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).

Entrepreneurship Database from ProQuest now available

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added ProQuest’s Entrepreneurship database as a new annual subscription database. ProQuest Entrepreneurship offers a multitude of resources for the budding new business startup — from full text articles from top publications to videos, market research, business plans, tool kits, and much, much more.

Also featured within ProQuest Entrepreneurship is full access to the complete Hoover’s Company Profile data.

Included in the Entrepreneurship database is the following content:

  • Video Clips: Featuring over 11,000 video clips – many of which contain transcripts for convenient reference and can be downloaded – watch and listen to entrepreneurs give firsthand accounts of their business experiences.
  • Market Research:  This valuable content contains market and company reports, key financial ratios, demographics, insights, benchmarks, statistics and more.
  • Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms: give users an A to Z approach to entrepreneurship as steps are laid out from concept through management. These tools and can also serve as a checklist of items needed to secure financing.
  • Journal Content: Over 300 top publications relating to the practice of entrepreneurship are provided in the form of full journal runs plus selected articles with a weekly refresh from over 11,000 sources.
  • Business Cases: Structured plans outlining the feasibility of ideas.
  • Working Papers: Future articles which may appear in publications months or years down the road.
  • Conference Proceedings: These events reflect the latest in scholarly research spanning all topics.
  • Full Text Dissertations: Serve as a springboard for new research and ideas on which to build.

Access to this database and other business resources are available on the Library’s Business Database Subject webpage. Links are also available from the index alphabet list on the website’s home page.

Scribner Writers Series available in Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Twenty-two titles from the Scribner Writers Series has been added to the Literature subject section of the Gale Virtual Reference Library available now through the UMass Libraries’ web site.

The Scribner 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.

Coverage of literary topics includes African Americans, Writing and Nature; Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Poetry; The Bible as Sacred Literature; The Female Detective; Gay and Lesbian Mystery Fiction; The Gothic Novel; Renaissance and Short Fiction; Greek Lyric Poets and many more.

The Scribner Series consists of the following titles:

African American Writers 2001 2nd ed.
African Writers 1997 1st ed.
American Nature Writers 1996 1st ed.
American Writers 2012
American Writers Classics 2003
American Writers Retrospective
Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome 1st ed.
Books of the Bible 1989 1st ed.
British Writers 2002
British Writers Classics 2003
British Writers Retrospective
European Writers 1983
Latin American Writers 1989 1st ed.
Latino and Latina Writers 2004
Modern American Women Writers 1991 1st ed.
Mystery and Suspense Writers 1998 1st ed.
Poets: American and British 1st ed.
Science Fiction Writers 1982 2nd ed.
Supernatural Fiction Writers 2003 1st ed.
World Poets 2000
Writers for Children 1988
Writers for Young Adults 1997 1st ed.

Access these titles through the Literature Subject Section of the Gale Virtual Reference Library or through UMass Lowell Library’s Literature Database Subject webpage.

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.

European Film Gateway (EFG) now available online

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The European Film Gateway (EFG) is now publicly available online in beta release. It offers free access to about 400,000 digital videos, photos, film posters and text materials. By its completion the archive will contain 600,000 items from 16 film archives from 15 European countries.

Included will be material from film archives that have been hidden in obscurity. These include unique magic lantern slide collections from France, erotic films made in Austria in the early 20th century, advertising films from Norway, newsreels from Lithuania and a comprehensive film poster collection from Denmark. In addition, Cinecittá Luce from Rome has included a famous Italian newsreel collection along with a collection of early films by great masters like Rossellini, Antonioni, Comencini, and other famous names of Italian filmmaking. An extensive collection of set photos to films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder contributed by the Deutsches Filminstitut will also be available for the first time online from August on.

The EFG was developed by the Deutsches Filminstitut together with the European Association of Cinémathèques (ACE – Association des Européennes Cinémathèques) and its members. It started in September 2008 and is expected to be complete by September 2011.

NetLibrary eBooks now Ebsco eBook Collection

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The new Ebsco eBook Collection site is now live and available for access.

Last year Ebsco Publishing purchased the NetLibrary ebook platform. As of July 20, Ebsco has completed the rollover from the old NetLibrary platform to hosting the eBooks on the Ebscohost database platform. This new eBook Collection site shares the same interface design as all of the other Ebsco online databases.

UMass Lowell Libraries currently subscribes to 25 database titles from Ebsco, including popular sites such as Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, Historical Abstracts, and PsycInfo. Now when you search any of the regular Ebsco online databases, you can also easily add the eBook collection into a multi-database search.

