Monthly Archives: October 2014

Access to Available through USMA Library

We now have a site license to available for cadets, faculty, and staff with USMA email addresses. Below is information on how to set up access. You may also view a brief video tutorial on setting up an academic pass.

What is included:

  • Unlimited access to current content posted to
  • Unlimited access to archived content published prior to 1923 and after 1980.
  • Five free articles per day published between 1923-1980 (Please note that USMA Library has complete, unlimited archival full-text access to the New York Times separate from the website).
  • Access to the New York Times via Smartphone app (iPhone, Blackberry 10, Windows Phone 7, Android-powered phones).
  • Access to these services for the life of the contract (until the end of September 2015). Access beyond September 2015 is subject to funding and contract renewal.

What is NOT included:

  • Tablet apps (iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 Desktop and Tablet, Android-powered tablets – You may view all website content while logged in through the browsers on these devices).
  • E-Reader editions.
  • Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps.
  • Any other premium/subscription-based New York Times apps.
  • Times Premier.
  • The ability to share your Academic Pass digital access with others.

Program eligibility:

  • Anyone with an active email address can enroll in the program licensed through USMA Library.
  • Employees, contractors, graduates, and other affiliates without email addresses are not eligible.
  • Family members and other dependents are not eligible.

How to enroll:

  • You need to have a valid email address and access to that email account.
  • You must log in to or create an account with your email address. Registration FAQ.
  • You cannot claim an Academic Pass if you are already a digital access subscriber.
  • Visit the website: to enroll.

How to use the pass:

  • After activating a pass, you need to be logged in to your account on the device you are using to read New York Times content. While logged in, you can access unlimited content from any network or location for the duration of your pass (late September 2015).

Please let me know if you have any questions or issues.

App of the Week – Pocket

pocketWe are continuing a series called App of the Week, wherein we recommend the best apps to support the academic experience. Please let us know what you think, and feel free to provide suggestions for apps we should review.

Do you ever browse the web or social media, spot an interesting-looking article you don’t have time to read, and wish you could save it for later? In the past, my method of choice was emailing the article to myself–it wasn’t organized, and definitely wasn’t an ideal long-term solution. I also couldn’t read the article in question on my iPad/smartphone if I happened to be somewhere without wi-fi.

Enter Pocket. Pocket used to be called “Read It Later,” which aptly described its main purpose. However, the app transformed into a general-purpose “save it for later” tool, where you can save videos, PDFs, images, and anything else you want to look at some other time. You can use a browser bookmarklet to save things to Pocket from your PC, but if you’re on your iPad or phone, Pocket can be used with 800+ apps — perfect for saving from Facebook or Twitter, RSS (i.e. Feedly), and more.

More helpful features:

●    Offline reading — not only can articles be saved for offline reading, but they can be saved to Pocket WHILE you’re offline — perfect for the moment you lose internet, but still want to pull up your website/video/content later.
●    If you have a URL copied to your clipboard, Pocket will ask if you want to save it.
●    If you’re not near your laptop/desktop, and an app you’re using doesn’t support Pocket, you can send links to to save the article — no software needed.
●    Cloud sync is excellent — you can access your saved content on your iPad, laptop (at, and smartphone of choice.
●    Simple tagging system — it’s also easy to tag new items when an app sends you a link.
●    Aesthetically pleasing — the ability to change the view to a black background and white text is easy on the eyes, especially if you’re doing a lot of screen-reading.
●    If you’re not careful it can take up lots of storage on your iPad/smartphone, but this can be changed in preferences.
●    Pocket’s existing search covers only articles’ headlines and URLs –Pocket Premium searches the full text of articles.
●    Once you archive a read article, it turns into a link with no context – so if you wanted to reference it later and the link doesn’t work, you don’t have access to the content.
●    This is a positive–but you have to pay for it. Pocket Premium solves the previous problem by saving a copy of the page forever, turning the service from “read it later” to “save forever” — capturing the website exactly as it was when you saved it.

Bottom line:
Over 12 million users are using Pocket to save online content for later, and Pocket Premium aims to be a personal archive of everything you’ve wanted to save online. You can integrate it with apps you’re already using, and ones we’ve written about previously, like Evernote. Check it out, and let us know if Pocket helps organize your digital life!
Further Reading:
Pocket lets you shelve items to read and watch when the time is right

How to Use Pocket Like a Pro to Save Everything from the Web

Pocket wants to be your permanent digital library, for a price

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. No endorsement or recommendation of any specific products or services is intended or implied.

Contents contributed by Lauren Dodd Hall, Circulation Librarian

LibGuides Supporting Department of Social Sciences.

The USMA Library has published two new LibGuides supporting the Department of Social Sciences.


Could you guess which academic majors are consistently among the top three most popular at West Point?  They are Economics, Mechanical Engineering and Management; all three vie for the top position each year.

Economics is the study of how society manages its scarce resources.  The Economics program at West Point includes required courses on the national and international economies, the decision-making processes of firms and individuals, and the application of economic principles to national security issues.  In addition, there are courses on international trade, comparative economic systems, developing economies, principles of finance and accounting, managerial economics, and financial institutions.  Each course emphasizes the development of principles which can be applied to help resolve important public policy issues.  The USMA Library has a new LibGuide to ECONOMICS that
identifies resources supporting research in this field.

Comparative Politics

Have you ever noticed how in world politics a particular “ism” might change the fate of millions of people, whether for better or for worse – or even catastrophically?  Think federalism, monarchism, socialism, communism, fascism, Stalinism and Nazism, for example.

Comparative Politics makes a study of how the various systems of governance and social organization shape the world’s nations and peoples.  Cadets pursuing the study of Comparative Politics have the opportunity to analyze the sources of stability or instability in political regimes, and to examine the conditions that promote either democratic or authoritarian rule in a number of diverse settings, ranging from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, to Africa, as well as the United States.  Not only do students examine political institutions and policies, but they also explore the meanings and sources of change that may spring from the ballot box or the barrel of a rifle.  The USMA Library has a new LibGuide to COMPARATIVE POLITICS that identifies resources supporting research in this field.

Both Guides were developed by the Audiovisual and Social Sciences Liaison Librarian, Michael G. Arden.