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In the Stacks: New databases, e-journals, opportunities in Morse Library

January 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

From the Morse Library staff:

It’s been quite a while since our last column, so we here at Morse Library have a few updates for you as we head into spring 2014. We’ve got a number of new databases, ebooks and ejournals, training and learning opportunities, and even some new staff members.

New Electronic Resources
We’re excited to announce the addition of six new full-text databases to the library collections. Known as the EBSCO and H.W. Wilson Source databases, these databases are available on the EBSCOhost platform (home of Academic Search Premier), so their interfaces may look familiar to you. The Source databases replace OmniFile Full Text Mega, Art Full Text, and Art Index Retrospective, but have no fear! These resources contain many of the full-text journals that were found in those databases, plus much more added content! In addition to full-text holdings, each database provides indexing for hundreds or thousands of scholarly titles.

The six Source databases are:

●     Applied Science & Technology Source: 1,400+ full-text titles covering topics related to applied science and computing disciplines.

●     Art Source: 600+ full-text titles covering topics ranging from fine, decorative, and commercial art to architectural design.

●     Education Source: 1,700+ full-text titles covering research in education at all levels.

●     Humanities Source: 1,800+ full-text titles covering topics related to literary, scholarly, and creative thought.

●     Legal Source: 800+ full-text scholarly law journal titles.

●     Library & Information Science Source: 400+ full-text titles on topics such as librarianship, cataloging, and information management.

Links to these databases can be found on our alphabetical list of databases as well as on database subject pages. Alternatively, from within EBSCOhost, simply click on the “Choose Databases” link and select those databases you wish to search as seen here:

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To learn more about these databases, visit EBSCO’s information page or stop by the library reference desk.

The library is also excited to announce the availability of new ebooks and ejournals. Current issues of both Nature and Science are now available online! Access issues of Science online from 1997-present here and recent issues of Nature online here. New ebooks continue to be added to the library collections, as well, including material from Springerlink and ebrary. These titles are all discoverable in the library catalog.

Since we’re on the topic of digital resources, it’s worth noting that the Beloit College Digital Collections continue to grow. Most recently, more issues of the Beloit College Magazine have been added, bringing the total number of digitized issues up to 291. You can view issues from 1910-1925 and 1955-present here. We expect the complete run to be uploaded soon, so check back often for newly added issues.

Learning Opportunities for Spring 2014
We’re coordinating a host of drop-in learning opportunities for the campus community this semester. Most of the sessions will be repeated throughout the term, and we hope you’ll consider stopping by to learn more about some of these topics. Session topics include reference managers, research readiness, Google Engine maps, Google Sites and Blogger, Moodle, and annotating PDFs. Visit our
drop-in session page for details and a complete session schedule.

New Faces and New Spaces
We’ve got a few new staff members at the library! Kallie Leonard joined us in the fall as our new collection acquisition and access coordinator. Although she’s been here for some time,
Michelle Tom has begun a new role as digital archivist. Lastly, Meghan Dowell joined us in December in the new role of consulting librarian. When you see these folks at the library and around campus, be sure to introduce yourself!

Staff both new and old have shuffled to new locations within the library, and some of our rooms have changed names to better reflect their purposes. Here’s a quick summary of these changes:

●    Collections and Interlibrary Loan occupies the lower level room formerly known as Technical Services. It’s where you’ll find Cindy Cooley (ILL), Kallie Leonard (collection acquisition and access coordinator), and Michelle Tom (digital archivist).

●    Library and Instructional Technology Engagement (LITE) occupies the former Instructional Technology office on the lower level, which itself was formerly the Faculty Resource Room and ILL. The LITE room is occupied by librarians and instructional technology staff.

●    The Learning Studio on the lower level was formerly known as the Bibliographic Instruction room.

●     The Innovation Space on the main level was formerly known as the Mediated Technology Space (MeTS).

●     The Consultation Room on the lower level was formerly the Digital Resources Librarian office.

We Want to Hear From You!
As always, we’re happy to assist you with your research needs. Feel free to contact the library reference desk by phone at ext. 2246 or by email and Google chat at
libref@beloit.edu. To keep up with library updates as they happen, be sure to like us on Facebook.