Collection News: March 2005
- Early English Books: Text Creation Partnership
- GeoScienceWorld Trial
- Inside Higher Ed
- Peeved by PDFs?
Libraries Join Text Creation Partnership
The University Libraries are delighted to announce our membership in the Early English Books Online (EEBO) Text Creation Partnership (TCP). TCP leaders the University of Michigan, the University of Oxford, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and ProQuest Information and Learning are engaged in an exceptional partnership to create searchable full-text editions for a significant portion of the Short Title Catalog of Early English books published between 1473 and 1700. ProQuest has already created digital images for nearly 125,000 works, distributed under the title Early English Books Online. The Universities of Michigan and Oxford, with the support of the international library community, are creating accurately keyboarded and tagged editions of a significant portion of this culturally significant corpus. The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership has proposed to create 25,000 searchable and readable editions that link immediately to the corresponding ProQuest image files. In combination, the text and image editions of these works provide a powerful research and instructional tool of unquestioned enduring value.
By joining the partnership, the University Libraries are helping to fund this important effort and we will own the texts outright in 5 years' time.
Want to try out TCP? There are two ways to search and view TCP texts:
- When searching in EEBO, use the LIMIT TO drop-down box to choose "Items with keyed full text." Any keywords entered will be searched in the full-text of all available documents.
- Or, try searching at the University of Michigan site where the data is prepared, checked, and loaded before it is delivered to ProQuest. To search the texts from the University of Michigan interface, please visit the TCP web site where the data is prepared, checked, and loaded before it is delivered to ProQuest. To search the texts from the University of Michigan interface, please visit the TCP web site at http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/e/eebo/.
- 30 leading geoscience journals from 22 scholarly societies
- the GeoRef index to geology literature; with updates scheduled weekly
- hyperlinks to and from journals from HighWire Press journals, GeoRef, ISI's Web of Science, CrossRef, and Medline
- searching across all GSW journals and all of GeoRef simultaneously
- map coordinates for geography-based searching in GeoRef
- map and image links to the Alexandria Digital Library
- bibliographic references can be downloaded to various citation managers, including file formats for EndNote, Reference Manager, ProCite, and BibTex
- individuals who complete a free registration form on the site may sign-up for a variety of email alerts - notification of publication of a new issue, copies of tables of contents, notification of new content available as specified by author and/or keyword, reporting of corrections to previously published papers, and notice that a paper has been cited by another author
- the literature may be graphically browsed using the "TopicMap" data-visualization tool
Trial Ends: 4/13/2005. Send your comments
about GeoScienceWorld to Janet Dixon,
librarian for Geosciences.
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