IEEE Announces New Enhancements to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library

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IEEE Xplore will release its latest enhancement this week of 4 March 2013. In this release, users will now be able to search author names with more precision than ever.

What is Author Disambiguation?

In 2011, IEEE began an author name disambiguation initiative in support of the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Author disambiguation establishes authority files for authors and institutions by identifying all articles written by a given author or at a given institution, while simultaneously distinguishing between different authors having the same name.

With this enhancement, users will now be able to search on one name and receive accurate results on almost any variation of that name within the digital library. For example, searching for Norman Smith will pull up any articles this individual published under N. Smith or N.W. Smith.

Benefits of author name disambiguation in IEEE Xplore:

  •  Improved precision of results retrieval for author name searches.
  •  New author search interface with search fields for First Name, Middle Name (or middle initial) and Last Name to more accurate searching on only author names
  •  Save time in searching for the correct author: get accurate results faster.

About IEEE Xplore Digital Library

The IEEE Xplore digital library provides full text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. IEEE Xplore contains full text documents from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, standards, and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications. The database contains nearly two million documents in over 12,000 individual publications published since 1988 plus select content back to 1952. Through the CrossRef Search feature, IEEE Xplore also provides access to documents published by other leading publishers. The IEEE Xplore database contains the following IEEE and IEE publication collections:

  • Journals, transactions, and magazines published by the IEEE, dating from January 1988, with select content back to 1952.
  • Conference proceedings published by the IEEE, dating from January 1988, with select content back to 1953.
  • IEEE Standards, including superseded standards but not draft standards, dating from January 1988.
  • IEE journals, letters, magazines, and conference proceeding from 1988.

Links to IEEE Xplore are available on UML Libraries home page alphabetical index list or from the Engineering databases subject page.

Oxford Islamic Studies added as new online resource

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As part of an award from NEH and ALA for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, UMass Lowell Libraries has been provided a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database.

Thanks to Sara Marks, Reference Librarian and Principle Investigator for this award,  UMass Lowell is one of over 800  libraries in the U.S. that is receiving access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online  along with a  collection of 25 books, 4 DVDs, and other programming resources selected to help inform people in the U.S. about Islamic history and culture.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated.

The current core content titles include the following:

  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture (March 2009), a three-volume reference work offering the most comprehensive coverage of Islamic art throughout the world, beginning with the inception of Islam and continuing to the present day
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (March 2009), a new six-volume work covering the full geographical and historical extent of Islam
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, available in full on the site with access to archived articles that have been updated in the new Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World
  • The Islamic World: Past and Present, an accessible A–Z reference covering key people, events and concepts in Islamic history
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, in addition to being an integral part of the cross-searchable site content, all 2,500 entries in this authoritative quick reference are free to the public. Anyone can access or cite Dictionary content by using the on-site browse or major Web search engines
  • The Oxford History of Islam, a chaptered work containing authoritative essays by leading Muslim and non-Muslim scholars on the origins of the faith, arts, sciences, and history to the present-day situation of Islam
  • What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, a question-and-answer guide by John L. Esposito, in which he responds to the most commonly asked questions about Muslim culture and Islam with thoughtful, unbiased replies
  • Teaching Islam, edited by Brannon M. Wheeler for the American Academy of Religion’s Teaching Religious Studies series, this work brings together leading scholars to offer perspectives on how to teach Islam
  • Makers of Contemporary Islam, a chaptered work by OISO editor in chief John L. Esposito and senior editor John O. Voll that explores the lives and thought of some of contemporary Islam’s most important thinkers
  • Two Oxford World’s Classics versions of the Qur’an: M.A.S. Abdel Haleem’s The Qur’an, a prose translation, and The Koran Interpreted, a renowned verse translation by A.J. Arberry
  • Hanna Kassis’ Concordance of the Qur’an

The site also includes a growing Learning Resources area with a specially commissioned A–Z glossary, quick access to the key themes and questions from What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam; specialist-approved links to internet resources; a guide to Teaching Islam; thematic guides to issues in the Islamic World; and The Geography of the Islamic World—a topically organized collection of links to selected chapters and full-color maps from the latest edition of the Oxford Atlas of the World’s Religions—provides access to a global view of Islam from earliest times to the present.

Links to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database is available from the alphabet index list on the Library’s home page or from the History or Political Science Subject Database pages.

