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November 2007 Archives

November 9, 2007

Anthropology Plus now under OCLC FirstSearch


Anthropology Plus is now moved under OCLC FirstSearch.

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


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

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

Username: BMWP84RSXT
Password: welcome

Colonial State Papers

Username: umdbc
Password: welcome

Oxford e-reference books

The library recently purchased the following e-reference books from Oxford University Press. See titles below. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Note: They will be added to the library catalog soon!

In case you didn't know, we also have e-reference titles from Credo Reference as well as Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
Encyclopedia of Global Change
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History
Encyclopedia of Evolution
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, 2nd Edition
Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures
Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts
Oxford Companion to World Exploration
Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture

November 16, 2007

DiscoveryGate for Beilstein & Gmelin

The library now has access to DiscoveryGate ( 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

November 18, 2007

"Unlock" PDF files

The Library recently installed ScanSoft's PDFConverter4 software on the 2 scanner stations located directly behind the Reference Desk. This software lets you convert PDF files to Word, Excel, WordPerfect or RTF files. Once the program is open, access the Quick Guide: Help > About PDF Converter > Quick Guide > Converting with Quick View (from the Guide menu).

November 20, 2007

Student Assocation DVD Donations

Library Media

The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) donated $3,250 to Library Media this fall for the purchase of recreational DVDs. This marks the fourth year that these groups have donated funds for DVDs, and the collection now enjoys great variety. Some of the television shows purchased include the new Doctor Who, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Entourage. The student groups also selected a number of feature films, including blockbusters like Spider-man 3, Ratatouille, 300, Knocked Up, and Shrek the Third.

While the GSA is out of money, the SGA is still taking suggestions for DVDs from students. You can send suggestions to Joe Clark, Media Librarian, via email, post them in Library Media's group, leave a comment here on the blog, or submit them to our suggestion box at our service desk.

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
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)