Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Now Available: Over 290 Journals from Cambridge University Press!

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of Cambridge Journals Online, a collection of over 290 high-quality journals published by Cambridge University Press. The collection is especially strong in the following subject areas:

  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Law
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Area Studies
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Music
  • Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Atmospheric Science
  • Economics
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Studies

In addition to these subject areas, there are other subjects covered by a smaller number of journals.

For most titles, there is an online backfile extending to 1999, and links to articles in the collection are available through all of the Library's research databases that index Cambridge journals. Through the Cambridge Journals Online web site, accessible from the Library's databases directory, students and faculty can create free individual accounts to take advantage of personalized features, including table of contents alerts (through email or RSS feed), saved searches, and a list of your favorite journals. Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165 or if you have any questions about Cambridge Journals Online.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Try the Oxford English Dictionary Online (Extended Trial Access through June 30, 2011)

The Oxford English Dictionary, published by the Oxford University Press, is a comprehensive dictionary of the English Language that stresses the historical origins of words. The online edition provides quick and easy access to approximately 600,000 words from 1150 C.E. to the present day, with details of their meaning, history, and pronunciation, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through three million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature to film scripts and cookery books. Hundreds of new entries are added every year, with the aim of producing a completely updated third edition. Draft material from the revision program is published online, alongside unrevised entries from the 2nd Edition (1989) and its Additions Series (1993,1997). Quarterly updates revise existing entries and add new words.

As the Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which only present-day senses are covered, and in which the most common meanings or senses are described first. For each word in the dictionary, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry. In a complex entry with many strands, the development over time can be seen in a structure with several 'branches'.

A wonderful resource for English language studies, the Oxford English Dictionary is a living document that has been growing and changing for 140 years. It not only provides an important record of the evolution of the language, but also documents the continuing development of society. All students and faculty are invited to explore the treasures of the Dictionary during this extended trial period. Please contact Richard Kearney ( x2165 / ) if you have any questions about the Oxford English Dictionary online.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Using ARTstor for Teaching: A Faculty Training Session on Thursday, February 10

The ARTstor digital library, available through the Cheng Library, is a large and ever-growing database that currently contains over one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for teaching and research. Today the database features over 150 collections with contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates [see this complete list of collection contributors].

Whether you teach in a classroom or online (or both!), ARTstor is an exceptional resource for teaching and student learning in a wide variety of subject disciplines. To provide faculty with an overview of ARTstor's contents and features, along with some practical training in using the database for teaching, the Art Department and the Cheng Library are bringing a trainer from ARTstor to campus on Thursday, February 10 during Common Hour (12:30 - 1:45 pm) for a training session in Ben Shahn Hall, Room B20. We invite you to participate in this session and learn more about the many ways you can use ARTstor for teaching.

The following list of guides to ARTstor highlight collections of special interest for particular subject areas. The guides are all downloadable in PDF format. If your teaching includes any of these subjects, the training session will be of interest to you:
We hope your schedule will permit you to join us in Ben Shahn Hall (Room B20) on Thursday, February 10, at 12:30 pm. Please RSVP to Richard Kearney ( x 2165 / ) if you can join us. Library staff are also available to answer questions and provide support with ARTstor throughout the year.