ProQuest Business and Social Science Databases trial

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ProQuest has provided trial access to the following databases through December 6, 2011:

Banking Information Source
ProQuest Banking Information Source combines the currency of the Internet and the perspective of industry journals to provide over 640 authoritative sources of information from Industry and professional newsletters, School of BankMarketing Papers, and Stonier Theses. In addition articles from 470 full-text leading international journals are included.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
This database includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year. Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

ProQuest Entrepreneurship
ProQuest Entrepreneurship is designed to arm entrepreneurs with vital resources to develop and research their ideas while providing valuable insight to help progress and grow their product or service. It combines unusual collection of content types:

  • over 11,000 Video Clips of entrepreneurs giving firsthand accounts of their business experiences
  • nearly 400 business plans drawn from the well known University of Texas at Austin Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly Moot Corp)
  • thousands of market research documents
  • Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms
  • Business Cases
  • Over 48,000 premium company profiles from Hoovers

Access to these trials is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

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Alexander Street Press Database Trials

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Alexander St. Press is offering a group of databases for trial access to UMass Lowell. These resources are available through November 13, 2011. Included in the trial are the following titles:

American History in Video provides a rich collection of video for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

Black Thought and Culture contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. This material is indexed to enable in-depth browsing and searching of both the bibliographic and the full-text elements within the database.. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.

The Gilded Age brings primary documents and scholarly commentary together into a searchable collection. In addition to an extensive selection of key treatises, the collection also includes songs, letters, photographs, cartoons, government documents, and ephemera. This primary content is enhanced by video interviews with scholars and numerous topical critical documentary essays specially commissioned for the project by Alexander Street Press. Covering such themes as race, labor, immigration, commerce, western expansion, and women’s suffrage, these essays illuminate the rapidly changing cultural
landscape of America during the decades between the end of the Civil War and the election of Theodore Roosevelt. The collection currently has over 53,000 pages.

Harper’s Weekly was the definitive newspaper of record for the latter part of the nineteenth century and early twentieth. It had broad national distribution and some international, a circulation that exceeded 100,000 and peaked at 300,000, and effective readership of at least half a million people. This complete digital version includes the full text of all issues plus over 75,000 illustrations, cartoons, maps, and portraits.

Images of America: A History of American Life in Images in Texts is a new resource cultivated from Arcadia Publishing’s award-winning series of local history books. At completion, it will include over 1 million historical images and texts, celebrating American places and faces. All of the images and texts have been indexed, enabling users to explore the depth of a town’s history or to compare the histories of various towns, cultures, ethnic groups, architectural features, and more.

Lincoln and the Civil War is a subset of material from the Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines series focused on historical documents from newspapers and periodicals related to Lincoln’s Presidential political life from 1860 until his death immediately following the Civil War.

Social Theory offers an extensive selection of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. It features more than 150,000 pages of content by such major theorists as Theodor Adorno, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Émile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Robert Merton, Dorothy E. Smith , and Talcott Parsons.

Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history. The collection currently includes 102 document projects and archives with more than 4,050 documents and 145,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by some 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

Access to these trials is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

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ISI Web of Knowledge trial extended

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Thomson Reuters has made its  Web of Knowledge databases available for a one-month free trial with likely a second month trial extension. The first trial period was available through 12 October 2011. The extended trial period runs through November 11, 2011.

The trial features Web of Science, which researchers can use to search, track and analyze more than 35 years of current and retrospective journal and proceedings data in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

The following products and back-years are available:

Journal Citation Reports on the Web:

  • Science Edition 2008
  • Social Sciences Edition 2008

Web of Science:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded 1975-present
  • Social Sciences Citation Index 1975-present
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index 1975-present
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • Science: 1990-present
  • Social Science & Humanities: 1990-present

Trial access is limited to 1 simultaneous user.  Any subsequent attempts to access the database after 1 user is logged on will generate a message indicating that the maximum number of concurrent users is already in effect.  For this reason, PLEASE use the LOGOFF button at the end of each search session when  finished reviewing the product.  This immediately frees the session for the next user.

Web of Science

Web of Science provides access to the world’s leading citation databases:

  • Track prior research and monitor current developments, see who is citing your work, measure the influence of colleagues’ work, and follow the path of today’s hottest ideas.
  • Find hidden trends and patterns, gain insight into emerging fields of research, and identify leading researchers, institutions, and journals with the Analyze Tool.

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world’s leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles’ cited references, JCR Web helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Available in Science and Social Sciences editions.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

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CQ Press First Street database Trial

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CQ Press is providing UMass Lowell trial access to its new online government analysis product First Street. The trial is available through June 10, 2011.

First Street is a groundbreaking policy networking platform containing a wealth of information to help users research people and organizations shaping US Federal government policy.  Developed for lobbyists, law firms, associations, and anyone working to affect legislative policy, First Street is also designed to support academic research and classroom instruction.

A featured tool is the First Street Coalition Builder, an interactive tool providing data visualization to enhance classroom discussion and research presentations.  The Coalition Builder enables users to visually view how special interests and advocacy affect policy-making by connecting the dots between lobbying, issues, and campaign contributions:

  

First Street contains over 2 million direct connections with information on Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, registered lobbyists, PACs, and related organizations. This rich data pool, for example, enables the following types of usage:
  • Research a contact’s work history and the issues they have worked on in Congress, Federal agencies, and as a registered lobbyist
  • Visualize how lobbying firms and clients are related
  • Uncover what issues government agencies and legislation lobbying firms are lobbying
  • Identify lobbyists active in issue areas or lobbying a piece of legislation
  • Find all staff or lobbyists with experience on a certain issue
  • Instantly access contact information enabling proactive coalition building
  • Save searches and bookmark specific interests

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

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ABC-CLIO Trial: 12 Academic Edition Databases

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ABC-CLIO has made available all 12 databases in its new Academic Editions suite of online reference products for trial access through the month of June, 2011. The collection includes 12 distinct, subject-focused datatabases that are meant to align with college-level courses:

For off-campus access to these databases, please use the link at the top of this page.

