Thursday, October 11, 2007

Try Scopus This Fall for Access to Science and Social Science

Scopus, launched by Elsevier Science in 2004, has grown into one of the largest online indexes to scientific literature available. Covering the fields of science, technology, medicine and the social sciences, Scopus offers

  • 33 million citation records for articles from 15,000 peer-reviewed journals (representing over 4,000 publishers)
  • Citations/Abstracts from:
    • 500+ conference proceedings
    • 600+ trade publications
    • 125+ book series
Scopus also integrates useful information from other sources, including:

  • Over 386 million scientific web pages indexed in Elsevier's own specialized science web search engine Scirus
  • 21 million patent records from five major patent offices

Scopus is designed to support both forward and backward citation tracking. Almost half the citation records in the database, covering items published from 1996 to the present, include references to enable citation tracking. Using features available through the creation of a personal account in Scopus, faculty members can monitor the citation history of their own publications and run automated searches.

A User Guide (in PDF format) is available to assist you in exploring Scopus' many useful features.

Scopus is offering trial access to the University through November 30. We urge all faculty to try the database and evaluate it in terms of its coverage of your own subject area and its ease of use, along with its general quality as a tool for accessing the research literature of your field and related information. Please contact Richard Kearney (x2165) at the Cheng Library if you have any questions during the trial period. We're interested in knowing what you think of Scopus!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New Sage Premier E-Journal Collection Features Over 450 Journals

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce the addition of approximately 400 new online journals to its existing collection from Sage Publications, one of the leading academic publishers. The Sage Premier E-Journal Collection features the full-text contents of hundreds of major journals in the fields of business, education, health, the humanities, and the social sciences. Over 140,000 articles are currently available through the collection, with backfiles extending to 1999 for all titles. The articles will be accessible through citation links in all of our research databases. Sage's online portal supports searching and browsing of the entire collection, and through the registration of a free personal account you can also create customized search alerts, citation tracking alerts, and table of contents alerts for your favorite journals. Each journal also provides table of contents feeds through RSS [what is RSS?].

A complete list of titles (PDF format - 60 KB) in the Sage Premier E-Journal Collection is available.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Biography Reference Bank Gives You More Coverage, More Full Text

We've upgraded our major biographical database from H. W. Wilson to add more coverage and more full-text content. The Biography Reference Bank, which replaces Biographies Plus Illustrated, contains the complete contents of Wilson's Biography Index from 1984 to the present and covers over 500,000 people from all periods of history to the present time. Thousands of full-text narrative profiles are drawn from major publishers including Greenwood Press, Harvard University Press, Houghton Mifflin, Oryx, Oxford University Press, and others, and the citation records include links to over 380,000 related full-text articles from Wilson databases and other sources. Among the publications accessible through Biography Reference Bank are biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, and obituaries. The database also features over 36,000 images of profiled subjects and excerpts from book reivews. The easy-to-use search screen supports searching by name, profession, place of origin, gender, ethnicity, birth/death dates, titles of works, and keyword.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Conference Board Research Online Collection Brings High-Quality Business Intelligence to You

"Are They Really Ready to Work? Employer’s Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants for the 21st Century U.S. Workforce" is one example of the types of reports available in the Conference Board Research Online Collection. Economic research reports, press releases, PowerPoints, webcasts and the Straight Talk newsletter are some of the features included in this database. Download a copy of the Corporate Governance Handbook 2007: Legal Standards and Board Practices issued in July 2007 or the 2006 Top Executive Compensation Report from the Business Management Research section or listen to a panel discuss "Ethics and Compliance Program Certification" or "Social Network Analysis: A New Route to Improving Performance and Innovation." Articles published in the Conference Board’s magazine Conference Board Review (formerly Across the Board) are accessible from 2000 to the present. Selected articles from each issue are also available on the Conference Board’s web site. Full-text articles published in the Conference Board Review are also available in the Business Source Premier database.

A two-page guide (in PDF format) to the Conference Board reSearch Online Collection provides a brief overview of the database's contents, including sample listings of recent research.

