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Archive for September, 2012

The Library has secured a trial to the Ebrary database, the largest collection of downloadable scholarly e-books from hundreds of publishers. There are approximately 77,000 books available, and the searching is simple and intuitive. Give Ebrary a try and let us know how you like it so we can justify subscribing to it next budget year.

You can connect to Ebrary under the “Articles and Databases” tab on the Library Website – and it is available from home as well. Hurry – trial ends October 31, 2012.

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Users of the ERIC database may have noticed that recently the PDFs for full text of the ERIC Documents (those with ED numbers) have disappeared. Uploading the full text has been halted due to author permissions concerns by making these available online. From the ERIC site:

“We are seeking to restore access to documents as soon as possible. In order to restore access to ERIC, we have to check every document to see if it contains personally identifiable information. Due to the quality of many of the documents, a large portion of the search has to be done by hand. This is a large undertaking and we are in the process of hiring a team to help restore access in a fast and responsive manner. We hope to get this team in place by late September and releasing large numbers of ERIC documents by the end of October. We will continue to release documents after that point on a rolling basis.

To minimize the burden on our users, we will prioritize searching the documents that users request. If you would like to request a PDF to be returned online, please email ERICRequests@ed.gov with the record number (such as ED263102). Documents will be returned on a rolling basis and may take several weeks, but we are working as fast as possible.”

More information is available on this government webpage: http://www.eric.ed.gov/pdf_availability.html

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The Library has secured a trial for the database America History & Life with Full Text, beginning 9/17/12 to 12/16/12. It is available through our EBSCOHost platform and can be accessed on campus by simply clicking on the link for the title, or from home or off campus using your WSU network username and password.

This the definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present, and without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.  America: History & Life with Full Text also provides full-text coverage of more than 200 journals and nearly 100 books. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages.

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to the beginning of the 2012 fall semester.  Yes, we’re open during construction! If you want your very own copy of the Library’s hours, you can access a day-by-day calendar by going to the Library Website and clicking on the “Hours” button in the left side menu.

We look forward to helping you with your research needs.

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