One of the key features of the Academic Editions databases is an option titled “Idea Exchange” that provides a collection of peer-reviewed articles on core topics designed to encourage deeper scholarly exploration and discussion.

Other features of the Academic databases include regularly updated content relevant to each database’s subject area, enhanced navigation capabilities to assist in locating key resources, and searching and filtering efficiencies.

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

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ProQuest Polymer Science Collection available for trial

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ProQuest has provided UMass Lowell with trial access to its new Polymer Science Collection database for one-month trial period running from April 19 – May 19, 2011.

The ProQuest Polymer Science Collection combines several ProQuest databases and services:  Polymer Library (formerly Rapra), ProQuest’s new Deep Indexing service, and ProQuest’s new Polymer Science Journals.

UMass Lowell continues to subscribe to the Polymer Library database along with  Advanced Polymer Abstracts both still accessible on the CSA platform. However, ProQuest, which owns CSA, is discontinuing Advanced Polymer Abstracts soon and is offering the Polymer Science Collection as a replacement. This new product is available on the new ProQuest web platform that combines all of the ProQuest databases with CSA databases, so all of ProQuest’s holdings will be accessible in the same online format. Along with this platform change, ProQuest is also introducing several new database products and services, such as several science collections and Deep Indexing.

ProQuest’s new “Deep indexing” service categorizes data, variables and other content represented in tables, maps, graphs, photographs and other figures. It allows users to search and retrieve information from these resources typically embedded in scholarly publications. Applicable journal article records are enhanced with thumbnails showing the tables and figures contained with that article.

The Polymer Science Journals collection combines full text from 275 journals, with 207 of those available to the current issue. 75 journals in total are rated as scholarly peer reviewed, with 35 of those available to the current issue. The remaining 200 journals are primarily trade publications, reports, and magazines. View title list.

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

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Reaxys chemical database trial

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Elsevier is providing UMass Lowell with a one month free trial to their Reaxys database. The trial is available from April 14 to May 14, 2011.

Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry workflow solution which integrates searches for reaction and substance data with synthesis planning and chemical sourcing. It contains historical data dating back to 1771 and coverage of important current journal and patents within chemistry. The data excerpted from the journals and patents meets carefully controlled selection criteria – namely that all organic, inorganic and organometallic properties and data are excerpted only if they have a structure, experimental fact and a credible citation.

The reaction and substance data within Reaxys is experimentally validated – not calculated – so that less time is spent interrogating results. Its synthesis planner supports the evaluation of alternative synthetic routes and allows chemists to identify and combine selected reaction steps. Sophisticated relevance ranking algorithms combine with filtering tools help prevent chemists from reading irrelevant articles and pursuing unsubstantiated references.

Enhanced interoperability between Reaxys and ScienceDirect further improves the discoverability and visualization of chemical structures. To further improve discoverability and usefulness of the chemistry, authors submitting articles to selected journals are invited to contribute structure (MOL) files of their key compounds. These structure files will be used to visually display all the key compounds referenced in the article in a single scrollable list and will contain direct links to Reaxys, straight from ScienceDirect. It is already possible to access the full-text literature from Reaxys; now Reaxys content is available from ScienceDirect, completing the circle. Furthermore compound identifiers (InChI keys) will be added to the structures, making both the article and its key compounds more discoverable through mainstream search engines like Google.

More information is available here:

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

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Free access to Education Journals from Taylor & Francis

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Taylor and Francis Publishing is providing free access to all of their Routledge Educational journals as part of their Education Free for All campaign — that is free for all only through the month of April.

The journals in this promotion cover: Curriculum Studies, Education Research, Early Years Education, Higher Education, Teacher Education, Educational Psychology, History of Education and more.

Below are just some of the cutting-edge and high-quality journals you can access for FREE from April 1 until April 30th:

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

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Two Online Video Trials from Alexander St. Press

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Alexander Street Press is providing UMass Lowell with free access trials to two of their new online video databases: Education in Video and Filmakers Library Online. Both trials are available through May 30, 2011.

Education in Video contains 913 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms give education faculty, education students, and in-service teachers.

  • Video lets students of education observe and learn from real teachers and students engaged in common classroom interactions.
  • The collection is indexed to meet the specific search needs of education faculty and students. Search and browse by grade level; subject; topic; educational theory; and other criteria.
  • Synchronized, searchable, scrolling transcripts run alongside each video. Click ahead in the transcript, and the video jumps to that point. Scan hours of video in seconds.
  • Study and discussion guides, themed playlists on special topics, and related full-text materials give instructors ready-made teaching tools.
  • Filmakers Library Online, officially launching next month, currently contains over 1,000 award-winning documentaries but will include more than 5,000 titles upon completion. The collection contains commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

    Coverage includes race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. Internationally known producers represented include the National Film Board of Canada, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, KCTS/Seattle, and many others.

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

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    Credo Reference: Publisher Collections trial

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    Credo Reference is providing full-text trial access to their new Publisher Collections to UMass Lowell through April, 2011.

    Publisher Collections are offered as supplemental individual purchases from Credo Reference. They consist of collections from the following publishers:

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

    Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.