July 1, 2014
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Having trouble accessing your favorite database?

interrobangsmallHi there! So today was the big switch from Ovid to EBSCO for the following databases:

  • EBM Reviews (renamed Cochrane Collection)
  • Medline
  • PsycINFO (including PsycArticles)
  • SocINDEX (replaced Social Work Abstracts)

 

As we work to update our links to these databases on the Library website, here’s a (relatively) easy way to access these databases.

 

  1. From JKM’s homepage, click Databases A-Z underneath the search toolbar
  2. Click the link for “Academic Search Premier” (It’s the first one-can’t miss it!)
  3. Above the EBSCOHost search bar, click the “Choose Databases” link (Pictured)asp
  4. Un-select Academic Search Premier and choose the database(s) that you’d like to search
  5. Tah-dah!

 

Soon enough, you’ll be able to search through your chosen database(s).

Thank you for your patience, and best of luck with your research!

June 10, 2014
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Moving to EBSCO: PsycINFO, Medline, etc

alertOn July 1st or shortly after, the following library databases will move from the Ovid platform to EBSCO:

  • EBM Reviews (will be renamed Cochrane Collection)
  • Medline
  • PsycINFO (including PsycArticles)
  • PsycTests
  • SocINDEX (replaces Social Work Abstracts)

If you have any saved search histories, projects, articles, alerts, etc within Ovid, you will no longer have access to those as of July 1. You will want to take a screen shot of this information so that you can replicate it within the relevant EBSCO database. If you would like assistance with this, please ask a librarian using the following options:

June 8, 2014
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America: History and Life, June’s Database of the Month

Ever wanted to do any research about anything that involves the United States and Canada? If so, you ought to know about  EBSCOHost’s America: History and Life.

The portraits of Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck, leaders of Shay’s Rebellion. This rebellion was in response to economic trouble of the 1780s and is seen as a potential cause of the replacement of the Articles of Confederation with the United States Constitution.

Attention students and faculty in: African American Studies, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Global Policy Studies, History, International Studies, Law & Society, Media Arts, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Studies, Social Services Administration,Women’s Studies

AND MORE (I’m sure I’m missing at something)

America: History and Life bills itself as “The Definitive Database for the Past and Present of The United States and Canada”. With full-text coverage of over 260 journals and 80 books, indexing and abstracting of thousands of additional titles- including english abstracts of foreign-language articles, book review, and detailed, searchable reference, you gotta admit they have a point.

The database will look very familiar to those who have used EBSCOHost databases in the past. A nice feature of EBSCOHost is that you can search multiple databases simultaneously. Depending on what you are searching for, America: History and Life would likely pair nicely with many other databases, including Academic Search Premier, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Environment Complete, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source, and World History Collection.

Canadian Women wearing plastic face protection from snowstorms in Montreal, 1939. While this image is of little historical significance to Canada, it sure looks cool.

Once you’ve selected the databases you want to search, I would go straight to the advanced search feature, where you can find material by Title, author, subject, or look for phrases within the abstract or the full text. Another wonderful feature of America: History and Life is the many ways to you can limit your search. A simple click, and you can make sure that everything your search returns is the full article or book. It’s just as easy to limit your search by publication year, type of material, (A book versus an article versus a book review, for example) make sure your results are peer-reviewed, or look for publications that include images or graphs.

One thing about America: History and Life that disappoints this reviewer is a lack of primary sources. The database focuses on scholarly material of the late 20th century. While it’s great to know your strengths, even especially if you are a database- the researcher should keep in mind that resources you will find in America: History and Life are most likely secondary or tertiary, and will work best when combined with primary resources. Some places to look for great primary resources include:

The Chatham University Archives

Accessible Archives

The National Archives

The Library of Congress American Memory Project

EBSCOHost’s Newspaper Source

Fordham University Modern History Full Text Resources

 

Articles of (potential) interest from America:History and Life

Quigel, James P. “Steel and Steelworkers: Race and Class Struggle in Twentieth-Century Pittsburgh (Book).” Journal Of American History 90, no. 2 (September 2003): 729-731.

Smith, Michael B. 2001. “‘SILENCE, MISS CARSON!’ SCIENCE, GENDER, AND THE RECEPTION OF ‘SILENT SPRING’.” Feminist Studies 27, no. 3: 733.

April 12, 2014
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Explore the World With Global Road Warrior

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Are you travelling the world this summer? Or do you just wish you were? Either way, April’s database of the month, Global Road Warrior is an informative, and dare I say- fun database for you to explore.

Global Road Warrior was created by the World Trade Press, a company devoted to providing up-to-date information and media to researchers, travelers, educators, and professionals. Their hope is to facilitate better global understanding.

Global Road Warrior accomplishes this with a great breadth of knowledge and information about most of the world’s nations. This database includes information about business culture, travel tips, security briefing, human rights reports, popular recipes, translations of common words and phrases into 36 languages.

There are a few ways to search this database. Selecting a specific country from the drop-down list or finding it on the world map will probably be most useful for most of your needs. Once you are on a country’s page you will find information about the land, people, history, and current condition of the nation in question- with a sidebar where you will find links to much more information.

