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Muskingum College library adds thousands of new resources with on-line databases

MARCH 8, 2003 - New information resources have been added to the Muskingum College library's ever-growing cache of information, all of which is available with the click of a mouse.

The largest addition is the Institute for Scientific Research (ISI) database. The ISI is made up of three parts that cover a broad range of disciplines. The Science Citation Index contains 5,900 of the world's leading scholarly and technical journals, the Social Sciences Index provides cited references found in 1,700 social science journals and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index offers items from more than 7,000 science and social science publications.

The library also has added the Lexis-Nexis Environmental Universe, a tool for targeted searches on a wide range of today's key environmental issues. That database was paid for by the college's Student Senate, according to Dr. Sheila J. Ellenberger, director of the library.

"All of these databases are a real testament to how much technology is changing the way we learn," she said. "There is more information available now, right from a computer terminal, than there ever has been."

Dr. Ellenberger went on to explain that there are enormous cost benefits to this way of expanding a library's capabilities, and she credits a good deal of that with the power of the various consortiums to which the Muskingum College library belongs.

"We belong to several excellent groups," Dr. Ellenberger said, "and that banding together of libraries gives us excellent economies of scale. Without those economies, we as a single library, simply could not afford to add these excellent resources. Very few libraries could, in fact."

The Muskingum College library is a member of OhioLink, OPAL and several other library groups who work together to negotiate the costs of database subscriptions so each becomes more affordable for the individual libraries which subscribe to them.
The Muskingum College library also has added the Electronic Journal Center, an online resource of 139 journals from three different publishers; and the ABC-CLIO group, which will eventually have 270 general reference books including encyclopedias, handbooks, biographical collections and other guides.
"For people who depend so heavily on information, like those in the Muskingum College community, it really is an exciting time. It seems now as though there isn't any real end to how our ability to gather information will continue to grow," Dr. Ellenberger said.