Welcome to the third edition of CUA Libraries Online. We are excited to share with you the latest news about our libraries and their many services. Please direct any comments or questions about the newsletter via our contact form.
With this issue we would like to say a special word of thanks to Adele R. Chwalek, Director of Libraries, who will retire on January 7, 2005. Thank you, Adele, for leading the University Libraries through eighteen years of challenge and change with humor, an extraordinary sense of caring, and the highest of expectations. We will miss you and we wish you well.
In an information environment that becomes more complex and confusing every day, librarians can offer valuable guidance and advice for successful navigation of this perplexing terrain. Reference staff members are always available for impromptu questions, but for more structured assistance, consider the library's Instruction Program.
Library instruction at Catholic has grown considerably in recent years. During the 2003-2004 academic year, about 2,000 students participated in library sessions designed to support both the freshman English program as well as specific undergraduate and graduate courses.
We welcome this increased interest in library instruction and encourage faculty and students to continue to request instructional sessions. Faculty may contact the appropriate subject librarian to design and implement course-related library sessions. Individuals or groups of students with common research concerns may also request library instruction. Contact Emilie Krut, the Instructional Services Librarian, for more information.
Sessions can be taught in the electronically equipped MERIC classroom in Mullen but are not limited to this location. The library instruction staff often travels to other campus locations-classrooms, the Pryzbyla Center-to deliver library-related instruction. Our staff will work with you to design relevant, convenient instruction sessions that clarify any points of confusion in the research process.
New databases. Expanded electronic journal offerings. More CD-ROMs. Read on to learn how to get the most out of CUA Libraries' electronic resources.
One of CUA's newest subscription databases is Academic Search Premier. According to its own Web site, Academic Search Premier is "by far the world's most valuable and most numerous collection of active full text peer-reviewed journals. Academic Search Premier contains unmatched full text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, ethnic studies, humanities, physics, psychology, religion & theology, sociology, etc."
These are some big claims, but if you've had a chance to use this straightforward, multi-disciplinary database you know for the most part the claims are true. If you haven't yet searched in Academic Search Premier, read on to find out why you might want to make this database your first stop in searching the journal literature.
Academic Search Premier contains:
Other features of Academic Search Premier include:
One of the finest features of Academic Search Premier, though not unique to it, is My EBSCOhost. My EBSCOhost is a personal folder that allows you to save searches, articles, persistent links, search alerts and journal alerts. This is extremely useful when in the middle of a complex search you remember you're supposed to be somewhere else; just make sure you're logged into My EBSCOhost and you can save the search and return at another time.
EBSCO Information Services, the company that owns Academic Search Premier, continues to add titles and content to the mega-database. Other EBSCO research databases that the University Libraries subscribe to include American Humanities Index, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, Communication & Mass Media Complete, and MLA International Bibliography. These databases share the same search platform and have nearly identical appearances in the basic and advanced search modes. Plus, the databases may be searched simultaneously.
Finally, be aware that some periodicals abstracted, indexed and available in full text in Academic Search Premier are not purely academic in scope (e.g., Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Time, etc.). Also, embargoes (delays of full text availability on current issues, ranging from months to years) exist for many periodicals.
Academic Search Premier is available via the Library's ALADIN web page on campus or off campus twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Try it... you'll like it!Back to top
Journals are increasingly available in electronic format. The Electronic Journal Title Finder (EJTF) is the best way to locate full text online journals at The Catholic University of America as it includes journals found in our many electronic databases as well as the journals found in our online catalog. If you need assistance locating an electronic journal, consult a librarian. Directions for using the Electronic Journal Title Finder, as well as other methods for locating electronic journals, follow:
1. Search the Electronic Journal Title Finder (EJTF)
The Electronic Journal Title Finder is located on The Catholic University of America University Libraries Home Page under Research Tools on the left hand side and is also located on the ALADIN Home Page under the WRLC Libraries Catalog on the left hand side where it is called the e-journal Title Finder. Search the Electronic Journal Title Finder using the journal title (leaving out words such as "a", "an" and "the") or a keyword for the title. We do not have access to other universities' online journals. CU's code and the date/availability that you are seeking must be present for you to view the desired journal online. You may notice some instances where multiple sources for a journal exist. This redundancy develops through multiple database subscriptions and proves necessary as the date ranges of journal availability vary widely by the source.
2. Search Databases and Electronic Journal Collections
Some databases and journal collections are available that provide the full text of articles, and some provide links from citations to full-text articles through our link provider SFX. The full-text journals will be in the Electronic Journal Title Finder. Alternatively, at the ALADIN Web Home Page, you will note our two primary general multi-subject databases: Academic Search Premier and Proquest (Periodical Abstracts). Additional online, full-text databases can be retrieved by browsing by title, or subject or searching by name/category. Frequently used full-text databases include ABI/Inform, Journals@OVID, and Lexis/Nexis Academic Universe. You may also use the same browse and search techniques to locate full-text electronic journal collections, such as ACM Digital Library, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Physics, CQ Library, Emerald Library, IEE Online Journal, JSTOR, Project Muse, and the Royal Society Online Journals, to name a few. Databases from the vendor EBSCO, including ATLA/ATLASerials, Academic Search Premier and Catholic Periodical Index provide links via SFX to check the availability of a journal title electronically, in print or in microfilm.
3. Search the WRLC Libraries Catalog
Electronic journal subscriptions are in the WRLC catalog, and are reflected in the Electronic Journal Title Finder. Search for the journal by title. Journals available electronically will include the note [electronic resource] and a link to the journal. Check the online dates, as the journal you need may have availability restrictions. Keep in mind that a journal that is not available electronically may be available in print, microfilm or through the Consortium Loan Service (CLS).
