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February 2010 Archives

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 ( 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.

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 (

For more info on remote access, please see

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 ( 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.

February 23, 2010

Musical scores in the library catalog

Looking for musical scores? You can find them in the library catalog by limiting the format to "Scores." If you only want to find scores available here at UMBC, limit the location to "UMBC."


When you are searching for musical scores, you may run across records that state "Place a Request to Obtain." These scores are not currently on the shelf, but can be requested for check out. From the catalog record, click on the "Availability" link. Then click on the yellow "request" button to start the request process.


Your request will be processed as quickly as possible. You will be notified by e-mail when the item is available for check out at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the library.

Please contact the Reference Desk if you have any questions.

February 26, 2010

Google Search Tips - Workshop

Wed, March 24, 4:00 -5:00pm
Library Room 259


When you Google every day, have you taken some time to think about how to make it work better? This workshop will give you the chance to learn more about Google search and explore its new tools. It is open to all UMBC students, faculty and staff.

For more information and registration, please contact Shu Qian at