Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Access Issues to Muskingum Catalog and Databases Due to Columbus Power Outage

Updated and Revised on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 6:40 p.m.

The power outage in Columbus continues to impact the availability of many online library resources hosted by the OHIONET office in Upper Arlington.

The following resources are still unavailable for student, faculty, and staff use:
  • Muskingum College Library Catalog/OPAL Catalog, including the ability to renew Muskingum or OhioLINK items checked out
  • Accessing databases using the links on the Muskingum College Library web site, because they rely on the OPAL proxy server to be online
  • Electronic course reserves, because it requires the OPAL Catalog server to be online
  • Remote authentication for off-campus access to all databases, because it requires the OPAL proxy server to be online
  • Ability to request a book using the OhioLINK Central Catalog, because authentication requires the OPAL Catalog server to be online
The following search alternatives are still functioning, because they use the OhioLINK web site:
  • Three out of the four QuickSearch tabs on the Library’s home page are still operational on-campus. The Articles, eBooks, and eReference QuickSearches are working. The Books QuickSearch is not work because the OPAL Catalog server is not online.
  • You can find a book in our Library by using the OhioLINK Catalog Advanced Keyword Search page and choosing OPAL Libraries as the "Location" limit. You will have to view the list of libraries that own the book to determine if it is Muskingum College or one of the other OPAL member libraries.
  • You can access research databases (including the Electronic Journal Center and the Electronic Book Center) on-campus through the OhioLINK Databases page.
OhioLINK’s servers have been running on a backup generator since Sunday afternoon.

We will notify the campus community when these services have been restored. We do not know how long the power outage will last. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that power may not be restored completely until this weekend.

Please contact the Library at (740) 826-8152 if you have questions.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Welcome back! Here's what you missed


Welcome back Muskies! Hope you had a great summer. We were very busy while you were gone. The first thing you might notice when you come into the Library is that there is a lot more space on the main floor by the computers. We took down a bunch of shelves. Stop by and check out the view.

We added/changes some databases...

Philosopher's Index
The primary research tool for philosophy. Index, abstracts, and some full text from 570 journals covering 15 philosophical research areas.

Biography Reference Bank (replaces American National Biography)
Biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present. This is a great resource for education majors. Your K-12 students have access to this database through INFOhio.

Consumer Health Complete
Health information written for the general public. This would be a great resource if you are looking for current authoritative information for a speech, paper, or health education project.

Science Online (replaces AccessScience)
Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments. A great resource for K-12 science education majors. Another database available to all K-12 schools through INFOhio.

World Book (replaces Encyclopaedia Britannica online...we still EB in print)
Encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and other research tools. Yet another great resource available to K-12 schools through INFOhio. We have it set to go directly to Word Book Advanced for college level information, but there is another interface you can use when working with early childhood students.

Finally, three new libraries joined the OhioLINK family. You can now request books from Ohio Christian University, St. Mary Seminary, and the University of Northwestern Ohio through the OhioLINK Catalog.

Those are the big things that happened over the summer. We didn't get to take much of a vacation, so there aren't any beach pics. We did attend the OPAL conference at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. Here is a snap of the closing session of the conference.

Let us know if you have any questions. Use the Ask Us live chat box on our main web page or stop by the Reference Desk.

Hope you have a great year!

The Library Staff

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Closed Memorial Day Weekend

The Library will close Friday, May 23 at 5 p.m. and not reopen until Tuesday, May 27 at 8 a.m. However, you will still be able to access all of our research databases, including the Electronic Journal Center and the Electronic Book Center, anytime over the holiday weekend.

As always, you can check our hours of operation anytime day or night.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Full text resources for those last minute papers

Did you look at the calendar today and freak out? Yeah, classes are over in two and half weeks. No need to have a meltdown because you haven't even begun to think about looking for information. There is still time!

Our full-text resources are the best place to start and they are available 24x7x365. Click on any of the links below to get started. It doesn't matter if you are on-campus or off-campus...well you will need to know your 14 digit bar code number from the back of your ID and click on the off-campus link if given...but that's the only caveat.

Electronic Journal Center - 9.4 million current scholarly research articles covering all subjects

Academic Search Complete - 4,600 peer-reviewed journals

LexisNexis Academic - full-text news, business, and legal information from 5,000+ sources

Electronic Book Center - 16,000+ current scholarly books and reference books

NetLibrary (off-campus) - 15,000+ scholarly and professional books from the 90s and early 2000s

Humanities E-Books (off-campus) - 1,500 scholarly e-books covering history, humanities, and area studies.

Safari Books Online (off-campus) - 4,000 books in business, computer science, graphic design, and information technology.

Remember, you can use our subject guides to find specific resources for you topic.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Web of Science has a new interface

Web of Science has a new search interface. Cited Reference Searching is quickly accessed off the top navigation tabs. Personal sign-ins are still active if you created an account in the past. If you have never created a sign in account, you might want to so you can:
  • Save searches to work with in the future
  • Set up search history alerts
  • Set up citation alerts
  • Access EndNote Web to collect and organize citations and format bibliographies while working on papers.
Feel free to contact Andrew if you have questions about Web of Science or any of our databases.


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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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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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Do you like the redesigned LexisNexis Academic?

Here is your opportunity to share your opinion on some proposed changes to the LexisNexis Academic search interface, results list, and full-text display. The survey will be open until 8 p.m EDT on Friday, September 14. Click on the link below to take the survey sponsored by LexisNexis.



