Friday, April 6, 2007

New feature: search ARTstor via JSTOR

JSTOR has added a new feature: if relevant, search results now also include images from ARTstor.

To access, simply carry out a keyword search in JSTOR. If that search matches anything in ARTstor, you'll see results when you click on the tab above the JSTOR article results labeled "ARTstor Images." It will display thumbnails of the images found; click on a thumbnail to view the full-size image in ARTstor.


JSTOR results page showing ArtSTOR Image results
More details can be found here: http://www.artstor.org/info/news/jstor_artstor_announce.jsp

Monday, April 2, 2007

What does "Sorry, no holdings were found" mean?

If you have searched the library's research databases then you have probably also come up against this message when trying to access the full-text of a journal article:

"Sorry, no holdings were found for this journal" when you clicked on the Article Linker icon to try and get the full-text.

Article Linker screen showing no holdings found
Two main questions arise from this:
  1. Does it mean the article is not available at all?
  2. What are my options for getting the article if I see this message?

Answers:

  1. This means that the journal volume that contains the article in question is not available in full-text within the Empire State College collections. Like all libraries, we do not have access to everything out there. However, see below for more options for getting it.
  2. If you come across an article citation in a journal, newspaper or magazine that is not available in full-text within the Empire State College library collection, you still have a couple options available to try and obtain it:

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Ferguson Career Guidance Center

The Ferguson Career Guidance Center offers comprehensive career guidance through extensive job and industry profiles, career forecasting, job skills and job hunting resources, and a monthly newsletter. It contains profiles of more than 2,050 jobs in more than 94 industries as well as useful information on preparing for your career and searching for and applying for jobs.

You can search for a specific job description or industry profile using the search box in the upper left or browse by industry.

Ferguson Career Guidance Center main page Each career description includes a detailed discussion of typical duties, salary ranges, education and or licenses needed, and employment prospects.

Budget Analyst career description page

The Industry Outlooks look in detail at each industry's history, structure and outlook, giving you insight into your potential professional field. In addition, this resource includes a search mechanism for locating scholarships and for identifying academic or non-academic education programs.

Setting up a New Publication Alert

Need to keep up with the latest published articles and news in your field of study? Now you can set up an automated search alert that will deliver search results to your e-mail on a regular basis.

Several of our database vendors have enabled this kind of feature - below are instructions for doing so in both the EBSCOhost and ProQuest suite of databases:

ProQuest Alert Service:

  1. Login to ProQuest via the library web site.
  2. Do a search and verify it contains the kinds of results you want.
  3. On the results page, click on the "Set up Alert" link above the list of results.
  4. The alert options will display in a pop up dialogue box.
  5. Fill out the fields provided and click Save.
ProQuest search alert options

EBSCOhost Alert Service:
  1. Login to EBSCOhost via the library web site.
  2. Click on "Sign-in" at the top of the default EBSCOhost page.
  3. If you haven't created an EBSCO personal account yet, click on the "I'm a new user" link and register (it's free).
  4. After successful registration/sign in, click on the Advanced Search option and do the search you want (do not use the Published Date field).
  5. Verify that the results are accurate and click on the "Search History/Alerts" tab just above the first result.
  6. Put a check mark in the left column box next to the search you want to save and click "Save Searches/Alerts."
  7. On the next page, in the "Save Search As" field, select: Alert
  8. The page will refresh and provide fields to fill out regarding alert frequency, e-mail to send it to, duration of alerts and other options. Click Save when done filling the form out.
EBSCO search history page

These other research databases also have an alert function:

  • AACE Digital Library (table of contents alerts)
  • Congressional Quarterly Weekly
  • ScienceDirect (free registration/login required)

To access any of the databases mentioned above, go to the library home page and click on "All Research Databases" in the upper left.

Kraus Curriculum Development Database

Kraus Curriculum Development is a searchable database of more than 6,500 curricula, frameworks, and standards covering educational objectives, content, instructional strategies, and evaluative techniques for all subjects covered in PreK-12 and Adult Basic Education. It also includes the full-text to more than 2,500 curricula documents that have been submitted by cooperating educational agencies.

You can search by keyword or go to the Advanced Search to limit by subject, educational content, grade level, state, year, etc.

Kraus main search screen Each record contains an annotation, a list of applicable subjects, information about the issuing agency, and where available links to that agency's web site as well as any available full-text content.

Kraus example result display

You can access the Kraus Curriculum Development Database by going to the "All Research Databases" link on the library home page and scrolling down to the K's section.