List of Databases?

Databases: they come in different shapes and sizes. Some provide full-text, and some have only abstracts.  Some are interdisciplinary and cover a little bit of everything; some are focused on one particular subject.

If you’ve ever used our main “Article” search box on the homepage, you have sampled one of our most interdisciplinary databases–Academic Search Complete.

Article search page

It covers a little bit of everything, includes peer-reviewed articles, and makes a great launching point for undergraduate research.  Maybe you’ve tried it, and found a few resources you could use.

But what if you need more?  What if you couldn’t find…anything?

Morpheus

If at first you don’t succeed, try another database.  We subscribe to over 150, in fact, and they can all be accessed from our homepage, under Research, in Tech Databases.

The list is organized in alphabetical order and includes a description of each database beside the name.  Under the Access column, you’ll find that most of the databases are Tech-only, meaning you must be a student, faculty, or staff to access the content.  If you live off-campus, you’ll be prompted to login using your Tech ID and password before using the database.  On-campus, however, you will have seamless access, though some databases can only be used on-campus.

How do you know what databases are right for you?  If your research is focused on a particular subject, like music or psychology, click the subject terms to the left of the list.  You will then see a much shorter list of databases you might want to use for a more subject-focused set of results.

Problems?  More questions?  Contact your friendly neighborhood librarian: askalibrarian@atu.edu 

You can also contact us via phone or in person, anytime the library is open.

Happy searching!

Holiday Schedule

Happy Fourth of July and happy end of the first summer session of 2013!  Please note the special hours for the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center for this week, July 4th-July 7th:

Thursday, July 4th:      CLOSED

Friday, July 5th:            7:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Saturday, July 6th:       CLOSED

Sunday, July 7th:          CLOSED

The Music Lab will be open Friday, July 5th, from 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.  Any multimedia requests before the Lab opens can be made through first floor circulation staff.

We will resume our usual hours for Monday, July 8th.   Have a safe and spectacular holiday!

On Trial

The Library is currently trialing a new general reference database called ProQuest Research Library.  A great place to start your research, you’ll find scholarly articles about topics such as business, art, science & technology, literature & language, history, and health & medicine.  Access this database trial, and others like it, on our database trials page:

http://library.atu.edu/research/DB/dbtrial.php

The ProQuest Research Library includes over 4,000 scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines dating from 1971 to the present.   Most results will include full-text access, and like our other databases, you can limit to peer-reviewed, scholarly articles.  The ProQuest Research Library also provides a suggested list of subject terms in case you are not quite sure how to search for your topic.   If you are having trouble getting started on your research, start with this.

If you decide to take it for a spin, let us know how you liked it (or didn’t like it) by emailing our E-Resources Librarian, Carol Hanan.  But hurry–the trial only lasts until June 30th.

 

 

Keep Calm

Research paper due?  Not sure where to begin?  Relax–the library has got you covered with Research Guides!

keep calm and research on

http://libguides.atu.edu/

Hand-crafted by librarians from the finest academic sources,  Research Guides act as subject-focused maps for  finding peer-reviewed journals, reference materials, books, and more on specific subjects like Education or Fisheries & Wildlife.  Not sure which databases you should use?  Getting too many unwanted results?  Research Guides are built to save you time by focusing on the best resources to use for your particular topic.

We currently have 16  topic-focused Guides, but keep checking back as we will be adding new Guides all summer long.  Use the link above, or find it under the HELP section of our homepage.  If you don’t see your subject and need help, contact us today and a librarian will be happy to assist.

 

Plants and Periodicals

Attention botanists and historians!  The Library is conducting two new database trials featuring full-text content from now until the end of June.

http://library.atu.edu/research/DB/dbtrial.php

1. AAS Historical Periodicals Collection: A collection of periodicals dating back to the Colonial Era through the Civil War  from one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society. Subjects include art, history, literature, law, religion, science and more.   Search for full-text articles from primary sources during the most important periods of American history.  Filter your search by dates as far back as the 1691.  Includes thousands of titles produced overseas as well as on American soil.  Trial ends June 30, 2013

2. Global Plants (JSTOR): Global Plants is a community-contributed database that features more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world.   Includes images, maps, articles, letters, and other primary source materials related to the study of specific plant species around the world.   Trial ends June 30, 2013.

