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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




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


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.


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

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

Do you Summon?

Hi Students! As your research is gearing up this semester, we have a question for you:

Do you Summon?

Summon is a Google-like search tool here at UST Libraries, and you can use it just like you’d use Google…Go ahead and search our databases, book catalog, video collection, and more – all at once!

We know your professors ask you to find specific types of resources for assignments.  With Summon, you can easily filter for peer-reviewed articles, items published in a particular time range, and more.  Even better, it automatically refers you to a relevant UST librarian if you need more help!

Watch the short video below for more great tips and hints about using Summon, and (as always), Happy Searching!

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

Trial – JoVE Chemistry Section

Attention UST Chemists! 

This February, we are taking a closer look at the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)’s Chemistry Section

For those of you uninitiated, JoVE is a unique resource that not only provides scientific papers, but includes videos of the experiments they involve.

The entire list of Chemistry Section titles is available for browsing, and about 10% of the content is available for viewing if you’d like to see an example. We already subscribe to the Biology Section, so much of that is also available.

Here are direct links to some of the sample Chemistry Section videos available (there are a more sprinkled throughout the collection, too – feel free to ask me for a complete list).

Please let us know what you think! Send questions or comments to Laura Hansen (

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events

Trial – Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is on trial!

The trial is available until March 12, 2015 and contains hundreds of hours of video relevant to a  the study of disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, special populations, fitness and health assessment, medical fitness, exercise adherence, sport science, worksite wellness, and  more.

Content in the collection has been approved for educational use by several prestigious professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers Association, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Medical Fitness Association.

For comparison, look at our collection of sports medicine and exercise science videos in our subscription to the VAST video collection.

Please let us know what you think! Send questions or comments to Laura Hansen (

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Benezit Dictionary of Artists

The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available online for the first time via Oxford Art Online. With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language. Entries are clear and concise, and Benezit contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. In addition to its outstanding scope and depth, two features in particular make Benezit unique among art reference works: its superb coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.

Key Features of Benezit Include:

  • Nearly 170,000 entries on artists from the first English edition (2006), the largest edition to date, plus revisions and new biographies exclusively available online
  • More than 11,000 images of artists signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale
  • Detailed museum listings, bibliographies, exhibition information, and auction records
  • Ability to view Benezit results separately or alongside Grove Art and other Oxford art reference works
  • Comprehensive coverage on artists across all media, from painters and sculptors to calligraphers, ceramicists, illustrators, installation artists, and performance artists
  • Updated three times per year to reflect new scholarship, additions to the bibliographies, and corrections – concurrent with Grove Art updates

Please contact Kate Burke with your comments

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Routledge Handbooks Online on trial until March 11, 2015

Routledge Handbooks Online




Routledge Handbooks Online brings together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Every title is fully searchable.

Key features include:

  • All chapters are accompanied by an abstract and rich metadata that make searching and research more efficient and effective
  • Intuitive search tools enable users to find the material they need across the Handbooks’ and Companions’ multiple subject areas
  • Peer-reviewed content ensures quality of research
  • Over 15,000 chapters from 300+ volumes available at launch
  • Expansive coverage of 18 subject areas including Sociology, Linguistics, Education, and Asian Studies
  • Content available as HTML and PDF, allowing functionality such as highlighting, adding notes, downloading, and printing

Please contact  Talia Nadir with your comments.

Database Highlights & Trials

No Access to SRDS Media Solutions from Dec. 24-29

SRDS Media Solutions will experience a planned downtime affecting their online services during the winter break. Beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, they will perform scheduled network infrastructure and security maintenance that will cause SRDS services on the web to be unavailable until Monday, Dec. 29. During the outage, they will post any updates to Twitter @SRDS. Check-in there to keep up-to-date on when everything is back up and running.

Database Highlights & Trials

General Science Collection is now more specific

Generageneralsciencel Science Collection is a database of full-text of science journals. It is provided free from the state through the Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM).  I am pleased to announce that the product has become far less general and far more peer-reviewed.  What was a database of mostly general science magazines has now become a database of mostly peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the sciences.  When you search the results default to full text academic journals. You can narrow those results to peer-reviewed journals only, or only magazines, news and even  videos.

Database Highlights & Trials

IBISWorld – now covering more of the world

Those of you who use IBISWorld probably use it to look up US industry information. I’m pleased to announce that IBISWorld now covers more of the world. Sure, you can still use it as your go-to for US industry information, but we’ve expanded our subscription to include

  • U.S. Specialized Industry Reports
  • Canada Industry Reports
  • China Industry Reports
  •  Global Industry Research Reports

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