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Newsletter of the Reference Department - November 2000

Our database subscriptions are always changing, as are their search methods. Here are some new titles and a few helpful search tips. Also highlighted are some websites of interest.

Library Information for Faculty, the Library's revised Faculty Handbook is available in Reference. Library Liaisons should pick enough copies up for their designated departments.


Databases
Use Dialog@CARL for not only newspapers, but databases, such as:

  • AIDSLINE: which covers research, clinical aspects and health policy issues on Aids from 1980 to the present
  • Drug Information Fulltext, EMBASE Alert: which is the most recent 8 weeks of pharmacological/biomedical literature
  • Foundation Grants Index: A nice feature is that you can search 6 of these sources simulataneously by depressing Control key.

Our subscription to OCLC's New FirstSearch now includes Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts, formerly Microcomputer Abstracts, which is useful for technological topics. Don't forget World Book Encyclopedia, also available online through this service, even though we have Encyclopedia Britannica linked from the Reference or Library homepage.

Two new databases are available from ABC/CLIO:

Health Reference Center-Academic (formerly available through OCLC's FirstSearch and through Gale Group's Infotrac) is now only available from Infotrac.

A trial period of PsycINFO Plus Text is a Pro-Quest Product (now owned by Bell and Howell) and is found under ProQuest Psychology Journals - covering 300 academic journals in psychology and related subjects.

WebSPIRS has a few new additions:

  • Library Lit and Information Science FTX 12/84-8/00. To search for full-text items, type in "txi=y" (Full-Text Indicator) and then use those results with your search terms.
  • POLTOX I 1996-present for articles on pollution and toxicology issues.


Trial Databases
Check the Trial Databases listing on the Reference Homepage for a list (with dates) of current trials available, explore these databases, and give us your feedback. Some include several full-text databases available from Pro-Quest through WALDO:

  • BasicBIOSIS PlusText
  • CINAHL PlusText
  • PsycINFO PlusText

Other trials are listed below:


Microsoft Word Tip
To delete files easily, go to File OPEN menu and choose file. Right click on mouse and choose Delete from the pull-down menu. Voila!


Meetings/Training/Conferences
After our annual LIU Librarians Conference which was held at Brooklyn Campus this year we shared ideas with our 718 and 631 colleagues and talked of holding a more intense winter retreat.

Dona McDermott and Laura Manzari shared their research on Information Literacy at our first Fall Teatime (11/14/00). Our sessions are similar in framework to Teaching Circles. If you have any suggestions for future topics, contact us at 2305.


Web Sightings

  • JAKE (jake.med.yale.edu) is a good site to locate which databases index particular journals and also indicates which ones are full-text.
  • Sparknotes.com is good for Cliff Notes on the web and includes contemporary authors, e.g.Toni Morrison and Edward Albee.
  • Want to look at those closed FBI Files on John Lennon, Josephine Baker, Frank Sinatra, or Marilyn Monroe? Go to FBI's Freedom of Information Act page, click on Electronic Reading Room and then Famous Persons. You'll even see the blacked out sensitive parts, etc.

If you have any database information, search tips, training sessions, conferences or websites to promote, let us know and we'll pass along this information.

Jackie Elsas, 11/00, elsas@liu.edu
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