H.W. Biography database trial

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H.W. Wilson has provided UML with trial access for the month of October to Biography Reference Bank Select Edition. For a link to the trial, visit the UML Library Database Trial and New Resources  page.

This in-depth 100% full-text biographical resource, provides comprehensive coverage of people in the news and throughout history from ancient times to the present. It covers over 236,000 individuals, plus more than 36,000 images. The content of the database comes from a wide variety of high quality Wilson resources, featuring biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches (Wilson’s Speeches of the American Presidents), or obituaries. The entire range of journal content that is indexed at Wilson is examined daily for content appropriate for inclusion in this database.

H.W. Wilson databases cancelled

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UML Libraries decided to not renew our three H.W. Wilson databases this fiscal year. The three titles were Art Full Text, Education Full Text, and Biography Index. As substitutes for two of these titles we have added two Ebsco databases: Art & Architecture and Education Research Complete. Biography Index was not receiving enough interest to warrent its renewal.

Our decisions were based in large part on budget constraints. The Ebsco resources were purchased in a package that also included Political Science Complete. PSC is intended to replace the CSA database Worldwide Political Science Abstacts, which won’t be renewed after it expires at the end of the year. PSC has the advantage of offering extensive coverage in full text.

We carefully compared the two Ebsco databases that covered the same subject areas as two of the Wilson databases and determined that differences in content were slight while the differences in cost were substantial.

In addition, since all of the Ebsco databases pull full text articles from each other to supplement indexed articles that aren’t provided in full text in some databases, the larger pool of full text articles increases coverage in all of the Ebsco databases.