CCH OmniTax Library: new UML online resource

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added an annual subscription to the CCH OmniTax Library. The database is now fully accessible by all UML students, faculty, and staff. Links to this new online resource are available from the alphabet index list on the UML Library home page or from the Business Databases page.

The CCH OmniTax Library is a powerful compilation of top-rated research materials that includes CCH’s current and archival Federal and State Tax Reporters.

In addition, the Tax Library features the IntelliConnect search interface that provides functionality to aid and improve information search and discovery.

OmniTax Features

  • IntelliForms — Enables you to locate, view, fill out, save and print over 20,000 federal, state and city tax forms and related instructions, IRS publications and practice aids.
  • CCH@Hand — Searches multiple publications from one convenient location.
  • Tax Thesaurus — Locates all relevant documents in a search, without the need to enter all the possible tax terms separately.
  • Smart Charts — Quickly charts state tax issues in one jurisdiction or compares tax treatments across multiple tax jurisdictions.
  • Tax Rates and Tables — Supplies you with all the critical tax rates and amounts you need.
  • Depreciation Toolkit — Creates a depreciation schedule for any business asset and provides information on depreciation options.
  • Business and Tax Preparation Calculators — Provide quick access to common business and tax computations, including loan amortization, savings bond, mortgage comparison, auto lease/buy, tax rate/phase-out, federal withholding (Form W-4), employee auto inclusion and IRA comparison.
  • Interactive Tax Calendar — Creates customized calendars of federal and state tax due dates based on the tax types and jurisdictions you specify.
  • Election and Compliance Toolkit™ — Creates customized, filing-ready election and compliance statements to complete your compliance efforts.
  • Citator — Tracks the history of cases and rulings through the legal process with just a few clicks.
  • Client Letter Toolkit — Quickly finds and adapts appropriate client communications.
  • IRS Actuarial Finding Tool — Instantly finds or calculates the exact actuarial factor that you need for valuation purposes.
  • ZIP Sales Lookup — Finds state, county, and local sales and use tax rates by ZIP code.
  • Unclaimed Property Lookup — Locates detailed information on unclaimed or abandoned property in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Multistate Quick Answer Charts — Provides an efficient starting point for comparing state-by-state issues, and a fast way to check rates, exemptions, taxability or other state tax issues.

For more about using OmniTax and IntelliConnect, please view these short CCH  video tutorials.

 

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics releases new content

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The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics has released several new articles as it adds new content for its 2013 edition.

New Content:

  • Shadow banking: a review of the literature
    by Tobias Adrian and Adam B. Ashcraft, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, USA.

    • Abstract: “The shadow-banking system consists of a web of specialized financial institutions that conduct credit, maturity, and liquidity transformation without direct, explicit access to public backstops. The absence of this public financial support makes shadow banks inherently fragile. Much of the shadow-banking activities are intertwined with the operations of core, regulated institutions such as bank holding companies and insurance companies, therefore creating a source of risk for the financial system at large. This article explores the reasons for the existence of the shadow-banking sector, explains how it functions, discusses why it needs to be regulated and reviews the impact of recent attempts to reform shadow banking intermediation.”
  • ICT, internet and worker productivity 
    by Irene Bertschek, Centre for European Economic Research, Germany

    • Abstract:“This article provides a brief overview of the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) as a driver of productivity. In particular, it focuses on the diffusion of computers and the Internet at the workplace and discusses the relationship with wages, the task composition of occupations and labour productivity at the firm level.”
  • Internet and the offline world 
    by Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto, Canada

    • Abstract: “This article emphasises that a key to understanding the (net) benefits of the Internet is to remember that all online activity has an offline context. People live their lives offline. Therefore, the fall in communication costs and the fall in distribution costs associated with the diffusion of the Internet had a heterogeneous impact across locations.”
  • The economics of online recruitment
    by Catherine Thomas, London School of Economics, UK

    • Abstract: “Online recruitment describes hiring workers who were initially selected via the Internet. The practice is now widespread, with a majority of US jobseekers undertaking some online job search activity. The online intermediaries that allow employers and employees to connect with each other, leading to online recruitment, vary in scope. They range from websites that provide information about workers or openings, thereby facilitating search (‘job boards’ or ‘job search engines’) to websites that both provide information and enable employers and employees to interact online during the hiring process (‘online labour markets’). A subset of online labour markets also provides an infrastructure that allows for online management of the work process and payment systems.”
  • Paul Krugman
    by Steven Pressman, Monmouth University, USA

    • Abstract: “This article discusses the main economic contributions of Paul Krugman. Krugman developed the new trade theory, which analyses the determinants of international trade when trade takes place among oligopolistic firms, and the new economic geography, which studies where firms locate nationally and worldwide. His also drew out the policy implications of these new theories. Finally, the article discusses Krugman’s early work on exchange rate regimes and his more recent work on economic slumps.”

