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September 7, 2011

BASE - Search digital collections worldwide!

UMBC researchers now have convenient access to BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine), an online search engine that allows users to search across hundreds of digital collections from around the world. You can access the website by going to http://www.base-search.net/ or by searching for it from the Library's Database search.

Unlike a general Google or online search, BASE targets academic sources, ensuring that the results are relevant and of high quality. With over 31 million documents and 2 thousand content providers, this website is a great resource for academic researchers in every field from biochemistry to dance. And, best news yet - it's free! So start your searching!

UMBC's Digital Collections will be added to BASE this fall - making it a one-stop-shop for locating digital resources from UMBC, UMD, and beyond.

Sample entry from the Australian Institute of Marine Science:

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Written by Johanna Schein, Special Collections Graduate Assistant.


August 26, 2011

Access Free Sample Books on Project MUSE Beta

The Project MUSE beta site offers access to over 300 free sample books. Browse and search this selection of books, along with MUSE journals, as a preview of the combined book and journal content that will be coming to MUSE on January 1, 2012. Explore books and journals on the Project MUSE beta site at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu.

Highlights of Project MUSE Beta Site


  • Access to over 300 free sample books.

  • New search box at the top of each page. Suggested search terms appear as you type in your search.

  • Enhanced search results page showing both books and journals.

  • Faceted searching. Refine search results with options to broaden or narrow results.

  • Search the contents of a book and view results without leaving the book home page.

  • Easy linking to content by subject area, most recently downloaded, most recently issued.

  • Tiered structure for exploring subject areas.

  • Enhanced Browse displays books and journals by subject area, title, or publisher.

The beta site will be available through the end of this year giving you an opportunity to become familiar with the new MUSE platform and particularly, with the new enhanced search.

You can access the sample e-books from off-campus with no authentication. To view UMBC subscriptions as well as the sample e-books from off-campus, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Click on the "UMBC Library Homepage" link, then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


July 15, 2011

Access all Cambridge Journals free for 6 weeks

All articles published in Cambridge Journals in 2009 and 2010 are free to access for 6 weeks, from 15th July until 30th August 2011.

No registration is required. Simply go to http://journals.cambridge.org

For more information, see http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySpecialPage?pageId=2964


January 4, 2011

Database Trial: ShipIndex.org - ends 1/25/2011

Beginning January 4, 2011, UMBC has trial access to ShipIndex.org

ShipIndex.org lets you search for information about practically any ship, from famous ships such as the Titanic to less well-known vessels such as the Peter Iredale. ShipIndex.org tells you which books, magazines, and online resources mention the vessels you're researching.

The trial runs through January 25, 2011.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Feedback is encouraged. Use the form below or send directly to Drew Alfgren: alfgren@umbc.edu


Database Trial: Accessible Archives - ends 1/18/2011

Beginning January 4, 2011, UMBC has a 2-week trial of the Accessible Archives database.

Accessible Archives contains the rich, comprehensive material found in leading historic periodicals and books. Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records are available in a user-friendly online environment.

Resources include: African American Newspapers, Godey`s Lady`s Book, The Liberator, and much more.

The trial runs through January 18, 2011.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Feedback is encouraged. Use the form below or send directly to Drew Alfgren: alfgren@umbc.edu


November 16, 2010

eBook Trials & Survey - ends 12/31/2010

The Library is currently testing several eBook platforms. Please check them out and complete our online survey to let us know what you think.

We currently have access to the following platforms:


ebrary Academic Complete
Ebrary Academic Complete is a multidisciplinary digital library with more than 47,000 titles. Subjects covered include Anthropology, Business & Economics, Computers & IT, Education, Fine Arts, History, Language & Literature, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, and Technology. Content includes handbooks, e-books, manuals, reports and other authoritative documents.

Trial runs through December 8, 2010.


MyiLibrary
MyiLibrary provides desktop access to over 235,000 eBooks. Subjects covered include: Philosophy, Psychology, & Religion; History; Geography; Anthropology; Social Sciences; Political Science; Law; Education; Music; Fine Arts; Language & Literature; Science; Medicine; Agriculture; Technology; Military Science; Naval Science.