BizStats - A First-Rate Starting Point for Business Data Research provides easy access to a variety of business statistics including profitability and operating ratios. Their objective is to provide "instant access to business statistical information that is useful and meaningful." BizStats compiles the data from a number of different sources including trade associations and U.S government sources. Anyone familiar with the underlying data sources will recognize when the primary source is the Department of Labor or Department of Commerce. BizStats reformats the data in a manner they consider meaningful and therefore doesn’t provide links to the original sources. Some of the information is current, while other data - especially that coming from trade associations or economic censuses - might be a few years old. Nevertheless, students and small business owners will find BizStats to be a good place to start. Other sources of financial and operating ratios available in print in the Cheng Library are Dun & Bradstreet’s Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios; Leo Troy’s Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios; Robert Morris Associates’ RMA Annual Statement Studies and Financial Research Associates Financial Studies of the Small Business.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New Online and In Print: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

A standard work of biographical reference since the first edition was published between 1885 and 1900, the Dictionary of National Biography has been completely updated in a new 60-volume print edition [Call Number: REF DA28.O95], and the entire work is now also available online for easy searching and browsing.

The Dictionary contains over 55,000 biographical essays covering the lives of (deceased) individuals who played notable roles in the history of the British Isles and the British Empire, from earliest times to the present. Some 10,000 contributors, including distinguished scholars in every field, provided the high-quality essays in the Dictionary. Entries range in length from a few paragraphs to 35,000 words, and most also include useful bibliographies of primary and secondary sources for further research. An essential tool for any topic that touches on British history and culture.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Cheng Library Celebrates National Library Week and One Book New Jersey 2007: April 15-21

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April to promote reading and library use. This year's theme is "Come Together @ Your Library," and in that spirit the Cheng Library is sponsoring a number of events to which all are invited. Please join us!:

Monday, April 16, 12:30-1:45 pm: One Book New Jersey 2007 Book Discussion - Their Eyes Were Watching God
One Book New Jersey is a program sponsored by the New Jersey Library Association in collaboration with the New Jersey State Library and Secretary of State to bring people together through literature by encouraging them to read the same book and participate in discussions and other events centered on that book. The adult book selection for 2007 is Zora Neale Hurston's classic 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The Cheng Library will host a book discussion led by Professor Rosa Soto of the English Department and Professor Roja Singh of the Women's Studies Department in the Library Auditorium from 12:30 to 1:45 pm.

Tuesday, April 17, 12:30-1:45 pm: Meet The Library Director
Come and meet Dr. Anne Ciliberti, the Director of Library Services. Ask questions, suggest improvements, and speak out about YOUR Library. No need to wait for written feedback from the Library's Feedback Board! Refreshments will be served. Come to the Friends' Lounge on the first floor of the Library at 12:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 18, 3:30-5:00 pm: WPUNJ Authors Reception 2006-2007
Each spring the Cheng Library hosts a reception and produces a bibliography to recognize those from the William Paterson University community who have published work during the previous year. This year's reception will be held in the Library's Paterson Room from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. All are invited to come and meet our WPUNJ authors and see their work. The bibliography is available online. If you have any questions please contact Pam Theus by email or telephone at 973-720-2160

ALL WEEK IN THE LIBRARY LOBBY: Enter the Cheng Library's READ Poster Contest!
Jason Kidd wants you to READ!You've seen them before: colorful posters featuring public figures (like New Jersey Nets Point Guard Jason Kidd, at right) holding a favorite book and encouraging the rest of us to READ. But you don't have to be a celebrity to promote reading or to be in a READ poster - just have a look at these wonderful posters produced by people all over the country! During National Library Week William Paterson University students and staff are invited to enter a contest to be featured in a READ poster. One student and one staff member will be selected from contest entrants, and the posters will be displayed in the Cheng Library. To enter, just visit the Library's entrance lobby and fill out a card with your name, your WPUNJ email address, and a short statement telling us why you love to read.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Statesman's Yearbook is Now Available Online

Published continuously since 1846, The Statesman's Yearbook is a standard source of detailed information on the countries and international organizations of the world. Updated to provide clear and concise information on the politics, cultures and economies of the world, the Yearbook is now available online through the Cheng Library. Running to 1,600 pages in its print format, the Yearbook has recently been expanded to include

  • Biographical Profiles of Current Leaders
  • Government Histories
  • Extended Economic Overviews and Historical Economic Statistics
  • Half-page Line Maps
  • In-depth Topical Essays: in this edition Democracy and Military Expenditure, plus an essay on the World Economy by William Keegan, Economics Editor, The Observer

The country profiles cover such topics as key historical events, territory and population data, major cities, social statistics, climate, government, recent elections, a review of the current administration, defense and international relations, the economy, energy and natural resources, industry and international trade, communications, social institutions, religion, culture, and diplomatic representatives, and most profiles include a bibliography for further reading. The online version is easy to search and browse.

