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Database Changes

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

More information on the new interface is available at

For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (

For more info on remote access, please see

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.

January 20, 2009

Database Update:

Customize Your Search Experience at

It is exciting to announce that an array of new search and retrieval features and capabilities have been added to, 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

July 29, 2008

Philosopher's Index is now under Ebsco


Philosopher's Index is now available under Ebsco. It is available from Database Search box on our home page as well as from Research Port.

Music Index is now under Ebsco

Music Index is now moved to Ebsco site. It is available from Database Search box on our home page as well as from Research Port.

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 1, 2008

Computers and Applied Science Complete added


Starting July 1, 2008, UMBC library switches from Applied Science and Technology Abstract (EBSCO) to Computers and Applied Science Complete (EBSCO). They are identical databases, but CASC has over 500 journals that are full-text.

Please let us know what you think. Thanks!

Credo Reference database cancelled July 1, 2008


The library no longer subscribes to Credo Reference (used to be "Xrefer Plus"). Oxford Reference Online ( is now the replacement.

Any feedback is welcome.


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.

November 9, 2007

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.

Anthropology Plus now under OCLC FirstSearch


Anthropology Plus is now moved under OCLC FirstSearch.

September 11, 2007

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.