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.

Audio Engineering Society E-Library added to UML online resources

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added the AES (Audio Engineering Society) E-Library as an annual subscription online database available to all faculty, students, and staff. Access is offered from both on campus and remotely. Links to the database can be found on the library’s website Music databases page or in the alphabet menu on the website home page.

The AES (Audio Engineering Society) E-Library contains over 13,000 fully searchable PDF files documenting the progression of audio research from 1953 to the present day. The E-library includes every AES paper published at a convention, conference or in the peer-reviewed AES  Journal. The E-Library also contains Standards Documents, Technical Documents, and Anthologies and Collections.

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

Many research papers presented at conventions are ultimately published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. Other convention papers and conference proceedings are compiled in the online AES E-Library.

Google releases its new Art Project web site

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In collaboration with some of the world’s most famous museums, Google recently launched its Art Project web site. Applying its Street-View technology within museums, the site allows visitors to virtually
explore galleries within seventeen major museums from around the world, such as MoMA, The Frick, Versailles, Uffizi, Tate, and Van Gogh. In addition, Artwork View enables incredable close-up zooming capablilities for selected paintings. Finally, additional educational information is provided for each of the selected works.

Another feature of the site allows users to create their own collections. The ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows users to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build their own personalized collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with others.

Current partners in the project include the following museums:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

For more information about the project, view this FAQ page. Access to the site has been added to the Library website’s Art Databases page.

Access to complete archive of Physics World now available

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Through UMass Lowell Library’s subscription IOPscience access is now provided to the complete online archive of PhysicsWorld,  the internationally renowned membership magazine of the Institute of Physics.

Physics World is widely known as one of the world’s best physics magazines, bringing together the pick of stories from the worlds of research, industry and education every month. The Physics World Archive comprises more than 11,000 articles covering news, features, commentary and reviews from every issue of Physics World since the magazine’s launch in October 1998.  It covers physics in its broadest possible sense, and offers real insight into the key breakthroughs in the field over the last 22 years.

The Physics World Archive is normally only available to institutions by subscription, but has now been made available to subscribers of IOPscience extra at no additional cost.

For further information about IOPScience, view their support site. Also more information is available about Physics World from the PhysicsWorld web site.