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October 2009 Archives

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
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Computer Science Index
Computer Source
Computers & Applied Science Complete
Health Source Plus
Historical Abstracts
Humanities International Complete
Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts
MAS Fulltext Ultra
MasterFILE Premier
Medline (EBSCO)
Mental Measurements Yearbook
Military & Government Collection
MLA International Bibliography
Philosopher's Index
Regional Business News
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
SocIndex with Full Text
SPORT Discus

October 9, 2009

Journal Citation Reports - Faculty/Staff Workshop

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
12 Noon – 1 pm; Library Room 259

Participants in this Library workshop will learn how to employ this user-friendly evaluation tool to help make decisions in selecting scholarly journals for professional reading or publishing.

This workshop will introduce the search features of the JCR database and will explain important metrics such as impact factor. Hands-on practice will be included to help reinforce what is taught.

Register at

Questions? Contact Katy Sullivan ( or Janet Hack (

Current Awareness Using RSS Feeds and Email Alerts

Monday, November 9, 2009
12 Noon – 1 pm; Library Room 259

Save time by having the latest articles in your research area automatically delivered to one convenient location. RSS feeds and email alerts simplify the process of keeping up-to-date with information from your favorite blogs, news-based Web sites, e-journals, and more.

This hands-on workshop will explain RSS feeds and email alert services and help you to set them up from your preferred databases and web sites.

Register at

Questions? Contact Katy Sullivan ( or Janet Hack (

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 ( Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see

Please let us know what you think.

October 21, 2009

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries - Trial

UMBC now has trial access to the Alexander Street collection "British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries."

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. The collection now includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

This trial will run through December 21, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first ( Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see

Please let us know what you think.

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 (

For more info on remote access, please see