Monday, September 15, 2014

GenderWatch Database Offers Full-Text Support for Women's, Gender, and LGBT Studies

GenderWatch is our newest full-text database for supporting teaching and research in gender and women's studies, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) research. The database offers over 300 titles, with more than 250 in full-text, from an array of academic, radical, community and independent presses, with coverage back to 1970. Researchers and teachers may access more than 219,000 full articles on wide-ranging topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, masculinity, eating disorders, healthcare, and the workplace.

GenderWatch's strong collection of important, current titles provides users comprehensive support for gender, family, ethnic, and societal studies from both academic and grassroots perspectives.  Users will find essential titles such as Off Our Backs (1970 to current) and Transgender Tapestry, international titles such as Sister Namibia and the Australian Feminist Law Journal, community newspapers such as Out & About and the Windy City Times, and many other diverse and interdisciplinary publications.

The database features a wide array of publication types, including scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings, and reports of government and non-governmental organizations (a complete title list is available online). It is provided on the ProQuest platform and provides powerful search and browse capabilities.

We invite you to try GenderWatch and benefit from its diverse and high-quality content. Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or 973-720-2165) if you have any questions.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Got Data If You Want 'Em: The Statistical Abstract of the United States Available Online Once Again

Following a budget cut in 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau terminated the collection of data for its Statistical Compendia program, resulting in the discontinuation of major statistical publications, including the Statistical Abstract of the United States, one of the most important and useful reference publications ever produced. Subsequent to this decision, the database company ProQuest began publishing a new version of the Statistical Abstract online, and the Cheng Library is happy to announce that the current (2014) edition is now available online to the WPUNJ community.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the most authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It offers convenient access to a wide variety of data on such topics as population, education, elections, all major sectors of the economy, health and nutrition, government, science and technology, transportation, housing, and much more. Every table in the Statistical Abstract provides citations to more extensive and detailed sources of data for its subject, which also makes it an efficient guide to data sources. The data in the Statistical Abstract is drawn from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.

The online version of the Statistical Abstract features an easy-to-browse table of contents and keywork searching. All statistical tables can be exported to PDF or to Excel format for further analysis, and most of the data source citations appearing in the notes at the bottom of each table are hyperlinked for easy navigation to additional detail. A Quick Start Guide to the online edition is available featuring useful tips.

The older editions of the Statistical Abstract remain available through the Census Bureau's web site, but please the current edition for more recent data.

Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or 973-720-2165) if you have any questions or need additional information about the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New This Fall: The PsycTESTS Database

Starting this fall, the Cheng Library is offering PsycTESTS, a research database produced by the American Psychological Association that provides access to over 20,000 psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration. The database is a most valuable resource for any student or faculty member engaged in data collection, survey development, testing and measurement, methodological issues, or assessment.

PsycTESTS focuses primarily on unpublished tests, that is, tests developed by researchers but not made commercially available. Most records in the database link to a variety of materials describing the test in peer-reviewed literature, technical reports, or dissertations as well as links to related peer-reviewed literature describing test development, review, or use. All records include a summary that describes the test, with its purpose and some history of its development, and most records include the actual test instrument.

Each record in PsycTESTS 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). Tests include those compiled from a systematic review of peer-reviewed journals published by APA, Hogrefe Publishing Group, and other large publishers; technical reports from the APA's PsycEXTRA database; contributions from individual test authors; collections from the Archives of the History of American Psychology; and more. Commercially available tests indexed by APA are also included, with links to purchase the instrument from the publisher.

The database, which we are providing on the EBSCOhost platform, offers a variety of search and browse options, including access by test name or acronym, author, construct, subject, format, population, year, and other attributes.

We invite you to try PsycTESTS and see what its unique content has to offer. Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or 973-720-2165) if you have questions or comments about PsycTESTS.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database Now Available

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce that the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database is now available. The database includes three million dissertation and theses citations from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with over one million full-text dissertations available for download in PDF format. It represents a significant enhancement to the University community's access to current and historical research, and it will be of special interest to faculty and graduate students.

The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full-text coverage for older graduate works.

More than 80,000 new full-text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through dissertation publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide and collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations through ProQuest's Digital Archiving and Access Program. Full-text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be native PDF, some PDF image.

Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from as far back as 1637. Where available, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

The database supports a wide variety of search and browse options, including
searching by institutional affiliation, degree awarded, advisor, and department. Retrieved records can easily be saved, emailed, exported to bibliographic management software, or printed.

Theses and dissertations submitted by WPUNJ students will continue to be available through our special Theses and Dissertations @ The William Paterson University of New Jersey portal as well as in the larger database.

We invite you to try ProQuest Dissertations and Theses this semester. Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or 973-720-2165) in you have any questions or need any additional information.

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.