The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library


Your connection to the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University

vol. 8 no. 2, Fall 2001

Now Search Online Databases From Home

Good news! Now it's possible to search many of the library's online databases from your home or office. There are currently over 50 databases available to the Long Island University community from beyond the campus. In an effort to provide expanded access to the greatest number of resources for every library user, new databases will continue to become available via remote access. Recent additions include Alt-HealthWatch and Magill on Literatnre from EBSCO. These and the other databases can be used to find articles, images, and more. Material from the databases can be downloaded and stored locally.

The online databases available from the library are carefully selected by a University-wide committee of database coordinators (comprised of library and University faculty and staff members) working cooperatively to meet the University community's diverse information needs. And now, through remote access, many of these high-quality databases are available from computers off campus. Remote access allows users to take advantage of valuable library resources when a trip to the library isn't possible. They're also a good way to begin research before visiting the library, especially in conjunction with the library catalog for books (LIUCAT) which is also available remotely from the library's homepage.

Using Remote Access

To access these resources, direct your Internet service browser to the Long Island University Library System home page.

Scroll down to ONLINE DATABASES to see a current list of databases that are available remotely.

When the login screen appears, use your library barcode number as your password (omit all spaces). To get a barcode number on the back of your ID card, go to the Circulation Desk off the lobby of the library. The database you have selected will open in a new browser window. When you wish to return to the Online Databases page, close that current browser window.

Only members of the Long Island University community may use these databases, so access privileges are assigned locally by campus. Click on the link to C.W. Post campus for a Complete List of Databases, followed by detailed instructions on accessing them. If you wish to search a specific database, you may navigate down the page and select one that is appropriate to your needs and tagged as Remote access available . Remember that the Complete List of Databases also includes many that are not currently available remotely.

There is no time limit or charge to use these resources. Once you have entered your password, you should not need to enter it again to use other databases unless more than thirty minutes have passed since you last entered it.

Having Problems?

If there are problems with your barcode, call the Circulation Department at (516) 299-2303. (Patrons who owe fines for overdue books will not be allowed access.)

If you have problems using these databases, call the Reference Department at (516) 299-2305.

If you experience technical difficulties after the library has closed, you can email the library.

Please note: Certain versions of some browsers may not be compatible with all of the databases. If you are experiencing problems of this kind, please send an email for assistance.

Time-Saving Tools

If the journal you are looking for is not full text in a database, you can go to C.W. Post Periodicals Department Periodical Holdings. This site lists periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers) held in the Library's main periodical collection. Holdings are arranged alphabetically. Click on the letter that begins the journal name to confirm availability of titles. Specific volume and issue holdings are given under the title names.

You can link from here to separate listings of periodical holdings in the area of government and library science.

You can also link to JAKE: Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment. This service can potentially cut down on research time by enabling users to locate appropriate databases by journal name. Users can consult the JAKE database (Yale University) to determine: 1) which databases index a particular journal, and 2) if a journal is available full text from a database.

Andrea Rylander
Cataloging Department

CBR: A Brand New Look

A dynamic campus, such as C.W. Post, is constantly seeking innovative ways to meet its ongoing needs for additional space for growth and expansion. For many years, the Library and the School of Education have attempted to develop a space plan that would accommodate the need for office and meeting space for the expanding School of Education while maintaining the invaluable resources of the Center for Business Research (CBR) and the Accounting & Tax Research Library (ATRL). Through the efforts of Provost Joseph Shenker; Jeffery Kane, Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs and former Dean of the School of Education; Donald Ungarelli, Dean of University Libraries; and Robert Sanator, Dean of the College of Management, the challenge was met. Implementation of the project began this past summer when the ATRL collection was evaluated and relocated, and a wall was built that reduced the size of the CBR's reading room.

While many print resources formerly housed in the ATRL collection are now available online through CCH and Research Institute of America (RIA) tax databases, other valuable ATRL resources have been absorbed into the CBR or the Library's circulating collection. U.S. tax cases and Internal Revenue Service letter rulings are now housed in the CBR. This significantly expands the CBR's archival resources, while insuring the future availability of these texts.

All of the unique resources that make the CBR one of the premier business collections in the New York Metropolitan Area have been maintained. Standard & Poor's Railroad directories dating back to 1890, the Moody's Manuals from 1908, and the 1895 annual report of the New York Chamber of Commerce are just a few of the outstanding favorites, chronicling over a century of industrial development, that now line the newly erected rear wall of the CBR.

