October 8, 2013

New - Gale Academic OneFile

Gale Academic OneFile contains nearly 14,000 indexed titles, including more than 10,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 6,500 in full-text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

The interface is easy to use and has lots of full text articles and FindIt links for those that do not have full text.

This database will enrich the article search in the new UMC Library catalog when we switch to it in late December.

August 30, 2013

OECD iLibrary - new database

OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics. It serves as the gateway to OECD's analysis and data which consists of economic statistical and demographic data including 8,890 ebook titles, 57,770 tables and graphs, 3,450 articles, 3,440 multilingual summaries, 4,020 working papers, 2,240 key tables and 5 billion data points across 42 databases.

May 8, 2013


Graduate School tests study materials
Testing & Education Reference Center contains over 100 practice tests and courses including practice tests for the usual college entrance exams, as well as for the GRE and other graduate school exams along with online versions of the Peterson's preparation guides for many of these tests.

UMC Kindle -- Request at Circulation Desk
The official guide to the GRE revised general test. (2010). Educational Testing Service .

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The official guide for GMAT review. (2012). Hoboken, N.J. :, Chichester : Wiley ;

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The official guide to the GRE revised general test. (2012). Educational Testing Service.

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Master the PCAT. (2012). Snider, Mark D. Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson's Pub.

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February 22, 2013

New Database - Children's Core Collection (H.W. Wilson)

The Children's Core Collection is a specialized database with information about books both fiction and nonfiction, story collections, and picture books that are recommended for readers in preschool through sixth grade.

The abstracts give recommendation levels from Most Highly Recommended, Core Collection to Supplementary Title. Reading levels are identified. Starred reviews are cited and any "Best Lists" for the title are identified.

Professional literature for the children's librarian--both periodicals and books--is also covered. Selected and recommended by collection development specialists, books within Children's Core Collection encompass a wide variety of topics, including social sciences, science, math and reading.

March 29, 2012

New eBook Collection -- OECD books

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) does research on sustainable and balanced growth, employment and skills, trade and investment, food security, taxation, innovation, anti-corruption and development. It publishes quality data filled reports on a wide variety of international and regional topics. Some examples include: "Sugar Policy Reform in the European Union and in World Sugar Markets", "Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms", and "Subsidy Reform and Sustainable Development : Economic, Environmental and Social Aspects". Over 1700 OECD documents published from 1981 to present have been added to the UMC Library Catalog.

February 21, 2012

Gale NewsVault

The NewsVault is a new Gale interface which searches a several large collections of archival newspapers shared with UMC by the University Libraries. This site searches the a very large number of newspapers and has an improved display of the results of the search which makes evaluation of the results much easier..

Collections include:
17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part 1
19th Century U.S. Newspapers
Economist Historical Archive
Illustrated London News Historical Archive
Times Digital Archive

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January 11, 2012

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage - New database


Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage contains industries surveys with information on public companies including stock reports, annual reports, and other detailed financial statistics. NetAdvantage provides access to S&P investment services screening directories for stocks, bonds and mutual funds as well as directories of private companies and the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives.

November 7, 2011

30,000 new eBooks from ebrary

The UMC Library Crookston Catalog Plus Internet Resources has 30,000+ additional eBooks. These are recent books from major academic publishers and university presses. These can be read online or downloaded to your computer or tablet.

On your computer books can be downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions, which is available free online, available free online . These books are set up with a 14 day checkout period.

There is a one time authorization of Digital Editions using your Adobe username and password. This software sets and enforces the checkout length and the rules for printing and other uses. Once set up, downloading is a one click process.

Bluefire Reader for Apple iOS and Android can be used to download and read ebrary books on these devices.

February 28, 2011

Web of Science - new database

Web of Science (ISI) is a database which indexes multidisciplinary content covering over 10,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 110,000 conference proceedings. Where UMC Library subscribes to a database or journal collection containing the full text there are FindIt links to the text.

Web of Science CitedReferenceSearch searches for later citations by others to the author's article. The result is a list of articles which cite the author's article(s). This search is sometimes used gather information as a part of the tenure process particularly in the sciences.

