New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics releases new content

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The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics has released several new articles as it adds new content for its 2013 edition.

New Content:

  • Shadow banking: a review of the literature
    by Tobias Adrian and Adam B. Ashcraft, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, USA.

    • Abstract: “The shadow-banking system consists of a web of specialized financial institutions that conduct credit, maturity, and liquidity transformation without direct, explicit access to public backstops. The absence of this public financial support makes shadow banks inherently fragile. Much of the shadow-banking activities are intertwined with the operations of core, regulated institutions such as bank holding companies and insurance companies, therefore creating a source of risk for the financial system at large. This article explores the reasons for the existence of the shadow-banking sector, explains how it functions, discusses why it needs to be regulated and reviews the impact of recent attempts to reform shadow banking intermediation.”
  • ICT, internet and worker productivity 
    by Irene Bertschek, Centre for European Economic Research, Germany

    • Abstract:“This article provides a brief overview of the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) as a driver of productivity. In particular, it focuses on the diffusion of computers and the Internet at the workplace and discusses the relationship with wages, the task composition of occupations and labour productivity at the firm level.”
  • Internet and the offline world 
    by Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto, Canada

    • Abstract: “This article emphasises that a key to understanding the (net) benefits of the Internet is to remember that all online activity has an offline context. People live their lives offline. Therefore, the fall in communication costs and the fall in distribution costs associated with the diffusion of the Internet had a heterogeneous impact across locations.”
  • The economics of online recruitment
    by Catherine Thomas, London School of Economics, UK

    • Abstract: “Online recruitment describes hiring workers who were initially selected via the Internet. The practice is now widespread, with a majority of US jobseekers undertaking some online job search activity. The online intermediaries that allow employers and employees to connect with each other, leading to online recruitment, vary in scope. They range from websites that provide information about workers or openings, thereby facilitating search (‘job boards’ or ‘job search engines’) to websites that both provide information and enable employers and employees to interact online during the hiring process (‘online labour markets’). A subset of online labour markets also provides an infrastructure that allows for online management of the work process and payment systems.”
  • Paul Krugman
    by Steven Pressman, Monmouth University, USA

    • Abstract: “This article discusses the main economic contributions of Paul Krugman. Krugman developed the new trade theory, which analyses the determinants of international trade when trade takes place among oligopolistic firms, and the new economic geography, which studies where firms locate nationally and worldwide. His also drew out the policy implications of these new theories. Finally, the article discusses Krugman’s early work on exchange rate regimes and his more recent work on economic slumps.”

About the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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 earlier four-volume 1987 edition 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. Released simultaneously online The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics is a dynamic, updated resource serving the information needs of a new generation of economists.

INFORMS journals online now available

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added a subscription to all 12 INFORMS journals that is now accessible as of January 1, 2013.

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), management science, and business analytics.

INFORMS publishes 12 scholarly subscription journals, including the flagship journals Operations Research and Management Science.  In 2012, INFORMS began publishing its 12th journal, Service Science.

In addition, INFORMS also publishes two open-access journals: INFORMS Transactions on Education and Analytics.

What is Analytics?

Analytics is defined on the INFORMS web site as “the scientific process of transforming data into insight for making better decisions…. from wanting to know what it is and how you might use it to improve your organizational goals to applying it to a specific business problem you already have.”

INFORMS Journal List

Access to these journals is available by searching for the titles through UML Library’s eJournal and eBook Search Portal.

Analytics
Decision Analysis
Information Systems Research
INFORMS Journal on Computing
INFORMS Transactions on Education
Interfaces
Management science
Manufacturing & Service Operations Management
Marketing science
Mathematics Of Operations Research
Operations Research
Organization Science
Service Science
Transportation science

New Knovel Crude Oil Assay database

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Knovel has introduced its new Crude Oil Assay interactive database and is providing it to Knovel subscribers for free access through January 11, 2013. After that date UMass Lowell users will maintain access to the Crude Oil Assay database as part of the library’s Knovel Oil & Gas subject group subscription.