Though the space occupied by the CBR has been reduced in size, students and faculty will continue to find ample room for quiet study, perusal of print materials, and access to online databases. Most importantly, the CBR faculty is always available to work with the C.W. Post community - whether it is within the library, in the classroom, or beyond the physical confines of the C.W. Post Campus through the virtual resources of the CBR.

Martha Cooney & Elizabeth Mezick
Center for Business Research

What's New?

The Library's Government Documents Department has a new name. It is now known as the Government Information Department. This change was made to better reflect the increasingly varied formats in which Federal and New York State government information is currently made available to depository libraries. Today government information is provided not only in paper format, but also on microfiche, compact disc, and online via the Internet. A recent example of the way in which technology has impacted the delivery of government information is the installation of a DVD/CD player-CD writer on one of the department's computers so that reports generated from the 2000 U.S. Population Census may be accessed by researchers.

The Reference Department is planning to hold an informal "T-Time" on November 6. "T-Time" provides a networking opportunity where faculty can discuss timely technology topics. The focus of the November meeting will be wireless technology. Contact Associate Professor Jackie Elsas, Head of the Reference Department, at ext. 2305 to learn more about this upcoming event.

Recent Reference Department acquisitions included the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. This five volume set includes over 2,700 essays on twentieth century popular culture.

Exhibits & Conferences

Currently on view in the Library's lobby is the exhibit "The Evolving Face of Publishing." The exhibit examines the effect of technology on publishing and the impact the resulting changes have upon authors, publishers, and consumers. The exhibit will run through December 31, 2001. Lectures offered in conjunction with this exhibit include Visual Literacy in the Digital Age to be given by Alan Robbins, Associate Professor of Design, Kean University, on Wednesday, October 31, 2001, from 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m. in the Library's Hutchins Gallery.

The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library was a cosponsor of the 30th annual continuing education conference of the Academic and Special Libraries Division of the Nassau County Library Association. The conference, which took place on April 27, 2001, was entitled "e-books: from the practical to the sublime." Speakers included Bob Scott, Head of the Electronic Text Service, Columbia University Libraries.

Virtual Reference

The Periodicals Department homepage now offers a list of periodicals arranged by subject. Entries for individual journals indicate whether a journal is ongoing, the title of the journal has changed, and if it is available via the Web or full-text through one of the Library's online databases.

Three new Lexis-Nexis databases offering Federal government information are now available. Access to U.S. Congressional information sources published since 1789 is available through Congressional Universe. Government Periodicals Universe provides an index to articles published since 1988 with links to the full-text of indexed articles. Statistical Universe allows users to search for Federal statistical sources published since 1973 and to retrieve statistical tables online.

Over the summer, the Center for Business Research added Reuters Business Insight to its list of electronic databases for business. This database provides access to hundreds of U.S. and international management reports for the e-commerce/technology, financial services, healthcare, consumer goods, and energy industries.

Literature Resource Center and History Resource Center: U.S. are among many other newly acquired databases. Researchers can use Literature Resource Center to access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. History Resource Center: U.S. provides integrated access to primary historical documents, reference articles, and full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals, and periods in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present.

People in the News

Assistant Professor Emily Walshe of the Reference Department and the Library's liaison to the Media Arts Department was one of 28 scholars that contributed to (Still... More Than You Ever Wanted to Know): About Women in Journalism and Mass Communication Education, a study of the status of women in journalism and mass communication education funded by the Knight Foundation and the Freedom Forum. The collaborative project replicated, updated, and expanded a 1970 study of women in higher education. Professor Walshe's paper, "Part-Time Workers: A History of Mentoring in the Media," was presented at a special pre-conference symposium sponsored by the Freedom Forum on August 3-4, 2001, prior to the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C. Author biographies, research paper abstracts, and details of the Dr. Donna Allen Memorial Symposium can be found at the SMTYEWTK* Research Group website.

Professor Diane Podell was recognized on April 30, 2001 by Provost Joseph Shenker for her 20 years of dedicated service to the C.W. Post community.

The Library is pleased to welcome its newest faculty member, Amrita Madry, to the Periodicals Department.

During C.W. Post's commencement exercises this May, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Mezick of the Center for Business Research was awarded an M.S. in Accountancy.

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