Trial runs through December 15, 2010.


EBL Ebook Library
EBL offers content across all subject areas, with an initial focus on recent titles - most specifically in the areas of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). EBL features more than 100,000 titles from hundreds of academic publishers.

You must create a free account from a valid UMBC IP address in order to access the EBL trial.

Trial runs through December 15, 2010.


Springer eBooks
The Springer eBooks trial provides access to over 20,000 eBook titles (2005-2010 copyright only) in twelve subject collections:
* Behavioral Science
* Biomedical and Life Sciences
* Business and Economics
* Chemistry and Materials Science
* Computer Science (including the highly regarded Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
* Earth and Environmental Science
* Engineering
* Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
* Mathematics and Statistics
* Medicine
* Physics and Astronomy
* Professional Computing and Web Design

Titles include textbooks, reference works, monographs, and book series. All titles are fully searchable and hyperlinked.

Trial runs through December 31, 2010


NetLibrary
NetLibrary provides online access to thousands of scholarly books and reference works. Subjects include: computer science, business, international relations, education, environmental science, psychology, civil rights law and history.

UMBC currently has access to a selection of books specifically chosen by Maryland Academic Libraries. Funded by the Maryland Digital Library (MDL).


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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please check out these trials and then take our online survey.


November 15, 2010

Database Trial: Morningstar Investment Research Center - ends 12/10/2010

UMBC now has trial access to the Morningstar Investment Research Center.

The Morningstar Investment Research Center is an all-inclusive investment research database designed specifically for libraries. It features data and analysis on over 11,000 international and domestic stocks, 24,000 mutual funds, and more than 1,000 exchange traded funds.

The trial runs through December 10, 2010.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Feedback is encouraged. Use the form below or send directly to Drew Alfgren: alfgren@umbc.edu


November 4, 2010

Database Trial: Springer eBooks - ends 12/31/2010

UMBC now has trial access to Springer eBooks. The trial runs through December 31, 2010.

NOTE: Trial access is only available for 2005-2010 copyright Springer eBooks from all collections.

The Springer eBooks trial provides access to over 20,000 eBook titles in twelve subject collections:
* Behavioral Science
* Biomedical and Life Sciences
* Business and Economics
* Chemistry and Materials Science
* Computer Science (including the highly regarded Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
* Earth and Environmental Science
* Engineering
* Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
* Mathematics and Statistics
* Medicine
* Physics and Astronomy
* Professional Computing and Web Design

Titles include textbooks, reference works, monographs, and book series. All titles are fully searchable and hyperlinked.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Janet Hack at jhack@umbc.edu.


October 20, 2010

Database Trial: World History in Video - ends 12/19/2010

UMBC now has trial access to World History in Video. The trial runs through December 19, 2010.

World History in Video is an online collection of streaming video providing access to critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide. The collection includes documentaries offering a rich survey of human history from the earliest civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall. World History in Video is truly global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Included in World History in Video are many of the documentaries most frequently used today in university-level classes teaching world history, ancient history, Western civilization, European history, regional history, and documentary film—videos from the BBC, PBS, and other leading independent providers worldwide.

Unfortunately there is a conflict between databases using Java or Flash and the Virtual Private Network (vpn) software needed for off-campus viewing, so this database must be viewed on campus. Any computer on campus or using the wifi connection on campus will have access.

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


September 20, 2010

Database Trial: Times Digital Archive

UMBC now has trial access to the Times Digital Archive. The trial runs through October 20, 2010.

The Times Digital Archive is a full-image online archive of every page published by The Times (London) from 1785-1985. The text within the images is fully searchable at the article level. Users can easily search news articles, obituaries, advertising and classifieds - virtually everything that appeared in the newspaper. Results are displayed at the article level and users may view the article - or the full page upon which it appeared.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


Database Trial: Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive

UMBC has trial access to the Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive. The trial runs through October 20, 2010.

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive includes Every page of every issue of the TLS published from 1902 to 2005. Identification of the anonymous contributors - reviewers, essayists, and writers of letters and poems - is included, allowing students, researchers, critics and authors to explore in greater depth the literary activity and critical opinion makers of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


September 16, 2010

Database Trial - British Periodicals I (Early British Periodicals)

UMBC has trial access to the ProQuest Database, British Periodicals I (Early British Periodicals). The trial runs through October 15, 2010.

