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

 

ProQuest Social Sciences Database subscriptions added

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added six new ProQuest Social Sciences Databases to its collection of online database subscriptions.

New Database Titles

Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)  is an indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. It contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.

Criminal Justice Periodicals  includes correctional and law enforcement trade publications, crime reports, crime blogs and other material relevant. The database includes abstract and indexing for 250 titles, with more than 100 available in full-text.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951.  Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

PAIS International contains continually updated records for over half a million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more from over 120 countries throughout the world.

PAIS Archive is a retrospective conversion of the PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin, volumes 1-62, published 1915-1976. PAIS Archive contains over 1.23 million records and covers monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics. PAIS Archive provides a unique perspective on the 20th century’s most important public and social policies, such as Prohibition, suffrage, pacifism, civil rights, McCarthyism, Vietnam War, and Watergate.

Social Sciences Journals includes over 570 titles, with more than 340 available in full text. Subject coverage includes Anthropology, Communication science, Demography, Economics, Education, Political science, Policy studies, Psychology, Social work, and Sociology.

Access to these titles is available from the the Library’s home page alphabet index (http://library.uml.edu/) or from various database subject pages (http://library.uml.edu/databases/defaultdb.html).

ARTstor releases images from Solomon R. Guggenheim collection

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ARTstor  has added more than 750 images of major artworks from the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The images document the Guggenheim Museum’s superb holdings in modern and contemporary art by such significant artists as Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among many others.

This is the first release of a projected 7,000 images of art, exhibition installation views, and architecture from the Foundation. Future releases will include 5,000 installation views spanning from the 1990s to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, more than 1,000 installations views from the museums in Bilbao and Venice, and 200 historical and contemporary photographs documenting the architecture of these three museum buildings.

About ARTstor
ARTstor is a digital library of over 1.3 million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Any UML user can create an account and save collections. Instructor privileges allow collections to be shared by a class or the entire UML community. Instructors can also add their own images to their collections.

New Features added to Films on Demand

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Films on Demand, the online streaming video site, has added two new enhancements to its platform: APA citations for all videos and a Google Translate feature that can be used on any page.

APA Citations
Films On Demand now features APA citations for every video on the platform. Users can toggle among the radio buttons to select either Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago Manual of Style , or American Psychological Association (APA) style. The citation will automatically change depending on the selected format.

Google Translate
The newly added Google Translate feature, which is available at the bottom right of every page, makes Films On Demand accessible to users of all languages. From the drop-down menu, users can select a translation language, and within seconds, the page’s text–including the full-title and segment summaries, plus the new interactive transcripts on the View Video pages–will be translated into the selected language. When users hover their computer mouse over the translated text, the original English text appears in a pop-up box.

About Films On Demand
Films On Demand allows users to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from more than 6,000 educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, share playlists, personalize folders and manage their entire collection through an administrative reporting system. Special collections include titles from the American Experience, the BBC, Frontline, Nova, TED, and much more.

SciFinder Scholar allows unlimited usage

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The UML subscription to Scifinder Scholar from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is now available for unlimited simultaneous user logins for all UML students, faculty, and staff.

Prior to this upgrade to CAS’s new Academic Unlimited Access Program, simultaneous usage was restricted to five users at any one time. Now any number of users can access the resource simultaneous 24/7.

Scifinder Scholar (SFS) provides citations, abstracts, and detailed chemical indexing for over 12,000 journals in chemistry and related fields.  Material covered reaches back into the late 1800’s.  SFS also provides the complete Medline database, with similar indexing.  SFS offers a current alerting service, and its Chemport service will connect you to the full text articles, if UML has a subscription to the title.

All new users of Scifinder Scholar must register for their own individual accounts, using their uml email address.  CAS will send a confirming email which must be answered before your account is activated. For further instructional information about registering, please visit this SciFinder Scholar Research Guide.

Access to SciFinder Scholar is available from the Library’s home web page alphabet index list as well as from most science-related database subject pages.

For any questions about SFS use, email or call (x 3209) Marion Muskiewicz, Science Librarian.

Films on Demand now offering Interactive Transcripts

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Films on Demand, the provider of the UML Library’s largest database collection of streaming videos, now provides new interactive transcripts for thousands of their videos.

Interactive transcripts provide:

  • live video/transcript syncing: read the full text of the video and follow along as the video plays
  • printing: print the full transcript option
  • click-to-seek navigation: click on any word in the transcript to jump to that exact point in the video and begin playing the selection
  • key-word searching: search each transcript to locate every instance of a specific term in a video.

Interactive transcripts are easy to access. If a title has a transcript available, a “Transcript” tab will display on the View Video page. From this tab, users can search, print, or disable the autoscrolling feature.

How It Works
1. If a title has an Interactive Transcript available, the Full Title tab will be replaced with the Transcript tab on the View Video page.
2. Click the play button on the player, or one of the Segment links, and the video will begin to play back as normal.
3. Click on the Transcript tab to view the interactive transcript. The current point within the transcript will be indicted by the highlighted portion of text, and will progress in real time.
4. To jump to a different section of the video, simply click on a word within the transcript and the video will jump to that point. You can also jump back/ahead using the status bar on top of the transcript module, or within the player itself.
5. Advanced features, such as keyword search, print transcript and auto-scroll toggling, are also available within the Transcript tab.

Tip! – The Interactive Transcript feature can be turned on/off by visiting My User Preferences for user accounts.

Films on Demand
Films on Demand is a state-of-the-art video streaming platform that contains over 6,000 titles available 24/7 for instant and unlimited access by all UML users. Content providers include PBS, ABCNews, CNBC, CBC, BBC, and many other top producers of  high-quality educational video.  Most major academic subject areas are covered.

Access links to Films on Demand is available on the from the Media Services web site, UML Library’s home page alphabet index list, or the Film & Video Collections subject database page.

Trial access to March of Time Newsreels

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Alexander St. Press is providing trial access to UMass Lowell for its March of Time newsreel collection from April 4 to June 2, 2012.

The March of Time newsreel collection contains the full run of the series, 415 videos in total, digitally remastered by HBO Archives, with searchable transcripts.These films, produced from 1935 to 1967 and in theaters until 1951, are arguably the most important U.S. newsreels created and have the highest production values. The subjects were at times controversial (e.g. racism, poverty, fascism), and so were some of March of Time’s filming methods. The films sometimes interspersed simulations of events within the real news footage to recreate events more vividly for their audiences. Actors who appeared in these simulations included well known celebrities such as Agnes Moorehead, Art Carney, and Orson Welles.March of Time lost out to television programming in the 1950s and aired its last program in 1967.

The March of Time videos have been Semantically Indexed by Alexander St. Press, and users can search by people, places, historical events, and topics.

Key content includes:

  • Huey Long – (Volume 1, Episode 3) – April 19, 1935
  • The Presidency – (Volume 3, Episode 3) – November 6, 1936
  • The Supreme Court – (Volume 3, Episode 9) – April 16, 1937
  • Inside Nazi Germany – (Volume 4, Episode 6) – January 18, 1938
  • On Foreign News Fronts – (Volume 7, Episode 1) – September 1940
  • Atomic Power – (Volume 12, Episode 13) – August 9, 194
  • We are the Marines (Feature Film – Released December 1942)

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.