Collection News for November 2003
- Mental Measurements Yearbook
- Public Library of Science
- Spanish Periodical Indexes
- Ebsco Resources for Children
- BioOne Indexing Database
- Classical.com Trial
The Buros Institute's Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY), which includes test reviews and references for hundreds of intelligence, personality, vocational, and other types of psychological tests, is now available online through the SilverPlatter/WebSPIRs interface. Researchers in a wide variety of fields, including education, counseling, social work, sociology, and management, can consult the Mental Measurements Yearbooks to identify English-language tests that are available for purchase.
For each test, the database provides the name of the test author, publication information, scoring information, and the number of the Mental Measurements Yearbook in which the test was described originally. The full text for each record includes an overview of the test, a description of the test materials and time needed, and one or more reviews of the test.
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.
PLoS is working with scientists, their societies, funding agencies, and other publishers to pursue our broader goal of ensuring an open-access home for every published article and to develop tools to make the literature useful to scientists and the public.
PLoS has just published their first online journal archive, PLoS Biology.
The General Directorate for Libraries of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) has granted OCLC/FirstSearch the exclusive right to distribute UNAM’s CLASE and PERIÓDICA databases online.
CLASE (Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades) and PERIÓDICA (Índice de Revistas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias) have been produced by UNAM since the mid-1970s. The databases offer information from articles, essays, book reviews, technical reports, and interviews published in journals edited in 24 different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan-American issues.
Library users will be able to search the combined CLASE/PERIÓDICA database to retrieve citations from both databases, or limit their search results to citations from either the CLASE or PERIÓDICA database.
CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American and Caribbean journals specializing in social sciences and humanities. PERIÓDICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. CLASE and PERIÓDICA offer access to more than 400,000 citations from documents published in 2,800 selected scholarly journals, and have become significant reference resources for those interested in what is published in or about Latin America.
All the original source documents indexed in the CLASE and PERIÓDICA databases are housed and available at the Hemeroteca Latinoamericana (Latin American Periodicals Library) located at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. OCLC plans to add a link from records in the CLASE/PERIÓDICA database to the Web site of UNAM’s Document Retrieval Service. Library users will be able to click on this link and order copies of the articles they need directly from UNAM’s Document Retrieval Service.
Ebsco Adds Several Resources for Young Readers
As a part of the package of Ebsco databases now available to all Arkansas Libraries, University of Arkansas students and faculty now have access to several databases for children and young adults. These resources will aid students in primary and secondary education programs, and provide an electronic extension of the printed "Learning Resources for Children" collection now housed on the third floor of Mullins Library.
Resources now available from Ebsco include:
- Ebsco Animals: an encyclopedia of short articles on various species and habitats
- Ebsco Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia: a student encyclopedia covering all topics, with news, research organizers, quizzes, and teacher resources
- Ebsco Primary Search: full text for more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines, with reading level indicated
- Ebsco Middle Search: full text for more than 150 popular, middle school magazines, with reading level indicated. Also includes reference sources such as Essential Documents in American History
- EBSCO MAS (Middle and Senior Search): full text from more than 500 popular general interest and current events publications covering general reference, health, science, and other areas, with reading level indicated. In addition, offers reference works such as 5,000 full text Magill Book Reviews, the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book, and World Almanac & Book of Facts.
- Ebsco Searchasaurus: a colorful, easy-to-use search interface to the databases listed above; designed for elementary and middle school students
These and other Ebsco databases have been acquired for all Arkansas libraries with funds from the federal Library Services & Technology Act.
The BioOne bibliographic database, now available from CSA, is an indexed and fully-searchable collection of abstracts that link to the full-text articles available from the BioOne organization. BioOne provides a unique aggregation of over 65 high-impact bioscience research journals from more than 50 publishers. Additional publishers and journals will be added over time, and the aggregation will ultimately encompass over 200 bioscience titles.
These titles are produced by societies and non-commercial publishers and a majority were previously available only in printed form. BioOne was developed by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the University of Kansas, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and Allen Press. The organization is committed to a non-profit objective of disseminating important, scholarly information focused on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences by recovering costs while ensuring sustainability. More information can be found at http://www.bioone.org or in the recent article on BioOne published in College and Research Libraries.
This month, try out the Classical.com Music Library. Classical.com Music Library is the world's first classical music collection for listening on computers in the library and at home. Classical.com includes:
- 12,000-plus tracks
- Large and growing collection of classical music recordings for listening, browsing and searching, benchmarked against the Music Library Association listing of essential sound recordings.
- Fully licensed and legal music service
- Classical has licensed recordings from some of the most respected classical music labels in the US, UK and Europe, and legally compensates artists and labels.
- Extensive reference resource
- 1000's of program notes, composer biographies, and images cross-referenced to the recordings.
- Advanced search functionality
- Search by keyword, work title or opus number, composer, genre, instrutment, period, soloist or ensemble.
- Recommended playlists
- 100's of recommended classical music playlists presented by themes and categories.
- User-friendly interface
- Enables patrons to organize, create, save and share their own selections of music.
- Optional Download and Custom CD functionality
- Facility for users to purchase and own any recordings in digital or CD format
- Regular news and features
- Latest classical music news and information
Connection details for the Classical.com trial are available on our trials page.