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New Movie Collection: Criterion on Demand

Published on: Friday, October 31st, 2014

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The UST Libraries is pleased to announce the new subscription to Criterion on Demand, a streaming movie collection delivered by “Criterion Pictures USA,” not to be confused with the Criterion Collection. We have over 1000 films available via any computer on campus or from your home computer.

Access to these films through the Library Catalog CLICnet, follow these directions: go to “advanced search” and do an “all fields” search on “criterion on demand” (use the quotation marks). You can also search by a specific film by also searching on the title of the film. OR you can access it via Summon and you can browse by genre.

To watch a film, click on the “available online” link under the holdings tab on the record. You will be taken to a title screen for the film where you can choose Stream or Download, and English Audio with English Subtitles or English Audio. The recommendation is to Stream which is the simplest way to watch a movie. Currently, Criterion Pictures does not work in mobile devices. Off-campus and wireless users will be prompted to log in with their username and password. Criterion on Demand is licensed for use only within the United States and its territories.

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

Time Travel

Published on: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

From time to time I look to see what is being searched in Summon. And I’m always delighted and surprised at the breadth of topics being researched here at UST.  So yesterday someone (or several people) were looking for time travel in philosophy. Hmm, interesting. I’m going to use this example to show you a shortcut in Summon for searching within a topic.  Summon retrieved a number of interesting and useful results when time travel in philosophy was searched. Most were totally relevant, some were misses (i.e. a review for the film Primer with the title “Time travel, philosophy and geek chic” which describes the film).

Here’s are a few tips to move you along in Summon a little faster.  When searching a topic within a discipline (in this case the topic is time travel and the discipline is philosophy), just search the topic and then limit by the discipline:

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Limiting by discipline helps narrow your results.  This also works well with another search I saw, transformational learning in social work. Search transformational learning and then limit to discipline social work.

And always, if you’re looking for academic articles, limit to Scholarly Research or Peer-Review. My favorite limiter has to be Reference. Using Reference as a limiter for content type finds your topic in encyclopedias and dictionaries. We have thousands of online reference materials and sometimes they end up writing your whole paper for you. Now when I say encyclopedias, I don’t mean a 2 paragraph article reminiscent of the World Book. I’m talking about a 4 page article on the Causal Approaches to the Direction of Time in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, complete with an extensive bibliography.  Or the Companion to the Philosophy of Time, which starts out, “The philosophy of time has been a central area of concern for philosophers for thousands of years. It remains one of the most active areas of academic philosophy, but the study of time has never been more dynamic and interdisciplinary than now.” I imagine this book could get you pretty far in your paper.

Education Research Complete from Ebsco

Published on: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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ERIC, the major education database, published by the US government,  has decided to limit its indexing and full-text to scholarly journals and reports.  This means they will no longer include trade journals, newsletters or magazines that include articles that simply describe the authors’ experiences in classrooms or are news items (Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education.) We are considering adding Education Research Complete to make up for those losses. Do you feel this additional resource will be useful in your classes or for your students? (We will NOT stop our subscription to ERIC. This would serve to enhance, not replace, ERIC.)

Please contact Merrie Davidson with your comments.

Try PRIZM Reports in SimplyMap database (trial)

Published on: Monday, October 13th, 2014

We are seeking your feedback on a new resource we’re trialing.  It’s an add-on to the popular SimplyMap database, which allows users to explore various kinds of demographic and marketing data via maps and reports.

This particular add-on is the Nielsen Claritas PRIZM reports, which segregate consumers into various lifestyle groups for market analysis.  From their promotional literature:

“PRIZM combines demographics, consumer behavior, and geographic data to help marketers identify, understand, and target their customers and prospects. . .PRIZM defines every U.S. household in terms of 66 demographic and behavior types or segments to help marketers discern those consumers’ likes, dislikes, lifestyles, and purchase behaviors.”

Users can pick geographies and see lists of the number and percentage of households within one or more of these defined market segments, and map the data in various ways if desired. You can find a fuller description of the market segments on their website.

The trial is in place until November 14, 2014.  These reports have just been made available in our existing SimplyMap database.  Log in to the database, pick a geography, navigate to the Variables section, select the Claritas PRIZM category, and then pick one or more variables to see the data.

Please send any comments you have on this resource, and whether you think we should subscribe to it to me via UST email (jpheintz), or by commenting on this post.

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Getting Set Up in SciFinder

Published on: Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Hey Chemistry Researchers!

Have you been procrastinating about getting your SciFinder account set up?  Maybe the initial log-in procedure was a bit intimidating, or you just plain weren’t sure how to do it?

Well, be confused no more!

To make sure we’re all getting our research taken care of so we can relax and take full advantage of Mole Day celebrations, I just made a quick tutorial video on setting up your account.  Learn how to register for an account*, and then access SciFinder via the UST Libraries website for all your amazing Chemistry needs.  (You’re also more than welcome to contact me if you need or want any help figuring out how best to go about getting to the best references for your serach).

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Have a great weekend!

*Note: SciFinder is for the exclusive use of UST faculty, staff and students.  An UST email address must be used during registration to authenticate your account.

LGBT Life with Full Text Trial

Published on: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Students are interested in LGBT and gender issues for both scholarly and personal reasons.

Let’s give them the best scholarly and grassroots resources to assist in their inquiries.
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What do you think? Check out LGBT Life with Full Text and let us know!

LGBT Life with Full Text indexes the world’s literature regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues.
Full text for LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers includes

  •  The Advocate
  •  Gay Parent Magazine
  •  Girlfriends
  •  GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies,
  •  James White Review
  •  ISNA News,
  •  Ladder
  •  Lesbian Tide
  •  New York Blade
  •  ONE
  •  Tangents.

AND it contains full-text monographs and books including

  •  Classics in Lesbian Studies
  •  Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research
  •  Handbook of Research with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Populations
  •  Queer Theory & Social Change
  •  Additionally, all relevant bibliographic data from NISC’s Sexual Diversity Studies is also included.

LGBT Life was created with the assistance of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, which holds a very significant collection of archival and present content in the area of LGBT studies. The Lesbian Herstory Archives of the Lesbian Herstory Education Foundation also assisted EBSCO to further develop the collection of content in LGBT Life.

Contact Merrie Davidson with your questions, suggestions, and opinions.

Core Curriculum – Science

Published on: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

How many of you are struggling with chemistry or botany?  We got you strugglers covered. If you’d like a little extra instruction in the sciences, try watching the  CORE series from Ambrose Video. Ambrose is a streaming video resource, and covers

In addition to the videos to help you better understand the topic, there are educators’ guides, timelines, and quizzes.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES – ValueLine

Published on: Friday, July 11th, 2014

Last week we experience problems with ValueLine.  The company had a bit of trouble during a platform migration. I’m pleased to announce it’s working again.

SCHEDULED SERVICE INTERRUPTION: ProQuest (Including RefWorks) System Maintenance and Downtime Saturday Night

Published on: Friday, June 6th, 2014

ProQuest will be performing system maintenance beginning on Saturday, June 14th at 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 15th at 5 a.m.

The products and platforms listed below will not be available during this time.
• ProQuest
• ProQuest Congressional
• ProQuest Digital Microfilm
• RefWorks

ProQuest will be making improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Resolved–TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES – Historic University Publications database.

Published on: Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The database is back up and publications are accessible (updated 6/3, 9 PM).

The  Historic University Publications database (digitized Aquin newspapers, Aquinas yearbooks, etc.) is currently down.

The outage has been reported to our vendor and they are working to resolve the issue.