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.

New Features added to Films on Demand

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Films on Demand, the online streaming video site, has added two new enhancements to its platform: APA citations for all videos and a Google Translate feature that can be used on any page.

APA Citations
Films On Demand now features APA citations for every video on the platform. Users can toggle among the radio buttons to select either Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago Manual of Style , or American Psychological Association (APA) style. The citation will automatically change depending on the selected format.

Google Translate
The newly added Google Translate feature, which is available at the bottom right of every page, makes Films On Demand accessible to users of all languages. From the drop-down menu, users can select a translation language, and within seconds, the page’s text–including the full-title and segment summaries, plus the new interactive transcripts on the View Video pages–will be translated into the selected language. When users hover their computer mouse over the translated text, the original English text appears in a pop-up box.

About Films On Demand
Films On Demand allows users to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from more than 6,000 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. Special collections include titles from the American Experience, the BBC, Frontline, Nova, TED, and much more.

SciFinder Scholar allows unlimited usage

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The UML subscription to Scifinder Scholar from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is now available for unlimited simultaneous user logins for all UML students, faculty, and staff.

Prior to this upgrade to CAS’s new Academic Unlimited Access Program, simultaneous usage was restricted to five users at any one time. Now any number of users can access the resource simultaneous 24/7.

Scifinder Scholar (SFS) provides citations, abstracts, and detailed chemical indexing for over 12,000 journals in chemistry and related fields.  Material covered reaches back into the late 1800’s.  SFS also provides the complete Medline database, with similar indexing.  SFS offers a current alerting service, and its Chemport service will connect you to the full text articles, if UML has a subscription to the title.

All new users of Scifinder Scholar must register for their own individual accounts, using their uml email address.  CAS will send a confirming email which must be answered before your account is activated. For further instructional information about registering, please visit this SciFinder Scholar Research Guide.

Access to SciFinder Scholar is available from the Library’s home web page alphabet index list as well as from most science-related database subject pages.

For any questions about SFS use, email or call (x 3209) Marion Muskiewicz, Science Librarian.

Films on Demand now offering Interactive Transcripts

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Films on Demand, the provider of the UML Library’s largest database collection of streaming videos, now provides new interactive transcripts for thousands of their videos.

Interactive transcripts provide:

  • live video/transcript syncing: read the full text of the video and follow along as the video plays
  • printing: print the full transcript option
  • click-to-seek navigation: click on any word in the transcript to jump to that exact point in the video and begin playing the selection
  • key-word searching: search each transcript to locate every instance of a specific term in a video.

Interactive transcripts are easy to access. If a title has a transcript available, a “Transcript” tab will display on the View Video page. From this tab, users can search, print, or disable the autoscrolling feature.

How It Works
1. If a title has an Interactive Transcript available, the Full Title tab will be replaced with the Transcript tab on the View Video page.
2. Click the play button on the player, or one of the Segment links, and the video will begin to play back as normal.
3. Click on the Transcript tab to view the interactive transcript. The current point within the transcript will be indicted by the highlighted portion of text, and will progress in real time.
4. To jump to a different section of the video, simply click on a word within the transcript and the video will jump to that point. You can also jump back/ahead using the status bar on top of the transcript module, or within the player itself.
5. Advanced features, such as keyword search, print transcript and auto-scroll toggling, are also available within the Transcript tab.

Tip! – The Interactive Transcript feature can be turned on/off by visiting My User Preferences for user accounts.

Films on Demand
Films on Demand is a state-of-the-art video streaming platform that contains over 6,000 titles available 24/7 for instant and unlimited access by all UML users. Content providers include PBS, ABCNews, CNBC, CBC, BBC, and many other top producers of  high-quality educational video.  Most major academic subject areas are covered.

Access links to Films on Demand is available on the from the Media Services web site, UML Library’s home page alphabet index list, or the Film & Video Collections subject database page.

Scopus added as a new database subscription

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The Elsevier Sciverse database Scopus is now available through UMass Lowell Libraries as a new annual subscription. Access can be found in most of the library’s database subject web pages or on the home page alphabet index list.

SciVerse Scopus is touted as the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. With over 19,000 titles and over 46 million records from more than 5,000 international publishers, SciVerse Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.

The full Content Coverage Guide (April 2011) can be downloaded here

What Scopus offers to the researcher:

  • Find out who is citing you, and how many citations an article or an author has received.
  • Analyze citations for a particular journal issue, volume or year.
  • Use this information to complete grant or other applications quickly and easily.
  • Use the refine results overview to quickly see the main journals, disciplines and authors that publish in your area of interest.
  • Uncover important and relevant articles that you may otherwise miss.
  • Check out the work and citations of other authors.
  • Click on the cited by and reference links to track research trends and make connections. You can do this within or across disciplines you are interested in.

