ProQuest Polymer Science Collection available for trial

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ProQuest has provided UMass Lowell with trial access to its new Polymer Science Collection database for one-month trial period running from April 19 – May 19, 2011.

The ProQuest Polymer Science Collection combines several ProQuest databases and services:  Polymer Library (formerly Rapra), ProQuest’s new Deep Indexing service, and ProQuest’s new Polymer Science Journals.

UMass Lowell continues to subscribe to the Polymer Library database along with  Advanced Polymer Abstracts both still accessible on the CSA platform. However, ProQuest, which owns CSA, is discontinuing Advanced Polymer Abstracts soon and is offering the Polymer Science Collection as a replacement. This new product is available on the new ProQuest web platform that combines all of the ProQuest databases with CSA databases, so all of ProQuest’s holdings will be accessible in the same online format. Along with this platform change, ProQuest is also introducing several new database products and services, such as several science collections and Deep Indexing.

ProQuest’s new “Deep indexing” service categorizes data, variables and other content represented in tables, maps, graphs, photographs and other figures. It allows users to search and retrieve information from these resources typically embedded in scholarly publications. Applicable journal article records are enhanced with thumbnails showing the tables and figures contained with that article.

The Polymer Science Journals collection combines full text from 275 journals, with 207 of those available to the current issue. 75 journals in total are rated as scholarly peer reviewed, with 35 of those available to the current issue. The remaining 200 journals are primarily trade publications, reports, and magazines. View title list.

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

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Reaxys chemical database trial

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Elsevier is providing UMass Lowell with a one month free trial to their Reaxys database. The trial is available from April 14 to May 14, 2011.

Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry workflow solution which integrates searches for reaction and substance data with synthesis planning and chemical sourcing. It contains historical data dating back to 1771 and coverage of important current journal and patents within chemistry. The data excerpted from the journals and patents meets carefully controlled selection criteria – namely that all organic, inorganic and organometallic properties and data are excerpted only if they have a structure, experimental fact and a credible citation.

The reaction and substance data within Reaxys is experimentally validated – not calculated – so that less time is spent interrogating results. Its synthesis planner supports the evaluation of alternative synthetic routes and allows chemists to identify and combine selected reaction steps. Sophisticated relevance ranking algorithms combine with filtering tools help prevent chemists from reading irrelevant articles and pursuing unsubstantiated references.

Enhanced interoperability between Reaxys and ScienceDirect further improves the discoverability and visualization of chemical structures. To further improve discoverability and usefulness of the chemistry, authors submitting articles to selected journals are invited to contribute structure (MOL) files of their key compounds. These structure files will be used to visually display all the key compounds referenced in the article in a single scrollable list and will contain direct links to Reaxys, straight from ScienceDirect. It is already possible to access the full-text literature from Reaxys; now Reaxys content is available from ScienceDirect, completing the circle. Furthermore compound identifiers (InChI keys) will be added to the structures, making both the article and its key compounds more discoverable through mainstream search engines like Google.

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Free access to Education Journals from Taylor & Francis

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Taylor and Francis Publishing is providing free access to all of their Routledge Educational journals as part of their Education Free for All campaign — that is free for all only through the month of April.

The journals in this promotion cover: Curriculum Studies, Education Research, Early Years Education, Higher Education, Teacher Education, Educational Psychology, History of Education and more.

Below are just some of the cutting-edge and high-quality journals you can access for FREE from April 1 until April 30th:

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

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Two Online Video Trials from Alexander St. Press

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Alexander Street Press is providing UMass Lowell with free access trials to two of their new online video databases: Education in Video and Filmakers Library Online. Both trials are available through May 30, 2011.

Education in Video contains 913 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms give education faculty, education students, and in-service teachers.

  • Video lets students of education observe and learn from real teachers and students engaged in common classroom interactions.
  • The collection is indexed to meet the specific search needs of education faculty and students. Search and browse by grade level; subject; topic; educational theory; and other criteria.
  • Synchronized, searchable, scrolling transcripts run alongside each video. Click ahead in the transcript, and the video jumps to that point. Scan hours of video in seconds.
  • Study and discussion guides, themed playlists on special topics, and related full-text materials give instructors ready-made teaching tools.
  • Filmakers Library Online, officially launching next month, currently contains over 1,000 award-winning documentaries but will include more than 5,000 titles upon completion. The collection contains commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

    Coverage includes race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. Internationally known producers represented include the National Film Board of Canada, Australia Broadcasting Corporation, KCTS/Seattle, and many others.

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

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    Credo Reference: Publisher Collections trial

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    Credo Reference is providing full-text trial access to their new Publisher Collections to UMass Lowell through April, 2011.

