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9 Library Things You Can Explore From Home over Break


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. Learn how to draw


You can stream over a thousand minutes’ worth of drawing lessons through the UO Libraries account on Kanopy. Starting with lines and ending with figures, this series of The Great Courses will help you dive into a tradition that’s older than writing. With The Great Courses, you can also learn travel photography, ancient history, chemistry, or everything you might want to know about the Higgs boson.


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


419 Criterion films, from David Lynch to Ingmar Bergman, are available to stream on Kanopy. You can watch classics like Eraserhead, The Seventh Seal, and thousands of other films outside of the collection in every academic category from journalism to German studies.


3. Celebrate the Rite of Spring with Stravinsky


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





4. Find an awesome recipe for Spring Rolls


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. There are over 1,700 entries on spring rolls alone!  




5. Read up on how scientists are hacking genes 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.

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