Web of Science is a part of the ISI Web of Knowledge site which also includes Biological Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews.

All three databases can be searched simultaneously in Web of Knowledge using the All Databases tab.

February 21, 2011

Agricultural Science Collection replaces AGRICOLA

AGRICOLA is a Department of Agriculture database indexing agriculture journals, Proquest had provided direct access to this index as a part of UMC Library's subscription to the Proquest Agricultural Journals.

Proquest has completely redesigned its website and incorporated AGRICOLA into Agricultural Science Collection (Proquest). This database features over 400 leading full-text agricultural journals from around the world. The database has indexing and abstracts from AGRICOLA. It is also FindIt linked where full text is not available from ProQuest.

January 11, 2011

Animal Conferences S-PAC online

S-PAC (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) is an electronic database of proceedings from major animal production conferences held in the U.S. and Canada. Access is now by IP address so a user name and password is no longer required. The links in the UMC Library Database page now go directly to the S-PAC search page.

August 20, 2010

RMA online - eStatement Studies - New Database

UMC Faculty, Staff and Students now have access to a new business database: eStatement Studies. It is used to compare one company's performance relative to other companies in the same line of business. It is useful for business valuations and benchmarking for business plans. You can create a Client Comparison Worksheet from the data.

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February 9, 2010

S-pac (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) New Database

S-pac (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) is an electronic database of proceedings from major animal production conferences held in the U.S. and Canada. Access requires a username and password which are available to UMC faculty, staff, and students on the linked page.

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December 8, 2009

Birds of North America (BNA) - New Online Resource

Birds of North America (BNA) is a comprehensive reference covering the life histories of North America's breeding birds, contents are updated frequently, with contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors. The references tab contains an extensive bibliography. In addition, BNA Online contains image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and more. Most online BNA accounts now feature recordings of the songs and calls of their species. It is great fun for everyone.

October 26, 2009

Newly Available Search Tools

OCLC, the service most libraries in the US use for cataloging, has made several search databases available to the users through ELM the Electronic Library for Minnesota. These are very specific to type of material.

These databases search OCLC for materials catalogued by libraries of the following types: Conference Papers, Proceedings of Conferences, and Dissertations and Theses. Millions of records. These databses are generally to locate materials for interlibrary loan.

September 19, 2009

New Preschool Online Resources

UMC Library provides two online resources for use with preschool and early elementary children.

Britannica Preschool Learning Zone is a classroom-tested, interactive learning environment designed specifically for the needs of ages 4 to 7.

Kids InfoBits is Gale's database designed for students in kindergarten through grade five. Complete with a developmentally appropriate graphic interface and quality reference content Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research.

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September 13, 2009

New - Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center
from Ebsco is a full-text database consisting of a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 255 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and a Critical Thinking Guide on the topic.

A good source for speech topics.

September 12, 2009

New - Clase/Periodica

Clase/Periodica is an OCLC database which is part of ELM, the statewide database purchase program

Clase and Periodica are two separate databases that are available as a single standalone database.

CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities.

PERIODICA covers journals specializing in science and technology.

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September 7, 2009

Professional Development Collection - Education

Professional Development Collection is a collection created for education research. It includes the full text of more than 500 quality education journals and other resources.

The database is FindIt finditsmall.gif enabled.

This database is part of the ELM collection. It is part of the increased emphasis on education research and K - 12 resources.

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September 6, 2009

New Databases Last Summer

Last spring we acquired three new databases. Official access to two of the database began in July . These are Gale's Biography Resource Center and Small Business Resource Center .

From Ebsco came GreenFILE™, a new complementary database

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August 24, 2009

New Health Related Databases from Ebsco

UMC faculty, staff and students have access to four new health and medical related databases. They are part of the ELM statewide databases.

  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic provides access to nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health topics.

