Archive for the 'Resources' Category

June 19, 2008

GreenFILE

A searchable database covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.  Scholarly, governmental, and general-interest titles dating back to the 1970's include content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done on each level to minimize negative impact.

Topics include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.  GreenFILE is multidisciplinary and draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health, and technology.  The database contains 384,000 records including 4700 full-text articles.

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June 19, 2008

Encyclopedia of the Cold War:  A Political, Social, and Military History

Edited by Spencer C. Tucker and published by ABC-CLIO in 2008,  this five-volume set is located on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number D 840 .E63 2008.

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June 5, 2008

Britannica Spanish Reference Center

This online resource offers two Spanish-language encyclopedias.  For high school ages and up, Gran Enciclopedia Planeta is a comprehensive encyclopedia with 145,000 articles, along with timelines, an atlas, and a dictionary.  Enciclopedia Juvenil is designed for elementary and junior high ages, and includes learning materials, images, and videos.

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June 5, 2008

Edited by John H. Moore and published by Macmillan Reference USA in 2008, this three-volume set is located in the Reference Collection on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number E 184 .A1 E584 2008 .

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May 23, 2008

The EBSCO company has taken over this database from the ABC-CLIO company and one result is a new interface that resembles that of other EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier .

Historical Abstracts is a bibliographic reference to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada).  Currently over 2000 journals published throughout the world are covered.  Historical Abstracts includes citations from a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of special interest to researchers and students of history.  Also, citations to useful historical books as reviewed by the most prestigious journal in the field and citations to abstracts of dissertations complete worldwide of particular interest for historical research. 

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May 23, 2008

The EBSCO company has taken over this database from the ABC-CLIO company and one result is a new interface that resembles that of other EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier .

America:  History and Life provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.  Includes information abstracted from over 2000 journals published worldwide and is based on the print index published since 1964. 

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May 2, 2008

Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance:  Italy, France, and England.  Edited by Diana Robin and others and published by ABC-CLIO in 2007, this work is located on the Third Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number HQ 1148 .W67 2007.

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May 2, 2008

Edited by Gabrielle H. Cody and Evert Sprinchorn and published by Columbia University Press in2007, this two-volume set is located in the Reference Collection on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number PN 1861 .C65 2007.

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April 11, 2008

The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) database now includes multiple versions of the TIGER/Line Files.  TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) data files, formerly made available by the U. S. Census Bureau provide users with appropriate data to prepare maps through geographic information system (GIS) software packages.  The TIGER/Line file versions available via ICPSR include those covering 1990-2006.

The cartographic information supplied by the TIGER/Line files covers all counties and equivalent entities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Island Areas.  Researchers use these data to create shapefiles that contain geographic attributes for points, lines, or polygons.  Once these files are load into GIS software, researchers can input subject matter data, such as Census population and housing information, as overlays on the maps.

The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) web page provides search and browsing access to abstracts and data sets in the world's largest archive of computerized social science data.  Search or browse title of study, principal investigator, words in abstract, or study number.  Browse major research categories.

Please contact Barbara Bishop of the Auburn University Libraries Reference Department for more information at bishoba@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1690.

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April 11, 2008

The JSTOR database has recently been upgraded.  Changes include the following:

a)  Basic Search:  this type of search searches the full-text of all journals and can be entered directly from the home page by authorized users.  Basic searches can be limited by discipline.

b)  Advanced Search:  these searches can be limited by selecting discipline(s) or specific journal titles, or by directly entering a specific title into the form.

c)  Proximity Search is now available in the Advanced Search form, using NEAR 5, NEAR 10, NEAR 25 operators in the Boolean pull-down menus.

d)  Basic and Advanced Searches:  searches from an individual session are saved, and they can be rurun from a drop-down menu at the bottom of each of these search forms.  Users are able to search for both the singular and plural versions of a word by adding an ampersand (&) to the end of the singular form of the word.  Plurals now identify both regular (cat/cats) and irregular (knife/knives) plural forms.

e)  Article Page Viewing:  thumbnail images of articles make it easier to see articles at a glance and to select pages within articles.

f)  Simplified Print and Viewing of Article FDF Files:  JSTOR now offers articles in a single, improved format of PDF for printing.  The PDF versions of articles provide bookmarks for easier navigation, both throughout the article as well as the entire issue.

JSTOR provides access to several collections of backfiles of scholarly publications covering the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.  JSTOR includes the full runs of each journal, generally up to 1 - 7 years from the present.  Note:  Auburn University subscribes to the Arts & Science I & II Collections and the Health & General Science Collection.

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