Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thursday, Nov. 13: "Menhaden and America" at the Cheng Library with H. Bruce Franklin - Not Just Another Fish Story!
H. Bruce Franklin, John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, will be joining us to discuss his recent book, "The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden and America." Franklin’s book focuses on menhaden, a small, oily, and bony fish that plays a major role in the marine ecosystem on the east coast of the United States. Virtually unknown to those outside commercial fishing or marine biology, menhaden have played a critical role in America’s national - and natural - history, but reckless overfishing now threatens their survival. Commercially harvested for animal feed, fertilizer, and oil used in everything from linoleum to health-food supplements, menhaden are also crucial to the diet of most food and game fish, as well as many marine mammals and birds. They also filter the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, playing an essential dual role in marine ecology perhaps unmatched anywhere on the planet.
As menhaden’s numbers have plummeted, fish and birds dependent on them have been decimated and toxic algae have begun to choke American bays and seas. Two bills currently before Congress, H.R. 3840 and H.R. 3841, propose to prohibit the further commercial fishing of menhaden for use as industrial commodities.
Franklin's subject stands at the intersection of marine biology, ecology, corporate decision making, politics, public policy, history and culture. Students and faculty in all disciplines will benefit a great deal from this program.
The program will be followed by a reception at 5:00 pm in the Library's Friends Lounge and light refreshments will be served. This program is supported by a generous grant from the William Paterson University Alumni Association.
Everyone is welcome, so please join us at the Library on November 13.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The Web of Science database provides access to the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, supporting navigation through the tracking of citations. Our trial access to the Web of Science, available through November 27, includes the following components:
- Science Citation Index Expanded (1975-present) - citations from over 7,100 major journals across 150 disciplines
- Social Sciences Citation Index (1975-present) - citations from over 2,100 journals across 50 social science disciplines
- Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present) - citations from over 1,200 arts and humanities journals
With the Web of Science, it is possible to follow a path for any individual article backward through its references or forward to subsequently published articles that have cited it. The database supports a wide variety of search options, including searching by subject area, document type, author, source title, publication year, institutional affiliation, language, and country of publication. The cited reference search options include searching by cited authors, works, or years. Web of Science also supports customized citation and search alerts so you can keep up with new material as it is added to the database. Please give the Web of Science a try and please let us know what you think: contact Richard Kearney, Electronic Resources Librarian, with your feedback.
Prices, productivity, unemployment, earnings – the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has provided data on a host of economic issues relating to employment and unemployment for years. A newly updated webpage now makes that data much easier to find and retrieve. The webpage highlights reports from the department’s surveys such as the Consumer Expenditure Survey and the Current Population Survey. Need to find hourly or annual wages by occupation? Try Occupational Employment Statistics to find out the median income for accountants at both national and state levels. While you’re at it, check the Occupational Outlook Handbook to find out the demand for accountants over the next few years. Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
The BLS has always monitored consumer and producer prices. Use the inflation calculator to see how much today’s dollar would have purchased in 1990 or check out the inflation rate by region. It‘s not too comforting to find out the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $1.412 in July 2002 and $4.09 in July 2008.
Subscribe to the BLS Economic News Releases via e-mail to receive the news releases as soon as they are available. Interactive tables with online tutorials help researchers customize data. The BLS also provides detailed information on how data for the various indices and their components are defined, collected and analyzed. The Bureau’s commitment to educating the public is clear from the tutorials, lists of FAQs, glossary and details on its research methodologies - all accessible from the www.bls.gov.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
- The Oxford Companion to Music - over 8,000 articles covering a wide range of subjects in music, including composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres
- The Oxford Dictionary of Music - contains 12,500 terms covering musical subjects of all kinds
- over 44,000 biographies
- over 33,000 subject entries
- The Oxford Companion to Western Art - over 2,600 entries covering over 1,700 artists and their work
- Encyclopedia of Aesthetics - over 600 articles surveying the major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms - 1,800 entries on art terms, critical periods, and styles in the visual arts
- over 23,000 biographies
- over 18,000 subject entries
- over 5,000 images
Thursday, March 27, 2008
New Reference Centers Make High-Quality Student Research Easier in History, Literature, and Current Issues
History Reference Center - This reference database contains content from over 2,000 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers; articles from over 100 history periodicals; almost 60,000 primary source documents covering every era of world history; over 50,000 biographies; over 110,000 historical photos and maps; and over 80 hours of historical video.
