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Library Adds New Resources

We Are Expanding Our Online Resources!!!
Over the summer, the library has expanded our electronic resources in most of the academic disciplines. We have added new databases, new packages, and new electronic journals to our collections and will be adding even more in the com-ing weeks! The following is a list of new resources:

JSTOR IV Collection – This collection includes journals which have a strong fo-cus on business, education, psychology, law, public policy, and administration.

JSTOR VI Collection – This collection strengthens our social sciences area by focusing on education, linguistics, econom-ics and political science.

RIA Checkpoint Tax Database – This database is a comprehensive review of federal, state, and international tax infor-mation.

Salem Health, History, and Literature Databases – These comprehensive reference databases provide quick and easy guides to information in their respective disciplines.

Credo – We have added new titles such as Pop Culture Latin America and the Human Body Book: An Illustrated Guide to this ref-erence database that covers all disciplines.

Lexis Nexis Congressional Hearings Database – This database is used for retriev-ing congressional materials and legislative histories by accessing abstracts, titles, index-ing information and other bibliographic data.

Proquest Aquatic, Atmospheric, and Environmental Databases – These three databases provide full text journal articles as well as deep indexing into other science data-bases.

Journal of Business Valuation – The first and only peer-reviewed academic journal in the increasingly important field of busi-ness valuation studies.

Nursing Science Quarterly – Only Nursing Science Quarterly publishes original manuscripts focusing on nursing theory development, nursing theory-based practice and quantitative and qualitative research related to existing nursing frameworks.

In the coming weeks look for the library to add JSTOR Life Sciences, the largest collection that exists in that database. It spans disciplines in the health, biology, and general science areas. We will also be adding our Biosis Preview back files, which examine life sciences and bio-medical research from journals, meet-ings, patents, and books. We will also be doing some trials with different elec-tronic book collections so watch for those on our library home page!

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August 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

RETURN YOUR BOOKS, AND WE’LL FORGIVE YOUR FINES!

The University Library is going to a new catalog system, and needs to have as many items as possible returned. Please return your overdue library materials through August 31st and any overdue fines or lost fees will be waived.

Questions? Call the Circulation Desk at 549-2386.

July 29, 2010 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

Please Come and Find Out More

About the Colorado Chicano Movement Archive.

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June 24, 2009 at 1:24 pm 1 comment

Reforming Scholarly Communication

Should the academy worry about the current “system” of scholarly communication? The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) together with many institutions of higher education say, “Yes!”. What is scholarly communication? According to ACRL, it is the,

“system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs.”

Monographs and similar bodies of work are also a part of this “system”.
ACRL cautions that,

“the formal system of scholarly communication is showing numerous signs of stress and crisis. Throughout the second half of the 20th century commercial firms have assumed increasing control over the scholarly journals market, particularly in scientific, technical, and medical fields. The journal publishing industry has also become increasingly consolidated and is now dominated by a small number of international conglomerates. Prices for scholarly journals have risen at rates well above general inflation in the economy and also above the rate of increase of library budgets.” (http://tinyurl.com/cv3yxe).

What is being done to address the problem? Some professional organizations, special interest groups, and institutions of higher learning have responded by convening taskforces, organizing conferences, and offering workshops that analyze and deconstruct the issues and propose solutions. See how Cornell University Library has depicted the issue in its well-written web article, “Transforming Scholarly Communication and Writing.”

Posted by Karen Terrell Pardue,
Colorado State University – Pueblo.

April 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment


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