Contact the Reference desk at 410-455-2346 or email ref@lists.umbc.edu for log-in information.

British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals spanning the late 17th through early 20th centuries, and covering a range of topics such as literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. Derived from the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals the collection will contain the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes and over 3 million pages.

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


August 30, 2010

Database Trial - Bridgeman Education

Through October 30, 2010, UMBC has trial access to Bridgeman Education

Contact the Reference desk at 410-455-2346 or email ref@lists.umbc.edu for log-in information.

Bridgeman Education is a dedicated service that supports the use of high-quality images in education. You can search across all media including; photography, fine art, engravings, sculpture, architecture, archaeology & ethnography, history, science & medicine, the decorative arts, artifacts and applied arts.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


July 23, 2010

MyiLibrary - Trial

From July 23 through August 21, UMBC has trial access to MyiLibrary.

MyiLibrary provides desktop access to over 235,000 eBooks. Subjects covered include: Philosophy, Psychology, & Religion; History; Geography; Anthropology; Social Sciences; Political Science; Law; Education; Music; Fine Arts; Language & Literature; Science; Medicine; Agriculture; Technology; Military Science; Naval Science.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Joanna Gadsby at gadsby@umbc.edu.


July 14, 2010

Alexander Street Press - Database Trial

Free trial of all Alexander Street's online collections through July 31, 2010: http://alexanderstreet.com/ALA.htm

Contact the Reference desk at 410-455-2346 or email ref@lists.umbc.edu for log-in information.

Subjects include: Literature, Drama, Music, Social & Cultural History, Religion, Sociology, and Psychology.

Please leave a comment with your opinion.


July 7, 2010

ABC-CLIO eBooks - Database Trial

Through July 11, 2010, UMBC has trial access to the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

The ABC-CLIO eBook Collection provides online access to over 6,000 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides from ABC-CLIO, Greenwood Press, Libraries Unlimited, and Praeger. Topics covered include: Business; Crime and Punishment; Entrepreneurship; Geography; Music; Physical and Mental Health; Politics, Law, and Government; Pop Culture, Folklore, and Mythology; Religion; Science, Technology, and the Environment; Society and Education; United States History; World History; World Issues.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Joanna Gadsby at gadsby@umbc.edu.


July 6, 2010

Ebrary Academic Complete - Database Trial

From July 6 through August 15, 2010, UMBC has trial access to ebrary Academic Complete

Ebrary Academic Complete is a multidisciplinary digital library with more than 47,000 titles. Subjects covered include Anthropology, Business & Economics, Computers & IT, Education, Fine Arts, History, Language & Literature, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, and Technology. Content includes handbooks, e-books, manuals, reports and other authoritative documents.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Joanna Gadsby at gadsby@umbc.edu.


April 16, 2010

Naxos Music Library - Database Trial

Beginning April 16, 2010, UMBC has trial access to the Naxos Music Library.

Naxos Music Library [NML] offers streaming access to more than 41,340 CDs with more than 592,600 tracks. On average, 500 new CDs are added to the library every month.

The library offers the catalogs of more than 50 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. Among the labels whose catalogs are included in the service are leading independent classical labels such as BIS, Chandos, CPO, Haenssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Vanguard Classics, VOX, and of course Naxos. World music content is provided by ARC, Celestial Harmonies and others; and there is also jazz, film music, nostalgia, classic and contemporary rock content.

Resources offered by NML include synopses of over 700 operas, a pronunciation guide for composer and artist names and a glossary of musical terms. A comprehensive online encyclopedia of classical music is in development.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Joe Clark at jclark@umbc.edu.


April 9, 2010

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries - Database Trial

Beginning April 9 through August 9, 2010, UMBC has trial access to The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries.

