Monday, March 13, 2006

Federated Searching Symposium Documents are Posted

I had a great time at The Alberta Library Federated Searching Symposium. And the documentation is now available.

Also, the page has a link to some back and forth on FSS from Paul Pival's Distant Librarian blog.

Susan Beatty and I worked on compiling the claims analysis feedback. We'll be taking a closer look at this data for a presentation at NetSpeed.

New Trials

Thanks to Linda for following up on some of the problems people are having with the trials blog. Let's hope the new version of the software will go some way to helping, although people will still need to remember their passwords ; )

Trial blog at

New Trials (Lots of big digital text stuff as usual for this time of year)

US Congressional Serials Set--great resource for US history and events
American State Papers 1789 - 1838
Sabin Americana
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1801 - 2004
History Resource Centre

Saturday, March 11, 2006

New Product Announcement-->SAGE Journals Online

SAGE Journals Online
As a result of our agreement through CRKN we now have access to all SAGE titles. Previously we had access to SAGE titles available via the CSA platform. This new access includes titles on the HighWire platform.

Title level links are forthcoming. In the meantime you can use this main site.

The site has some interesting features--
- article subject browse
- "matchmaker" --which allows you to adjust the relevancy ranking
- citetrack alerts
- TOC alerts

have fun!

New Product Announcement-->e-Library/Conference Board of Canada

e-Library / Conference Board of Canada

We don't get all the titles that show up when you search e-library. No doubt this will cause the users some confusion. Sigh....

UPDATE: YAY, good news, Linda checked and we do have access to the Industrial Outlooks!!

While it cause me some amount of pain to pay the amount we do for this product. I have to say I know there will be general rejoicing at its arrival. The Conference Board publishes on Economic Trends, Organizational Performance, and Public Policy, all with a Canadian focus.

You can find out more about the CBofC at

The subscription includes

Research reports, Special reports and Viewpoints.
Approximately 30 reports are produced annually to provide customers with new insights into key areas of economic, management and public policy. We also team with other organizations to produce special reports on a variety of subjects. Viewpoints are reports that allow our research staff to offer opposing views on a specific topic. Formats include Member’s Briefing, Full Report and Detailed Findings.

As part of our core research, we produce periodicals on a monthly, quarterly, yearly and biennial basis. Formats include Newsletter, Executive Summary and Full Report.

Executive presentations
Our Research Associates present their findings at conferences, seminars and meetings. These presentations are made available on the e-Library.

Friday, March 03, 2006

New Trials

Prisma--full text journals for Latin American Studies
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 19th and 20th Century
World Shakespeare Bibliography

Go to the Trials page to give them a whirl.

Remember you will need to sign up for an account if you haven't used this site before, then you'll need to let me know you've registered so I can give you permission for the trials blog

New Product Announcement-->Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy

Welcome to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which was designed from its inception (September 1995) as a dynamic reference work. In a dynamic reference work, each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public.

New Product Announcement-->Chronicle of Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education

Here is a long awaited new product. One I'm sure all faculty will be happy to see.

I highly recommend the RSS feed, even if you don't have any others, as it is a good way to stay up to date on the news in higher education.


For a quick summary of what all your authorized users now have access to, please visit our site map at

In order to get the most "bang" for your bucks, you might want to call people's attention to our RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds. Anyone can set up their computer to receive Chronicle RSS news feeds on their desktop. Or, if your college has a Web page dedicated to news, you can add Chronicle news feeds to your Web page. We have plans to add additional RSS news feeds in the future. Go to to learn more.

For a listing of all Chronicle e-mail newsletters (some free, some not), go to (Please note that The Chronicle's Daily Report remains a benefit for those who have individual subscriptions.)

New Product Announcement-->AustLit


A nifty little product that also provides selected full text.

AustLit indexes Australian literary content from a range of print and electronic information sources. It also makes available selected critical articles and creative writing in full text. Whenever possible, AustLit provides access to freely available Internet publications. Coverage spans 1780 to the present day.

New Product Announcement-->Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Index to foreign legal periodicals

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, produced by The American Association of Law Libraries, provides access to legal literature worldwide, covering all forms of foreign (non-Anglo-American) law. This includes comparative law and legal systems, such as Islamic law; socialist law; public and private international law; and transnational commercial law. The data is not limited by country of publication, but rather type of publication. Thus, while publications concerning British and American law are not included, British and American publications concerning foreign law are included. Coverage begins with 1985.

JSTOR update on linking feature

Reference Linking Functionality Released

Reference linking enables JSTOR users to follow a link from a reference in an article directly to the cited article. At this time, the reference linking capability is internal - links are currently available only between journals archived in JSTOR. In the future, we expect to provide reference links to content external to the JSTOR archive, and to support Open URL links through link resolvers.

Wiley upgrades to help authors and researchers

Author Resources is now available through Wiley InterScience (, the company’s dynamic online publishing platform.

Accessible to all Wiley InterScience users, Author Resources provides general information about Wiley, the benefits of publishing on Wiley InterScience, information about submitting and tracking a manuscript through Wiley’s production process, and a suite of author tools.

Author Resources was developed in response to author feedback and addresses the key areas that are most important to them – access to a variety of features that support their research, and more detailed information regarding the journal publishing process.

Track My Articles, a new author tool launching in conjunction with Author Resources, facilitates the process of publishing peer-reviewed content. Available for all Wiley InterScience journals, this feature enables authors whose articles have been accepted for publication to track the status of their article through the production process to its publication.

To access Track My Articles, authors sign up for My Profile by registering at Once registered, authors can begin to take advantage of all the features of this tool, including: a manuscript submission guide that assists authors in the process of selecting a publication to submit a manuscript to; a production tracking
service that allows authors to track the progress of their submitted manuscript from acceptance, through proofs and corrections stages, to live publication on Wiley InterScience; a publication alerting service that notifies authors by e-mail when manuscripts are published online; and a feedback area that gives authors an opportunity to critique the entire publication process once it’s been completed.

