Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Historical Statistics of the United States

Historical Statistics of the United States is now available to help you find quantitative facts of American history. You can use this database to find statistics on a variety of social, economic, and political topics. The data is fully searchable and can be downloaded into Excel or as an Adobe PDF. You can also create graphs, customized tables, and spreadsheets reflecting your own area of research. Finding HSUS in the future is as easy as going to the alphabetical list of databases. It has also been added to relevant subject guides and to the statistical resources page.

You will have to register if you want to create custom tables. Registration is free. However, you will need to complete the registration process on-campus or after authenticating off-campus to ensure that your account is associated with Muskingum College and OhioLINK.

Please contact the library if you have questions about using this rich statistical resource. We are able to provide this to you through a joint purchase by OhioLINK member libraries.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Are you thankful for OhioLINK?

Were you able to finish a research project that would not have been possible otherwise? Did you get an A on a class assignment? Did you teach your students something new? Perhaps you found that rare resource you had been searching for?

Please consider sharing a story about the value of OhioLINK to your learning, research, or teaching. Your story may be featured on the OhioLINK Web site and/or in future publications. If possible, please submit your story or testimonial by January 14 so that it can be considered for use in the 2007 OhioLINK annual report.


Friday, November 09, 2007

Researching Now = Less Stress Later

Photo by Kaleb Fulgham

We're only four weeks away from the last day of classes. How is your research coming along on that paper? Sorry to bring it up, but I thought I should ask. Don't worry, you still have time to find the information you need.

It's a good idea to request any OhioLINK books you may need now. It will take 2-3 days for the books to arrive on campus. You can always use QuickSearch to find articles, but sometimes you are better off using specific subject resources.

Do you normally wait until the last minute? Don't stress out...you can probably find relevant information on your topic in the Electronic Book Center, Electronic Journal Center, or Academic Search Complete.

Oh yeah, I forgot to say...remember that you have a friend in the library! We're here to help you. All you have to do is ask and if we not online just send us an email at library@muskingum.edu.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

OhioLINK requesting and keyword searching unavailable

10 a.m. Saturday update: Keyword searching in the OhioLINK Catalog has been fixed.

9:03 a.m Friday update: OhioLINK requesting has been fixed. Keyword searching is still not working.

Two unforeseen problems have developed from yesterday's upgrade to the OhioLINK Catalog. Keyword searching and the ability to request books from other libraries are currently not working. OhioLINK is working with the software vendor to fix these problems. Hopefully both features will be fixed by the end of the day.

You can still use the OPAL Catalog to find and request books from other OPAL libraries. Please contact Andrew Whitis if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

OhioLINK Library Catalog will be down on August 16

The OhioLINK Catalog will be unavailable on Thursday, August 16, beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. due to an upgrade. The upgrade is expected to take a minimum of eight hours to complete. During this time you will not be able to search the OhioLINK catalog or place requests for books owned by other OhioLINK libraries.

This upgrade will not effect the Muskingum Catalog or OPAL Catalog. You will be able to request books from other OPAL libraries using the OPAL Catalog. Please contact Andrew Whitis if you have any questions.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Electronic Book Center now available

OhioLINK has announced the availability of the Electronic Book Center. This counterpart to the Electronic Journal Center currently provides access to over 5,000 scholarly books published by Oxford University Press and Springer. Additional titles from these publishers will be added over the coming months including. In addition, the ABC-CLIO Electronic Reference Book collection will be migrated to the Electronic Book Center soon.

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Access to more theological books

You now have access to one of the top ten largest theological collections in the United States from the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus (TCGC). TCGC members, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Pontifical College Josephinum and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, joined OPAL in January and officially joined OhioLINK in July. Their combined collection of 360,000 books can now be requested using the OPAL catalog or the OhioLINK catalog.

