June 2012 Archives

ProQuest Maintenance Window - June 30, 2012

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Saturday, June 30, 2012. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance to install the latest enhancements to the ProQuest platform. The window will take place from Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 10:00 ET. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

For a preview of some of the enhancements coming in this release go to: http://www.proquest.com/go/platformenhancements.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • Products on the new ProQuest platform will be unavailable. Access to products from any of our legacy platforms will not be impacted.

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing has released a new subscription e-book collection focused on the academic and trade information needs of community colleges. Community College eBook Collection is a multidisciplinary collection currently containing nearly 40,000 titles. These titles are made available via an unlimited user model making the titles even easier for researchers to access. Community College eBook Collection covers topics across programs and fields of study in key subject areas such as the humanities and social sciences, business, science & technology, and literary criticism.

The complexity of the information available in this collection varies from introductory/basic content to higher-level content, providing students with a range of information to meet their needs as they develop in their areas of study. Additional titles will be added to this growing package each month at no additional cost --thousands of titles available at a low annual price.

EBSCO Publishing Senior Director of E-book Products, Ken Breen, says this new subscription collection is geared specifically for the unique needs of community colleges. "We worked with librarians and our Community College Advisory Board to design a community college e-book resource that hones in on the various needs of two-year institutions. Community colleges provide a wide array of classes and fields of study whether academic or trade related and Community College eBook Collection provides these colleges with content that covers these expansive course offerings."

The content in Community College eBook Collection is downloadable to a variety of devices. Chapters may be transferred to Kindles, iPads and other e-readers. Users also have the ability to search alongside other EBSCOhost® content adding magazines, journals and other EBSCOhost resources to their results.

More information about the e-book collections and access models available from EBSCO Publishing is available at: www.ebscohost.com/ebooks.

from Ovid:

Now you can provide your users with a single search of Clinical Full Text, UpToDate®, Ovid MEDLINE, Evidence-Based Guidelines, Reference Books, A to Z Drug Facts, Patient Information, Images, Medical Calculators, and more!

OvidMD includes unique content and other key clinical content packaged and searched together in a simple, powerful research tool. OvidMD is ideal for all clinicians in practice or in education--including Medical, Nursing, and Pharma programs.

Click Minitex - OvidMD promotion 2012.pdf for details and pricing.

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released three new medical e-book collections featuring Doody's recommended content. Doody's is an authoritative medical book review service designed to assist medical libraries and institutions with their purchasing decisions. Librarians can select titles and build a collection to meet their institution's specific medical research needs.

The new e-book collections revolve around the 2012 Doody's Core Titles list, published May 1st, 2012 and Doody's Review Service starred reviews. These collections provide medical libraries with convenient ways to begin or expand their e-book collections with current, reputable content from leading publishers. The collections include the Doody's Core Titles 2012 Featured Collection, the Doody's 4- and 5- Star Reviewed Titles 2012 Featured Collection and the Doody's Core Titles 2012 Essential Purchases Subject Set.

Doody's Core Titles 2012 Featured Collection
The Doody's Core Titles 2012 Featured Collection offers a package of front list medical e-books from the Doody's Core Titles (DCT) 2012 list. Published annually, the DCT list highlights the best titles from a variety of medical specialties. Core Titles are based on a four-step selection and scoring process from nearly 200 medical librarians and content specialists.

Doody's 4- and 5- Star Reviewed Titles 2012 Featured Collection
Doody's Review Service (DRS) uses a vast network of medical librarians and specialists to review new content monthly, rating it on a 5-star scale. The Doody's 4- and 5- Star Reviewed Titles 2012 Featured Collection contains 4-and 5-star rated titles from the DRS 2012 reviews. It includes some titles from the Doody's Core Title 2012 list and content will be added throughout the year.

Doody's Core Titles 2012 Essential Purchases Subject Set
The Doody's Core Titles 2012 Essential Purchases Subject Set features a selection of front list "essential purchase" titles from DCT 2012 that are crucial for small to medium-sized medical libraries according to Doody's. E-book Subject Sets are convenient, prepackaged sets of titles chosen to meet libraries' needs for new content on popular, in-demand topics. Titles in this Subject Set are not available in any other Subject Set package -- current or past.

Oxford Index - A Search and Discovery Gateway

from Oxford University Press

A free search portal, the Oxford Index allows users to search and discover connections between content - including reference entries, monographs, journal articles, and books--and access summaries of high quality academic material.

For the first time, users can search across resources from Oxford and its partners with just one click, and discover relevant content along the way. The Oxford Index also serves as a single hub for all Oxford metadata, now standardized under a sophisticated subject taxonomy. By providing the same robust metadata to third-party discovery services and search engines we are able to provide a single hub for Oxford content however your users choose to find it.

After a new series of updates in March, the Oxford Index now includes standardized metadata from a dozen additional Oxford resources, from Grove Art to University Press Scholarship Online, alongside a host of new functionality, including the ability to filter results by full-text availability, library branding, OpenURL, and additional pathways into full-text content. Over the coming months, we will continue to add hundreds of thousands of new items of content and new functionality, including content from other acclaimed Oxford resources, expanded links to related content, and at-a-glance topical Overview Pages.

As the Oxford Index continues to evolve in direct response to user and librarian feedback, we invite you to share your comments and suggestions at oxfordindex@oup.com.

We hope that you continue to enjoy exploring the Oxford Index, and look forward to your feedback.

