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September 22, 2008

My Health Minnesota -> Go Local Celebrates Birthday

My Health Minnesota -> Go Local (http://medlineplus.gov/minnesota), a free database of health services throughout Minnesota, recently celebrated its first birthday! The project is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries, the Mayo Clinic Libraries, and the MINITEX Library Information Network, in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine.
Minnesota citizens can use Go Local to find more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, support groups, pharmacists, libraries, rehabilitation programs, and other health services in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, plus reliable health information about a multitude of diseases and conditions from MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov). The database is searchable by location, diseases/health issues, and providers/facilities/health services. My Health Minnesota -> Go Local continues to grow daily as we add resources throughout the state.
In its first year, My Health Minnesota -> Go Local has been used by people all over Minnesota, plus across the United States and in other parts of the world. You're invited to check out this resource for yourself at:
http://medlineplus.gov/minnesota. Please direct questions and comments or suggest resources to be included by e-mailing golocal@umn.edu

September 17, 2008

Gale Resources in ELM

Gale is pleased to announce a major enhancement to the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) suite of K-12 resources for the coming year!

In addition to Kids InfoBits, InfoTrac Junior Edition, InfoTrac Student Edition, Junior Reference Collection, Discovering Collection, and Professional Collection, you now have access to 4 additional resources effective immediately:

- Student Resource Center Gold
- Expanded Academic ASAP
- Educator’s Reference Complete
- General Science Collection

Minnesota libraries with current subscriptions to these resources will receive a pro-rated credit for the remainder of their subscription. Robin Sabbath of Gale’s Customer Center will be contacting you about the amount of your credit. If you have questions now, please call her at 800/347-4253 extension 1884 or email her at robin.sabbath@cengage.com.

You can call Gale’s Large Account Technical Specialist Andrew Soifer at 800/347-4253 extension 8890 for any technical assistance with these resources.

If you have other questions regarding this enhancement, please contact MINITEX at http://elm4you.org/contact/ or 612-624-4150 or 800-462-5348 and ask for Reference Services.

More information on these resources follows.

Student Resource Center Gold, http://www.gale.cengage.com/SRC/

Student Resource Center offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering the major subject areas, including history, literature, science, social studies and more, Student Resource Center provides a premium selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts. Users are able to access a variety of resources that will help them conduct research, complete assignments, create presentations and more, with content and curriculum-focused tools that include but are not limited to: Read Speaker auditory articles, more than eight million full-text articles from one thousand periodicals and newspapers, more than 4,000 proprietary primary documents, hundreds of plays and poems, more than 63,000 topic overviews, biographies, and pieces of literary criticism, and more 1,700 study guide questions.

Expanded Academic ASAP, http://www.gale.cengage.com/ExpandedAcademic/

This premier database offers balanced coverage of every academic concentration — from advertising and microbiology to history and women's studies. Combining indexing, abstracts, full text and images, Expanded Academic ASAP delivers answers for both the novice and the experienced researcher — all in one seamless search. The scope and depth of coverage in Expanded Academic ASAP will satisfy the broad spectrum of students, faculty and graduate researchers who depend on your library for answers every day. Balanced coverage is available through more than 4,200 indexed and more than 2,500 full-text titles in a wide variety of disciplines including: social science journals, humanities journals, science and technology journals, national news periodicals, general interest magazines, newswires, The New York Times and many others. More than 2,800 journals are refereed, and more than 20 years of backfile coverage are included with your subscription.

Educator’s Reference Complete, http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/facts/ERC.pdf

K-12 teachers, administrators and undergraduate or graduate students in education will appreciate the focused and timely resources available within Educator’s Reference Complete. This powerful database covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college and includes every educational specialty, such as bilingual studies, health, technology and testing. Also included are resources on issues related to administration, funding and policy in education. Educator's Reference Complete has more than 1,100 periodicals that cover a wide variety of subjects and 200 reports from the United States Department of Education. The Educator’s Reference Complete is an important tool for today’s educator. In addition, Educator’s Reference Complete is the perfect complement for any library that subscribes to ERIC, a citation only database, because it provides full-text results for nearly half of the titles found in ERIC.

General Science Collection

General Science Collection consists of over 200 journals encompassing the most popular scientific titles available today. Titles include Scientific American, Archeology, Physics Today, Info Today, Mathematics Magazine and many more. This resource provides researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments -- including such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology. A well rounded science collection offers your patrons in-depth information for their scientific research needs.

September 2, 2008

EBSCO Customer Success Center

We are pleased to announce the release of EBSCO’s redesigned Customer Success Center (http://www.ebscohost.com/customerSuccess).  The new Success Center features a cleaner format, includes informative, animated Flash items, and has been reorganized for streamlined navigation. 
The most notable Success Center enhancement is its library categories.  Users can search by library type, e.g., Public Libraries, Corporations, Colleges/Universities, to find pertinent library tools faster than ever before!  Each category has its own customized resources, from best practice examples, fundraising ideas, marketing tools, EBSCO logos and buttons and suggested reading, to lessons plans for teachers and success tools for students on research techniques, avoiding plagiarism and other important topics. 
All of these valuable tools can be found in easily navigable columns, which can be expanded/collapsed with one click.  The result is efficient access to the support materials and tools that you and your users need.
Along the bottom of the site's homepage, you will find icons to our free databases:  LISTA and GreenFILE, the rotating Feature of the Month section (which highlights new and noteworthy resources), and the site's abundance of Support & Training tools.

Please take a moment to explore the Customer Success Center (http://www.ebscohost.com/customerSuccess), and become familiar with its new and revised categories, features and resources.  We welcome your feedback, suggestions and any questions you may have.

-From EBSCO Publishing