Starting in July, Willamette users will have online access to the complete run of “Science” magazine, from the first issue (through JSTOR) to the most recently published. You will be able to access this title through our A-Z database list and our library catalog. Faculty, staff, and students have waited years for current online access this popular science magazine, and we are pleased to finally provide this access!
We have just added three excellent resources to our digital collection, in addition to the recent addition of Science: Birds of North America Online, the Oregonian, and the Oregon Newspaper Sources.
Birds of North America Online is a database of over 716 species of birds that live and migrate through North America, including Hawaii and Canada. It includes a multimedia collection for every bird, including top quality audio and videos galleries, and rich collection of article information for each species for pretty much anything you would want to know about a specific bird. So if your curious what birds you saw outside your window or heard singing, this will be an outstanding resources!
The Oregonian newspaper (ranges from 1987-present). There is a one day delay, so you won’t be able to read through the current day’s edition. We’ve had very spotty electronic access to recent editions of the Oregonian, but this gives us reliable full text coverage back to 1987.
Oregon Newspaper Sources is a collection of 51 of the largest Oregon-based newspapers, including the Statesman Journal newspaper, Oregonian, and Eugene Register-Guard that can be search simultaneously or individually. You can even browse individual editions of newspapers by sections.
We’re are featuring the database Health Source this month in celebration of National Nutrition Month. It is one of our lesser known electronic resources, but extremely useful if you are researching health or nutritional topics.
Health Source provides the full text to over 270 periodicals covering nutrition, exercise, medical self-care, drugs and alcohol, and much more. You’ll find plenty of scholarly articles in this database, but in addition to the full text offerings, this database indexes and abstracts for over 430 periodicals.
This database also provides full text for over 1,090 pamphlets and 23 books. Health Source is an Ebsco Host databases, so you may recognize the interface.
Read our previous blog post about National Nutrition Month.
On February 15, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.
To minimize the impact to you and your users these enhancements will be installed during an eight hour window of typically low usage from 10:00 UTC through 18:00 UTC.
During this time the following ProQuest products will not be available:
- ProQuest Dialog
- ProQuest Congressional
- ProQuest K12 databases
- ProQuest Genealogy databases
- ProQuest Digital Microfilm
The shared catalog of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, known more commonly as SUMMIT, has had some major changes lately.
The second of the four “phases” of the change in catalogs has begun. The second group of libraries have begun to upload their old local catalog content into the new shared catalog. The go-live date for the new libraries to publicly appear in the new catalog is December.
Why is this significant? The second group of libraries is very large, so a sizable chunk of new library records will appear in the new catalog around December. This will increase the amount of materials that one can borrow through the new catalog interface instead of being bounced to the old Summit catalog system. In essence, this will make one’s use of the new system more efficient and ultimately more pleasant. As more libraries join, the need to use the old catalog will naturally decrease.
Libraries in each group (cohort) are listed below along with their go-live dates.
It is important to remember that a major purpose for this new catalog is to remove the need for local catalogs for each institution. We are attempting to share one catalog resource with 37 member institutions.
Cohort plan for the Shared ILS implementation
Linfield CollegeMarylhurst UniversityPacific UniversityUniversity of WashingtonWestern Washington UniversityWillamette University
Concordia UniversityEastern Washington UniversityEvergreen State CollegeLewis & Clark CollegePortland Community CollegeReed CollegeSaint Martin’s UniversitySeattle Pacific UniversityUniversity of IdahoWarner Pacific CollegeWashington State University
Clark CollegeMt Hood Community CollegeOregon Health & Science UniversityOregon Institute of TechnologyPortland State UniversitySouthern Oregon UniversityUniversity of OregonUniversity of PortlandUniversity of Puget SoundWestern Oregon University
Cohort 4 (Go-Live December 2014)
Central Oregon Community CollegeCentral Washington UniversityChemeketa Community CollegeEastern Oregon UniversityGeorge Fox UniversityLane Community CollegeOregon State UniversitySeattle UniversityWalla Walla UniversityWhitman College
Thankfully, the government shutdown is now over and most of the “free” resources we regularly access are back online. We just want to remind you that we have a Government Information guide that will help lead you to available government information after the 2013 Government Shutdown at http://libguides.willamette.edu/gov-info
The government shutdown may have impacted your research, depending on your research interests. If you depended on sites like the USGS, US Census Bureau, USDA, NASA, NLM (National Library of Medicine’s PubMed,, and Whitehouse.gov you will have encounter messages like the ones below. While Willamette relies a great deal on e-resources from government web site, we still do get selected print materials as do many of our Summit libraries since we are apart of the Federal Depository Library Program. We also have a great deal of electronic documents such as ERIC (Dept of Education) and PubMed (aka Medline) through our subscription databases. So while official web sites and search engines may have been down, check our library catalog for print materials, and our databases for electronic materials.
