April 4, 2012
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NEW – America: History & Life

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The JKM Library has added a new database.  America: History & Life with Full Textis the definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective indexing for over 1,700 journals from 1955 to present, this database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.

February 28, 2012
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Student Suggestion: More Electronic Resources Please!

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Thanks for all the great feedback on our “I wish my library would…” poster!  We have posted print responses where the poster used to be and will be posting a series of responses here on our blog as well.

Request for More Electronic Resources

We are always striving to provide you with the online resources you need.  We added ScienceDirect over the summer, Environment Complete in the fall, and we will be adding America: History and Life with Full Text at the beginning of April.  We are looking at others for the next fiscal year as well.

The cost of these resources, especially those with full text, can be prohibitive.  In 2011-12, we spent over $200,000 dollars on online resources alone.  These resources are not one-time fees.  We have to pay for yearly access and the price goes up every year.  One of our full-text databases cost us $27,000 this academic year.  However, if you know of resources you would like us to look into, please let us know!

Also, if we don’t have access to a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper, you can still get articles from it by using Interlibrary Loan – articles usually arrive within 2-5 business days and most are PDFs that we send right to your email.  It’s also a free service for you to use – we don’t pass any of the costs onto you.

November 1, 2011
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See What’s Buzzing around the Library

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was a highly trained scientist and respected philosopher credited with founding the field of biodynamics, seeking social change in the practice of farming.  In a series of lectures in 1923 in Dornach, Switzerland he accurately predicted that interfering with the natural, organic functions of hives would lead to the dire state of the honeybee that exists today.  Steiner’s 1923 lectures have been translated into English and compiled in Bees (299.935 St34uB) and includes an afterword on the art of Joseph Beuys, which was influenced by these lectures.

In Wisdom of the Bees: Principles for Biodynamic Beekeeping (638.1 B277W) Erik Berrevoets explores Rudolf Steiner’s ideas and research on the nature of bees and their implications on beekeeping.  Berrevoets, a veteran beekeeper offers practical advice for modern beekeepers on holistic beekeeping practices.

Destructive pests such as the Varroa mite have led to the standard practice of chemically treating beehives.  As these pests are becoming increasingly resistant to such measure, beekeeper Ross Conrad offers holistic, non-toxic organic alternatives for beekeepers.  Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture (638.1 C657N)covers such topics as hive management, genetics and breeding, hive diseases, pests, environmental and human threats, and honey harvest.

September 21, 2011
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Feedback Please! Trial for Environment Complete

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The JKM Library needs your feedback!

Trial to Education Complete
The library currently has a 60-day trial to a resource from EBSCOhost called Environment Complete.  This database contains full text for over 900 journals and provides informational access to a wealth of other journals.  According to EBSCO’s website, Environment Complete covers topics related to “agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.”

How You Can Help
We need your feedback!  Let us know what you think of this resource.  Will it be helpful to you in your research?  Does it provide access to information you cannot find elsewhere?  Please email Amy Lee Heinlen at aheinlen@chatham.edu or submit a comment through our comment form, and let us know what you think.  Your feedback will greatly help us as we decide whether or not this resource would be a good addition to our collection.

August 26, 2011
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Extension Cords Now Available for Check Out!

The New Library Extension Cords

Are you sick of trying to plug your laptop or notebook into a wall socket and coming up short? Want to put an end to having to rearrange the furniture to reach an electrical outlet in the JKM Library? Then come to the Circulation Desk with your Chatham ID and check out an extension cord! You can check out an extension cord for 4 hours with one 4 hour renewal (for use in the Library only). No heavy lifting required!

August 1, 2011
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NEW: Science Direct – Health & Life Sciences Journal Collection

The JKM Library has added yet another database: Science Direct – Health & Life Sciences Journal Collection!   This collection will be useful to students, faculty, and staff interested in the fields of biological & agricultural sciences, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, environmental science, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more.

Please be aware that while this database contains almost 1,000 full-text journals, it is not entirely full-text.  You will get results from books in your search, but the library does not subscribe to any of those.  However, you can check our catalog to see if we have them in print, or order them through E-ZBorrow.  If there’s an article you want that’s not available full-text, order it through Interlibrary Loan!

 

March 24, 2011
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Researching Pittsburgh? Check out our Pittsburgh Guide!

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Due to an abundance of questions about all things Pittsburgh, the JKM Library has created a Pittsburgh Subject Guide to link you to a variety of useful resources about the area.  Find out how to access various Pittsburgh newspapers and magazines, visit websites about Pittsburgh, and explore the many libraries and archives in Pittsburgh containing information on the city.

March 14, 2011
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NEW: SciFinder Scholar

The JKM Library recently added the database SciFinder Scholar.  This resource from the American Chemical Society is an excellent tool for students in chemistry, biology, and food studies.

In order to use SciFinder, you will first need to create a personal account.  Once you have done so, you’ll be able to login and search the database.  SciFinder does not contain full text, but will link you out to Journal Finder (a.k.a., the List of Print and Online Journals) if you click on the “Full Text” link below the article in which you are interested.  Journal Finder will check to see if the JKM Library has access to the journal in which your article appears.

SciFinder’s main search option is the “Explore References” one.  It lets you search for your topic using keywords and phrases.  You can also use the “Explore Substances” search (available at the top of the screen) to search for a chemical by drawing its chemical structure.  Lastly, there also an “Explore Reactions” search that allows you to search for a reaction by drawing it as well.

SciFinder Scholar works off campus as well.  You may get a warning about an outdated certificate when you login.  This occurs because SciFinder uses a different method of securing their data than other library websites.

If you have any questions about SciFinder Scholar, just ask us!  (412) 365-1670 or jkmref@chatham.edu.

January 20, 2011
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Welcome to the JKM Library Blog!

The JKM Library has started a blog to keep you up-to-date about everything going on in the library.  This includes:

  • general library news, such as holiday hours, special events, and more;
  • new library resources;
  • reminders about existing library resources;
  • responses to any suggestions or comments you make using the library’s suggestion box or online form;
  • updates on any issues with accessing library resources; and
  • much more!

We hope you find the information useful!

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