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Summon Search Is Back!

After some temporary problems with the data and linking inside of Summon, everything is back in proper working order!

You researchers out there can now resume using this tool, which is a great place to start most of your research topics. It searches across 91.6% of our journal content at the same time it searches across much of our e-book,  print book, and streaming media content! For our experienced researchers out there, it might be a great way to discover related content that comes from databases that you don’t normally use in your discipline, so check it out today!

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Database Highlights & Trials, Science

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications

Hey UST Chemists – I have some good news and bad news for you:pubslogo-big

The bad news is that we noticed today that our subscriptions to ACS Web Editions and its sister resource: ACS Legacy Archives, are currently experiencing technical difficulties. Logging in still works, but searches currently yield no results.  As much as I would like to say that this is good news (is the ACS trying to tell us that nothing has been published on any topic yet, so the door is wide open?), clearly there is a problem.

The good news is that there is a work-around: you can also search for (and access!) ACS content via our SciFinder database.

To do so, simply log into  SciFinder (if you don’t have an account, UST students, faculty, and staff ONLY can register for one here).

Search for your topic in the “reference search” area. When you find an article in an ACS publication,  click on the hyperlink to “View Link to Other Sources.”
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On the next screen, click on the “Get It @ UST Libraries” hyperlink.

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That will bring you straight to the article in ACS Web Editions, as usual.

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We have been told that the issue is being worked on and should be resolved soon.  I will be sure to update this page as soon as I hear an all-clear.  In the meantime, thank you for your patience and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

 

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

USING SUMMON SEARCH: Temporary Data Problem Work-Around

UST Researchers,

Summon Search on Library Homepage

Where to find Summon on the Library Homepage

If you’ve already started tackling that Summer Research Project, please be aware of a current issue happening in our Summon Search. Summon is currently incorrectly identifying many journal articles and other kinds of content as books, which then makes the links to the content not work. This is very frustrating, and we apologize for the inconvenience that this is causing. ProQuest, Summon’s parent company, is currently working to identify the cause of the issue, and we will let you know just as soon as they get it fixed.

In the meantime, please consider these alternatives, or look below for possible workarounds while still using Summon.

 

If you choose to continue using Summon during this time, please note the following.

 Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

But note on closer inspection, each entry that says “Book: Full Text Online,” is actually not a book.

Actual books in your Summon search results will show the book’s library location. Actual books in your Summon Search results will show the book's library location.

To find out where you can get access to the content that says it’s a book when it’s not a book, check out the Explorer Pane on the right side of your screen. You can access it by either hovering your cursor over your search result or by clicking the black triangle.

Summon search results appear normal at first glance.

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In the Explorer Pane, you can either find the source (the database) the content came from, as in the picture above, or you can find the Publication Title (the journal), as in the picture below.

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If you have the name of a database, search for your journal article/content inside of the database, once you’ve located it in our list of databases.

If you have the name of a journal, search inside of that journal once you’ve located it in our list of journals.

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Something New for YOU at UST Libraries

It’s that time of year here at UST Libraries: we’ve heard from many of you and are now working hard to purchase resources and get new subscriptions set up.

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GENERAL/INTERDISCIPLINARY

  • Kanopy Streaming Films: A database that contains documentaries and educational films on social, political, cultural issues, education, and American history. It also provides a collection of Foreign Films.
  • National Film Board of Canada: collection featuring over 2,000 Canadian films, excerpts, trailers and interactive works.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online: There were a number of changes to our subscribed subjects, adding some and dropping some.  We now have access to these 11: Art History, Childhood Studies, Chinese Studies, Criminology, Education, Management, Medieval Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology
  • Routledge Handbooks Online: We are in the process of activating and cataloging approximately 100 titles in this new resource, in seven different subject bundles: Business & Economics; Communication, Journalism, Media & Culture; Environment & Sustainability; Health & Social Care; Linguistics; Philosophy; and Sport and Leisure.
  • Swank Feature Films: Our initial collection includes 25 feature films on this new streaming media platform.

BUSINESS/ECONOMICS

  • JSTOR Business IV: An additional component to our JSTOR collection;  50 titles increasing JSTOR’s coverage in core fields such as economics, management, industrial relations, and finance, with a broad international scope.
  • Mergent Archives:  An additional component to MergentOnline; an indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents.
  • Mergent Intellect:  An additional component to MergentOnline; a collection of worldwide business information incorporating sources such as Hoover’s, Dun & Bradstreet, and First Research.
  • Oxford Handbooks Online  Economics & Finance Foundation Collection:  An additional book bundle to fill out the existing Economics & Finance Collections previously purchased
  • Oxford Handbooks Online  Economics & Finance 2013 Collection:  An additional book bundle to fill out the existing Economics & Finance Collections previously purchased
  • SRDS Compete Pro: A new resource from the SRDS/Kantar Media family. Use it to see the traffic, engagement, and demographics for any of the top 1 million sites on the internet. Restricted to UST students, faculty, and staff; users must log in with their UST email address.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (1972-2012): We have been online subscribers to the current content of this resource since ProQuest took over its publication in 2013, but we have now added 40 years of back content

ENGLISH/COJO/HISTORY/MODERN LANGUAGES

  • Bibliography of British and Irish History: is an extensive guide to the published writings (books, book chapters and journal articles) on British and Irish history.
  • Iter Italicum: Brill and Iter describe this resource as “the most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world. Originally published in six volumes, between 1963 and 1992, it is an essential tool for any scholar working in the fields of classical, medieval, and Renaissance studies.”
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIV: An additional component to our JSTOR collection;  125 journals drawn primarily from the fields of Archaeology, Language & Literature, Communications Studies, Asian Studies, and Political Science.
  • Oxford Dictionaries: Please welcome Arabic and Portuguese to our Oxford family of dictionaries: Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, German, and French.

PHILOSOPHY/LAW/THEOLOGY/RELIGION

  • Philosopher’s Index with Full Text: on EBSCOhost: We upgraded our subscription to Philosopher’s Index (now retired) to the full text version.
  • ProQuest Congressional Base: This resource that provides access to congressional publications is now available to all of UST. In the past, our access was restricted to just the Law Library, but now all of UST may access.

HEALTH & HUMAN PERFORMANCE

SCIENCE/COMPUTER SCIENCE/ENGINEERING

SOCIAL SCIENCES/PSYCHOLOGY/EDUCATION

UST Libraries are excited to be able to continually add new resources to our collection. If you ever come across something you’d like to see added, please let us know. Requests can be made directly to any UST Librarian or through one of our online request forms.

Classical Languages, Database Highlights & Trials, Latin America, Libraries, Media Resources Collection, Modern Languages, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

World Cinema Video Database

FOD The UST Libraries is pleased to announce the new subscription to the World Cinema Video Database, a streaming movie collection delivered by “Films on Demand.” We have over 400 foreign films available via any computer on campus or from your home computer.

Access to these films through the Library Catalog CLICnet, or you can go through the above link and browse by country. To watch a film, click on the “title of film.” .

If you have questions about this streaming film collection, please feel free to contact Cindy Badilla-Meléndez, Media Resources Librarian at cbadillame@stthomas.edu

Database Highlights & Trials, English, Libraries, News & Events

Literature Online now includes MLA Bibliography

Literature Online
The Literature Online (LION) database now includes content from the MLA International Bibliography, making this a single-point resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. The fully integrated service combines the texts of over 357,000 works of literature with huge resources of criticism and reference. It lets users search across the two leading literary indexes – MLA and the Annual Bibliography of Language and Literature (ABELL) – and link directly to literary criticism and reference from an extensive collection of full-text literature journals.

The MLA add-on module provides over 2 million citation records of books and articles covering literary criticism, modern languages, folklore, and linguistics. Users will now benefit from full integration with the database and features such as:

  • Immediate access from MLA citations to full-text journal articles in Literature Online
  • Access to full-text articles via Open URL and JSTOR links
  • Integration with the extensive library of primary works, criticism, and reference sources in Literature Online

Researchers will be able to cross-search these bibliographies by keyword, title keyword, subject author/reviewer, publication details, journal, and publication year. Give it a try; you won’t be disappointed!

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

SCHEDULED SERVICE INTERRUPTION: Value Line

value line system maintenance

Value Line’s technology team will be performing maintenance on their website beginning Thursday evening (April 2, 2015) and ending early Sunday morning (April 5, 2015). During that time, the following digital services will be unavailable:

  • The Value Line Daily Options Survey Online
  • The Value Line Fund Advisor
  • The Value Line Convertibles Survey
  • Portfolio Tracker

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.

Database Highlights & Trials

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES – Political Risk Yearbook

RESOLVED! We have reports from our colleagues in the field that this problem has been resolved. If you experience otherwise, please let us know.

 

For those of you in the international business law class looking for Political Risk Yearbook, I have bad news and good news. First the bad news… Political Risk Yearbook is not working from off-campus. I’ve contacted the vendor and they are experiencing problems on their end. A few other university libraries reported the same problem yesterday. I am working with the vendor tech support to resolve the problem. In the meantime, the good news… We have Political Risk Yearbook available in Business Source Premier.  Here’s how you get there:

Go to Business Source Premier

Click on BASIC SEARCH

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Type in your country’s name and then limit to PUBLICATION TYPE/COUNTRY REPORT

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In the list of results you’ll see many different types of country reports, but the Political Risk Yearbook report should be near the top of results.

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I’ll update this post when I get good news from the vendor. Sorry about the hassle.