Two New Legal Research Databases from HEINONLINE

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America is a new database accessible via HEINONLINE. The collection brings together more than 500 titles dealing with this hot topic. Included are periodicals, federal legislative histories, relevant congressional hearings, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports, Supreme Court briefs, and more.

Prestatehood Legal Materials has also been added to HEINONLINE and is included in the The U.S. State Package which streamlines legal research at the state level. Content includes more than 30 million pages related to all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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New Research Database-The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection

The University of Akron Libraries and OhioLINK now offer access to the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection (series 1-5) – the premier library documenting the life of America’s people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. This important and exciting news for UA researchers means that there is yet another resource covering historic, primary sources from 1691 thru 1877. Some of the many searchable subjects include health, advertising, women’s issues, science, the history of slavery, industry, religious issues, culture, and much more. The digitized collection is made available by the EBSCO company.

A trial search in the database on “school libraries” yielded a fascinating article from 1832 stating that $100.00 had been appropriated to support a common school library organized and stocked by students in Lynn, Mass. The article in Family Lyceum also mentioned that efforts were underway to organize additional school libraries and that the suggested minimum number of books was 25.

Whatever your interest, enter your topic in the search box and be prepared to take an eye-opening step back in time!

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Open Educational Resources now included in the UA Libraries Catalog

There’s no time like the present to become familiar with Open Educational Resources (OER) – educational materials that are freely accessible to everyone for the purposes of learning and research.

The UA Libraries recently announced that open, electronic, full-text textbooks from the collection Open Textbook Library have been uploaded to the UA Libraries Catalog. To see the complete list of these ebooks, enter the phrase, “Open Textbook Library”, in the catalog search box. For a more focused search on psychology textbooks, as example, enter the terms, “Open Textbook Library” psychology, in the catalog search box.

Additional information regarding OER is available on the library’s LibGuide at:  http://libguides.uakron.edu/wayne_OER

OER are sure to be beneficial to both students and instructors alike. Take some time and discover them!

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News for Statistics Seekers and Social Work Researchers

UA Libraries no longer subscribe to the statistical business and marketing database RefUSA. Suggested alternatives yielding comparable data are Statista, Mergent Online and Sage Stats. University Libraries offer an impressive total of 15 research databases for statistics that are described on the following page. http://library.uakron.edu/search/l?SEARCH=Statistics

The streaming video database Films on Demand has just announced that a new Counseling & Social Work collection has been added. These videos will prepare students for the challenges they will face when they start meeting clients. With clips from actual counseling sessions with patients, videos featuring the founders of narrative therapy and other counseling approaches, and titles on the theory and practice of social work, the collection will give students the grounding they need to help the people they will work with every day.

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The Wayne College Library Wants to Hear From You

Are you a current Wayne College or University of Akron Medina, Millersburg, or Lakewood student, faculty, or staff member?

If so, please consider participating in our library satisfaction survey. Your feedback will help us improve our library’s resources, facilities, and services. It will be available November 27th through December 9th by following this link http://bit.ly/waynelibrarysurvey .

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. All of your answers will be kept strictly confidential.

Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 3 – $50 Visa gift cards.

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HeinOnline-your go-to legal, political, and government research database

Why do researchers consider HeinOnline their go-to source for legal, political, and government information?  Below are just a few of the reasons:

  • a 10,000-title Legal Classics Library;
  • research databases containing national and international journal articles, treaties, agreements, U.S. state case law, Harvard publications, the CFR, U.S. Attorney General reports, Constitutions of the World, UN law collection, U.S. Supreme Court Library with docket schedules;
  • Martin-Hubbell Law Directory;
  • animal law and welfare/legal collection, plus much more!

New reports for 2017 from HeinOnline:

  • History of Capital Punishment
  • Slavery in America and the World
  • Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases

Check out all of this and more at HeinOnline – a definite go-to resource!

 

 

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A different approach to using Films on Demand

Did you know that Films on Demand has a calendar feature? This chronological access tool provides educators and students a great way to locate high-interest media content for lessons and assignments related to both current and historic events. For example, October resources highlight National Breast Cancer Awareness month, National Bullying Prevention month, Halloween, Columbus Day, the historic day the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York City and much more.

To access this handy calendar feature, launch the Films on Demand homepage, click on the “Menu” icon in the top left corner, and then select “Calendar” to view a month-by-month list of key events including birthdays, holidays, and historical dates. A treasure trove of information awaits!

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News about the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR)

The print edition of the PDR has ceased and the publisher has made the resource available electronically on the Internet for free at www.pdr.net. The new name of the resource is Prescriber’s Digital Reference. UA library patrons can connect to the PDR via a link in the library catalog or a link in the A-Z Database list. The new online version makes it convenient for anyone, not just medical personnel, to look up information on medications. The layout is very clear, the design is functional, and the simple search bar provides easy access to the massive amount of content. A fee-based, electronic version of the PDR is available for individuals but not for institutions.

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#CollegeHacks That Will Save You Money

We know that being a college student can be hard financially, so we put together a list of #collegehacks that can help save you money. Some of them are library related and some are not.

Textbooks

Stop in the library to see if your textbooks are available to checkout or request. We have some of the more general class’s textbooks available on reserve for a two hour check. If we don’t have your textbook on reserve we can also check to see if it is available in our regular collection or in OhioLINK.  You can also check with your professors to see if you can use an older edition if the current edition isn’t available.

Buddy System

Make a friend that is in the same major as you that way you can carpool to main campus together, not only will you save money on gas you can also share a parking pass. If you have to miss class one day you will always have someone there that will share their notes with you. You may even be able to share textbooks.

Streaming Video

As a University of Akron patron you have access to FREE streaming motion pictures. Use this link here: https://goo.gl/1zVPMX.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Student has a free 6 month trial then after that it is 50% off. With it you get free 2-day shipping, unlimited streaming of Prime movies and TV shows, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, 20% off pre-order and new release video games, exclusive deals and savings, and more!

Library Reserves

The library has everyday items you can check out for a shorter amount of time, like umbrellas, calculators, laptops, a camcorder, a projector, headphones, USBs, and more.

YMCA Discount

Wayne College students only have to pay $70 a semester for an Orrville YMCA membership. This includes everything that a normal membership would, even unlimited access to all YMCAs throughout Ohio. View this brochure for more information http://orrvilledalton-ymca.org/documents/focus/Memberships.pdf.

We hope you learned a new #collegehack that will help you out this semester.

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Spot Fake News in 10 Quick Steps

Identify fake news yourself with this quick, 10-step guide from information giant, Lexis Nexis. It’s easy and fast.  Follow this link for the PDF guide which can be downloaded or printed if you like.  http://tinyurl.com/y9lgnayf

 

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