browsing Tags in
  14. Browsing Tags in
  15. Browsing Tags in
  16. Browsing Tags in • DEMO •
  17. Getting Started • Create your account • Upload your bookmarks • Export bookmarks (“hotsync”) • Save links • Tag • Annotate • Settings
  18. Create Your Account
  19. Create Your Account • Each account must be associated with a unique e-mail address (I think). • If creating an account to be shared across an office, consider creating an e-mail list to serve as the contact e-mail address.
  20. Create Your Account • Consider the purpose of the account when naming it; segregate home / personal and office collections. • If you will be collecting information that is private consider choosing a username that will not be associated with you personally.
  21. Create Your Account • Let’s do it! • Choose a fictional “name”? • If you have a non-UM e-mail address, consider using that as the contact. • Use a different password than your Kerberos password. • You will need to open your e-mail in another window to activate the account.
  22. Upload Bookmarks • Easy: Select file, accept default options • Public or Private - your choice
  23. Export Bookmarks • Like hotsyncing your browser
  24. How to Save a Link • With the post button • With the browser buttons • Required elements: title / URL • Optional standard elements: tags / annotations • Extra optional element: Privacy checkbox
  25. How to Save a Link • With the post button (eg. PDFs)
  26. How to Save a Link • With the post button (eg. PDFs)
  27. How to Save a Link • With the browser buttons • TIP: Use the tab to fill in a tag with the highlighted tag, or click on the choice to save typing.
  28. How to Save a Link • Extra optional element: Privacy checkbox
  29. How to Tag • Tagging rules • Separate tags with a space • Join words with punctuation (lower-case preferred) (some simply delete spaces between words) • Use capitalization appropriately to improved readability or to distinguish between tags and bundles
  30. How to Annotate • Annotations: Personal vs. Communal • Citations • Quotations • Date Viewed • Size limits on what can be included
  31. Tag & Annotate Examples
  32. Tag & Annotate Examples
  33. Tag & Annotate Examples
  34. Editing Saved Links
  35. Personalized Settings • Privacy options • Tag Bundles • Networking
  36. Personalized Settings: Privacy • Private links (checkbox) • Private network (block someone who sends you inappropriate links)
  37. Personalized Settings: Tag Bundles • SAVE!
  38. Who Saved What?
  39. Personalized Settings: Networks
  40. Using Networks for Discovery
  41. Things To Do With • Working with students • in class environments (Google jockeys) • Working with peers and administrators • Have an assistant gather information for you
  42. vs. Ctools for URL Collections • • Available to public (+/-) • Annotations and tags provide richer information than the Ctools Dropbox • Easier to share/add/delete links than Ctools • Students develop skills and collections for life after Michigan • Feeds the public good • Ctools • Can secure access to a select group (+/-) • Integrates with other course materials • UM Institutional and community standard
  43. Collect Links for Building Websites
  44. Collect Information to Answer a Question • Remember privacy issues: Does your collection reveal identity?
  45. Collect Information and Strategies for Your Manager
  46. Have an Assistant Collect Links for You
  47. Create Information and Teaching Guides • Library guides …
  48. Linking to Complex Concepts • Use the plus sign (+) to combine concepts
  49. Example Library Guide • Notice the annotations?
  50. Saving Search Strategies • Saving search strategies for a class (Google Jockey concept) …
  51. Tagging Tips • Too few terms can make retrieval difficult • Too many terms can also make retrieval difficult
  52. Tagging Tips • Include both broad and narrow terms • Design terms with repeated concepts to go from broad to narrow, general to specific.
  53. Tagging Tips • Use punctuation for spaces (lower case) • Think of unique concepts as two term combinations, rather than a new term. • Standardization helps, but requires maintenance.
  54. Tagging Tips • Tagging shortcuts: examples • Items for a particular audience: • 4doctors, 4kids, 4patients, etc • Items from frequently read journals or authors: • in:jada, in:nyt, in:chronicle, in:agd • Items for people in your delicious network: • for:dentlib, for:tmjchat
  55. Saving Items Tagged for You
  56. Saving Items Tagged for You
  57. Tag Clouds
  58. Tag Bundles
  59. Questions? • Contact: Patricia Anderson at
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