Cochrane Library added to database subscriptions

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The Cochrane Library, published and hosted by Wiley InterScience, is a collection of six databases in medicine and other healthcare specialities that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

At its core is the collection of Cochrane Reviews, a database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses which summarize and interpret the results of medical research.

A seventh database in the Cochrane Library provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.

The Cochrane Collaboration, established in 1993, is an international network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human health care by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews – over 4,000 so far, published online in the Cochrane Library.

Cochrane Reviews are unique because they are both produced by, and are relevant to, everyone interested in the effects of health care.  Contributors are a mix of volunteers and paid staff who are affiliated to the organisation through Cochrane:  healthcare subject-related review groups, thematic Networks – called ‘fields’ – groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centers. Many are world leaders in their field of medicine, health policy, research methodology or consumer advocacy, and our entities are situated in some of the world’s best academic and medical institutions.

The Cochrane Library consists of the following databases:

  • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane Reviews)
  • The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
  • The Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews (Methodology Reviews)
  • The Cochrane Methodology Register (Methodology Register)
  • Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED)

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics available online

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UML Libraries has just purchased online access to the 2008 2nd edition of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. This is an 8-volume set available online that includes additional quarterly article updates.

Originally published in 1894 and later revised in 1923 and again as a “New” four-volume set in 1987, the Palgrave Dictionary of Economics has continuously drawn together eminent contributors from across the spectrum of methodological and ideological schools to produce an consistently valuable work of reference that has contained many individual classic essays of enduring importance.

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 1987 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. This new edition retains the tradition of bringing together the world’s most influential economists (including 25 Nobel Laureates in Economics) writing in their own voice on their areas of expertise, but in its online incarnation it has married this tradition with the benefits of a dynamic resource that is updated with new and revised articles on a quarterly basis.

The online edition not only provides unlimited-user access to the 8-volume print edition but does so using the full advantages of dynamic web functionality:

  • offers excellent search and browse facilities, both full text and advanced
  • contains hyperlinked cross-references within articles
  • features carefully selected and maintained links to related sites
  • enables users to bookmark searches and articles, along with their own notes, in My Dictionary, or add links to articles on social bookmarking sites
  • incorporates quarterly additions and updates

Links to the Palgrave Dictionary can be found in the Library’s Business Databases Subject page as well as in the pop-up alphabet index list of online resources available from the Library’s website home page.

Credo Reference added as new online resource

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added Credo Reference as a new online resource.

Credo Reference is an award-winning online database that allows users the ability to search across hundreds of reference titles from over 70 different publishers covering every major topic, including art, medicine, history, technology, literature and more. Overall, the collection contains over 3 million entries; 200,000 audio pronunciation files; 40,000+ art, science, and medical images; and 90,000 atlas images of places and geographic features throughout the world, all fully integrated and intelligently cross-linked.

For the next two months all of Credo’s 479 reference works will be fully available for UML users. Beginning in June, however, the UML subscription will be limited to following 100 selected reference titles:

Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ABC Clio 2008
All Things Chaucer: An Encyclopedia of Chaucer’s World  ABC Clio 2007
Andromeda Encyclopedic Dictionary of World History Andromeda 2001
Atlas of the Bible, Andromeda Andromeda 1985
Atlas of the Universe Philip’s 2003
Black’s Medical Dictionary, 42nd Edition A&C Black 2009
Bridgeman Art Library Archive Bridgeman 2008
Bridgeman History of Science Bridgeman 2006
Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ABC Clio 2005
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development Cambridge UP 2005
Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing, The Cambridge UP 2005
Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness  Cambridge UP 2007
Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour, The  Cambridge UP 2006
Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine  Cambridge UP 2007
Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology, The  Cambridge UP 2007
Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression, The Cambridge UP 2007
Capstone Encyclopaedia of Business Wiley 2003
Cassell’s Peoples, Nations and Cultures Cassell 2005
Chambers Biographical Dictionary Chambers Harrap 2007
Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters Chambers Harrap 2004
Chambers Dictionary of World History Chambers Harrap 2005
CIA World Factbook  CIA 2009
Collins Dictionary of Biology Collins 2005
Columbia Encyclopedia Columbia UP 2008
Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy Routledge 2002
Concise Atlas of World History, Andromeda Andromeda 1997
Conspiracy Theories in American History ABC Clio 2003
Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World:  Media, Industry and Society Continuum 2003
Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World:  Performance and Production Continuum 2003
Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World:  Locations Continuum 2005
Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary Elsevier 2007
Elsevier’s Dictionary of Psychological Theories Elsevier 2006
Encyclopedia of African History Routledge 2004
Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology Elsevier 2004
Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy Greenwood 1997
Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science Wiley 2005
Encyclopedia of Computer Science Wiley 2003
Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World  M. E. Sharpe  2007
Encyclopedia of Ethics Routledge 2001
Encyclopedia of Insects Elsevier 2003
Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics, An Edward Elgar 1999
Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World’s Cultures  Springer 2004
Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature Greenwood 2000
Encyclopedia of North American Indians, Houghton Mifflin Houghton Mifflin 1996
Encyclopedia of Public Choice, The Springer  2004
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender Springer  2003
Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults Wiley 2007
Encyclopedia of the History of American Management Continuum 2006
Encyclopedia of the Human Brain Elsevier 2002
Encyclopedia of the Human Genome  Wiley 2005
Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850 Routledge 2003
Encyclopedia of the Solar System Elsevier 2007
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century Thomson Gale 2000
Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and Suburbs ABC Clio 1998
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict Elsevier 2008
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender Elsevier 2001
Encyclopedia of Women’s Health  Springer  2004
Encyclopedia of World History Houghton Mifflin 2001
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930, An Routledge 2005
Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music Faber and Faber 2001
France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ABC Clio 2005
Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia ABC Clio 2007
Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ABC Clio 2005
Great American Court Cases, Gale Thomson Gale 1999
Guide to the Ancient World, H.W. Wilson H.W. Wilson 1986
Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law ABC Clio 2003
Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences Elsevier 2005
Handbook of Environmental Sociology Greenwood 2001
Handbook of Global Environmental Politics Edward Elgar 2005
Handbook of Globalisation and Environmental Policy, A Edward Elgar 2005
Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts: Sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English Routledge 2003
Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children Routledge 2006
Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music Harvard UP 2003
Harvard Dictionary of Music Harvard UP 2003
Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and its Empires  Edinburgh UP  2008
Human Body Book: An Illustrated Guide to Its Structure, Function and Disordershttp://www.credoreference.com/book/dkbody Dorling Kindersley Pub. 2009
Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide Helicon 2008
Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to Present ABC Clio 2005
Iran’s Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook ABC Clio 2005
Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care Sage UK 2006
Marquis Who Was Who in America 1607-1984 Marquis Who’s Who LLC 2009
Marquis Who Was Who in America 1985-present Marquis Who’s Who LLC 2009
Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History ABC Clio 2004
Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions 8th edition Elsevier 2009
National Gallery Collection National Gallery 2009
Need to Know? Islam Collins 2008
New Americans: A Guide to Immigration Since 1965 Harvard UP 2007
New Encyclopedia of Judaism, The New York UP 2002
New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health, The Harvard UP 2004
Philip’s World Factbook 2008-2009 Philip’s 2008
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present ABC Clio 2003
Science in the Ancient World: An Encyclopedia ABC Clio 2004
Science in the Early Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia ABC Clio 2005
Science in the Enlightenment: An Encyclopedia ABC Clio 2003
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary F.A.Davis Co. 2009
U.S. Census 2000 State & County Statistical QuickFacts U.S. Census Bureau 2000
Ultimate Business Library, Wiley Wiley 2003
Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations M. E. Sharpe  2008
Who’s Who in Classical Mythology, Routledge Routledge 2002
World Politics Since 1945  Pearson 2009

Three new economic titles added to Annual Reviews

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The Annual Reviews’ new collection of economics journals has been added to the UML Library collection. The three new journals — Annual Review of Economics, Annual Review of Financial Economics and Annual Review of Resource Economics — summarize developments in their respective fields and reflect the advancement of economics as a critical scientific discipline.

The new titles are edited by leading economists Tim Bresnahan (Stanford), Andrew Lo (MIT), and Gordon Rausser (UC Berkeley), and Nobel prize winners Kenneth Arrow (Stanford) and Robert Merton (Harvard Business School). Annual Reviews has brought together 150 renowned scholars to address an interdisciplinary audience, from economics specialists to those with primary interests including public policy, business, social and natural sciences.

Annual Reviews, a nonprofit publisher that synthesizes critical research literature, has offered comprehensive collections of critical reviews since 1932. Its highly cited journals help readers to evaluate and select from the increasing wealth of primary literature.

Twayne Authors Series added as a new subscription database

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The Twayne Authors Series combines Twayne’s U.S. Authors, Twayne’s English Authors, and Twayne’s World Authors. Each of these individual titles provides literary criticism for approximately 200 authors, bringing the total number of authors covered in the Series to nearly 600.

The Twayne Series offers criticism by scholars on hundreds of years of literature–from ancient Greece to the modern era. It provides critical introductions to the lives and works of writers, to the history and influence of literary movements, or the development of literary genres.

Each title entry in Twayne Authors is structured in a consistent format: All titles feature elements such as a chronology, a biography, a comprehensive critical analysis, and an annotated bibliography. Major works of authors are discussed and analyzed in depth. The discussions of each author in the series generally cover between 175-200 printed pages.

Three primary search paths offer different approaches to discovering information about authors and their works:

  • Authors A-Z. Enables the user to quickly select an author name or topic from a comprehensive list to find critical discussion, chronologies, bibliographies, and other information on an author’s works and literary career.
  • In Depth Search. Enables the user to design a specific search using such criteria as Author Name, Genre, Time Period, Gender, Nationality (for Twayne’s World Authors), and Full Text.
  • Research Ideas. View curriculum related topics then select from a variety of authors writing within those topics as research starting points.

