Tuesday, November 1, 2005

FReD (Fulltext Retrieval Database for E-journals)

Need to see if our online library has access to a specific journal in full-text? Want to browse a list of available full-text journals by subject or title and then access the content of available, relevant titles? If so, then FReD is the library resource for you.

FReD is a quick and easy-to-use tool to locate and access online full-text journal content that is available through the Empire State College library.

Search FReD:
  • Title Search (highlighted in yellow below): set the search option using the drop-down menu (Title begins with, Title contains all words, etc.) and then type in the title or words from the title. This is best if you know the title already or know of a key word in the title).
  • Title Browse: click on the letter of the alphabet to browse the list of available journals by title.
  • Subject Browse (highlighted in yellow below): use the drop-down menu of subject headings to browse titles. This is best for when you don't know a specific title and want to see what journals are available for a specific topic.
FReD search page
Search Results Page:

When you do a search, the system will tell you how many results you got and for each result will display the following information and options:
  • Title and ISSN of journal.
  • Look up Article: use this option to search for a specific article by title words, author name, etc.
  • More full text options: ignore this - not used.
  • Dates of coverage: this shows date range available in full-text.
  • Database(s) that contain the journal: click on this link to go to a table of contents for that journal as covered in the database.
FReD results page
Journal Table of Contents:

As can be seen in the ProQuest database example below (note that the layout and options will vary between databases), you can normally browse the available contents by date or, in this case, also search within the publication as well.

Psycology Today table of contents via ProQuest
To access you can either click on the "FReD - locate full-text journals" link in the upper left of the library home page (under the Research Databases section), or go directly by using this URL shortcut: http://www.esc.edu/FReD.

Search for an Exact Phrase

Have you ever tried to find articles on a topic that consists of more than one word, only to get thousands of irrelevant hits? Whenever you are using a search phrase (i.e., containing more than one word, e.g. teen pregnancy, or United States Senator), try putting quotations around it like this when searching:

"teen pregnancy"
"United States Senator"

This will force the search engine or research database to only return results with those exact words together and in the order you placed them, thus making your results more targeted and relevant to your topic.

Note that most databases will also let you combine other words with a phrase if needed:

"Oil for food programme" OR "Saddam Hussein"
"Lee Harvey Oswald" AND (Cuba or Castro)

For more help searching:
Using Boolean Operators in Research Databases (print version)

Access the New York Times

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Did you know that you can access and search the New York Times through the Empire State College online library? You can get the scoop with full-text coverage of the New York Times from 1995 to today's current issue, and can even access the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times Magazine.

Full-text of the New York Times is available through two of the library's research databases: Gale (in both "New York State Newspapers" and "Custom Newspapers") and ProQuest. These databases allow you to search for a particular article title or author, or simply browse by date or page.

If you want pre-1995 articles (going back to 1851 and up to 3 years ago), try searching the New York Times Archive.

Looking for a different newspaper or journal title? Use the FReD database to determine if the library has full-text access.

Find Academic Web Sites

Searching the Internet for web resources can be a daunting task! You may be faced with huge numbers of search results to sift through or you may find a site you want to use but are uncertain if it is valid or reputable. To help with this issue, the library has created an online database of high quality web sites and materials; a searchable collection of academic and educational web sites that have been recommended by the college's librarians, faculty and staff. This growing collection of over 1,500 items includes descriptions and web links to connect you to authoritative web sites published by colleges, universities, research centers, government agencies, professional associations and other groups. Many of these web sites have been gathered from the college's Area of Study pages and for online course resources.

To search this collection:
  • Go to the library's home page at www.esc.edu/library.
  • Look for the link "Find Academic Web Sites" at the bottom of the first column.
  • You will be prompted for your college login and password.
  • You can search by keyword or browse by subject area.
Find Academic Resources tool search