The addition of the three libraries brings the total number of OhioLINK members to 87, including 16 public/research universities, 23 community/technical colleges, 47 private colleges and the State Library of Ohio. Read the full press release from OhioLINK for more information.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

EJC Tips and Tricks

Did you know that the Electronic Journal Center (a.k.a. EJC) provides access to over 6,900 titles? Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the EJC.

Phrase Searching
The EJC searches for articles like Google searches for web sites. It looks for all of the words you type in and then shows you the articles that are most relevant. You can improve your results by putting phrases in "quotes" and linking concepts together with AND (to narrow), OR (to broaden), or NOT (to exclude). Example: global warming coal finds 138,598 articles while "global warming" AND coal finds 102 articles.

Advanced Searching
Click on the All Search Options link under the search box to limit your search to specific discipline area or date range. You can also change sort options and number of articles displayed in your results set. Example: You want to find articles about using problem based learning in the classroom. Searching for "problem based learning" without setting limits finds 716 articles while searching for "problem based learning" limited to the Social Sciences collection finds 215 articles.

Citation Formatting
Get a citation for your paper in APA, Chicago or MLA style automatically. Select the correct citation style under the journal's cover image and then click on the Go button under Format/export as.

Create a My EJC account if you don't already have one. This will allow you to be notified when new issues of journals you are interested in are available, build an electronic binder of articles you find and want to keep, and save searches to run periodically to look for new research.

My Journals
You can be notified by email or by RSS feed reader (e.g. Bloglines or Google Reader) when new issues of a journal are added to the EJC. Log into your My EJC account. Search or browse for the title of a journal. On the journal's holdings page, click on the Add to my Journals link under the journal's cover image. You will be taken to the My Journals page where you have the option to turn on (or off) email notification and/or subscribe to the RSS feed for updates. You can remove a journal from the My Journals page by clicking on the Remove link.

My Articles
You can build an electronic binder of articles you find while searching the EJC. Make sure you are logged into your My EJC account before you start searching. When you find an article you would like to save, click on the Add to My Articles link under the journal's cover image. You will be taken to the My Articles page where you can see all of the articles you have saved. You can sort your articles by author, journal title, year published, or date added to your article collection. You can remove an article by clicking on the Remove link.

My Searches
You can save your searches and have them automatically be run and notified on a regular basis. Log into your My EJC account and search for your topic using the phrase and advanced searching tips from above. Click on the Add to My Searches button. Type in a name for your search or accept the auto generated name. Decide if you want the search to notify you by email, RSS feed, or if you want to manually run the search yourself in the future. You will be taken to your My Searches page where you can see the searches you have saved and when they were last run. You can run a saved search at anytime by clicking on its name. You can also edit the name of your saved searches, change how you are notified and delete saved searches on this page.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us. We're here to help you!

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Friday, December 29, 2006

New EJC Interface

The EJC (Electronic Journal Center) will have a new interface beginning January 8, 2007. The new interface looks similar to the current interface, but it will offer better performance and more functionality.

Transferring Alerts/Saved Searches to the new system
EJC users who have created e-mail alerts or saved searches on the current EJC interface will need to migrate that information to the new system by January 31. Here’s how to create a new account in the new EJC and transfer your information:

  1. Go to the EJC page.
  2. Look for "Create an Account" in the upper right hand corner of the page and follow the prompts to create your new account.
  3. Log into your new account.
  4. Under My Account, click on the Migrate saved searches from your old ScienceServer account link.
  5. Your existing alerts and saved searches display. Click each one that you want to migrate to the new system.
Detailed instructions with screen images are available on the OhioLINK web site.

Web Feeds for New Issues
You can subscribe to new issue alerts via a RSS feed. To set up a RSS feed that will notify you when new issues are loaded:

  1. From the journal page, right click on Web Feed.
  2. Depending on your browser, Copy Shortcut or Copy Link Location
  3. Paste the shortcut into your RSS Reader (e.g. Bloglines, Google Reader, or Firefox's Live Bookmarks).
Please contact Andrew Whitis if you have questions.

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