Oxford English Dictionary gets a Makeover

Calling all language lovers! In December, the online Oxford English Dictionary got a new look. The OED online was updated with a new interface and several new features that make it more browsable.

The new OED home page

The most substantive of these features is the Historical Thesaurus, which groups words into a complex hierarchy of categories and allows users to explore synonyms for a given word through different times in history. Another new feature provides timelines that chart how many words were added to the English language and when. You can examine a timeline for words in a particular subject area or from different languages of origin. Users of the new OED can also search by subject, region, usage, origin, or by the sources from which OED takes its quotations. Please contact the library at x4635 or library@delhi.edu if you have any questions about using this resource.

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New Fundraising Databases

Resnick Library is pleased to announce that it now has access to two databases of fundraising information: FoundationSearch and BIG Online. Both include tools to locate grants and foundations, which can be searched by geographic location, asset range, giving interests, and other options. Users can view an organization’s granting history, as well as its IRS documentation and news stories about grants and their recipients. Access to these databases is restricted to one user at a time. To search them, please contact the library at 607-746-4635 or library@delhi.edu to make an appointment.

New Gale Databases

Thanks to the fine folks at the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVEL), Resnick Library users now have access to a number of Gale databases. Academic OneFile provides access to scholarly articles while General OneFile provides access to newspapers and magazines. Combined, the two databases index everything available through Gale. For more manageable results reflecting your area of interest, try the subject-specific databases listed in our Databases A-Z page, under “Gale Databases”. They are also listed in the appropriate subject area on our Databases by Subject page.

New Database Password for Fall Semester

Please log into VanckoHall to find out the new password for accessing library resources from off-campus.   This includes Ebsco databases, WorldCat, Lexis/Nexis, OED and others.

The password is posted in the Announcements section of the VH home page.

The summer password will work for one more week before it is taken down.

Remember, your college ID should grant you access to any library resource, the password is only for emergency purposes.

Have a great semester!
Resnick Library Staff

Resnick Library Acquires New Databases & Content Access

The Resnick Library has been hard at work over the summer to purchase and set up some great new databases and online journal titles for the 2010/2011 year, and there’s also been modifications to make some of our existing databases work even better for you.

New Databases & Titles

JSTOR
This is a major purchase, as it is one of the most respected and used archival journal title providers available.  The library has purchased three of JSTOR’s collections: Arts & Sciences I, Biological Sciences, and Business; which adds about 350 new full text journal titles in liberal arts, sciences, and business.  Along with full text access to these collections, users will also be able to search JSTOR’s entire collection and use 360Link to link out to our other databases when full text is not available.  Look for the JSTOR databases as part of the Databases A-Z and Databases By Subject pages.

Sage
While there are no “new” titles added, Sage is a new provider that Resnick Library has purchased full text content for 3 titles pertaining to Nursing (previously through Ovid): Journal of Holistic Nursing, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, and Nursing Science Quarterly.  Searching Sage will allow you to see their full collection, but to only view full text content from these three titles.  Unfortunately, there is no 360 Link option available at this time.  You will find Sage in the Database A-Z and Databases By Subject page

EBSCO Integrated Search
While the Integrated Search was rolled out last semester, it was not until the summer that the library took the opportunity to fine-tune the customizable subject searches.  Integrated Search allows a searcher to retrieve results from various databases at the same time (even books from the library catalog)!  Links to these customized searches are on Databases by Subject page, and some new search boxes may be on the way for even faster searching.

American Medical Association: Disaster Medicine
From the AMA, the Resnick Library has purchased full text content to the Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal.  While there is no ability to search AMA’s other content, the library feels that Disaster Medicine is an important addition to the medical and nursing sciences collection.  Disaster Medicine is indexed in CINAHL (the library’s largest Nursing database), making linking out to the journal a snap with the help of 360Link.  It will also appear on the library’s Databases A-Z list under AMA, and Databases by Subject under Nursing.

Ovid
No “new” content was added to the Resnick Library collections, but access to the content has been made easier with an upgrade to a full site license for the full text content.  Now, there are no restrictions on the number of viewers to a particular journal title at a time.  The library was able to purchase this by canceling some titles, and purchasing some through another provider.  The titles with a full site license access are as follows: Advances in Nursing Science, AJN, Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Nursing Administration, Journal of Nursing Management, MCN, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Research.  Along with this site license, Ovid now has the ability to link out to other databases if full text is not available by using 360Link: .  Just look for the image on an article you want, and it will try to find the article in another database.

Engineering Design Graphics Journal
Last but not least, the library announces full text access to the Engineering Design Graphics Journal.  The journal ceased printing the title in Fall 2008, and now has their content archived and current online.  Access to the title will be available through the Resnick Library Catalog, the Databases A-Z and Databases By Subject pages.

The Resnick Library strives to meet the needs of the students, faculty, and staff that it serves.  If you have any questions about the library’s print or online collections, do not hesitate to contact us.  Also, if you would like to make a suggestion to purchase anything in print or online, send us a Suggest a Purchase request.

Summer Password for Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

Please log into VanckoHall to find out the new password for accessing library resources from off-campus.   This includes Ebsco databases, WorldCat, Lexis/Nexis, OED and others.

The password is posted in the Announcements section of the VH home page.

The Spring 2010 emergency password will work for one more week before it is taken down.

Remember, your college ID should grant you access to any library resource, the password is only for emergency purposes.

Any problems or questions, do not hesitate to contact the library at 607-746-4635, library@delhi.edu or IM chat on any library web page.

Have a great summer!

Search Multiple Databases at One Time

Patrons of the Resnick Library now have access to a powerful research tool: EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS). The EHIS portals allow you to search across multiple databases within a given field or subject. They provide a great starting point for your research, giving you manageable results from a variety of sources so you might better determine which sources are right for your topic. Explore your area of research by clicking on one of the links below (if accessing the databases off-campus, you will be prompted for your 800#).

ScienceDirect Maintenance 1/23-24

ScienceDirect, one of the library’s science databases, will be down for maintenance on Saturday, January 23rd from 8am-8pm EST.  Please make sure your research needs are taken care of around this outage.  The notification from ScienceDirect is below:

ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance
for approximately 12 hours from 1:00PM GMT Saturday, 23 January to 1:00AM
GMT Sunday, 24 January (8:00AM EST Saturday, January 23 to 8:00PM EST).

If you have any questions about databases, please don’t hesitate to contact the library.

Find Articles by Subject…It Gets Easier

If you have accessed one of our databases through our “Find Articles by Subject” page, you might have noticed some changes. We have broken up our subject list to better reflect our academic divisions and course offerings and provided descriptions for each database to give a better idea of what is in store. If you haven’t visited the page in a while, check it out to see if there are any resources for your subject area with which you might be unfamiliar:

Find Articles by Subject

Emergency Password for Accessing the Databases

The emergency password to access databases will change with the beginning of the Spring semester, but in the mean-time the Fall 2009 password will still work.   If your 800# is not working properly, this emergency password will grant you access. You can view the password on the Resnick Library’s Vancko Hall page, under the Databases Forum.  With the beginning of the spring semester, most students who were experiencing problems over the winter should find that their 800#’s are working.

If you are still having issues after the spring semester starts, check out our Troubleshooting Checklist on the Resnick Library’s Vancko Hall page, under the module for Journals: Print & Databases.

Have a great semester!

Angela Rhodes
Systems & Instruction Librarian