Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text Currently on Trial

June 28, 2007

Briggs has secured trial access to the Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text database available through EBSCOHOST through August 19, 2007.   The Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is the definitive online tool for film and Television research.  It is a comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film.  Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.  The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 270 publications (and selected coverage of more than 300), as well as full-text for 70 journals and nearly 50 books. 

To use this database you can click the “Featured and Trial Database” link on the Briggs homepage on your next visit.  Or, you may directly link to the page here:  “Featured and Trial Databases.”

~Danielle Becker, Reference/Digital Services Librarian

Lexis Nexis Launches New Site Design

June 18, 2007

Lexis Nexis is set to migrate to its newly redesigned version beginning July 1, 2007.  Until then, they have provided a beta version of their new design.  This is available linked off of the home page of the library’s website: 

 Site features and highlights include:  search across broad content such as all news or all federal and state cases, powerful source selection using language, geographic, topic, and other facets, ability to create ad hoc combined sources, support for federated searching, sophisticated results clustering feature and much, much more.

 Test search it for yourself today!

~Danielle Becker, Reference, Digital Services Librarian

Explore Scitation Today

June 14, 2007

Scitation is produced by the American Institute of Physics and it indexes articles from journals, magazines, conference proceedings, technical publications, standards and other publications from scientific societies and technical publishers.  Abstracts, references, and citations are available for all references and PDF or html full-text for many articles from journals to which SDSU subscribes.  References are linked from the abstracts and articles referencing the displayed article can also be searched.  Scitation regularly resubmits reference information to add links that may have become viable after the article was originally published.

Scitation includes links to many rich sources of information, including ISI’s Web of Science, MEDLINE, Chemport/Chemical Abstracts Service, SPIN database, INSPEC, EDP Sciences, X-ArkiV, SLAC-SPIRES, and other Scitation journals with almost 600,000 articles, among others. To view Scitation and other featured and trial databases visit the Featured and Trial Databases page on the library’s website. 

~Danielle Becker, Reference/Digital Services Librarian

Handy New Fiction Book Lists

June 13, 2007

Take a moment to view a selected list of fiction books in Briggs Library at:  The list is alphabetical by the author’s last name, and clicking on the titles will take you to the library’s catalogs records, clicking on the titles or call numbers in the list will take you to the library catalog records for more information about the books.  Many of the catalog records contain a color image of the book cover and clicking on this image may provide information such as a summary, author notes, or book review(s). You can also access this list by visiting the Acquisitions Web Page:    

~Danielle Becker, Reference/Digital Services Librarian

Briggs staff member (Ellen Berg) honored as Employee of the Month

June 8, 2007

Briggs staff member honored as Employee of the Month
Reception June 15 
Processing nearly 125,000 requests from the South Dakota State Library in a manner described as “always very cordial and (with) a pleasant, cheerful disposition when we call,” may be part of the reason Ellen Berg, Interlibrary Loan-Lending Technician at the Briggs Library, has been named the South Dakota State University Career Service Employee of the Month for June. Such effort seems standard operating procedure for the dozen years she has worked at the library. Processing requests for materials from other libraries brings numerous letters of appreciation from librarians in other libraries across the state and even around the world.  Berg has served customers in academic, public and special libraries on every continent but Antarctica and has received thank you notes from many of them expressing their appreciation. “Her relationship with those staff members is vital to making our interlibrary loan system work,” said Mary Kraljic, Briggs Library access services librarian and her supervisor.  “To accomplish her job, Ms. Berg must be proficient at using many specialized computer applications and components, and she must train her student staff to be proficient in the use of them as well,” said Clark Hallman, the interim dean of libraries at SDSU. Such work led her students and staff to supply over 9,000 items to other libraries during 2006 and 1400 items sent to distance learners. Building strong relationships with student workers not only serves Briggs Library customers, it also brings words of support from students who called her “energetic, fun and personable” as she “gladly answered questions I may have asked a million times before.”  Berg came to Brookings from Jamestown, N.D. where she graduated from high school, but didn’t start college until she turned 40 and then graduated from Valley City State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in education and library science. She and her husband Don, a geography and history professor at SDSU, have three children and six grandchildren. She belongs to St. Thomas More Catholic church and holds memberships in Kappa Delta Pi, education honorary, and Gamma Theta Upsilon, international geographical honor society. A reception honoring Berg as Employee of the Month and on her retirement will be held in the Briggs Library Friday, June 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 with a presentation made at 3:30.  
-Jeanne Jones Manzer, University Relations-

June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

June 5, 2007

On June 2nd, 2000, President William Jefferson Clinton proclaimed June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.  The President asserted, “Recognizing the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done, we observe Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of gays and lesbians.”  In honor of this occassion the library has created a research guide for anyone who wishes  to learn more about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people, history and the issues these groups face.  To access the guide, simply click here Gay and Lesbian Pride Month or you may also click on the link featured prominently on the home page.

~Danielle Becker, Reference/Digital Services Librarian