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|E-resources Informer, Spring 2012|
The E-resources Informer provides news and tips on the library's e-resources collection. Questions or comments? Contact e-resources librarian Anna Hulseberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Explore the newest additions to our collection.
- Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Methodology Register, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Health Technology Assessment Database, NHS Economic Evaluation Database, and About the Cochrane Collaboration Database. Note: This subscription allows for one user at a time, and access from on campus only.
GSW provides access to the full text of more than 40 journals in the earth sciences. The default search includes both GSW journals and the GeoRef index. To limit your search to GSW full text journals only, select "All GSW journals" on the Quick Search or Advanced Search menu.
- Fiction Connection
Helps you discover titles similar to works of fiction you already enjoy.
- Non-Fiction Connection
Discover titles similar to non-fiction books you already enjoy.
- NBER Working Papers
Provides access to current National Bureau of Economic Research Working Papers (about 1,000 per year), plus an archive of papers going back to 1973. Topics include: Children, Corporate Finance, Education, Environmental Economics, Health Care, International Finance, Labor Studies, Political Economy, and more.
- Value Line Investment Survey Expanded Library Edition
The investment survey covers approximately 3,500 publicly traded companies, over 100 industries, 20,000 mutual funds, 200,000 stock options and proprietary special situations. Published every week, each survey issues includes stock and industry reports, a report on the U.S. economy and stock market, and a summary and index listing current data on about 1,700 stocks, plus projections of key financial measures. Note: Access to Value Line is limited to three simultaneous users.
- Trial Databases
Don't be surprised if your favorite e-resource looks a bit different next time you search it. Below is a list of recent and anticipated changes to search interfaces.
- Books in Print
Provides information on more than 7.5 million U.S. book, audio book, and video titles. Also includes many book reviews.
- Books in Print has a new look as of December 19, 2011.
As of July 2011, our NetLibrary e-books are accessible as the EBSCOhost "eBook Collection." These e-books are no longer included in the MnPALS Plus catalog.
- Oxford Reference Online
Over 100 full text language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Topics covered include general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities, social sciences, and business.
- New interface coming, April 2012.
- Project MUSE
Project MUSE's new interface is scheduled to go live on January 1, 2012. The redesigned interface will search journal content and book content (a new addition to Muse). During a one-month preview period in January, all users will have full text access to the new book content. After the January 2012 preview period, Gustavus users will have access to the full text of selected journals (not books). Additional journals and books that are not included in our Project MUSE subscription may be available through Interlibrary Loan. The new interface is available for preview on the Project MUSE beta site.
- ProQuest and CSA Databases
We migrated to a new search platform for ProQuest and CSA databases on August 2, 2011. Databases affected: Biological Sciences, ProQuest Historical New York Times, ProQuest Newspapers, and others. You can view an overview of the new platform and search specific databases from the links below.
- Biological Sciences
- Plant Science
- ProQuest Newsstand
- St. Cloud Times
Note: The library will discontinue our RefWorks subscription after spring semester 2012. Our RefWorks-account holders will receive details in early spring. RefWorks is a citation management program. To use it, create a personal account, then download or enter citations. You can print your citations in a wide variety of styles.
Learn more about RefWorks.
- RefWorks 2.0
Try the new-and-improved RefWorks 2.0 interface. Just log into your RefWorks Classic account, then click the RefWorks 2.0 link in the upper right.
- Tip: Easily share your RefWorks folders with others:
Click Folders > Share Folders on the menu at the top to generate a URL for your folder. Useful for instructors who want to share bibliographies with students, and for students working on group projects.
Tips and Tools
- Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://webofknowledge.com/http://webofknowledge.com/?DestApp=WOS&editions=SCI SSCI AHCI ISTP ISSHP
The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
- LibX Gustavus Adolphus College Edition
New version available, November 2011! Libx is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to the Library's resources. You may use it to search MnPALS, our Journal Locator, Google Scholar, and WorldCat.org. Note: LibX for Internet Explorer is no longer supported. In development: LibX 2.0 for Firefox and Chrome.