Take these two databases for a test drive, and let us know what you think!  Email Carol Hanan, the Electronic Resources Librarian, at chanan@atu.edu or submit your comments below.

 

Out of Order

Out of order

On Monday, May 13th, the online catalog will be unavailable while the Library performs a necessary maintenance upgrade to improve functionality.  During this time, you will not be able to use the online catalog to search for books, DVDs, CDs, journals, course reserves, or other locally held items.

But never fear–the librarians are still here!  If you need to locate at item within our collection, the circulation desk will be happy to help.  You can also use Worldcat to find out if materials are available at Arkansas Tech or other libraries in the community.  All of our research databases will continue to function, including Ebsco A-to-Z list of journals.  Additionally, you will still be able to check out materials, request items through ILL, and use the computer lab.

Thank you for your patience while we improve our systems.  Come see us at the Circulation Desk if you have questions or have trouble finding what you need.

Survey says…

Last month, over 500 Tech Library users participated in the annual spring Library survey and provided important feedback to help improve library services and collections.  Several of you provided comments or asked specific questions about some of the library’s services.  Since you took the time to share your thoughts, we would like to take the time to answer some of the questions and share our plans to improve in the areas which are in our control, and identify areas not in our control.  Below were some of the most commonly asked questions.

Searching/Tutorials

Q. I have a difficult time finding library resources and using the databases is very confusing. Do you have any ‘how to’ guides for finding resources or ways to make searching for information easier?

A. The Library has access to several databases, journals, books, and other materials –so many, in fact, that it can be very difficult to know where to begin searching. Here are some of the resources we have to assist students and faculty on how to use the Library:

1. Video Tutorials: The Library website actually has an entire page devoted to tutorials for most of our commonly used databases.  Here is how to get there:  library.atu.edu > Help > Database Tutorials.  Many of these tutorials are YouTube videos with step-by-step instructions.  We also have library tutorials on how to use the Dewey Decimal system, the Library Catalog, and Interlibrary Loan Services.  These are all located at library.atu.edu > Help > Library Tutorials.  We plan to add two new videos: “Intro to the Tech Library Online Resources” and “Search Efficiently the Online Catalog with Subjects” for the fall 2013 semester.

2. Instruction: The Library also provides personal and group instruction throughout the year, at the library or in a classroom elsewhere on campus.  Students can schedule one-on-one instruction with Sherry Tinerella stinerella@atu.edu, 479-964-0571 or a Library Tour with Beverly Cooper at bcooper8@atu.edu, 479-498-6041.  Faculty can also contact Sherry Tinerella for classroom instruction or library tours.  For more information, view our Information for Faculty page (library.atu.edu > Services > Information for Faculty). We are also implementing a new faculty-oriented instructional session before the fall 2013 semester begins, in addition to new subject guides for students.

Website Navigation

Q. It takes a lot of clicks to get around on your website, and I have a very hard time finding anything!  Can you make navigation better?

A. There is a horizontal menu on every Library page, but many links lead outside of the Library site, and thus the navigation becomes different. To ease finding, we are creating a Tech Library sitemap with an alphabetized list of all library services and tools.  Coming soon this fall!

Journals (print and online)

Q. How come the Library does not have more full-text journals and articles?

A. Academic journal prices are very expensive.  We evaluate our journal subscriptions yearly and base our selection on factors like field specialization, feedback from faculty, cost, budget constraints, electronic availability, and usage. A balance of cost of subscription per number of uses is a strong indicator as to whether we keep or cancel journal subscriptions.  In other words—use it or lose it.

If you cannot find a particular article or journal title, Interlibrary Loan services can, in most cases, assist you in acquiring the article.  Copyright and other agreements may restrict usage, so we may not be able to satisfy all article requests.

