Volume 4, Fall 2007

   Collection Notes

 

   

Are print periodicals headed the way of the horse and carriage? Is even the printed book dead? I am asking these questions as we begin an experiment with this issue: For the first time we will not have a print edition of our Online Resources Newsletter.  In this column we will briefly consider the print future of periodicals, reference works, and books.

Our users far prefer the convenience and searchability of e-periodicals to print magazines. And we have seen in earlier issues that we can get 10 to 20 periodicals titles for the price of one through electronic “big deals”. There is no doubt that scholarly research periodicals have a shaky future in the print format. Libraries are moving massively toward e-only periodical subscriptions.

You will read in this issue about American National Biography Online and Academic Search Complete (ASC), both fine electronic reference works. ANB Online’s usefulness greatly surpasses that of the print volumes, but so does its price. ASC is so superior to its predecessors (Think the old green volumes of Readers’ Guide) in accessibility, content, and searchability that it seems ungracious to bring up its considerably higher pricing. Surely the future will see the demise of print reference volumes, even though libraries are paying dearly for this better world.

Then there is the humble book. In recent years we have managed to purchase electronic copies of nearly every book and pamphlet published in the English language prior to 1800 at a tiny fraction of the cost of the actual items in print. We have also purchased—or the State of Texas has purchased for us—another 30,000 e-books representing contemporary scholarship at a small percentage of their face value. But even though popular books and out-of-print books can also be less expensive in e-format, current scholarly e-books almost always cost more than their print counterparts, unless they are purchased in massive collections that largely duplicate what we have in print. Users also are not on the whole as fond of e-books as of books in print format, although increasingly techie users actually prefer electronic books.

For now, I will agree with Anthony Grafton’s verdict in the November 5 New Yorker: E-products “will illuminate, rather than eliminate,” the books and other print objects that you will continue to find in libraries.

 

 
 
   

InfoTrac OneFile is now known as General OneFile, a name more descriptive of the type of content included in this resource.  As a complementary resource, we now also have access to a new database called Academic OneFile

Directed primarily at academic researchers, Academic OneFile contains more than 8,000 journals with full manual indexing, a robust backfile and coverage of a variety of academic disciplines -- from science and technology to the social sciences and humanities.  With the majority of the content peer-reviewed and available in full-text with no restrictions, users are able to access content quickly and conduct comprehensive research effortlessly. Content is provided in both HTML and PDF formats.

    

We have replaced Academic Search Premier with a larger and more scholarly product, Academic Search Complete. Academic Search Complete was designed specifically for academic institutions. It is a scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with over 10,900 publications including journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and more. This scholarly collection offers more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, of which 4,400 are peer-reviewed journals. It maintains extensive full-text coverage of many areas of academic study including archaeology, area studies, biology, chemistry, engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, geology, law, mathematics, physics, psychology, religion, women's studies, and other fields. For some titles, the database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 journals. 

    

Earlier this year, CUL, Bridwell Library, and the Department of English collaborated to provide access to Eighteenth Century Collections Online from Gale Cengage Learning.  Material found in this revolutionary resource is based on the English Short Title Catalogue bibliography and is derived from some of the world’s largest and most prestigious university, private, public and research libraries.  The digitized format features 150,000 printed volumes — comprising more than 26 million pages — in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. With full-text search capabilities across all 26 million pages, this collection provides multidisciplinary research opportunities not possible until now.  The value of this collection is that it makes hard-to-find material in every academic discipline available online including: history and geography, social science and fine arts, medicine, science and technology, literature and language, religion and philosophy, law and reference works.

