CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics releases 96th edition

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The latest edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics is now available online, and contains all the new and updated tables from the 96th edition.

New tables

  • Section 1: Basic Constants, Units, and Conversion Factors – Descriptive Terms for Solubility
  • Section 8: Analytical Chemistry – Stationary Phases for Porous Layer Open Tubular Columns; Coolants for Cryotrapping; Instability of HPLC Solvents; Chlorine-Bromine Combination Isotope Intensities
  • Section 16: Health and Safety Information – Materials Compatible with and Resistant to 72 Percent Perchloric Acid; Relative Dose Ranges from Ionizing Radiation

Updated and expanded tables

  • Section 6: Fluid Properties -  Update and expansion of Sublimation Pressure of Solids; Major update of Vapor Pressure of Fluids at Temperatures Below 300 K
  • Section 7: Biochemistry – Expansion of Structure and Functions of Some Common Drugs
  • Section 8: Analytical Chemistry – Minor update of Nuclear Spins, Moments, and Other Data Related to NMR Spectroscopy
  • Section 9: Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy – Update of Bond Dissociation Energies
  • Section 11: Nuclear and Particle Physics –   Update of Summary Tables of Particle Properties; Major update of Table of the Isotopes
  • Section 14: Geophysics, Astronomy, and Acoustics –   Update of Major World Earthquakes; Update of Atmospheric Concentration of Carbon Dioxide, 1958-2014; Update of Global Temperature Trend, 1880-2014
  • Section 15: Practical Laboratory Data – Update of Dependence of Boiling Point on Pressure
  • Section 16: Health and Safety Information –  Update of Threshold Limits for Airborne Contaminants
  • Appendix B: – Update of Sources of Physical and Chemical Data

PressReader added as a New Subscription

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UML Libraries has added PressReader as a new subscription. The PressReader Library provides full-text access to over 3,000 international newspapers from 100 countries in 60 different languages.

Newspapers are presented in their original language and layout. The viewer presents them as a two page spread in their original print format complete with advertisements. Clicking on an article opens it in a separate window that allows for it to be easily shared, printed, read aloud, or translated (translations, though, only provide a general interpretation of the article — it is not an exact iteration — and is limited to ten major languages).

Access for each newspaper includes as much as 90 days of back issues. Page and article sharing, RSS feeds, and commenting features enhance the traditional newspaper and magazine experience:

PressReader is now available for unlimited user access either on campus or from home:

Royal Society of Chemistry Gold Collection: New Subscription Added

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UML Libraries has added the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Gold Collection as a new subscription resource available now for full-text access.

The Gold Collection includes total access to all 37 RSC journals, 5 databases, 2 magazines (Chemistry World and Education in Chemistry), the ebook series “Issues in Environmental Science & Technology” containing 41 titles, plus the entire RSC Journal Archive dating from 1841.

Five Databases: Literature Updating Services

Analytical Abstracts
For coverage of the latest techniques and applications. The premier current awareness and information retrieval service tailored to analytical scientists.

Chemical Hazards in Industry
Health and safety issues surrounding chemicals encountered in the chemical and related industries.

Laboratory Hazards Bulletin 
Comprehensive coverage of hazards encountered by laboratory workers. Includes waste management, occupational monitoring and legislation.

Natural Product Updates
Alerting natural product scientists to the latest developments. Now structure-searchable through ChemSpider!

Synthetic Reaction Updates
A literature updating service updated with recent developments in synthetic organic chemistry


Open Access Publishing Credits

In addition to the content listed above, as a Gold Subscriber, the university receives credit for fees attached to publishing in RSC open-access journals. For more information about this program, refer to this RSC information page: Open Access at the RCS.

For use of the Voucher Codes used to cover publishing costs, please contact Margaret Manion:

For a list of journals and other resources in the Gold Collection, this RSC flyer is available for downloading:


About the Royal Chemistry Society

With a heritage that spans from the granting of it first charter in 1848, The Royal Chemistry Society is the UK’s professional learned society concerned with advancing chemistry as a science, developing its applications, and disseminating chemical knowledge.

The 1980 update to its charter states that the RSC is dedicated to the “the general advancement of chemical science and its application and for that purpose:

  • to foster and encourage the growth and application of such science by the dissemination of chemical knowledge;
  • to establish, uphold and advance the standards of qualification, competence and conduct of those who practise chemistry as a profession;
  • to serve the public interest by acting in an advisory, consultative or representative capacity in matters relating to the science and practice of chemistry; and
  • to advance the aims and objectives of members of the Society so far as they relate to the advancement of the science or practice of chemistry.”

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