  • Alt HealthWatch focuses on health issues from the perspective of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

  • Ebsco's Consumer Health Complete is designed to be a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is intended to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

  • Ebsco's Health Source: Consumer Edition a collection of consumer health information. This resource provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

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June 17, 2009

New Children's Online Resources - Ebsco Primary Search

Ebsco Primary Search, designed specifically for elementary school libraries and public library children's rooms, contains full-text for nearly 70 popular, elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 100 magazines. Examples of publications covered in Primary Search include: Appleseeds, Boy's Life, Cobblestone, Cricket, Highlights for Children, Hopscotch, Jack & Jill, Ladybug, Ranger Rick, Science World, Spider, SuperScience, Time for Kids, Turtle, and many more. This database also provides the American Heritage Children's Dictionary, 3rd Edition from Houghton Mifflin, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

April 13, 2009

Biography Resource Center

Biography Resource Center

This database contains biographies from many Gale sources supplemented by full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as tens of thousands of images and links to vetted websites.

Search for people---both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor---based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text. You can combine search criteria to create a custom search.

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Small Business Resource Center

Small Business Resource Center

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites. Includes material from the print version of the Small Business Sourcebook, Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources, numerous Dummies books, and articles from many trade publications.

This database is intended to provide support for small business centers and entrepreneurshipp classes.

April 9, 2009


offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 Ebsco had made this database available without charge.

The UMC Library's FindIT linking service links citations to the text of many of the journal articles.

March 13, 2009

Literature Criticism Online.

Literature Criticism Online.

This database contains the exact reproduction of the print edition the following Gale Publications:

# Contemporary Literary Criticism®
# Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism®
# Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism®
# Shakespearean Criticism
# Literature Criticism from 1400–1800
# Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
# Poetry Criticism
# Short Story Criticism
# Drama Criticism
# Children's Literature Review

The results are catagorized as being topic overviews ie Truth in Memoirs or Chic-Lit and, author overviews, and work overviews. These are scholarly detailed and lengthy.

The search capability is excellent and the interface for navigating in the documents works.

September 7, 2008

GALE adds three new databases

Gale has added three additional databases to the UMC Subscriptions:

GeneralScince Collection -

A collection of over 200 journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments

Educator's Reference Complete

A collection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education

Student Resource Center

A collection of more than 1,100 full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia. The content is based on national curriculum standards covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more. Includes Lexile reading levels for periodicals, an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards.

List of UMC's GALE databases

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February 6, 2008

New Full Text Historical Newspapers

The UMC Library now has access to a valuable historical collection of full text newspapers. These are a part of the Gale Digital Collections. These provide rare, formerly inaccessible historical content from the world’s most prestigious libraries to UMC faculty, researchers and students. They may be searched by keyword. The search terms are highlighted and you can retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. These collections include:

The Times Digital Archive 1785 - 1985 Complete digital edition of The Times (London). The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

19th Century British Library Newspapers

19th Century British Library Newspapers contains full runs of 48 influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of the 19th century British society.

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers

With digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers and advanced searching capabilities, researchers will be able to research history in ways previously unavailable. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

The Economist Historical Archive is also available to UMC Library users. The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003 The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003 ('EHA') is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide.

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November 17, 2007

MLA International Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography MLA indexes material that relates to all forms of human communication. Topics include literary criticism (authors, titles, themes) and literary theory, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and history of printing and publishing. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. The items indexed date back to the 1920s. The index contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals & series and 1,000 book publishers.

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October 30, 2007

New Early Childhood Curriculum database

KCDL Online (Kraus Curriculum Development Library) is a database of curricula, frameworks, and standards that brings together educational objectives, content, instructional strategies, and evaluative techniques for all subjects covered in PreK-12. The database indexes materials for the print/microfiche collection and contains most recent materials as full text documents. Recent additions to the database are available as full text documents.

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March 26, 2007

New Link to full text version of Dissertation Abstracts@CIC Institutions

We were able to join with the Twin Cities in subscribing to Dissertation Abstracts@CIC Institutuions - This is a subset of the Dissertation Abstracts database which has links the complete text of recent thesis from the University of Minnesota and other large research universities that belong to the CIC cooperative (University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa, Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University and others). The text is available for download in .pdf format.

The complete Dissertation Abstracts database is still available, It contains more than two million entries for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350- word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Most recent titles have free twenty-four page previews.

