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Newsletter of the Reference Department - Number 2, February 2000

Welcome to Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes - a new, talented, enthusiastic addition to the Reference Department. Many of you know her from her years in the Acquisitions Department and more recently serving as an adjunct and trouble-shooter in all library departments. She's busy learning the reference collection, the intricacies of database searching and serving as Vertical File Coordinator.

B.I.: Notice the early stages of our Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory in what was formerly the Public Catalog Room. We currently have nine workstations providing access to the Internet as well as the Library Catalog. When not being used for classes, this room will serve as a search laboratory for students. Since printers are not available, downloading and email are recommended. Book donations for the BI Reference Shelf are welcome. We currently have an encyclopedia, some Internet guides, and biographical and statistical sources.

Guess Who's Who: Kudos to Robert Delaney, our Webmaster and Reference Librarian Extraordinaire for his nice entry in the Millennium Edition of Who's Who in America.

Database Discoveries
We'd like to share some of our recent findings with you concerning the many databases we now access. If you would like to do the same call us and we'll include your search tip.

FirstSearch: The newly redesigned FirstSearch site features an icon which shows our holdings. To try it, click on FirstSearch.

InfoTrac: Health Reference Center on InfoTrac offers full text of over 150 journals. It also includes pamphlets and reference books such as Mosby's Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary, The People's Book of Medical Tests, and The Columbia University Complete Home Medical Guide. You can reach this site directly from the alphabetic or subject database lists on our homepage. You can get even more full text journals using Health Reference Center via FirstSearch

WebSPIRS Weirdness: Since WebSPIRS 3.1 will ultimately be phased out, you may want to use 4.0 whenever possible. In ERIC, the 4.0 options screen allows you to limit by document type, age level, media type, etc., as well as language and publication year.

Recent database additions include Social Work Abstracts, NASW Clinical Register, and Mental Measurements Yearbook. Did you know you can search for test reviews from the Buros Institute using the Test Review link under the Education category in our Virtual Reference Collection?

CINAHL has some full-text on WebSPIRS.

Philosophers Index, covering 1940 -1999, is now a full subscription. It indexes books and periodicals in the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, and other related fields such as philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education and language.

For all databases, remember to Change the Display to retrieve the complete record including descriptors. If you want to see which databases will retrieve the most information, use Terms in Database Search.

Homepage Hints  (www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/ref/refhome.htm)
Students and faculty who don't have access to university computers can purchase a single day of unlimited personal access to the PsycINFO database from home for only $9.95 through PsycINFO Direct at www.psychinfo.com.

For lesson plans, use the AskERIC link under Education in the Virtual Reference Collection (VRC). Two new librarian-created sites can be reached through the Subject Directories category of the VRC: Infomine: Scholarly Internet Resources Collections, from the University of California, has links to many databases and resources covering categories from Electronic Journals to Visual and Performing Arts, and Librarians' Index to the Internet from the California State Library offers topics such as World Cultures, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Media, Ancient and Medieval History, Current Events, etc.

Remember, for style manuals, such as APA, MLA, and now AMA and more, you can click on the Cite It! link, near the bottom of the left column on our homepage. Robert Delaney's Citation Style is receiving great praise from libraries and universities throughout the country and the world. We should be proud of his work. Researchers particularly favor the color-coding.

Purchase Textbooks Online is a new link from our homepage which allows students to access the Campus Bookstore and other online vendors. Check it out.

Dell Premier Pages: Dell is offering reduced computer package prices to LIU personnel. From the LIU homepage, click on C.W. Post Information Technology for the Dell link.

Literary Links
If you need to locate a poem, Poem Finder offers full-text of 50,000 poems, and cites anthologies and bibliographic references for an additional half million poems. You can search by author, title, subject, textword, and first and last lines. A Subject Navigator allows you to select topics within broad subject areas. It also features "The Year's Best Poetry", as well as brief biographical information on the authors. To reach Poem Finder, use the alphabetical database listing on our Homepage.

New Databases
Accunet/AP Photo Archive was on trial until November 15th and has been purchased. Use it from our homepage under the Alphabetic or Subject Database lists. The Photo Archive contains 500,000 of Associated Press's current and historical images from the last 150 years. Search boxes give you a choice of what, when and where, with a description of each photo included. Search Tip: use single quotations for names or for a text string, to search for words adjacent to each other, e.g. 'Bill Clinton' and 'White House'.

Click on Trial Databases for the latest ones being tested for purchase.

Library Homepage Hightlights  (www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/libhome.htm
Click on Exhibits and Events, and then on Long Island Gold Coast: From Pen to Reel to Classroom, to see some of the "opulent mansions on the Gold Coast that have been transformed into educational institutions". This exhibit, marking the Centennial of Nassau County, not only highlights our beautiful campus, but leads you to other sites for related books, films shot on Long Island locations, and to Newsday's web version of Long Island: Our Story.

Those interested in the abuse of language should check out Jargon Watch under Information/Publications.

You can find links to the newly redesigned FirstSearch site under Online Databases, the Periodicals homepage and from the WebPac page, as well as from the Reference homepage.

