Library releases new Ebsco Discovery Services

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UMass Lowell Libraries has rolled out the use of three Discovery Services from Ebsco Publishing: the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS), LinkSource, and the A-to-Z Portal. These new features provide a big improvement over similar services the library previously provided.

The Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) in particular offers far more accuracy, speed, and advanced search options than “360 Search” that the library had been using. In advanced search, researchers can now search within full text and also log in with an Ebsco account and save searches. Additional options are also available to limit search results by publisher, publication type, source type, date, language, or full text.

The search-result page (viewed below) displays the many advantages over the library’s previous program, such as the far richer record display and multiple options to refine results. In addition, users can configure RSS feeds and email alerts.

When a citation is available without full-text, a LinkSource icon directs users to full-text options. This link replaces the previously used “360 Link to full text” icon. It functions the same way as “360 Link” did, linking users directly to full text articles or books if available or to an ILL link for an inter-library loan request if not.

Finally, Ebsco’s A-to-Z Portal is now in use to search for the full-text availability of online journals or books.

All of these services are accessible from the Library’s website home page in the central tabbed search boxes and from the alphabet index. Subject-specific EDS search boxes are also available for quick searching at the top of each of the database subject web pages.

For comments or questions about these new services, please contact joseph_fisher@uml.edu

 

Nursing Reference Center: Database Trial Renewed from Ebsco Publishers

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Ebsco has provided UMass Lowell with a 6-week free trial to their Nursing Reference Center database. The trial is available until 31 March 2011.

Nursing Reference Center (NRC) is intended for staff nurses, nurse administrators, nursing students, nurse faculty, and hospital librarians. It delivers the most recent clinical evidence and knowledge on conditions and diseases via a nursing-specific graphical interface.Included are over 3,500 evidence-based lessons on procedures, diseases and conditions, legal cases and drugs. These consist of over 2,700 Care Sheets and Lessons, more than 700 Legal Cases, over 300 Research Instruments, plus over 500 Continuing Education Full Text Documents. In addition, more than 4,000 Health Library documents are available in both English and Spanish.

Patient care planning and access to detailed drug information is simplified via embedded HTML copies of F.A. Davis’s Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications, F.A. Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses and Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Ebsco’s AAS Historical Periodicals Collection trial — Extended to Jan. 20

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Ebsco has released Series 3 and 4 of its 5-part American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection. This extends coverage from 1691 in Series 1 through 1865 in Series 4. All four of the available series are now accessible to UMass Lowell users on a trial basis, originally through the month of November 2011, and now extended through Nauary 20, 2012.

The AAS collections consist of the following four year ranges: 1691 – 18201821 – 1837, 1838-1852,  and 1853-1865. When complete there will be one more series added.

The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Series 1: 1691-1820 presents 550 titles. Representing over two centuries of print culture and ranging from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil on the eve of the Revolution and during the early republic.

The (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection Series 2:  1821 – 1837 presents over 1000 titles that cover the Jacksonian Democracy era and includes agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS): Series 3: 1838-1852 presents over 1,800 titles that reveal a rapidly growing young nation, where industrialization, the railroads, regional political differences, and life on the western frontier were daily realities. Subjects covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS): Series 4: 1853-1865 presents over 1,100 titles that focuses on the Civil War but also includes a diverse record of the continuance of daily life for many Americans—both leading up to and during the war. News from the battlefront can be found, in addition to the usual breadth of subject matter found in previous collections that include science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

The entire AAS Historical Periodicals Collection will consist of five series created from serials holdings belonging to one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society, and featuring about 6500 titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century.

Access to these trials is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

Please leave comments. They help tremendously in our decision making.

NetLibrary eBooks now Ebsco eBook Collection

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The new Ebsco eBook Collection site is now live and available for access.

Last year Ebsco Publishing purchased the NetLibrary ebook platform. As of July 20, Ebsco has completed the rollover from the old NetLibrary platform to hosting the eBooks on the Ebscohost database platform. This new eBook Collection site shares the same interface design as all of the other Ebsco online databases.

UMass Lowell Libraries currently subscribes to 25 database titles from Ebsco, including popular sites such as Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, Historical Abstracts, and PsycInfo. Now when you search any of the regular Ebsco online databases, you can also easily add the eBook collection into a multi-database search.

The Ebsco eBook Collection contains over 5,000 titles. It can be searched in much the same manner that NetLibrary allowed, by keyword, date, author, title, ISBN, or publisher.  By clicking on the eBooks link in the top menu bar, users can also browse by subject category, Latest Added titles, and Featured Books.