The Crude Oil Assays Database is a unique, interactive compilation of physical and chemical properties covering over 200 crude oils commonly available on the world market. The data will be useful both in understanding how oil properties affect oil behavior in the refinery and in predicting one property value from another. Organized into multiple interactive tables, the database includes:

  • Composition and Key Properties
  • Kinematic Viscosities
  • Hydrocarbon Composition
  • SARA Analysis
  • Distillation Profile
  • Heating and Freezing Properties
  • Fuel Indices

Within each table, users can compare multiple crudes against each other and export the properties to Excel or tab-delimited text for further analysis. Columns in the tables can be repositioned to make comparison easier, values can be sorted and the tables can be filtered to hone in on the data most relevant to the task. All properties are disoverable via Knovel’s data search.

Additional features include:

-         The ability to compare multiple crudes in a single table

-          Coverage of heavy oil and tar sand bitumen

About Knovel

Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers relevant to engineers.

Knovel provides subscribers with access to more than 4,000 leading reference works and databases from more than 90 international publishers and professional societies through a single interface.

Knovel Subject Areas available to UMass Lowell users:

Adhesives, Sealants, Coatings & Inks
Aerospace & Radar Technology
Biochemistry, Biology & Biotechnology
Ceramics & Ceramic Engineering
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction Materials
Electrical & Power Engineering
Electronics & Semiconductors
Environment & Environmental Engineering
Food Science
General Engineering & Engineering Management
Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
Metals & Metallurgy
Nanotechnology
Oil & Gas Engineering
Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Plastics & Rubbers
Safety & Industrial Hygiene
Textiles
Knovel Premium Content also available:

Patty’s Toxicology
Sax’s Dangerous Properties
Access to Knovel is available from the Alphabetical Index on the home page of the Library’s web site, or from multiple Database Subject web pages that cover the sciences and engineering as well eBooks. You can find the link to Knovel in the subject page’s eBook section.

Taylor & Francis Publishers eBook Trial

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Taylor and Francis Publishers is providing a on-month trial to their eBooks Collection. The site offers access to more than 25,000 titles in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and nearly 30 other academic disciplines — all from renowned imprints such as Routledge, Psychology Press and Focal Press.

Features to Researchers

  • Print or copy pages or chapters
  • Full content search
  • Bookmark, highlight and annotate text
30 subject-specific eCollections:
Agriculture, Geography & Environment
Archaeology
Arts
Anthropology
Behavioral Sciences
Bioscience
Classical Studies
Computing & Technology Information
Cultural Studies
Development Studies and Social Work
Econ., Finance, Business & Industry
Education
Engineering
Gender Studies
Food Science & Technology
History
Interdisciplinary Studies
Language & Literature
Law
Mathematics
Media & Film Studies
Medicine, Dentistry & Allied Health
Museum & Heritage Studies
Philosophy
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Politics, Intl Relations, Military & Strategic Studies
Reference & Information Sciences
Religion
Sociology
Sport, Tourism, Travel & Leisure

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.

Trial access to Public Documents Masterfile through Nov. 9, 2012

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Public Documents Masterfile has been made available for free trial access from Paratext Publishing for one month through November 9, 2012.

Public Documents Masterfile enables a single search for indexes and records for over 200 years of U.S. Federal government information. It covers materials directly related to politics and government alongside materials in the physical sciences, technology, law, agriculture, and the social sciences.

  • Links to over 9 million full text documents from a variety of repositories.
  • Cross-search predecessors to the Monthly Catalog including Poore’s, Ames and Hickcox.
  • Search over 1.6 million federally-funded technical and research reports.
  • Link to over 39,000 records and links to Readex’s Congressional Serial Set.

Public Documents Masterfile

In addition, PDM has expanded to become a cumulative source for locating, cataloging and distributing information provided by government entities from around the world.

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.

Trial access to Business Insights: Global

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Business Insights: Global, provided by Gale Cengage Learning, is available on a trial basis through October 31, 2012. BI Global provides all of the same content of Business Insights: Essentials (the new interface for Gale’s Business & Company Resource Center) PLUS almost 1,000 Case Studies  as well as global country and industry information.