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries knits together more than 1,000 sources of diaries, letters, and memoirs to provide fast access to thousands of views on almost every aspect of the war, including what was happening at home. The writings of politicians, generals, slaves, landowners, farmers, seaman, wives, and even spies are included. The letters and diaries are by the famous and the unknown, giving not only both the Northern and Southern perspectives, but those of foreign observers also. The materials originate from all regions of the country and are from people who played a variety of roles.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu


Classical Music Library - Database Trial

Beginning April 9 through June 8, 2010, UMBC has trial access to the Classical Music Library.

Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. The growing collection of 60,000-plus tracks includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

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, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Joe Clark at jclark@umbc.edu


February 15, 2010

GREENR - Database Trial

UMBC now has trial access to GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources).

GREENR is a new online resource that offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment, sustainability and more.

Researchers view content in a way that resembles the Web, allowing them to easily browse to find answers. Other features include:

* Interactive maps, allowing users to browse by country or topic
* Contextual multimedia, customizable journals and news and refereed case studies

From topics like food safety to the impact of economic development on international relations, today's important environmental issues are shaping the future and reach far beyond the United States. Additionally, as green collar jobs grow, this resource supports students preparing for future careers in the industry.

Trial access runs through March 4, 2010.

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 3, 2010

Historical Statistics of the US - New Database

We are pleased to announce that UMBC now has access to the database Historical Statistics of the United States Millennial Edition Online.

The Historical Statistics of the United States Millennial Edition Online is the online edition of the print set available in the Reference collection (REF HA202 .H57 2006) providing access to statistics on population, work & welfare, the economy, foreign affairs and more.

This thoroughly revised five-volume reference work, available both in print and electronic editions, reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.

The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition permits users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest. You must create a (free) account in order to create custom tables and spreadsheets.

For off-campus access, please use research port, or login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu).

For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


February 2, 2010

Cambridge Books Online - Database Trial

UMBC now has trial access to Cambridge Books Online

Cambridge Books Online includes more than 6,000 books, primarily recently published works, from Cambridge University Press covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences.

Trial runs through March 31, 2010

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.


December 8, 2009

Coming Soon: new search interface for LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis is releasing a significant update to the LexisNexis Academic interface in December 2009. The most dramatic changes are in the color scheme, the navigation menu, and the Easy Search form.

You can preview the new search interface at http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/

More information on the new interface is available at http://wiki.lexisnexis.com/academic/index.php?title=Academic_Help:_Overview#Beta_Release_Is_Available_to_Subscribers_Now

For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu).

For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


October 23, 2009

New Database: Sage Reference Online

The library is pleased to announce that we now have access to Sage Reference Online. This reference package includes 80 encyclopedias and handbooks in the following subject areas:


  • Aging & Gerontology

  • Business & Management

  • Communication & Media Studies

  • Counseling & Psychotherapy

  • Criminology & Criminal Justice

  • Economics

  • Education

  • Environment

  • Family Studies

  • Gender & Sexuality Studies

  • Geography

  • Health & Social Welfare

  • History

  • Politics & International Relations

  • Psychology

  • Public Policy & Public Administration

  • Research Methods & Evaluation

  • Social Issues

  • Social Work & Social Policy

  • Sociology

  • Urban Studies & Planning


For off-campus access, please use research port, or login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu).

For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


October 16, 2009

A-to-Z Journal List - Trial

UMBC now has trial access to EBSCO's A-to-Z Journal List.

The A-to-Z Journal List is your one-stop search tool for all of our print and electronic journal subscriptions. With this easy-to-navigate, searchable list of journals you can quickly find any journal or resource, even those buried in a database. You can search the list by journal title, publisher, and subject area.

This trial will run through December 31, 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.


October 7, 2009

EBSCO Databases - technical difficulties

Our EBSCO databases are currently experiencing technical difficulties. You may experience the following problems: errors when saving/emailing citations, errors when emailing records and articles, broken links, reported journal coverage not matching the actual coverage.