Literary Reference Center - This reference database contains over 27,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism; over 140,000 author biographies; over 569,000 book reviews; the text of 57,000 classic/contemporary poems and 14,500 classic/contemporary short stories; 4,700 author interviews; and over 7,100 classic literary texts. The database also contains full-text reference content from a number of literature encyclopedias.
Points of View Reference Center - This database is designed to provide multiple perspectives on current controversial issues. The database currently offers materials on 200 topics, and each topic section features an overview along with point and counterpoint essays drawn from a variety of sources, plus supplementary information including primary source documents and guides to critical thinking.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The New York Times archive site also includes contents from 1923 to 1980, but the majority of these articles are not freely accessible.
In addition to the archive, the Cheng Library also provides subscription access to the full text of the New York Times from June 1980 to the present through the ProQuest search interface and through the Lexis-Nexis Academic database.
The online version of Magill's Medical Guide provides easy search and browse access to the full 3,200 pages of text found in the five-volume print version (also available in the Library - Call Number REF RC41.M34). The online indexes also offer fast access to the Guide's glossary, table of contents, anatomy and systems affected, medical specialties and related fields, and diseases and conditions, plus lists of health care providers, medical journals, pharmaceuticals, health organizations, recommended web sites, and contributors to the Guide.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Topics covered in the database include architecture and urban design, business and employment, crime, criminal justice, and law enforcement, education, environment and resource conservation, housing and real estate, politics, government, and law, rural development, social and public services, social issues, transportation and communication, trends in urbanization and urban society, urban and regional economics, urban development and redevelopment, urban fiscal and budgetary policy, urban history, urban planning and land use, theory and research. Links to full-text articles from the Cheng Library's online journal collection are provided where available, along with pointers to journals in our print and microform collection.
The online version of Urban Studies Abstracts has been launched with backfile coverage extending to 1988, but EBSCO plans to add retrospective content back to 1973. More information about Urban Studies Abstracts, including searching tips, a list of searchable fields and field definitions, and keys to browsing the index, is available from EBSCO.
The online version of Public Administration Abstracts has been launched with backfile coverage extending to 1974. More information about Public Administration Abstracts, including searching tips, a list of searchable fields and field definitions, and keys to browsing the index, is available from EBSCO.
The online version of Educational Administration Abstracts has been launched with coverage extending to 1993, but EBSCO plans to add retrospective content back to 1966 while also adding records for books, government reports, and conference papers. More information about Educational Administration Abstracts, including searching tips, a list of searchable fields and field definitions, and keys to browsing the index, is available from EBSCO.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
We are pleased to announce that the ComDisDome (Communication Sciences and Disorders Dome) database, previously provided by ContentScan, is now available on the ProQuest Illumina search platform. ComDisDome is the principal index to scholarly literature in communication disorders, with a focus on speech-language pathology and audiology. The database offers citations to journal articles and books, along with access to profiles of researchers working in this area. ComDisDome currently provides over 273,000 records, with coverage extending from 1950 to the present, and updates that add approximately 400 new records each month.
The Illumina search platform includes several powerful tools not available through the previous service, including the ability to:
- search on 14 different index fields
- access your search history during a session
- print records
- save search strategies and create automated search alerts
- generate bibliographies from marked records or transfer your results to a RefWorks account with a few clicks
The former ComDisDome "Topic Guide" has also been converted to a subject thesaurus with subject terms applied to all records. A comparison chart (in RTF format) provides additional details about the differences between the old and new search platforms.