Thursday, May 15, 2014

Trial Access to APA PsycTESTS (on EBSCOhost) Available Through June 30

Now through June 30 the Cheng Library is offering trial access to the American Psychological Association's PsycTESTS database on the EBSCOhost platform.

PsycTESTS is a research database from the American Psychological Association that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration. The database currently includes over 20,000 records and over 15,000 instances of actual tests or test items.

PsycTESTS focuses primarily on unpublished tests, those developed by researchers but not made commercially available. Each citation record includes data on the scope of the test, test implementation, a high-level overview of the test's development, and reliability and validity data (when available), and most records include the actual test instrument. A permissions field alerts users to the tests they can use for research or teaching without formal permission. Other options include contacting the author and/or the publisher. The majority of tests in the database can be used without formal permission.

The database covers a wide range of subject areas and test types, including:

  • Developmental Measures
  • Scales for Beliefs, Relationships, or Expectancies
  • Aggression, Coping, or Functional Status Questionnaires
  • Racial and Ethnic Identity Scales
  • Resilience, Anger Response, or Substance Abuse Inventories
  • Physical Health Related Assessments
  • Personality Assessments
  • Educational Measures
  • Neuropsychological Assessments
  • Aptitude and Achievement Measures
  • Competency Measures
  • Occupational Measures
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Military Tests

A complete description of the database is available from the American Psychological Association and from EBSCO.

Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or x 2165) if you have any questions about PsycTESTS.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trial Access to Maney Online Research E-Journal Collections Through April 20

Maney Publishing, a British-based company, is offering trial access to its collection of over 150 scholarly journals through April 20. The collection includes titles in materials science and engineering, the humanities and social sciences, and health science.

Maney publishes extensively for learned societies, universities and professional bodies around the world, and its titles are peer-reviewed. The journals are hosted on Maney's own platform. A descriptive brochure listing all titles is available (in PDF format).

We invite you to try the journals in the Maney Online Research E-Journal Collections. Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or x 2165) if you have any questions or need any assistance using the database.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Trial Access to Jazz Music Library from Alexander Street Press Now Available (through May 11)

The Jazz Music Library, from Alexander Street Press, is a large audio database of recorded jazz from the early 1920s to the present, including all major jazz genres (vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band music, modern jazz, and more). The database currently provides streaming access to more than 130,000 tracks, with new recordings added monthly. Trial access to the database is available now through May 11.

The collection includes works licensed from legendary record labels, including Audiophile, Concord Jazz, Contemporary Records, Fantasy, Jazzology, Milestone, Nessa Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo, and Prestige. Labels being added include Circle Records, GHB Records, Good Time Jazz, GRP Records, Impulse, Peak, Riverside, Solo Art Records, Stretch Records, Verve, and dozens more.

The list of artists is comprehensive, ranging from past greats to musicians performing and recording today, including: Abbey Lincoln, Andre Previn, Art Farmer, Benny Carter, Bill Evans, Billy Strayhorn, Bix Beiderbecke, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie ByrdCharlie Parker, Chet Baker, Chuck Mangione, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Dizzie Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Dolphy, Gerry Mulligan, Grover Washington, Jr., John Coltrane, Karrin Allyson, Lester Young, Marian McPartland, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk, Tony Bennett, Wes Montgomery, Zoot Sims, and a long list of others.

Liner notes to all the albums are included (in PDF format) as well as static URLs to each track and album in the database. Detailed instrumentation and performer information is also provided. Content is added on a regular basis, and new materials are highlighted on the home page as they are added. A detailed product brochure is available here (in PDF format).

The system requirements for listening to music from the database are available here. We invite you to try out the Jazz Music Library during the trial period. Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165 / kearneyr@wpunj.edu) if you have any questions about using the database or experience any technical issues. And please contact Bob Wolk (x 2289 / wolkr@wpunj.edu) or Tony Joachim (x 3665 / joachima1@wpunj.edu) with any feedback about the database.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Naxos Jazz Music Library: Trial Access to Streaming Audio Collection Through April 4

The Naxos Jazz Music Library is one of the most comprehensive collection of recorded jazz music available online. It offers over 65,000 tracks of jazz from more than 6,000 albums. Over 12,000 jazz artists are represented in the collection. The Naxos Jazz Music Library comprises the catalogues of Blue Notes Records, 22 labels of Fantasy Jazz and over 150 other labels. US-based Fantasy has the world's deepest jazz catalogue and offers the very best in blues and rhythm'n'blues. Blue Note offers albums featuring the legendary artist John Coltrane and iconic artists such as Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and many others.

