Monday, September 26, 2005

Making Google Scholar Work for You: MIT Libraries

Making Google Scholar Work for You: MIT Libraries

Help pages from MIT for researchers using Google Scholar. Helps readers understand how to access information that MIT has licensed.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

New Product Announcement-->China Insight

China Insight

Includes information on Chinese publicly traded companies. Provides a wealth of hard-to-find data integrating in-depth company fundamentals, critical sector reports, daily corporate news events, annual reports, and independent ratings reports all in a single and manageable platform.

Who knew China had publicly traded companies?

New Product Announcement-->Geoscience World

GeoScience World

A big addition in that it provides electronic access to key journals in one of the University's areas of focus.

Serves as a comprehensive resource for research and communications in the geological and earth sciences. It is built on a core database aggregation of peer-reviewed journals indexed, linked, and inter-operable with GeoRef.

This means you can search GeoRef from this site as well as through our webspirs platform. However, while GSW is set up as a SFX target (you can link from other sites to articles in GSW) it does not appear to work as an SFX source (allowing linking out of GSW to other full text sites). I think this means that GeoRef through WebSpirs will still be a good option.

New Product Announcement--->SocIndex with Full Text

SocIndex with Full Text

This is a significant addition to our resources. I think it will be of use for any type of social science question, and a key tool for undergraduates. I'd encourage you to give it a whirl while on the desk and try it out with some suitable questions.

SocINDEX with Full Text, is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The index features more than 1,300,000 records with subject headings from a 15,600 term sociology-specific thesaurus designed by expert lexicographers. This product also contains informative abstracts for more than 620 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895.

In addition, this file provides data mined from more than 500 "priority" coverage journals as well as over 1,390 "selective" coverage journals. Further, extensive indexing for books, monographs, conference papers, and other sources is included. Searchable cited references are also provided.

SocINDEX with Full Text offers coverage from all subdisciplines of sociology, including abortion, anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, cultural sociology, demography, economic development, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, politics, religion, rural sociology, social psychology, social structure, social work, sociological theory, sociology of education, substance abuse, urban studies, violence, welfare, and many others.

SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for 242 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895, and 72 "priority" coverage journals. This database also includes full text for 547 books and monographs, and full text for 6,711 conference papers.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Let the reader assign the subject headings

Social Terminology Enhancement through Vernacular Engagement: Exploring Collaborative Annotation to Encourage Interaction with Museum Collections

Never heard of folksomonies, or social tagging. Read this for a quick catchup.

Then try it out with
The ESP Tool

Researchers have always used each others work as building blocks in finding information (citation tracking). Building approaches like this into databases could help give users an useful alternative to controlled subject headings and keywords.