Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library trial

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The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is providing UMass Lowell Libraries with one-month trial access to its collection of 37 ejournals. The trial runs from November 17 to December 16, 2011.

The ICE Virtual Library hosts all the content from ICE Publishing, the publishing division of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).  This is the world’s most comprehensive online civil engineering resource. All told, ICE provides online access to over 1,500 books and 37 journals that cover all aspects of civil engineering.

As part of its ejournal collection, for example, ICE Proceedings form a unique interface between the worlds of theory and practice in civil engineering. They constitute 18 parts, covering every major civil engineering disciples, from energy to ground improvement, urban design and planning to construction materials. Other titles such as Geotechnique and Magazine of Concrete Research are internationally renowned for publishing research of the highest quality.

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

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JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments two week trial access

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Trial access is available to the complete content in the online JoVE site from November 10 – 24, 2011.

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is an online research journal employing visualization to increase reproducibility and transparency in biological, medical, chemical and physical research.

JoVE is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal that is the first journal to publish experimental techniques for biological sciences in video-format, which in comparison to traditional text journals, promotes easier visual comprehension and replication of experiments. Articles published in JoVe are in two parts — a video presentation at the top of each article with the article presented below in traditional print format.

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

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Emerald eBook Series Trial for Management and Social Sciences

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Emerald Insight Publishing is proving UMass Lowell with trial access to two of their new eBook Series Collections:  Business, Management, and Economics and Social Sciences.

Access to these two collections is available until the end of December, 2011.

Emerald Business, Management, and Economics is a growing collection of more than 650 volumes from over 80 eBook Series titles in 15 subject areas. Featuring relevant, international and quality content, in many fields including strategy, economics, accounting and finance and human resource management.

Emerald Social Sciences provides online access to more than 300 volumes from over 40 book series titles. The collection features high profile, international authors delivering cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research in the fields of education, environment, health care, language and linguistics, politics and policy and sociology and anthropology.

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

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RAND State Statistics database trial

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The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) has provided all of its members with month-long trial access to the new RAND State Statistics database. The trial runs through the month of November 2011.

The RAND database is a new product launched last summer. It offers a one-stop shop for nearly 80 statistical databases providing data at the state and county levels, while several provide data at the city/town level. Databases range from Economics (employment, wages, foreign trade, airline operations, etc.) to Population/Demographics (populations, projections, immigration, mortality, etc.) to Education (enrollment, finances, teacher salaries, etc.) and more (Health and Socioeconomic, Government Finance, Energy and Environment, and Community).

The following subjects areas are covered:

Business and Economics ▸ contains information on employment, unemployment, industry and occupational wages, occupational projections, construction, bankruptcies, inflation, foreign trade (imports and exports), gross state product, personal and per capita income, farm income, and airport operating statistics.
Community ▸ includes a number of “quality of life” databases, such as the number of crimes and crime rates, population density, national parks acreage and usage.
Education ▸ reports enrollment and student demographics for U.S. K12 schools and U.S. Colleges.
Energy and Environment ▸ reports energy sources, energy consumption, energy expenditures, and prices by state, installed wind power, and estimated water usage by state.
Government Finance ▸ reports revenues and expenditures by state, spending by program and agency, and local government spending in U.S. counties, cities, and special districts.
Health and Socioeconomic ▸ includes transfer of payments (retirement, Medicare, SSI, food stamps, unemployment insurance, veterans’ benefits), and drug-related deaths (accidental, intentional, and undetermined causes)
Population and Demographics ▸ contains U.S., county, and city population estimates, including population estimates by race, ethniticy, and age for most areas. It also includes population projections, border crossing and immigration statistics, deportations and naturalizations.

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

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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.

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ProQuest Business and Social Science Databases trial

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ProQuest has provided trial access to the following databases through December 6, 2011:

Banking Information Source
ProQuest Banking Information Source combines the currency of the Internet and the perspective of industry journals to provide over 640 authoritative sources of information from Industry and professional newsletters, School of BankMarketing Papers, and Stonier Theses. In addition articles from 470 full-text leading international journals are included.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
This database includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year. Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

ProQuest Entrepreneurship
ProQuest Entrepreneurship is designed to arm entrepreneurs with vital resources to develop and research their ideas while providing valuable insight to help progress and grow their product or service. It combines unusual collection of content types:

  • over 11,000 Video Clips of entrepreneurs giving firsthand accounts of their business experiences
  • nearly 400 business plans drawn from the well known University of Texas at Austin Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly Moot Corp)
  • thousands of market research documents
  • Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms
  • Business Cases
  • Over 48,000 premium company profiles from Hoovers

Access to these trials is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

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Alexander Street Press Database Trials

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Alexander St. Press is offering a group of databases for trial access to UMass Lowell. These resources are available through November 13, 2011. Included in the trial are the following titles:

American History in Video provides a rich collection of video for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

Black Thought and Culture contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. This material is indexed to enable in-depth browsing and searching of both the bibliographic and the full-text elements within the database.. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.