Through the Naxos search engine, you can select works by featured artists, disc/song title, or catalogue number. Playlists can also be easily created for educational use, or for hours of continuous enjoyment. New jazz releases are continually added to ensure that the music library is always up-to-date. Accessible from any workstation with audio speakers, the database is an excellent tool for classroom use, as faculty can choose from a great selection of music to play without having to find or purchase compact discs.

The music is streamed in Flash AAC format. The standard sound quality produces near-CD quality. The audio streaming service requires Adobe Flash (Minimum 9.0.60, 10 recommended) and works with Internet Explorer 7+, FireFox 2+, Safari 2+, and any version of Chrome with Flash support. When you are finished using the database, we ask that you select the "Log-Out" link at the top of the screen so others may have access to it.

We invite you to try out the Naxos Jazz Music Library during the trial period. Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165 / kearneyr@wpunj.edu) if you have any questions about using the database or experience any technical issues. And please contact Bob Wolk (x 2289 / wolkr@wpunj.edu) or Tony Joachim (x 3665 / joachima1@wpunj.edu) with any feedback about the database.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

20,000 More E-Books Added to Ebrary's Academic Complete in 2014

The Cheng Library's electronic book collection continues to grow this year with the addition of over 20,000 titles to the Ebrary Academic Complete database.

The new titles, which bring our total Ebrary collection up to over 110,000 titles, including recent books by such distinguished academic publishers as Wiley, Ashgate, Edinburgh University Press, Harvard University Press, and Peter Lang, among others.

All e-books are accessible through Ebrary's own database portal and through the Cheng Library catalog.

Like the Library's other electronic resources, our e-books are available at any time, from any location, using a variety of different devices - just log in to the Library with your WPUNJ credentials. E-books can be used for reading assignments, independent research, in-class illustrations, and many other purposes. If you're new to e-books, we invite you to give them a try. This Spring the Cheng Library will be offering training workshops on e-books, but you are welcome to contact us at any time for assistance or with any questions about e-books.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trial Access to Euromonitor Passport (Marketing Research Database) Through January 31

From now through January 31, 2014, the Cheng Library is offering trial access to Euromonitor's Passport database. Passport is a global market research database providing statistics, analysis, reports, surveys and breaking news on industries, countries and consumers worldwide.

The database connects market research to a company's goals and annual planning, analyzing market context, competitor insight, and future trends impacting businesses globally. Passport offers detailed analysis of consumer and industrial markets around the world across 781 cities, 210 countries, and 27 industries with historic data from 1997 and forecasts through 2020.

 Passport's features also include:

  • Industry analysis across fast moving consumer goods and services, including market performance, market size, company and brand shares and profiles of leading companies and brands
  • Industrial makeup of the world’s largest economies, examining business to business economic influences and the forces behind strategy development, production and supply chains, economic modeling and forecasting, econometrics, data mining, scenario planning, urban economics and wealth distribution.
  • Data and analysis on consumer lifestyles, population trends, and socioeconomic analysis for every country, lifestyle and consumer type down to the city level
  • Timely commentary on factors influencing the global, regional and local business environment
  • Surveys exploring consumer opinions, attitudes and behaviors
 Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or x 2165) if you have any questions about Euromonitor's Passport.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Trial Access to the R2 Digital Library's Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health E-Book Collection Through November 22

The R2 Digital Library is a web-based database available from Rittenhouse Book Distributors. It offers fully integrated and searchable medical, nursing and allied health source book content from key health science publishers, on a web-based platform. Content is available from publishers such as Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Delmar Cengage Learning, Wiley, The American Academy of Pediatrics and many more. Currently the platform offers 3,000 titles for purchase from more than 50 publishers.

The R2 Digital Library has many features that are valuable to users, such as customized saved searches, images, references and bookmarks, an A-Z Drug Index, and an A-Z Topic Index. Content can be browsed by category, discipline or title, and users can also perform searches across the entire platform, finding information on a topic in just two clicks.

The Cheng Library is providing trial access to the collection through November 22. Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or x 2165) if you have any questions about the R2 Digital Library.