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(not) Finding Fuente Academica articles in Summon

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For reasons that are difficult to explain in a few sentences, we are aware that links to articles in Summon to a full-text database of Spanish-language resources called Fuente Academica Premier are not working. We have reported the problem, and it is being worked on.

Meanwhile, when you find an article of interest, you can access it by starting from our list of databases at go.middlebury.edu/databases . Find the link to Fuente Academica Premier and, using the citation information obtained from Summon, find the article directly.

We regret the inconvenience.  I will add a post the LIS blog when the problem is corrected.

JSTOR – not just for archives anymore

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You may be familiar with JSTOR as a resource for journal content that is more than a couple of years old. Beginning in January, though, JSTOR will launch its Current Scholarship Program (CSP) which will include current content for journals from a few publishers, primarily university presses.

Middlebury subscribes to about 50 journals, published by the University of California Press and the University of Chicago Press, that will become available through JSTOR’s CSP beginning in January 2011.  If everything goes well, the only thing you will notice is that the links to current content for those titles (accessible through the Journals A-Z list at go/journals ) will say “Current JSTOR”.  If you should encounter problems with access to these titles in the new year, please send me an email.

Search strategy for EBSCOHost databases

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We have been informed that some of our databases will have a new search feature enabled over the next few days. The following databases are included in this update:
ABSEES
America, history and life
ATLA religion
EconLit with Full Text
European views of the Americas
Historical abstracts
Repertoire international de litterature musicale (RILM)
SocIndex

This is the text of the notice we received from the vendor, EBSCOHost:
Please note that over the next few days, we will begin migrating toward a new command line search requirement that all search tags be entered in upper-case ONLY, from the current lower, mixed and upper-case options. Here are the details of this change:
Search Tag Changes
Effective with a software release due this week, EBSCO will treat a short list of command line search tags (when entered in lower or mixed case) as text. Only UPPER CASE instances of these tags will be treated as search tags. The tags that will undergo this change are: AN, AS, AU, BE, DE, DO, DR, GI, IN, IP, IS, LA, RN, SO.
The EBSCOhost search engine will place quotation marks around the tags listed above, whenever they are entered in lower or mixed case. Therefore, a user will see the quotes in search history and saved searches going forward.
For example: if the user enters an american tragedy, they will see “an” american tragedy in their search history.
Please note: While users must only enter these specific tags in UPPER CASE with this software release (so that they will be treated as tags and not text), we highly recommend that all users become accustomed to entering ALL command line search tags in UPPER CASE to accommodate future additions to the short list of affected tags. The current list of tags that will be changed is made up of tags that are not frequently used, to cause the least amount of impact on “super” users who are the most likely to employ command line searching.

Celebrate Constitution Day, September 17th

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You don’t have to be taking a class on constitutional law to reflect about the importance of the US Constitution or debate the issues.   There are library databases, publisher, government, and other websites that feature articles and other content to highlight or debate aspects of our Constitution.  Here are a few:

U.S. National Archives Constitution Day page
Also see their electronic version of the Constitution of the United States

NewsBank (publisher of the library database Archive  of Americana) Special Reports: The U.S. Constitution page

Find addtional library databases on the library subject guides.

JSTOR Journals – 2 new collections added

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JSTOR – Collections V & VI added
Collection V title list. Description: “…important literary reviews and state historical journals. It will also widen the scope of core disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as philosophy, history, classics, religion, art and art history, and language and literature.”

Collection VI title list. Description: “…extends JSTOR’s coverage in disciplines across the social sciences, with clusters focused in economics, education, linguistics, political science, and area studies.”

See other library resources added recently here.

New database: Social Explorer

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The library recently added a subscription to Social Explorer, which provides easy online access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present.  It allows for the easy creation of thematic maps and downloading into other software products such as PowerPoint.  It also provides convenient digital access to two censuses never before available online: 1970 and 1980.