Business Insights: Global Features

  • Case Studies from Gale’s CaseBase collection, as well as cases from partners worldwide
  • Interactive LiveCharts for economic and business indicators and user-generated custom charts for use in reports and presentations
  • Global industry research reports for specific industries within specific countries
  • Global company and country overviews full of detailed information, as well as interactive rankings and stats, with quick links to associated news, case studies and academic journal articles

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.

Optical Society of America (OSA) provides free access to ImageBank

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Optics ImageBank, OSA’s new image database site, offers browse and search access to over 200,000 images from OSA’s core journals hosted on OSA’s Digital Library, Optics InfoBase. OSA will continue to upload more back volume images to the ImageBank in the coming months along with uploading current images as soon as an article is published.

Search and Filters

Search by keywords within the figure caption of the image. Narrow your results using journal, date range, topic area, or OCIS codes.

OSA ImageBank sample

OSA ImageBank sample

Optics ImageBank Features

  • View a full-size image of a figure.
  • Export images into PowerPoint or PDF files for classroom use.
  • Scroll through all of the images within the article.
  • Browse by related scientific images to discover related scientific articles across OSA’s core titles. Related images are identified when the OCIS (Optics Classification and Indexing Scheme) codes of the source article match closely with OCIS codes of another article.
  • Share the URL link to the image file with your colleagues.

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.

Oxford Reference releases new web interface

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Oxford Reference Online has released a new site design that aids discoverability and usability and also features a wealth of new, freely available materials.

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference Online Premium is a huge and comprehensive resource that contains over 180 dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works covering the complete subject spectrum: from the Humanities and Social Sciences to Science and Medicine.

The new Oxford Reference allows users to:

  • Cross-search concise definitions and read in-depth articles on topics from Art to Zoology.
  • Add context to  research with over 300,000 free overview pages, 275 timelines, and free online-only quotations titles.
  • Save searches, favorite books, and entries saving valuable time.
  • Share content with options to create bookmarks in social networking sites, email, and citation export.
  • Get facts and quotations delivered straight to the desktop with the ‘Did you Know?’ RSS feed.

The new Oxford Reference platform is made up of two collections:

Oxford Quick Reference provides concise entries for readers wanting to quickly check a fact or find key information on a concept, person, or term from 125 core subject, quotation, and language dictionaries.

The Oxford Reference Library is made up of over 180 specialized works including award-winning Oxford Companions and multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedias. These titles are fully cross-searchable with those in the Oxford Quick Reference collection, and provide longer, in-depth, academic content as well as essays and specialist definitions. Oxford Reference Library also brings a selection of scholarly titles from other prestigious publishers.

A major aim of the new service is to widen use and open up new paths to further reading. Oxford Reference now offers a wealth of easily discoverable, freely available content including over 300,000 new free Overview pages, providing a quick definition for every unique topic plus onward links to deeper content and related topics;  270 free Timelines containing links to over 9,000 free reference entries; a new, free, online-only Quotations title; and regularly published topical theme articles.

Explore the new Oxford Reference Online  for your in-depth research needs.

 

Trial access to Blackwell Reference Online through October 20

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Wiley-Blackwell publishing is providing trial access to the entire Blackwell Reference Online collection of 470 works covering the Social Sciences and Humanities. Access to these resources are available both on and off campus through October 20, 2012.

Blackwell Reference Online is a vast online library giving instant access to the authoritative and up-to-date scholarship across the social sciences. With  dozens of works added each year, it is the largest social science and humanities reference collection available online.

The following subjects are covered:

  • Business and Management
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Sociology, Psychology,and Anthropology
  • Classics
  • Film, Media & Communication Studies
  • Geography

Features of the collection include the following:

  • the critically-acclaimed Blackwell Companions and Handbooks
  • valuable reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and concise companions.
  • Integrated seamless links to standalone major reference works on the Blackwell Reference Online platform, including:
  • The International Encyclopedia of Communication
  • The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature
  • The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
  • The International Studies Encyclopedia Online
  • The Blackwell Companion to Phonology
Explore here for a Blackwell Reference Guided Tour.

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.

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