Archive for the 'Databases' Category

The high price for good information…

The Regis Library constantly seek out the best value for its students and faculty in terms of access to print and online journals. Unfortunately, within the academic publishing industry there has been a disturbing trend toward exorbitant subscription costs associated with core journal titles, particularly in the sciences. This trend is made possible in part b/c of the monopolization of information within academic publishing, which allows large academic publishers like Elsevier to essentially keep academic libraries hostage since they control access to the core journal titles that are deemed essential to support the curriculum. So you may ask yourself, where do my tuition dollars go? Well, part of the answer is the money goes increasingly to pay for access to journals students need to complete their education and obtain their degrees.

Perhaps the most important point to understand is that information is a commodity, one that is increasingly bought and sold on a marketplace that favors large corporate monopolies. Understand that what is offered at the library is not free, that in fact it costs lots of money to provide access to the thousand of journals, magazines, and trade publications you can access via the Regis Library. And dare I say, if you want to keep higher education affordable, then this is one of the battles that needs to be fought to win the war!

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Libraries and the Deep Web

The New York Time recently published the following article: Exploring a ‘Deep Web’ That Google Can’t Grasp. Some very interesting stuff here, but they forgot to mention one of the larger components of the Deep Web: Libraries. The subscription databases libraries provide access to are not indexed by Google, largely b/c you must log-in to use them first. This keeps out any spiders, crawlers, and ‘bots Google and other search engines use to scan and index the web. As the article mentions, the Deep Web represents the majority of information on the internet. Google and other search engines are only able to cover the “tip of the iceberg”. So how do you access the treasure trove of information and sources that is the Deep Web. Use the library!

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Online Adult Education Books

The Regis Library subscribes to several different online book collections. Every item in these online collections is cataloged in Lumen, the Regis Library catalog. The catalog link below includes search results for online books covering the following subject areas: adult students, adult learning, adult education, and continuing education.

Online books for subjects: adult students, adult learning, adult education, and continuing education

To access these books, click the link above. For any item in the list that looks interesting, click the highlighted underlined title. This will open the catalog record. Look for a link in the catalog record for the “Electronic Book”. You will need to log-in with your RegisNET account info before accesssing any of these books.

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Business Source Premier tutorial

For anyone researching a topic related to business, take a look at the Business Source Premier databases, which offers access to articles from thousands of different journals, magazines, and newspapers. The database also offers access to company profiles, market research reports, and industry profiles. It’s a very large database with lots of content. To help you maximize your time spent using this database, take a look at the tutorial! Brand new and just for you! Hope this helps!

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New EBSCOhost search interface is here!

If you’ve been searching any of the EBSCOhost database this week, you’ve probably noticed they rolled out their new search interface. The library is prepared for the changes, and most of our handouts and tutorials have already been updated to reflect the changes. We’ve added a new tutorial (Accounting!) , and changed the format and content of some of the older tutorials. We are also busy working on tutorials for the Business Source Premier database and for resources covering Not-For-Profit Management. So if you haven’t had a look yet at our tutorials, or if your just looking for some more helpful research tips, then make sure to look at our research tutorials page!

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New tutorials are on the way!

In the coming weeks, EBSCOhost will be unveiling a new interface for their databases, which include ERIC, Academic Search Premier, PsycINFO, and others. To help familiarize our students with the new interface, we are updating our research tutorials to reflect the changes. In addition, this summer we hope to create new tutorials for the Business Source Premier database and resources related to Non-Profit Management. So keep your eyes open for new tutorials!

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Newspapers in LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic is a large database, popular with many academic and public libraries, in part because it offers full text access to hundreds of local, regional, national, and international newspapers. The tutorial below describes how to search the LexisNexis database for newspaper articles.

Note: This tutorial was produced by the library at Georgia Tech. To access the LexisNexis Academic database via the Regis Library, go to the A-Z database list.

Subject searching and you!

One of the primary differences between searching the Web using Google and searching the library databases is the ability to perform a subject search. When you search Google, you are performing a keyword search. Your search terms can appear anywhere in your results.

In contrast, most of the library databases allow you to search by subject. This is because someone at the database examines each article and identifies the subjects it covers. Subject headings (sometimes called descriptors, or more generically tags) are applied to each article and can be viewed in the database record for each item.

So when you search the library databases (1) determine if the database indexes materials by subject (2) identify the subject headings or descriptors used by the database for your topic (3) perform a subject search using the appropriate subject terms and phrases. This require a bit more work and investment at the beginning of your search. However, the payoff is a much more precise search with results that are highly relevant to your topic. Take a look at the subject searching tutorial to discover strategies for identifying the subject headings you should be using in your searches!

Compare this search method with a web search using Google. More often than not with Google you get hundreds of thousand of results, and then have to sort through all those results to identify relevant items. You might be inclined to just go with the first few results you get, but is that really what you want to do for an academic paper? Remember, as a student at Regis you are responsible for learning the content of your course, but you also should take the initiative to learn about new search tools and information resources. You already know about Google, so why not explore Business Source Premier, America History and Life, PsycINFO, and more!

In addition, web search engines will often direct you popular resources like Wikipedia or About.com. These websites do have value, but they are not academic or scholarly, and should not be relied upon to perform scholarly research. Instead, look to the library databases which provide you with a focused collection of scholarly peer reviewed journals and trade publications.

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EBSCOhost Tutorials

The Regis Library offers access to several different subject databases via the EBSCOhost platform. EBSCO is a database vendor, and they have several tutorials online covering the basic and advanced features found in any EBSCOhost database. Give them a look, and you’ll know all the ins and outs of searching the EBSCOhost databases.

EBSCOHost tutorials

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New Year, new databases!

With the start of the new year, the Regis Library now offers access to the following databases and collections:

  • IEEE Standards Online: IEEE Standards Online delivers access to the worlds highest quality technical literature and standards in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.
  • Philosopher’s Index: Citations and abstracts from books and journals of philosophy and related fields from 1940 to the present day. The Philosopher”s Index monitors over 550 journals from more than 40 countries.
  • Access to the archives and current titles of both the Contemporary Literary Criticism and Shakespearean Criticism collections.

You can find these databases and more on the library A-Z database list.

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