9 Library Things You Can Explore From Home


Just because you’re not around the library over break doesn’t mean you can’t use it. Here are nine things you can watch, read, explore, listen to, and learn using the library’s membership:


1. Revisit the last time the Ducks played Wisconsin in Pasadena

January 2012 brought us a Rose Bowl classic, with Oregon beating Wisconsin 45-38 in a contest that went down to the wire. Oregon Digital hosts hundreds of photos from that game, as well as the other six times the Ducks have played in the Rose Bowl. Revisit the memories and root for Mighty Oregon on January 1!

2. Catch up on your Cassavetes and other Criterion classic films


Explore great films and film makers. Through Kanopy streaming service, the UO Libraries has purchased a three-year lease for the whole of the Janus Criterion Collection395 classic Criterion films, from David Lynch's  Eraserhead to Ingmar Bergman'sThe Seventh Seal, are available to stream for both research and recreational viewing. Log in with your Duck ID and enjoy a show! 


3. Brush up on your part for the Handel’s Messiah sing-along


The Classical Music Library has almost 75,000 albums and over 1.2 million tracks from medieval to contemporary music — Debussy, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, and everyone in between.




4. Make a killer Buche de Noel recipe for your holiday party


Imagine an academic database, but for cooking. Our Culinary Arts Collection has over six million articles on everything from organizing a wine tasting to making vegetable-based soup broths to, yes, Buche de Noel.




5. Read up on how scientists are hacking genes


PubMed.gov has more than 26 million pieces of biomedical literature from life science journals and online books. You could read up on experiments with CRISPR, the RNA that enables multiplexed genome editing, a.k.a. changing genetic code.





6. Explore a digital museum


Visit a museum without getting off the couch with the library’s ArtStor subscription. ArtStor has over two million high-quality images in its collection, including art and photography. We recommend the Art Gallery of Ontario.




7. Read up on the latest AI news 


UO Libraries pays for a subscription to the MIT Technology Review, one of the oldest technology publications in the country. Without the subscription, you can read five free articles — with it, you get unlimited articles. We recommend this article about how AI could change the way we drive.


8. Learn more about the people that make up your home Congressional District


The Census Bureau has a tool called My Congressional District that helps you explore the demographics of the voters in your area. You can look at statistics on race, work, housing, income, education, and business. For instance, did you know that in Oregon Congressional District 4 — that’s the one Eugene is in — there are 329 Cubans? This tool is free for anyone, but you can augment it with the library’s Congressional Research Service Reports and see documents that go right to members of Congress.


9. Figure out how life has changed for people your age over the past 40 years


Pick an area — like Eugene — and you can explore data that relates to how life has changed since 1980 in your district. You can look at everything from what percentage of young people lived with their parents to what they drove to work and compare it with data from the entire country. This tool is free for anyone, but you can learn where to find more great data on this research guide from the UO Libraries on finding data and statistics.