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.”

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.

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.

Ebrary Adds New Scholarly Titles

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Ebrary has recently added over 3,800 scholarly titles to its subscription database, Academic Complete, from over 150 prestigious publishers including University of North Carolina Press, De Gruyter, Oxford University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, I.B. Tauris, and many more!  Academic Complete now includes a growing selection of more than 84,900 e-books.

Backlist Bonus!

ebrary has also added 850+ backlist titles selected from featured lists such as CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles and Doody’s Core Titles. The addition encompasses over 50 publishers like Oxford University Press, ASCD, Kogan Page, Royal Society of Chemistry, and University of California Press.

And… Wiley E-books Coming to Academic Complete Soon

ebrary also announced that they will be adding 2,000 front-list titles from John Wiley & Sons to Academic Complete over the coming months.


ebrary recently began offering downloads either of book chapters as PDFs or entire ebooks in digital format using Adobe Digital Editions (requires Adobe installation).

  • Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range
    Learn more:

    • Same page limits as for printing
    • Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle
    • Additional (free) software is typically not needed
    • Files do not expire
    • Image quality for image PDFs was recently improved, but the tradeoff was to add a watermark.  This is consistent with the approach used by other ebook providers when an unsecured PDF is provided
  • Download an entire document as an e-book in Adobe Digital Editions
    Learn more: Patrons first need to install Adobe Digital Editions on their computer (free online)

    • Accessible on most computers and devices, but not the Kindle or Kobo Vox
    • Up to 10 documents at a time per patron
    • By default, full-document downloading is only available for multi-user documents (not single-user-only documents), but admins can override this setting
    • Multi-user documents can be full-document downloaded for 14 days*

American Chemical Society introduces ACS ChemWorx™

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced today their launch of ACS ChemWorx, a single-source solution that combines reference discovery and management, professional networking, group and task management, and manuscript preparation in a single, secure location, accessible from anywhere.

ChemWorx is available for free use by UMass Lowell users. Simply visit the ChemWorx site and create a free account. The setup requires a plugin installation for Windows, Mac, or Linux. For Windows the plugin consisted of a 17.7 MB download and installation of a desktop library app. The app allows you to import personal publications from Google Scholar or other repositories.  You can also import references from a multitude of options such as Mendeley, Endnote, or Zotero. Your desktop information then syncs with the online ChemWorx site.

With ACS ChemWorx, you can…

RESEARCH smarter, by importing and organizing your existing reference library, with the ability to highlight and annotate PDF documents and share them with colleagues.

COLLABORATE with your peers by setting up multiple open and secure groups, with the ability to share reference libraries and files, and manage projects and research activities.

PUBLISH faster, by citing references without leaving MS Word or LaTeX, and track citations to any of your published articles. Once you’re ready to submit a manuscript to ACS Publications for consideration, you can track your progress in the ACS ChemWorx Publishing Center.

View of the online home page and library pge:



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.


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.

Decision Analysis
Information Systems Research
INFORMS Journal on Computing
INFORMS Transactions on Education
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
Oil & Gas Engineering
Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Plastics & Rubbers
Safety & Industrial Hygiene
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.