This problem has been reported and we hope to have it resolved soon. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Affected databases include:
Academic Search Premier
America: History & Life
Art Abstracts
Business Source Premier
CINAHL
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Computer Science Index
Computer Source
Computers & Applied Science Complete
EconLit
ERIC
Health Source Plus
Historical Abstracts
Humanities International Complete
Information Science & Technology Abstracts
INSPEC
Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts
MAS Fulltext Ultra
MasterFILE Premier
Medline (EBSCO)
Mental Measurements Yearbook
Military & Government Collection
MLA International Bibliography
Philosopher's Index
PsycINFO
Regional Business News
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
SocIndex with Full Text
SPORT Discus


September 19, 2009

EndNote Web Workshop - for Faculty and Staff

Tuesday, October 20 & Wednesday, October 28
12 Noon - 1 PM; Library, Room 259

In this Library workshop, you will learn how to utilize the full range of features included in this free (to UMBC affiliates) web-accessible citation manager.

This one hour workshop will explore creating an EndNote Web account, collecting and editing references, organizing and sharing references, formatting a bibliography, and using the Cite While You Write™ plug-in.

Register at http://asp1.umbc.edu/newmedia/oit/training/

Questions? Contact Katy Sullivan (sullivan@umbc.edu) or Janet Hack (jhack@umbc.edu).


August 28, 2009

New Database - Ambrose Video Shakespeare Collection

The library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the Ambrose Video Shakespeare Collection

The Shakespeare Collection provides streaming video of BBC productions of of 12 Shakespearean plays:

As You Like It
Richard II
Henry IV, Part 1
Henry V
Twelfth Night
Hamlet
The Tempest
Merchant of Venice
Othello
King Lear
Pericles
Much Ado About Nothing

For off-campus access, please use research port, or login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu).

For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


July 20, 2009

New Database: Clase and Periódica

The library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the Clase and Periódica database through OCLC.

CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities. PERIÓDICA covers journals specializing in science and technology and offers access to more than 300,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages.

For off-campus access, please use research port, or login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu).

For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


New Database: OAIster

The library now has access to the OAIster catalog of digital resources.

OAIster provides access to these digital resources by "harvesting" their descriptive records using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. (The Open Archives Initiative is not the same thing as the Open Access movement.) These resources, often hidden from search engine users behind web scripts, are known as the "deep web." The owners of these resources share them with the world using OAI-PMH. OAIster reveals these digital resources in an easy-to-use, searchable interface.

For off-campus access, please use research port, or login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu).

For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


New Database: Camio

The library is pleased to announce the availability of CAMIO, the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online.

CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. CAMIO is licensed for use by students, faculty, and researchers at subscribing institutions. Images may be used for educational and research purposes if properly credited. Images may not be published or otherwise distributed.

For off-campus access, please use research port, or login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu).

For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


New Database: ArchiveGrid

The library is pleased to announce that we now have access to OCLC's ArchiveGrid.

ArchiveGrid is a database for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world. Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions. Records include collection descriptions, content notes, links to Finding Aids (if available) and contact information.

For off-campus access, please use research port. Or you can login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu).

For more info on remote access, please see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php


May 19, 2009

WorldCat UMBC

Use WorldCat UMBC to search for:

  • Books, journals, musical scores, media, government publications, and more held by the Albin O. Kuhn Library, the University System of Maryland and partners (USMAI), and libraries worldwide.

  • Article citations from a growing list of databases including NLM Medline (medicine and health), ERIC (education), GPO (U.S. government publications), ArticleFirst and British Library serials.

What isn’t included?

  • Some of the materials that are on order or are in the process of being added to the library's collections.

  • Individual titles included within most of the UMBC-licensed collections such as NetLibrary and Early English Books Online.

  • Article citations from databases other than NLM Medline, ERIC, GPO, ArticleFirst and British Library Serials.

What else does WorldCat UMBC do?

  • Free registration within WorldCat UMBC allows you to mark, save, email and export citations, maintain your own file of citations, and contribute reviews, ratings, and lists.

  • Provides links to full-text content as appropriate per licensing agreements (available to current UMBC students, faculty and staff only).

  • Allows you to easily share links with Facebook, Del.ic.io.us, Twitter, and other social networking tools.

  • Integrates request and delivery from University System of Maryland and partners (USMAI) and interlibrary loan (available to current UMBC students, faculty and staff only).

Can’t find what you want?

If you don’t find what you want in WorldCat UMBC, try the UMBC Library Catalog, Research Port, or our Subject Guides. Or visit or contact the Reference Desk.