March 6, 2007

New - Emerald journals and database

Emerald Journals

The Emerald journal collection contains over 170 titles in the fields of management, information science and engineering. Flagship titles such as Management Decision, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Documentation, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, The TQM Magazine and Industrial Robot. List of journals subscribed to can be found at

Emerald Management Xtra

Emerald Management Xtra is Emerald's largest, most comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed management journals and online support for librarians, students, faculty, researchers and deans. It features 150 full text journals and reviews from the world’s top 300 management journals.

January 3, 2007

BioOne expands

BioOne (now BioOne.1) launched a second database called BioOne.2 which consists of 41 additional full text titles (List of BioOne.2 titles and publishers). These are specialized journals, many international, which have not been available online. The UMC Library has added this second database to its research collection. By default UMC users will search both databases when they access the site.

BioOne is a collection of the full text articles from bioscience research journals published by small societies and non-commercial publishers. These consist of journals which were available only in print. BioOne focuses on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.

The UMC FindIt service can link from citation found in one of non full text databases to the full text in BioOne.

December 8, 2006

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews publishes analytic reviews in 32 disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. In conjunction with the other U of M Libraries, UMC Library purchased access to the backfile of this title from first publication (some back as far as the 1930's). When combined with current access provided as a part of the full text in other databases the UMC Library now provides access to the virtually the entire span of these publications. Using the FindIt link in the various databases UMC Library patrons can now access the full text of these publications. Some of the titles include: Anthropology - Nutrition - Plant Biology - Political Science - Psychology - Public Health - Sociology

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November 1, 2006

Turfgrass Information File

The Turfgrass Information File is a cooperative venture between Michigan State University and the United States Golf Association (USGA) Turfgrass Research Program. Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) indexes all types of works related to turfgrass culture including journals, monographs, fact sheets and pamphlets, images, and web documents. Most records in TGIF contain informative abstracts; some contain full text or are linked to web-accessible full text.

The databases had been freely available for a number of years but after upgrades and improvements the Turfgrass Information Center began charging for access. This is a focused database with many unique resources. The UMC Library is pleased to be able to provide access to this.

April 28, 2006

New free database from Ebsco

Teacher Reference Center
Provides indexing and abstracts for over 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals to assist professional educators. This database has links to text of articles in other Ebsco databases and is FindIT enabled.

Sage Full-Text Collections

The UMC Library has subscribed to the Sage Full-Text Collections which consists of more than 230 peer-reviewed journals containing 80,000 plus articles, book reviews, and editorials from SAGE Publications and participating societies.

We are very excited about this addition because the new journals add significantly to the full text available to those using our databases (using Find It). The subjects match well with UMC's academic offerings and add significant resources to our journal collection.

The new journals are divided into eleven discipline specific research databases. Disciplines included are: Communication Studies, Criminology, Education, Management & Organization Studies, Materials Science, Nursing and Health Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Urban Studies.

Sage continues to add titles to these collections.

New Federal Income Tax Resource

The UMC Library has subscribed to RIA's Checkpoint® system. Checkpoint® is a tax and accounting research resource. It provides access to the federal tax laws, cases and regulations as well as news and analysis of these laws and regulations.

Click on the Reseach tab at the top of the page to search this database.

PowerSearch - One search to unite them all

Google has created an expectation that there should be a simple interface that searches everything and what is found should be immediately available. Libraries and database vendors are responding to this demand creating by single consolidated (federated) search of all of a vendor's resources.

An example of one of these consolidated searches is the new Thomson Gale PowerSearch - PowerSearch searches all (or a selected subset) of the Thompson Gale Infotrac databases. The interface is well thought out and is user centered. Breadcrumbs, ability to search within the document, within the journal, linked subject headings, clear identification of source database and multiple output options are but a few features. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Ebsco's Hospitality and Tourism Index now has full text

Hospitality and Tourism Index now contains the full text for more 130 unique hospitality and tourism publications. It had been an index with abstracts. The full text plus FindIt links to text in our major periodicals collections and in other linked databases makes this one stop shopping for research in this area.