Artstor Releases new Website

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Artstor releases a new design and navigation to its web site that is far better organized and arranged. Rather than a scattering of sections and drop-down menus dispersed around the home page that made it difficult for the user to focus and find where exactly to go and how to proceed, the new design centers the user’s attention and offers easily discernible direction without the confusion of overwhelming options:















Of particular interest is the new “Resources for Librarians” section, which is somewhat misleadingly labelled since it offers downloadable brochures and help guides beneficial for many different types of users, for the novice student (“Introduction to Artstor”) to the professor (“Introduction to Shared Shelf”) to teachers (“Common Core Support for Teaching”) to donors of images (“How to Contribute”). It could be better differentiated from the general Resources link that leads primarily to introductory guides and webinars. But that’s a small complaint compared to the overall vast improvement in the look and navigation of this new design:










About Artstor

Founded with a mission to enhance scholarship and teaching through the use of digital images and media, Artstor is a nonprofit organization committed to digital collection solutions for universities, museums, schools, and libraries worldwide. Today, the Artstor Digital Library shares 1.8 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from outstanding museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists.

Cochrane Library releases new Web Site

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Wiley Publishing has released a new and improved Cochrane Library web site.

Along with an updated look and feel, the new site offers the following features and enhancements:
Improved navigation: Browse the site with ease and learn more about the Cochrane Library thanks to a clean menu interface

  • Mobile optimization: Read and navigate the Cochrane Library effortlessly on tablet or mobile phone screens
  • Better browsing: Browse Cochrane Reviews by topic or by Review Group
  • Integrated access to Anywhere Systematic Review: Instantly access the enhanced “Anywhere Systematic Review” format, which can be used on any device, at any time

About the Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups. At its core is the collection of Cochrane Reviews, a database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of primary research in human health care and health policy.

JoVE: General Laboratory Techniques

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added a subscription to the Science Education module,  General Laboratory Techniques,  in the JoVE  video journal. This module contains 15 sections covering fundamentals such as the use of  bunsen burners, centrifuges, and pipettes along with many other lessons in equipment and operation basics.

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that presents its content in a video format.

Recent Enhancements to PsycBOOKS

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PsycBOOKS®, available to UMass Lowell users through an Ebsco online subscription, is the most current and only comprehensive resource for full-text scholarly and professional books and book chapters published by the American Psychological Association—from the newest titles and reference sources, to the classics in psychology.

Here’s what’s new:

Embargo Removed! Explore the latest APA books
The 12-month waiting period on newly published APA scholarly and professional books has been eliminated, allowing for immediate access to chapters from new titles as they are released — including 33 new 2014 titles.
NEW! Access to the APA Handbooks in Psychology® reference series
PsycBOOKS now includes every chapter from all volumes in the APA Handbooks in Psychology Series (12 titles and growing), covering a wide array of disciplines.

PsycBOOKS: An extensive database of scholarly and professional book titles

APA Books® E-Collections – E-Collection 2014 Now Available: 
Select titles from 2001 to 2014, grouped into collections by copyright year

APA Handbooks in Psychology

  • APA Addiction Syndrome Handbook
  • APA Educational Psychology Handbook
  • APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis
  • APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology
  • NEW! APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality
  • APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology
  • APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology

Gale’s Artemis Literary Sources

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The Gale Database company has introduced Artemis Literary Sources, a new online site that provides an integrated search interface for its premier literary resources:  Literary Resource Center (LRC), Scribner Writers, and Twayne’s Authors. In addition, Artemis provides enhanced workflow tools  and features such as Term Frequency and Term Clusters that provide visual context to the distribution of search terms over time and literary works.

Term Frequency

Use the Term Frequency page to generate an interactive graph based on the presence of your search terms as found in Artemis. Users can specify a range of publication years and select which Content Types to search. The results can be graphed either by the frequency of the search term (the number of documents per year) or its popularity (the percent of the total documents each year). The graph can then be used to retrieve search results.

Term Clusters

The Term Clusters tool generates a visual representation of search results by topic and subtopic. The first 100 words of the first 100 search results per Content Type are analyzed for frequently occurring and related terms. Those terms that occur most frequently appear in the inner ring. Where applicable, topics in the inner ring are connected to a cluster of more specific terms on the outer ring. An arrow appears when a ring has additional terms to view. Hover the pointer over a term and it appears in the center of the circle for easy readability. Click on a term to view a list of matching documents to the right. Each results document displays an excerpt of the beginning text. Click a document title to view the full document on the Document page.

IntegratedDatabase Content in Artemis

Literature Resource Center

Gale’s Literature Resource Center consists of Contemporary Authors Online, offering biographical coverage of more than 124,000 writers; Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, featuring entries on all authors appearing in CLC since vol. 95 of the print series and complete profiles of 266 most studied authors from editions prior to vol. 95; and Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, containing more than 11,700 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars.

