Nursing Reference Center: Database Trial Renewed from Ebsco Publishers

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Ebsco has provided UMass Lowell with a 6-week free trial to their Nursing Reference Center database. The trial is available until 31 March 2011.

Nursing Reference Center (NRC) is intended for staff nurses, nurse administrators, nursing students, nurse faculty, and hospital librarians. It delivers the most recent clinical evidence and knowledge on conditions and diseases via a nursing-specific graphical interface.Included are over 3,500 evidence-based lessons on procedures, diseases and conditions, legal cases and drugs. These consist of over 2,700 Care Sheets and Lessons, more than 700 Legal Cases, over 300 Research Instruments, plus over 500 Continuing Education Full Text Documents. In addition, more than 4,000 Health Library documents are available in both English and Spanish.

Patient care planning and access to detailed drug information is simplified via embedded HTML copies of F.A. Davis’s Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications, F.A. Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses and Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

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New American Psychological Association PsycTESTS trial

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The American Psychological Association (APA) is providing UMass Libraries trial access to it’s new database PsycTESTS for one month from February 8 to March 9, 2012.

PsycTESTS is an electronic database providing descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching. The database serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a source of structured information about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.

Updated monthly, PsycTESTS includes a wide variety of test types: achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and more. These include previously unpublished measures, tests developed by psychologists for which no source document has been located, and information about published tests available from commercial publishers. All records in PsycTESTS are indexed and include fields for validity and reliability data (when available), test purpose, construct, format, number of items, and more.

Access to this trial is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Trial

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Trial access to the “House of Commons Parliamentary Papers” (HCPP), provided by ProQuest, is available in its entirety from February 6 to March 31, 2012.

HCPP provides access to over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. Access is available to the following collections:

  • 18th century (1688-1834)
  • 19th century (1801-1900)
  • 20th century (1901-2003/04 session)
  • 21st century module 1 (2004/05 – 2009/10 sessions)
  • 21st century module 2 (2010/12 session)
  • Hansard (1803-2005)

As the working documents of government, the parliamentary papers encompass all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, showing how issues were explored and legislation was formed. Many contributors to the papers were found outside the official world, providing evidence or supplying memoranda to committees and commissions. The labours and concerns of Matthew Arnold, John Stuart Mill, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Edwin Chadwick, Marconi, Keynes and Beveridge are recorded in these pages, alongside thousands of others. The evidence gathered by numerous Committees and Royal Commissions influenced public opinion and social and political philosophies as disparate as those of Marx, Dickens and Disraeli.

The origins of HCPP online lie in the Chadwyck-Healey microfiche edition of the nineteenth century House of Commons Sessional Papers. Published between 1980 and 1983, the microfiche edition includes filmed images of 77,671 papers, covering nearly 4.2 million pages along with an accompanying 5 volume index. Microfiche for the twentieth century (107,965 papers, over 5.2 million pages) was subsequently produced. Scanning continues, taking coverage right up to the latest parliamentary session. These scans have also been converted into digital format, and are presented in HCPP alongside index records. These indexes have been overlaid with broad subject categories based on the 19th centurySubject Catalogue, updated for more recent material.

HCPP now incorporates The Eighteenth Century Parliamentary Papers Collection from BOPCRIS. This collection features publications published officially by the House of Commons or the House of Lords from 1688 to 1834, including sessional papers and other material such as Journals and Private Acts. In addition, HCPP also now includes the full text from Hansard, the Official Report of debates in Parliament, from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, from 1803 to 2005.

Primal Pictures: 3D Human Anatomy Software trial Extended

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Full access to Primal Pictures: 3D Human Anatomy Software along with Anatomy and Physiology Online are available now on an extended trial basis through February 24, 2012. This trial is provided to UMass Lowell by Ovid Technologies.

Primal Interactive Human: The 3D Real-time Body: Derived from real human data, this range of software provides over 5,000 3D anatomical structures, clinical slides, dissections, animations and much more. Explore the human body region by region through these 11 models:

  • Head & Neck
  • Spine
  • Shoulder
  • Knee
  • Hand
  • Thorax
  • Abdomen
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Female Pelvis
  • Male Pelvis
  • Hip

Rotate the 3D models in any direction using your mouse and control which structures are visible, added, removed, made x-ray or opaque either in groups – muscles, vessel systems and organ systems – or individually, structure by structure.

Anatomy and Physiology Online is a fully integrated online learning approach for students studying anatomy and physiology. Published as 19 comprehensive modules, it guides a student through the content from clear learning objectives to self testing. Combining Primal Pictures’ award wining 3D anatomy with engaging new physiology content using clear visuals with succint text, narrated animations that cover complex concepts and processes, clinical case studies and fun interactive quizzes that engage all the senses.

Anatomy and Physiology Online won first prize in the ‘Digital and online resources‘ category at the 2011 BMA (British Medical Association) Medical Book and Patient Information Awards.

Access to these trials is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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American Psychological Association PsycTESTS trial

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The American Psychological Association (APA) is providing UMass Libraries trial access to it’s new database PsycTESTS for one month from November 18 to December 18, 2011.

PsycTESTS is an electronic database providing descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching. The database serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a source of structured information about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.

