August 2012 Archives

Stock up on Quick Reference Guides for your APA Databases

from APA:

The American Psychological Association has Quick Reference Guides available
on all of our major platforms. Please feel free to download the guides and link
them to any course management system you use.

The Quick Reference Guides were developed for novice users searching
PsycINFO on various vendor platforms. They are ideal for library
training. Currently, we have a Quick Reference Guide for searching PsycINFO
on

APA PsycNET (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/psycnet.pdf)
EBSCOhost (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/ebsco.pdf)
OvidSP (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/ovid.pdf)
ProQuest (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/proquest-qrg.pdf)

The guides can be viewed online at the Librarian's Resource Center
(http://www.apa.org/pubs/librarians/index.aspx). Look under Visit the Search
Help and Training Center for the link to available search guides
(http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/search-guides.aspx)
If you would like a quantity of these pocket sized guides mailed to you, please
email us at psycinfo@apa.org. Be sure to indicate which vendor platform you
use, how many you would like (up to 500 at a time), and your complete
mailing address.

BioOne Announces 2013 Collections

from BioOne

BioOne (www.bioone.org) is proud to welcome five new titles and their
respective not-for-profit publishers to the 2013 BioOne Collections:
Marine Resource Economics, published by the Marine Resource
Foundation; Cryptogamie, Algologie, Cryptogamie, Bryologie, and
Cryptogamie, Mycologie, three journals from France's Association des
Amis des Cryptogames; and Applications in Plant Sciences, a new, open
access, online only publication from the Botanical Society of America.

New Title Information
The following titles will make their BioOne debut on January 2, 2013.
Title lists in a variety of formats are available to download on the
BioOne website. <http://www.bioone.org/page/about/content/titles>

• Applications in Plant Sciences, published by the Botanical Society
of America (BioOne Open Access)

• Cryptogamie, Algologie, published by the Association des Amis des
Cryptogames (BioOne.2 and BioOne Complete)

• Cryptogamie, Bryologie, published by the Association des Amis des
Cryptogames (BioOne.2 and BioOne Complete)

• Cryptogamie, Mycologie, published by the Association des Amis des
Cryptogames (BioOne.2 and BioOne Complete)

• Marine Resource Economics, published by the Marine Resource
Foundation, Inc. (BioOne.1 and BioOne Complete)

With the new school year approaching, EBSCO Publishing is offering new discounts for online databases for K-12 schools in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Included in the new offerings are Biography Reference Center, Advanced Placement Source, NoveList Plus, History Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, Literary Reference Center Plus, English Language Learner Reference Center, and Poetry & Short Story Reference Center (coming late 2012). These databases will support the Common Core curriculum, and offer the quality content and titles unique to EBSCO Publishing.

This new pricing is not time sensitive, but as a back-to-school initiative K-12 schools will receive an additional 20% off orders placed between now and December 1, 2012. Please note that only new subscriptions are eligible for the discounts and 20% promotion, and the promotion only applies to the databases listed above.

EBSCO Publishing and Minitex are offering trials of all of these databases for interested libraries. Please contact Minitex or your EBSCO Publishing representative for pricing, trial information, and further details.

EBSCO Publishing Releases a New Version of EBSCOhost® Mobile

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released an updated version of EBSCOhost® Mobile providing library patrons and researchers worldwide with optimal searching from the most popular smartphones and mobile devices. With ease of use and more functionality, the new EBSCOhost Mobile will provide users with an improved search experience for accessing EBSCOhost databases and EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) on the go.

EBSCOhost Mobile can now be accessed without any initial administrative profile set up or software download required. EBSCOhost Mobile's new smart technology auto-detects when an EBSCOhost user is visiting from a mobile device. The platform automatically directs the user to the optimal search experience for their device, making login and access faster and more streamlined. In the case of iPads, users will be directed to the EBSCOhost full site, which has been optimized for iPad use.

In addition to a more modern mobile site and usability enhancements, new EBSCOhost Mobile allows libraries to customize the interface with their own brands, colors, and logos, and to benefit from patron analytics provided with enhanced, device-specific usage reporting. For EDS users, EBSCOhost Mobile provides guest access and real-time availability checking for items in the library catalog. Library patrons and researchers worldwide benefit from user interface translation into 28 languages, full access to facets and search options, the integration of folders, plus the addition of book jackets images and publication-type icons for a more visual experience. Users have the option of toggling between the mobile site and the full EBSCOhost site. Direct-to-device download support for e-books will be added to the EBSCOhost Mobile site in the coming months.

More information about EBSCOhost Mobile and the latest upgrades to mobile searching for EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service is available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/mobile-access.

Alexander Street has just launched three new streaming video collections:

New World Cinema
Nearly two hundred full-length feature films and fifty shorts were hand-selected to comprise New World Cinema. The films, all of which appeared at major film festivals, have collectively won more than one thousand awards and come from leading industry distributors like Kino Lorber, First Run Features, and Film Movement.

  • Each film includes link to IMDB

  • Tools to identify and annotate sections of the films, making it easy for faculty to use the material for instruction and assignments

  • Strong cross-disciplinary appeal beyond film studies courses, such as sociology, linguistics, history, anthropology, literature, and other disciplines

  • Broad in scope with coverage of International titles from more than 60 countries with 40 different languages represented

Silent Film Online
Silent Film Online brings together films which together represent the basis of modern cinematic technique and film theory. The collection covers features, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.

