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, Ne
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.
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.
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.
Mergent Online is getting a new interface later in the semester. To see a preview, log on to Mergent Online and look for the link in the upper middle portion of the page that says, "Click here to view new Mergent Online." Mergent Online contains data on publicly-held companies from the U.S. and other countries. Company information includes, for example, 15+ years of financial statements, ratio analysis, history, joint ventures, lines of business, property, subsidiaries, capital stock, long term debt, and EDGAR SEC filings.
Join us for a free showing of Maquilapolis – City of Factories at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23rd in Room 324 of Rod Library. This documentary explores globalization through the eyes of Mexican factory workers. The event, which is part of Women’s Studies Month programming, is sponsored by Rod Library and Women’s & Gender Studies.
The documentary is part of the Library’s collection, and is available for individual and classroom viewing. The Library also has acquired public performance rights for the title.
The content of ABI/INFORM has been expanded recently to include the full text of some 23,000 business and economics-related dissertations. Searches can be limited to dissertations by clicking the More Search Options and then selecting the Publication Type of Dissertations. Another approach is to do a search by topic or author and see if any results are listed under the Dissertations tab. A search for "supply chain management" dissertations, for example, gets 197 results.
The company that produces LexisNexis Academic has developed a new interface. The old as well as the new interface will be available until the end of the spring, 2010 semester. Both interfaces - LexisNexis Academic for the old and LexisNexis Academic: Beta for the new - will be available from the Databases A-Z list on the Rod Library home page until then. The new interface has six search boxes on the initial page: News, Legal, Companies, Countries, People, and Combined.
Rod Library recently subscribed to a package of databases called Web of Knowledge. One feature of this package is called EndNote Web. EndNote Web is a tool that can be used to collect, organize, and format up to 10,000 references in your own passworded account. The references can be arranged by groups that correspond to your research interests. References can be directly exported from some databases into your EndNote Web account. They also can be added manually.