Last fall, the Libraries added a number of databases. Many more were updated with new content and features. Read on for a synopsis of these changes!
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
Contains the full text of approximately 270 U.S. newspapers published by African Americans between 1827 and 1998, originating from more than 35 states. Published by Readex as part of the Archive of Americana, this database provides primary source material covering the African American experience across a wide range of important cultural and historical events. Purchased through a grant for the humanities.
Biosis Citation Index
Part of OhioLINK’s subscription to ISI Web of Knowledge databases, Biosis Citation Index is an upgraded version of Biosis Previews that allows users to not only search for articles and papers published in biological sciences research journals and conference proceedings, but also perform cited reference searching from 2007 forward. It also uses the new Web of Knowledge platform.
BNA Tax & Accounting Center
This fall the library migrated its BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) print subscriptions to the online versions. BNA Tax & Accounting Center contains full-text analysis, practice tools and primary sources for federal and international tax and accounting information. Use it to find detailed analysis of the tax codes as well as current legislative news related to taxes and accounting. Our subscription also includes federal tax forms, highlights from the BNA Daily Tax Report, and the BNA Weekly Report.
European Views of the Americas
An online version of the authoritative bibliography European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750, this database was created through a partnership between EBSCO Publishing and the John Carter Brown Library and is distributed by EBSCO free of charge. A guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750, it contains more than 32,000 entries and is particularly valuable as a guide to primary sources on the history of European exploration and European portrayals of Native American peoples.
Law Library Microfilm Consortium Digital
A database available to BGSU through OhioLINK’s Center for Research Libraries membership, LLMC Digital contains digitized versions of the documents preserved on microform by the nonprofit Law Library Microform Consortium. Included are historical legal titles and government documents from around the world, with a focus on U.S. federal and state material.
Ohio Obituary Index
An index to over 1.6 million obituaries from Ohio newspapers dating back to the 1810s and contributed by libraries from 28 counties in Ohio, including Wood County. Also indexed are death and marriage notices and other local history manuscript collections. The Ohio Obituary Index includes the former Wood County, Ohio Obituary Index and is hosted by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and Library.
Scopus, and the Elsevier journal backfiles
Scopus, produced by the prestigious scholarly publisher Elsevier, is a database that searches journal articles and conference papers from over 18,000 international journals and proceedings. It also includes an extensive database of patent records and searches scientific websites. Scopus also supports cited reference searching.
Scopus is being provided to Ohio academic libraries for three years free of charge as part of OhioLINK’s recent purchase of Elsevier journal backfiles, an agreement which has provided Ohio libraries with permanent access to more than 3.4 million articles from over 2,400 Elsevier journals.
- Updates to EBSCO include:
- a downloadable MP3 as part of the “text to speech” function for articles available in HTML full text (see this example)
- a newly “sticky” date slider that re-scopes as you narrow by date, and creates a limiter that can be removed with one click (see this example).
- APA 6th edition and Harvard in the citation options
- JSTOR users can now create a variety of alerts using the MyJSTOR feature, including alerts for searches, journals’ tables of contents, and citations. In addition, JSTOR expanded searching of its archive, and all JSTOR users can search the entire archive, including current issues of many journals. Read more about this on the JSTOR website.
- Several levels of tutorials for Microsoft 2010 Excel, Outlook and Word have been added to LearningExpress Library, a database that contains resources for expanding technical skills, taking standardized tests (including the GRE), and searching for jobs. More information is available on the State Library website.
- Six newspapers returned to LexisNexis Academic this fall, including the Sacramento Bee and the Orange County Register, and over 300 Newstex blogs were added to the database. LexisNexis also improved date sort options for results, released new training videos, and decided to extend its 24×7 telephone support to faculty: call 1-800-897-3419 to talk to a specialist!
- Wilson – which publishes databases like Education Full Text and the Readers’ Guide Retrospective – released its mobile interface this fall.
- ARTstor additions
The image database ARTstor added 26 new collections in 2010, expanded 15 existing collections, and reached 39 new agreements with museums, archives, artists, etc. See the full list on the ARTstor website.
- Unlimited users for Gale LRC
Gale lifted its limit of two simultaneous users for the Literature Resource Center, and the database can now be used by an unlimited number of users at once.
- Masterplots revised
This classic reference work has been revised for the first time in 14 years, and the full text can be searched or browsed in EBSCO’s Literary Reference Center.
- Facelift for the OED
Oxford released a new interface this fall for the Oxford English Dictionary online.
- New titles in Project MUSE
Eight titles were added to the full-text scholarly journal database Project MUSE: Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs; Dance Research Journal; Dissent; English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920; Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies; MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.; and Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas.
- New titles added to Women & Social Movements
Women & Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, gained 91 titles this fall, all of which can be found by searching either the library catalog or the database itself.
- Mental Measurements Yearbook combined with Tests in Print
This fall, EBSCO combined online searching of the Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print, allowing users to identify tests and view their availability or order information at the same time.
- SciFinder Web and CAS Learning Solutions
On December 20 the library migrated our second SciFinder Scholar seat from the client software to the web interface, discontinuing BGSU use of the client software in advance of its discontinuation by CAS. If you haven’t already, create an account using your BGSU e mail address, then use SciFinder from any internet-accessible computer on or off campus. To get the most out of SciFinder, check the new training site CAS Learning Solutions. A variety of training topics are broken out into levels, self-paced online courses are included, and you can track your progress through the site.
- Update to MathSciNet
This blog is the place to get continued news and updates about library resources this spring: we hope you will follow it and post your comments! Feel free to contact your department’s liaison librarian(s) with your questions, suggestions and feedback.