New IPAC Arriving in 2002
Once the next Horizon upgrade is in place, the new IPAC
will be unveiled, and it will support basic as well as
advanced levels of searching. If it develops as planned, it
will enable students to quickly retrieve records displaying
the citation and call number, and to accumulate lists they can
later format for their bibliographies.
The new catalog will be a single version for use both
in the Library and on the Web. We will finally be able to
teach the catalog in the
IT labs! Users will be able
to compile book lists, and sort them by author, title,
publication date, and relevancy (# of term matches).
Searches can be limited to campus location and more
specifically, to a collection, such as C.W. Post Reference, or
Meanwhile, our current
"in house" catalog system, PAC for Windows, lets users
compile and format a bibliography in either MLA or
- Select and set your search settings (i.e., restrictions, limits,
- Execute your search.
- Review your search results and BookList the items that
you would like to include in your bibliography.
- Once your list is complete, click on the BookList menu
and choose Save To Disk.
- You will then be prompted to choose either Chicago,
MLA, or PlainText style. Your list
will be saved to a disk in the format you've selected.
- To print your bibliography, open your file in a word
processing program. Call #s are not included.
Remember that a new version of Horizon is on the horizon
and may not allow for such formatting. So hurry and take
advantage of this feature now.
Latest links for Virtual Reference Collection
The VR Collection features links to websites of interest
arranged by subject at: http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/ref/virtual.htm.
Some new additions to this continually evolving collection
Google Image Search locates more than 330 million web
images at: http://images.google.com.
(In VR under Arts &
Scope is a comprehensive guide to LI school districts at:
(In VR under Education)
ANSER Institute for Homeland Security covers policy and
national security at: http://www.homelandsecurity.org/
(In VR under Government)
General Code includes local laws and legislation across the
nation at: http://www.generalcode.com/
(In VR under Legal
and Long Island)
On the Shelf
We've recently added some interesting print titles to the
Reference Collection. Below is a small sampling:
Dressler. J. (2002). Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice. 2nd
ed. NY: Macmillan Reference USA. Ref. HV6017.E52 2002
Grendler, P. F. (Ed.-in-Chief) (1999). Encyclopedia of the
Renaissance. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. CB361.E52 1999
Izenberg, N. (2000). Human Diseases and Conditions. NY:
Charles Scribner's Sons. RC81.A2H75 2000 (3 Vol.)
Mitchell, S. (1998). American Attitudes. Ithaca, NY:
New Strategist Pub. HN90.P8M58 1998
Ness, I. and Ciment, J. (2000). Third Parties in America.
Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Inc. JK2261.E474 2000 (3 Vol.)
Russell, C. (2001). The Baby Boom: Americans Aged 35-54.
Ithaca, NY : New Strategist Pub. HN60.R868 2001bx
FYI on BI
Classes this term covered disciplines such as nursing,
education, psychology, art, and speech, using print and
electronic sources. Louis Pisha ran a session on Chaucer, the
Middle Ages, and Middle English literature. Jackie Elsas
teamed with Conrad Schoeffling for an art class featuring the
Book of Kells and also taught adult students in the Return to
In order to assist those who are teaching in the information
literacy initiative we have updated and expanded our online
list of subject encyclopedias. We've also revised most of our
bookmarks and other instructional publications. We invite
you to stop by and pick up copies of these useful
Electronic Eye-Openers: Recent Additions to our Electronic
Database Coordinator Wendy Roberts has announced the
addition of six new database subscriptions. A complete
subject list of our databases is available at:
Gale's History Resource Center - U.S.
provides integrated access to over 1,000 historical (primary)
documents, more than 30,000 reference articles, and over 65
full-text journals. It covers themes, events, individuals, and
periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the
present. It also incorporates Arts and Humanities Citation
Index with over 180 additional history journals.
Gale's Literature Resource Center
offers biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of
authors from every period and literary genre. Combining
Gale Group's core literary databases in a single online
service, the Literature Resource Center covers more than
120,000 novelists, poets, journalists, essayists, and other
writers, providing in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most
widely studied authors.
Gale's InfoTrac OneFile
is a one-stop source for newspaper and periodical articles on
a wide range of topics: business, current events, education,
environmental issues, health care, literature, the arts, politics,
science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.
It includes millions of full-text articles, many with images.
Best of all it is updated daily!
is touted as the definitive online source for editorially
reviewed critical analyses and plot summaries of widely
studied works in the history of literature. This database
covers the contents of 31 sets of reference books: nearly 20
Masterplots II titles, the
Cyclopedia of World Authors, the
Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, 10 years of
Magill's Literary Annual, and
Magill Book Reviews.
WebSPIRS' Books in Print (with reviews)
lists over 1.2 million books of all kinds: adult, juvenile,
popular, scholarly, and reprints. It also contains 300,000 full-
text book reviews evaluating the most recent releases as well
as titles dating from 1985.
WebSPIRS' International Index to Film Periodicals
has almost 50,000 references and incorporates several titles:
International Index to Film Periodicals,
International Index to Television Periodicals,
List of Periodicals Indexed,
Treasures from the Film Archives,
Bibliography of FIAF Members Publications, and
International Directory of Film and TV Documentation Collections. The main database,
International Index to Film Periodicals, contains almost
230,000 article citations from more than 300 periodicals.
Tech Tip: Full Text and Nothing But Full Text ...
Most researchers want and expect to obtain full text material
online. Several databases require codes to retrieve only full
text documents. Below are examples of codes used in
WebSPIRS databases offering full text:
- In Education Full Text, use TXI=Y
- In CINAHL, use XFLD=TX
- In ERIC, use DTC=O73 for full text ERIC Digests
- In Books in Print (R), to obtain full text reviews use RVI=Yes
Tech Tip: Screen Shots
Using Screen Shots is a simple way to print an error message
or capture an application screen. It's easy to do, and goes a
long way towards illustrating a concept or point.
