Archive for June, 2008

New Databases at the Library

The library has added several new databases for your research needs. Included are:

Biomedical Reference Collection
Full text for over 100 journals geared for doctors, research scientists, students and clinical specialists. All titles included are indexed in MEDLINE.

Corporate Resource Net
A business database for companies, contains full text articles from nearly 1,200 quality magazines and journals. Also includes are profiles of both international and domestic companies.

Health Source Consumer Edition
Health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

History Reference Center
Includes full text from reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, leading history periodicals, historical documents, biographies historical photos and maps, and historical video.

Literary Reference Center
Contains information from books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else.

MasterFILE Premier
A general interest database, including full text from 86,019 biographies

McClatchy Tribune Collection
Includes a 90-day archive of approximately 290 newspapers from the McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Middle Search Plus
Full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines, biographies, primary source documents, an Image Collection, maps and flags, with Lexile levels

Newspaper Source
Cover-to-cover full text for 25 national and international newspapers, and selective coverage of over 335 regional US papers

Nursing & Allied Health Collection: Basic
Full text for nearly 100 journals covering the areas of nursing, biomedicine, health sciences, consumer health and allied health disciplines, indexed in CINAHL

Professional Development Collection
520 high quality education journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles and more than 200 educational reports

Science Reference Center
Full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals on a wide range of science topics

Current events including social, political and economic issues and scientific discoveries

WARC: World Advertising Research Center
“Provides the largest single source of intelligence for the marketing, advertising, media and research communities worldwide, drawn from more than 40 international sources.”

June 24, 2008 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

Library Remodel – Update

Hi Everyone,

We are making some progress in planning our remodel. As we move through the process, we will be sharing all the information we have with you via our website.

Incidentally, our website itself will be changing in early July. You can check out the beta site at Look in the top right hand corner for the latest information about the remodel!

For now, I can tell you that:

1. We are close to hiring the Project Manager who will then help with all the rest of the planning. (Thank goodness)

2. We are planning to vacate the building by December if all goes well.

3. We will likely have to store the print collection off-site and will be looking for your input about how best to minimize the inconvenience this may cause.

4. We should move back into the new space in spring 2011!

Here we go!


June 13, 2008 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Open Access Data

We’ve all heard about Open Access journal articles or Open Access software. Much scientific research is already open and freely available to the public. According to the National Institutes for Health, “as of April 7, 2008, all final peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.”

But how about the data sets that scientists generate as part of their research? Could this data be shared to further collaborative research efforts? I ran across this blog today and learned something new and exciting about Open Access Data.

Here’s an excerpt from the Science Commons’ About Us page:

“There are petabytes of research data being produced in laboratories around the world, but the best web search tools available can’t help us make sense of it. Why? Because more stands between basic research and meaningful discovery than the problem of search.

Many scientists today work in relative isolation, left to follow blind alleys and duplicate existing research. Data is balkanized — trapped behind firewalls, locked up by contracts or lost in databases that can’t be accessed or integrated. Materials are hard to get — universities are overwhelmed with transfer requests that ought to be routine, while grant cycles pass and windows of opportunity close. It’s not uncommon for research sponsors to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in critically important efforts like drug discovery, only to see them fail.

The consequences in many cases are no less than tragic. The time it takes to go from identifying a gene to developing a drug currently stands at 17 years — forever, for people suffering from disease.

Science Commons has three interlocking initiatives designed to accelerate the research cycle — the continuous production and reuse of knowledge that is at the heart of the scientific method. Together, they form the building blocks of a new collaborative infrastructure to make scientific discovery easier by design.

Making scientific research “re-useful” — We help people and organizations open and mark their research and data sets for reuse. Learn more.

Enabling “one-click” access to research materials — We help streamline the materials-transfer process so researchers can easily replicate, verify and extend research. Learn more.

Integrating fragmented information sources — We help researchers find, analyze and use data from disparate sources by marking and integrating the information with a common, computer-readable language. Learn more.

Science Commons in action
We implement all three elements of our approach in the Neurocommons, our “proof-of-concept” project within the field of neuroscience. The Neurocommons is a beta open source knowledge management system for biomedical research that anyone can use, and anyone can build on.

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That is a GREAT IDEA!

June 13, 2008 at 7:15 am Leave a comment


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