From the homepage you can also search for words or phrases in one particular page or across the entire database. The later could be useful if you have a very specific phrase that you’d like to compare across nations- but it usually returns too many results.

Although a few smaller island nations seem to be excluded, Global Road Warrior has no small amount of information on 176 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. With Global Road Warrior, you can pretend you’re traveling the world even if you can’t afford it- and doesn’t that sound like more fun than yet another Netflix marathon?

March 22, 2014
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Database Review: Counseling and Therapy in Video

Counseling and Therapy in Video

  • Has 356 videos totaling  409 hours of content

  • Includes real and staged counseling sessions along with lectures and presentations by renowned therapists

  • Includes expert commentary on staged counseling sessions

  • Has a great advanced search feature, and each video has a searchable transcript

  • Allows you to create your own video compilations and add annotations

  • Is a great resource for students and faculty in psychology, social work, integrative health studies, and education

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Counseling and Therapy in Video is exactly what it sounds like- a database of videos related to counseling and therapy. Site resources include lectures by and interviews with renowned therapists as well as real and scripted therapy sessions. Many of the counseling footage is blended with commentary and consultations, where scenes are cut with advice and analysis by an expert therapist.

The best way to access this database (other than the link at the top of this post) is by clicking “Databases A-Z” under the “Articles and Databases” tab on the home page. Counseling and Therapy in Video is the second to last of the databases that start with C. This database can also be found in the Psychology subject guide under the “Find Articles” tab.

Once in the Database you can browse the videos by subject, theme, or video type. If you have a specific idea of what you are looking for, you should click the “Advanced Search” button beneath the header. In advanced search, you can search by title, subject, and date, but you can also search the transcripts of the videos, or narrow down your results by the gender, and race the therapist or the age, gender, race, and sexual orientation of the client. This could be particularly useful if you are seeking counseling resources specific to particular groups.

Each video has a detailed, searchable transcript, along with a brief abstract. What’s even more exciting is that the video interface gives the viewer the ability to make clips from the video, and combine clips and videos into annotated playlists. Combined with the video embed feature, the ability to make and share clips can be a great tool for including brief, relevant audiovisual elements to classroom projects easily and seamlessly.

If you need help with Counseling and Therapy In Video, or any of the library’s database, please do not hesitate to come to the library, if you don’t want to come over, feel free to e-mail the reference desk, or Psychology Liaison Librarian, Kate Wenger.

 

November 3, 2013
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Database Review: E-Book Academic Collection

Attention all students and faculty!

EBSCO’s Academic E-book Collection database has more than doubled the JKM Library collection with the addition of circa 120,000 titles!

 

What is in this e-book collection? This database is multidisciplinary, covering a wide range of academic fields from the humanities to STEM and beyond. Although several classic titles have been included, most of these e-books have been published recently: 72% of the titles were published from 2000 to 2010, and 11% were published in the last 2 years.

 

How can you find these e-books? Many of these titles can be found in the catalog search with our normal collection but not all. We are working to get all titles into the catalog, but for the moment, you can access all titles through the E-book Academic Collection link on the Databases A-Z page. Once you are in the database, you can browse e-books by category, highlights, and featured books. You can also search for words within the books or search by subject, category, year of publication, language, and whether it can be downloaded.

 

How do you access an e-book you want? You can always view the e-book through the database (any time, any place, and unlimited students). Most of the e-books can also be downloaded as well, but you’ll need to create an account with EBSCO to do so (books are checked out for 28 days). Please note that your device must be compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, which can be freely downloaded. If an e-book has been downloaded, you may still view it through the database.

 

What else does it feature? Once you find a useful e-book, you can use SmartText searching to find similar ones. When an e-book is opened, you can use the dictionary to look up vocabulary, search within the e-book, find its citation, make notes on and bookmark important passages, as well as print, export, or email sections. If you create an account with EBSCO, you can save your materials and searches into a folder for future use.

October 14, 2013
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Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Canadian novelist Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature with the Academy calling her “the master of the short story”.  Many of her stories were published in monthly magazines and some can be read online here.  JKM Library has one of her books, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, and also houses many of Munro’s works as part of the Brown Collection.

October 2, 2013
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Government Shutdown Affects Library Resources

alertThe government shutdown has affected two of our databases, ERIC and Medline.  With ERIC, patrons will still be able to get into the database and search, but will not be able to access any full text.  Clicking on a “Full Text from ERIC” link will bring you to either a blank page or a page saying the connection was reset.  If the shutdown persists over a long period of time, EBSCO might take away the full text links.

As far as MEDLINE is concerned, it is still accessible through OVID and the freely available NIH site, but it is not being updated.  Through OVID, full text links will work unless they link directly to a government funded site (and there shouldn’t be many of those.)

As for websites, we have many government sites linked from the LibGuides; the Library of Congress and any digital initiatives through them (ie. American Memory) are not accessible at all, as well as American Fact Finder and any other Census related sites.  For the others, most health related website are still up, but are not being updated and any transactions done through the websites are non-functional right now

Sites that are down include:

  • Any U.S. Census Bureau sites, including FedStats and Mapstats
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • USDA (includes Agricola)
  • Library of Congress
  • National Park Service
  • NASA
  • Social Security Administration
  • Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (omsre.gov)
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