Monday, November 26, 2012

New Pivot Database Helps Identify Grant Funding Sources and Potential Collaborators

Faculty seeking grant funding opportunities and potential collaborators in their areas of research expertise now have a new integrated tool to help with both tasks. The Pivot database, which replaces the former Community of Scholars Funding Opportunities database, provides access to funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion from a wide variety of sources in the U.S. and other countries.

But Pivot is more than a search tool for grants. It also features a database of some three million scholar profiles - including WPUNJ faculty - based on their publications, associated web content, and additional details contributed by individual researchers, matching these to current funding opportunities. This additional content means Pivot users can search for a funding opportunity and instantly view matching faculty from inside or outside their institution; or conversely, Pivot users can search for a scholar and view funding opportunities connected to that individual's area of subject expertise.

Pivot provides all WPUNJ faculty with access to a personal account that can be used to create complete personal profiles, set up automated searches for new grant opportunities keyed to their own discipline, and identify potential collaborators both inside and outside WPUNJ.

Pivot is funded by the WPUNJ Office of Sponsored Programs and is accessible from its web page as well as from the Cheng Library's databases directory. Support for faculty is available through interactive training webinars (live and recorded), a series of training videos available on YouTube, and a six-page Quick Start Guide (in PDF format) that can be downloaded from Pivot's web site. On-campus support is also available from the Office of Sponsored Programs (x 2852, and the David and Lorraine Cheng Library (x 2116,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Now Online: The International Directory of Company Histories

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce that, starting with the just-released Volume 139, we are now providing online access to the International Directory of Company Histories. The Directory offers accurate and detailed information on the development of the world's largest and most influential companies. Each three- to five-page entry is detailed with facts gathered from popular magazines, academic periodicals, books, annual reports and the archives of the companies themselves. Entries provide information on founders, expansions and losses, labor/management actions, NAICS codes, key dates, ticker symbol, principal subsidiaries, divisions, operating units, and competitors, along with relevant statistics, dates and the names of key players.

The Directory, which is hosted on the Gale Virtual Reference Library platform, can be browsed or searched by keyword. As new volumes are published, they will be added to the online platform for expanded coverage.

Please note that Volumes 1 through 138 remain available in paper format in the Cheng Library's Reference Collection (Call Number REF HD2721.I58).

Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr at wpunj dot edu, or 973-720-2165) if you have questions or would like more information about the International Directory of Company Histories online.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Extended Trial Access to Two Major Databases from the American Psychological Association

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce that EBSCO has made possible extended trial access to two major databases from the American Psychological Association. The trials are to run from October 2012 through the end of June 2013.

PsycCRITIQUES is a database of full-text book reviews featuring current scholarly and professional books in psychology. It also publishes reviews from a psychological perspective of popular films and trade books. PsycCRITIQUES includes approximately 40,000 reviews dating back to 1956 and is indexed with controlled vocabulary from the American Psychological Association's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

PsycEXTRA is a bibliographic and full-text companion to the scholarly PsycINFO database. The document types included in PsycEXTRA consist of technical, annual and government reports, conference papers, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, consumer brochures and more. This database complements PsycINFO and the other APA databases with extensive coverage of gray literature relating to psychology and the behavioral sciences; it contains around 200,000 records that are not indexed in any other APA database. Furthermore, content from the Archives of the History of American Psychology collection is expected to increase the number of records substantially. PsycEXTRA is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

If you have questions or would like more information about PsycCRITIQUES or PsycEXTRA, please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr at wpunj dot edu, or 973-720-2165).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Content and A New Look for eHRAF World Cultures

The electronic Human Relations Area Files (eHRAF) database of full-text ethnographic field research, eHRAF World Cultures, is one of the best sources for the comparative study of cultures, and it continues to get better with expanding coverage of human cultures and new content.

