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February 2009 Archives


February 2, 2009

Ordering Deadline Less Than a Month Away

The ordering deadline for library materials is February 27. Any departmental funds not spent by that date may be lost.


February 10, 2009

Database Trial: American Mosaic - The African American Experience

UMBC now has trial access to American Mosaic - The African American Experience, a full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of African Americans, as well as the greater Black Diaspora.

The trial runs through March 5, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think.


Database Trial: American Mosaic - The Latino American Experience

UMBC now has trial access to American Mosaic - The Latino American Experience, a full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of U.S. Latinos.

The trial runs through March 5, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think.


Database Trial: Pop Culture Universe

UMBC now has trial access to Pop Culture Universe, a full-text digital resource exploring popular culture from the 1920's to the present.

The trial runs through March 5, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think.


Database Trial: Reader's Advisor Online

UMBC now has trial access to Reader's Advisor Online, providing reviews, articles and other tools for finding the perfect book.

The trial runs through March 5, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think.


February 12, 2009

Darwin Bicentennial: Library Rotunda Exhibit

Bicentennial Celebration of Charles Darwin: Selections from the Special Collections
Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery Rotunda
February 12 – April 1, 2009

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, FRS, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his momentous book The Origin of Species is being celebrated with an exhibition of materials selected from the Special Collections of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. The exhibition commemorates Darwin’s ideas, life and accomplishments.

On display are rare books such as The Temple of Nature; Or, The Origin of Society, A Poem with Philosophical Notes by Erasmus Darwin (1804), which shows the beginnings of Darwin family thinking about the origins of life; On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life (1859/1963); The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex: Volumes I and II (1871); and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals (1871), a pioneering work with insight into human mental function. Darwin explored the shared genealogical decent of humans and animals as the basis for examining expressions and gestures. A centerpiece of the exhibition is Julia Margaret Cameron’s portrait of Darwin found in Alfred, Lord Tennyson and his Friends by Julia Margaret Cameron and H.H.H. Cameron (1893).


February 16, 2009

New Research Tool: Author Mapper

AuthorMapper, an online tool for visualizing scientific research, enables document discovery based on author locations and geographic maps. AuthorMapper searches the Springer Journals collection and offers access to nearly one hundred fifty years’ of articles from more than 1,900 journals available on SpringerLink. Comprehensive coverage includes both current and archival content in all major subject areas including life science, medicine, engineering, mathematics, computer science, business, and law.

Use the "MORE OPTIONS" feature for focused searches.

Author Mapper is available at http://www.authormapper.com/. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think.


Database Trial: RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals

UMBC now has trail access to RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, an international, highly annotated bibliography with detailed content analysis of writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950--from Beethoven to Bartok, from Berlioz to Berg, and from Schubert to Shostakovich--all provided by internationally-recognized scholars and editors.

Published under the auspices of the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, RIPM treats primary source material found in music periodicals published in twenty (20) countries.

The trial runs through April 15, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think.


Database Trial: Public Affairs Index

UMBC now has trial access to Public Affairs Index, a bibliographic database covering all aspects of national and global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international commerce and conflict.

This database draws from a diverse array of scholarly journals, conference papers, trade publications and government documents to provide up-to-date information on a broad range of topics of concern to the world today.

The trial runs through April 15, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think.


Database Trial: Political Science Complete

UMBC now has trial access to Political Science Complete (PSC), providing full text for more than 385 publications, and cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 800 journals, including top-ranked scholarly journals such as British Politics, Ethnopolitics and the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. PSC has a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse.

The trial runs through April 15, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think.


February 17, 2009

Women's History Month - Free Resource

"Get to Know the Women Who’ve Changed Our World" is this year’s theme as Gale recognizes Women's History Month with free resources and activities on its Women’s History Month Web site.

Available resources include biographies, information on women's rights, a timeline of women in history, and more.

Please let us know what you think.


February 23, 2009

Database Trial: CQ Researcher & CQ Global Researcher

Beginning March 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009, UMBC will have trial access to CQ Researcher and CQ Global Researcher

CQ Researcher explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology. CQ Researcher 's extensive database allows for basic and advanced searching, from quick searches to more sophisticated, enabling both novice and expert researchers.

CQ Global Researcher delivers definitive, in-depth coverage of newsworthy global affairs from a multitude of international viewpoints. Available exclusively online, CQ Global Researcher offers focused, readable, single-topic reports on vital world issues.

UMBC students, faculty, and staff can access these trials from on-campus, or off-campus through the UMBC VPN.

Connect to CQ Researcher
Connect to CQ Global Researcher

Please send any questions or comments to:
Drew Alfgren
E-mail: alfgren@umbc.edu


February 25, 2009

Royal Society of Chemistry: Free Journal Access

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is offering four weeks of free online access to all RSC journal content published between 1997 and the present day. This free access runs from March 2nd to March 30th, 2009.

During this free access period go to http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/Journals/ and you will automatically be able to read all journal content published between 1997 and the present day.

UMBC students, faculty and staff can access the free content from on-campus, or off-campus via Research Port (on the Databases tab, search for "Royal Society of Chemistry E-Journals") or the UMBC VPN (after logging in, use the "UMBC Library Homepage" link, then follow the link under "News & Events"). For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php