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New databases & trials for spring

BGSU Libraries has added a number of new databases:

We are also running trials to a few databases:

Women’s Magazine Archive and more!

GoodHousekeeping150pxWe have purchased the Women’s Magazine Archive! Still in development, when complete (expected by summer 2016), this database will contain the full text of six 20th-century popular magazines targeting women readers and consumers: Better Homes & Gardens (1922-2005), Chatelaine (1928-2005), Good Housekeeping (1885-2005), Ladies’ Home Journal (1883-2005), Parents (1926-2005) and Redbook (1903-2005).

Our purchase allowed us to add three more databases at heavily discounted prices, so we chose to add two historical newspapers through 1922: the Cincinnati Enquirer (1872-1922) and the Detroit Free Press (1831-1922). We also added the full text for Congressional hearings from 2004-2010, which can be found in our subscription to ProQuest Congressional.

A new database for statistics!

Cats on Social MediaThis month we also began a subscription to Statista, a database that aggregates statistics from more than 10,000 sources, including market and opinion research institutions and the government, and presents them in downloadable infographics and tables.

A new platform for Standard & Poor’s!

The business resource S & P NetAdvantage is transitioning to the new platform for S & P Capital IQ. The new platform includes our NetAdvantage content (industry surveys, reports, directories, etc.) plus expanded company data and executive directories (including compensation information). Both platforms are currently available through the library’s catalog.

More database trials!

We have three more trials going on now. Please let us know what you think about the possibility of adding these resources:

  • HAPI, the Hispanic American Periodicals Index, is an index to scholarly journals covering Latin America and the Caribbean. The index is published by UCLA’s Latin American Institute. The trial is available until February 15.
  • Meludia is a tool that uses online games to teach users aspects of music theory. It is beautifully designed and fun to use! Meludia is on trial until February 12.
  • PolicyMap is a data and mapping tool and analytics platform that includes thousands of US data indicators; use it to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis. Available through March 26.

New database! Women’s Magazine Archive

Last month we had a trial to the new database Women’s Magazine Archive – 123 years of popular media targeting women readers and consumers.

Thanks to your enthusiastic feedback, and the database’s clear relevance for a number of BGSU programs of study, we decided to purchase it, and it has been added to our collection!

Women’s Magazine Archive contains full text for six popular magazines published throughout the 20th century:

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

In combination, the publications here cover topics such as family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more. While the library already owns long runs of many of these titles in print, most issues are held off-site, and lack of indexing can make it difficult to find information on specific topics. This online archive makes these titles full-text searchable, and obtaining individual articles and images is as easy as downloading files.

The archive includes full cover-to-cover scans of each issue in high-resolution, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Detailed article-level indexing, with document feature flags, enables efficient searching and navigation of this content.

The image on our home page comes from an article in the February 1954 issue of Chatelaine, The Women of Winnipeg.”

New trial database: Meludia

Meludia is a beautifully designed and executed online tool to condition your musical ear.

Meludia teaches music theory through emotion. It allows users to play through a series of games that introduce and develop multiple aspects of music theory, like chord, rhythm and tone recognition. There are four levels of difficulty, and new users can choose to test in to the one that best suits their current skills. Meludia is both fun and compelling to use.

The trial to Meludia will be active through February 12.

Home page image by photosteve101.

BioMed Central Membership

Last month University Libraries purchased a Supporting Membership to BioMed Central. This allows BGSU faculty and researchers to receive a 15% discount on article processing charges for open access journals housed in BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.

Open Access journals are journals that do not charge readers or libraries subscription fees or fees to view or download articles. The movement to create such journals began in the late 1990s when researchers and librarians became worried about the exorbitant prices of and high inflation for scientific journals. Now many grants stipulate that research funded by them be published in open access journals, and important repositories of open access scholarship such as PubMed Central make peer-reviewed scientific research available to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay.

Many open access journals support their publication through charging author fees to those whose research is published in the journal or charging institutions for memberships covering the author fees for their affiliated researchers. Authors from low-income countries are often exempt from these fees.

BioMed Central journals cover areas such as biomedicine, public health, and psychology. Chemistry Central is a journal covering eight major areas in chemistry research. SpringerOpen journals cover mainly topics in the sciences, but also include business, education and some humanities and social sciences titles, as well as engineering, mathematics and statistics. Article processing charges charges vary by title but are often between $1,000 and $2,000 (see listings of charges for BioMed Central, SpringerOpen and Chemistry Central).

For more information about BGSU’s Supporting Membership to BioMed Central, please contract Linda Brown, BGSU’s Collections Coordinator, at lbrown@bgsu.edu.

Image on home page courtesy U.S. Army RDECOM (Flickr Creative Commons).

New database trial: International Studies Online

Through December 13 we will have access to International Studies Online, a comprehensive reference work of international studies and international relations.

International Studies Online includes over 400 peer reviewed essays of up to 10,000 words published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA). Aimed at students, scholars, and practitioners, the essays are designed to allow readers to be brought quickly up-to-date on the nature of the questions asked, past attempts at formulating responses, and the current state of debates.

Topics covered include civil wars, migration, human trafficking, land reform, terrorism, gender issues in international studies, and more.

Rotator photo “Linked” by Cali4beach.

New database trial: African American Communities

From the publishers of Rock & Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest comes another digital archive of primary source material, African American Communities.

African American Communities uses digitized pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories to present multiple aspects of over 200 years of African American history, culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, maps and ephemera.

Key themes covered include:

  • Desegregation
  • Urban renewal and housing problems
  • Civil rights activities and protests
  • Race relations and community integration
  • African American culture

The archive focuses particularly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina, pulling sources from archival collections such as the Atlanta History Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and Chicago’s Newberry Library.

The trial is active through December 1.

 

New database trial: Women’s Magazine Archive

ProQuest recently released the new database Women’s Magazine Archive – 123 years of popular media targeting women readers and consumers. The titles included are:

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

In combination, the publications here cover topics such as family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more. While the library already owns long runs of many of these titles in print, most issues are held off-site, and lack of indexing can make it difficult to find information on specific topics. This online archive makes these titles full-text searchable, and obtaining individual articles and images is as easy as downloading files.

The archive includes full cover-to-cover scans of each issue in high-resolution, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Detailed article-level indexing, with document feature flags, enables efficient searching and navigation of this content.

The trial will be active through December 5, 2015.

BrowZine: now for Android & on the web!

BGSU Libraries has subscribed to BrowZine for iPhone and iPad for several years. This year we added support for Android devices, and an interface is now also available to use BrowZine through regular web browsers.

BrowZine is a free tool that works with the BGSU Libraries’ ejournal subscriptions and allows you to log on and easily browse and read full-text scholarly journals from your phone or tablet. You can find our current subscriptions by title or subject and never miss a new issue! BrowZine also integrates with Zotero, Dropbox, and now RefWorks so you can easily export, annotate or save the articles you find.

Visit our BrowZine LibGuide to learn more about downloading and using BrowZine on ALL your web-accessible devices.

New business database: IBISWorld

We are so excited about our new database for industry information, IBISWorld!

IBISWorld Global Industry Reports provides a worldwide perspective on 73 industries within 11 broad categories, broken out geographically by key regions like Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and segmented by products, services, and major markets.

Industries are searchable by activity or code, by key word, or by company name, and reports can also be selected by browsing through the list on the Home page, where they are grouped by broad category (e.g., Global Manufacturing, Global Telecommunications, Global Business Activities).

Reports are downloadable as PDFs or Word documents, and tables that appear throughout the online reports can be exported to Excel.