Database of the Month for September — ebrary

Ebrary is an ebook databases that covers over 70,000 titles in multiple disciplines. The topics ebrary covers range from art, education, history to law, political sciences, social sciences, and philosophy. Very recently, ebrary just updated its online reader which streamlines the online reading and downloading experience. The interface and navigation is much cleaner and more straightforward. You can start searching ebook titles using JULIEN. There will be a direct link taking you to the title page in ebrary. Or, you may conduct a search directly in ebrary (can be accessed through the database list).

Once you land at the book page, you’ll be able to read the ebook online, create a pdf and print certain pages, or download the entire book for up to 14 days. This is what the page will look like.


Here are some of the great features ebrary offers:

  • Anytime access
  • Off-campus access
  • Downloading to laptop/desktop
  • Copying and pasting
  • Highlighting
  • Automatic citations
  • Ability to email texts
  • Downloading to devices
  • Annotating

If you’d like a more detailed instruction on printing, downloading, or creating an ebrary account, check out the guide on ebooks created by our colleague Lisa. On this site, you’ll also find instructions on reading ebooks on your devices. If you need more information, ebrary also created a guide on finding, searching and using ebooks.

We are thrilled that ebrary is part of our subscribed database collection. We hope you’ll find it a useful tool for your researches. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about using this database. Email us at, any of the reference librarians will be able to help.

P.S., on a side note, VLS recently had a new website. The full library contents (ILL, databases, library hours, etc.) are on the portal site ( VLS login is required.


Chenfang Yang



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Library Hours Update

Our library hours starting tomorrow through orientation week are:
Thursday & Friday Aug., 14 and 15 8AM – 5PM
Saturday & Sunday Aug., 16 and 17 CLOSED
Monday – Thursday Aug., 18 – 21 8AM – 8PM
Friday Aug., 22 8AM – 5PM
Saturday Aug., 23 9AM – 5PM

Fall hours begin on Sunday, August 24th :
Monday – Thursday 8AM – Midnight
Friday 8AM – 10PM
Saturday 9AM – 10PM
Sunday 9AM – Midnight

*The Library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

Posted in About the Library

Lawyers & the Booker Prize

Since the Booker prize, awarded to the best novel of the year, was launched in 1969, it has been fascinating to see which novels get nominated. Not only is the prize prestigious but the winner receives the substantial sum of £50,000 (just shy of $85,000), shortlisted authors receive £2,500 (about $4250).

Every year around this date the longlist of twelve or thirteen novels is announced; on September 10 the semifinalist shortlist will be announced and on October 15 the winner will be announced.

For the first time this year the rules have expanded to include not only books published in England or Commonwealth countries but also books published anywhere in the world so long as they are written in English. This year’s longlist includes four novels by American authors, six by British authors, two Irish writers and one Australian.

One of the books in this year’s longlist, The Dog was written by an Irish lawyer, Joseph O’Neill. It follows the fortunes of a New York lawyer who relocates to Dubai to oversee a family fortune. O’Neill is the author of two other books one of which, Netherland, was also longlisted for the Booker prize in 2008. A 2009 New York Times Magazine interview with President Obama, Netherland received substantial literary notoriety when the President noted in passing that instead of reading briefing books in the evenings he was reading Netherland.

The Dog, joins a number of other Booker Prize books with a legal angle. Here are a few titles from recent Booker selections for your consideration.

The conceit of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending (shortlisted in 2011) centers on the receipt of a lawyer’s letter which causes the book’s protagonist to review his early memories.

Two books by Tan Twan Eng, a Malaysian by birth and a law graduate of the University of London who formerly practiced intellectual property law, were listed for the Booker prize. In 2007 The Gift of Rain was longlisted and The Garden of Evening Mists was shortlisted in 2012. Of his education as a lawyer Eng says in an interview in The Spectator: “It trained me to evaluate every word I use, to appreciate the nuances of language. A lawyer has to see all sides of the issues, and so must a writer. My characters are morally ambiguous and complex because life isn’t clear-cut black and white. It’s more interesting – and challenging – to write about such characters.”

In A.D. Miller’s Snowdrops, a 2011 longlisted title, a British lawyer in wild post-communist Moscow brokers a deal to exchange a city apartment for a country home only to find himself on the road to moral darkness.

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (winner in 2009) and Bringing Up the Bodies (winner in 2012) look at the dissolution of Henry VIII’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon and later marriage to Anne Boleyn through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell a lawyer serving as chief Minister in Henry’s court.

 Carl Yirka

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