Volume 3, Spring 2007

   Collection Notes



This edition of Online Resources Newsletter features some databases that will be interesting to just about anybody who uses libraries.  Academic OneFile is an upgrade over our popular InfoTrac database.  It is geared more toward academic libraries than InfoTrac was.  Along with our EBSCO databases, Academic Search and Business Source Complete, which are also being upgraded, Academic OneFile offers a fantastic general introduction to many subjects.  The historical New York Times database also will be popular with users in almost every field of endeavor.  Our other two featured databases also are interdisciplinary.

People often ask how we select and finance our databases.  The four databases featured in this issue exemplify just a few of the many ways that we come to offer electronic products.  Academic OneFile is a major improvement for us over InfoTrac.  The publisher offered it to us for no additional cost as an introductory incentive.  The Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU came to us asking for the MRI+ Mediamark University Internet Reporter.  In a joint purchase, we were able to add this product, which is a major improvement over the paper copies that we formerly collected sporadically.  The Cox School of Business generously offered to purchase the expanded access to Social Sciences Citation Index, which is valuable not only to them but to all of our community interested in the social sciences.  Our purchase of the historical New York Times simply was something that the scholarly community and our librarians have long wanted.  We finally were able to negotiate a satisfactory contract for it.

In our next Newsletter we will feature two databases that together make up the largest cooperative purchase of electronic material in our history.  We have not finalized the contracts as I write and therefore they are not yet represented in PONI.  They are Early American Imprints (Evans) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online.  Along with Early English Books Online, which we already own, they will offer our users electronic copies of virtually every publication of consequence written in English by 1800.  Cooperation among the English Department, Bridwell Library, and the Central University Libraries made the purchase of these collections possible.  These databases are already available to our users, even though we have not yet paid for them.  Please contact our electronic resources team (culert@list.smu.edu) if you have trouble accessing them before we represent them in our catalog.  


Academic OneFile provides coverage of more than 8,000 academic, peer-reviewed journals with topics from physical sciences, technology and medicine to social sciences and the arts.  The majority of the journals covered include full-text articles in HTML and PDF formats.  The resource provides the added value of hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content from 1995 to present.  The Central University Libraries will also maintain our access to the popular and more general InfoTrac OneFile database.


The Central University Libraries now subscribe to New York Times, a historical newspaper backfile from ProQuest.  With this subscription, the SMU community has complete online access to the "paper of record" with its nearly three million pages and over 25 million articles representing almost 150 years of history.  New York Times is a fully searchable file that allows users to view articles in their original context. 

Every backfile issue of The New York Times has been digitized from cover to cover, including news stories, editorials, photos, graphics, and advertisements. Searchers can use basic keyword, advanced, guided, and relevancy search techniques to locate information.  Or, they can browse through issues page by page, as one would browse a printed edition.  Coverage dates are 09/14/1857 to 12/31/2003.


  Web of Science Expanded Access


With support from the Business Information Center, SMU now offers online access to the complete run of Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present).  Social Sciences Citation Index is one of five databases available through Web of Science, a definitive resource for the research of scholarly literature.

Web of Science consists of five databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals in all areas of research:
Science Citation Index Expanded(1996-present): It fully indexes 5,900 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines.

Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present): It fully indexes more than 1,725 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1996-present): It fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.

Index Chemicus (1993-present): Contains over 2.6 million compounds and is updated by thousands of compounds reported in leading international journals each week.

Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present-- includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840): Contains more than 880,000 reactions and is updated monthly with thousands of new reactions  taken from leading journals and patents from 39 issuing authorities.

A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the articles covered by the index.  Researchers can use these references to do cited reference searching. A cited reference search enables finding articles that cite a previously published work.

In addition to cited reference searching, you can search by topic, author, source title, and address. The citation indexes in Web of Science provide current and retrospective science, social sciences, and arts and humanities information from nearly 9,300 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.  Please see the Web of Science Getting Started guide (http://www.scientific.thomson.com/media/scpdf/wos_gettingstarted_en.pdf) for additional database content information and search tips.


  MRI+ MediaMark University Internet Reporter


With the generous cooperation of the Temerlin Advertising Institute for Education & Research, SMU Libraries now have access to the MRI+ Mediamark University Internet Reporter.  This database contains detailed consumer product data collected from a national sample of U.S. consumers. It provides information on demographics, lifestyles, product and brand usage and advertising media preferences.  Mediamark Research Inc. is the leading provider of magazine audience data to the advertising and marketing communities. The MRI+ database consolidates, in one convenient place, many of the resources databases used to evaluate magazines in seeking directory and editorial information.  It includes audience data, circulation data, editorial info, rates, subscriber studies, competitive analysis, contacts, advertising effectiveness, as well as industry studies.  Users can create magazine lists with audience and circulation rates. It has a powerful search and access capability, plus a cost-planning module.  Much of the data generated by MRI+ can be exported to spreadsheets or printed in the form of flowcharts and reports.  Registration using your SMU email address is required. 


     SMU Online Resources Statistics



    SMU Libraries provide campus wide access to an incredible range of online resources.  As of Spring 2007, they include:

     — 404 online databases, indexes and reference resources

     — 23,710 electronic journals

     — 33,585 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