March is Spring trials month for Library databases!

The AUM Library has a number of databases on trial this month, as part of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries twice a year database trials.

ARTBibliographies Modern is the only specialist bibliography available for the study of modern and contemporary art. Covers all art forms, including fine art, digital art, crafts, design and photography. Features full abstracts and indexing from art journals published from the late 1960s onwards. Also incorporates book records, including those drawn from the collections of the Tate Library and the Bibliothèque Dominique Bozo, Musée LAM.

We also have a trial of several resources from the Salem Press:

Salem Health 

Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works. The first reference set included is Salem Press’ best-selling Magill’s Medical Guide.

Salem Science 

Salem Science is a robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets.  Titles currently available on Salem Science:

   Applied Science
Biomes & Ecosystems
   Careers in Chemistry
Careers in Communications & Media
Careers in Physics
Contemporary Biographies in Chemistry
Contemporary Biographies in Communications & Media
Contemporary Biographies in Physics
   Earth Science: Earth’s Surface & History
   Earth Science: Physics & Chemistry of the Earth
   Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Revised Edition
   Encyclopedia of Global Resources
Encyclopedia of Global Warming
Forensic Science
The Solar System, Revised Edition

Salem History 

Salem History is a robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets.  Salem currently offers this service with five series of historical reference works and several important standalone reference sets and encyclopedias.

Salem Literature

Salem Literature offers a range of resources, including:

Critical Insights
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: History, Theme & Technique
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga
Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition
Critical Survey of Mythology & Folklore: Heroes & Heroines
Critical Survey of Mythology & Folklore: Love, Sexuality & Desire
Critical Survey of Mythology & Folklore: World Mythology
Critical Survey of Poetry, Fourth Edition
Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Fifth Edition
Introduction to Literary Context: American Post-Modernist Novels
Introduction to Literary Context: American Short Fiction
Magill’s Literary Annual 2013
Masterplots, Fourth Edition

These databases are only a few of the ones on trial this month; the trials end March 31, 2014, so be sure you stop by and take a look at them! The trials are at http://libguides.aum.edu/databasetrials

September is database trials month at the Library!

The AUM Library has a number of databases on trial this month, as part of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries twice a year database trials month.

Databases ranging from Civil War primary sources to evidence-based medicine resources are available through our Trials and Test Databases Libguide (http://libguides.aum.edu/databasetrials). Here are some summaries of a few of them:

Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale’s literary databases in a digital environment allowing researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content.

Civil War Primary Sources presents manuscript material chronicling all aspects of the American Civil War from warfare on land, at sea, in hospitals and prison camps, and reactions and impressions of the War from the home front. Focuses on the War as it was fought from 1861 to 1865 and represents both Northern and Southern perspectives. It also contains important contextual documents leading up to War and after its conclusion.

Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence-Based Practice has a comprehensive range of resources including over 3,000 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

L’Annee Philologique, available only in the library until now, is published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique and is a specialized database of scholarly works relating ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, including early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy. Includes citations to journal articles and books, with abstracts in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian.

National Geographic Virtual Library is a cross-searchable platform that fits the way today’s students and patrons conduct their research. With features and functionality common to many Gale resources, National Geographic Virtual Library is a powerful tool for research through the 100+ years of quality publications.

Nature, the flagship journal of Nature Publishing Group is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. Every week readers rely on Nature for the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, and timeliness.

Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the United States. Every month, subscribers turn to the magazine for unique insight into developments in science, technology and medicine. Scientific American features articles by scientists, many of whom are Nobel Prize winners and top journalists.

Smithsonian Collections Online contains the full archive of Air & Space Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, this resource presents a unique and comprehensive insight into history, science, nature, the arts, innovation, technology, and world culture.

These databases are only a few of the ones on trial this month; the trials end Sept. 30, 2013, so be sure you stop by and take a look at them! The trials are at http://libguides.aum.edu/databasetrials

New database trials, February 2013

Ambrose Digital
Educational video content designed with clips that target the needs of educators using new digital delivery in the classroom. Includes science, history, and drama.  Access is available from on the AUM campus only.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States (Online Edition) is on trial through ProQuest. This resource requires a login for access. Please call the AUM Library Reference Desk at 244-3649 for the username and password.

Trials can be accessed at http://libguides.aum.edu/databasetrials

IntelliConnect

IntelliConnect from CCH is not available for off campus use at this time. The problems have been reported to CCH. This is a “known issue” that is happening with a number of libraries. They are documenting the problems, and sending it to their technical engineers for resolution.

For now, students will need to do their Intelliconnect work on campus, in the Library or in the labs. Campus wifi is set up to be authenticated through the Library’s proxy server like an off campus user, so it is also expected to be unavailable via wireless. Users will need to access IntelliConnect from one of the wired labs on campus.

