Monday, January 8, 2007

New Titles Added to Gale Virtual Reference

The library has expanded its collection of online reference materials by adding over a hundred new titles to the Gale Virtual Reference Library. There are now 268 titles in this collection. Click here to see the complete list of titles in the areas of Arts, Arts and Humanities, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Information and Publishing, Law, Library Science, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, and Social Science.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is especially useful when starting a research project to get preliminary background information on a topic, or for looking up basic facts, definitions, concepts and theories. You can search individual titles, subject groupings or across the entire collection.

As always, you can access the Gale Virtual Reference library through the ESC Library homepage (http://www.esc.edu/library). The link is located near the bottom of the left-hand column, under Facts and Background Information. You will need your college login and password.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Project Muse Discontinued as of Jan. 8, 2007

The Project Muse database service will be discontinued as of Monday January 8, 2007. The decision was made in part because 80% of the journals covered by this service are provided by other research databases, many of which were added over the past year. For access to arts, humanities, and social sciences journals, we recommend trying our EBSCO databases (Academic Search Premier, Art Abstracts, SocINDEX with Full-Text, PsycINFO, Gender Studies Database), ProQuest Research Library, Gale Infotrac OneFile and Literature Resource Center, Routledge Religion and Philosophy Reference Sources, and JSTOR.

As always, if you are not sure where you can find a particular full-text journal or article, you can use our FReD Journal tool (http://www.esc.edu/fred) to locate a specific title or browse titles by subject. We are continuing to grow our collections and we are committed to providing broad access to as many of the resources needed for research and study by our faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students as possible.