Collection News: October 2005
- Arkansas in the Civil War
- Art Museum Image Gallery
- Google Scholar and Scirus
- WilsonWeb adds Search Alerts
HarpWeek, the electronic version of the nineteenth-century illustrated magazine, Harper's Weekly, now hosts a special feature on Arkansas during the Civil War. Through this site, you can read essays on topics such as the politics and economy of Arkansas before the war and year-by-year descriptions of the conflict. In addition, the site features descriptions of specific battles at Cane Hill, Van Buren, Fayetteville, Helena, and Poison Spring by scholars Bill Shea, Greg Urwin, and others. The articles offer historical photographs, maps, and many links to stories in contemporary issues of Harper's Weekly.
While this special feature is freely available to all, HarpWeek itself is a subscription database acquired by the University Libraries. Anyone interested in American popular culture, literature, history, politics, science, or religion in the nineteenth century can find something intriguing in HarpWeek, where one can search by keyword, by author, by broad subject area or for certain kinds of articles or illustrations. For example, a quick search for "arkansas" and illustrations turns up images of Eureka Springs in its spa heyday, of Mississippi floods, of the land rush in the Cherokee Strip, of Indian pottery found in Arkansas mounds, of wild boar (razorback) hunting, and the arresting image, below, of African American volunteers mustering out of the army in Little Rock after being posted at Duvall's Bluff:
The Art Museum Image Gallery is an online collection of more than 90,000 high-quality, digital documentation of works of art from around the world. Works from major European, American, and Canadian artists in the collections of member museums are included. Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, Native American and Inuit art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, along with Japanese and Chinese works.
Works in the Art Museum Image Gallery are licensed for educational use, meaning that students and faculty may use these materials in class lectures, assignments, academic presentations, and password-protected course web sites. Users can search by creator, keyword in title or description, material, time period, geographic region, and more. Users can also search the images together with the Art Full-Text database.
Google Scholar, Scirus Scour the Web for Academic Publications
University of Arkansas researchers are now able to connect to more subscription content from the popular Google Scholar service. If you haven't tried Google Scholar, yet, or if you tested it when it was first launched and found the results disappointing, it's time to take a new look. Google Scholar now indexes "peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations." providing a more focused search than crawling the entire World Wide Web. Examples of some of the sources indexed are:
- commercial and association publishers participating in the CrossRef initiative, such as APA, ACM, GSA, IOP, BioOne, Blackwell, IEEE, Sage, Springer, and Wiley
- The OCLC WorldCat database of books
- Print servers such as the ArXiv physics server or the NASA Astrophysics Data System
- University institutional repositories of working papers, technical reports, articles, preprints, theses, and other documents created by faculty and students
- Subject gateways such as PubMed
The advantage in searching Google Scholar is the ability to retrieve so many different kinds of sources at once. Google Scholar also offers some citation searching (see the "Cited By" links). But in many cases Google Scholar will not provide the same comprehensive results you will find in our subscription indexes, such as Biological Abstracts or PsycINFO.
Another frustration in searching Google Scholar is in trying to identify or link to the 14,000+ electronic journals the Libraries subscribe to. You may retrieve a perfect citation, but not be able to access the full-text from off-campus. Be sure to use our link to Google Scholar so that you can be authenticated as a University of Arkansas student, faculty, or staff member and so gain electronic access to our subscribed journals. You can also double-check check InfoLinks, the library catalog, under the journal title to see if the article is available in our collections.
If Google Scholar is so great, why do you need to know about Scirus, a similar web search engine from Elsevier? Although there is a great deal of overlap in the two services, Scirus includes articles from the 1300+ Science Direct electronic journals that may not be found in Google Scholar. Scirus also allows you to choose more precise subject areas and to select the format of the document (pdf, html, etc.) that you wish to find. As with Google Scholar, be sure to use our link to Scirus so that you can be authenticated as a University of Arkansas student, faculty, or staff member and so gain electronic access to our subscribed journals. You can also double-check check InfoLinks, the library catalog, under the journal title to see if the article is available in our collections.
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WilsonWeb, the site that hosts the Art Full Text database,now offers search alerts. Search alerts allow you to receive email notification when a new citation is added to the database on a topic that interests you.
To set up a search alert on Art Full Text:
- Conduct a search.
- Click the "Search History" button on the left menu.
- Click the checkbox next to the search you wish to save and click the "Alert" button.
- Complete the form with your name and email address.
Your search alert will be active up for up to one year.