Thursday, December 15, 2005

Polling the Nation Upgrades

We are pleased to announce that after extensive design and development, Polling the Nations has a new interface ready for use. It offers a wide array of new features, virtually all recommended by subscribers. These include:

Drop down lists for topics, sources, and universe—select a topic, or polling organization, or country from the lists.

Search history—recall all parameters of a previous search with only a single click.

Search by date range —search for results within a specified range of dates.

Find all questions from a particular survey— a button,‘View All Questions in This Poll’ enables users to display all the questions in a survey with a one click.

Mark questions—select one or more questions to be loaded into an Export Cart.

Download/print/e-mail batches of questions—select any of these options for questions loaded in the Export Cart.

Choose a search template with or without drop down lists.

Choose to go from the search template to a hit list or directly to the questions.

The underlying database of survey data from 1986 to the present remains unchanged. One difference, it will now be updated more often.

OVID Books upgrade

Dear Ovid PsycBOOKS Subscriber,

We are delighted to announce that Ovid’s PsycBOOKS Cited References are now live!

With this unique new feature, users can link from references contained in the Cited References field of Ovid PsycBOOKS to a wealth of resources, such as bibliographic records in PsycBOOKS, full text articles in Journals@Ovid, PsycARTICLES and even external full text providers.

Upgrades to Sociological Abstracts

Dear Colleague,

Earlier this year we announced that, as part of its long-standing commitment to improve quality and depth of content, the CSA Sociological Abstracts database would be enhanced with several new features during 2005. We are proud to inform you that we have delivered as promised: the following features are now available as part of a subscription to CSA Sociological Abstracts on CSA Illumina.

* The 1952-1962 CSA Sociological Abstracts backfile records, previously available only in print have been added to the database, offering subscribers electronic access to some of the early literature of sociology. Records originally printed in 1979 in Social Planning/Policy and Development Abstracts have also been digitized and added to CSA Social Services Abstracts. This combined load has added 15,946 records to CSA Sociological Abstracts and CSA Social Services Abstracts. These records have been indexed with terminology from the Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms.

* Abstracts have been added to 1963-1972 records in the CSA Sociological Abstracts backfile, increasing access to this literature.

* 2,000,000 Cited References have been added to the CSA Social Science Databases. Included with Core Journal articles in CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts since 2001 and in CSA Sociological Abstracts since 2002, the feature has been extended to all journal articles included in CSA Sociological Abstracts, CSA Social Services Abstracts, and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts as of 2004.

* Over 100,000 "Scholar Profiles" from the new Scholar Universe: Social Science service are being provided complimentary to all customers of CSA social science databases delivered through the CSA Illumina platform.

New Content--JSTOR

The following titles have been added or have had content enhanced

American Antiquity
Architectural History
Dance Chronicle
Design Issues
Die Welt des Islams
Dumbarton Oaks Papers
Economic Development and Cultural Change
European Journal of Education
Feminist Studies
Garden History
Grey Room
Journal of Religion in Africa
Latin American Antiquity
Law and Human Behavior
Leonardo. Supplemental Issue
Philosophical Issues
Political Behavior
Population (French Edition)
Quarterly Newsletter (Garden History Society)
Research Intelligence
Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature
Social Science History
Sociological Forum
South Central Review
Studia Islamica
Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900
The American Art Journal
The American Journal of International Law
The American Journal of Philology
The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic
The French Review. Special Issue
The Garden History Society Newsletter (1749-3382)
The Journal of Negro History
The Journal of Religion
The RAND Journal of Economics
Theory and Society
Vigiliae Christianae
Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte

New Content--Hein On Line

New to the Journal Library

Arab Law Quarterly
Vols. 1-15 (1985-2000)

Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law
Vols. 1-2 (2000-2001)

Bench and Bar
Vols. 1-28,1-14,43 (1905-1920)

Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law
Vols. 1-25 (1976-2004)

Boalt Journal of Criminal Law (External to HeinOnline)
Vols. 1-9 (2000-2005)

Buffalo Women's Law Journal
Vols. 1-12 (1992-2004)

Business Law Journal
Vols. 1-19 (1923-1932)

Canadian Human Rights Yearbook

Canterbury Law Review
Vols. 6#3-9 (1997-2003)

Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
Vols. 1-14 (1991-2005)

Columbia Science and Technology Law Review (External to HeinOnline)
Vols. 1-6 (1999-2005)

Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal
Vols. 1-4 (2001-2005)

European Journal of Law Reform
Vols. 1-4 (1999-2002)