About the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

In 2008, Palgrave Macmillan published The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. While some classic articles from the earlier four-volume 1987 edition were retained, around 80% of the text was either entirely new or substantially rewritten to reflect the depth of change within the discipline between the editions. Released simultaneously online The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics is a dynamic, updated resource serving the information needs of a new generation of economists.

INFORMS journals online now available

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added a subscription to all 12 INFORMS journals that is now accessible as of January 1, 2013.

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), management science, and business analytics.

INFORMS publishes 12 scholarly subscription journals, including the flagship journals Operations Research and Management Science.  In 2012, INFORMS began publishing its 12th journal, Service Science.

In addition, INFORMS also publishes two open-access journals: INFORMS Transactions on Education and Analytics.

What is Analytics?

Analytics is defined on the INFORMS web site as “the scientific process of transforming data into insight for making better decisions…. from wanting to know what it is and how you might use it to improve your organizational goals to applying it to a specific business problem you already have.”

INFORMS Journal List

Access to these journals is available by searching for the titles through UML Library’s eJournal and eBook Search Portal.

Analytics
Decision Analysis
Information Systems Research
INFORMS Journal on Computing
INFORMS Transactions on Education
Interfaces
Management science
Manufacturing & Service Operations Management
Marketing science
Mathematics Of Operations Research
Operations Research
Organization Science
Service Science
Transportation science

New Knovel Crude Oil Assay database

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Knovel has introduced its new Crude Oil Assay interactive database and is providing it to Knovel subscribers for free access through January 11, 2013. After that date UMass Lowell users will maintain access to the Crude Oil Assay database as part of the library’s Knovel Oil & Gas subject group subscription.

The Crude Oil Assays Database is a unique, interactive compilation of physical and chemical properties covering over 200 crude oils commonly available on the world market. The data will be useful both in understanding how oil properties affect oil behavior in the refinery and in predicting one property value from another. Organized into multiple interactive tables, the database includes:

  • Composition and Key Properties
  • Kinematic Viscosities
  • Hydrocarbon Composition
  • SARA Analysis
  • Distillation Profile
  • Heating and Freezing Properties
  • Fuel Indices

Within each table, users can compare multiple crudes against each other and export the properties to Excel or tab-delimited text for further analysis. Columns in the tables can be repositioned to make comparison easier, values can be sorted and the tables can be filtered to hone in on the data most relevant to the task. All properties are disoverable via Knovel’s data search.

Additional features include:

-         The ability to compare multiple crudes in a single table

-          Coverage of heavy oil and tar sand bitumen

About Knovel

Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers relevant to engineers.

Knovel provides subscribers with access to more than 4,000 leading reference works and databases from more than 90 international publishers and professional societies through a single interface.

Knovel Subject Areas available to UMass Lowell users:

Adhesives, Sealants, Coatings & Inks
Aerospace & Radar Technology
Biochemistry, Biology & Biotechnology
Ceramics & Ceramic Engineering
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction Materials
Electrical & Power Engineering
Electronics & Semiconductors
Environment & Environmental Engineering
Food Science
General Engineering & Engineering Management
Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
Metals & Metallurgy
Nanotechnology
Oil & Gas Engineering
Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Plastics & Rubbers
Safety & Industrial Hygiene
Textiles
Knovel Premium Content also available:

Patty’s Toxicology
Sax’s Dangerous Properties
Access to Knovel is available from the Alphabetical Index on the home page of the Library’s web site, or from multiple Database Subject web pages that cover the sciences and engineering as well eBooks. You can find the link to Knovel in the subject page’s eBook section.

Oxford Reference releases new web interface

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Oxford Reference Online has released a new site design that aids discoverability and usability and also features a wealth of new, freely available materials.

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference Online Premium is a huge and comprehensive resource that contains over 180 dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works covering the complete subject spectrum: from the Humanities and Social Sciences to Science and Medicine.