The Brooklyn Campus Library homepage is now online and can be reached through our homepage.

Always check Show Copies, since books that are classified as "Recall" and "Shelving Cart" may be in cataloging or in the stacks. Shelving Cart usually means that a book has been returned and is literally on a cart ready to be shelved. Item Missing indicates that a book has been claimed to have been returned by the patron but is still not on the shelves. If location information indicates that a book is at another campus, it does not always mean that we have no copy available here; the book may be on Reserve. The system considers a reserve book to be not available, and therefore shows any available circulating copies first, no matter which campus. The only way to be sure is to check Show Copies for full holdings information.

Always use General Keyword to locate a play within a collection; e.g., The Jew of Venice

LIUCat on the Web (WebPac): Books that are checked out are listed as Not Available on the web version of our catalog. The due date does not display on this version.

New Reference Books
Some great print sources have been added to the collection. Below is a sampling of titles:

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (4 volumes) BH 56. E53 1998
Encyclopedia of Nursing Research RT 81.5 .E53 1998
Encyclopedia of Language and Education (8 volumes):
     1.Language Policy and Political Issues in Education P 40.8 .L37 1997
     2.Literacy P 118.7 .L584 1997
     3.Oral Discourse and Education P 95 .O69 1997
     4.Second Language Education P 53. S3914 1997
     5.Bilingual Education LC 3715 .B57 1997
     6.Knowledge About Language P 120 .L34 K59 1997
     7.Language and Assessment P 53 .L376 1997
     8.Research Methods in Language and Education P 40.8 .R47 1997
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (10 volumes) B 51 .R68 1998
The AIDS Dictionary RC 607 .A26 W383 1998
Encyclopedia of Environmental Science GE 10 .E52 1999
1001 Chemicals in Everyday Products TP 200 .L49 1999
The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz ML 102 .J3 F4 1999
The Managed Care Yearbook RA 413.5 .U5 M36334 1998
The Columbia Guide to Online Style PN 171 .F56 W35 1998
The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary HV 2475 .T46 1998
The Elements QD 466 .E48 1998
United States Supreme Court Education Cases KF 4110.3 U15 1998
McGraw-Hill Illustrated Telecom Dictionary TK 5102 .C57 1998

User Guides
We have updated many of our user guides and bibliographies. Some recently completed titles follow. To locate these and others on our homepage, go to Department Publications:

Search Engine Update
Lycos now arranges its search results in four categories: Popular, Web Sites, News Articles, and Shopping.

AltaVista has adopted a more attention-getting format. Its homepage includes hot searches, breaking news, preselected subject areas, stock quotes, and shopping links. You can restrict your search to The Web, News, Discussion Groups, or Products.

To get answers to questions phrased in natural language, you can now go directly to Ask Jeeves at www.ask.com as well as through AltaVista.

Interlibrary Loan
When requesting a publication on interlibrary loan, please include a complete citation to the publication, as well as the source where you found out about it. When citing a database as the source, please give both the name of the database and the accession number corresponding to the publication you want. Most requests come from non-LIU libraries, and we must adhere to their due dates and conditions.

Individualized or small group instruction is always available in Reference on the use of databases and the Internet. Appointments may be needed. Hopefully the BI room will be fully operational soon.

Quirky Queries
We often get intriguing reference questions. A few examples follow:

  • A library science student asked if the biographical source, Dictionary of American Biography (DAB), dealt only with those people who were dead and buried. The answer was yes. The new American National Biography (ANB) includes people who died before 1996. The Encyclopedia of World Biography has sketches on characters from fictional works, and indexes authors by genre, etc.

  • A student wanted to verify a quotation: "Give them an inch and they'll take a _____". Choices are: a) yard, b) mile, c) ell

  • A professor needed to know which databases to use for information on sports and children. A Terms in Database Search in WebSPIRS revealed that all databases had information, even MLA and Philosopher's Index!!!

Odds and Ends
The Vertical File has been weeded extensively and updated. We have pamphlets of interest on many topics.

Graduate bulletins are no longer being maintained by Reference. For information regarding graduate programs, visit the Virtual Reference Collection on our homepage, and click on Education for links to Peterson's Guides.

Tea Time: We've begun a weekly chat session as a means of networking, sharing department news, discussing professional issues, etc. The sessions were well-received and we plan to continue them.

Reference Notes was created by Jackie Elsas, Marilyn Rosenthal, and Robert Delaney

Reference Department Personnel

  Jackie Elsas, Head
  Louis Pisha, Interlibrary Loan
  Wendy Roberts, Network Systems/Publications
  Marilyn Rosenthal, Electronic Instruction/Newsletter
  Laura Manzari, Bibliographic Instruction
  Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes, Vertical File
  Terri Hores, Reference Clerk
  Lisa Cotton, Interlibrary Loan Clerk

Reference Department Spring Hours

  Monday-Thursday 8am-11pm
  Friday-Saturday 8am-5pm
  Sunday 12 noon-8pm

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