University Libraries Expands Its Electronic Research Collection

Posted: March 21, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

University Libraries continuously strives to update, expand, and improve its electronic services and recently acquired several new electronic databases and journals to add to its already extensive research collection. The new services cover a wide range of topics, including science, management, history, and government.

One of the biggest acquisitions is Elsevier’s Science Direct, “an extremely important collection of electronic journals from the world’s largest publisher in science, technology, and medicine,” says John Walsh, associate university librarian for Resources and Collection Management. Another new full-text science database is Springer LINK. George Mason’s subscription to the service provides users with access to more than 480 journals and two book series.

With the acquisition of State Capital Universe, George Mason now provides the complete suite of Lexis-Nexis products. Other electronic acquisitions include MCB’s Emerald Intelligence, a database with more than 100 e-journals that focus on management and economics, and Facts-On-File, a suite of core reference works that cover up-to-the-minute news, biographies, and more. The department also acquired a collection of several thousand electronic books from NetLibrary.

In addition, University Libraries transferred resources that were previously only accessible through network CDs to the web. Two of these resources are the World Trade Atlases and Zoological Record. The department also updated and improved two other existing electronic databases: the Harper’s Weekly database, and the Annual Reviews Online database. To access the electronic databases, and for more information on the new acquisitions, visit the University Libraries web site.

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