Credit: this page inspired by the “About UW WorldCat” page of the University of Washington Libraries.


May 6, 2009

Database Trial: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

UMBC now has trial access to Oxford Biblical Studies Online,a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history.

In addition to the Bible texts, Oxford Biblical Studies Online offers quick access to over 5,000 A-Z entries from the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Oxford Companion to the Bible, and a wealth of other Oxford references.

This trial will run through June 4, 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.


March 26, 2009

Women and Social Movements in the United States - New Features

I am pleased to announce a new release of Women and Social Movements in the United States, bringing the collection to over 35,000 documents from nearly 150,000 pages of full text.

You will notice there is new software architecture. The interface provides an entirely new way to search and browse the database. The database provider is making many changes to improve the site's accessibility and functionality.

This release adds two new document projects (for a total of 90 projects):
- How Did Women's Antislavery Fiction Contribute to Debates about Gender, Slavery, and Abolition, 1828-1856?, by Holly M. Kent
- How Did American and Japanese Gender Hierarchies Shape Japanese Women's Participation in the Transnational WCTU Movement in the 1880s?, by Rumi Yasutake

This release also introduces "document archives," which bring additional primary source documents to the collection. Like the document projects which have been in the collection all along, document archives are primary source documents organized by topic. The difference is that the archives contain less scholar commentary and more primary source documents, giving historians and their students the opportunity to form their own interpretation of the sources. In other words, the archives present primary sources without the pedagogical apparatus. Each archive is prefaced by just a brief introductory essay, but no abstract or annotated sources (as users will find in the more scholarly document projects).

The first document archive is featured in this release and was assembled by scholar Jana Brubaker. The archive focuses on Elizabeth Glendower Evans, a noted Boston reformer in the first third of the twentieth century. This archive contains 79 documents.

Please let us know what you think about these changes.


March 19, 2009

Trial Database - American History in Video

UMBC now has trial access to American History in Video, providing a collection of videos for the study of American history including commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

This trial will run through May 16, 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.


March 10, 2009

Trial Database - Credo Reference

UMBC now has trial access to Credo Reference, offering full-text, aggregated content from over 275 reference books from over 60 publishers, covering such subjects as medicine, art, technology, history and more. Credo continually adds new content in all subjects, with such notable recent additions as the Bridgeman Art Library Archive, with over 16,000 art images and the interactive Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia including Atlas. The collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri, as well as subject-specific titles.

This trial will run through April 9, 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 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


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 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 16, 2009

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.


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: 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.


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.


February 10, 2009

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.


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: 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: 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.


January 20, 2009

Database Update: ScienceAccellerator.gov

Customize Your Search Experience at ScienceAccelerator.gov

It is exciting to announce that an array of new search and retrieval features and capabilities have been added to ScienceAccelerator.gov, providing new options for customizing your search experience.

The search engine that helps you find science information from U.S. Department of Energy key resources now:
* automatically spell checks your search term(s)
* allows you to e-mail your search results
* offers the capability to export search results into your citation management software
* provides links to EurekAlert! Science News and Wikipedia information on your topic(s) of interest and
* clusters results by related topics and/or by date in order to more easily target subsequent searches.

Other search and retrieval features include:
* advanced searching
* searching within a search
* sorting search results and
* narrowing your search results by individually selecting items of interest.

The Help page has been updated to reflect the new options and to provide additional information.

Science Accelerator helps you to find research and development reports; e-prints; science conference proceedings; DOE patents, accomplishments, project descriptions, and software; DOE-associated Nobel Prize Winners; and more.

You are welcome to visit and explore all aspects of the newly-revised Science Accelerator at http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov/


July 23, 2008

Web of Science is now the Web of Knowledge

This new name better reflects the multidisciplinary holdings in the Web of Knowledge. The Web of Knowledge includes the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index. UMBC access includes all entries from 1998 to present.

Click here to access the Web of Knowledge.


July 9, 2008

Database Trial - Alexander Street Press

Free trial of all Alexander Street's online collections through July 31, 2008. http://alexanderstreet.com/ALAtrial.htm

Contact the Reference desk at 410-455-2346 or email ref@lists.umbc.edu for log-in information.

