University Libraries Offer New Electronic Collections

Posted: July 7, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

In recent months the University Libraries have added several important new databases, including, Communication Abstracts, Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. The databases are accessible through the database wizard on the Libraries’ home page. from CABI Publishing abstracts more than 400 publications each year from journal articles, research papers, books, and conferences. Listed under social sciences, it brings together an archive of worldwide information for the research and strategic development of leisure, recreation, sport, tourism, and hospitality activities, facilities, products, and services.

Communication Abstracts, also found in the social sciences category, is a comprehensive resource for information on the worldwide literature of communication and related disciplines such as public relations, journalism, marketing and advertising, film studies, public opinion, and the role of technology in human communication. The database from Cambridge Scientific Abstracts covers approximately 160 sources, including articles, reports, papers, and books from a variety of publishers, research centers, and other information sources.

Another important new database, under medicine and health science, is Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (EMBR). Using Ovid’s MEDLINE, a clinician can enter the term “common cold,” select the EBMR limit, and, in seconds, receive high-quality articles that discuss prevention and treatment of the common cold. Clicking on the Article Review link retrieves the enhanced abstract of the article together with commentary about the article’s relevance to clinical practice.

A new interdisciplinary database is ProQuest Historical Newspapers, which gives the full text of the New York Times (1851 to 1857, and 1857 to approximately two years ago); Wall Street Journal (1889 to approximately seven years ago); and the Washington Post (1877 to approximately six years ago). The database offers complete coverage of each issue, including articles and editorials, photos, graphics, ads, comics, and cartoons. Images of full pages and of individual articles are available as downloadable pdf files. From the Advanced Search screen of a specific newspaper, searching can be done by keyword as well as by date, article type, and author. ProQuest Historical Newspapers can be accessed directly or through the Libraries’ home page. Other historical newspapers are also accessible online via the Libraries’ web site.

Databases are listed under categories and also alphabetically. For more information, consult a reference librarian by clicking on Ask a Librarian on the Libraries’ home page.

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