The database now includes over 4,000 documents - many of them book-length studies - in full-text, representing almost 500,000 pages and covering 191 different human cultures across the globe. The database supports cross-cultural searching and browsing by a multitude of topics, and because each paragraph is indexed it is easy to zoom in to relevant passages, even in documents that are several hundred pages in length.

eHRAF's support team has developed a number of useful aids to help you learn how to use the database for efficient and effective searching. These include:
  • A series of video tutorials covering all aspects of searching and browsing the collection
  • A 12-page "Quick User's Guide" (in PDF) containing screen shots and illustrated examples
  • A "visual tutorial" (PowerPoint converted to PDF) to provide you with an orientation to the database
  • Free training webinars that can be scheduled with eHRAF staff (but please schedule a training class with Cheng Library staff first!)
The database is also rolling out a new and improved search interface, now available in beta at eHRAF World Cultures Beta. This new search interface will be refined over the next year and will replace the current version of eHRAF World Cultures in the summer of 2013, so try it now and let us know what you think. We will pass along any suggestions or recommendations you have to eHRAF staff.

If you have questions or would like more information about eHRAF World Cultures, please contact Kurt Wagner (Library Liaison to the Anthropology Department) at wagnerk at wpunj dot edu, ext, 2285; or Richard Kearney (Electronic Resources Librarian) at kearneyr at wpunj dot edu, ext. 2165.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Trial Access to 10,000 Palgrave Macmillan Ebooks Through November 9

From now through November 9, students and faculty have access to Palgrave Macmillan's complete ebook monograph collections on the PalgraveConnect platform.

Palgrave Macmillan currently offers some 10,000 scholarly ebooks in several subject areas, with a particular emphasis on fields in the humanities, social sciences, and business. The ebooks are compatible with most e-reader technology and citation software, with both PDF and EPUB formats available for downloading, and all titles are provided with permissive DRM (allowing for full title downloads, saving and printing).

The collection is especially strong in the follow subject areas (title lists in Excel format):
Because this trial runs for only two months, we are not adding bibliographic records to the Cheng Library Catalog, but you can access all of the ebooks by going directly to PlagraveConnect and we will also include a link on our databases directory during the trial.

If you have questions or would like more information about Palgrave Macmillan's ebooks, please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr at wpunj dot edu, or 973-720-2165).

Try the CEIC Database for Macroeconomic Data in Global Markets Through September 21

Trial access to the CEIC Database portal is now available through September 21. The fourteen CEIC databases available during the trial offer extensive developing and developed markets macroeconomic data, with over a million time series covering economies from the U.S. and China to Vietnam, Bulgaria and Chile. CEIC Data has been helping economists and analysts make sense of the world economy since 1992. The online portal supports easy selection and downloading of time series data to Excel, The interface also offers a graphing tool, quick views of data, and essential mathematical functions.

The CEIC portal offers:
  • Country-specific databases focused on five of the top emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Indonesia);
  • A WorldTrend database offering time series data for economists and analysts seeking worldwide benchmark and reference macroeconomic data. This database contains data on a broad range of hot topics concerning the global economy. Data is sourced from leading global data agencies;
  • Highly detailed and organized regional data, including:
    • A city database: 287 prefecture level cities covering benchmark indicators such as domestic output, loans, deposits, investment, government finance, employment, income & expenditures, retail sales, property market and utility, etc.;
    • A Prefecture Level Region database: 53 prefecture level regions covering benchmark indicators such as domestic output, loans, deposits, investments, government finance, employment, income & expenditure, retails sales, property market and utilities, etc.;
    • A county database: 2,000 counties covering benchmark indicators, such as industrial output, loans, deposits, investment, government finance, employment, income & expenditures and retail sales, etc.
  • Standardized and detailed industry data, including:
    • Value-added organization of data with relevancy to ISIC which enables sector analysts to perform sector analysis while easily referencing to international standards;
    • Strong coverage of industry sectors such as machinery, metal, precious metal, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, textile, energy, real estate, auto, insurance, and tourism;
    • Detailed data for industrial products output covering over 400 monthly outputs;
    • Precise manufacturing industry operating data covering over 600 industries, based on China’s Division Standard of Industrial Enterprises Classification;
      Systematically organized Chain Retail and Chain Catering operational data covering different retail formats and breakdowns by 31 provinces and cities;
    • Logically organized real estate developers’ financial data covering 31 provinces and cities.
    • Daily housing transaction data covering 60 cities.
    • Production, process, consumption, imports and exports, and inventory data covering 31 provinces and cities each systematically organized by energy type.
    • Detailed insurance operating data covering 36 provinces and cities.
 If you have questions or would like more information about the CEIC databases, please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr at wpunj dot edu, or 973-720-2165).

