Collection News: July / August 2004
- Congressional Serial Set Online
- New Web of Knowledge Interface
- Electronic Reserves and Article Linking
- British Theses Index
The University Libraries are pleased to announce our acquisition of the United States Congressional Serial Set Online. The Serial Set, the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, constitutes an incomparably rich collection of primary source material on all aspects of American History. Taken together with the American State Papers, the Serial Set covers 1789 up until the present day.
In this new online version, you can search by author, title, date, bill or resolution number, geographic location or keyword and limit your search to those documents containing tables, maps, or illustrations. Documents are available in PDF and TIFF formats.
Currently, documents are available online from the 15th through 27th Congresses (1817 - 1841). When complete in 2007, the Congressional Serial Set Online will offer more than 12 million pages from 13,800 volumes, covering publications from the early State Papers series (1789-) through 1984.
Web of Science and Current Contents have a new look and many new features, including:
- Alerting options
- Users can create Personal Citation Alerts to track citation activity on articles of interest
- Users can now select daily, weekly, or monthly schedules.
- In Current Contents, eFirst provides bibliographic information for peer-reviewed journal articles before the complete issue is published.
- In Current Contents, links now take users directly to related Web of Science records, to InfoLinks catalog records, or even to available full text.
- Citation searching
- Enhancements include an improved search screen, better instructions on selecting citation variants, and the ability to easily select multiple citation variants at once.
- Related Records® now presents the number of shared references for each related paper. Users can see which references are shared to allow them to identify those items with the highest degree of similarity.
- The new Analyze Tool allows users to refine searches and mine useful information from search results. Users can group results by author, publication year, journal subject category, institution, language, document type, or source title; and view a numerical and graphical representation of the analysis to discover trends or identify leaders in their field of research. Users can select individual groups of results and go directly to the set of articles.
- Search Results
- Ability to access up to 100,000 search results. No longer limited to the first 500 results, users can now view the entire depth of data available. To navigate within the larger results set the user can now jump to a specific page number. Marking functionality allows users to specify a range of records (up to 500) to place on the marked list.
- Hit count now displays on the top of the search results page.
The University Libraries are launching a new electronic reserves (e-reserves) services this fall. With ereserves, instructors can direct students to course readings online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Within copyright guidelines, Reserves staff can place course syllabi, example sets and tests, or even scanned journal articles or book chapters online for your class. To learn more about e-reserves, contact the Reserves staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructors can also link to specific articles in Ebsco, ProQuest, and other library databases from their course web pages or WebCT and BlackBoard modules. For help with article linking, visit our instruction page or contact the Electronic Resources Librarian.
The Index to Theses, which covers theses and dissertations accepted for higher degrees in Britain and Ireland, has dramatically expanded its coverage back to 1716. Abstracts are also being added for 44,000 theses completed from 1970 to 1985. The Interlibrary Loan Department can request British theses from the Center for Research Libraries or the British Library for your research.
Just remember: in the 18th century, theses were in Latin!