Monday, September 10, 2007

Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print

Two new databases have been added to support research needs in psychology, education, and business. Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print will help you search over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. Information about the test's purpose, price, acronym, intended population, administration time, publication date(s) and author(s) is provided. Use both databases together to find reviews and determine commercial availability.

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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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Friday, June 29, 2007

Database Changes

It's the end of June and you know what that means...time for database changes!

  • Academic Search Premier has been upgraded to Academic Search Complete. Academic Search Complete includes more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals.
  • English Short Title Catalog database from RLG has been replaced by the free version from the British Library.
  • CINAHL's search interface has been modified to make best use of the thesaurus and limit options and make the search process more intuitive.
  • Clinical Pharmacology has been replaced by Lexi-PALS drug content. This information can be accessed directly in the Health Source Consumer and Nursing/Academic databases.
  • Gongwer News Service, providing coverage of Ohio state government, has been redesigned. Remember, Gonger's is one of the few databases where we have to use OhioLINK's proxy for off-campus access instead of the the OPAL proxy server.
  • Handbook of Latin American Studies from RLG has been replaced by HLAS Online and HLAS Web from the Library of Congress.
  • Inside Information Plus from RLG has been discontinued. Similar content can be found in ArticleFirst.
  • LexisNexis Academic has been redesigned and now includes Company Dossier.

    If you are using LexisNexis off-campus and are asked for a user name and password, simply hit your browser's back button to the OPAL Database Remote Authentication Page and authenticate again. We've noticed that LexisNexis sometimes doesn't authenticate on the first try, but will on a second attempt. We believe this situation will resolve itself in July, as LexisNexis continues transitioning from the old to new URL.
Please contact Andrew Whitis if you have any questions about these changes.

Hat tip to Ohio University Libraries News blog for identifying RLG alternatives.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

High-maintenance people should take a chill pill

High-maintenance and chill pill are just two of the words recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Other new additions include:
  • bashert
  • club-hopping
  • Gaia
  • glitch
  • jihadi
  • scratch and sniff
  • shawarma
  • stop-gap
  • zythum
Thanks to ResourceShelf for the heads-up.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Still confused about RSS?

Are you working for the web or does the web work for you? You can use a program like Bloglines or Google Reader to subscribe to web sites and be notified when new information is available, e.g. the TOC of the latest issue of a journal in the EJC.

Watch this video for a quick, easy and painless overview of what RSS is and how you can make the web work for you.
RSS in Plain English

Video created by Lee and Sachi LeFever of Common Craft and licensed under Creative Commons.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Library, it's more than just books

This is National Library Week, a perfect time to check us out. Ideas and the space, resources, and personal service you need to succeed are @ your library. Most people think of books when they think of the Library. However, we offer a lot more than just shelf after shelf after shelf of books.

You can do these and a whole lot more by visiting the Library virtually or in person. Remember, we’re here to help you!

You can help us, by letting us know what you think. Stop by the Library and take a brief survey. Oh, and feel free to help yourself to some candy too.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

LexisNexis Academic (Beta): Shiny and New

It's raining betas here in the Library. Your favorite resource for all the news that's fit to be searched is getting a face lift. The LexisNexis Academic (Beta) was released at the end of March. (Note: The beta URL will only work on campus.)

What's new?
  • Simple layout
  • Check box limits that allow you broaden or narrow your sources more intuitively
  • A choice between natural language or power search using connectors
  • Contextual "How do I...?" help on the right side of the search pages
  • Result clustering that groups your results by type of information and then by source
The new LexisNexis Academic will go live around the end of June. More information about the redesign is available on the LexisNexis web site. Feel free to give it a try.


Try the Academic Search Complete (Beta)

Your favorite interdisciplinary database is putting on some weight, but in a good way. Academic Search Complete (Beta) will go into full production this summer. It will replace Academic Search Premier on our web site before the start of the Fall 2007 semester.

So what makes this Academic Search "Complete"?

It currently has 832 full text journals (743 that are peer-reviewed) and 175 full text monographs that are not available in Academic Search Premier. These numbers are expected to increase to a total of 1,500 full text journals and 300 full text monographs over the next 12 to 18 months.


Monday, March 12, 2007

Test drive the new Digital Media Center

OhioLINK's new and improved Digital Media Center (DMC) interface will be going live on March 26. Take a test drive of these enhancements:
  • A prominent area for featured collections
  • One-click, front-page access to both individual collections and entire subject areas
  • A cleaner, updated look

The new DMC will keep the same URL when it is live, http://dmc.ohiolink.edu. However, bookmarks to individual items from the old DMC (e.g. a bookmark to an individual artwork) will not carry over to the new DMC. You will need to update these bookmarks after March 26. Persistent URLs (those that begin with http://rave.ohiolink.edu) for videos in the Digital Video Collection will carry over to the new system, so you will not need to update those bookmarks.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Library is closed, but our web site is still open!

The College is closed again today, Wednesday, February 14 due to the weather. However, you can still use our electronic resources for your research needs:

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Library Closing at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13

Update: The College and Library are closed again today, Wednesday, February 14.

"Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the College is closing for the day at 12:30 PM. All afternoon and evening classes and activities are cancelled."

Even though the Library is closed, you can still use our electronic resources for your research needs:

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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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