Human Rights Law Review
Vols. 1-2 (2001-2002)

International Journal of Baltic Law
Vol. 1 (2002-2004)

International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (External to
Vols. 1-9 (1998-2004)

Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation
Vols. 1-19 (1986-2004)

Journal of Intellectual Property Law
Vols. 1-10 (1993-2003)

Journal of Law & Education
Vols. 1-33 (1972-2004)

Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law
Vols. 1-48 (1969-2003)

Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges
Vols. 1-24 (1981-2004)

Maryland Law Review
Vols. 1-2 (1901-1903)

Minnesota Intellectual Property Review
Vols. 1-5 (2000-2004)

Nevada Law Journal
Vols. 1-4 (2001-2004)

Nexus: A Journal of Opinion
Vols. 1-9 (1996-2004)

North Carolina Central Law Journal
Vols. 1969, 2-27 (1969-2005)

North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology
Vols. 1-6 (2000-2005)

Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal
Vols. 1-39 (1966-2005)

Southern Law Review
Vol. 1 (1901-1902)

Temple International & Comparative Law Journal
Vols. 1-18 (1985-2004)

Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left (External to HeinOnline)
2005 (2005)

Uniform Law Review (New Series)
Vols. 1-8 (1996-2003)

University of Missouri Bulletin Law Series
Vols. 1-50 (1913-1935)

Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics
Vols. 1-3 (2002-2003)

Yale Law and Policy Review
Vols. 1-22 (1982-2004)

Federal Register Library

Federal Register
Vol. 70 #126-168 (2005)

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Vol. 41 #1-29 (2005)

Treaties & Agreements Library

Treaties in Force
1929, 2005 editions

New Product Announcement-->Northern News Service

Northern news services online:

With added records for the 6 newspapers available through this service:

Northwest Territories news/North
Nunavut news/North
The Inuvik drum
Kivalliq nipivut = Kivalliq news
Deh Cho drum

EBSCO customer success centre

EBSCO sponsors this site that links to a variety of library support tools.

Dear EBSCO Publishing Customer:

We are excited to announce the launch of a new and industry-leading resource created for customers and based on valuable customer feedback: EBSCO’s new Customer Success Center.

The Customer Success Center is an unprecedented resource dedicated to our customers’ professional development and success. At the Customer Success Center you’ll find over 100 free tools, including items specifically targeted for public libraries:

* Free access to the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database, the industry’s leading library professional development research tool.

* A repository of success stories from some of EBSCO’s leading customers, sharing their best practices and learnings on such topics as successful community outreach, marketing library resources, planning a library card campaign, and promoting the library’s website.

* A list of grant sources with helpful tips on database investing.

* Papers and recommendations on library assessment, evaluation, and patron surveys.

* Professional development tools.

Visual Thesaurus Reminder

Our stats were a little low for this product. So here is a little reminder about a great tool that integrates directly into Word.

A short tutorial is available at:

Periodicals Content Index name change

Just so you can keep your web pages up to date, this product is now catalogued as
Periodicals index online.
The new url is

New Product Announcement-->Canadian Health and Public Policy ebrary collections

To accommodate the new public policy and health research collections we have changed the catalogue records for ebrary a bit. The new links are listed below.

Many thanks to Bib Services for all their help in setting up the links and testing the various options. marc records are on their way, so a big thanks to BibService and ITS for their work on these as well.

When setting up links in your subject pages, be cautious about just linking to the public policy or health sections, remember that a link to the entire ebrary collection will mean that users will be able to pull a much greater range of material. Do some experimenting before deciding which links to use.

1. Ebrary [new record]

This takes you to an overall link that searches across all the ebrary collections (except music scores).

2. Canadian public policy collection [new record]

This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups. The organizations included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. Their publications are vital to the understanding of developing issues in every arena of Canadian public life.

3. Canadian health research collection [new record]

This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and medical research. The organizations included in this collection are very active publishers of primary research in the field. The publications included are both general policy documents as well as those of a specialized technical nature.

RSS feed for ProQuest Dissertations

Might be one to share with faculty and grad students?

RSS4Lib:: Dissertations from ProQuest by Subject

Firefox Show and Tell

Link to the blog posting in Crooked Timber.

The post links to a flickr site where folks are displaying their Firefox customizations. The basic point is that for many Firefox is replacing the desktop as the default display.....hey didn't Microsoft try to do this with Explorer?

Firefox is great because of the opportunities to create a personal environment suited to the individual's work and needs.