More Online Resources Available to Ohio Library Users including UA Library Patrons

More online resources, funded in part by an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant, are now available to Ohio library users including UA library patrons. These resources are:

Oxford Research Encyclopedias (from Oxford)
This product is a new offering from Oxford University Press and is written for today’s researcher. It is designed to be an authoritative resource of reference content in a wide array of academic fields, including the humanities, social sciences, and science.

Very Short Introductions (from Oxford)
Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas. It offers a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Transparent Language Online (from Recorded Books)
This is a web-based language-learning database. There are over 100 languages currently offered including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. There’s also an ESL component that provides English language learning to speakers of over 25 different languages.

Chilton Library (from Gale)
Quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. This product contains more than 50 years of information provided in step-by-step procedures. Work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience.

Kids InfoBits (from Gale)
This is an easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.

Follow the hyperlinked titles to access these resources in the UA Libraries Catalog.

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E-books for Summer Reading

Not on campus this summer to visit the library? No problem. E-books are a great option for UA library patrons because they are conveniently accessible from any location and very easy to use.  To locate e-books in the UA Libraries Catalog, follow the simple, step-by-step instructions in our Digital Resources Guide.

 

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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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