Volume 3, Fall 2006

   Collection Notes



People who know libraries know of the huge costs for the services that we offer you, particularly in the sciences.  Administrators at SMU and other major universities have to scramble to fund products whose increasing costs far exceed normal inflationary costs.  Each year the increased amount we pay just for ongoing periodicals and databases approaches $200,000, and our total yearly cost for these products is over $2,000,000.

The rising costs are the bad news.  The good news is that we can provide an astounding amount of material for our money compared to, say, even five or six years ago.  Google Scholar, which we  cover below, is of course free.  The TexShare databases are underwritten by the State of Texas, so that we receive far more than we pay for.

We also are enjoying an immense increase in access to periodical articles from our “big deals.”  A big deal, for a slight surcharge above what the library has been paying, typically offers electronic access to all or most of a publisher’s periodicals.  From Wiley, one of our oldest big deals, we receive access to over 530 titles for the price of 45.  From Springer, in a newly expanded deal, we receive over 1500 titles for the price of 80.  In our newest deal, we will receive over 750 titles from Blackwell for the price of 150. 

Although prices are ascending rapidly, our rising expenditures support major gains in our access to knowledge and research. 



 Google Scholar at SMU


In late 2004, Google introduced Google Scholar.  Google Scholar uses the popular Google interface to search for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research.

SMU and Central University Libraries are participating in Google Scholar’s Library Links service.  The Libraries have provided Google details about our online subscriptions so that SMU-affiliated users can click through to access our resources from their Google Scholar search results.  No action is necessary to enable this searching from on-campus.  When searching from off-campus, users should add “Southern Methodist University” to their Google Scholar Preferences to enable this linking.  Look for buttons for “Full Text at SMU” and “Check at SMU” when searching in Google Scholar.

Google has not disclosed details about what is included in the searched content, but Google Scholar is known to search resources from a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, and the open web.

Google Scholar’s coverage is more thorough in science than in other subject areas.  Content providers that are partially indexed include:  ACM, Blackwell, EBSCO, IEEE, Institute of Physics, Nature, Springer, and Wiley.  Search results include a variety of links to source material ranging from brief bibliographic information to full text freely available online,  and from links to library-subscribed full text to fee-based document delivery services.  Google Scholar’s ability to provide links for access from SMU Libraries depends not only on our subscriptions but on the level of information available about a particular resource.

Google describes development to be in “beta,” so future enhancements or improvements may be expected.  Google Scholar™ is a trademark of Google, Inc.



As a participant in the Texas State Library’s TexShare database program, the Central University Libraries are offering a new slate of databases for fiscal year 2006-2007 (July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007).  The new core features more than 50 unique resources from EBSCO, Thomson Gale, and ProQuest, plus continuing access to OCLC WorldCat and NetLibrary eBooks. 

One of the most important additions to the TexShare database offerings is Business Source Complete.  This comprehensive business database replaces Business Source Premier and provides over 400 more full-text journals than Business Source Premier.  In addition to the more than 9200 full-text online journals in the database with coverage beginning as far back as 1886, the database contains detailed author profiles for the 20,000 most-cited authors in the database.  The database excels in its coverage of journals from the fields of marketing, management, management of information systems, accounting, finance, and economics.  Additional full-text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analyses and more.

Another significant addition this year is the ERIC, Educational Resource Information Center, database on the  EBSCOhost platform.  ERIC contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.  Although the U.S. Department of Education provides a free version of the ERIC database, having the EBSCOhost version means that we are able to provide links to full-text articles online when available as well as links to the library catalog, and Interlibrary Loan request forms.

TexShare, a statewide consortium of academic, public and medical libraries, is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.



CAS (Chemical Abstracts Society) recently announced the release of SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Macintosh OS X.  Download SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Mac OS X  to begin using new, powerful features including: 

—Structure similarity searching 

—New structure and reaction query tools:

Variable Attachment Position tool

Repeating Group tool

—Easy Access to additional reaction information

—Enhanced multi-step reaction display

—New quick look-up of research references

—Duplicate detection/removal...and much more



SMU Online Resources Statistics


SMU Libraries provide campus wide access to an incredible range of online resources.  As of Fall 2006, they include:  

369 online databases, indexes and reference resources

23,197 electronic journals 

33,698 electronic books



Access Online Resources:


• The SMU Online Resources page http://www.smu.edu/cul/or acts as a gateway
to web-accessible resources. If you are accessing from off campus, a valid SMU ID
(bar code number on your ID card) may be required to log in.
• To search the full range of SMU library resources, use the library catalog http://libcat.smu.edu/ or our Ask A Librarian Services at