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New Library acquisitions for the Sciences

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Annual Reviews
Access to 37 Annual Reviews volumes within the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. From its inception in 1932 to the current year.

Birds of North America Online
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BNA Online provides life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada along with image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and recordings of songs and calls.

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (2006 – current)
An interdisciplinary journal providing a definitive source of research methods in cell, developmental and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, computational biology, immunology, neuroscience and imaging.

Fertility and Sterility (1997 – current)
Articles in clinical and laboratory research relevant to reproductive endocrinology, urology, andrology, physiology, immunology, genetics, contraception, and menopause.

JSTOR Life Sciences Collection (go/jstor)
Four hundred years (1665-2007) of published journals of science history and research in the sciences including aquatic science, botany, developmental & cell biology, ecology, paleontology, zoology, medicine, nursing, epidemiology, and public health.

SpringerLink (go/springer)
Over 2,000 journals and 53,000 ebooks in the fields of science, technology, and medicine.

 

Visit our New & Trial Resources page to find these and other newly added items. 

More to love in JSTOR

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More Archival Journals

The Middlebury College community has expanded its journal coverage in JSTOR, (“JAY-store” short for journal storage). We have 502 more titles than we had a couple of weeks ago ranging across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Most of JSTOR’s journal content is “archival” (published more than 3-5 years ago and dating back to the early 20th century).

More Current Journals

In order to expand our current journal holdings in addition to our archival holdings, we’ve expanded our access to current journals. (See JSTOR – not just for archives anymore for some background.) We now have access to the most recent issues of 226 journals, largely from university presses and scholarly societies.


JSTOR for Alumni

As well, we are now able to offer Middlebury alumni from the College, Bread Loaf, and Language School programs access to all our JSTOR collections* through Middlebury Online, the alumni community website. Alumni can access JSTOR here.

 

*At this time, only JSTOR’s archival collections are available off-campus to alumni.

 

 

Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness – new on Project MUSE

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Current content from the Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, a publication of the New England Educational Assessment Network, is newly available on Project MUSE. Topics explored in this journal include:

  • How do institutions learn about emerging trends in assessment?
  • What pressing questions do all institutions face when it comes to assessing the quality and effectiveness of student learning?
  •  What are the best practices in promoting institutional effectiveness in the educational enterprise?

As of today, you can find this journal by browsing go/journals, and soon you will be able to find it cataloged in Midcat, and article results when you search Summon. (And no need to alert the Office of Assessment and Planning about this – they’re already aware.)

 

Nature Geoscience {new journal access}

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Nature Geoscience is now available to the Middlebury College community.

Some of the topics covered in the journal include: Atmospheric science, Climate science,  Geoinformatics and remote sensing, Geomorphology, Glaciology, Hydrology and limnology, Mineralogy and mineral physics, Oceanography, Palaeoclimatology, Planetary science, Seismology, Space physics, Tectonics, and Volcanology.

Geoscience is best accessed through the journal’s website, where you can sign up for email alerts and view tables of contents from recent issues.  Its contents are easy to search in GeoRef, the major research database for the geosciences.

Be sure to bookmark the full url for off-campus access:
(http://ezproxy.middlebury.edu/login?url=http://www.nature.com/ngeo/archive/index.html)

Geoscience will also be available through MIDCAT,  the Journals A-Z list, and Summon*.

*At this time, full-text indexing of Geoscience is not available through Summon. 

Philosophical Psychology {A new journal }

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The Middlebury Libraries now have full access to Philosophical Psychology, an international journal devoted to philosophy and the psychological sciences. Our online holdings now include 1997 to the most current issues. From the journal’s website:

Emphasis is placed on articles concerned with cognitive and perceptual processes, models of psychological processing, including neural network and dynamical systems models, and relations between psychological theories and accounts of neural underpinnnings or environmental context. The journal also publishes theoretical articles concerned with the nature and history of psychology, the philosophy of science as applied to psychology, and explorations of the underlying issues — theoretical and ethical — in contemporary educational, clinical, occupational and health psychology.