Friday, March 23, 2007

E-Documents of the Week: Reports on Murder Victims' Families, the Cost of Iraq, Toxic Pollution and Health, and Health Insurance Coverage

This week we feature four documents, each connected to a different public policy issue.

Wednesday's Death Penalty Forum featured the New Jersey Director of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), an organization advocating abolition of the death penalty. MVFR's 2002 report, "Dignity Denied: The Experience of Murder Victims' Family Members Who Oppose the Death Penalty," argues that many of the benefits won by the victims' rights movement in recent decades "are too often unavailable to victims if they oppose the death penalty." The complete 33-page report is now available online through the Cheng Library's catalog.

On March 14, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued an update to a previously published report titled "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations since 9/11" and the document is now available online through the web site of the Federation of American Scientists. The 45-page report provides Department of Defense figures, CRS estimates of war costs, an analysis of trends in war funding, and estimates of future costs for the three major U.S.-initiated military operations since September 11, 2001: (1) Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) covering Afghanistan and other Global War on Terror (GWOT) operations ranging from the Philippines to Djibouti that began immediately after the 9/11 attacks and continues; (2) Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) providing enhanced security for U.S. military bases and other homeland security that was launched in response to the attacks and continues at a modest level; and (3) Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) that began in the fall of 2002 with the build up of troops for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and continues with counter-insurgency and stability operations. The report includes several detailed tables and references.

On March 22, the Access Project, a research affiliate of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at Brandeis University that serves as a resource center for local communities working to improve health and healthcare access issued a report titled "The Illusion of Coverage: How Health Insurance Fails People When They Get Sick." The report "describes how private insurance products fail to protect people from financial hardship and guarantee access to care when they become ill or injured. The Illusion of Coverage discusses insurance characteristics and processes that cause medical debt, people's lack of meaningful choices when purchasing health plans, and the consequences of medical debt caused by inadequate coverage. It also provides recommendations on how to provide people access to comprehensive and affordable insurance products. The report is based on in-depth interviews with 45 people in seven states who accrued medical debt despite having health insurance." The full 72-page report is now available online through the Access Project's web site.

On March 22, the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) and the New Jersey Work Environment Council (NJWEC) released a new report titled "Toxic Pollution And Health: An Analysis of Toxic Chemicals Released in Communities across the United States." The report's findings are based on data provided through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program. Among the report's major conclusions are that industries continue to release toxic chemicals linked to severe health effects into our air and water, that a relatively small number of communities often experience the bulk of the air and water pollution, and that the mining industry overwhelmingly releases the most toxic pollution to land. The report is also critical of the Bush Administration's recent rule changes to the TRI Program's requirements that raise the threshhold at which companies are required to submit detailed reports on toxic releases. NJPIRG's web site provide the full text of the report, plus additional New Jersey-specific information including:

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) Database Now Available

The Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. It is produced by the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and is now available on the CSA Illumina search platform through the Cheng Library.

The purpose of the database is to provide citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage. Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS database is not limited to literature on PTSD among veterans. The current subject coverage of the database includes:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder (with or without reference to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

  • the assessment, description, prevention, or treatment of any psychiatric disorder, especially dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder), other dissociative disorders, or borderline personality disorder, associated etiologically or epidemiologically with exposure to a traumatic event, or to an event experienced as traumatic by the population under discussion

  • the preparation or provision of mental health services to a traumatized population or a population at risk of experiencing traumatic events

  • issues of professional ethics, scientific methodology, or public policy relating to traumatized populations

The database, which is updated monthly, currently includes over 31,000 records for journal articles, books, book chapters, doctoral dissertations, government reports, and miscellaneous other publications. Although its coverage extends to 1871, over 99 percent of the records indexed date from 1960 and after. For serious searchers, PILOTS provides a 188-page User's Guide (in PDF format - 821 KB), consisting primarily of a detailed subject thesaurus.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

E-Document of the Week: Budget of the U.S. Government for FY2008

The Budget of the U.S. Government for FY 2008 was released on February 5. It is now available online through the Cheng Library's catalog.