- Naxos Music Library Tip
The Naxos iPhone/iPod App allows you remote access to your account playlist. The App is available for free at the iTunes App store. To generate a login for the App, go to http://gustavus.naxosmusiclibrary.com from a computer on campus, navigate to the playlist area, and then create a "Personal/Student" playlist account. This account login (your e-mail address and a custom password) then becomes your App login. Naxos recommends creating a playlist on a computer before attempting to access it through the App. For more help with creating a playlist account, see this Naxos YouTube video or Naxos Blog post.
- New Video Tutorials Available, April 2011
Check out these 3-minute tutorials. Do you find them helpful? Would you like to see other tutorials? Let us know at email@example.com.
- Finding Articles Tutorial
View our video tutorial for a quick introduction to finding articles using the yellow Find It! button.
- MnPALS Plus Video Tutorial
View our video tutorial for a quick introduction to the MnPALS Plus Catalog.
- Collections Tour Video Tutorial
View our video tutorial for a quick introduction to navigating the library's collections.
- Having problems accessing an e-resource? Here are a few tips:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the reference desk (x7567) or circulation desk/front desk (x7557) for assistance. The more of the following information you can gather, the better we can assist you:
- Are you attempting to access the e-resource from on campus or remotely?
- If you're off campus, are you accessing the e-resource through the library home page?
- If you're off campus, are you using your 14-digit barcode from your Gustavus ID as your username and your last name as your password? And what is your barcode?
- Are you unable to access one specific e-resource (for instance, a specific journal or database), or are you unable to access multiple e-resources? Which e-resource(s)?
- The more information we have (for instance, the full article citation) the better we can troubleshoot the problem.
- Which operating system are you using? (Mac, PC, etc.)
- What browser (and version number) are you using? (Firefox, IE, Safari, etc.)
- Are you using a database with user limits?
While most of our databases allow for unlimited simultaneous users, some of them have restrictions. For example, America: History and Life=6 users, Grove Music=1 user, Oxford Reference Online= 1 user, Journals@Ovid (Nursing)=13 users shared by 8 schools, Naxos Music Library=10 users, SPORTDiscus=4 users, and SciFinder=2 users shared by 3 schools.
- What appears on the screen when you try to access the e-resource? Please describe or provide a screen shot of the error message you receive.
What You Were Searching
- Trouble viewing PDFs in EBSCO databases?
Are you receiving a "Plug-in not found" error in EBSCOhost databases when opening a PDF on a Mac using Safari? (EBSCO databases includes Academic Search Premier, ATLA, MLA Bibliography, PsycINFO, RILM). According to EBSCO, "This issue is most frequently seen when trying to view a PDF file on a Mac running the Safari 5.1 browser. Apple has made a fundamental change to their operating system that prevents PDFs in the EBSCOhost interface from being viewable using your current Adobe PDF viewer plug-ins. This issue is something we are aware of and are working with Apple directly to get this resolved. In the meantime, we are advising our customers using Apple products to install the following plug-in as a work around as this issue will take some time to be resolved:" http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/
- Top 5 journals with full text viewed by Gustavus users in 2010 (in all Ebscohost databases):
1. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology - 988 views
2. Christian Century - 428 views
3. American Journal of Public Health - 400 views
4. Economist - 385 views
5. Developmental Psychology - 355 views
- Number of searches performed by Gustavus users in 2010 (in selected databases):
Academic Search Premier - 48,178
PsycINFO - 16,065
Communication & Mass Media Complete - 12,835
CINAHL Plus with Full Text - 11,479
PsycARTICLES - 7,497
SPORTDiscus - 5,677
ATLA Religion Database - 5,630
MLA International Bibliography - 4,777
Business Source Premier - 4,270
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - 4,216
America History & Life - 3,544
GeoRef - 3,331 searches
Health Source Academic - 3,108
Public Affairs Index - 3,060
Alternate HealthWatch - 2,847
Science Reference Center - 2,841
Health Source Consumer - 2,707
GreenFILE - 2,381
Catholic Periodical & Literature Index - 2,245
Teacher Reference Center - 2,239
New Testament Abstracts - 2,228
Old Testament Abstracts - 2,163
Professional Development Collection - 2,131
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