Collection News: August - September, 2006
Web of Knowledge has New Look, Features
The Web of Science and Current Contents databases have been updated with several new search enhancements.
- Author Finder
This new four-step search allows you to narrow down your search for the authors of articles indexed in Web of Science (note that Author Finder does not work for cited author searches). You can combine variant forms or an author's name, choose subject areas, and even select institutional affilliation with this new feature:
- RefineYour Search
You can refine large search results sets by criteria such as Subject Category, Source Title, Document Type, Author, or Publication Year. In a database of more than 33 million items, that's a good thing!
- Assumed "And"
Words entered into a topic, abstract, or keyword search field now are automatically linked by the connector "and." This will broaden your retrieval. For example, the exact phrase "rattlesnake habitat" finds no matching records, while the search "rattlesnake and habitat" finds 35. You can still find exact phrases by placing quotation marks around your search phrase.
The Web of Knowledge platform provides access to the Web of Science and Current Contents databases. Web of Science is composed of the Arts and Humanities, Social Science, and Science Citation Indexes. These files allow you to search through records for more than 20,000 journals from all fields of study. Web od Science provides a unique citation search function, allowinf you to see what articles have cited certain authors or articles in their own work. Current Contents provides daily updates on new articles published in more than 8,000 journals in a wide variety of fields.
A Surfeit of Social Science Sources on CSA
Sure Ebsco and ProQuest are quick. But where can you find comprehesive coverage for sociology and social work topics? If you haven't searched Sociological Abstracts and Social Service Abstracts on CSA in a while, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Not only is CSA's new Illumnia platform streamlined and easy to use, but thousands of new links to full text on ProQuest and other services are now available. Cited reference searching allows you to follow footnotes to related scholarship. Scholar profiles provide contact information for subject experts. Tabs allow you to filter results for popular magazines, academic journals, or other formats.
Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Records published by Sociological Abstracts in print during the database's first 11 years, 1952-1962, have recently been added to the database.
Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,500 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.
Chronicle of Higher Education Now Available to Campus
The Libraries now make available the Chronicle of Higher Education for the entire campus, without logins or password. Now you can browse the latest headlines on colleges and universities, view statistics on enrollments and budgets, scan the job ads, and more. Articles are available from 1989 to the present, with special issues on topics such as campus architecture, legal issues, or libraries. Browse charts and data on subjects as diverse as institutions producing the most Fulbright scholars or how to explain déjà vu. View facts and figures from the Chronicle Almanac back to 1995/96. It's an education in education!
Need to find Armstrong landing on the moon? An interview with Big Bird (actor Carol Spinney)? Archival footage of the great Mississippi flood? Your favorite librarian commercials? Give Google Video a try. A specialized search engine for media clips, Google Video indexes free and for-pay films, along with many teaser trailers or previews for current commercial films or television shows. Borwse top downloads in categories such as "animation," "sports," "tv shows," or "Google picks." A new feature allows you to upload your own footage, as well. Ready on the Set... Action!