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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.
LGBT Full Text from EbscoHOST
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.

The Digital Loeb Classical Library / Database Trial through October 31, 2014.

Published on: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

October Library Database Trial: The Digital Loeb Classical Library.

Help us decide.  Should we expand our Library’s scholarly eBook collection with the new Digital Loeb Classical Library?

Click after the colon to access the collection: The Digital Loeb Classical Library

The mission of the Loeb Classical Library, founded by James Loeb in 1911, has always been to make Greek and Latin literature accessible to the broadest range of readers. The Digital Loeb Classical Library extends this mission into the twenty-first century. Harvard University Press is honored to renew James Loeb’s vision of accessibility and presents an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, literature, oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture — in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.  [Produced by Harvard University Press.]

  •  We are interested in your comments about the strengths and weaknesses of this collection.  

How does it apply to UST’s curricula?  Which Departments does this apply to?

What courses might you use it in? 

  • Is the interface easy to use on a variety of digital devices?

    

We invite faculty, staff and students to leave comments below.

Librarian, Curt Le May, is moderating the trial.

The trial ends on October 31, 2014.

 

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.

Resolved – TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES – PsycINFO

Published on: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Third time is the charm, folks! PsycINFO is down again. Third time in less than a month! We are lucky, lucky folks.

Like we noted in all the other blog posts regarding PsycINFO being down, you can use Summon to find articles.