The new Oxford Reference allows users to:

  • Cross-search concise definitions and read in-depth articles on topics from Art to Zoology.
  • Add context to  research with over 300,000 free overview pages, 275 timelines, and free online-only quotations titles.
  • Save searches, favorite books, and entries saving valuable time.
  • Share content with options to create bookmarks in social networking sites, email, and citation export.
  • Get facts and quotations delivered straight to the desktop with the ‘Did you Know?’ RSS feed.

The new Oxford Reference platform is made up of two collections:

Oxford Quick Reference provides concise entries for readers wanting to quickly check a fact or find key information on a concept, person, or term from 125 core subject, quotation, and language dictionaries.

The Oxford Reference Library is made up of over 180 specialized works including award-winning Oxford Companions and multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedias. These titles are fully cross-searchable with those in the Oxford Quick Reference collection, and provide longer, in-depth, academic content as well as essays and specialist definitions. Oxford Reference Library also brings a selection of scholarly titles from other prestigious publishers.

A major aim of the new service is to widen use and open up new paths to further reading. Oxford Reference now offers a wealth of easily discoverable, freely available content including over 300,000 new free Overview pages, providing a quick definition for every unique topic plus onward links to deeper content and related topics;  270 free Timelines containing links to over 9,000 free reference entries; a new, free, online-only Quotations title; and regularly published topical theme articles.

Explore the new Oxford Reference Online  for your in-depth research needs.

 

Library releases new Ebsco Discovery Services

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UMass Lowell Libraries has rolled out the use of three Discovery Services from Ebsco Publishing: the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS), LinkSource, and the A-to-Z Portal. These new features provide a big improvement over similar services the library previously provided.

The Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) in particular offers far more accuracy, speed, and advanced search options than “360 Search” that the library had been using. In advanced search, researchers can now search within full text and also log in with an Ebsco account and save searches. Additional options are also available to limit search results by publisher, publication type, source type, date, language, or full text.

The search-result page (viewed below) displays the many advantages over the library’s previous program, such as the far richer record display and multiple options to refine results. In addition, users can configure RSS feeds and email alerts.

When a citation is available without full-text, a LinkSource icon directs users to full-text options. This link replaces the previously used “360 Link to full text” icon. It functions the same way as “360 Link” did, linking users directly to full text articles or books if available or to an ILL link for an inter-library loan request if not.

Finally, Ebsco’s A-to-Z Portal is now in use to search for the full-text availability of online journals or books.

All of these services are accessible from the Library’s website home page in the central tabbed search boxes and from the alphabet index. Subject-specific EDS search boxes are also available for quick searching at the top of each of the database subject web pages.

For comments or questions about these new services, please contact joseph_fisher@uml.edu

 

ProQuest Social Sciences Database subscriptions added

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added six new ProQuest Social Sciences Databases to its collection of online database subscriptions.

New Database Titles

Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)  is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. It contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.

Criminal Justice Periodicals  includes correctional and law enforcement trade publications, crime reports, crime blogs and other material relevant. The database includes abstract and indexing for 250 titles, with more than 100 available in full-text.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951.  Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

PAIS International contains continually updated records for over half a million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more from over 120 countries throughout the world.

PAIS Archive is a retrospective conversion of the PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin, volumes 1-62, published 1915-1976. PAIS Archive contains over 1.23 million records and covers monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics. PAIS Archive provides a unique perspective on the 20th century’s most important public and social policies, such as Prohibition, suffrage, pacifism, civil rights, McCarthyism, Vietnam War, and Watergate.

Social Sciences Journals includes over 570 titles, with more than 340 available in full text. Subject coverage includes Anthropology, Communication science, Demography, Economics, Education, Political science, Policy studies, Psychology, Social work, and Sociology.

Access to these titles is available from the the Library’s home page alphabet index (http://library.uml.edu/) or from various database subject pages (http://library.uml.edu/databases/defaultdb.html).

ARTstor releases images from Solomon R. Guggenheim collection

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ARTstor  has added more than 750 images of major artworks from the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The images document the Guggenheim Museum’s superb holdings in modern and contemporary art by such significant artists as Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among many others.

This is the first release of a projected 7,000 images of art, exhibition installation views, and architecture from the Foundation. Future releases will include 5,000 installation views spanning from the 1990s to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, more than 1,000 installations views from the museums in Bilbao and Venice, and 200 historical and contemporary photographs documenting the architecture of these three museum buildings.

About ARTstor
ARTstor is a digital library of over 1.3 million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Any UML user can create an account and save collections. Instructor privileges allow collections to be shared by a class or the entire UML community. Instructors can also add their own images to their collections.