News and Highlights From EBSCO Publishing

News and Highlights From EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO lists recent changes and additions that have occurred in recent months as well as some changes soon to occur. Categories in the listing are: content, databases and software.

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Content:

EBSCO Publishing continues to license important publications to include in full text in various EBSCOhost databases. Further still, we continue to expand PDF backfile coverage for key titles in these databases. The following are some examples that we hope you will find valuable:

New Yorker – EBSCO has recently licensed full text for this popular periodical. Customers of Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, MasterFILE Elite, MasterFILE Select or MAS Ultra will soon have access to full text of this publication dating from January 2004 forward.

Vanity Fair – Much the same as the New Yorker (above), customers of Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Elite, MasterFILE Premier, MasterFILE Select or MAS Ultra will soon have access to full text of this publication.

WWD: Women’s Wear Daily – We are excited to answer the many requests to provide full text for this publication. WWD: Women’s Wear Daily is now available in full text on Business Source Premier and Business Source: Corporate.

Gartner G2 Market Research Reports – EBSCO has licensed more than 450 Gartner G2 Market Research Reports which are now loaded into Business Source Premier. As of today, more than 250 are currently available in the database, with others entering the products as we receive data from the publisher.

SWOT Analyses – EBSCO has received many requests for additional SWOT Analyses. In response, we have added hundreds more of these important reports to Business Source Premier and Business Source: Corporate. As of today there are over 2,000 available, with several dozen to be added in the coming months.

The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Times – As of the end of April, these newspapers will be available in full text in Newspaper Source. This database already includes full-text of The USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Times (London), and selected full-text coverage of hundreds of newspapers, newswires and transcripts from around the world.

Let’s Take a Look at Our States – Designed for younger users, these are now available in Primary Search and Middle Search Plus. This series contains information on each state’s economy, geography, natural resources, wildlife, symbols and landmarks, in addition to brief historical timelines for each state. Maps of every state and images of each state’s flag are also included.

Psychology PDF Backfiles in Academic Search Premier — We are in the process of creating expanded PDF backfiles for numerous psychology journals in Academic Search Premier. For example, we have begun digitizing the Journal of Clinical Psychology back to 1945. Academic Search Premier is the #1 source of linked full-text for PsycINFO. Soon, many of the top journals in psychology will have PDF archives available back to their first published issue via Academic Search Premier. Recently, EBSCO completed and loaded the PDF backfiles for Annual Review of Psychology (back to 1950), European Journal of Social Psychology (back to 1971), Journal of Analytical Psychology (back to 1955), Journal of Personality (back to 1945), Psychological Science (back to 1990), etc. In addition to complete backfiles available to the first published issue, EBSCO has created PDF backfiles to 1975 for other major psychology journals, including but not limited to British Journal of Psychology, International Journal of Psychology, Journal of General Psychology, Journal of Genetic Psychology, Journal of Personality Assessment, Journal of Psychology, Journal of Social Psychology, Multivariate Behavioral Research, and Teaching of Psychology.

Audio/Video Content – Nearly 100 hours of historical film clips have been added to History Reference Center. This content is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh versions of Windows Media Player. Two download options are provided (High-Speed and Dialup) in order to best meet the bandwidth requirements of all users. Using EBSCOadmin, each subscribing library has the option to make this content available or to suppress its availability, depending on policy for audio and video access within the library.

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Databases:

EBSCO has released several new databases in the recent past, and continues to work to provide additional database resources (with several “coming soon”). Much of our motivation to provide additional databases is a result of customer and advisory board feedback and suggestions for a database to fill an obvious research need. The following databases were recently released:

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index – The product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Library Association, this database covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle. CPLI includes indexed citations to articles published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.

Communication & Mass Media Complete – According to Cheryl LaGuardia in the February 15, 2005 issue of Library Journal, “This is one of the best interdisciplinary databases with which I have worked…Academic, large public, and school libraries serving serious researchers in the humanities and social sciences should acquire this file-and market it liberally.”

Index to Jewish Periodicals – The online version to the long time print and CD resource of the same name, Index to Jewish Periodicals is now available via EBSCOhost. It is the definitive index on Jewish history, activity and thought, including coverage from more than 160 journals devoted to Jewish affairs.

LIBROS EN VENTA en América Latina y España – Produced by NISC, this has been the reference source of record and acquisition tool of choice for Spanish-language books currently in-print since 1964. It covers in-print titles from more than 26,000 Latin American and Spanish Publishers, including titles from 20 Spanish-speaking countries, and 18 non-Spanish-speaking countries. LEV contains complete publisher contact information for more than 800,000 books of all types. The competing database for LEV offers coverage of approximately 280,000 Spanish books in-print.

Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine – Available via a unique interface and designed for the professional user, this database provides the tools necessary for healthcare providers to manage, in an authoritative and evidence-based manner, the challenges presented by widespread patient use of herbs and supplements.

