Posted by: Hillary Corbett
Linking to articles and e-book chapters on Blackboard is a great way to help your students save money on classpacks. It’s also a good way to stay in compliance with copyright law!
We’ve created a new guide to help you find and create permalinks to articles and e-books in library databases – links that will persist over time and are best for including in an online reading list. Check it out here!
Posted in: Research Online, Tech Alerts
Posted by: Sandy Dunphy
Elsevier’s ClinicalKey will replace its older MD Consult resource beginning January 1, 2014. You will be able to find links to ClinicalKey from all of the same places you now can find MD Consult (the library’s A to Z index, Books & E-Books, and the Biomedical and Health subject guides).
ClinicalKey brings together greatly expanded content, including hundreds of additional e-books, e-journals, practice guidelines, videos, and images.
ClinicalKey includes the following expanded features:
- single search interface across resources
- 900+ top medical books in medicine and surgery
- 500+ medical journals
- 15,000 medical & surgical videos
- 15,000 patient education handouts
- 2,800 drug monographs from Gold Standard
- 800+ First Consult point-of-care clinical monographs that assist with complex cases
- more than 5 million images
- 4,000 practice guidelines
Take a video guided tour of ClinicalKey now!
Posted in: Health Sciences, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology, Research Online
Posted by: Jen Ferguson
With the latest version of Scholar OneSearch you may notice some minor changes to look and feel, but here’s the big news: thanks to your feedback, we’ve implemented the ability to pass search terms seamlessly to WorldCat. This is a useful feature for broadening your search to include holdings in libraries at other institutions.
Here’s how it works.
In the example below, I’ve entered some search terms into Scholar OneSearch, but I haven’t yet clicked the Search button.
After I run the search, the ‘Search WorldCat’ option appears.
Clicking ‘Search WorldCat’ sends all the terms already in the search box directly to WorldCat. The results look like this:
From this page, I see that Northeastern owns copies of the first two items, but not the third item. I can click on the titles to learn more about these items, and from there I can even place an interlibrary loan request for the book we don’t own.
We know that some of you prefer to locate materials by ISBN or ISSN. Good news — the new WorldCat feature can search these too.
Here I’ve searched Scholar OneSearch for ISBN 9781892384157, with 0 results. (This is not too surprising, as Northeastern doesn’t own a copy of this book).
But once I pass that search to WorldCat, I can find the book — and I have the option to request it via interlibrary loan!
What do you think of the new release of Scholar OneSearch? What features would you like to see in future releases? Let us know!
Posted in: Library News and Events, Research Online
Posted by: Julie Jersyk
“ …Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” So the saying goes. But used carefully, statistics can be powerful allies in backing up an assertion or strengthening an argument. With that in mind, the library’s social sciences team has created a Guide to Social Science Statistics. The guide points the way to facts and figures collected by government, commercial and private entities arranged under topics such as demographics, health, business/economics, education, sports, energy/environment and more. The guide strives to include all major sources of statistical information, but if you don’t find the number you are looking for, ask a librarian.
Posted in: Research Online
Posted by: Hillary Corbett
On Thursday, November 14, 2013, eight years after the Authors Guild sued that Google Book Search violated the rights of authors, Judge Denny Chin finally handed down his decision (PDF) on the lawsuit. The Internet giant’s project to scan millions of books held by academic libraries was found to “[advance] the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders.”
Advocates of fair use are applauding Judge Chin’s decision. Brandon Butler, formerly Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries (and a co-facilitator in the development of the ARL’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries), calls the decision “a powerful affirmation of the value of research libraries.” The Library Copyright Alliance, which last year issued an amicus brief in the case, quoted leaders of library organizations in a press release issued yesterday:
“ALA applauds the decision to dismiss the long running Google Books case. This ruling furthers the purpose of copyright by recognizing that Google’s Book search is a transformative fair use that advances research and learning.” – Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association
“This decision, along with the decision by Judge Baer in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, makes clear that fair use permits mass digitization of books for purposes that advance the arts and sciences, such as search, preservation, and access for the print-disabled.”
– Carol Pitts Diedrichs, president of the Association of Research Libraries
“I echo the comments of my colleagues that this ruling, that strongly supports fair use principles, enables the discovery of a wealth of resources by researchers and scholars. Google Book search also makes searchable literally millions of books by students and others with visual disabilities. This is a tremendous opportunity for all our communities.” – Trevor A. Dawes, president of the Association of College & Research Libraries
Inevitably, the Authors Guild has already announced its plan to appeal the decision. And some critics, while perhaps not siding with the Authors Guild, have questioned Google’s motives in embarking on the project – readers’ privacy is uncertain, for example. Google has also been criticized for providing low-quality or sometimes just incorrect metadata for the books it has scanned. But having access to such an enormous textual corpus, despite its flaws, is a boon for researchers working in the field of natural language processing — Brandon Butler lauds the decision as “a victory…for transformative, non-consumptive search” — as well as for the visually disabled.
Posted in: Information and Society, Research Online, Scholarly Communications