Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Find Charts, Graphs and Diagrams via EBSCOHost

Want to find a quality chart, diagram or chart for your research paper or presentation? Now you can use some EBSCOHost databases such as Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier, to make that search easier. Here's how:
  1. Login to an EBSCOHost database.
  2. On the search page, type in your search terms as usual.
  3. Scroll down to the lower right of the search page and look for a limit option titled "Image Quick View" and click the check box next to it.
  4. If you want, limit your search to those with specific kinds of images using the "Image Quick View Types" field.
  5. Click the Search button. Each result will show thumbnails of each image associated with that result.
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Friday, November 21, 2008

New ARTstor content

The ARTstor database has added nearly 50,000 new images of art, architecture and photography to its online collections::
  • 2,100 works by Josef and Anni Albers, and photographs taken by Josef Albers. The collection comprises paintings, drawings, prints, and textiles, as well as 550 personal photographs and photo collages.
  • 5,553 images from the Museum of Modern Art Archives' collection of exhibition installation photographs.
  • The entire Wayne Andrews Archive of 4,211 black-and-white photographs of American and European architecture.
  • 26,000 images of modern architecture from the archive of Ezra Stoller, who is widely recognized as the leading American architectural photographer of the 20th century.
  • 7,000 images from the Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings from the 15th to the early 20th century.
  • Added 1,500 more images to the Carnegie Institution of Washington Photographs of Mayan Excavations collection.
  • 420 images of Chinese and Japanese art from the Connecticut College collection.
  • More details and ARTstor news can be found at: www.artstor.org/news
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

New E-Book Catalog feature: reference search

We have added a new search feature to the E-Book Catalog: Reference Search. With this new search option you can limit your search in the catalog to only those titles that are considered reference resources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, yearbooks, and more. This reference subset contains more than a thousand titles!

To search reference titles:
  1. Go to the E-Book Catalog.
  2. Click on the "Search" link in the shaded box on that page.
  3. Type in your search term(s) in the box provided.
  4. In the "Change Collection" box, just above the search box, click on the down arrow and select "Reference Titles Only" from the drop down menu.
  5. Click the "Go" button.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Find pre-1990 Journal Articles

If you've searched online research databases before, you know that it can sometimes be difficult to locate the full-text of journal articles that were published before the mid- to early 1990s. About 1995 technology finally made it efficient and affordable for publishers to make available and archive journal content electronically. As a result, full-text availability of material from before this date is limited in most online research databases. However, the library does provide some resources and mechanisms for gaining access to older articles:
  • JSTOR is our premier resource for older journal items. It contains the complete archives of 320+ scholarly journals, many going back to the 19th century.
  • ProQuest has full-text coverage of a limited number of journals going back to the 1950s.
  • Women and Social Movements in the U.S. and In the First Person are primary source and source analysis digital repositories containing historical documents going back to the discovery of America.
  • HarpWeek is an electronic version of Harpers Weekly from the 19th century (Civil War period only).
Some of our other research databases contain some full-text going back to the mid-1980's, such as EBSCOhost and Gale's Infotrac OneFile. In addition, many of the databases index citations (sometimes also with abstracts) of articles going back much further in time, which can then be used in conjunction with the WorldCat database to locate the article at a nearby library or via a commercial document delivery service.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Information Literacy Study

Are you beginning a research project and don't know quite where to begin? A great place to start is the Online Study in Information Literacy at http://www.esc.edu/infolit, a self-paced study to help you learn about the research process. This online study is tailored to Empire State College students and covers:
  • How to identify a search research topic and narrow it to a researchable question;
  • How to find books, articles, and internet sites that address your research question;
  • Understanding Empire State College's online library resources and how to use them for your research;
  • Creating a search strategy;
  • Evaluating, quoting and citing your resources appropriately.
Each module includes online readings, self-tests and assignments that you can use to practice what you've learned. Note: The Center for Distance Learning also offers a two-credit Information Literacy course (# 232012) for students who wish to enroll in a librarian-directed online study which covers the same material.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Criminal Justice Resources

If you've ever had to look up crime statistics or locate articles in the fields of criminology, criminal law and justice, law enforcement, rehabilitation, etc. and have felt lost, you're not alone.
These interdisciplinary topics are complex and the resources useful for finding this kind of information are varied and often spread out. However, there are some important jumping off points you can use to search and obtain just such information: