The Library is offering students and faculty a new search service called FirstSearch. It is an interactive online information system available on the World Wide Web that gives the user timely information on and from books, journal articles, films, computer software and other materials in a wide variety of subject areas. It permits the user to do reference searches on their own without in-depth training. In general, FirstSearch provides access to 60 databases and gives you citations and abstracts (in some cases) of books and articles. We are happy to report that some of these databases include the complete text of articles, with new ones soon to be added. They are:
Some of the other topic areas included in FirstSearch are:
How do I actually do a FirstSearch?
Go to any public service department (e.g., Reference, Periodicals, Center for Business Research, Government Information, Instructional Media Center) and ask a librarian for help. The librarian will log you on to the service, since it requires a password, and then you can select a topic area and database from a menu and follow the online instructions. Always check the screen for search tips to help refine searches. Once online you can use the buttons and links on the FirstSearch screens to navigate and do a search. Help is just a key stroke away.
Come to the Library and do a FirstSearch. There's a wealth of information on a wide variety of subjects available with the click of a mouse - one stop shopping. It's free to our students and faculty and we're sure that once you use FirstSearch for the first time, it won't be your last.
Faculty may now submit requests for library acquisitions via
e-mail. To submit your request, send a bibliographic description
of the item (i.e., author/editor, title, publisher, year of
publication and ISBN) to the following address:
Please also indicate the source you used
to obtain the bibliographic information (e.g., publisher's catalog
or website, advertisement, bibliography or review citation).
Be sure to type BOOK REQUEST in the subject field of the message
and when appropriate note if your request requires RUSH attention.
The Library and Information Science Library recently purchased approximately sixty titles in the field of qualitative research. While these resources were originally ordered to support Palmer School Ph.D. students, they are available to the entire University community for its research needs.
The National Business Employment Weekly is currently available in the Center for Business Research. Each issue contains hundreds of job ads reprinted from regional editions of the Wall Street Journal. It also features articles on resume writing, interviewing, job hunting strategies - including the Internet job search, and tips for managing your career.
The U.S. Industry & Trade Outlook, successor to the U.S. Industrial Outlook, provides forecasts and public and private sector analysis for hundreds of U.S. industries grouped into some fifty major categories. It is available in both Government Information (C61.48:998) and the Center for Business Research (Bus HC 101 .U54).
The Periodicals Department has recently begun its acquisition of the American Periodicals Series, a microfilm collection of periodicals published in the United States between 1741 and 1900. Series I includes the American Magazine, the first magazine published in America. Godey's Magazine, also known as Godey's Lady's Book, is among the titles found in Series II. The entire collection, through Series III, is expected to be available by 1999.
The Biography and Genealogy Master Index is one of a number of CD-ROM resources which recently debuted in the Reference Department. It is a comprehensive index to current and retrospective biographical dictionaries that covers both contemporary and historical figures in all disciplines. Another significant addition to Reference's CD-ROM collection is the Oxford English Dictionary. Stop by the Reference Department to check out the many CD-ROM resources now at your disposal.
InfoTrac SearchBank is now available in the
Business Research. In addition to all the features previously
available on the CD-ROM version, this web-accessible remote reference
system allows you to retrieve information as soon as the publisher's
database is updated. Full-text is also available for many of the
indexed sources. Full-text documents may be sent directly to your
personal e-mail account.
New to Reference's Virtual Reference Collection are the last two links under Search Engines: Understanding and Comparing Web Search Tools and How to Choose the Search Tools You Need. The links provide handouts and charts comparing popular search engines, such as AltaVista and Excite, as well as tips on using them efficiently.
The New York State Government Information Locator Service provides addresses for many executive agency sites.
If you would like to share your favorite websites with others at LIU,
please send the web address and a brief description of the site to
we will try to include it in a future edition
of Library Link.
Many rare items from the Library's Special Collections are on view in the Hillwood Art Museum exhibition "Reflected Images: Illustrated Poetry" from March 2 through April 12, 1998.
In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of
Women's Rights and the 50th
Anniversary of the
of Human Rights, the Library is
presenting the exhibition "Women's Human Rights."
The exhibition will
be on view from March 9 through April 30, 1998.
Ryan Athanas was recently appointed as an Adjunct Librarian in the Library's Acquisitions Department.
Best wishes to Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor Kelly Turzillo and her fiance on their upcoming wedding on June 13, 1998.
On February 4, 1998, Professor Melvin Sylvester, head of the
Periodicals Department, presented the keynote address,
of Republicanism and Its Impact on the Lives of African
the Hempstead Republican Club.
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