Updated monthly, PsycTESTS includes a wide variety of test types: achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and more. These include previously unpublished measures, tests developed by psychologists for which no source document has been located, and information about published tests available from commercial publishers. All records in PsycTESTS are indexed and include fields for validity and reliability data (when available), test purpose, construct, format, number of items, and more.

Access to this trial is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library trial

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The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is providing UMass Lowell Libraries with one-month trial access to its collection of 37 ejournals. The trial runs from November 17 to December 16, 2011.

The ICE Virtual Library hosts all the content from ICE Publishing, the publishing division of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).  This is the world’s most comprehensive online civil engineering resource. All told, ICE provides online access to over 1,500 books and 37 journals that cover all aspects of civil engineering.

As part of its ejournal collection, for example, ICE Proceedings form a unique interface between the worlds of theory and practice in civil engineering. They constitute 18 parts, covering every major civil engineering disciples, from energy to ground improvement, urban design and planning to construction materials. Other titles such as Geotechnique and Magazine of Concrete Research are internationally renowned for publishing research of the highest quality.

Access to this trial is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments two week trial access

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Trial access is available to the complete content in the online JoVE site from November 10 – 24, 2011.

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is an online research journal employing visualization to increase reproducibility and transparency in biological, medical, chemical and physical research.

JoVE is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal that is the first journal to publish experimental techniques for biological sciences in video-format, which in comparison to traditional text journals, promotes easier visual comprehension and replication of experiments. Articles published in JoVe are in two parts — a video presentation at the top of each article with the article presented below in traditional print format.

Access to this trial is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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Emerald eBook Series Trial for Management and Social Sciences

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Emerald Insight Publishing is proving UMass Lowell with trial access to two of their new eBook Series Collections:  Business, Management, and Economics and Social Sciences.

Access to these two collections is available until the end of December, 2011.

Emerald Business, Management, and Economics is a growing collection of more than 650 volumes from over 80 eBook Series titles in 15 subject areas. Featuring relevant, international and quality content, in many fields including strategy, economics, accounting and finance and human resource management.

Emerald Social Sciences provides online access to more than 300 volumes from over 40 book series titles. The collection features high profile, international authors delivering cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research in the fields of education, environment, health care, language and linguistics, politics and policy and sociology and anthropology.

Access to these trials is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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RAND State Statistics database trial

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The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) has provided all of its members with month-long trial access to the new RAND State Statistics database. The trial runs through the month of November 2011.

The RAND database is a new product launched last summer. It offers a one-stop shop for nearly 80 statistical databases providing data at the state and county levels, while several provide data at the city/town level. Databases range from Economics (employment, wages, foreign trade, airline operations, etc.) to Population/Demographics (populations, projections, immigration, mortality, etc.) to Education (enrollment, finances, teacher salaries, etc.) and more (Health and Socioeconomic, Government Finance, Energy and Environment, and Community).

The following subjects areas are covered:

Business and Economics ▸ contains information on employment, unemployment, industry and occupational wages, occupational projections, construction, bankruptcies, inflation, foreign trade (imports and exports), gross state product, personal and per capita income, farm income, and airport operating statistics.
Community ▸ includes a number of “quality of life” databases, such as the number of crimes and crime rates, population density, national parks acreage and usage.
Education ▸ reports enrollment and student demographics for U.S. K12 schools and U.S. Colleges.
Energy and Environment ▸ reports energy sources, energy consumption, energy expenditures, and prices by state, installed wind power, and estimated water usage by state.
Government Finance ▸ reports revenues and expenditures by state, spending by program and agency, and local government spending in U.S. counties, cities, and special districts.
Health and Socioeconomic ▸ includes transfer of payments (retirement, Medicare, SSI, food stamps, unemployment insurance, veterans’ benefits), and drug-related deaths (accidental, intentional, and undetermined causes)
Population and Demographics ▸ contains U.S., county, and city population estimates, including population estimates by race, ethniticy, and age for most areas. It also includes population projections, border crossing and immigration statistics, deportations and naturalizations.

Access to this trial is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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Ebsco’s AAS Historical Periodicals Collection trial — Extended to Jan. 20

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Ebsco has released Series 3 and 4 of its 5-part American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection. This extends coverage from 1691 in Series 1 through 1865 in Series 4. All four of the available series are now accessible to UMass Lowell users on a trial basis, originally through the month of November 2011, and now extended through Nauary 20, 2012.

The AAS collections consist of the following four year ranges: 1691 – 18201821 – 1837, 1838-1852,  and 1853-1865. When complete there will be one more series added.

The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Series 1: 1691-1820 presents 550 titles. Representing over two centuries of print culture and ranging from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil on the eve of the Revolution and during the early republic.

The (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection Series 2:  1821 – 1837 presents over 1000 titles that cover the Jacksonian Democracy era and includes agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS): Series 3: 1838-1852 presents over 1,800 titles that reveal a rapidly growing young nation, where industrialization, the railroads, regional political differences, and life on the western frontier were daily realities. Subjects covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS): Series 4: 1853-1865 presents over 1,100 titles that focuses on the Civil War but also includes a diverse record of the continuance of daily life for many Americans—both leading up to and during the war. News from the battlefront can be found, in addition to the usual breadth of subject matter found in previous collections that include science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

The entire AAS Historical Periodicals Collection will consist of five series created from serials holdings belonging to one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society, and featuring about 6500 titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century.

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