Spring 2012 Trials of Potential Vendors / Resources

Take a look at our Spring 2012 Trials of potential vendor/e-resources that CPERS is considering offering:

  • A to Z Databases
  • Foundation Directory Online
  • Knowledge Unlimited NewsCurrents Online and Read to Know
  • Learning Express Library

We compile this page of trials from suggestions we receive from libraries; products that are of current interest and/or need; and solicitations from vendors. Whether or not we offer these e-resources depends on feedback we receive from our libraries. So, if you have any questions or comments about these e-resources, please contact us.

We're always looking for suggestions on vendors or e-resources that you're interested in or have heard about.

Please send suggestions, comments, and questions to cpers@minitex.edu.

Gale Archives Unbound Special Offer

from Gale:

As you head out for summer vacation, we wanted to make sure that you are aware that until June 30th, you can purchase Archives Unbound collections and save big!

Give your students, researchers, and patrons access to the materials that define history. These unique Archives Unbound collections, all cross-searchable within one interface, feature thousands of full-text searchable, primary source documents - sourced from the most prestigious libraries around the globe. As schools update their collections to support the Common Core Standards, informational texts will become more important. Informational texts include literary nonfiction as well as historical documents. Choose from nearly 100 targeted collections. Collections that may be of interest include:

  • Overland Journeys: Travels in the West 1800-1880
  • War of 1812: Diplomacy on the High Seas
  • American Indian Correspondence. Date range 1833-1893
  • The Civil War in Words and Deeds. Date range 1861-1920
  • Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writer's Project. Date range 1933 - 1943

Select any 10 for $3,500
Or Pick any 5 for $2,000

Archives Unbound covers a wide range of subject areas, from African American, Native American, and Asian studies to religion, political science, and much more. Visit the website for a complete list of available collections. This special offer expires June 30th! (We can invoice July 1 as long as we receive your order by the expiration date.)


  • The only multi-disciplinary subscription product awarded by CHOICE
  • The most quality, scholarly titles (75,000 and growing)

    • Unique content

    • Coverage focused on scholarly disciplines

    • No vanity publishing

    • Less popular fiction

    • Expert librarian selectors

    • More academic content

  • The most contributing publishers (over 500)

  • By far the most university presses (over 120)

  • The only academic subscription that enables libraries to upload and integrate their own documents with DASH!™

Find out more reasons why Academic Complete is the ideal choice for the needs of your students and faculty:

Thursday, June 7 at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Central
Friday, June 8 at 12:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Central

To register, please email Kelli Gonzalez, ebrary Specialist, at with your selected date/time.

from ProQuest:

For the first time ever, all the personal journals of Queen Victoria have been made available to search and read online. This unique resource, developed in partnership by the Bodleian Libraries, the Royal Archives and ProQuest, is freely available for the public to access at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org through June 30, 2012.

The journals, which span Victoria's lifetime and consist of 141 volumes numbering over 33,000 pages, have never been published in their entirety and previously were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. In addition to autograph diaries begun by the youthful Princess Victoria, there are edited versions from her later years, redacted and transcribed by the Queen's daughter, Princess Beatrice.

All the journals are now available via this easy-to-use website and can be browsed and read online. Pages from the journals can be searched by date or place of writing, and transcriptions of each page-searchable by keyword-are currently provided for the period up to 1840, with further releases planned throughout 2012. The site includes an interactive timeline and drawings by Queen Victoria, along with selections from her sketchbooks. Importantly, the site includes a number of essays about aspects of Queen Victoria's life, authored by Sir Roy Strong, Laurence Goldman and Peter Ward-Jones among others.

Public access to Queen Victoria's Journals is available through June 30, 2012. Thereafter, a specialized version for libraries will become available from ProQuest.

Alexander Street Press Launches 4 new video collections

Alexander Street has launched four new streaming video collections. Each of these collections is included in VAST: Academic Video Online, and can also be acquired individually via subscription or a one-time purchase.

  • Health and the human condition have become important components for studies in sociology, culture, ethics, government, public policy, and other disciplines that examine how people interact with the world. Health and Society in Video is a unique online collection of streaming documentaries that bridge the gap between science and public understanding. These films present the realities of illness, treatment, and modern healthcare systems and examine the tumultuous history of society's response to pandemics and other health crises world-wide.
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video is a landmark collection that illustrates the strategies, techniques, and experiences of professionals serving on the front lines of justice and public safety. From law enforcement and corrections personnel, to first responders and victims' advocates, this compilation of documentaries, training videos and interviews visually depicts the theoretical principles and practical application of criminal justice and emergency response. Investigation techniques, parole monitoring, victim counseling, forensic analysis--the study of criminal justice and public safety requires students to put educational theories into practice. There is no better way to make that connection than to see key concepts in action.
  • LGBT Studies in Video is a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual people and the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community. This first-of-its-kind collection features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics. The collection will have cross-disciplinary relevance beyond LGBT courses, serving research and teaching in sociology, anthropology, psychology, counseling, history, political science, gender studies, cultural studies, and religious studies.
  • Art and Architecture in Video spans period and region, including coverage of the Renaissance, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Modern, and Contemporary art. In addition to art history and theory, the collection addresses applied topics such as architectural and graphic design. The breadth of coverage makes this collection integral to both scholarship and technique, providing access to information about the seminal artists and works that continue to inspire the painters, architects, designers, and critics of today.

For pricing or trials, please contact Susan Buczkowski

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