July 2010 Archives

Changes to Credo General Reference

from Credo Reference:

Credo Reference is rapidly growing and expanding the offerings for libraries of all types. Our flagship subscription service, Credo General Reference will cross the 500 title threshold in the next month. Additionally, the Credo Publisher Collections (formerly Specialist Reference) service now offers over 170 titles. Both our General Reference and Publisher Collections offerings will continue to add new titles and publishers.

As our General Reference and Publisher Collections offerings grow we want to take steps to clarify the different options. To that end we are making a slight change to the names of our General Reference subscription services.

The subscription options formerly known as:
Credo 100
Credo 250
Credo Unlimited

Will now be known as:
Credo General Reference 100
Credo General Reference 250
Credo General Reference Premium

Please note that while the names have changed, the options and benefits of each have not.

The EBSCO A-to-Z ® Administrator site will be unavailable beginning on Friday, 23 July 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time until Sunday, 25 July 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (24 July 2010 at 12:00 GMT - 25 July 2010 at 17:00 GMT) to allow for necessary maintenance.

The A-to-Z Reader site will remain available to users during this maintenance period.

EBSCO Publishing Acquires Two Databases from SAGE

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has acquired two renowned databases from SAGE--Criminal Justice Abstracts and Communication Abstracts. The deal will bring two leading databases in their fields to users through the EBSCOhost® platform, one of the most-used interfaces available for scholarly research.

Criminal Justice Abstracts and Communication Abstracts are highly-refined, specialized collections in their subject areas. Now that these databases are on EBSCOhost, users will see an increase in the number of journals included cover-to-cover and searchable references for many titles. Users will also be able to cross-search these resources with valuable resources such as SocINDEX with Full Text™, Social Work Abstracts™, and Communication and Mass Media Complete™. Both databases will also feature a Publications Authority of key titles.

As of July 15, 2010, subscriptions will only be available via EBSCOhost. Customers using Criminal Justice Abstracts and/or Communication Abstracts on another platform will continue with that platform through the end of their current subscription. EBSCOhost access will become concurrently available (at no extra cost) for the remainder of the institution's current subscription period. SAGE will continue to support existing subscriptions to the print indexes for Criminal Justice Abstracts and Communication Abstracts through the end of the current subscription period. EBSCO will be contacting print subscribers to discuss a transition to the online version.

EBSCO Music Index Updates

from EBSCO:

We are pleased to announce that Music Index (formerly The Music Index) will now be updated weekly, instead of quarterly. In addition, the following product enhancements are now part of the database:

New Features:

  • Publications Authority File
  • Abstracts added to the database for the first time, (for EBSCO Publishing records); multiple abstracts for many non-English language articles
  • Cited & Searchable References for various EBSCO Publishing (EP) titles
  • Source Type Search filters
  • Author affiliations for EP records
  • Enhanced subject term indexing - people, geographic terms & keywords

New Limiters:

  • References Available
  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
  • Publication Type

New Index Browse Options:

  • Author-Supplied Keywords
  • Company Entity
  • Geographic Terms
  • People
  • Reviews & Products

We hope that you find these updates useful and encourage you to visit EBSCO's Support Site to learn about all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, or download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

Coming in August! WilsonWeb for Your Mobile Device

from H.W. Wilson:

Soon you can search WilsonWeb from wherever, whenever, with the new WilsonWeb Mobile interface. Designed for use on your mobile phone, WilsonWeb Mobile features many of the popular tools researchers appreciate in the desktop version: basic and advanced searching, article translations, interface preferences, co-branding, multi-database searching, and more. Find out more about WilsonWeb Mobile here.

EBSCOhost Default Setting Updates

from EBSCO:

We have some important news concerning changes to two default settings on the EBSCOhost user interface, scheduled to be made at the beginning of August:

1) The Result List sort will be defaulted to Relevance, from the current Date Sort. Customer feedback has been overwhelmingly in favor of this approach to results, which we outlined in a communication this past January. For more information on EBSCO's relevancy ranking and its impact on search results, please see this FAQ.

2) To accommodate the new Result List sort default, we will also be changing the default search option from phrase indexing (all terms entered in the Find field are searched as though enclosed by quotation marks), to W5, which means that all results that contain the terms entered in the Find field within five words of each other will be returned.

You may have changed your Result List default sort to Relevance back in January. If not, we will do this for you when we activate these changes. Or, if for any reason you do not want these two defaults to be applied to your profiles, you have the choice to opt out (not be included), by completing this simple form.

Please act quickly, as we need to have your completed Opt Out form by July 31 in order to suppress these two popular changes in your account. Otherwise, you need do nothing and when the changes are activated, they will become part of your profiles. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Satisfaction team through our support site.

New Interface for LexisNexis Academic

From LexisNexis:

This is a reminder that all subscribers to LexisNexis Academic will be migrated to the enhanced version of the interface on August 7th. The new interface is available to all subscribers today at http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/

Users can migrate to the new site at any time. As of August 7th, all users will automatically be switched, and the older interface will be retired.

See our migration guide for further details.

To sign up for a free e-seminar on the enhanced interface, go to: http://academic.lexisnexis.com/academicwebinars.aspx.

You are encouraged to sign up for the Academic listserv, to keep up with all announcements and information about LexisNexis Academic. To subscribe to the listserv, go to: http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/listserv

Users are also encouraged to go to our wiki to find user guides, links to search forms and more. The wiki can be found at: http://wiki.lexisnexis.com/academic

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE kicks off its fifteenth year of providing libraries with the best humanities and social science content from the not-for-profit publishing community by welcoming ten new participating publishers. To date, twenty new titles are confirmed for inclusion in the Project MUSE electronic journal collections for the 2011 subscription term. MUSE also continues to grow its archival coverage for many participating journals. Project MUSE pricing for 2011 has also been finalized.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - July 10, 2010

Dear ProQuest Customer,

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on July 10, 2010. An eight (8) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 22:00 GMT to Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 06:00 GMT. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series

  • Genealogy and local history products including African American Heritage, Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps

  • K-12 products, including eLibrary and SIRS

  • UMI products including online dissertation products

Search WorldCat By Tweeting #Ask4Stuff

from OCLC:

#Ask4Stuff is a new, Twitter-based service that returns a WorldCat search when you send a tweet with the tag #Ask4Stuff. So if you send the following tweet:

#Ask4Stuff lake erie shipwreck

You'll get a tweet back that says something like:

@YOURNAME A few things about lake erie shipwreck in #Ask4Stuff, check out http://is.gd/cY7gi

Where the link then takes you to the WorldCat.org search result for "lake erie shipwreck."

You can even localize the result to a WorldCat Local instance by including the Local library name as another hash tag.


#Ask4Stuff #OSU lake erie shipwreck

Why would you want to generate a Twitter-based search of library materials through WorldCat? Keep in mind that this first implementation is more suggestive than an end in itself. We thought that as it stands, it could be useful in its current form. Many people use Twitter for reminders or just simple notes to their peers. You may want to share a search with your social network and mark it with another hash tag. Or you might want to store the results in your tweet stream just like bookmarks. You might want save a thought for later work through a mobile device. The point is, people are using Twitter for all kinds of reasons. If libraries can get their data and services into that space, it will bring more users to the library.

Read more about this from the OCLC Blog.

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