Big changes are in store for Willamette University. Starting in June 2013 the movement from 37 to one begins. We are moving with our Summit partner libraries from 37 stand-alone library systems to one shared system to improve the research experience for our students and faculty and to better manage our resources. The popular library system you have used to search for information and borrow library materials is being replaced by a new, improved user interface which will make it easier for you to find the information you need and get the items you are looking for both here at Willamette and through Summit.
Willamette University is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Alliance is the engine behind Summit but it is not the only initiative on which the 37 libraries collaborate. As a group, we are working toward unlocking opportunities that will help us to build our collections as a single collection, share services and resources, and exploit new technologies. This move from 37 to one will help us achieve those goals. Better managing our resources and creating efficiencies in processes will enable staff to focus on value added activities that will benefit our users and our institutions.
Because this is a big migration from many systems to one, it will take 18 months to get all Alliance libraries up and running. In the meantime, you will experience a hybrid system, with many of the advantages of the new, next generation system and a few remnants of the old. All the benefits of the new system will become operational when the last group of libraries goes-live. Willamette is one of the first institutions to move to this new environment, so our services may be a bit bumpy during the transition. Information on how to use this new interface (including use of mobile apps) will be coming soon!
We appreciate your patience and good humor as we move to this better, easier to use library system.
Large images can slow down your printing and waste paper on drafts. Here are some tips to help reduce waste and speed up printing.
Use placeholders for your images until your final drafts. Not only will it save a ton of paper but it can help you focus on the flow of the words and transitions.
Crop and shrink your image to 8.5 x 11 inches which is standard page size. Inserting an image that is larger will take up unnecessary space and will ultimately slow printing. http://www.photoshopessentials.com/essentials/image-resizing/
If you have high resolution images (DPI — dots per inch), save them at lower resolution. One way is to use Photoshop to change your DPI. Copy your image, then open Photoshop, and click File and new. A box will open in which you can change your DPI. We recommend 75 DPI. Photoshop is available on all campus computer labs.
PsycINFO is currently one of our most heavily used databases at Willamette. This database is the APA’s renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports. It is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, with the majority of the covered material being peer-reviewed. Whatever you find in PsycINFO will likely be high quality and reliable information. It covers the professional and academic literature in more than 1,300 journals in more than 30 languages!
Similar to all other Ebsco databases like Academic Search Premier, you can limit results to only full text and peer-review. If the full text is not available, don’t forget to click the little red “Find it at WU” button. This button searches Willamette’s catalog for journals we have in print and electronically, and if we don’t have e-access to it or have it in print an interlibrary loan option will be provided. It takes 2-3 days to get an article through interlibrary loan.
Another nice feature of this database is its ability to limit results to peer-reviewed literature just by checking a box (what is peer-review?).
One of the most powerful functions of this resource is the citation tool (screen shot below). When you click on any of the article titles, an option on the right appears for citing the item. You can copy and paste or export the citation info into bibliography management software like RefWorks.
If you’re doing psychology related research and haven’t tried PsycINFO yet, give it a shot and let us know what you think. We’re sure you’ll like it!
Contact John Repplinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) for comments or questions about this resource.
Academic Search Premier is one of those library resources that people really enjoy to using for their research. They love how easy it is to use, and its wide range of coverage. Whatever your research topic might be, you will likely find relevant literature whether it is in the social sciences, humanities, general science, education, or multicultural topics.
There are nearly 8,000 journals indexed by Academic Search Premier, and over half of these provide the full text of articles. There is also an option to limit your results to only full text, which allows you to either save or print articles.
If the full text is not available, don’t forget to click the little red “Find it at WU” button. This button searches Willamette’s catalog for journals we have in print, and if we don’t have it an interlibrary loan option shows up (it takes 2-3 days to get an article through interlibrary loan).
A nice feature of this database is its ability to limit results to peer reviewed literature just by checking a box (what is peer-review?). Did you know that 3,500 journals in Academic Search Premier are peer-reviewed? That is nearly half of the journals! So chances are very good that you will receive high quality information within your results.
Is Academic Search Premier limited to articles only? No! It also includes select newspapers, magazines, trade magazines, book reviews, and a number of books.
One of the most popular and least known functions of this resource is the citation tool (screen shot below). When you click one of the titles, an option on the right appears for citing the item. You can copy and paste or export the citation info into bibliography management software like RefWorks.
If you haven’t tried Academic Search Premier before, give it a shot. We’re sure you’ll like it!
Contact John Repplinger (email@example.com) comments or questions about this resource.