To "shoot" or "capture" a screen, follow these instructions.
up your screen so that it displays whatever you're
looking to capture.
- On your keyboard hit the Print Screen button.
- Open up Word Pad or any other word processing
- Hit CTRL+V to paste in your captured screen.
- Voila! You've done it...
Just Testing ... Trial Databases
We are currently evaluating several databases for possible
purchase. Please use these "test" or "trial" periods to explore
and assess them, and offer suggestions for future electronic
purchases. For questions or comments concerning these
trials please contact Wendy Roberts, Database Coordinator.
Trials can be accessed at: http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/ref/trial.htm
AMICO (Art Museum Image Consortium)
The AMICO Library is a growing online collection of high-quality,
digital documentation of works of art from around
the world, contributed by Art Museum Image Consortium
(AMICO) members. Works from major European,
American, and Canadian artists in the collections of member
museums are included. Images, text, and multimedia
represent a creative output from prehistoric to contemporary
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Among the thousands of titles featured in EEBO are works
by Malory, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Newton, and Galileo. It
also includes prayer books, pamphlets, and proclamations as
well as almanacs, calendars, and other primary sources. This
vast body of material can be searched quickly and efficiently
by a broad range of users, from undergraduates to seasoned
searchers. Searchable fields include Author, Title, Printer,
Publication date, Type of illustration, and Library of
Congress subject heading. Records are linked to the corresponding
page images and are downloadable in Adobe PDF
First Search - Essay and General Literature Index
A unique indexing source, it cites essays and articles
contained in collections published in the United States, Great
Britain, and Canada. It covers the humanities and social
sciences from 1985 to the present.
Lexis-Nexis Current Issues Universe
This database contains abstracts and full text of more than
8,000 reports, articles, and opinion pieces on topics of
current interest. It has more than 2,000 specific research
questions to help you select a topic for your paper, speech, or
class discussion. This database trial is password protected -
access is restricted to library use only.
A full-text resource for more than 330,000 works of English
and American poetry, drama and prose, this database
includes biographies, bibliographies criticism and other
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians II Online
This encyclopedia of music and musicians encompasses the
full text of the 29 volume print edition. It has the added
benefit of sophisticated search capabilities. One-click cross-referencing,
and an ever increasing network of web-links to
musical sites from around the world.
Project MUSE: Scholarly Journals Online
Launched in 1995, this database offers the full text of Johns
Hopkins University Press (JHUP) scholarly journals within
the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.
No Barcode Necessary
It's worth a trip to the AskERIC site at Syracuse University
for more than its database interface. The colorful site at
ericir.syr.edu should be a "bookmark" or "favorite" for all
home page lists educational areas, taking you from broader
to narrower headings, and linking you to websites covering
educational topics, issues, and organizations. You can also
retrieve lesson plans by topic, and age or grade level at the
The ERIC database itself can be searched using a single
search box, with a check box option limiting the results to
journal articles or full-text ERIC digests. An advanced
search allows up to five separate terms to be combined from
indexed fields such as title, descriptor, and journal name.
Both the simple and advanced searches let you specify a
range of years and check off the journal article or full-text
digest limitations. If all else fails, the AskERIC service
maintains prepared bibliographies on many "hot topics", and
will even provide citation lists to those emailing requests for
hard-to-find search questions.
You know the ones - those reference questions that give us
pause, that keep us up at night, that add interesting tidbits to
our little stores of knowledge...
Using the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
and the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, as
well as the RILM database, we helped a student researching
the use of the Bandoneon
(an accordionlike instrument) in tango music.
We investigated a report cited in the Boston Globe and other
newspapers that Mohamed Atta, one of the key terrorists in
the September 11th World Trade Center attack, had been
responsible for a bus bombing in Israel in 1986 and had been
subsequently released. Using Facts on File and
Lexis-Nexis Universe we found that it was another man with
a similar name, Mahmoud Atta, who had been charged in
that earlier attack and had been extradited from the U.S. to
Using the Martindale-Hubbell law Directory through
Lexis-Nexis Universe, we provided a list of local lawyers
specializing in Elder Law to a faculty member.
T-Time: Hot off the Wires
The Reference Department's T-time held on November 6th,
2001, was attended by faculty and staff throughout
the library and the campus. Since we are one of the first
college campuses on Long Island with wireless connectivity,
we thought this would be a timely topic for T-time. Emily
Walshe restyled our former Teatime sessions into
T-time (for technology),
designed and distributed the publicity
materials, and handled the follow-up correspondence. She
invited Ali Atieh, C.W. Post's Chief Information Officer, to
speak to us on the "Wherewithal of Wireless." His
presentation on the freedom and portability of wireless and
the exciting prospects for teaching in traditionally unwired
locations (such as the Great Lawn) captivated the attendees.
He assured us that the Office of Information Technology is
addressing security issues surrounding this new technology.
In our next T-time, tentatively scheduled for January, we
hope to demonstrate the new version of our library catalog, if
available, and would like to include our other LIU
colleagues by setting it up as a teleconference.
You'll notice that the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library
Reference Department newsletter has a new look. Mary Kate
Boyd-Byrnes, our department webmaster and newsletter
co-editor redesigned it and added a host of new features.
We welcome your comments and hope you find its contents
to be helpful and informative.
occasional publication of the Reference
Department at the B. Davis
Schwartz Memorial Library. We welcome all
comments and/or suggestions regarding this
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