Tools available include the following:

  • Citation Tracker: a simple way to find, check and track citation data year by year for a specific author or topic.
  • Author Profile: In September 2011 an extensive algorithm enhancement project was completed that raises the precision level of Author Profile data.
  • Author Identifier: automatically matches variations of an author’s name and distinguishes between authors with the same name. All the documents belonging to a specific author are listed in the author’s details (including numbers of citations received, affiliations, h-index).
  • Affiliation Identifier: automatically identifies and matches an organization with all of its research output.
  • Journal Analyzer: provides a quick, easy and transparent view of journal performance, now enriched with two journal metrics – SJR and SNIP that offer a transparent and objective overview of the journal landscape going back to 1996.

If you would like instruction on the use of these tools, extensive training and demo tutorials and materials are available on the SciVerse Training Material web page.

Ovid Online Database Releases New Enhancements

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On January 19, 2012, the Ovid database web site will go live with an updated release of several new features, such as the ability to export citations to Excel. Also included will be several user interface enhancements including:

  • An enlarged Ovid Resource Box
  • Simpler way to change Ovid Resource selections
  • Access to Print/Email/Export/Add to My Projects quick-click buttons at the bottom of the search results screen
  • New Advanced Search entry tips to promptly search by Keyword, Author, Title and Journal
  • More prominent navigation within Journals A-Z

Ovid offers full-text access to over 70 journals covering fields of nursing, medicine, healthcare, psychology and the biological sciences.

ProQuest offers new YouTube training videos

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ProQuest is one of three major vendors of academic online databases. UML Libraries subscribes to over a dozen ProQuest databases that provide students and researchers with some of the broadest base of high quality research data in the sciences, social sciences, business, and humanities.

Now with the new ProQuest series of YouTube videos, users can quick and easily familiarize the use of the ProQuest platform. Anyone can view any of the recorded sessions below:

  • Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform: recorded, live: October 4 and October 20
    Learn how users search, find, use, and share research in exciting ways.
  • K-12 Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform:
    recorded, live: October 4, October 18, October 20, and October 24

  • Advanced Searching: Beyond the Single Search Box:
    recorded, live: October 11 and October 12, and October 24
    This session covers:

    • Advanced Search, Command Line, Look Up Citation, and Find Similar search forms
    • Identifying relevant subject terms with ProQuest Smart Search
    • Locating appropriate subject terms using the Thesaurus
    • Formatting a search using field codes, proximity operators and special characters
    • Creating a marked list and viewing selected items
    • Support and tutorials
    • Questions

RECOMMENDED: Familiarity with the new ProQuest platform basic search features or prior viewing of the Introduction to the New ProQuest Platform session.

  • My Research: recorded, live: October 5, October 18, and October 21
    See how the powerful My Research tool—now on the new ProQuest platform—allows users to create a profile within their institutional account to save and organize search strategies and references, create and save RSS feeds, email alerts, tags, and shared lists.
  • My Research & RefWorks: Perfect Together recorded, live: October 5, October 14, and October 27
    This session covers:

    • Using My Research and RefWorks together
    • Managing folders
    • Simplifying direct exports from ProQuest
    • Syncing RefWorks with My Research
    • Support and tutorials
    • Questions

OPTIONAL: Familiarity with the new ProQuest platform or prior viewing of the My Research session.

ARTstor Digital Library update

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The President and Chairman of ARTstor included an update on the Digital Library’s progress in the Fall Newsletter.

As of August, the Newsletter states, “teachers, scholars, students, and staff at over 1,375 educational institutions are using ARTstor images for their academic and curatorial work. ARTstor Digital Library now includes over 1.3 million very large image files that are sought out in response to what scholars, educators, and students want to use.”

Other new features available to users include teaching and learning tools, such as the ability to easily make Powerpoint presentations or take “flashcard” quizzes on iPhones and iPads. In addition, “over 40 institutions now are able to use Shared Shelf—the web-based cataloging and image management system that will help institutions to manage their own local content.”

Besides the 1.3 million images now available in the U.S., ARTstor has another million images in production. “Collections continue to grow rapidly with some 160,000 new images released from 55 new and expanded collections in the past year. ARTstor also reached agreements for 26 new collections, including: Guggenheim Museum; the Courtauld Institute; Museum of the City of New York; Pre-Columbian Artifacts from the Kerr Archives; Columbia University: Architecture of Japan; ART on FILE: United Arab Emirates; Via Lucis: Medieval Christian churches in France and Spain; Julius Shulman (Getty Research Institute); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: University Library, and more.”

New members to ARTstor in the past year include 83 Institutions and 7 new countries. Subscribers now represent institutions in 46 countries.

The complete Fall Newsletter is available online or as a PDF download.