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year. The complete document consists of the following component parts:

  • Budget of the United States Government - contains the Budget Message of the President, information on the President's budget and management priorities, and budget overviews organized by agency, including assessments of their performance.

  • Analytical Perspectives - contains analyses that are designed to highlight specified subject areas or provide other significant presentations of budget data that place the budget in perspective. This volume includes economic and accounting analyses; information on Federal receipts and collections; analyses of Federal spending; detailed information on Federal borrowing and debt; baseline or current services estimates; and other technical presentations.

  • Historical Tables - provides data on budget receipts, outlays, surpluses or deficits, Federal debt, and Federal employment over an extended time period, generally from 1940 or earlier to 2012. To the extent feasible, the data have been adjusted to provide consistency with the 2008 Budget and to provide comparability over time.

  • Appendix - contains detailed information on the various appropriations and funds that constitute the budget and is designed primarily for the use of the Appropriations Committee.

New Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology - Online and Print Versions

Published in December 2006, the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology is a major new reference source in sociology. The 11-volume print version contains 1,800 entries written by an international team of scholars. The complete work contains approximately 3.5 million words over 6,000 pages. Entries range from short definitions of key terms to extended explorations of major topics. The subject coverage extends from themes that have historically defined the discipline to more recent developments. Also included are introductions to sociological theories and research that have developed outside of the United States and Western Europe. The online version is identical in content to the print version, with powerful searching and browsing features, hyperlinked cross-references, and regular updates throughout the year. The print version is available in the Library's Reference Collection [Call Number: REF HM425.B53].

Monday, March 5, 2007

Try AnthroSource Free Through April 30

The Cheng Library is currently running a trial of AnthroSource, an online portal to the major research literature of anthropology developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA). AnthroSource features the current issues of 15 of the AAA's most important peer-reviewed publications through the end of 2006, plus an electronic archive of all AAA journals. In addition, the database provides seamless access to archival content housed at JSTOR for several key AAA publications.

A total of 34 publications are available through AnthroSource, including:

Anthropology (32 titles)

  • American Anthropologist
  • American Ethnologist
  • Anthropology & Education Quarterly
  • Anthropology & Humanism
  • Anthropology News
  • Anthropology of Consciousness
  • Anthropology of Work Review
  • Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association
  • Bulletin of the National Association of Student Anthropologists
  • Central Issues in Anthropology
  • City & Society
  • CSAS Bulletin Central States Anthropological Society
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Culture & Agriculture
  • El Mensajero
  • Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings
  • Ethos
  • General Anthropology Bulletin of the General Anthropology Division
  • Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
  • Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
  • Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe
  • Medical Anthropology Quarterly
  • Museum Anthropology
  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Bulletin
  • North American Dialogue
  • Nutritional Anthropology
  • PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review
  • Teaching Anthropology: Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges Notes
  • Transforming Anthropology
  • Visual Anthropology Review
  • Voices

NAPA Publications (2)

  • Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings
  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Bulletin

Registered individual users and AAA members can take advantage of personalization options, such as saved searches and email alerts, to make AnthroSource a truly interactive research tool. Trial access to AnthroSource is available through April 30, so try it and please send your feedback to the Cheng Library.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Add Streaming Video To Your Courses With FMG On Demand

The Cheng Library has recently purchased 120 films from FMG On Demand, a major vendor of high-quality video designed for use in academic settings. The films are accessible in streaming format and can be presented in their entirety, or in preset or customized segments. Using videos from our collection, faculty can build a set of video segments for use throughout a course. If you are using BlackBoard, FMG On Demand provides an easy three-step process to integrate digital video into your learning environment.

The Cheng Library will be offering two hands-on training sessions in March to help you take advantage of these resources. You'll create your own FMG On Demand account and learn how to create custom playlists which can be incorporated into your courses using Blackboard or a web page. The sessions will be held in the Library Instruction Classroom (Room L-01) on:
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 12:30-1:45 pm
  • Thursday, March 29, 2007, 12:30 - 1:45 pm
If you cannot make one of the following dates, but want to learn more, please contact Tony Joachim (x 3665) to set up an individual consultation.