PsycEXTRA – Produced by the American Psychological Association and made available via EBSCOhost, this database is the perfect complement to PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES as no overlap exists between the databases. PsycEXTRA is a full text database of “grey” literature covering areas of psychology and related disciplines. (Customers currently subscribing to PsycINFO or PsycARTICLES via EBSCOhost are encouraged to ask about the special incentives available for PsycEXTRA.)

GLBT Life with Full Text – This full text version of the award-winning GLBT Life database is produced in cooperation with the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives and the Herstory Archives. It contains a dedicated thesaurus of more than 6,300 GLBT-specific terms, and more than 50 unique full text titles.

Scientific American Archive Online – Now available via EBSCOhost, this is a comprehensive, searchable science and technology resource containing the full text and graphics of every Scientific American issue from 1993 to the present.

Online Reader Self-Paced – This database allows librarians, students and teachers to search for reading materials (with Lexiles), take tests and check answers on their own. Multiple choice tests and answers accompany each of the more than 2,000 articles for targeted reading comprehension practice.

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Software:

EBSCO has teams of developers and a software advisory council in place in an effort to continue to enhance the features and functionality of EBSCOhost and other existing interfaces, as well as to develop new interfaces to further heighten the research experience for end-users. The following are some examples of items that have already been incorporated, and some to look forward to in the coming months:

Searchable Cited References – Now available as part of selected EBSCOhost databases, including CINAHL, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Business Source Premier, Academic Search Premier, etc., Searchable Cited References provide a powerful means for extending research by allowing users to locate additional information related to an article of interest. This functionality lets users link directly from a particular article to other articles cited in the bibliography of the original article. It also allows users to link directly from a particular article to other articles in a given database that cite the original article. The basic principal associated with this type of linking considers that if a particular article is of interest to a researcher, then the articles cited by that same article, or that cite the article, are often of value as well.

Seamless Links to Full Text – A breakthrough in linking technology soon to be released by EBSCO will further enhance the power of EBSCO SmartLinks. SmartLinks currently enable users of EBSCOhost citation-only databases (e.g. PsycINFO) to link from search results to the corresponding full text records in other EBSCOhost databases or e-journals to which the library subscribes. When the new technology is released, rather than linking from a result to the appropriate full text when available, the PDF will show up as part of the result list – with no need for an extra step to locate the full text. This will make databases such as PsycINFO, Inspec, EconLit, etc. appear as true full text databases!

Student Research Center – As an alternative to the existing EBSCOhost interface, Student Research Center will provide students with easy, yet powerful access to the same high-quality secondary school databases that they have come to depend upon, such as MAS Ultra and Middle Search Plus. Just as EBSCO’s optional Searchasaurus interface offers elementary school students an age-appropriate research environment that was designed according to their needs and search abilities, Student Research Center will provide students in secondary schools with the most appropriate research tools for easily obtaining the information that they need from their EBSCO databases. Through Student Research Center, users can easily pre-determine which content sources (e.g., Magazines, Newspapers, Biographies, Country Reports, Film & Video) will be included with their search. They can also search their databases by topic heading, make use of an online dictionary and encyclopedia, explore the top searches of the day, and even limit their search according to appropriate Lexile reading levels. All applicable customers will have the option of using the new Student Research Center in addition to their existing EBSCOhost access or in place of it, depending on their particular needs.

Dedicated interface for Business Source Premier & Business Source Corporate – EBSCO Publishing will be making available a new business-specific interface for use with appropriate Business Source databases. This optional new interface will provide business researchers with the highly-refined tools that they need in order to conduct sophisticated searches for the business content that they require. Through the use of the new business-specific interface, the full text business content of Business Source Premier and Business Source Corporate can be located and retrieved more quickly and with greater precision than ever before. An array of sophisticated features will be available with the new business-specific interface that enables users to exert a high level of control over the development of their search strategies. For example, since the content of the Business Source databases is comprised of a wide variety of sources including Academic Journals, SWOT Analyses, Trade Publications, Industry Profiles, Company Profiles, Market Research Reports, and Product Reviews, the new interface will allow users to easily refine their searches to extract only the content from their preferred source-types. The new business-specific interface will also feature easy access to search options for Company, Industry, Author, Subject, and Publication lists all from the Basic Search Screen. In addition, users will be able to enjoy direct access to specialized search screens for browsing Company Profiles, Industry Profiles, Country Reports, and Market Research Reports. The new interface will soon be made available to applicable Business Source customers at no additional charge above and beyond their current subscription costs. In addition, the Business Source line of databases will continue to be available through the EBSCOhost interface in order to provide users with the greatest range of search options available. Subscribing libraries and universities will have the option of searching appropriate Business Source databases via both EBSCOhost and the new business-specific interface.

To activate new interfaces where appropriate, or to learn more about how to utilize some of the EBSCOhost features outlined in this email, contact EBSCO’s customer support online at: http://case.support.epnet.com.

For other informational requests, please contact us at: information@epnet.com.

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