The newest version of NVivo is now available for patron use in the library in two locations: the Data Services Room (Newman 2030) and in the ECS Lab (3320 Torgersen, on the library side of the Torgersen Bridge). NVivo allows researchers to organize and analyze their qualitative data in one digital location.
Several new enhancements were added to the Company Dossiers from LexisNexis this month.
Our primary search tool for theses and dissertations has changed from Dissertation Abstracts to Dissertations & Theses Global from ProQuest . This new database brings many enhancements, including full-text access to many documents. Funding has been provided through a partnership of colleges and universities across Virginia working together with the Virtual Library of Virginia.
Several psychology databases, including PsycInfo, PsycArticles, and now PsycBooks, are moving from the EBSCOhost platform to the PsycNET from APA platform. While the search interface will change, the underlying data in the database will be the same. However, if you had created a profile on the EBSCOhost platform and saved list(s) of citations using the My Folder feature available there, these lists will no longer be accessible after August 20, 2010. (Lists from other EBSCOhost databases will continue to work as before.)
The library has acquired a ScanPro 2000 microforms scanner that works with many formats, including 16mm and 35mm roll film, microfiche, ultrafiche, and microcards (aka micro-opaques).
Login to My Library Account from any Addison screen or library website page. Once logged in, you'll have access to your account information, including checked out items; status of requests; and lists of fines, My Lists, Reading History, and Saved Searches. Searching the catalog while logged in will also save steps when requesting, adding to My Lists, and filling out circulation-related forms.
Reading History is a service that records the title, author, and checkout date of materials you have checked out of the University Libraries collections. This is a frequently requested feature and is now available in the updated version of Addison. You must Opt In to the service before any items will be listed; only items checked out AFTER opting in will appear in the list.
Addison Mobile has been available since mid-spring 2010, but it's worth mentioning again as we highlight new and upgraded features in Addison.
If you search Addison while logged in to My Library Account, you will see links to service-related forms in the External Links box on individual item record screens. The External Links box typically shows information related to the item being viewed: the book jacket image (which is linked to additional information including table of contents, author information, book reviews, and summaries or first chapters), links to relevant Subject Guides, and a link to commonly used citation styles. Searching while logged in allows additional links to appear, particularly to forms you would otherwise have to fill in manually.
The upgraded Addison now offers more options for sharing records: on social networking sites, personal portal websites, and via email without requiring an additional program. Using the Add This button near the bottom of the record, you can share the link to the record on hundreds of possible sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Delicious. You can also email the link (and the title of the item) directly from that screen by entering the email address and a note.
A new feature in Addison is My Lists, which allows for creating lists of records and saving them to your account. We have long had the ability to mark records to a temporary list that could be printed, emailed, saved, or exported to EndNote. However, that list would disappear after 20 minutes of inactivity. My Lists are connected to My Library Account, requiring you to log in to that account and choose (or create) a list to add records to. Once created, My Lists remain until you delete them manually or when your account is deleted (after you have left the university or several years of no use). This new feature is similar to the ability to create lists of citations in many of our databases that allow creation of personal profiles.
Beginning Monday, July 26, 2010, books and other materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan can be picked up from and returned to the Newman Library Circulation Desk.
Two literature databases from Gale are now available: Literature Criticism Online and Something About The Author.
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective offers the ability to search a wide range of important journals in the humanities and social sciences as far back as 1907. Coverage also includes content from H.W. Wilson's International Index.
The checkout period for bound journals in Newman Library has been extended from three days to seven days. (Bound journals from the Storage Facility still checkout for 21 days; bound journals from the branches may have different checkout periods.)
Westlaw is an online legal research service available to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. To request a Westlaw password, please contact the law librarian, Dave Beagle (540-231-9231). Because there are a limited number of passwords available, in certain cases sharing may be necessary. This is most common in classroom situations where the number of students exceeds the allotment of passwords in the Library’s account.
General Social Surveys, 1972-2008 is now available from ICPSR. The General Social Surveys (GSS) were designed as part of a data diffusion project in 1972. The GSS replicated questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. You must create a MyData account at ICPSR before downloading the data.
A new interface for IEEE Xplore Digital Library debuts today. Designed for improved navigation and functionality, the new interface enhances the search and browse tools in a clean, simple and more efficient design. A prominent browse tab and search box on every page provides quick access to valuable research.
Faculty and GTAs with Proxy privileges can now submit library owned items for course reserves directly from Addison. Simply log in to My Library Account, then perform a search in Addison for the book, video, or other item you need to place on reserve. When you are logged in and view the item's record, you will see Add to Course Reserve (Faculty and GTAs only) link in the External Links box to the right of the screen. This link will bring up a reserve request form and will pull information from Addison to fill out the Item Information section of the form for you. You will no longer need to copy and paste between screens to enter this information.
The Journal Title Database (formerly called the Ejournals Database) now offers the best means of locating journals (including magazines and newspapers). For many years, we have recommended starting your search in Addison, since you could view both online subscriptions and physical copies. Now these physical copies (both print volumes and microform formats) have been loaded into the Journal Title Database.