Tuesday, May 29, 2007

xrefer content update

Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures

A unique and comprehensive historical guide to some 1500 of the world's peoples, from the earliest times to the present.

This fascinating and informative guide includes the myriad discrete ethnic and cultural groupings that have inhabited our planet over the past 6000 years. It presents - in a simple and easy-to-follow A to Z structure within five regionally based sections (The Americas, Africa, Europe, South and Central Asia and the Middle East, and East and Southeast Asia and Oceania) - clear, concise and readable histories of some 1500 peoples, nations and cultures: from the Assyrians of the ancient Middle East to the modern-day Armenians, from the Belgae of ancient Europe to the modern-day Basques.

Latest Additions Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures

In addition to these new books, we're also updating many of our titles to the latest available editions. The following updated titles were recently released. Expect more soon!

New Content in Catalogue

Because we are asked for information on these collections so often, I'll be sending out notices when records are available in the catalogue. First up is...

American Film Scripts Online

To pull up a list in the catalogue search the phrase "american film scripts online". 568 hits ranging from Gunga Din to Boogie Nights.

Early Encounters in North America

Searching "early encounters in north america" brings up 161 records, but the real value is seen when searching an author with proper authorities, such as Catlin, George, 1796-1872.
E-versions, microforms, print, all gathered together...it's lovely.

New Product Announcement-->Illustrata

CSA illustrata, natural sciences

This is sooo cool you have to try it to believe it. Let's say a student/prof wants a graphic to illustrate grizzly bear range in the Rockies....well after a quick search they get a nice little map.

Then, what if they want an actual picture of a grizzly bear....well no problem.

We know that both students and instructors have a hard time finding graphics to use in the classroom, as well, the graphics in articles often contain key information that isn't captured in indexing and therefore searching. So I encourage you all to give this one a try and become more familiar with it.

PS: I did a search for "big foot", alas no pictures.

CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences is interdisciplinary, covering a wide variety of journals from all major areas such as: biology, earth sciences, environmental studies, medical sciences, agriculture, fish and fisheries, education, geography, veterinary science, food and food industries, pharmacy and pharmacology, meteorology, public health and safety, water resources, conservation and forests and forestry. CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences is the first in a series of CSA Illustrata databases of searchable tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from the scholarly research and technical literature. Coverage includes 1977 to current.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Three new tools-->new books list, books on order list, hooks to holdings in GBIP

Thanks primarily to David and Nella we have three new tools for leveraging collections information.

Please send me a note if you have any questions or would like to see any changes to these.

1. New Books List
2. Books on Order List
3. Hooks to holdings in Global Books in Print

1. New Books List (BETA)
Word of warning, this is in beta, so if you use the url in web pages or give it out, you'll need to send an updated url later when the permanent address is established.

To use:
go to http://www.ucalgary.ca/~ndlall/newbkform3.html

Note that you can set this up as an RSS feed. I've done this for Library Science and it works quite well.

2. Books ordered by fund (BETA)
Word of warning, this is in beta, so if you use the url in web pages or give it out, you'll need to send an updated url later when the permanent address is established.

The new workflows module on SIRSI doesn't provide a good listing of items ordered by fund (i.e., no titles!), as a workaround Nella is providing this report as an option

To use:
go to http://www.ucalgary.ca/~ndlall/getfundordersql.html

Pick your fund and get a report of the titles associated with that fund in the current fiscal cycle. So if it was received in a previous year, it won't show here.

If you need help remembering the fund or program codes, go to http://library.ucalgary.ca/libraryinformation/collectionsservices/librarycollectionsfunds.php

I haven't used the RSS feed option, let me know if it is problematic.

3. Hooks to holdings in Global Books In Print
Yay, this one isn't in BETA and should work just fine.

This works by clicking on the Search My Library's Catalogue tab.

For example, search "spanish inquisition" and a list of titles appears.
Select up to 5 titles.
Click the Search My Library's Catalogue tab.
A popup appears, press Go.
A list will display with either "not found" or with holdings information from our catalogue.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

New xrefer content

New titles and publishers are continually being added to Xreferplus. Recently added titles include:

Chambers Classic Speeches

New Artstor Content (fine art)

Additional images from the Erich Lessing and Fine Arts Archives
ARTstor has released approximately 600 additional images from the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives. These high quality images, scanned from large format color transparencies, focus on key European artists and collections from major European museums outside Italy.

Additional images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
We are pleased to announce the addition of over 900 new images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This addition significantly enriches ARTstor’s offerings from the permanent collection of this outstanding museum to over 3,000 images.

Monday, May 07, 2007

19th C Masterfile adds Royal Societies Catalogue of Scientific Papers (1800-1900)

The files of the Catalogue of Scientific Papers now online via 19th Century Masterfile include over 450,000 citations to all manner of scientific inquiry during the 19th Century--from Darwin to Freud.

CSP indexed 1,555 periodicals in numerous languages, and included the transactions of the European academies and other learned societies.

Two major installments of Catalogue of Scientific Papers are now online for searching through 19th Century Masterfile:

Installment 1: The three Subject indexes produced by the Royal Society covering
Pure Mathematics (1908);
Mechanics (1909);
and a 2-volume set covering Physics (1914).

Installment 2: Volumes 13-19 covering 1884-1900, containing over 400,000 citations.

For a quick glance at all the files now available through 19th Century Masterfile, please go to www.paratext.com/NCM2007.pdf

New Artstor content-->Frescos, Paintings, and Architecture

Two Archives from the Negative Collection at the Frick Art Reference Library
The first archive consists of over 3,000 images produced by the Italian photographic firm of Sansoni and richly documents fresco cycles and other forms of architectural decoration throughout Italy. The second archive, from A.C. Cooper and related archives, documents paintings as they passed through art auction galleries in London in the 1920s and 1930s.