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Taylor & Francis journals unavailable Tuesday, September 7, 11 PM – 1 AM PDT

The Taylor & Francis journals will be unavailable at 11 PM PDT – 1 AM PDT while Informaworld performs some essential work on the platform.

Database trials: Art Abstracts and Art Full Text

OSU Libraries has a trial of the Art Abstracts and the Art Full Text databases, to compare with our current Art Index subscription. This trial will run through September 30, 2010.

To access the databases, select Art Index from the OSU Libraries’ databases page. On the search page, select either Art Abstracts or Art Full Text before beginning your search.

Art Abstracts provides abstracts to the Art Index indexing for articles publishing from January 1994-present.
Art Full Text includes the indexing and abstracting of Art Abstracts, plus full text of articles from more than 270 periodicals as far back as 1997.

Comments on this database trial can be submitted using the Electronic Resource Evaluation Form.

STAT-USA to cease operations September 30, 2010

The STAT-USA Office of the US Department of Commerce will cease operation on September 30, 2010. The STAT-USA database will not be available after that date. This includes the State of the Nation and the National Trade Data Bank.

STAT-USA has provided a transition page that identifies the sources of the data in the STAT-USA database.

If you have any questions, please contact your subject librarian.

Database Trial: Social Explorer

Oxford University Press has recently acquired the Social Explorer database and is making it available for trial while they are migrating it to their platform. There is both a free edition and the professional edition – access to the full database requires the user to sign in; please contact your subject librarian for the login information. The trial ends August 31, 2010.

Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates fast, intuitive, and appealing maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history.

Key features include:

  • Contains the entire US Census history from 1790 to 2000, the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000 – the most complete census data available on religion in the US
  • All annual updates from the American Community Survey to 2008
  • Original Census tract-level estimates for 2006 and 2007
  • 2002 Carbon Emissions Data from the Vulcan Project
  • 39 billion data points, 200,000 variables, and 15,000 interactive maps
  • Thematic and interactive maps make it easy to visually explore the entire US census history
  • Create reports at the state, county, census tract, block group, and zip code level
  • Reports automatically calculate aggregates, percentages, and medians, to save time and eliminate error
  • Automatically create slideshows from maps
  • Maps are interactive and easily navigable and incorporate a find tool to instantly locate addresses, cities, zip codes, and towns

Database trial: John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

OSU Libraries has set up a trial of the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera. Access to the trial requires a password; please contact your subject librarian to obtain this. The trial will end August 14, 2010.

The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera is the first-ever electronic research collection of its kind. ProQuest has painstakingly scanned in color a portion of the John Johnson collection that resides in the Bodleian Library of Oxford, England. The resulting database provides direct access to rare primary source materials and evidence of Britain’s cultural, social, industrial and technological heritage.

Comments on this database trial can be submitted using the Electronic Resource Evaluation Form.

Electronic Resource: National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)

The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), provided by the US Geological Survey Biological Informatics Office, is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation’s biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry. NBII partners and collaborators also work on new standards, tools, and technologies that make it easier to find, integrate, and apply biological resources information. Resource managers, scientists, educators, and the general public use the NBII to answer a wide range of questions related to the management, use, or conservation of this nation’s biological resources.

Database Trial: Cambridge Histories Online

OSU Libraries has set up a trial of Cambridge Histories Online, produced by Cambridge University Press. This trial will run through June 17, 2010.

Cambridge Histories Online is the online version of the Cambridge Histories reference series, dating back to the 1960s.

Key Features:

  • Contains over 260 volumes published since 1960, equating to around 196,000 pages of unrivalled scholarship
  • Unique & dynamic content
  • Covers over 15 different academic subjects
  • Search and browse content (basic & advanced search and a content specific browse)
  • Personalisation including, saved & most recent searches, workspaces and bookmarks
  • Citation export functionality
  • Comprehensive librarian support resources including, COUNTER compliant usage statistics, library branding, MARC records and title lists
  • User display control features including, switchable hit term highlighting, pagination of results and the ability to control the number of hits per page
  • Extensive bibliographic reference functionality; fully referenced content with all references displayed, OpenURL compliant and linked online through CrossRef

Comments on this database trial can be submitted using the Electronic Resource Evaluation Form.

New Electronic Journal Collection: JSTOR Arts & Sciences II

OSU Libraries has acquired the JSTOR Arts & Sciences II collection. JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references.

Arts & Sciences II adds to the library’s current JSTOR holdings (Arts & Sciences I, Ecology & Botany, and Health & General Science) and is home to 127 titles. This collection adds depth to many disciplines introduced in JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, such as economics, history, and Asian studies. Arts & Sciences II also offers core journals in several new disciplines, such as archaeology, classics, and African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Slavic studies.

The full list of titles and dates of coverage for Arts & Sciences II is available here.

New Database: Opposing Viewpoints

OSU Libraries now has access to the Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center as part of the statewide database licensing contract with Gale.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center pulls together background information and pro & con viewpoints about current social issues. The database includes:

  • Nearly 7,000 viewpoint articles
  • 41 complete titles from the Information Plus reference program
  • More than 275 primary documents
  • 300 biographies of social activists and reformers
  • Nearly 5,000 statistical tables, charts and graphs
  • Nearly 4,600 topic overviews that provide context for the issues
  • More than 775 court-case overviews
  • 334 profiles of federal agencies and special interest groups
  • 2,000 links to reviewed and subject-indexed Web sites
  • More than 1,300 images, all hand-selected to support the topics covered
  • More than 135 full-text periodicals and newspapers
  • Podcasts from the Weekly Presidential Radio Address

New Electronic Resource: JSTOR Plant Science

JSTOR Plant Science is an online environment that brings together global plants content, tools, and people interested in plant science. It provides access to foundational content vital to plant science – plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials. They are offering JSTOR Plant Science to all participating institutions worldwide at no cost.

JSTOR Plant Science offers access to botanical and other resources from around the world including:

  • The world’s largest database of plant type specimens representing the botanical diversity of the planet. More than 600,000 specimens are available today. When complete, there will be an estimated 2.2 million.
  • Over 175,000 scientific research articles and other content dating back hundreds of years from leading academic journals including Kew Bulletin, Mycologia, International Journal of Plant Sciences, Science, PNAS, and others.
  • Foundational reference works and books such as The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa, Flowering Plants of South Africa, and illustrations from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.
  • A significant set of correspondence, including Kew’s Directors’ Correspondence which included hand-written letters and memorandum from the senior staff of Kew from 1841 to 1928.
  • More than 20,000 paintings, photographs, drawings, and other images.

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