Subjects include: Literature, Drama, Music, Social & Cultural History, Religion, Sociology, and Psychology.

Please leave a comment with your opinion.


May 21, 2008

Project MUSE introduces linked subject headings

Users of Project MUSE articles may have noticed an additional feature - "clickable" subject headings for each article, allowing fast and easyconnections to related content in Project MUSE. Built upon the rich controlled vocabulary classification of all MUSE articles and reviews with
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) , this new functionality quickly connects scholars to
additional relevant content to enhance their research.


April 14, 2008

Access Select Gale Resources throughout National Library Week

During National Library Week, April 13 - 19, AccessMyLibrary is offering FREE access to many of its valuable resources:

  • Academic OneFile
  • Biography Resource Center
  • British Library Newspapers
  • Gale Directory Library
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • General OneFile
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • History Resource Center: U.S.
  • History Resource Center: World
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • LitFinder
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Nursing Resource Cente
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking
  • Popular Magazines
  • PowerSearch
  • Small Business Resource Center
  • Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution
  • Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War
  • Sources in U.S. History Online: Slavery in America

Go to AccessMyLibrary and select the resource you would like to use. You can either complete the registration form or click the "Skip Registration" button in order to access the free trial.



February 7, 2008

Update on Research Port

Research Port was recently upgraded. The new version of Research Port has a simpler navigation. Some of the changes include the ability:

  • to store citations lists of databases and lists of journals.
  • to cross search multiple databases after selecting a subject categories.
  • to create a custom group of databases using My Lists.
  • to identify a citation and ascertain if it is online or in the library.

For more information on recent changes on Research Port, visit http://usmai.umd.edu/rp_changes.html


January 22, 2008

Oxford African American Studies Center (Trial)

UMBC has access to the Oxford African American Studies Center until 31 January 2008.

The Oxford African American Studies Center (AASC) provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new, three-volume Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895, published by Oxford in 2006; the three-volume Black Women in America, Second Edition, edited by Darlene Clark Hine, published in March 2005, the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience.

Username: MDLtrial
Password: MDLtrial


January 18, 2008

The American Civil War Research Database (Trial)

UMBC has access to The American Civil War Research Database database through 17 March 2008.

"The American Civil War Research Database™ is the definitive online resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War." The database contains information on over 4 million soldiers, thousands of battles along with 15,000 photographs, thousands of regimental rosters and officer profiles.


December 13, 2007

Aluka (Trial)

UMBC has access to the Aluka database through 30 June 2008.

Aluka is an international, collaborative initiative building an online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.

The Aluka website includes a wide variety of high-quality scholarly materials contributed by Aluka’s partners, ranging from archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, and reference works, to three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories, plant specimens, photographs, and slides.


New Database - Women and Social Movements

UMBC now has a one year subscription to the Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000 database, thanks to the combined contributions from the departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History, and Social Work and the Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The database is accessible through the library catalog, Research Port, and the database search box on the library homepage. Please take a look and also let your colleagues and students know
about this important research website!


December 9, 2007

Web of Science has ARRIVED!

UMBC students, faculty and staff now have access to the long-awaited Web of Science. As coverage only goes back to 1998, please continue to make use of the many other very high quality databases to which the Library subscribes. Access is available to all three online citation indexes which comprise Web of Science: Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Additional searchable resources are available from the Web of Knowledge homepage (choose from WoS drop-down menu). The Library is developing training workshops for UMBC students and faculty.

Send any immediate questions about Web of Science to Uta Hussong at: uhussong@umbc.edu


November 29, 2007

Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Trial)

UMBC now has a one-year trial of the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Live Support Systems (EOLSS) [select Access for Institutions in the left column to get started]. The EOLSS is an integrated compendium of twenty encyclopedias. It attempts to forge pathways between disciplines in order to show their interdependence and helps foster the transdisciplinary aspects of the relationship between nature and human society. It deals in detail with interdisciplinary and trandiscplinary subjects, but it is also disciplinary as each major core subject is covered in great depth, by world experts.

