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.

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. 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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ALA Guide to Reference: 2 Month Trial

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The ALA (American Library Association) has provided UMass Lowell with a two-month trial to its Guide to Reference. The trial will run from March 2 until May 2, 2o11.

The Guide to Reference offers more than 16,000 essential print and Web reference resources across key academic disciplines, including General Reference, History, Science, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Guidance is provided in the form of expert introductory essays and annotations for entries.  It also offers tips for reference department activities such as collection development and reference-desk training.

This is the first edition of the Guide to be issued in electronic form. It takes full advantage of the Web’s capacities to connect information sources and create and link to content. The new edition supports curricula for undergraduate and graduate students, the research efforts of faculty and academic staff and the advanced information needs of the public. Expert contributors from more than 50 universities have identified the best available reference sources from leading collections in their subject specialty, such as Engineering by Carnegie Mellon.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

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Reference Universe Trial Access until Dec. 10

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Paratext is providing UMass Lowell with trial access to their Reference Universe service through December 10, 2010.

Reference Universe is a database of article titles, keywords, and index terms from a core collection of reference materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs. It brings together links to all major and minor electronic reference works, as well as a complete index to UML Library’s printed subject encyclopedias, compendia and handbooks. Reference Universe contains more than 25 million citations to nearly 40,000 electronic and print reference works.

Just last month Reference Universe released a new interface that added significant changes to the Reference Universe design to make it more intuitive and useful.

Some of the changes include:

  • A ‘Location’ snapshot, showing results in both e- and print form instantly.
  • New, faceted search options permit refining your query further through LC Subject Headings.
  • Modified organization of citation data, resulting in more intuitive use of the database.
  • A new Quick Guide to give an overall snapshot of how the service works.
  • Book covers to give context to the result sets.
  • The ability to export results sets more quickly.

For more information about Reference Universe, visit the Paratext Support Site.

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Credo Reference added as new online resource

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added Credo Reference as a new online resource.

Credo Reference is an award-winning online database that allows users the ability to search across hundreds of reference titles from over 70 different publishers covering every major topic, including art, medicine, history, technology, literature and more. Overall, the collection contains over 3 million entries; 200,000 audio pronunciation files; 40,000+ art, science, and medical images; and 90,000 atlas images of places and geographic features throughout the world, all fully integrated and intelligently cross-linked.

For the next two months all of Credo’s 479 reference works will be fully available for UML users. Beginning in June, however, the UML subscription will be limited to following 100 selected reference titles:

Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ABC Clio 2008
All Things Chaucer: An Encyclopedia of Chaucer’s World  ABC Clio 2007
Andromeda Encyclopedic Dictionary of World History Andromeda 2001
Atlas of the Bible, Andromeda Andromeda 1985
Atlas of the Universe Philip’s 2003
Black’s Medical Dictionary, 42nd Edition A&C Black 2009
Bridgeman Art Library Archive Bridgeman 2008
Bridgeman History of Science Bridgeman 2006
Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ABC Clio 2005
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development Cambridge UP 2005
Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing, The Cambridge UP 2005
Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness  Cambridge UP 2007
Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour, The  Cambridge UP 2006
Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine  Cambridge UP 2007
Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology, The  Cambridge UP 2007
Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression, The Cambridge UP 2007
Capstone Encyclopaedia of Business Wiley 2003
Cassell’s Peoples, Nations and Cultures Cassell 2005
Chambers Biographical Dictionary Chambers Harrap 2007
Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters Chambers Harrap 2004
Chambers Dictionary of World History Chambers Harrap 2005
CIA World Factbook  CIA 2009
Collins Dictionary of Biology Collins 2005
Columbia Encyclopedia Columbia UP 2008
Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy Routledge 2002
Concise Atlas of World History, Andromeda Andromeda 1997
Conspiracy Theories in American History ABC Clio 2003
Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World:  Media, Industry and Society Continuum 2003
Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World:  Performance and Production Continuum 2003
Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World:  Locations Continuum 2005
Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary Elsevier 2007
Elsevier’s Dictionary of Psychological Theories Elsevier 2006
Encyclopedia of African History Routledge 2004
Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology Elsevier 2004
Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy Greenwood 1997
Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science Wiley 2005
Encyclopedia of Computer Science Wiley 2003
Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World  M. E. Sharpe  2007
Encyclopedia of Ethics Routledge 2001
Encyclopedia of Insects Elsevier 2003
Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics, An Edward Elgar 1999
Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World’s Cultures  Springer 2004
Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature Greenwood 2000
Encyclopedia of North American Indians, Houghton Mifflin Houghton Mifflin 1996
Encyclopedia of Public Choice, The Springer  2004
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender Springer  2003
Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults Wiley 2007
Encyclopedia of the History of American Management Continuum 2006
Encyclopedia of the Human Brain Elsevier 2002
Encyclopedia of the Human Genome  Wiley 2005
Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850 Routledge 2003
Encyclopedia of the Solar System Elsevier 2007
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century Thomson Gale 2000
Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and Suburbs ABC Clio 1998
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict Elsevier 2008
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender Elsevier 2001
Encyclopedia of Women’s Health  Springer  2004
Encyclopedia of World History Houghton Mifflin 2001
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930, An Routledge 2005
Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music Faber and Faber 2001
France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ABC Clio 2005
Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia ABC Clio 2007
Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ABC Clio 2005
Great American Court Cases, Gale Thomson Gale 1999
Guide to the Ancient World, H.W. Wilson H.W. Wilson 1986
Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law ABC Clio 2003
Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences Elsevier 2005
Handbook of Environmental Sociology Greenwood 2001
Handbook of Global Environmental Politics Edward Elgar 2005
Handbook of Globalisation and Environmental Policy, A Edward Elgar 2005
Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts: Sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English Routledge 2003
Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children Routledge 2006
Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music Harvard UP 2003
Harvard Dictionary of Music Harvard UP 2003
Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and its Empires  Edinburgh UP  2008
Human Body Book: An Illustrated Guide to Its Structure, Function and Disorders Dorling Kindersley Pub. 2009
Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide Helicon 2008
Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to Present ABC Clio 2005
Iran’s Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook ABC Clio 2005
Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care Sage UK 2006
Marquis Who Was Who in America 1607-1984 Marquis Who’s Who LLC 2009
Marquis Who Was Who in America 1985-present Marquis Who’s Who LLC 2009
Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History ABC Clio 2004
Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions 8th edition Elsevier 2009
National Gallery Collection National Gallery 2009
Need to Know? Islam Collins 2008
New Americans: A Guide to Immigration Since 1965 Harvard UP 2007
New Encyclopedia of Judaism, The New York UP 2002
New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health, The Harvard UP 2004
Philip’s World Factbook 2008-2009 Philip’s 2008
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present ABC Clio 2003
Science in the Ancient World: An Encyclopedia ABC Clio 2004
Science in the Early Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia ABC Clio 2005
Science in the Enlightenment: An Encyclopedia ABC Clio 2003
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary F.A.Davis Co. 2009
U.S. Census 2000 State & County Statistical QuickFacts U.S. Census Bureau 2000
Ultimate Business Library, Wiley Wiley 2003
Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations M. E. Sharpe  2008
Who’s Who in Classical Mythology, Routledge Routledge 2002
World Politics Since 1945  Pearson 2009

Trial access to Credo Reference

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 UMass Lowell Libraries has begun a one-month trial to Credo Reference. The trial runs through February 28, 2010. For access please visit the library’s Trial and New Resources page.

Credo Reference aggregates authoritative high-quality reference works for online delivery to libraries worldwide. There are currently over 470 reference titles in Credo Reference, with over 3 million entries, all fully integrated and intelligently cross-linked.

Rerference resources include the following types, entirely cross-searchable:

  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Subject Encyclopedias
  • Statistical Resources
  • Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers
  • Handbooks and Guidebooks
  • Bilingual Dictionaries
  • Biographical Dictionaries
  • Religious Texts
  • Thesauri
  • Chronologies
  • Glossaries
  • Please leave comments concerning this database. They are significant to our decision making.

    New Sage Reference Online Handbooks

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    The SAGE Reference Online Handbook Collection consists of 80 authoritative, award–winning, interdisciplinary handbooks across the social sciences.

    International in scope, the Sage Handbooks offer critical analysis within a discipline or sub-discipline. Created for academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced postgraduate students, they offer retrospective and prospective overviews, reviewing past and present theory as well as mapping out new directions for the future.

    The handbooks cover topics in the following subject areas:

    • Business and Management
    • Communication and Media Studies
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • Counseling and Social Work
    • Education
    • Geography and Urban Studies
    • Marketing
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Psychology
    • Public Policy and Public Administration
    • Research Methods and Evaluation
    • Science, Technical and Medical
    • Sociology

    They can be browsed by title or searched individually, in combination with other handbook titles, or included in a search of all Sage Reference titles along with the nearly 50 Encyclopedia and other Handbook titles subscribed to by UML Libraries.  Searches can also be limited to sidebars, images, and/or tables.

    Access to this database can be found on the Library’s web site either from the front page alphabet list of resources or from several Database Subject pages plus the eBooks page.