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July 29, 2008

Still More E-Books!

In addition to the Greenwood Digital Collection and History Reference Online, we also now have access to the Sage eReference Encyclopedias. As is the case with printed encyclopedias, the Sage eReference Encyclopedias are a good place to start doing research. They provide brief articles about many different related subjects which could be useful when needing to select a topic for a research paper or project.

This collection of encyclopedias covers issues for anyone interested in Public Administration and Policy, Social Welfare, Public Health, Criminal Justice, Legal Issues, or Information and Library Science among other subjects.

In particular, if you are interested in Public Administration and Policy, you might want to look at the following encyclopedia:
• Encyclopedia of Political Communication
• Encyclopedia of Organization Studies
• Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice
• Encyclopedia of Environment and Society

Those interested in Social Welfare might want to look at the following encyclopedias:
• Encyclopedia of Health and Aging
• Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law
• Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology
• Encyclopedia of Social Psychology
• 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Those interested in Criminal Justice and issues related to the Law may find the following encyclopedias useful:
• Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice
• Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives
• Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law

And finally, those interested in Information and Library Science might be interested in the following encyclopedia:
• Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science

You can access the Sage eReference Encyclopedias from the Library web page by selecting Databases and Indexes in the middle column. Then select the letter "S". (You can also access the individual encyclopedias directly using Minerva.)

Once you select the Sage eReference link, you can search through all of the encyclopedias in our subscription at once or you can search or browse in one encyclopedia at a time. Enter a simple keyword search or use the more advanced search features to narrow down your results.

You can browse by choosing an individual encyclopedia or by first choosing a particular subject. Subject browsing is helpful if you don’t know which encyclopedia might contain your particular information, because it displays all of the encyclopedias which contain information about that particular subject. Once you have selected a particular encyclopedia, you can browse by finding entries through thematic categories, by searching the entire list of entries, or by searching the contents of the index.

If you need help using the Sage eReference Encyclopedias please ask for help at the reference desk or by submitting your question to Ask a Librarian!

Blog post created by Judy Mueller

July 23, 2008

More E-Books Available!

Similar to our last post the University Libraries recently gained access to the Greenwood Digital Collection, a timely and topical collection of e-books. Many of the titles available in this new service are related to the social sciences.

For Political Science or Public Administration and Policy students:
• Reference Guides for States Constitutions – including New York, New Jersey, Maine, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont
• War Powers: The President, the Congress and Questions of War
• My Fellow Americans: Presidential Addresses that Shaped History
• The Patriot Act: A Documentary and Reference Guide
• Landmark Supreme Court Cases: A Reference Guide
• Deepening Democracy: Global Governance and Political Reform in Latin America

Social Welfare scholars and students may find this titles useful:
• Bullying: A Handbook for Educators and Parents
• Critical Thinking and Learning: An Encyclopedia for Parents and Teachers
• Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia Volumes 1 &2
• Race, Ethnicity and Education (Volumes 1-4)

The Greenwood Digital Collection also contains numerous titles dealing with a wide range of Hispanic/Latino issues:
• Latinos in a Changing Society
• Latino Chronology: Chronologies of the American Mosaic
• U.S. Latino Issues
• The Mexican Americans
• Pancho Villa and the Black Pershing: The Punitive Expedition in Mexico.

You can access and browse the Greenwood Digital Collection by going to Databases and Indexes, from the University Libraries homepage and clicking on the letter “G��?. Individual e-book titles can also be located by using Minerva, the University Libraries online catalog.

Each reference title is divided into sections which are viewable on the left side of the screen. This allows you to jump from one section to another with ease. If you need help using the Greenwood Digital Collection or any other resource, feel free to drop by the reference desk, make an appointment, or Ask a Librarian!

Blog post created by Michael V. Daly

July 15, 2008

New E-Book Collection

There’s a new addition to the University Libraries’ e-book collection -- History Reference Online. This collection contains topical and historical e-books, offering quick, informative information online. Although the resource has the word “history��? in the title, the collection also contains a wide variety of resources related to the social sciences.

