Taylor & Francis Publishers eBook Trial

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Taylor and Francis Publishers is providing a on-month trial to their eBooks Collection. The site offers access to more than 25,000 titles in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and nearly 30 other academic disciplines — all from renowned imprints such as Routledge, Psychology Press and Focal Press.

Features to Researchers

  • Print or copy pages or chapters
  • Full content search
  • Bookmark, highlight and annotate text
30 subject-specific eCollections:
Agriculture, Geography & Environment
Archaeology
Arts
Anthropology
Behavioral Sciences
Bioscience
Classical Studies
Computing & Technology Information
Cultural Studies
Development Studies and Social Work
Econ., Finance, Business & Industry
Education
Engineering
Gender Studies
Food Science & Technology
History
Interdisciplinary Studies
Language & Literature
Law
Mathematics
Media & Film Studies
Medicine, Dentistry & Allied Health
Museum & Heritage Studies
Philosophy
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Politics, Intl Relations, Military & Strategic Studies
Reference & Information Sciences
Religion
Sociology
Sport, Tourism, Travel & Leisure

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

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Trial access to Public Documents Masterfile through Nov. 9, 2012

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Public Documents Masterfile has been made available for free trial access from Paratext Publishing for one month through November 9, 2012.

Public Documents Masterfile enables a single search for indexes and records for over 200 years of U.S. Federal government information. It covers materials directly related to politics and government alongside materials in the physical sciences, technology, law, agriculture, and the social sciences.

  • Links to over 9 million full text documents from a variety of repositories.
  • Cross-search predecessors to the Monthly Catalog including Poore’s, Ames and Hickcox.
  • Search over 1.6 million federally-funded technical and research reports.
  • Link to over 39,000 records and links to Readex’s Congressional Serial Set.

Public Documents Masterfile

In addition, PDM has expanded to become a cumulative source for locating, cataloging and distributing information provided by government entities from around the world.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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 November 18 to December 18, 2011.

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.

Please leave comments. They help tremendously in our decision making.