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

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.

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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. 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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Scribner Writers Series available in Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Twenty-two titles from the Scribner Writers Series has been added to the Literature subject section of the Gale Virtual Reference Library available now through the UMass Libraries’ web site.

The Scribner Writers Series delivers online access to numerous Scribner publications: American Writers, African American Writers, Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome, British Writers, European Writers, Modern American Women Writers, Supernatural Fiction Writers, Writers for Young Adults and many others. In total the series contains more than 2,000 original, scholar-signed biocritical entries. Each entry averages 15-20 pages in length and includes a concise essay, hyperlinks for cross-referencing, and biographical information that places the author’s work in personal and historical context. Many authors examined from multiple perspectives through two, three or sometimes four essays.

Coverage of literary topics includes African Americans, Writing and Nature; Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Poetry; The Bible as Sacred Literature; The Female Detective; Gay and Lesbian Mystery Fiction; The Gothic Novel; Renaissance and Short Fiction; Greek Lyric Poets and many more.

The Scribner Series consists of the following titles:

African American Writers 2001 2nd ed.
African Writers 1997 1st ed.
American Nature Writers 1996 1st ed.
American Writers 2012
American Writers Classics 2003
American Writers Retrospective
Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome 1st ed.
Books of the Bible 1989 1st ed.
British Writers 2002
British Writers Classics 2003
British Writers Retrospective
European Writers 1983
Latin American Writers 1989 1st ed.
Latino and Latina Writers 2004
Modern American Women Writers 1991 1st ed.
Mystery and Suspense Writers 1998 1st ed.
Poets: American and British 1st ed.
Science Fiction Writers 1982 2nd ed.
Supernatural Fiction Writers 2003 1st ed.
World Poets 2000
Writers for Children 1988
Writers for Young Adults 1997 1st ed.

Access these titles through the Literature Subject Section of the Gale Virtual Reference Library or through UMass Lowell Library’s Literature Database Subject webpage.

Scopus added as a new database subscription

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The Elsevier Sciverse database Scopus is now available through UMass Lowell Libraries as a new annual subscription. Access can be found in most of the library’s database subject web pages or on the home page alphabet index list.

SciVerse Scopus is touted as the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. With over 19,000 titles and over 46 million records from more than 5,000 international publishers, SciVerse Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.

The full Content Coverage Guide (April 2011) can be downloaded here

What Scopus offers to the researcher:

  • Find out who is citing you, and how many citations an article or an author has received.
  • Analyze citations for a particular journal issue, volume or year.
  • Use this information to complete grant or other applications quickly and easily.
  • Use the refine results overview to quickly see the main journals, disciplines and authors that publish in your area of interest.
  • Uncover important and relevant articles that you may otherwise miss.
  • Check out the work and citations of other authors.
  • Click on the cited by and reference links to track research trends and make connections. You can do this within or across disciplines you are interested in.

Tools available include the following:

  • Citation Tracker: a simple way to find, check and track citation data year by year for a specific author or topic.
  • Author Profile: In September 2011 an extensive algorithm enhancement project was completed that raises the precision level of Author Profile data.
  • Author Identifier: automatically matches variations of an author’s name and distinguishes between authors with the same name. All the documents belonging to a specific author are listed in the author’s details (including numbers of citations received, affiliations, h-index).
  • Affiliation Identifier: automatically identifies and matches an organization with all of its research output.
  • Journal Analyzer: provides a quick, easy and transparent view of journal performance, now enriched with two journal metrics – SJR and SNIP that offer a transparent and objective overview of the journal landscape going back to 1996.

If you would like instruction on the use of these tools, extensive training and demo tutorials and materials are available on the SciVerse Training Material web page.

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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