Links to this database can be found in the library’s web site, either from the front page alphabet list of resources or the Literature database subject page.

New Sage Reference Online Handbooks

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The SAGE Reference Online Handbook Collection consists of 80 authoritative, award–winning, interdisciplinary handbooks across the social sciences.

International in scope, the Sage Handbooks offer critical analysis within a discipline or sub-discipline. Created for academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced postgraduate students, they offer retrospective and prospective overviews, reviewing past and present theory as well as mapping out new directions for the future.

The handbooks cover topics in the following subject areas:

  • Business and Management
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Counseling and Social Work
  • Education
  • Geography and Urban Studies
  • Marketing
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Research Methods and Evaluation
  • Science, Technical and Medical
  • Sociology

They can be browsed by title or searched individually, in combination with other handbook titles, or included in a search of all Sage Reference titles along with the nearly 50 Encyclopedia and other Handbook titles subscribed to by UML Libraries.  Searches can also be limited to sidebars, images, and/or tables.

Access to this database can be found on the Library’s web site either from the front page alphabet list of resources or from several Database Subject pages plus the eBooks page.

Naxos Music Library subscription added

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UML Libraries has added Naxos Music Library as a new annual subscription. UML users can now listen to a slection of streaming music from over 39,000 CDs containing more than 500,000 tracks with an average of 1,000 new CD titles added monthly.

Access is currently limited to 15 simultaneous connnections. If we find that users are getting blocked out, then we will increase our user limit as needed.

NML consists primarily of classical music with a good selection of world music and spoken word as well as a small selection of jazz. The aim of NML is to eventually offer access to every work of classical music ever recorded.

Resources offered by NML include synopses of over 700 operas, a pronunciation guide for composer and artist names and a glossary of musical terms. There is also a weekly podcast about new additions to the library and other musical topics. Archived podcasts are available under the Resources tab. A comprehensive online encyclopedia of classical music is in development.

Users can sign up for individual accounts under Playlists by clicking on the “login” link and then “sign up.” Students can create their own personal playlists that can be exported but can’t be viewed by other users. Professors on the other hand can create shared playlists for students to access. For more information about this functionality, please contact joseph_fisher@uml.edu.

In addition to allowing subscribers to listen to recordings NML provides playing times of individual works or movements, detailed music notes, and opera libretti. The library can be searched by composer, work and label; by keyword search and by a sophisticated advanced search engine with up to 10 combined search criteria.

Streaming video collection now available

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Now available for online viewing, Films On Demand offers over 5,200 streaming documentary videos. These films are available to all UML users through any web browser connection at any time.

Films On Demand offers high-quality digital videos by top producers from around the world, such as PBS and the BBC. Subject areas range from the Social Sciences to Career and Technical Education.

Special features allow users to create a personal account that enables them to organize favorite videos in folders, create and share playlists, and manage their own settings.

Classical Scores Library purchased

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UML Libraries has purchased the complete online Classical Scores Library from Alexander St. Press. When complete, this collection will contain over 15,000 scores amounting to over 400,000 pages of classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. Currently the library is over 75% complete.

The collection covers time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The complete works of most major composers are represented along with more obscure composers and works. Coverage is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions. Multiple editions of works are also made available for comparison and analysis.

Users can search the database by musically relevant fields, such as composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, time period; as well as score-specific fields, such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, publisher.

Scores can be viewed and then printed by page range, movement, or in its entirety. Use of printed scores is limited to individual study or notation and the like. Users are not allowed to perform the printed versions of the PDF scores.

The complete or collected works for the following composers will be made available online once the entire Classical Scores Library has been digitized:

Bach Loewe
Beethoven Mendelssohn
Berlioz Mozart
Brahms Palestrina
Chopin Rameau
Cornelius Schein
Glinka Schubert
Gretry Schuetz
Handel Schumann
Lassus Sweelinck
Liszt Victoria

H.W. Wilson databases cancelled

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UML Libraries decided to not renew our three H.W. Wilson databases this fiscal year. The three titles were Art Full Text, Education Full Text, and Biography Index. As substitutes for two of these titles we have added two Ebsco databases: Art & Architecture and Education Research Complete. Biography Index was not receiving enough interest to warrent its renewal.

Our decisions were based in large part on budget constraints. The Ebsco resources were purchased in a package that also included Political Science Complete. PSC is intended to replace the CSA database Worldwide Political Science Abstacts, which won’t be renewed after it expires at the end of the year. PSC has the advantage of offering extensive coverage in full text.

We carefully compared the two Ebsco databases that covered the same subject areas as two of the Wilson databases and determined that differences in content were slight while the differences in cost were substantial.

In addition, since all of the Ebsco databases pull full text articles from each other to supplement indexed articles that aren’t provided in full text in some databases, the larger pool of full text articles increases coverage in all of the Ebsco databases.