    Publisher Collections are offered as supplemental individual purchases from Credo Reference. They consist of collections from the following publishers:

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

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    Renewed Trial: eHRAF World Cultures and Archaeology

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    The Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) at Yale University has renewed trial access to their HRAF Archaeology and World Cultures databases for UMass Lowell through the end of April, 2011.

    eHRAF World Cultures is an online cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life. Information is organized into cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level.

    Each culture or ethnic group contains a variety of source documents (books, articles, and dissertations) that have been indexed and organized according to HRAF’s comprehensive culture and subject classification systems:the Outline of World Cultures and the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). These retrieval systems allow for precise culture and subject retrieval.

    eHRAF Archaeology is a cross-cultural database containing information on the world’s prehistory.  The full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level. It is organized by regions and archaeological traditions. Each tradition consists of a general summary and full-text documents including books, journal articles, dissertations, and manuscripts.

    The Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF), founded in 1949 at Yale University, is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. Its mission is to encourage and facilitate worldwide comparative studies of human behavior, society, and culture.

    Key Features of eHRAF include:

    • Comparative research and teaching
    • Full-text databases (books, journal articles, dissertations) on all aspects of cultural and social life
    • Western & non-Western cultures, ethnic minorities, indigenous people, and archaeological traditions
    • Subject indexing at the paragraph-level for efficient retrieval of information

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

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    CRCnetBASE Trial access to complete eBook database

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    Taylor & Francis Publishers has made the entire CRCnetBASE eLibrary collection available to UMass Lowell on a trial basis through April 22, 2011.

    CRCnetBASE is made up of over 6000 online books that span over 40 disciplines. The collections include full text handbooks, references, and monographs published by CRC Press as well as Auerbach and Chapman & Hall.

    CRCnetBASE offers subject collections in multiple scientific and engineering disciplines as well as nutrition and healthcare, mathematics and statistics, economics and public administration.

    UMass Lowell has long subscribed to CHEMnetBASE and ENGnetBASE, but now for a limited time the entire CRCnetBASE eLibary collection is available for full-text access:

    SCI-TECHnetBASE: CRC’s most complete repository of scientific and technical information, it includes their entire line of science and technical books. It contains more than 5,500 online volumes and growing.

    BUSINESSnetBASE: A complete library of accounting principles, ethics, and organization, this collection offers the very best business references from Routledge & Auerbach in one convenient location. Access the latest information, including e-business technology and globalization.

    ECONOMICSnetBASE: This versatile library, featuring works from Routledge, includes current studies, risk assessments, and simulation models. It examines hot topics such as affirmative action, trade liberalization, feminism, and ecological risk, providing historical and biographical information, as well as statistics and analysis.

    MILITARYnetBASE: Exploring war history, weaponry, superpower politics, and the cold war, this e-library offers authoritative data on terrorism and national security procedures. Featuring diverse works from both Routledge and Auerbach, it provides historical commentary and discusses current security concerns and threats.

    PublicADMINISTRATIONnetBASE: This collection includes entire catalog of CRC public policy handbooks and their expanding portfolio of strategic texts. This collection includes all eleven volumes of Principles and Practice of Public Administration.

    ProjectMANAGEMENTnetBASE: This e-library contains the work of seasoned experts who discuss preferred software packages and models. The collections offer step-by-step advice on how to maximize talent, processes, and resources to produce a positive bottom line and guarantee projects are delivered on time with a strong return on investment.

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

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    Naxos Spoken Word Library: Trial through May 31

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    Naxos Music Library has provided UMass Lowell with trial access to its new Spoken Word Library now through May 31, 2011.

    The Spoken Word Library brings online accessibility to the   Naxos AudioBooks catalog, which is a leading spoken word label, producing around 30 new titles a year and concentrating largely on literary classics and educational themes. The Spoken Word Library offers Naxos AudioBooks’ full range of recordings through online streaming using Adobe Flash. Many of the titles are also in text that can be followed on screen as the audio plays.

    The library contains more than 410 titles – over 1,170 works and stories — consisting mostly of classic novels, plays and poetry, from medieval times to the twentieth century, with unabridged titles from Shakespeare to James Joyce. In all, close to 340 authors, playwrights and poets are represented. Readers of the works include some of today’s biggest names, such as Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Juliet Stevenson and many others.

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

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    Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text: Ebsco Database Trial

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    Ebsco Publishing has provided UMass Lowell with a one-month free trial to their Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text database. the trial will expire on April 1, 2011.

    Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text is the full-text counterpart of Criminal Justice Abstracts, formerly from SAGE. This resource contains more than 300,000 records with  full text for more than 200 magazines and journals as well as full text books and monographs. Acknowledging the increased globalization of criminology, coverage of hundreds of journals from around the world has been added.

    Essentially all areas related to criminal justice and criminology are covered. Subject areas include criminology; criminal justice; criminal law and procedure; corrections and prisons; police and policing; criminal investigation; forensic sciences and investigation; history of crime; substance abuse and addiction; probation and parole.

    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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