Titles that may be of interest to Social Welfare students include;
•Adolescence in America: An Encyclopedia
•Bilingual Education: A Reference Handbook
•Family in America: An Encyclopedia
•Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present

Criminal Justice students and/or those interested in Law may find these titles useful in their research:
•Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia
•Corporate Crime: A Reference Handbook
•Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook
•Guns in American Society
•Right to Counsel and Privilege against Self-Incrimination
•Right to Vote, The: Rights and Liberties under the Law

For students engaged with topics relating to Political Science or Public Administration and Policy:
•Constitutional Convention of 1787, The: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of America’s Founding
•Conflicts over Natural Resources: A Reference Handbook
•Colonialism: An International Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia
•Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present
History Reference Online also offers reference handbooks on numerous countries including Brazil, Pakistan, Costa Rica, and Cuba.

The entire History Reference Online collection should interest Information Studies students engaged in looking at trends in Reference service, delivery of information services and the role of e-books and online sources.

You can locate History Reference Online by going to Databases and Indexes– clicking on the letter “H��? is a convenient way to do this. Soon, the individual e-book titles will also be accessible through Minerva, the University Libraries' online catalog.

History Reference Online allows you to browse available titles from pre-set subject headings or do a more focused search using the advanced search tab. Each reference title is divided into sections which are viewable on the left side of the screen. This allows you to jump from one section to another with ease. If you need help using History Reference Online or any other resource, feel free to drop by the reference desk, make an appointment, or Ask a Librarian!.

Blog post created by Michael V. Daly

July 11, 2008

Dewey Library Closed at 2:30 pm, Friday, July 11, 2008

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dewey Library will close today at 2:30 pm. We will reopen on Sunday at noon.

July 8, 2008

New Online Archives Cover the Political Spectrum

With the presidential election just around the corner, the University Libraries announces the timely addition of online access to the complete archives of three prominent political journals. The National Review ,The New Republic , and The Nation occupy unique positions on the American political spectrum.

Unabashedly the most conservative of the three (think of the late William F. Buckley), the National Review’s content embraces and very often dictates the political climate of the day. From brief synopses of important news events to longer researched pieces, the National Review Archive allows users to trace the development of conservatism from 1955 to the present day. Of particular note are the book reviews – especially those of works running counter to conservative philosophies – which help to (re)define some of the ideological battle lines present in American politics.

Countering the National Review’s far right leaning, The Nation represents a decidedly liberal stance on issues of politics, religion, arts and culture. The oldest of the three, the online archives provide content from 1865 to present. Besides being an excellent source of original material, the archives guide users through the various bends and re-alignments the word “liberal��? has undergone in the last 150 years.

Running more to the political center, The New Republic provides the most objective voice of the three. With over ninety years of content (including the most recent issues), its archives give access to a journal that effectively treats American politics, American culture and foreign policy with equal rigor from both sides of the aisle.

These collections are accessible through Minerva, the University Libraries' online catalog. Locate the journal title in Minerva, click on the “Online��? location, and then the “available from Ebscohost��? link. Or, search for the collections in Databases and Indexes – clicking on the letter “N��? is a convenient way to do this. The EBSCOhost platform allows you to search all content by keyword, author or title. You can also narrow your search by year(s) or specific volumes/issues. If you need help accessing these online archives, please visit a reference librarian, or Ask a Librarian! .

Blog Post Created by Michael V. Daly

July 1, 2008

InfoCommons Expanded

Dewey Library has expanded its InfoCommons!

What is the Info Commons? The three University Libraries and Information Technology Services (ITS) have entered into a partnership to provide access to your technology and information needs in the new InfoCommons areas at each library. The Information Commons areas provide a location with convenient access to both important research resources (traditionally provided by the libraries) and critical software and technology (traditionally provided by ITS).

How have we changed things at Dewey? Downstairs, we've added 16 new computers and additional tables and seating. The group study area, located in the peristyle, is also equipped with computer workstations.

All the new computers have the full complement of software that has been available on the main floor and at other locations on campus, including the full Microsoft Office suite, DreamWeaver, PhotoShop, SPSS, and a wide variety of other programs.

ITS consultants will be available at the Dewey Library to answer your technology questions on Monday through Thursdays from 4pm -8pm, and on Sundays from 12pm – 7pm during the summer sessions. Reference librarians will continue to be available to answer questions about research and library materials according to the summer reference schedule.

We hope this partnership will make the use of library and ITS resources more convenient for students and other members of the campus community, and that we will be better able to provide you with the assistance you need to use those resources.

As a result of the expansion of computer services at Dewey, the ITS User Room in the basement of Draper Hall is now closed.