Scribners Writers Series

The Scribners Writers Series delivers online access to numerous Scribner publications: American Writers, African American Writers, Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome, British Writers, European Writers, Modern American Women Writers, Supernatural Fiction Writers, Writers for Young Adults and many others. In total the series contains more than 2,000 original, scholar-signed biocritical entries. Each entry averages 15-20 pages in length and includes a concise essay, hyperlinks for cross-referencing, and biographical information that places the author’s work in personal and historical context. Many authors examined from multiple perspectives through two, three or sometimes four essays.

Twayne Authors Series

The Twayne Authors Series is a literary reference resource that combines Twayne’s U.S. AuthorsTwayne’s English Authors, and Twayne’s World Authorspublications. Each of these individual titles provides literary criticism for approximately 200 authors, bringing the total number of authors covered in the Series to nearly 600. All titles feature comment elements, such as a chronology, a biography, a comprehensive critical analysis, and an annotated bibliography.

Science Direct releases new interface improvements

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ScienceDirect introduces interface improvements September 6

This month’s release offers users a new and more unified interface on the My Alerts page. The alert page enhancements make it easier to modify, save and delete alerts without having to leave the page. In addition, search types have been reordered for easier selection and users can now choose between journal, topic and search alerts. In addition, the order of the email contents have changed with Table of Contents now listed first and Articles in Press second. Users can get started with these new alert tools by opening the dropdown menu from the ‘+’ symbol adjacent to their username on ScienceDirect and choosing the ‘Manage My Alerts’ option.

Do More with Mendeley, Book Citations and Document Download

Exporting PDF options have also improved  and users can now download and save multiple ‘Recommended Articles’ to Mendeley for later review.  Another new function with this release is the ability to export book citations without having to download the citations first. Lastly, this release includes a new more reliable and faster document download manager.

Seamless export to Mendeley

You can now, easily and seamlessly, export citations and/or full text PDF articles directly from ScienceDirect into Mendeley.
From the article page, choose the export menu and directly save the citation to Mendeley.

The newly integrated Mendeley importer lets you download a PDF full text article and save to your Mendeley library, together with tags and any notes you wish to add about the article.

About ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect contains over 25% of the world’s science, technology and medical published content. UML has full text access to 1,590 peer-reviewed journals with citations and detailed abstracts available for over 1,000 other journals. Apart from the sciences, computer science, mathematics, business and economics are also covered. In addition, the Backfiles program offers the ability to search a historical archive of over 6.75 million articles back to Volume 1, Issue 1. The collections contain 4 million articles prior to 1995, and 2.75 million articles from after 1994.

Coming Sep.15: new ebrary reader

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UMass Lowell will be upgraded to the new ebrary e-book Reader the week of September 15th.

The new ebrary online Reader was developed with extensive input from researchers and debuts on the ebrary platform in early August 2014. The user experience features:

  • Clearer user permissions and information on ebooks for patrons
  • Intuitive navigation to locate popular features faster
  • Higher text quality and display options for better readability
  • Streamlined tasks such as copy, print, download and in-book search
  • Enhanced support for accessibility needs (coming in Q4).

In addition, ebrary has evolved their mobile experience to use the popular Bluefire app for offline reading on iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices. Given this, ebrary has officially retired their dedicated mobile apps. To download the Bluefire app simply visit the App Store or Google Play.

For more information and screenshots of the new reader, view this ProQuest ebrary LibGuide. Also available is a PowerPoint download and an overview YouTube video.

About ebrary

ebrary provides UMass Lowell with its largest collection of e-books with over 100,000 titles from major academic publishers included in the following 16 specialized subject areas:

  • Business & Economics
  • Computers & IT
  • Education
  • Engineering & Technology
  • History & Political Science
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary & Area Studies
  • Language, Literature & Linguistics
  • Law, International Relations & Public Policy
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical
  • Nursing & Allied Health
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology & Social Work
  • Religion, Philosophy & Classics
  • Sociology & Anthropology


Irish Newspaper Archive releases new interface features

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Highlights of new website features released by the Irish Newspaper Archive include visibility of corrections and references, zoom controls and many others:

Newspaper View Changes
1. Added support for zoom in/out directly on page. Added “+” and “-” buttons to the toolbar.
2. Added sharing of article pages via Facebook and Twitter.
3. Added, “pin” button which allows switching between a docked and floating state of the toolbar.
4. Implemented automatic hiding of “Sections” button for newspapers having less than 2 sections.
5. Replaced flipping page corners with page navigation buttons at left / right side of the viewer.
6. Added highlighting of search term hits on pages (in addition to highlighting of selected search result).
7. Supported two behaviors for “click on page”: open article or zoom in/out (controlled by configuration). By default, “click on page” zooms in to 100%.
8. Improved integration with search results: double-clicking one of “found” articles on newspaper page behaves exactly as it does when you open it from search results (e.g. hits are highlighted and “previous/next search result” buttons become available). APA 5.0 just highlighted hits without the option to navigate search results.
9. Improved toolbar icons
10. Added support for touch screens
11. Added flipping of pages with swipe gestures – either touch or mouse.
12. Added support of full-page ads between newspaper pages
13. Added support of rich media

Search View Changes
1. Search in bylines
2. Date range search now includes calendar-based UI for selecting a date range.
3. UI to enable easy searching across multiple publications (combo box with checkboxes).
4. Search results analytics (chart) by demand.
5. Added drop-down menus to enable refinement of search query with data from search results (“Limit to this publication”, “Exclude from search” etc.)
6. Improved design of search results (changed colors, re-ordered data, improved text snippets around hits, cropped high image clippings etc.)

Article View Changes
1. Added support of “see also” links – they are appended to the end of the article’s content.
2. Added a “Back” button that allows returning to the previous article after clicking “see also” or the continuation link.
3. Added sharing of articles via Facebook and Twitter.
4. Added a “Link to article” button in the viewer’s toolbar.
5. Added a bar with information about the article’s source: publication name, issue date, section and page label.
6. Added support for manual resizing of the article viewer popup.
7. Article viewer automatically resizes itself to better fit size of the content.
8. Improved the design of the article toolbar.

Browser navigation history
1. Application’s panels (home, browse, search etc.) are now integrated into the browser’s navigation history. Users can use the browser’s Back button to return to the previous screen.
2. Tracks search queries that users launch in the application (including “automatic” ones that occur when users click the column bar in a search results chart or select some value from the filter menus). It is also now possible to use browser’s back button to return to the previous search query.

My Collection changes
1. When the user opens the article viewer from the “My Collection” view, he/she can navigate to next/previous article without closing the viewer by pressing the corresponding buttons in the toolbar (similar to navigation within search results).
2. ”My collection” is now stored for each application and user

Print and Share Changes
1. Added metadata (publication name, issue date, section name, page label) to the print and share HTML pages
2. Article sharing has been fixed so that the recipient of the shared article doesn’t have to have a subscription account in order to view the article being shared.

About the Irish Newspaper Archive

The Irish Newspapers Archive is the world’s largest online database of Irish Newspapers from which it is possible to search, retrieve and view Ireland’s past in the exact format it was published. With many of Ireland’s most prominent regional, daily and out of print titles, membership allows access to the most comprehensive and complete Irish newspaper archive available.

New Alexander Street Press Interface

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Alexander Street Press, the hosting site for the Music Online: Classical Scores Library, that contains over 24,000 musical score documents, has launched a new interface. An informational FAQ about the new interface is available here.

The first features are now available, with many more launching over the next academic year.

Here’s what the new interface offers now:

  • Powerful faceted browsing capabilities: Browse content with “smart facets” that change as you search, allowing you quickly to find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s as if the interface knows what you’re asking.
  • Discipline- and genre-based landing pages with featured content and editorially-curated playlists.
  • The ability to translate every page, liner note, and transcript into dozens of languages using Google Translate.
  • Tools for exporting citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats.

And here’s what’s coming soon:

  • Outbound discovery—your Alexander Street content will link out to select Internet archives, greatly expanding the content available to your users at no charge, and all semantically indexed to make it cross-searchable with the other Alexander Street content.
  • Fully text-searchable liner notes displayed along select albums.
  • And more. See a full list of current and forthcoming functionality here.

Beginning August 14, 2014, all permanent URLs, such as links to clips, playlists, bookmarks, and embed codes, related to the Classical Scores collection will automatically point users to the new interface.

About Classical Scores Library

Music Online: Classical Scores Library is a series of three volumes, of which UMass Lowell has purchased Volume I.

The first volume of Classical Scores Library includes more than 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores and manuscripts ever written. Students, faculty, and scholars will find countless works from classical music’s most studied composers, including Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, plus thousands more.

Additional material in Volume I includes 100 scores from the Barry S. Brook Center’s collection of French Opera in the 17th and 18th centuries, providing access to the music and libretti of the early operas during an important period in the development of the genre.

Films on Demand adds new videos

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Films on Demand, the streaming video subscription available to UML Library users, has just added over 380 new video titles. The full list is available by clicking here.

Films On Demand allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from nearly 18,000 educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, share playlists, personalize folders and manage their entire collection through an administrative reporting system.