The Gilded Age brings primary documents and scholarly commentary together into a searchable collection. In addition to an extensive selection of key treatises, the collection also includes songs, letters, photographs, cartoons, government documents, and ephemera. This primary content is enhanced by video interviews with scholars and numerous topical critical documentary essays specially commissioned for the project by Alexander Street Press. Covering such themes as race, labor, immigration, commerce, western expansion, and women’s suffrage, these essays illuminate the rapidly changing cultural
landscape of America during the decades between the end of the Civil War and the election of Theodore Roosevelt. The collection currently has over 53,000 pages.

Harper’s Weekly was the definitive newspaper of record for the latter part of the nineteenth century and early twentieth. It had broad national distribution and some international, a circulation that exceeded 100,000 and peaked at 300,000, and effective readership of at least half a million people. This complete digital version includes the full text of all issues plus over 75,000 illustrations, cartoons, maps, and portraits.

Images of America: A History of American Life in Images in Texts is a new resource cultivated from Arcadia Publishing’s award-winning series of local history books. At completion, it will include over 1 million historical images and texts, celebrating American places and faces. All of the images and texts have been indexed, enabling users to explore the depth of a town’s history or to compare the histories of various towns, cultures, ethnic groups, architectural features, and more.

Lincoln and the Civil War is a subset of material from the Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines series focused on historical documents from newspapers and periodicals related to Lincoln’s Presidential political life from 1860 until his death immediately following the Civil War.

Social Theory offers an extensive selection of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. It features more than 150,000 pages of content by such major theorists as Theodor Adorno, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Émile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Robert Merton, Dorothy E. Smith , and Talcott Parsons.

Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history. The collection currently includes 102 document projects and archives with more than 4,050 documents and 145,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by some 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

Access to these trials is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

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ISI Web of Knowledge trial extended

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Thomson Reuters has made its  Web of Knowledge databases available for a one-month free trial with likely a second month trial extension. The first trial period was available through 12 October 2011. The extended trial period runs through November 11, 2011.

The trial features Web of Science, which researchers can use to search, track and analyze more than 35 years of current and retrospective journal and proceedings data in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

The following products and back-years are available:

Journal Citation Reports on the Web:

  • Science Edition 2008
  • Social Sciences Edition 2008

Web of Science:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded 1975-present
  • Social Sciences Citation Index 1975-present
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index 1975-present
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • Science: 1990-present
  • Social Science & Humanities: 1990-present

Trial access is limited to 1 simultaneous user.  Any subsequent attempts to access the database after 1 user is logged on will generate a message indicating that the maximum number of concurrent users is already in effect.  For this reason, PLEASE use the LOGOFF button at the end of each search session when  finished reviewing the product.  This immediately frees the session for the next user.

Web of Science

Web of Science provides access to the world’s leading citation databases:

  • Track prior research and monitor current developments, see who is citing your work, measure the influence of colleagues’ work, and follow the path of today’s hottest ideas.
  • Find hidden trends and patterns, gain insight into emerging fields of research, and identify leading researchers, institutions, and journals with the Analyze Tool.

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world’s leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles’ cited references, JCR Web helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Available in Science and Social Sciences editions.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

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CQ Press First Street database Trial

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CQ Press is providing UMass Lowell trial access to its new online government analysis product First Street. The trial is available through June 10, 2011.

First Street is a groundbreaking policy networking platform containing a wealth of information to help users research people and organizations shaping US Federal government policy.  Developed for lobbyists, law firms, associations, and anyone working to affect legislative policy, First Street is also designed to support academic research and classroom instruction.

A featured tool is the First Street Coalition Builder, an interactive tool providing data visualization to enhance classroom discussion and research presentations.  The Coalition Builder enables users to visually view how special interests and advocacy affect policy-making by connecting the dots between lobbying, issues, and campaign contributions:

  

First Street contains over 2 million direct connections with information on Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, registered lobbyists, PACs, and related organizations. This rich data pool, for example, enables the following types of usage:
  • Research a contact’s work history and the issues they have worked on in Congress, Federal agencies, and as a registered lobbyist
  • Visualize how lobbying firms and clients are related
  • Uncover what issues government agencies and legislation lobbying firms are lobbying
  • Identify lobbyists active in issue areas or lobbying a piece of legislation
  • Find all staff or lobbyists with experience on a certain issue
  • Instantly access contact information enabling proactive coalition building
  • Save searches and bookmark specific interests

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

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ABC-CLIO Trial: 12 Academic Edition Databases

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ABC-CLIO has made available all 12 databases in its new Academic Editions suite of online reference products for trial access through the month of June, 2011. The collection includes 12 distinct, subject-focused datatabases that are meant to align with college-level courses:

For off-campus access to these databases, please use the link at the top of this page.

One of the key features of the Academic Editions databases is an option titled “Idea Exchange” that provides a collection of peer-reviewed articles on core topics designed to encourage deeper scholarly exploration and discussion.

Other features of the Academic databases include regularly updated content relevant to each database’s subject area, enhanced navigation capabilities to assist in locating key resources, and searching and filtering efficiencies.

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

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