Philosophical Psychology is fully indexed through 2000 via Summon (go/Summon) and also available through Proquest Psychology (1997-2000). The most recent issues are available directly through Taylor & Francis, the publisher of Philosophical Psychology (1997- current).

Library collections in the new year (online and off)

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We thought we would ring-in the new year with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the work required to bring over 76,000 full-text journals and hundreds of online databases to the Middlebury community. Both the end, and the beginning, of each year are the busiest for those of us maintaining library collections online and off, in print.

Most of our efforts from September into early November go toward making sure our subscriptions, for both print and online journals, continue uninterrupted from one year to the next. Of the nearly 2,000 subscriptions we have, there are always a few that somehow fail to get renewed despite our best efforts. For example, we might discover in March that we have not received any recent issues of Veja, a weekly magazine published in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Occasionally, we can fill the gaps of a lapsed subscription, but not always.

There is usually a mountain of mail awaiting us in the new year: books, newspapers, magazines, and journals from all over the world and bills for these books, newspapers, and magazines from around the world. If we spend the last few days of the previous year ensuring access to our library collections after December 31st, we spend the first few days of the new year digging ourselves out of the mail room, looking for those lost issues from the previous year and for bills to pay.

Especially in the new year, but any other time too, please let us know if you cannot find something online or in print that you know was there before. Our email: eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu. Happy new year!

MUSE to have integrated eBooks and eJournal platform in 2012

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More after the break (including link to preview).  The most essential piece of information is:

MUSE will provide a one-month preview period during January 2012 to allow librarians and scholars to discover the significant breadth and depth of both book and journal content available on Project MUSE.  At the end of the preview period, January 31, 2012, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. At this point, users will have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired.

(Currently Middlebury has no eBooks available in full-text on MUSE.)

Project MUSE’s redesigned platform, incorporating both books and journals in an integrated interface, goes live on January 1, 2012. A preview of the new platform is available on our beta site at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu.

Over 300 free sample books remain accessible on the beta site through the end of 2011.

Two video tutorials for searching and browsing within the new interface are now available. Additional instructional materials will be provided shortly after the platform launch. View and share the new tutorials here:

Search Books and Journals on Project MUSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhldo-sLktk&feature=youtube_gdata

Browse Books and Journals on Project MUSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrR9wM-R2dM&feature=youtube_gdata

The new platform will provide digital access to over 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers, alongside MUSE’s over

500 electronic journals. A search box on every page of the site offers users the option of searching both books and journals, or filtering by content type prior to running the search. At the search results level, users may again filter to just books or just journals.

At launch on January 1, all of the books in MUSE’s new UPCC Book Collections will be visible in search results and when browsing on the platform. Users at libraries which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have full-text access to content from those collections.

MUSE will provide a one-month preview period during January 2012 to allow librarians and scholars to discover the significant breadth and depth of both book and journal content available on Project MUSE.  At the end of the preview period, January 31, 2012, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. At this point, users will have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired.

Further highlights of the new Project MUSE platform include:

- Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by subject area, author, and language of publication

- Enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type

- Powerful new hierarchical subject structure, allowing users to drill down to the most relevant content

- Search box on each page of the site, with predictive search terms

- New access icons to help users clearly identify content to which they have paid access, free sample content, and open access content

- Discovery and research tools at both the book and journal article level, including More by This Author and Related Content links, citation downloading/exporting, and social sharing

- “Search Inside…” feature for both books and journals

- DOIs at title and chapter level for books, article level for journals

The beta site and the current site will continue to operate in parallel until December 31, 2011, with the new platform going live January 1, 2012.

The Project MUSE URL remains http://muse.jhu.edu. Links to scholarly content in MUSE (journal articles and issues) will not be affected by the platform change, but libraries and users which have bookmarked informational pages within the site may need to update these bookmarks after the January 1 transition.

To reiterate, for the one-month preview period of January 2012, searches on the new platform will default to displaying all relevant book and journal results, unless the user selects to filter to only books or only journals at the time of searching. After January 31, 2012, search results will default to only that journal and/or book content to which a user has full-text access.

Questions about the platform transition, UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, or related issues may be directed to Project MUSE Customer Support at muse@press.jhu.edu.