The Ebsco eBook Collection contains over 5,000 titles. It can be searched in much the same manner that NetLibrary allowed, by keyword, date, author, title, ISBN, or publisher.  By clicking on the eBooks link in the top menu bar, users can also browse by subject category, Latest Added titles, and Featured Books.

With an Ebscohost account, available for free to all users, bookmarks and notes can be added for future reference. You can also add titles to folders for easy access. Only one user, however, can read a book at a time. When a book is opened by a user, it is effectively checked out and unavailable for others to use at that time.

For further information about using eBooks on the Ebsco site, please view this help page –

http://support.epnet.com//help/?int=ehost&ver=live&lang=en&feature_id=eBooks

WRDS database from Wharton School added as new online resource

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Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) has been added as a new online resource available to faculty, students, and staff through the UMass Lowell Library website.

WRDS is a web-based business data research service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. WRDS provides users with one location for combined research to a variety of databases through a common interface. COMPUSTAT, CRSP, CUSIP, Dow Jones, Global Insight, are a few of the important business research databases available for searching through WRDS.

WRDS also features Eventus Software for performing event studies combining data directly from COMPUSTAT and CRSP stock databases.

For a complete list of databases available for searching through WRDS, view this Research Guide page. Highlights include COMPUSTAT and CRSP:

COMPUSTAT is a Standard & Poor’s database of financial, statistical, and marketing information. COMPUSTAT provides the annual and quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items on most publicly held companies. COMPUSTAT files also contain information on aggregates, industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings.

CRSP is the Center for Research in Security Prices at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. CRSP compiles the CRSP Stock Database Files which provide security price data on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and The Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq). CRSP also provides a comprehensive database of government security price information. Additional CRSP files contain information on stock summaries (indices), treasury bills, maturity portfolios, fama-bliss discount bonds, Risk Free rates, cap based portfolios, S&P 500, mutual funds, bonds, bills, and inflation.

Access to this new resource is available through the Library’s Business Database Subject page.

RDS Business Suite available from the MLS

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The the Commonwealth of  Massachusetts through the new Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is providing regional affiliated libraries, including UMass Lowell, with access to multiple Gale Cengage online databases. The newest edition of these available resources is the RDS Business Suite.

RDS comprises three separate business information databases that can be searched through one single interface: Business & Industry, Business & Management Practices, and TableBase.

Business & Management Practices (BaMP) content focuses on practical approaches to management processes and methods. BaMP offers highly-focused coverage from more than 300 current professional and trade journals containing information relevant to the fields of management, planning, production, finance, marketing, information technology and human resources; as well as an additional 1,000+ more general business journals and newspapers.

Business & Industry (B&I) is a broad-based business information database that focuses on facts, figures, events and market information about companies, industries, products and markets.  It covers all industries and is international in scope.  B&I draws content from over 1,800 trade and industry publications, regional, national and international newspapers, business dailies and newsletters.

TableBase is a database comprised of tabular information of a strategic nature. Every record has a unique table title. Many of the table records also have textual content which supports the data in the tables.  The tables provide information such as: market share, market size, capacity, production, imports, exports, sales, product and brand rankings, forecasts, healthcare statistics and demographics.

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) provides services to 1,700 Massachusetts libraries of all types and sizes throughout the Commonwealth.  MLS was established in 2010 to consolidate the services of six former regional library systems. An Advisory Committee agreed to renew Gale database previously subscribed for state-wide library access by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In all MLS is providing 13 Gale databases, including the RDS Business Suite, through June 30, 2012.

Two new journals available focused on Mechanics

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Two new journals covering different aspects of mechanics are being introduced this year by the ASCE and AIP. Complimentary access is being offered by the publishers on a temporary basis:

Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics (current issue available for free access)

Published by the ASCE, this Journal brings science and applications together on nanoscale and nanostructured materials with an emphasis on • mechanics • processing • characterization • design • modeling and • applications of materials containing true nanosize dimensions or nanostructures that enable novel or enhanced properties or functions based upon tailored nanostructures.

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters (TAML) (free access available through 2011)

TAML is published by AIP on behalf of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and features short, original articles in all areas of mechanics, as well as in interdisciplinary fields including aerospace and aeronautical engineering, coastal and ocean engineering, environment and energy engineering, material and structure engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical and transportation engineering, and civil and hydraulic engineering.