   

With generous support from the Department of English, CUL now provides online access to Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 from Readex. In addition, Friends of the SMU Libraries provided funding to The Text Creation Partnership, the non-profit initiative that works with libraries and commercial vendors to ensure that online texts such as those represented in Series I are faithfully encoded and translated. This digital collection contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. Digitized from one of the most important collections ever produced on microform, Early American Imprints, Series I is based on Charles Evans’ renowned “American Bibliography” and Roger Bristol’s supplement. Including more than 36,000 printed works and 2.3 million pages, Series I also offers new imprints not available in microform editions. The imprints in Series I are expertly indexed and may be browsed by genre, subjects, author, history of printing, place of publication and language. Topics covered include agriculture, astronomy, auctions, capital punishment, child rearing, commerce, constitution, diseases, education, foreign affairs, French & Indian wars, geography, Indians, Latin, lotteries, masonry, medicine, military operations, missionaries, operas, religious thought, revolutionary war, slavery, suffrage, temperance, trials, witchcraft, women, work, yellow fever and thousands more.

  American National Biography Online

 

The libraries now have access to the American National Biography Online, which offers biographies of more than 18,300 men and women whose lives have shaped the nation. More than a decade in preparation, the American National Biography is the first biographical resource of this scope to be published in more than sixty years.

The publication of the online edition makes the ANB even more useful as a dynamic source of information -- updated semi-annually, with hundreds of new entries each year and revisions of previously published entries to enhance their accuracy and currency. The ANB Online features thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, links to select web sites, and powerful search capabilities. The web interface also includes a link to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for a different perspective on the individual’s life.

Appended to each article is a descriptive bibliography, which may include mention of primary sources, the most useful published biographies, articles or monographs about specific aspects of the person's career, and obituaries.

The American National Biography is published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies.

  AnthroSource

 

Our libraries now have access to AnthroSource, an online resource developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and serving the research, teaching, and professional needs of anthropologists.

AnthroSource contains the AAA's peer-reviewed journals, newsletters and bulletins, more than 40,000 articles. This content includes current coverage of 15 of the AAA's most critically important peer-reviewed journals, such as American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly. For many titles, users can also link directly to archival content housed at JSTOR when back issues are not available directly from inside AnthroSource. Users can optimize their AnthroSource experience by registering to take advantage of personalization options, such as organizing content, saved searches and email alerts.

AnthroSource could also prove a useful research tool and full-text resource in social sciences beyond anthropology.

  ARTstor

 

ARTstor is a digital image library available for faculty and students to use for teaching and research. Currently, it has approximately 550,000 images in its collections and will continue to add to them. In addition to images of art and architecture, ARTstor has many images relevant to teaching subjects in the humanities, such as: history, music, anthropology, literary studies, foreign languages, and religion. View the full list of image collections.

ARTstor also has tools to enable users to use these images in several ways. In addition to basic searching, there are tools to create shared folders with selected images for course projects or slide shows for lecture presentations. Users may also upload their own images and combine them into an ARTstor slide show with the Offline Image Viewer. By the end of fall 2007, 80% of the images will be sized as 1024 on the long side to allow users more flexibility for creating slide shows. Students may also use these images in their papers with a citation for ARTstor. ARTstor now has a new service, Images for Academic Publishing (IAP), to allow the use of images in scholarly publications. Currently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the sole participant in IAP, but more large institutional collections are planned.

View a list of all interdisciplinary subjects in ARTstor. In addition, ARTstor has online guides for using its resources under the tab “Using ARTstor” located on the resource welcome page. If you have any questions about ARTstor or would like to receive news about its updates by e-mail, contact Beverly Mitchell, Fine Arts and Dance Librarian, at bmitchel@smu.edu or 214-768-2796.

 

     SMU Online Resources Statistics

 


   

    SMU Libraries provide campus wide access to an incredible range of online resources. 

    As of Fall 2007, they include:

     — 419 online databases, indexes and reference resources

     — 32,451 electronic journals

     — over 308,500 electronic books 

 

  Do you miss having a printed copy of the Online Resources Newsletter? Or do you think the online version is just fine by itself? E-mail Curt Holleman (chollema@smu.edu) with your thoughts.
   
 

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