Friday, September 7, 2012

Have You Tried Scopus for Science?

The Scopus database provides wide access to peer-reviewed research in the sciences and social sciences, indexing over 18,500 journals, 400 trade publications, 340 book series, and 4.9 million conference proceedings. The database presently contains over 47 million records going as far back as 1823 and as up-to-the-minute as "articles-in-press" from over 3,800 journals. Every subject discipline in the College of Science and Health is extensively represented in Scopus, and the database's broad coverage provides in-depth, cross-disciplinary reach.

But Scopus offers much more than citations. For example:
  • Links in citation records provide direct access to articles from the Library's subscription and open access collections where available.
  • With a free personal account you can create search or citation alerts to be delivered to you via email or RSS feed.
  • You can track citations forward and backward in the database.
  • You can view detailed profiles of authors based on their publications.
  • You can evaluate the impact of individual journals using a set of statistical indices accessible through Scopus.
  • You can export citation records to our RefWorks bibliographic management software to create your own customized bibliographies.
Scopus is a powerful tool for research, teaching, and learning, and we urge you and your students to take advantage of what it offers. To help you get acquainted with Scopus, we are offering the following:

  • Orientation/training workshops for Scopus from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 18 or Wednesday, October 24 in the Cheng Library's Paterson Room (Room 213)

Cheng Library staff are also happy to provide training to your class upon request. If you have questions or would like more information about Scopus, please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr at wpunj dot edu, or 973-720-2165)..

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature Retrospective (1890-1982) Brings the Past into the Future of Research

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce it has acquired the online version of the "Retrospective" edition of the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, covering the years 1890 through 1982, and provided on the EBSCOhost search platform. First published in 1901 by the H.W. Wilson Company, the Readers' Guide served for over a century as the major subject index to popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States, and as such it offers broad access to a wide variety of subjects, with coverage of decades in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries that few other databases offer. Spanning 92 years, the database contains indexing for over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines, and it supports searching by subject, publication, dates, journal, author, or article title, with links to full-text articles where these are available.

The Wilson Company was a pioneer of high-quality subject indexing for periodical literature, and the range of subjects accessible through the Readers' Guide is vast, including aeronautics, African-Americans, aging, astronomy, automobiles, biography, business, Canada, children, computers, consumer education, current events, education, environment, fashion, film, fine arts, food, foreign affairs, health, history, hobbies, home, journalism, leisure activities, medicine, music, news, nutrition, photography, politics, religion, science, sports, and television. Students and faculty conducting research on almost any historical topic from the period covered by the Readers' Guide will find the database a most valuable resource. So we bid goodbye to the stacks of "green books" that have served us well for so many years! Researchers who would still like to view the old printed can see digital scans of the volumes for the years 1904 through 1922 via the Hathi Trust.

Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165) if you have questions about the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature Retrospective database.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Gift That Kept Giving: SGA Gift Funds JSTOR Arts and Sciences IX Journal Collection

Last year's generous gift from the Student Government Association (SGA) supported the refurbishment of Instruction and Research Technology's Preview Room in the Library's Media Services Department, the creation of the new Nexus news center space, and the purchase of three archival journal collection from the popular and highly respected JSTOR service. Following completion of these projects, the Library discovered it still had leftover funds.

With approval from the SGA, the Library has now used these funds to purchase a fourth archival journal collection from JSTOR, the Arts and Sciences IX Collection. Featuring approximately 150 active titles, the Arts and Sciences IX Collection includes journals from over 25 countries, with significant strengths in archaeology, anthropology, business and economics, political science, history, area studies, and demography, along with several other subject areas (a complete title list is available here).

With the addition of Arts and Sciences IX, the Cheng Library is now offering a total of eight JSTOR journal collections which represent over 1,700 titles. We thank the SGA once again for its generosity in supporting student access to important Library resources!

Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165) if you have questions about JSTOR.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Try the Journal of Visualized Experiments - Trial Access through April 15

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format. It was established in 2006 as a new tool in life science publication and communication, with participation of scientists from leading research institutions. JoVE takes advantage of video technology to capture and transmit the multiple facets and intricacies of life science research. The journal is designed to facilitate the understanding and efficient reproduction of both basic and complex experimental techniques, so as to address two of the biggest challenges faced by today's life science research community: (a) the low transparency and poor reproducibility of biological experiments, and (b) the time and labor-intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

JoVE allows researchers to publish experiments in all their dimensions, overcoming the inherent limitations of traditional, static print journals, thereby adding an entirely new parameter to the communication of experimental data and research results. The journal currently offers over 1,500 video demonstrations of biological experiments ("video-protocols"), with approximately 50 new videos added each month. JoVE is organized into six major sections, including:
  • General (techniques and protocols from biological, medical, chemical and physical research)
  • Neuroscience (techniques from a wide variety of fields, focusing on those intended to lend insight into the structure, function, physiology and pathophysiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems)
  • Immunology and Infection (video articles demonstrating seminal and novel techniques in the fields of immunology and infectious diseases)
  • Clinical and Translational Medicine (articles in this section typically document medical procedures, case reports, clinical trials and translational medicine with direct bedside application)
  • Bioengineering (techniques in which the principles of engineering, mathematics and physics are applied to problems associated with the life sciences)
  • Basic Protocols (a section compiled from the other JoVE sections that contains basic laboratory protocols)
Trial access to JoVE is available through April 15. Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165) if you have any questions about the Journal of Visualized Experiments during the trial.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Free Access to All Palgrave Macmillan Journals Available in March

Publisher Palgrave Macmillan is offering free online access to all 76 of their journal titles during the month of March. The journals cover several subject areas, including business and management, economics, education, finance, information systems and technology, marketing, statistics, political science and international studies, social and cultural studies, urban design, real estate and construction.

During March, links to articles in all 76 journals will be accessible through the Library's research databases, or just go directly to Palgrave Macmillan's journals home page to browse through all of the titles.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Trial Access to the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection (1691-1877) Through April 15

Through April 15 the Cheng Library is offering trial access to the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection (1691-1877) on the EBSCOhost platform. This rich collection consists of over 7,600 full-text periodicals comprised of over seven million pages and covering all aspects of American history and culture from the late 17th century colonial period through the end of the Reconstruction era. The American Antiquarian Society is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and for two centuries it has amassed a substantial collection of over three million books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, graphic arts materials and manuscripts. With a subject focus on pre-twentieth century American history and culture, the Society is one of the most important research institutions in the country. This digitized collection, in five Series, offers many extremely rare materials and represents a treasure trove of primary sources for historical research.

Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165) if you have any questions about the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection (1691-1877) during the trial.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education is Now Available Online

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce that campus-wide "click-through" access to the online edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education is now available. The Chronicle of Higher Education is a major news publication covering the college and university sector. The online edition of the Chronicle is published every weekday and features news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's web site features the complete contents of the latest print format issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; an archive of previously published content back to 1989; discussion forums; and career-building tools. Free personal accounts are available to members of the WPUNJ community in addition to the campus-wide subscription access.

Online access to the Chronicle of Higher Education has been provided by the President’s Office to promote easy access to important, national news and feature articles about the higher education community. Moreover, by reducing paper usage online access also supports the University’s ongoing green initiatives.

Access to the online edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education is available both on and off campus through the Cheng Library's web site. Links can be found in our periodicals directory and on our databases directory; after selecting one of these just log in with your WPUNJ Username and Password. Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165) if you have questions about the Chronicle of Higher Education online.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Try IBISWorld Industry and Risk Analysis – Trial Access Now Through March 2

The IBISWorld database provides industry data and analysis on niche and emerging industries. Using primarily NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) as a basis for identifying industry sectors, IBISWorld offers a collection of industry reports in the areas of agriculture, mining, utilities, construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trades, transportation, information, finance and insurance, real estate, business support services, education, health, accommodations and food. Each report includes a definition and discussion of the industry, its performance and outlook, products and competitive landscape. Since 1971 IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. Today, IBISWorld employs a team of dedicated expert analysts who research economic, demographic and government data.  IBIS World Reports provide insight into America’s 700+ industries plus a number of reports on global industries.

