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Indexes to Journals and Books:

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Provided free by EBSCO to anyone interested in libraries and information management, LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals as well as books, research reports, proceedings, and patents, covering all fields of information science, including librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, search engines, printed & electronic information sources, the information industry, scholarly communication, electronic publishing, and more. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, this is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science. [Absorbed: Information Science & Technology Abstracts]

Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Indexes articles and book reviews in more than 234 key library and information science periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere, as well as books (over 300 per year), chapters, conference proceedings, library school theses, and pamphlets. Cover to cover full-text from over a hundred selected periodicals begins in 1994. Also covers such topics as censorship, copyright legislation, government aid, information brokers, personnel administration, public relations, web sites, and more.

Library Literature and Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983 (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Provides the retrospective content of Library Work (1905-1911), Library Journal (1912-1920), and Library Literature (1921-1983). Nearly 80 years of citations to periodical articles, books, book chapters, essay collections, conference proceedings, library school theses, and book reviews document all the innovations, controversies, and people instrumental in the making of modern librarianship. International coverage comprehensively surveys library science publishing in Europe, Russia, China, India, Australia, and Latin America. Includes the full text of Wilson Library Bulletin from 1914 to 1983. (Note: the subscription allows for only two users at a time, so please click the "Exit Program" button when you are finished)

ASIS&T Digital Library (Wiley) Remote access available Full text available
Provides the full text of publications from the American Society for Information Science and Technology, an association of information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information through reports of research and development in a wide range of subjects and applications in information transfer and communication processes in general and in the context of recorded knowledge in particular, along with issues, opinion pieces, pragmatic management reports, and news of people and events. Includes The Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and Proceedings of the ASIST Annual Meetings.

Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library (ACM) Remote access available Full text available
Contains the full text of journals, magazines, transactions, conference proceedings, newsletters, and other publications by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), its Affiliated Organizations, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), including an archive dating back to the 1950's. The ACM is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide, providing a portal to the computing literature through authoritative publications and pioneering conferences.

SPEC Kits (Association of Research Libraries) Remote access available Full text available
Produced by ARL's Systems and Procedures Exchange Center, these research surveys conducted by ARL member libraries examine the ever-changing challenges regarding current practices, managing change, improving performance, and the implementation of new practices and technologies. Each kit includes an executive summary of the survey results, survey questions and responses, representative documents from the responding institutions (such as policies, procedures, handbooks, guidelines, websites, records, brochures, and statements), and a selected bibliography of books, journal articles, and websites. Covers 2006 to the present.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Online Encyclopedias and Books:

75 Outrageous Ways for Librarians to Impact Student Achievement in Grades K-8 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a resource of ideas that foster a unique, collaborative, and fun library media program that addresses student learning standards.

ACRL Metrics (ACRL) Remote access available Full text available
Provides access to academic library statistics gathered by ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) and NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) for the years 2000 to the present to help support advocacy efforts, strategic planning, grant applications, peer benchmarking, budget presentations, and multi-year trend analysis. Includes data on hours, serials, trends, faculty, holdings, reference, personnel, circulation, enrollment, instruction, expenditures, service points, selected ratios, interlibrary loan, digital collections, electronic resources, and more. (Absorbed ACRL's Academic Library Trends and Statistics).

Archival Appraisal: Theory and Practice (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides detailed information on the most recent techniques, theories, practices, and recommendations in collection appraisal for the management and use of archives. Aimed at information specialists, records managers, knowledge managers, and archivists, it covers acquisition planning processes, policies, and procedures, as well as appraisal criteria and report forms. Includes a glossary of terms with detailed explanations of their meanings.

Beyond Degrees: Professional Learning for Knowledge Services (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers continuing professional development and lifelong learning in the information services environment to provide guidelines for conceptualizing, designing, and measuring successful programs for professional learning, staff development, and professional growth in an organization.

