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.

September 8, 2013
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Database Review: Mango Languages

Attention: All faculty and students!

Belay yer carousin,’ ya landlubber, and learn to speak like a gentleman o’ fortune with Mango! Brush up on your Swashbuckler for September 19th: International Talk like a Pirate Day. Find out more.

Speak like a pirate with Mango Languages!

Mango Languages is an online program that helps you learn over 45 foreign languages, like Pirate, as well as 15 courses on English as a second language. The courses provide basic conversation elements, cultural notes, and a lot of practice, which help you to quickly learn foundational language patterns and understand cultural influences. This resource is perfect for those anticipating a semester abroad, practicing a language that was previously learned, or considering taking up a new language.

Mango’s interface is simple and attractive, and its navigation is intuitive. Before each chapter, the conversational and grammar goals are clearly outlined. Sentence elements are marked in color, which help you visualize how phrases fit together and, in turn, help you to build new sentences. To track your progress and continue from the place you stopped, you will need to create an account. Mango can also be accessed from off-campus.

Not sure whether Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or Afrikaans is right for you? Check out Mango’s poster “Which languages are the hardest to learn?” It explains how many hours you would need to devote to the language, how many people speak it, and what makes it difficult.

August 29, 2013
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Database Review: Natural Standard

Attention students and faculty of Counseling Psychology, Biology, Environmental Studies & Ecology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Food Studies, and Psychology!

Natural Standard offers evidence-based and peer-reviewed data on complementary and alternative therapies that is synthesized into encyclopedia-like entries. The World Health Organization said “[It’s] the best and most authoritative web site available on herbal medicines” (WHO, 2009). Hundreds of scholars are involved in this completely independent international research collaboration and include our own John Laird from the Physician Assistant program!

Admittedly, this database is hard to browse or find information on a minor topic, but we have a trick for you! Use Google to search it by looking for your topic, say “acid rain,” followed by “site:naturalstandard.com/databases”. Voilà!

The toolbar header helps you navigate its main sections, including its collection of databases. These include Foods, Herbs & Supplements, Health & Wellness, Comparative Effectiveness, Charts & Tables, Brands & Manufacturers, Medical Conditions, Sports Medicine, Genomics & Proteomics, Environment & Global Health, and Animal Health. Each database is further divided into subsections for quick reference:

Database Divided into
Foods, Herbs & Supplements Herbs & Supplements, Functional Foods, and Vitamins & Minerals
Health & Wellness Therapies, Diet, Fitness, Beauty
Comparative Effectiveness Allergy & Immunology, Cardiopulmonary, Dermatology, EENT, Endocrinology, GI & GU, Hematology & Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology & Psychiatry, Rheumatology & Orthopedics
Charts & Tables Herbs & Supplements, Drugs & OTCs
Brands & Manufacturers Brands, Manufacturers
Medical Conditions Allergy & Immunology, Cardiopulmonary, Dermatology, EENT, Endocrinology, GI & GU, Hematology & Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology & Psychiatry, Rheumatology & Orthopedics
Sports Medicine Amino Acids, Antioxidants, Athletic Performance Enhancement, Bath & Body, Cell Metabolism, Exercise Recovery, Muscle Building, Sports Supplements, Sports-Related Conditions, Weight Loss & Fat Burners, Workout Routines
Genomics & Proteomics (none)
Environment & Global Health (none)
Animal Health (none)

 

Topics within these databases are arranged alphabetically and can also be searched by grade (“levels of scientific evidence for specific therapies”). When selected, each topic entry provides information on several of its aspects, such as related terms, background, signs and symptoms, treatment, prevention, evidence discussion, risk factors and causes, etc.

FYI: Some databases include topics that you wouldn’t normally associate with each other. For example, Sports Medicine includes the topic “Mindfulness Meditation” and a whole division on “Bath & Body.”

Natural Standard is directed at healthcare professionals working in the field, so it provides not just a collection of databases, but also checkers, tools, continuing education opportunities, and news and events. Checkers help you deduce ailments or effects of drugs and can be searched either alphabetically or by category. Specific checker tools include symptoms, pregnancy/lactation, depletion, interactions, and adverse effects. The tools section is your electronic reference shelf and includes a recipe and therapy finder, calculators, a dictionary, patient handouts, nutrition labels, products studied, practitioner search, and training programs. Under Continuing Education, you can take courses as well as view presentations and tutorials. News and Events also offers alerts, an eNewsletter, RSS feeds, webinars, podcasts, a blog, and social media platforms to help you get informed and involved.

Sources

World Health Organization. (2009). A Practical Handbook on the Pharmacovigilance on Antiretroviral Medicines. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/quality_safety/safety_efficacy/HIVhandbook.pdf

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