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Database trial: Simmons Local Consumer Insights

We now have a trial for Simmons Local Consumer Insights, as an addition to our Simmons OneView subscription (we are limited to 5 simultaneous users.) Simmons OneView provides data on adult U.S. consumers based on national surveys, and covers a wide variety of products, brands, and services. (There’s more information on how to use Simmons OneView on our Simmons OneView library guide.)

The Local Consumer Insights lets you view this information for all of the U.S.’s 209 Nielsen media markets, or DMAs (we are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul DMA.) Once you’ve logged in, to get the local data, click on the Study tab, then choose the area/DMA that you want.

Simmons Local Consumer Insights

Wondering about local pizza chain preferences? Let’s compare Domino’s and Pizza Hut.

Simmons Local Domino’s & Pizza Hut

This trial runs through November 17, 2017. Please send your comments on this resource to Marianne Hageman.

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

October database trial: Mintel

We now have a trial for Mintel Reports (click on the link for Mintel Academic.) It’s a collection of full-text market research reports covering U. S. consumer markets. Market data includes size, segmentation, and forecasts. Sectors covered include automotive, beauty, clothing and footwear, drink, financial services, food, foodservice, health and wellness, home, household care, leisure and entertainment, lifestyles, personal care, retail, technology, and travel.

This trial runs through October 14, 2017. Please send your comments on this resource to Marianne Hageman.

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Services

Technical Difficulties (off campus only) – APA PsycNET

 

UPDATE: ALL ACCESS HAS BEEN RESTORED!

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PsycNET and all of it’s associated databases (PsycINFO, PsycBOOKS, PsycTESTS, and PsycARTICLES) changed their interface on Monday, July 17. Since that time, these resources have not been available for access from off campus. This is a problem being widely experienced across universities, and APA is actively working on a solution.

During this time, the resources ARE accessible on campus, but if you need an alternative database to use from home, check out these helpful research guides for undergraduate psychology research or graduate psychology research.

We apologize for the inconvenience!

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Happy summer!!!

By Liz Legatt

As everyone departs from campus and begins their summer jobs, classes, and vacations, don’t forget that the Music & Media Collections is still capable of meeting your needs from home! Because of our continuously updated streaming services, members of the St. Thomas community have access to thousands of films and music through our databases.


If you find yourself in need of a film for class or simply have some free time on your hands, you can find our Online Video and Music Sources right through the St. Thomas Libraries website. And if you still need to come in to the Music & Media Collections for face-to-face help, effective May 22nd our hours will be changed as follows:

Music and Media Collections Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Digitalia Films Library

The UST Libraries is pleased to announce the new subscription to Digitalia Films Library (video streaming database). The database with more than 900 titles, is a multilingual, multi-national collection of movies and documentaries from Spain, France, other European countries, North America (Classic) and Latin America (especially Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Brazil). Among the subjects included in the documentaries are archeology, history, nature, arts, and more. The entire collection is available via any computer on campus or from your home computer.
Note: To activate the English subtitles please click under the CC icons

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

Database Highlights & Trials

Technical Difficulties — ScienceDirect

Please know that we are aware of problems loading ScienceDirect articles. Not only are we aware of it, but so are the tech support teams at ScienceDirect, and Proquest, which is the company that makes our GET IT function.  They are working to resolve the problem and hope to have it fixed within the next few days.

In the meantime, if you end up with this error:

 

 

 

 

 

Just redo a search on the title (or even a few keywords from the title) in the search box circled above.  Or, as always, ask us.

 

 

Database Highlights & Trials

Scheduled downtime for some library resources

Please note that on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29 several library resources will be unavailable during the time of (roughly) 10pm Saturday through 6am Sunday.  Resources unavailable include:

RefWorks
Proquest Congressional
Books in Print
And all of our Proquest databases.

I guess this is just the universe’s way of telling you to not pull an all-nighter doing research this Saturday night, but instead to get out there and so something fun. A few suggestions:

Dust off the -30 degree sleeping bag and go winter camping
Join me in celebrating my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday
Binge watch The Crown on Netflix
Sleeeeeeeeeep

There are no guarantees that these resources will be back up and running smoothly at 6am Sunday, so if there is some funkiness with the above resources on Sunday, just wait it out and try again in the afternoon. These updates usually go smoothly, so I don’t expect any real problems, but just wanted to make you aware of the scheduled downtime.

 

Database Highlights & Trials

Technical Difficulties – Gale

galePlease note that our Gale resources are having a bit of trouble connecting and/or staying connected.  This is especially going to cause problems when you are trying to access them from off-campus. If this is a Gale emergency, please come into the library where the librarian can help you strip out the proxy prefix and connect directly. Sadly, this can only be done on campus.  The most common error you’ll see is  about a CONNECTION RESET. Other browsers may have other errors. Our best success for access has been Chrome.

Rest assured we are working with Gale to fix the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience, and as always, if you have a question, please ASK US.

Database Highlights & Trials

Service Interruptions – Saturday, Oct. 29

This Saturday, Oct. 29 the GET IT function and the Journal A-Z list will not be available or intermittently available.

These services will be completely unavailable 11am-12pm-ish for us in Central Time, and expected intermittent problems from 5-6pm.  However, please know that these services may be unstable all day long.

Summon and direct linking will not be impacted. However, any resource NOT using direct linking, but using the GET IT (even a behind-the-scenes GET IT functionality) may not work.

 

 

Business & Economics, Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Simmons OneView trial

We now have a trial for Simmons OneView – just click OK when it says we have no challenge question.) Simmons is a database of consumer demographic information (formerly known as the Simmons Study of Media and Markets); it provides national survey data from the Simmons National Consumer Study and the National Hispanic Consumer Study. These studies include demographic and psychographic characteristics, including attitudes and shopping habits, of product users. They have several YouTube tutorials; a good one to start with is “Create, Export & Save a CrossTab.”

We are comparing this to MRI University Reporter. A big difference between them is that unlike MRI, Simmons OneView has no “canned” reports. Users can choose their variables, which makes it more powerful, but there is more of a learning curve.

Our trial to Simmons OneView runs through November 17. Please send your comments on this resource to Marianne Hageman.

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