In addition to the industry reports, the database includes a series of business environment reports covering topics such as consumer behavior, demographics, domestic commodity prices, and a variety of indicators covering the domestic and international economy and the financial markets.  Another report area focuses on global industries with an analysis of selected industries such as global mining, global manufacturing among others. The global reports section also includes detailed reports on industries in the US, China, Australia and the UK.

Please contact Kathy Malanga (Library Liaison to the College of Business, x 3189) or Richard Kearney (Electronic Resources Librarian, x 2165) if you have questions about IBISWorld.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Over 72,000 E-Books Now Available through Ebrary's Academic Complete

Ebrary's Academic Complete, a collection of over 72,000 electronic books from major publishers suitable for university libraries, is now being provided through the Cheng Library. Over 290 publishers - including Oxford University Press, Taylor and Francis, Brill Academic Publishers, John Wiley and Sons, Cambridge University Press, and Ashgate Publishing - are represented in the collection, and there is something for every field of study on campus. Approximately 75 percent of the e-books in the collection were published within the last ten years, making Academic Complete an excellent source of recent scholarship.

The Ebrary platform offers a variety of features for using ebooks, including:
  •     Support for mobiles devices: iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Sony Reader
  •     The ability to create notes and highlight text within any ebook you use
  •     Personal bookshelves that automatically store links to highlights, notes, and more, providing an archive of research
  •     Multiple options for searching and navigating
  •     Automatic citations when text is printed or copied and pasted into Word or any text applications
  •     the ability to transform text into a hyperlink to a URL of your choice
  •     Text-to-speech and other keyboard shortcuts to assist end-users with special accessibility needs
A brief online training video provides a quick orientation to the Ebrary platform, and a two-page paper Quick Start Guide (in PDF format) is also available online.

With the acquisition of Academic Complete, the Cheng Library now offers a total of over 76,000 electronic books, representing more than 20 percent of the Library's entire book collection. All of our e-books are accessible through the Library Catalog and can be used off-campus at any time of day or night. E-books in the catalog can be identified by the following signs:
  • They all include "[electronic resource]" as part of the displayed title in search results
  • Their "Location" in the Library is always listed as "Internet Resource"
  • The catalog record for every e-book includes a "Linked Resources" hyperlink prominently displayed near the top of the catalog record - just click on it to go to the book
This semester the Cheng Library will be offering three training workshops to help you get the most out of e-books. The workshop, titled "E-Books for Everyone: Using E-Books for Coursework, Research, and Teaching" will be offered on
  • Thursday, February 9, 3:30-4:30 pm, Cheng Library Paterson Room (Room 213)
  • Wednesday, March 14, 3:30-4:30 pm, Valley Road Building (Room TBA)
  • Thursday, April 12, 3:30-4:30 pm, Cheng Library Amy Job Classroom (Room 114a)
Cheng Library staff are also available to offer e-book training by appointment for classes or to individuals at the Reference Desk. We urge everyone to give e-books a try this semester and let us know what you think. Please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165) if you have any questions or comments about our e-books.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

JSTOR Gets Bigger and Better - Thanks to WPUNJ Students!

This semester the Cheng Library has acquired three new journal collections for our JSTOR electronic archive: the Arts and Sciences Collection V, VI, and VIII. Along with the four collections already offered, we are now providing archival access to a total of over 1,500 titles, with over 890 titles - some 60 percent of the full collection - supplemented each year with new content. The three new collections increase the number of journals available through JSTOR by over 40 percent.

Our JSTOR electronic archive offers the complete backfiles of major journals in over 40 disciplines, with particular strengths in language and literature, art and art history, history, business, American studies and area studies, political science, philosophy, education, music, anthropology, mathematics and statistics, archaeology, and religion. In most cases a journal's archive extends back to the first published issue, making JSTOR a treasure trove of both high-quality contemporary scholarship and intellectual history (see, for example, one of the oldest items in JSTOR, the first issue of the "Transactions of the American Philosophical Society" published in 1769). In addition to the titles in our seven purchased collections, all other full-text journal articles in JSTOR published prior to 1923 are now accessible as well through the database.

Our acquisition of the JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collection V, VI, and VIII was funded through a generous gift from the Student Government Association (SGA). Thanks to the student's elected representatives, all WPUNJ students, faculty and staff will benefit from the rich resources provided by these collections. The Cheng Library is most grateful to the SGA for this contribution.