Collection News for January 2012
Indexes and full-text databases produced by the H.W. Wilson company are now hosted on the popular Ebsco platform. Founded by a bookseller in the 19th century, Wilson reference sources were consulted by generations of college students, from the ubiquitous Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, first produced in 1901, to more recent full-text collections, such the Art Full Text. Librarians and researchers have always valued the special attention Wilson indexers gave to accurate and complete descriptions of periodical content. You can read more about the history of H.W. Wilson, together with an appreciation, on the American Library Association web site.
But the move is not entirely somber! Researchers will enjoy the ability to search the former Wilson titles together with other Ebsco databases, such as Academic Search Complete, as well as useful Ebsco features such as "cite this," direct linking to and saving search strategies, and full text from thousands of general periodicals and scholarly journals. In addition, there are no longer limits to a small number of simultaneous users.
The following are the former H.W. Wilson databases now on Ebsco:
- Art Full Text
- Art Index Retrospective
- Book Review Digest Retrospective
- Children's Catalog / Core Collection
- Library Literature and Information Science Full Text
- Readers' Guide Retrospective
Did you know that from your smart phone you can:
- Find research articles on almost any topic?
- Chat with a librarian, 24/7?
- Browse thousands of works of art?
- Listen to thousands of tracks of music?
- Access your personal RefWorks, EndNote Web, or Zotero libraries?
Read up on all these tools—and more—on our Mobile LibGuide. There you will find featured and new tools, such as the new Ebsco app for iPhone and Android or the Web of Science Mobile interface, as well as access instructions from your phone. It's the library in your pocket!
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of research libraries working together to collect, preserve, and make available esoteric materials from all corners of the global. Its outstanding collections include more than 3.5 million volumes of research materials rarely held in North American libraries. CRL offers large collections of foreign dissertations, newspapers, and microfilm sets. Because the University Libraries have membership in CRL, University of Arkansas students, faculty, and staff may borrow these collections through Interlibrary Loan.
Each year, CRL member libraries vote on microfilm or digital publications that should be added for the use of all. Often,these commercially-published sources are too expensive or highly specialized for any one library to acquire. Some of the new additions coming in 2012 are:
Central American Archives microfilm
The Archivo General de Centroamérica (Central American Archives) 1544–1821, in Guatemala, is the most comprehensive collection found anywhere in the world of historical records spanning the period of Spanish rule in the Americas. The major units of the microfilm are Chiapas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Yucatan (Belize).
CIS Congressional Bills Resolutions Laws on Microfiche
The CIS microfiche collection provides the full texts of the original amended and revised versions of all House and Senate public and private bills, simple joint and concurrent resolutions, and public laws. It includes the following congresses: 1933 (73rd congress)–1938 (74th congress); 1967–68 (90th congress); and the 1973 (93rd congress)–1978 (95th congress).
Die Dame July 1922–December 1941
Originally published by Ullstein, Die Dame was a glossy sophisticated magazine directed to the German New Woman. Die Dame provided topical commentaries on fashion; detailed discussions of the latest trends in clothes, accessories, and hairstyles; and elaborate coverage of the film world.
Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Transitional Press
Comprised of more than 1,000 newspaper titles from around the Russian Federation (and to a limited extent from Belarus and Ukraine), this collection's period of coverage is roughly from 1985 to 2000 including the regimes of Mikhail Gorbachev (1985–91), the last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; and Boris Yeltsin (1991–99), the first President of the Russian Federation following the dissolution of the USSR.
The Sun (New York N.Y.: Sun-Herald)
The original New York Sun began publication Sept. 1833 as a morning newspaper. An evening edition was introduced in 1887. The morning edition of the Sun was subsumed by the New York Herald in 1919. The Evening Sun continued until January 4, 1950, when it merged with the New York World-Telegram and Sun. In 1966, this paper became part of the New York World Journal Tribune,
which folded the following year.
Variety (New York, NY)
This weekly trade publication began in 1905 to cover vaudeville. It soon expanded to cover the rapidly growing film industry, and published the first film review in 1907.
Zhongguo jin dai ge di xiao bao hui kan Di yi ji Translation: The Compilation of tabloids in Modern China: First Series.
The many tabloids published in Modern China reflected all aspects of social life and touched upon many other subjects of the time. These newspapers provide ample raw materials for the studies of politics, economy, urban development, art history, film, theater, and even literature for the period they covered.
Read more about the CRL Purchase Program at their web site. You can search the holdings of CRL though their catalog, which includes special filters for dissertations, newspapers, and digital materials.
Project MUSE, the search platform for almost 500 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and area studies, launched a new platform this year. This new interface integrates content from more than 12,000 books into the journal content. While the Libraries do not own any book content on Project Muse at this time, you can still search across the book content.
Some of the features of the new interface include:
- Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by content type (book or journal), subject area, author, and language of publication
- Enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type
- Search box on each page of the site, with type-ahead searching
- New access icons to help users clearly identify content to which they have paid access, free sample content, and open access content
Look for the check mark icon indicating that the Libraries have subscribed to the item you wish to read.
The Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) provides an online collection of almost 1,000 reference books; our collection is especially rich in works on literature,, the environment, and general science. This month, GVRL got a face lift that allows easy browsing by topic, through tables of contents, or through the book's index, when available. You can also search across our entire collection and use supplemental tools such as an integrated dictionary.