Add the Internet Archive ( to your #MSULibraryBelt

In 2007, inventor and digital librarian Brewster Kahle gave a TED Talk about, “A Free Digital Library,” which would give “Universal access to all knowledge.” Today, you can use that library, which provides access to an archive of the World Wide Web, over 9 million eBooks and digital documents, 2.4 million videos, 2.8 million audio recordings, 120 thousand pieces of software, 1.1 million digitized images, and 162 thousand live concert recordings. Read below to learn about some of the different features and select collections.

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The “Wayback Machine” has captured 469 billion pages on the Internet using web crawlers to give researchers the ability to access pages that are no longer live. Thus, you can potentially see a webpage that now reads “HTTP 404 Not Found” if you use the “Wayback Machine.” You can also use it to look at the history of a web page’s design, for example, see what the Murray State University Libraries’ page looked like in 2007–notice there is no Search. catalog, and no Twitter feed.

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP2 The Smithsonian Libraries collection is one of the largest library systems in the world and contains texts of all sorts, inculduding rare and old books that you can read online. These documents are very useful for understanding historical developments in human history. For example, here is a book published in 1671 that gives an account of early America and its inhabitants:



The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection contains recordings of public domain texts (works that may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner) in multiple languages that you can download and listen to freely. This way you can study and exercise at the same time.

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP3.pngThe Internet Arcade gives you the ability to play vintage-era video games using an online emulator. If you were writing a paper on the history of video game development, you could experience what it was like to use these games, like this 1982 classic, “Q*Bert”:

2016.03.16_MSULIbWP4The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Gallery Images collection gives you access to over 140 thousand images from their collection. If you need images for a presentation that you are giving, or you are an Art History major, this collection is an invaluable resource. Keep in mind that these collections include images of three-dimensional objects, like this early 19th century “Russian Bassoon”:

Are you doing a report on how media covers tragic events? The Internet Archive contains 3,000 hours of coverage of the events from 9/11 in the Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive. This collection is from the video collections held in the Internet Archive.2016.03.16_MSULIbWP5.png

These are just few of the many collections contained in the Internet Archive. There are 198 thousand collections to choose from.






MSU Featured Scholar: Dr. Tanya Romero-González

Our featured scholar this week is Dr. Tanya Romero-González from the department of Modern Languages at Murray State University. Dr. Romero-González’s article titled, “The Regeneration of ’27: Poeta en Nueva York and Un chien andalou,” (The Re-Generation of ’27: Poet in New York and An Andalusian Dog) was published in volume 31, issue 2, of Rilce-Revista de Filogia Hispanica (Rilce: Journal of Spanish Language and Literature).


This paper presents a comparative study between Federico Garcia Lorca’s Poeta en Nueva York and Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali’s Un chien andalou in order to highlight how the creative vision of these authors transcends the boundaries between different literary movements. Lorca’s collection of poems and Buñuel and Dali’s film fuse traditional and avant-garde elements as a starting point, thereby creating unique works. I will point out this regenerative perspective by way of analyzing three elements that are repeated throughout these works: first, the images in which violence against the eye or bodily fragmentation take place; second, the recurring presence of different animals and their connection with death, and, finally, the importance of religious imagery in these works. Thus, we can ascertain that these authors, far from breaking with tradition, use it as their creative base as they transform the artistic universe of the 20th century.

The Regeneration of ’27: Poeta en Nueva York
and Un chien andalou
By: Dr. Tanya Romero-González
Rilce-Revista de Filogia Hispanica
Jul.-Dec. 2015, vol. 31 (2), pgs. 523-543
ISSN: 0213-2370