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Newsletter of the Reference Department - June 2000

Databases are always adding new titles and more often deleting useful ones. Here are some changes that might interest you, along with some upcoming meetings and training sessions.


Alt-HealthWatch has been sold to ccplanet.com, a company that focuses on alternative health, wellness and other ecology oriented markets. After July, it will no longer be offered through the Softline array of databases but can be accessed through the EBSCOhost service.

The New York Times is no longer available on OCLC's FirstSearch (as of 2/29/00). OCLC recommends that we use DataTimes, Newspaper Abstracts, Readers' Guide Abstracts and Wilson Business Abstracts. Keep in mind, we have Lexis-Nexis Universe and ProQuest as alternatives.

From NYLINK's Status Line: Four databases and French and Spanish versions of online help were added to the new FirstSearch service in December. With the addition of MLA, SocioAbs, Sociological Abstracts and OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals, there are now 85 databases available on the new service.

Health Reference Center-Academic (formerly available through OCLC's FirstSearch and through Gale Group's Infotrac) is now available only from Infotrac. Go to the Alphabetical List of Databases or the Subject List of Databases to see all of the available health sciences databases.

Another FirstSearch database - Microcomputer Abstracts has changed its name to Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts.

At the request of a professor in the Math Department, we now have access to MathSciNet, a database of the American Mathematical Society. Access is university-wide and by IP recognition.

Check out tha Community Resource Database of Long Island.

Trial Databases:

Check the Trial Databases listing on the Reference homepage for a list (with dates) of the trials currently available and explore these databases out. Send us your input. Currently up and running:

  • Applied Science and Technology Full Text : 1983-present (until late June)
  • Omnifile Full Text Mega : 1982-present (until late June)
  • Web of Science : (until mid-June) - includes citation indexes: Science, Social Science, Arts & Humanities
  • American National Biography (ended in May)
  • Oxford English Dictionary (ended in May)


Watch LILRC news for EBSCO training.

NYLINK is presenting Re-Creating Reference: Information Services and New Technologies on June 7th at Fashion Institute of Technology. Check the web for details.

You can still register for the June 16th session at the Farmingdale Public Library on Effective Searching on New FirstSearch. Check LILRC News or the website for specifics.

Our Annual LIU Librarians Conference will be held at the Brooklyn Campus this year on June 9th. Join us.

Watch for a summer Teatime on Information Literacy and how it will affect our mission, services and programs.

Web Sightings:

The battle rages between the digitaldivas.com site (founded 1997) and Microsoft's knock off singular version - digitaldiva.com (launched in 2000). More on this at the Diva and Goliath section of the original site. Digitaldivas.com was created by professional women interested in computer technology that provides visitors with articles (e.g. Guide to Online Courses), tutorials (e.g. Creating HTML Forms), and resources (e.g. Legal and Ethical Issues on the Internet) about computer and Internet use and applications. A nice feature of the site are the unusual and attractive graphics and software products available for download.

Register.com is useful for verifying availability of and registering domain names.

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

Jackie Elsas, 6/00

Long Island University

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