Corporate Memory: Records and Information Management in the Knowledge Age (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Dealing with an International Clientele: Communications, Diplomacy and Etiquette (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Designed for information professionals, this book sets out how to provide an effective library service to patrons from different countries and ethnic backgrounds, and covers communications with patrons whose mother tongue is not English, as well as the differences in cultural etiquette.

Digital Libraries: Principles and Practices in A Global Environment (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Explores the full spectrum of communication, from careers to information technologies, in an interdisciplinary fashion. Emphasis is on both historical and current issues, topics, and people.

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (IGI Global) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Third Edition. A 10-volume compilation of authoritative, research-based articles on the utilization and management of information science and technology - encompassing the full range of concepts, issues, methods, technologies, and trends associated with the field - with an emphasis on modern issues and the presentation of potential opportunities, prospective solutions, and future directions.

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (Taylor & Francis) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the collection, organization, storage, preservation, retrieval, transfer, and display of the entire body of materials representing what cultures know and value, whether they are produced as a result of business, government, education, creative endeavors, or daily life. Includes: archival science - bibliography - document and genre theory - informatics - information systems - knowledge management - library and information science - museum studies - records management - social studies of information.

Handbook of Research on Digital Libraries: Design, Development, and Impact (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides comprehensive coverage of digital libraries. Through predictions of future trends, examinations of techniques and technologies, and focuses on users, interactions, and experiences, this collection provides developers and scholars with an extensive collection of research articles from the field of digital libraries.

Information Science in Theory and Practice (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Open and Novel Issues in XML Database Applications: Future Directions and Advanced Technologies (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers comprehensive issues and challenges discovered through leading international XML database research.

School Library Management: Just the Basics (Abc-Clio) Remote access available Full text available
Written for the first-year librarian, as well as library aides, paraprofessionals, and other noncertified personnel, this book presents a step-by-step guide to the setting up, operation, and management of a school library media center. Covers: storage - circulation - work areas - scheduling - privacy issues - activity centers - group activities - computer usage - professional materials - discipline, incentives, and rewards - and training student and parent volunteers. Includes passes, bookmarks, and other reproducibles.

Thinking for A Living: The Coming Age of Knowledge Work (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Who's Buying Information and Consumer Electronics (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Examines how much Americans spend on information and consumer electronics by the demographics that count: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education.

Work Culture Transformation: Straw to Gold - The Modern Hero's Journey (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Cataloging:

Cataloger's Desktop (Library of Congress) Remote access available Full text available
Incorporates of all of the indispensable cataloging publications that catalogers use daily, but were previously available only in a large number of individual print editions. Includes the full text of the current version of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (2nd edition) - Library of Congress Rule Interpretations - Subject Cataloging Manual: Classification, Shelflisting, Subject Headings - MARC 21 Formats for Bibliographic Data, Authority Data, Holdings Data, Classification Data, Community Information - latest editions of all MARC Code Lists - assorted specialized cataloging manuals - and much more. The first time you login, you will need to get a password from the Reference Desk (516-299-2305). You will then be asked to create your own account with your own password. 30 users may access this at a time. Please logout when you are finished.

RDA Toolkit (ALA, CLA, CILIP) Remote access available Full text available
RDA (Resource Description and Access) is the new cataloging standard designed for the digital world that will replace AACR2 and will provide a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions - covering all types of content and media - with a stronger emphasis on helping users find, identify, select, and obtain information. RDA Toolkit aids in evaluation, implementation, and decision making to increase efficiency and facilitate collaboration in making bibliographic data accessible on the Web. RDA instructions may be searched by AACR2 rule number. (New users will be asked to create a User Profile. Allows up to 37 simultaneous users.)