  • Includes short- and long-form films from France, Germany, Italy, Russia, the U.K., the U.S., and more

  • Major film makers include Fritz Lang, Sergei Eisenstein, D.W. Griffith, Ernst Lubitsch, Erich Von Stroheim, F.W. Murnau, Buster Keaton, Luis Bunuel, Cecil B. DeMille, Carl Dreyer, and Leo McCarey

  • Major Titles include: The General, Metropolis, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Battleship Potemkin, The Great Train Robbery, L'Age D'Or, Way Down East, Foolish Wives, The Mark of Zorro, The Golem, Intolerance, The Navigator, Tempest, The Great Gabbo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video
Designed for use in both graduate and undergraduate settings, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is an essential resource for a variety of programs, including athletic training, health promotion, physical education, kinesiology/human movement, exercise physiology,nutritional science, sports medicine, sports science, and physical therapy.

  • This first release includes 219 titles (268 hours of video) focused on the movement, performance, and recovery of the human body. All of the titles have been selected from the extensive catalogue of Healthy Learning, the world's leading producer of sports medicine videos.

  • At completion, the collection will include more than 650 titles, totaling 750 hours of content.

  • Each of title has extensive chapter-level indexing, allowing users to find the specific topics and content of interest.

  • The collection is made up of demonstrations and lectures/presentations.

For trials or pricing, please contact Susan Buczkowski.

Project MUSE Renewals and Orders

Minitex is offering a 10% discount off list price on 2013 Project MUSE renewals and orders. For pricing, please see: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Electronic/ProjectMuse/Pricing2012.pdf.

The collections offered by Project MUSE are:

  • Premium Collection
  • Standard Collection
  • Basic Research Collection
  • Basic College Collection
  • Humanities Collection
  • Social Sciences Collection

Please visit our Project MUSE web page for information about the collections or email anne@minitex.umn.edu with any questions. Subscriptions run from January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013.

To place an order or renewal, please complete and submit the web form by September 30, 2012. Please note: The rates on the 2013 price sheet are list prices and do not include the 10% discount offered by Minitex.

from Eslevier

We are keen on making our users' experience of the SciVerse suite of products as smooth, friendly, and effective as possible. For this reason we listen to our user's feedback and plan new releases to improve the functionality. To implement these changes, we occasionally need to schedule an outage.

ScienceDirect, Scopus, Hub, Applications, SciVal, Journals Consult and the Admin Tool are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 19 hours beginning Saturday, August 25th, 2012 for scheduled maintenance for a new release.

What are the changes you will see with this new release?

ScienceDirect: Effortless access to relevant information thanks to a new design for journal article and book chapter pages as well as improved user experience for RSS feeds, image search, and other features.

Scopus: Easy updates with Alerts Features functionality improvement.

Hub: Faster and friendlier search capability through several new features.

Please click here to find out the details of the new features per each product.

The downtime by region is expected as follows:

  • New York Time: 7:30 AM EDT Saturday, August 25th - 2:30 AM EDT, Sunday, August 26th
  • London Time: 12:30 PM GMT Saturday, August 25th - 7:30 AM Sunday, August 26th
  • Singapore Time: 7:30 PM SGT Saturday, August 25th - 2:30 PM SGT Sunday, August 26th

We encourage you to share this information with your users to minimize the impact of the outage to their research and teaching schedule.

We apologize for the inconvenience while we improve your Elsevier products.

Kind regards,

The SciVerse Team

ProQuest Maintenance Window - August 18, 2012

Dear ProQuest Customer,

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Saturday, August 18, 2012. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 10:00 ET. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • New and Legacy ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series
  • Chadwyck-Healey products with domain names ending with chadwyck.com
  • Illumina products such as Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and Sociological Abstracts
  • 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
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products

Elsevier Adds E-books to ebrary's Academic Complete

from an ebrary press release:

August 8, 2012 - Palo Alto, CA, USA - ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that Elsevier Science & Technology Books is adding over 1,000 titles to Academic Complete™, the industry's first and most scholarly subscription database of more than 78,000 e-books with unlimited, multi-user access. This marks the first time that these Elsevier titles, covering subjects such as mechanical engineering, chemical and process engineering, and civil engineering as well as environmental energy and alternative energy, have ever been available under a subscription model. The titles include classics of science publishing, including some of Elsevier's most respected backlist titles.

Elsevier Science & Technology Books now distributes over 12,500 e-books under all of ebrary's acquisition models including subscription, patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive, supporting ebrary's new strategic approach to e-book acquisition.

Read the entire press release here.

ProQuest Dissertations on ebrary Platform

ProQuest is looking for feedback on ProQuest Dissertations on the ebrary platform.

From ProQuest:

Just a reminder that we would very much appreciate your input on how much value the ebrary platform might bring to ProQuest dissertations and theses.

As you may know, we are offering a free trial of our Business Dissertations and Theses subscription database, which is currently on the ebrary platform, through August 31. This database is a subset of dissertations and theses already available in PQDT and ABI Inform and includes 2,400 titles in areas such as business administration, emerging markets, economics, public finance, sovereign debt, and marketing.

To provide PQDT and ABI customers with added functionality and an additional access point, we are considering adding other dissertations and theses to the ebrary platform and would very much like your input. By delivering these documents on the ebrary platform, we believe we can offer much greater functionality including online and offline viewing with dedicated iOS and Android™ apps, full-text search within and across documents, the ability to highlight, take notes, use InfoTools™, share bookshelves and more. Dissertations and theses on the ebrary platform can be integrated with e-books acquired from ebrary under any model.

Participate in a Free Trial or Webinar, Enter to Win an iPod touch®

To sign up for a free, password trial through August, please click here.

We are also offering two webinars next week:

Sign up for Wednesday, August 15 from 9am to 10am EST
Sign up for Thursday, August 16 from 4pm to 5pm EST

A brief survey will be forwarded to you following your trial or webinar, and all participants will be entered to win a new iPod touch!

We hope that you are able to participate, and as always your input and support is much appreciated.

Sincerely,
The ProQuest and ebrary Teams

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