Updates will be made here as more is determined regarding this issue and a resolution is reached.

Changes to our journal finder

The AUM Library is changing our journal finder service.

Immediately noticeable, the search box at the top of the database pages will now send users to our EBSCO A to Z Service, rather than SerialsSolutions. The function of the search box should be comparable to the previous journal finder search, but during the transition period, data at the back end may not be completely accurate. The process should be completed within two weeks, so please bear with us.

During the next few weeks, users may find that links from within one resource to another may not work. Again, this is due to the data at the back end needing to be updated and completed, and should be resolved soon.

EBSCO A to Z integrates more types resources than SerialsSolutions, including not only full text databases, but e-books, abstracting and indexiong databases, and specialized resources, such as the Cochrane Library and the Bureau of National Affairs databases, making this a valluable addition to our resource finding tools.

Thank you for your patience as we make the transition to this new resource.

Databases down for upgrades, Saturday, August 25 – Sunday August 26

ScienceDirect is expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 19 hours beginning Saturday, August 25th, 2012 for scheduled maintenance for a new release.

The scheduled length of the upgrade will span all day Saturday and part of Sunday, so please plan your research accordingly. ScienceDirect is expected to be up and running again by Sunday afternoon or evening.

Additionally, the Cochrane Library will be down for maintenance for approximately two hours between 7:00 am and 9:00 am Saturday, August 25th.

Thanks!

Congratulations, Samantha McNeilly!

Samantha McNeilly, Library Associate, was awarded the 2012 Betty J. Tims Friends of the AUM Library Faculty and Staff Service Award. Retired Librarian Betty Tims attended the luncheon to present McNeilly with the award and offer congratulations. This award is given annually to Library employees who: demonstrate outstanding dedication to activities and functions which lead to an improvement in library services to patrons; demonstrate dedicated effort in providing or improving access to the holdings of the AUM Library; offer quality suggestions which result in more efficient and/or more cost-effective library operations.
(“People @ aum.” Auburn Montgomery News & Headlines Weekly. Aug. 6-12, 2012. 6 Aug 2012. E-mail.)

Congratulations, Sam!

New and Trial Databases

We’ve added four new databases to the Library’s webpages and have trials in place for an additional three databases!
First, the databases we have recently subscribed to:
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A & I, which features indexing and abstracts of dissertations and theses from around the world, going as far back as 1861.
Web Of Science and Journal Citation Reports, both products of the Institute for Scientific Information, provide journal and article citation metrics, as well as providing both broad overviews of journal and article usage and journal-impact rankings for individual journals.
Biological Abstracts is an online version of the printed work of the same title, providing an index index to the world’s life sciences journal literature, with topics ranging from botany to microbiology to pharmacology. Biological Abstracts covers from 1926 to present.
And now, on to the trial databases!
We have three databases currently under trial, available from the AUM Libguides “Trial & Test Databases” page. These databases are:
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text, which provides more than 200,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, and covers a range of topics in criminal justice. This trial expires March 31, 2012.
Medline Complete which provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. This trial expires March 31, 2012.
ProQuest Digital Microfilm includes several newspapers from around the united States, including the New York Times. Coverage in this database goes back to 2008. This database trial ends March 14, 2012.
Thank you for your time, and enjoy the new materials!

New databases in the Library!

We’ve added two databases to the Library’s webpages:
Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities
and
SciFinder Web
Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities helps researchers match their manuscripts with the scholarly journals which are most likely to publish those manuscripts. The searchable Directory provides contact information, review process data, manuscript specifications and guidelines, acceptance rates, and publication information for each journal.
SciFinder Web replaces the old SciFinder Scholar with a web-accessible system, so that it is now available from off campus for registered users. Articles, patents, book chapters, conference proceedings, and dissertations indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service from 1907 to the present are available for searching in SciFinder Web. Searching can be done by keyword, structure, reaction, chemical name or CAS Registry Number. First time users must create a user name and password using the following form from on the AUM campus: Scifinderweb New User Registration.

Upgrade to Library Systems

The AUM Library will be upgrading its Circulation, Cataloguing, and Acquisitions system this Sunday beginning at 6:00 a.m. During this time the online catalog will be unavailable.
While the online catalog is down, users should go to http://aum.worldcat.org or follow the link to WorldCat Local found at http://aumnicat.aum.edu/articles/indexes/ejournals.html (entry #114, towards the bottom of the list) in order to search our holdings.
It is expected that the upgrade will be finished before the Library opens at 1:00 pm Sunday and that normal operations will remain unaffected. Also, please note that this does not affect the online databases which will remain available during the upgrade process.
Thank you for your time and patience as we make this routine upgrade.