With the launch of Author Resources, Wiley is also introducing two additional author tools:

Citation Tracking – Available to licensed Wiley InterScience end-users, this new capability allows authors to view published works that have cited the article they are currently reading from content on Wiley InterScience and other publishers’ sites. This
feature was developed in partnership with CrossRef® and includes links to citations from other CrossRef® publishers that offer this capability.

Citation Download – The new capability to download citations and abstracts from journal articles and online book chapters directly into reference management software, such as EndNote™.

In addition, the new Author Resources area provides easy-to-
access information regarding all the existing Wiley InterScience features of interest to authors including:

Early View®, the service that provides online access to full text, peer-reviewed, copyedited articles as soon as they are complete and before they appear in print; Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts, e-mail notifications sent to authors when a journal’s latest issue is published online;
Saved Search Alerts, e-mail notifications sent to authors when content appears online that matches previously saved searches;
MobileEdition®, the service that provides tables of contents and abstracts from the latest issues of selected journals delivered directly to a PDA device;
Roaming Access, a crucial option in today’s mobile culture, this service enables remote password access to full-text licensed content from a laptop or web-enabled computer from anywhere in the world.

“We’ll continue to develop new tools and services based on author feedback,” added Kelly, “and we’re confident these services will greatly enhance our authors’ overall publishing experience with Wiley.”

For more information about Wiley InterScience Author Resources, please visit:

New Product Announcement--> Alexander Street Products

Because of our agreement through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network we have acquired a wide range of new Alexander Street collections in the areas of drama and film, history, literature, and popular culture.


American film scripts online
One thousand film scripts are indexed and organized to allow searching by scene, by character, by director, and more. Most have never been published in any format, and about half appear as facsimile images. With more than 100,000 scenes of life as portrayed in the movies, this resource is of interest to researchers in sociology, psychology, popular culture, writing, film studies, and history.

Asian American drama
With 250 plays, this is a landmark collection in a rapidly developing genre. It documents the Asian American experience as dramatized in works by writers from the 18th century to the present, together with biographies, a performance database, production details, and associated visual resources, including photos, playbills, and manuscript images.

North American women's drama
This major new initiative delivers 1,500 plays by women from the United States and Canada, including the complete works of leading playwrights along with those of lesser-known but important writers. Many of the plays are rare, hard to find, or out of print. Relevant for the study of literature, women's studies, and the history of feminism.

Black drama
The project brings together 1,200 plays, almost a quarter of which are previously unpublished. Nowhere else will researchers see these works! They have been carefully selected by well-known experts such as James V. Hatch, a board of scholars, and the writers themselves. The collection includes the complete works of more than 300 playwrights from North America, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, and other locations. Starting with Victorian plays and working up to the present, this indispensable collection presents the writings together with biographies, playbills, images, production notes, performance information, and much more.

North American theatre online
North American Theatre Online will be the largest, most comprehensive reference work in North American drama. It will provide detailed bibliographic information on more than 10,000 plays – including references to works that have never been published. It will contain thousands of facts about theaters, authors, theatrical companies, and individuals, as well as some 1,000 playbills, posters, photographs, and related theatrical ephemera.

Twentieth century North American drama
From Maxwell Anderson to Marsha Norman, the complete works of major North American playwrights. Alongside the works of the most successful writers of the century are the lesser-known but important works of African Americans, Asian Americans, gay and lesbian writers, and others. Hundreds of unpublished plays, production information, playbills, and theatre details round out the collection.


North American Indian biographical database
The North American Indian Biographical Database contains more than 100,000 pages of personal stories, many of which are previously unpublished, rare, or hard to find. The collection presents the entire spectrum of Indian and Canadian First People experiences from their own point of view. Firsthand accounts reveal how Indians lived, thought, and fought to protect their interests; how the tribes interacted with each other and the white invaders; and how they reacted to the constantly changing and challenging situations they faced. These rare and informative biographies are supported with historical materials that provide context for the personal stories. Also included is a detailed timeline of Indian events, cross-referenced by region and tribe, to further aid in contextual placement.

Oral history online
This landmark project makes English-language oral histories easily accessible for the first time, giving voice to typically unheard people from all walks of life from around the world. The database provides detailed indexing of oral history collections, repositories, and narratives, along with links to full text, audio, and video where available. Updated quarterly. Includes the Oral History Top 100 popularity rankings.

Women and social movements in the United States 1600-2000
Under the editorial direction of Thomas Dublin and Kathryn Sklar (Department of History, SUNY Binghamton, and the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender), this project includes tens of thousands of primary documents, document projects with introductory essays that interpret the documents, a definitive bibliography, related web links, a Dictionary of Social Movements, and an enormous collection of images. The project will continue to grow each year


Latino literature
Discover more than 200 novels, many hundreds of short stories, 20,000 pages of poetry, and more than 400 plays. The majority of the works are in English, with selected works of particular importance in Spanish. The collection begins with the works of Chicano writers in the Southwest in the early 19th century and follows through to include contemporary works. Scholars in social history, literature, and Latino studies will find value in Latino Literature.


Black thought and culture
More than 100,000 pages of monographs, speeches, essays articles, and interviews written by leaders within the black community from earliest times to 1975, illustrate the evolution of what it means to "be black." Includes the only full run of The Black Panther - the party's newspaper - and 2,500 pages of oral history interviews recorded by the former Black Panther, David Hilliard. Teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, veterans, entertainers, and others are represented. Find influences, read history in their words, discover a wealth of fugitive material