Friday, January 29, 2016

American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection Offers Over 4,600 Titles Online

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a major new electronic resource this semester. The American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection contains over 4,600 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities and social sciences selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. The collection includes titles from over 100 publishers of scholarly and academic books and covers a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines. Among the subjects covered are: archaeology, art, Biblical studies, environmental studies, film and media studies, folklore, hip-hop studies, history, Jewish studies, law, LGBT/Queer studies, linguistics, literature and literary criticism, medicine, musicology, performance studies, philosophy, political science, religion, science/technology, sociology, and women’s studies. A complete title list (in Excel format) is available here.

The collection can be browsed by author, title, and subject. Full-text and bibliographic searching is also supported. The database provides page images for online reading as well as plain text, and 10-page excerpts can also be downloaded in PDF format. Brief videos illustrating How to Search the Humanities E-Book Collection and How to Navigate a Book in the collection are available to get you oriented quickly.

Bibliographic records for all of the books in the collection are available in the Cheng Library catalog and in ChengFind, providing multiple points of access to individual titles, and URLs are available to create links to individual titles in Blackboard for reading and research assignments.

We encourage you to try this collection and to consider incorporating it into your courses as appropriate. Please contact Richard Kearney (email or 973-720-2165) if you have questions or need more information about the American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Start the Semester on the Right Foot with Credo Reference's Academic Core, Now with Over 800 Titles

It's a new year, a new semester, and a new set of learning challenges for students. For those courses requiring research papers and projects, one of the Cheng Library's most useful research starting points is Credo Reference's Academic Core database, a full-text collection of over 800 high-quality reference works, including single- and multi-volume specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, chronologies, handbooks, and atlases.

Sometimes the biggest hurdle in a research project is getting started - deciding on a topic, getting a general orientation to it, coming up with a good research question, and getting tips on where to look next. The best reference works are designed to meet all of these needs. Written by subject specialists who presume little prior knowledge on the part of the reader, the materials in Credo Reference's Academic Core will help students get on the right track at an early stage in their research, providing the essential background and context, clear definitions, important search terms that can be used in other databases to yield high-precision results, and useful bibliographies for pursuing a topic in greater depth. Covering every subject area in the WPUNJ curriculum, it's one of the best first resources to use for research projects on any size.

In addition to the many titles that are included with our subscription, the Cheng Library has purchased the following additional titles thanks to special funding provided by the Office of the Provost:

It's easy to create a link to Credo Reference's Academic Core in Blackboard, or to create links to any individual title in the collection. Please contact Richard Kearney (email or 973-720-2165) or you have questions or need more information about Credo Reference's Academic Core.