Students are also encouraged to suggest journals titles by emailing us at askalibrarian@atu.edu or by using our online suggestion form located on our “Contact Us” page (library.atu.edu > Services >Contact Us).  Faculty members should send their requests directly to their departmental library liaison or department head.

Noise

Q. The Library is too loud, and there are not enough quiet places for me to study.  Can you make the Library a quieter place?

A. While we cannot be everywhere at once, our staff will be more vigilant in enforcing our existing noise policy.  We also have a new service desk on the second floor, next to the Music Lab, to help monitor noise levels during the day.  In addition, we are creating new signage to help remind students of designated quiet zones.  Designated quiet zones are located in the southeast corner of the first floor and the eastern half of the second floor.  If you hear someone being excessively loud, please feel free to notify staff.

Hours

Q. Will you extend the Library hours to 24/7?

A. Over a quarter of all 328 comments suggested extending hours or have 24/7 hours as the most important way to improve one’s Library experience.  However, in order to extend our hours, we need additional funding for the extra Library staff, computer services, and campus security—even for just a short time period like finals.

Temperature

Q. It is too cold in the winter time and too hot in the summer time. Can you make the temperatures more comfortable?

A. Temperature controls are set by campus administration in an effort to save energy.

Food/Drink

Q. Why can’t we have food and drinks in the Library?  What about vending machines or a coffee shop?

A. This is also something set by campus administration policy.  Food and drink can bring additional problems to the Library from insects, stains, and equipment damage.

Study Rooms

Q. Where did our study rooms go?

A. This was another common response, and it is also out of our control.  As Arkansas Tech grows and buildings undergo renovation, available space for displaced offices has become a serious problem throughout the campus.  The study rooms in the Library help alleviate these temporary shortages, and eventually, these study spaces will return as the other buildings are completed.  In the meantime, reserve the remaining study spaces early, and we will do our best to accommodate your group.

Thanks to everyone who took the survey and provided feedback.  For additional comments or collection suggestions, contact us at askalibrarian@atu.edu.  Students also have the opportunity to voice their concerns and questions through their Student Government Association: sga@atu.edu.

 

Extended Hours

Beginning next Sunday, April 21st, Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will be operating under extended hours to help students prepare for final exams.  Below is the complete schedule from April 21st to May 7th:

Sunday, April 21 2:00 pm – 1:00 am
Mon., April 22 – Thu., April 25 7:00 am – 1:00 am
Friday, April 26 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 27 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 28 2:00 pm – 1:00 am
Mon., April 29 – Tue., April 30 7:00 am – 1:00 am
Wed., May 1 – Thu., May 2 7:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday, May 3 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 4 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 5 2:00 pm – 12:00 am
Monday, May 6 7:00 am – 12:00 am
Tuesday, May 7 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

Our full schedule, including current hours, can be viewed on the library’s homepage.

Accessible Archives

From now until April 14th, the library is offering a trial of the historical newspaper database, Accessible Archives.  If you are looking for primary sources from the 18th and 19th centuries, look no further.  Browse individual newspaper titles such as The Pennsylvania Gazette or selected newspaper collections, like the African American newspaper collection.  Search across all of the titles for primary source articles that portray America’s biggest moments like the American Revolution and the Civil War from the actual eye-witnesses to history.  Results include the actual images of the source, as well as easily readable full-text.

http://library.atu.edu/research/DB/dbtrial.php

Try it today and send us your comments about the  resource to Carol Hanan: chanan@atu.edu.

women76

Weld, Hastings H. (1845, March). The Women of ’76. Godey’s Lady’s Book. Retrieved from http://www.accessible.com/accessible/ 

 

 

How are we doing?

There is STILL time to take the online Tech Library User Survey for the spring 2013:

http://TechLibrary-2013.questionpro.com

The questions are multiple choice, and the entire survey takes roughly 5-10 minutes.  Your opinion helps the library make important decisions from what books we buy, what formats we buy them in, and what policies we should adopt to make the library a better place to study, relax, and explore.  You have until April 5th, so send us your feedback soon!