Topics are divided into the following categories:
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Mathematical Sciences
Biological, Physiological and Health Sciences
Biotechnology
Tropical Biology and Conservation Management
Land Use, Land Cover and Soil Sciences
Social Sciences and Humanities
Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology resources
Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Chemical Sciences Engineering and Technology Resources
Water Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources
Energy Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources
Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources
Food and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources
Human Resources Policy and Management
Natural Resources Policy and Management
Development and Economic Sciences
Institutional and Infrastructural Resources
Technology, Information and System Management Resources
Area studies (Africa, Brazil, Canada and USA, China, Europe, Japan, Russia)


November 16, 2007

DiscoveryGate for Beilstein & Gmelin

The library now has access to DiscoveryGate (http://www.discoverygate.com/) for searching CrossFire Beilstein, CrossFire Gmelin, and the MDL Compound Index.

CrossFire Beilstein for organic chemistry includes information on over 9 million compounds, over 10 million reactions, and 2 million citations, along with hundreds of thousands of abstracts and bioactive compounds. Find physical and chemical data, spectral information, and more.

CrossFire Gmelin collection of inorganic and organometallic substances includes chemical and physical properties, preparation and reaction details, condensed phase data, spectral information, and more.

MDL Compound Index provides links to other databases, including PubChem and the OHS Pure Substance MSDS database.

Windows users must download and install a Java applet from the DiscoveryGate site before using DiscoveryGate. No installation is required for Mac users.

Send any questions on using DiscoveryGate to: Janet Hack jhack@umbc.edu


November 9, 2007

Two trial databases from Proquest

Below is the trial information for ProQuest Civil War Era and Colonial State Papers. The trials are IP authenticated and you should only need the username and passwords if you are accessing off campus. Check it out and let us know what you think. (The trial ends 11/30/2007)

ProQuest Civil War Era
http://proquest.umi.com/login?COPT=REJTPTU2MmEmSU5UPTAmVkVSPTI=&clientId=11430

Username: BMWP84RSXT
Password: welcome

Colonial State Papers
http://colonial.chadwyck.com

Username: umdbc
Password: welcome


America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts is now under Ebsco platform

FYI

Two databases from ABC-CLIO (America: History and Life & Historical Abstracts) have been moved under Ebsco now.


Anthropology Plus now under OCLC FirstSearch

FYI

Anthropology Plus is now moved under OCLC FirstSearch.


September 11, 2007

eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology

We just set up a trial for eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology

eHRAF World Cultures is a database that contains over 400,000 pages of information on all aspects of cultural and social life. The eHRAF Collection of Archaeology currently covers over 41 major archaeological traditions with more than 50,000 pages. Each tradition file also consists of a general summary and full-text sources including books, journal articles, dissertations, and manuscripts.

Try it out and let us know what you think



Gale Science Resource Center

A new database to check out: Gale Science Resource Center.
It is provided by Maryland Digital Library and is a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. It reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in school classrooms including biology, chemistry, physics, etc
Take a look and let us know what you think.


AnthroSource

The library now subscribes to AnthroSource. AnthroSource provides online access to the current issues of 15 of AAA's (American Anthropological Association) peer-reviewed publications. It also serves as an electronic archive, with more than 100 years of anthropological material online, for all of AAA's 33 journals, newsletters and bulletins.
Check it out and let us know what you think.


International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA)

Starting July 2007, the library re-subscribed to IIPA database. It indexes more than 200 scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals, and other materials such as conference papers, obituaries, biographical profiles, reviews, interviews and discographies. The coverage is from 1864 to present.
Check it out and let us know what you think.


Anthropology Plus

Library recently subscribed to Anthropology Plus, which is an index of bibliographic materials in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology; ethnology, archaeology, folklore, and material culture; and interdisciplinary studies. It covers all core periodicals in the field and dates back to the late 19th century.

Please let us know what you think.


Contemporary Women's Issues (CWI)

FYI - Access to this database has changed from OCLC to Gale. The appearance has changed, but the content remains the same.


Credo Reference (formerly Xrefer Plus)

Only the name has changed. Credo Reference still provides access to 100 general reference titles, covering the spectrum from arts, business, biography, geography, history, language & linguistics, social sciences, science and technology, law, literature. Now includes Britannica and other encyclopedias.