Fall Semester 2012
Signs of the Times
JSC librarians have been retiring print encyclopedias, dictionaries, and indexes and directing users to our more
up-to-date reference sources mounted on our website. Online titles such as The Oxford English Dictionary, the Education Research Complete database, and hundreds of titles in the Gale Virtual Reference Library and Credo Reference Collection are now promoted in the library’s reference section with signs displaying QR codes. You may have seen such codes in magazine ads with instructions to scan the image with a camera phone for more information about a product or to link to a page on a website. This is one way our library is experimenting with mobile applications to raise awareness of our extensive online holdings.
Scan this QR code to link to our Find Articles page:
If you want to learn more about how libraries are using QR codes, this article is freely available in College & Research Libraries News:
Fall Semester 2011
New Electronic Resources
Integration and expanded coverage are the keywords for our digital collection development activities this semester. Beginning with our subscription to the JSTOR Language and Literature collection, we have added more than 60 full text journals to complement the indexing in MLA International Bibliography and to leverage our journal holdings in Expanded Academic ASAP and the Literature Resource Center. More in Library News...
Spring Semester 2011
The Vermont Department of Libraries has negotiated a contract for 2011 which will add several products to our growing list of database subscriptions. Mara Siegel sent the following information about these new Gale resources:
Gale Biography in Context: Biographies of more than 500,000 individuals gleaned from periodicals and reference sources and multimedia content. (This product replaces the biographical databases from H.W. Wilson that were included in the Vermont Online Library in past years.)
Career Transitions: An online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. Discover career interests, prepare a resume and cover letter, brush up on networking, interviewing and negotiating skills, find job listings. Patrons set up an individual account and can save their work.
Powerspeak Languages: An entertaining and effective way to learn a new language. Currently you can learn Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, and ESL Spanish, with more languages to come in 2011. Patrons set up an individual account.
Small Business Resource Center: Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Provides video, audio streams and podcasts, an image gallery, daily news updates, and interactive maps to accompany the popular Opposing Viewpoints databases.
Use the Find Articles page to access these and other library databases. Contact your local public library for information on how to access HeritageQuest genealogy databases, which are also available through the Vermont Department of Libraries.
Fall Semester 2010
For student and faculty research, we have added several databases to shore up our reference collection, provide expanded scholarly journal access, and enhance the research process.
Credo Reference, an online resource of more than 500 books, is a collection of reference titles from authoritative publishers in the arts, sciences and social sciences. Librarians and teachers have declared it the scholar's answer to Wikipedia, the source we know many students turn to when beginning a research project. Using the Credo Reference database, students can find overviews of a topic in specialized encyclopedias with links supplied to other relevant entries in the Credo collection. Topic pages support a modified "federated search" capability with the added value of linking to our VSC Library Catalog and several of our databases.
In response to faculty and student suggestions, we now subscribe to one of the many JSTOR journal collections. JSTOR, an acronym for "journal storage," was developed as a means of archiving scholarly periodicals in electronic format. Publishers establish "moving walls" where the most recent issues of a journal (often the current three to five years) are not available electronically. The JSC Library offers the Arts and Sciences VII collection, which consists of almost 300 journals and is searchable on the Find Articles page of the Library website. These titles have been fully integrated in our journals management software and can be located via the Find Journals link as well. Good news is forecast for 2011 when some participating publishers will make available their current as well as historical coverage of journal titles.
Wanting to enable our students to track and cite their sources more efficiently, we also picked up a subscription to RefWorks, the well-known citation manager software. On the Writing/Literature/Style Guides page of our website, there is a link to the tutorials for creating an account to manage lists of sources for your research. Once set up, the account is yours to keep beyond the years you are affiliated with Johnson State College.
Spring Semester 2010
JSC business faculty and students have come to depend on our print edition of The Value Line Investment Survey for timely analysis of companies and industries for years. Until recently, we have subscribed to the loose-leaf publication, but that format has been replaced by an electronic version only. Our last print issue was filed for February 12, 2010.
To access the 2010 online version, use the Library's Find Journals tab on our home page. When you enter a title search for Value Line, the results list will display a clickable link to the JSC Library Electronic Holdings collection.
With this transition to the electronic-only format, we have discovered some irregularities. For either on- or off-campus access, there is a screen message about logging in
(“To continue and log in, please click here”) even if you have already been authenticated from off campus, or even if you are here in the library. It is confusing, but just click on the first red link to access the various issues of Value Line where you’ll recognize such standard sections as Ratings & Reports and Selection & Opinion. Until we have resolved the access problem with the publisher, please make certain to logout of your session.The log off link is in the upper left hand corner of the page.
The first reviews of our electronic version of Value Line have been quite positive. Online features such as screening and reporting were not easily accomplished by studying the paper issues, and no doubt we will discover even more benefits as we become familiar with the interface.
Long-time users of the Gale Cengage family of databases will notice the new look in this extensive collection of resources, which is offered through our participation in the Vermont Online Library. You’ll see changes in the interface for many of our most popular databases such as Expanded Academic ASAP, Business & Company Resource Center and Academic Onefile with its 20 subsets. Teresa Faust, Special Services Consultant for the Vermont Department of Libraries, reports that audio and video files are available in some
(not all) articles in some (not all) databases. Many Gale databases provide options for translating articles too. As Faust points out, these enhancements will certainly improve access for print-disabled and ESL users, but we should be aware that the features are not standard from one resource to another.
New this semester is our subscription to the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary, the undisputed heavyweight title of word origins in the English language. Electronic access to this massive work of scholarship has many benefits. Most importantly, you can actually read the entries without eyestrain, and searching through individual print volumes is now accomplished with an advanced search. To use the database effectively, you will want to take the tour of the system, print out a quick reference guide, look at some search examples and familiarize yourself with the many help options on the home page of the OED Online. Links are posted on the FIND ARTICLES A-Z list and the Writing, Literature & Style Guides page.
Fall Semester 2009
For the start of the academic year, we have several databases to add to our growing collection of online resources. This week we'll feature new titles in the environmental sciences and education and answer these questions: What happened to Lexis-Nexis Environmental? Where is Education Full Text?
Lexis Nexis has sold its environmental content to Proquest, and our access to Environment Abstracts is now through a different search platform. Before all this occurred, our link to EA was located in Lexis-Nexis Environmental; now it is on the Find Articles page under Environment Abstracts. Interestingly, two other databases were included in the transaction. Links to EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements and Sustainability Science Abstracts are also on our A-Z list.
After a thorough evaluation, the Vermont State College reference librarians recommended that we drop the Wilson database, Education Full Text, and replace it with EBSCO's Education Research Complete (ERC). This was a soul-searching decision because librarians have long revered the Wilson product with its history of excellence in indexing the education literature. JSC's print volumes extend back to 1929.
Education Research Complete boasts indexing of almost 3000 journals, plus full text of books and conference proceedings. In a 2007 research study, ERC was found to be a more comprehensive database than ERIC, once considered the unrivaled resource for education researchers since 1966.