With an Ebscohost account, available for free to all users, bookmarks and notes can be added for future reference. You can also add titles to folders for easy access. Only one user, however, can read a book at a time. When a book is opened by a user, it is effectively checked out and unavailable for others to use at that time.

For further information about using eBooks on the Ebsco site, please view this help page –

http://support.epnet.com//help/?int=ehost&ver=live&lang=en&feature_id=eBooks

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text: Ebsco Database Trial

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Ebsco Publishing has provided UMass Lowell with a one-month free trial to their Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text database. the trial will expire on April 1, 2011.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text is the full-text counterpart of Criminal Justice Abstracts, formerly from SAGE. This resource contains more than 300,000 records with  full text for more than 200 magazines and journals as well as full text books and monographs. Acknowledging the increased globalization of criminology, coverage of hundreds of journals from around the world has been added.

Essentially all areas related to criminal justice and criminology are covered. Subject areas include criminology; criminal justice; criminal law and procedure; corrections and prisons; police and policing; criminal investigation; forensic sciences and investigation; history of crime; substance abuse and addiction; probation and parole.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text: Database Trial from Ebsco

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Ebsco has provided UMass Lowell with a 30-day free trial to their CINAHL Plus with Full Text database. The trial is available until 31 March 2011.

Unlike the university’s current subscription to CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), the Plus with full-text edition offers complete full-text coverage to more than 770 journals (with current issue access included) along with over 275 full-text books.

CINAHL Plus provides indexing for more than 4,500 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, with coverage dating as far back as 1937. It offers complete coverage of English language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association, covering subjects of nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. In addition, access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters, as well as Evidence-Based Care Sheets are also provided.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Trial Extended Through Dec. 24

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The trial from Ebsco Publishing for the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections has been extended to run through December 24, 2010. The AAS collections consist of two series so far, 1691 – 1820 and 1821 – 1837. Series 3, 4, and 5 will be available soon.

The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Series 1: 1691-1820 presents 550 titles. Representing over two centuries of print culture and ranging from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil on the eve of the Revolution and during the early republic.

The (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection Series 2:  1821 – 1837 presents over 1000 titles dating from 1821 through 1837. The subject matter covered in Series 2 represents the Jacksonian Democracy era in history and is broad in scope and includes agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics

The entire AAS Historical Periodicals Collection will consist of five series created from serials holdings belonging to one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society and featuring about 6500 titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century.

Access to these trials is available below as well as through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

Please leave comments. They help tremendously in our decision making.

AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Trial Through Oct. 31

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The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections are available now from Ebsco Publishing for a one-month free trial until October 31, 2010. AAS collections consist of two series so far, 1691 – 1820 and 1821 – 1837. Series 3, 4, and 5 will be available soon.

The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Series 1: 1691-1820 presents 550 titles. Representing over two centuries of print culture and ranging from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil on the eve of the Revolution and during the early republic.

The (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection Series 2:  1821 – 1837 presents over 1000 titles dating from 1821 through 1837. The subject matter covered in Series 2 represents the Jacksonian Democracy era in history and is broad in scope and includes agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics

The entire AAS Historical Periodicals Collection will consist of five series created from serials holdings belonging to one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society and featuring about 6500 titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century.

Access to these trials is available below as well as through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

Please leave comments. They help tremendously in our decision making.

EBSCO databases adds enhanced PDF viewer

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Enhanced PDF Viewer:

EBSCOhost features a special viewer designed to streamline the browsing of an entire issue, or all available volumes and issues, from one screen. So now, when you open an article in PDF format you open the entire issue of that journal and can easily navigate throughout the issue using the sidebar navigation menu. You can also easily jump to any other available issue and view the table of contents with the navigation menu. This makes for very convenient browsing within journal publications.

Features that allow users to easily navigate and manage open PDFs include the following:

  • Table of content column with instant access to citations with title, author and subject detail
  • Hyperlinked access to full text issue contents, by article or chapter titles
  • A convenient list of hyperlinked thumbnails to illustrations
  • Expand/collapse arrow to control open PDF view

To view a short demonstration of this new feature, click here.

Subjects on Result List Items

In addition, due to customer feedback, individual records within the EBSCOhost Result List now display subject headings for all applicable databases. The subject headings are not hyperlinked, but they do provide added information about the content of articles in the result list that are otherwise limited to minimal citations.