Did You Know …. Documents Databases Rock!

June 27, 2008

Did ya know? Do ya care? Of course you should. Yes indeed, the Information Highway can be a bit easier to navigate with government databases just a few keystrokes and clicks away. Federal government information is available not only from agency web sites, but also from a multitude of federally sponsored databases, or search engines. Interested in medicine? Try the National Library of Medicine! Search tools include MedlinePlus, Clinical Trials, DailyMed, and PubMed. Topics covered range from basic consumer information to scholarly scientific and medical research. And oh yes, much is available full text online. BONUS!!!!!!!!!!

If you’re interested in energy topics, try the Department of Energy’s Information Bridge. Scientific and technical information is at your fingertips. From 1991 forward, many full text documents and bibliographic citations of the Department of Energy’s research reports literature awaits your discovery.

For a number of federal databases related to the presidency, legislature, and judiciary, try GPO ACCESS! GPO Access is one stop shopping for the US Code, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, Core Documents of Democracy, Bills, Laws, the Catalog of Government Publications and much, much more.

Some government databases are only available in the library or on campus. Our most recent addition is the Homeland Security Digital Library. Want flood information? Check it out with your friendly Documents Librarian. Want technical reports, try the NTIS. The National Technical Information Service links to bibliographic records and full text (when available) to over 240,000 reports from 1961-2000. Ask for assistance in the Documents Office or at the Information Desk.

For more government search engines check out “Finding Government Information: Federal Databases“.

Happy Surfing! AND Rock On!

Vickie Mix, Documents Librarian


Blackwell Synergy Journals move to Wiley Interscience

June 26, 2008

Briggs Library subscribes to many journals through the publisher Blackwell. Blackwell is joining with another publisher, Wiley and Sons so the Blackwell journals will soon be available through the Wiley Interscience interface. Unfortunately, there will be a period during which these journals are not available electronically. Friday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m., the Blackwell electronic journals will not become available. Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 a.m. the Wiley journals will become unavailable as well. Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. both Wiley and Blackwell journals will be available again through the Wiley Interscience interface. We will be changing our links for Blackwell journals on Friday but these new links are not expected to work until Sunday at about 8:00 p.m. Wiley and Blackwell are looking forward to the integration of their journals and to taking the best of both systems to create one that is better than either. For more information on this move, go to http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/aboutus/wiley-blackwell/transition_end-users.html.

~Elizabeth Fox, Digital Information Services Librarian


Current Contents Alert Service

June 2, 2008

Comment received from an SDSU faculty member on June 2, 2008:

I am a new SDSU faculty member. At my previous institution, we were able to set up our search preferences keywords with a research librarian and weekly or biweekly Current Contents digests in tagged format for import to reference software would be emailed to us. Is this a service that is available here? Would I be able to just transfer my search preferences from my previous university? Who would I need to meet with or speak to in order to get set up? Thanks.

Our Response:

This summer we are moving our Current Contents access from the SilverPlatter platform to the OvidSP platform. Both are owned by Ovid and they plan to discontinue the SilverPlatter platform in the future. We did not want to make this change in platforms during the fall or spring semesters. Therefore we choose to make the switch during the summer. We have asked Ovid technical support to make the switch for us, but it has not been accomplished yet. When the conversion is completed we will notify you.

The OvidSP platform enables researchers to establish their own “OvidSP Auto Alerts” to keep up to date on research topics. We can help you set that up after the switch is complete. – Clark Hallman, Head of Public Services


Summer Library Research Services Available

June 2, 2008

HM Briggs Information Services Librarians are available during the summer months to provide a variety of services to SDSU faculty and students:

Library Instruction (for more information or to book a session call (605)688-5570 or e-mail: laura.wight@sdstate.edu

  • Individual or group tour/orientation to the library. Orientation for online research via the library is also available to support distance students/courses.
  • Course-integrated instruction session designed to meet the library research requirements of a particular course or to assist with a special research assignment.
  • General research concepts session: instruction on general research skills, such as finding magazine/journal articles, citing resources, evaluating information/critical thinking.

Research consultation– Individual research consultation is available for faculty, students and staff. Need a refresher on which databases the library offers in your field and how to effectively and efficiently search? Developing a research proposal and wondering about the scope of library resources available to support your research? Contact a librarian at the Library Information Desk: (605)688-5570, or fill out the online request form at: http://lib.sdstate.edu/forms/InformationReq.html

Librarians are available to consult with teaching faculty in the preparation of course-specific library assignments.

Ask Us! The Library Information Desk is staffed in person and virtually (via chat reference) regularly during the summer sessions. For hours and contact information see: http://lib.sdstate.edu/askus.html

Please also keep these services in mind when planning course curriculum for the Fall semester. We look forward to working with you !