WorldCat : The OCLC Online Union Catalog (OCLC) Remote access available
Lists the holdings of all OCLC member libraries worldwide. Includes: books, manuscripts, computer data files, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals, sound recordings, magazines, videotapes. (No password required)


Reviews, Research Guides, and Selection Tools:

Best of the Web: Geography (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Evaluative guide that provides in-depth information on the best websites for geography. Covers area studies, bibliographies, cartography, current awareness services, cybergeography, development, earth sciences, environment, geographic information systems, journals, libraries, mailing-lists, meteorology, oceanography, organizations, population, remote sensing, subject gateways, teaching, tourism, and urban studies.

Books in Print Professional (Bowker) Remote access available Full text available
Bibliographic database with more than 5 million in-print, out-of-print, forthcoming, audio book, and video titles. Includes full-text reviews from 15 respected, professional sources such as Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Choice, as well as the first chapter of more than 30,000 entries.

Business Information Handbook (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Describes the major sources of business information for information specialists and researchers. Also discusses the role of business information in the business process as well as the recent changes brought about in sources and delivery by the new web-based technologies. Includes case studies from business information specialists that provide practical insights into the use of business information.

Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides a critical and appreciative overview of children's books written in English around the world. Covers the history of children's books from pre-Norman times to the present as well as current developments in publishing practices and in children's own reading. Includes coverage of television, comics, annuals and the growing range of media texts.

Children's Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Children's Catalog, this selective listing of fiction and nonfiction works, story collections, picture books, magazines, and web resources recommended for readers from preschool through sixth grade. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to additional reviews.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) Remote access available Full text available
Provides an extensive array of information about more than 900,000 children's books, video and audio recordings, film strips, and other children-focused media. Records come with all of the official cataloging data, subject terms, and annotations. In addition, CLCD contains more than 130,000 critical reviews of thousands of children's books, ranging from the earliest baby board books to novels and nonfiction for young adults, and an average of more than 1500 new reviews are added to the database monthly. Includes award information and placement on Best Books lists.

ChoiceReviews.online (ACRL) Remote access available Full text available
Produced by the Association of College and Research Libraries, this provides access to the entire database of Choice reviews published since September 1988, covering significant current books and electronic resources of interest to those in higher education. Updated monthly, Choice publishes more than 6,500 reviews by subject experts each year. The newest reviews are arranged by academic discipline and broad cross-disciplinary topic. All reviews can be searched by combining various criteria.

Complete Connection (Bowker) Full text available
Combining Fiction Connection and Non-Fiction Connection, this readers' advisory tool assists readers in finding book suggestions/recommendations based on the books that they have already read, authors that they already like, and topics that already interest them. Fiction Connection gives readers the option of browsing categories such as genre, setting, character, location and timeframe, while Non-Fiction Connection covers narrative non-fiction books featuring characters, storylines, and dramatic elements. Every query returns suggested titles that each have a "Find Similar" button so that readers never reach a dead end. Book descriptions include enriched content such as reviews, annotations, and first chapters. Also includes the Bowker Reads blog.

Directory of Business Information Resources (GOLD: Grey House Online Databases) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
For each of 99 industries, this directory provides contact and other information about: newsletters, trade shows, associations, industry web sites, magazines & journals, directories & databases, and international trade resources.

Ethical and Socially Responsible Investment: A Reference Guide for Researchers (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Annotated bibliography of 500 information sources that discuss ethical issues that can relate to business: the environment, human rights, working conditions, animal welfare, arms issues, food safety, sexual exploitation, health & safety, and tobacco. Includes a chapter that describes sources on socially responsible investment (SRI) and a selected list of ethical and SRI investment funds available on the UK and US markets.

Fiction Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Designed for collection development, selection, readers' advisory, and general reference, this selective listing delivers information on thousands of works of fiction for adults, either written in or translated into English. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, a descriptive annotation, notes about related works, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to additional reviews.

Graphic Novels Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
For collection development, readers' advisory, curriculum support, and selection and purchasing, this database highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations (including review excerpts and awards the title has won), plus cover art. Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied, plus all titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.

