Project Muse Election Books

In honor of Election Day this Tuesday, November 6th, the UTC Library would like to showcase eBooks related to elections, campaigns, and voting from our Project Muse eBook collection. This collection supports the research endeavors of those in the humanities and social sciences with peer-reviewed, full-text eBooks from the country’s major university presses. These books are available for PDF viewing and downloading at the chapter level and are fully searchable.

Election Titles

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Black Votes Count: Political Empowerment in Mississippi after 1965

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Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform: The Politics of Congressional Elections Across Time


The Way We Vote Book Cover

The Way We Vote: The Local Dimension of American Suffrage

Gender in Campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives book cover

Gender in Campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives

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Competitive Elections and the American Voter

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Kanopy Streaming Videos Changes

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The UTC Library realizes that the need to access streaming video for courses has been growing in importance over the past several years. We have made efforts to support these evolving needs, primarily by offering Kanopy streaming video. Unfortunately, the Library is unable to sustain the significant cost increases under the current approach.

Therefore, on Wednesday, December 12 (the day after fall semester final exams end), the UTC Library will be making some changes to its Kanopy offerings. Kanopy films will be placed into a “mediated mode”.


What is ‘Mediated Mode’?

In practice, this means that UTC faculty and students will have immediate access to films already licensed by UTC (approximately 200 titles at this time). When a faculty member or students attempt to access a film for which the UTC Library does not have a license, they can select the “request” button next to the film and fill out the subsequent form. We will respond to these requests within 1 business day.

UTC FACULTY: If you use or are planning to use Kanopy film(s) in your course(s) during the Spring semester, please email as soon as possible with the name(s) of the film(s) and we will start work on providing access, either via Kanopy or an alternative source.


Why ‘Mediated Mode’?

Below are the Library’s costs for Kanopy since we began offering the resource in 2015:

• FY 2014-2015: $3,000
• FY 2015-2016: $5,000
• FY 2016-2017: $10,000
• FY 2017-2018: $20,000
• FY 2018-2019 to date: $15,600

Kanopy has an unusual cost model. Each time a film is triggered in Kanopy (after the fourth, 30 second viewing of a title), the Library is charged $150.00 to access it for 1 year. At this time, this model is not financially sustainable without mediating access and giving priority to curricular and course related uses. In moving to mediated mode, titles can no longer be accidentally triggered, only intentionally subscribed.


Additional Streaming Resources

For alternatives to Kanopy, the Library maintains a Streaming Media Guide which contains both UTC licensed streaming video resources as well as links to freely accessible websites with educational streaming videos. The guide also has a search box for the Library’s catalog where DVD’s can be located if the Library owns them.



Please know we are also happy to meet one-on-one to discuss the topic and the potential impact on your teaching and research.

UTC FACULTY: Again, if you are planning on using Kanopy film(s) in your course(s) during the Spring semester, please email with the name(s) of the film(s) as soon as possible.

Celebrate Open Access Week with Resources from UTC Scholar!

In honor of Open Access Week, check out these library-supported services and resources from UTC ScholarOpen Access Week promotes and celebrates the availability of open access literature, loosely defined as scholarly material that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. As the university’s institutional repository, UTC Scholar contains a variety of open access materials that capture the academic and creative output of the campus community. In the last 12 months, materials in UTC Scholar have been downloaded over 204,500 times by researchers from all around the world–that’s an average of over 134 downloads per item! A few of these resources are described below.

  • Open Educational Resource (OER) Publishing Services
    • The library supports authorship of OER by UTC faculty by providing technical support and a publishing platform in the UTC Scholar Open Educational Resources series. Open Educational Resources (OER) are shared under open licensing, which allows users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute materials. The UTC Library’s Affordable Course Materials Initiative supports faculty awareness of OER materials. Faculty are encouraged to assess and then adopt or adapt OER to create more affordable courses. We also encourage awareness of OER with pre-service teachers by helping students find and assess K-12 Textbooks.
  • PlumX Metrics
    • An important component of open access resources are the metrics by which their impact is measured. As of this year, all items in UTC Scholar feature PlumX Metrics, which measure not only citations and downloads of a particular resource, but also other types of engagement, such as bookmarks and social media shares. This data is valuable information for authors seeking to demonstrate the impact of their research.
  • Data Management Services
    • Data management and open data are an important part of open science. Many funding agencies now require that both the published research and the data used in that research be available to the public. The UTC library’s Data Management Services can help faculty create strong data management plans and can host research data in UTC Scholar’s Research and Data collection.
  • Journal and Conference Publishing Services
    • Modern Psychological Studies is one of two peer reviewed journals published by the university and hosted in UTC Scholar. The full run of Modern Psychological Studies dating back to 1992 has been digitized and made available online.
    • UTC Scholar is also home to posters and presentations delivered at the Department of Psychology’s River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference (RCIO). The programming for this annual conference is managed through UTC Scholar and the content is submitted by presenters prior to the event.

Rising Waters: Life in the Trenches of World War I on Display

During the Great War, servicemen from all over the United States served in the European theater standing in trenches that were often flooded with water, mud, and bacteria. Sometimes the water rose to their waists. These men were not only fighting Germans but they were fighting infections. Learn more about trench foot and the service of Chattanooga’s Battery B who trained on our very own Chamberlain Field by visiting the Roth Grand Reading Room located on the 4th Floor of the UTC Library.

Captain MacPail of Battery B from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Captain MacPail of Battery B from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

Battery B drilling on Chamberlain Field.

Battery B drilling on Chamberlain Field in June 1917. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.


This exhibit was developed by Sara Matthews, a Summer 2018 intern in Special Collections from the Department of History. Support for design of the exhibit panels was provided by Clayton Aldridge, a student assistant in the UTC Library Studio.

Bloomsbury eBooks

The UTC Library now offers access to over 5,000 new eBook titles from Bloomsbury Publishing. This collection of academic works will assist a wide variety of researchers with topics in anthropology, theology, classics, history, political science, education, and even film studies. The full text of each book can be read on any device using your internet browser, and each chapter can be downloaded as a .pdf for printing and offline reading.

Complete List of Titles Access Bloomsbury eBooks

Sample Titles

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Cinematic Terror: A Global History of Terrorism on Film
This book explores the portrayal of terrorists and terrorism in cinema and past conflicts between filmmakers and terrorists.

The Vietnam War 1956–1975 Book Cover

The Vietnam War 1956–1975
This book highlights the United States involvement in the Vietnam War and how the conflict was nothing that the United States could have imagined.

Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950–75 Book Cover

Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950–75
This book uses fiction by authors like Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Norman Mailer to examine the ways that violence, masculinity, and racial/ethnic tensions interact.