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.

Trial access to University Press Scholarship Online from Oxford Press

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Oxford University Press is providing free trial access to its University Press Scholarship online database of over 8,000 reference books that cover 21 academic subject areas in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine, Law, and more. The trial is available from April 1 until April 26, 2012.

University Press Scholarship Online, launched in September 2011, brings together the best scholarly publishing from around the world. Aggregating monograph content from leading university presses, UPSO makes disparately published scholarship easily accessible, highly discoverable, and fully cross-searchable via a single online platform. Research that previously would have required a user to jump between a variety of books and disconnected websites can now be concentrated through the UPSO search engine.

The following subjects are included:

Archaeology Music
Biology Neuroscience
Business and Management Palliative Care
Classical Studies Philosophy
Economics and Finance Physics
Film, Television and Radio Political Science
History Psychology
Law Public Health and Epidemiology
Linguistics Religion
Literature Social Work
Mathematics Society and Culture
Sociology

UPSO enables users to:

  • Search by author, title, full text, abstract, keyword, subject, publication date, and more
  • Link to references from bibliographies and footnotes, including OpenURL and
  • DOI-linking support
  • Link directly to individual books and chapters
  • Download chapters to PDF
  • Export to printer-friendly format
  • Automatically export citations to RefWorksTM, as well as EndnoteTM, Reference ManagerTM, ZoteroTM, and ProCiteTM
  • Access COUNTER-compliant statistics, following the Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works

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.

Springer Reference Trial through June 30, 2012

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Springer Media is providing UMass Lowell with trial access to their Springer Reference web site through the month of June, 2012.

SpringerReference.com consists of over 146 peer-reviewed large Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries, Bibliographies and Data collections that focus primarily on the sciences but also covers many other subject areas:
  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemistry and Material Science
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Engineering
  • Human Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Medicine
  • Physics and Astronomy>Business and Economics

This material amounts to over 186,000 entries with over 30,00 new articles and over 10,000 updates added annually. Numerous images are also available to be viewed in the Image Gallery.

A History link for every article allows readers to consult past versions of the article for references and updates. Researchers can also post comments on the article in a community forum where other readers can respond and contribute.

Articles published on SpringerReference.com have to be cited as with any printed article. The citation contains the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the page together with a timestamp. Click on “cite” in the toolbar to obtain the citation text. Contributing authors to SpringerReference are accredited scientists hand-picked by the Editors-in-Chiefs and Editorial Boards. An Editorial Board monitors the development of articles and ensures the suitability and uniformity of the 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.

Trial for State Stats from CQ Press available

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UMass Lowell Libraries is offering free trial to the State Stats, a new database resource from the CQ Press Electronic Library. Trial access runs through April 6, 2012.

State Stats features data from more than 80 different government and non-government sources and backed by a rich collection of more than 2,000 current and historical data series on popular topics of research interest. State Stats uniquely allows users to discover, view, and export key information measures for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The real benefit of State Stats is in its ease of use and clean and concise presentation of data and trends. users easily browse by state or by topic, and then compare across states or across time. Users can then share, save, and export data. State Stats also features CQ Press’s CiteNow!® function for generating source citations in APA, MLA, Chicago, or Bluebook styles. Available features:

  • Analyze data patterns by comparing across states, data series, and time
  • Create and export custom visuals including line charts, scatter plots, and maps
  • Generate tables and download data for statistical research
  • Toggle user display between interactive visual and tabular data view
  • Engage a moveable timeline to discover trends
  • Explore interactive maps featuring zoom and hover functions

State Stats provides one place for annual measures dating back more than 15 years. Numerous topics are covered in categories including:

  • Agriculture
  • Crime and Law Enforcement
  • Defense
  • Demographics
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Employment and Labor
  • Geography, Energy, and the Environment
  • Health and Medicine
  • Social Welfare
  • Taxes and Government Finance
  • Teaching and Education
  • Transportation

State Stats is cross-searchable with other CQ Press online products including CQ Researcher and the CQ Press Political Reference Suite. Also provided is the optional advanced State Stats Data Cart that allows for bulk data export across single-click download of complete data series and multiple series.

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.

Entrepreneurship Database from ProQuest now available

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added ProQuest’s Entrepreneurship database as a new annual subscription database. ProQuest Entrepreneurship offers a multitude of resources for the budding new business startup — from full text articles from top publications to videos, market research, business plans, tool kits, and much, much more.

Also featured within ProQuest Entrepreneurship is full access to the complete Hoover’s Company Profile data.

Included in the Entrepreneurship database is the following content:

  • Video Clips: Featuring over 11,000 video clips – many of which contain transcripts for convenient reference and can be downloaded – watch and listen to entrepreneurs give firsthand accounts of their business experiences.
  • Market Research:  This valuable content contains market and company reports, key financial ratios, demographics, insights, benchmarks, statistics and more.
  • Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms: give users an A to Z approach to entrepreneurship as steps are laid out from concept through management. These tools and can also serve as a checklist of items needed to secure financing.
  • Journal Content: Over 300 top publications relating to the practice of entrepreneurship are provided in the form of full journal runs plus selected articles with a weekly refresh from over 11,000 sources.
  • Business Cases: Structured plans outlining the feasibility of ideas.
  • Working Papers: Future articles which may appear in publications months or years down the road.
  • Conference Proceedings: These events reflect the latest in scholarly research spanning all topics.
  • Full Text Dissertations: Serve as a springboard for new research and ideas on which to build.

Access to this database and other business resources are available on the Library’s Business Database Subject webpage. Links are also available from the index alphabet list on the website’s home page.