Growing and Knowing: A Selection Guide for Children's Literature (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Guide to Reference (American Library Association) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly known as Robert Balay's Guide to Reference Books, this is a selective, annotated list of "core collection" reference sources judged to be useful based on their content, organization, and popularity. It includes sources produced by governments, professional societies, commercial publishers, and other organizations, with a preference for the online versions of sources available in multiple formats, as well as free websites, metasites, directory sites, and portals that have gained a reputation for quality. To access the full range of functions, such as notes, users need to create a free individual profile.

Information Sources in Patents (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Guide to where and how patent information can be found. Discusses patent information within the context of the current legal framework for patents both from a national and international perspective, as well as future developments and their likely effect on patent information, the three major patent systems, information sources on different media, and the varying patent information needs within different subject fields. Covers alerting searches, patentability, portfolio & legal status searches, commercial intelligence, and patent analysis tools. Includes a glossary of patenting terms.

Middle and Junior High Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, this is a selective listing of thousands of fiction and nonfiction works (including CD-ROMs) for children and adolescents in grades five through nine to help with collection development, curriculum support, selection, readers' advisory, and general reference. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to other reviews.

Nonbook Materials Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Selective listing of electronic resources, audiobooks, video recordings, sound recordings, games, simulations, and much more for collection development, readers' advisory, and curriculum support, highlighting resources for schools and public libraries. Searches are possible by document type, author, title, subject, genre, and grade level. Annotations include review excerpts and awards. Cataloging information is provided for all items.

Public Library Core Collection - Nonfiction: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Public Library Catalog, this lists the most highly recommended reference and non-fiction books for adults to aid in collection development, selection, weeding, readers' advisory, and general reference. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to other reviews as well as information on electronic editions of works where available.

RCLweb: Resources for College Libraries (Bowker) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Books for College Libraries, this core list of hand-selected print and electronic titles for academic libraries features 65,000 titles arranged into 58 curriculum-specific subjects. Can be searched by a variety of criteria including: RCL subject, LC classification range, Dewey number range, audience, format, awards, and date added to the database. Includes the full text of reviews from Choice. Updated quarterly.

Senior High Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Senior High School Library Catalog, this is a selective list of more than ten thousand fiction and nonfiction books, CD-ROMs, and curriculum-related material recommended for young people in grades 9 through 12 to aid in collection development, readers' advisory, and curriculum support. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review (when available), and citations to other reviews.

United States Government Internet Manual (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
A guidebook for official U.S. government resources on the Web. This manual contains more than 2,000 site records that provide descriptions and URL's for each site. Evaluations are given for the most important and frequently sought sites.


Also of Interest:

American Juvenile Collection: Remote access available
A research collection of children's fiction, folklore, and fairy tales printed in North America, covering the years 1910-1960. The AJC continues the gathering of children's books by Christine B. Gilbert, that included fiction and non-fiction, mostly from Great Britain, published before 1909. The AJC retains a few of them, especially appropriate fiction titles. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.

Communicating Knowledge: Publishing in the 21st Century (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Emerald Fulltext (Emerald Insight) Remote access available Full text available
Provides full text access to almost 150 journals. Emphasis is on business, technology, and library & information science, but some coverage is also given to education, health, science, public policy, and criminal justice. Journals can be browsed issue by issue or searched by keyword.

ERIC : Education Resources Information Center (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Covers education literature and resources by providing access to information from journals included in the Current Index to Journals in Education and from documents in the Resources in Education index. The database contains more than 1,282,000 records and links to more than 314,000 full-text documents from ERIC.

ERIC : Education Resources Information Center (US Dept of Education) Remote access available Full text available
United States Department of Education website access to the ERIC database and the full text of ERIC documents. No password needed for remote access

Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters) Remote access available
Covering the previous few years, this enables you to see how often a particular journal is cited by other publications to evaluate its impact on the scholarly world.


Database descriptions are adapted from each database's website.




NOVEL Database NOVEL (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) is a statewide virtual library provided free to the public by the New York State Library. It is currently a pilot project funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the NY State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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