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Take Our Government Documents Survey

Calling all students, staff, faculty and community members!

Rod Library is currently evaluating the government documents collection, its usage, and how the collection might evolve in the future. In doing so, we request your input on this short survey. Your answers will be confidential and anonymous.

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For more information about government documents, please see our "Documents and Maps" web page.

 


April Exhibits at Rod Library

For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exhibits web page.


Training on ISI Web of Knowledge - April 7th

 
Rod Library now provides access to the Web of Knowledge collection of databases. Training sessions for faculty with a representative from Thomson Reuters have been scheduled for Wednesday, April 7th, from 11:00 – 12:00 noon and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Rod Library, Room 373. To sign up, please call Chris Neuhaus at 273-3718. 
 
What is the Web of Knowledge? - It’s a research platform that provides access to leading citation databases and a variety of content. However, Web of Knowledge is more than an aggregation of content and tools. It's a unified platform that enables you to conduct one search to find all relevant items. The content includes:
  • 23,000 journals (with cover-to-cover indexing)
  • 23 million patents
  • 110,000 conference proceedings 
  • 2 million chemical structures
  • 700 million cited references
Web of Knowledge indexes both cited and citing works, enabling the user to more easily identify links between current and historical research.  The searcher can use cited reference data to move backward and forward in time to track and determine research influence, and use citation analysis to find influential authors who are publishing high-impact research, discover important author and/or institutional research collaborations, and determine where the most significant research is being published.
 
The Rod Library Web of Knowledge package includes:
 
Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index), with backfile coverage from 1995
Biological Abstracts (with backfile for 1995 - 2008)
Zoological Record
Medline
EndNote Web (can also be utilized in conjunction with some other Library databases)
 
The Library also has initiated a subscription to Journal Citation Reports®, beginning with Science Edition 2009 and Social Science Edition 2009.
 
The Library was able to subscribe to the Web of Knowledge by redirecting funds previously dedicated to a print subscription to the Social Science Citation Index and a subscription to Biological Abstracts on a different vendor platform. Backfiles were acquired in part with non-recurring funds.

CQ Researcher

The CQ Researcher is a powerful research tool for finding original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. It offers an overview of a topic and provides resources and information for further study.

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Database Cancellations and Changes

Rod Library has canceled its subscriptions to the Testing & Education Reference Center, Wilson Art Abstracts, and Wilson Applied Science & Technology Full Text databases, and will lose access to them by mid April.  Many of the test preparation materials available through Testing & Education Reference Center are available in other formats in the Library collection.  Wilson Art Abstracts is being replaced with Wilson Art Full Text, which not only indexes over 500 periodicals but also provides access to the full text of nearly 200 journals, with content dating back to 1997.  The Library also has canceled its subscription to Wilson Applied Science & Technology Full Text.  It is exploring alternative resources.  In the interim, you may find the Engineering Village 2, Web of Science, and ScienceDirect databases useful.


Changes in Newspaper Databases

As of March 31st, NewsBank's America's Newspapers and Access World News will no longer be available.  In 2009, NewsBank lost the rights to provide access to Gannett publications, including the Des Moines Register, which had been accessible through America's Newspapers.  The Library has redirected funds to making the Register available on the ProQuest platform.  It appears on the Databases A - Z list as Des Moines Register.  Other databases with varied national and international news content to which the Library subscribes include Ethnic Newswatch, LexisNexis Academic, Newspaper Source, and PressDisplay.  The Library also subscribes to the New York Times (1851-2006):  ProQuest Historical Newspapers.


Hi-Def in Rod Library!

Hi-def equipment

The Art & Music Collection, located on the 4th floor of the library, is now equipped with a Blu-Ray DVD player and a 42-inch LCD flat panel television that is high-definition capable. The library also has a growing collection of high-definition movies and movies that have been remastered in high definition including operas, foreign films such as Chunking Express and Before the Rain, and Hollywood blockbusters like Terminator 2: Judgment Day.


Keep Up-to-Date with Automated Alert Services

Alerting services provide a way to automate searches in your fields of interest. This involves setting up a personal account with a database, publisher, or other organization; saving a search that is executed on some regular basis; and requesting that alerts be sent. Notices of new publications matching your saved search are sent by email or RSS feed (What is RSS). The frequency of alerts varies. In some cases, an alert is sent whenever a search match occurs; in other cases, it's on some scheduled basis such as weekly or monthly. Below are examples of alerts by type of resource. Books Rod Library UNISTAR - Within your My Library account, searches can be saved, with notification sent when something on the topic is added to the collection. Books in Print - can create a BIP My Account, then save searches Amazon - some commercial services provide email notifications of new books similar to those purchased in past Articles Many journal databases and publishers provide alert services. Below are examples of Rod Library databases providing alert services for new issues of specified journals or new articles by a certain author on on a certain subject; this page provides basic instructions. ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest) American Accounting Association Digital Library Business Source Elite EconLIT Ingenta PsycINFO Rod Library News Rod Library news items can be accessed every day on the Library home page and they also can be received via RSS feed. Rod Library BizBlog Rod Library BizBlog news items can be received via RSS feed. Google Alerts This can used to get notifications of new web pages on specific topics. While Google Alerts cover some social networking sites, services such as Addictomatic and TweetDeck can be used to search various social media sites. Web Page Monitors Free and fee-based programs can be used to monitor specific web sites and be notified of changes. One example is Watch That Page.


Access to Panther Prowler & Find it! Restored

The Panther Prowler and Find it! server has been repaired and access to these resources has been restored.  Please report any problems you experience.  Thank you again for your patience!


Business FAQ

The business library at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a knowledge database containing hundreds of business and economics questions asked by students and faculty there and thousands of links to sources, some free and some available only to subscribers. Called Business FAQ, it is organized into fifteen broad categories that can be browsed or searched. Penn has made the underlying software and database available to business libraries at other research universities for local adaptation. The Dartmouth Feldberg Library has created an interface through which numerous local adaptations can be searched. Called Business FAQs Search, it can be used to search for sources containing information on specific topics, such as "historical stock prices". If intersted in a source that is not free to everyone, check the Rod Library catalog to see if UNI subscribes to it.


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