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The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a Web service that aims to be comprehensive in organizing and providing access to high-quality, freely available online scientific and scholarly journals. DOAJ periodicals are research journals covering a wide range of subjects including the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences. These journals exercise quality control through an editor, editorial board, or peer-review process and can be read, downloaded, copied, distributed, printed, searched and linked to freely.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is now activated in SFX and can be searched using the Electronic Journal Title Finder. Library patrons seeking online journals now have a seamless connection between library subscriptions and the growing number of quality open access journals. An E-Journal Title Finder Search for any DOAJ title will yield: "CU: DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals:Full Text Availability: from (year)" and will link directly to the journal. See the Directory of Open Access Journals at http://www.doaj.org for more information and to view the new titles.
DOAJ is a part of the open access movement, which seeks to use the power of the Internet to provide more efficient, sustainable and affordable scholarly communication in the research community. Open access journals do not have the spiraling costs, long publication delays and restrictive licensing associated with traditional subscription-based serials, but can still be high-quality, peer- reviewed publications. Traditional publishers are concerned that competition from the open access movement will damage the longstanding subscription-based model of scholarly communication. Professional associations that publish their own journals are particularly worried about whether they will be able to continue to do so in a market where information is freely available. Under market pressure, many traditional publishers are beginning to change their policies with respect to online journal access. Some now allow authors to post their own preprints or published articles on their personal websites, and some allow free access to older issues of the journal. For both open access and traditional publishers, the Internet is having a significant impact on scholarly communication and the expectations of customers. For more information about open access and the issues surrounding it, take a look at http://www.plos.org/about/openaccess.html, http://www.arl.org/sparc/, and http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb040607-2.shtml.Back to top
CUA's online Biology resources have grown with newly acquired access to several Nature series titles.
Advance online publication access, a feature by which papers are published online before they appear in print, is an added value of our new Nature titles.
The following Nature titles are now available online to CUA patrons:
To access, search the full title name by "Journal Title" in the catalog; limit results to CUA, and then scroll to our record noting "[electronic resource]."
Click on the record for the desired Nature title, scroll to the "URL" field, and click the Nature URL for access.
These Nature titles are also found in the Electronic Journal Title Finder, through both Nature and EBSCO databases. EBSCO applies a one year embargo on content, so for most recent issues, choose access through the Nature link.
Recall that remote access to these titles is gained through our library's catalog, rather than the journal's site.
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The Religious Studies and Philosophy Library has acquired a few electronic resources. Some titles are new purchases while others are electronic versions of print titles. The CD-ROMs are located in 314 Mullen.
Aristoteles Latinus (CD-ROM)
This database contains critical editions of the medieval translations of Aristotle's works. The database includes not only the content from the print version of Aristoteles Latinus, but also the unpublished works in the series. The prefaces, apparati, and bilingual indices are not included in the electronic version.
Theo/Phil PA 3895 .A3 1953
Bibliographie de la philosophie (CD-ROM)
Annotated bibliography of philosophical literature. Languages include: English, French, German. 1937 - present. Use the print version as the CD-ROM only covers 1998-2000.
Theo/Phil B 33 .I61
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (ALADIN)
This database is now accessible from home! It includes citations to articles published in more than 160 Roman Catholic periodicals, as well as essays, books, and book reviews on Catholic Church history and contemporary issues. Provides complete indexing of papal documents. Coverage begins in 1981 and continues to the present. The print version begins in 1930 and can be found in Room 314.
Theo/Phil AI 3 .C3.
This CD-ROM is an index and catalog of canons from various canon law collections compiled between 1000 and 1400 A.D.
OriginsPlus is the online version of Origins, published by the Catholic News Service. Coverage begins in 1996 and articles are updated 47 times per year. Newsworthy documents include important recent works from the Roman Curia such as encyclicals, papal messages, policy statements from congregations, cardinals' and bishops' speeches and writings, pastoral policies, diocesan policy statements, and commentary on a wide variety of social and political issues.
Packard Humanities Institute CD-ROM #7 (Greek Documentary) (CD-ROM)
Contains more than 80,000 Greek inscriptions and more than 32,000 papyri.
Packard Humanities Institute CD-ROM #5.3 (Latin Literature) (CD-ROM)
Contains most of the collection of Latin literature to 200 C.E. A complete list of the contents can be found at http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/text-tools/textlists/phibibliog.html.
Thesaurus Linguae Latinae 2 (CD-ROM)
The TLL-2 is the Latin dictionary for classicists. Entries included in this edition cover the letter ranges F to P.
Patrologiae Graecae (full text)
The PG contains more than 160 volumes of Greek material (with Latin translations) relevant to the study of the history of the Christian Church from its beginnings through the Council of Florence in 1439.
The question, on its face, was pretty routine: Two patrons, a husband and wife, wanted to know if Mullen had a copy of a book they sought, and they were unsure of the authors' names. But complicating this reference query was the fact that the patrons spoke only Spanish. Fortunately, the library assistant was able to answer "sí" when the gentleman asked if she spoke Spanish.
The couple wanted to locate a work called Armagedon, which they said was written in Spanish. An initial search of the OPAC using the word's Spanish spelling was unsuccessful. A search using the word's English spelling did pull up some entries, but the couple said the results were not what they were trying to find. Did the patrons happen to know the names of the authors? They were not entirely sure, but they knew there were two authors, and they believed their names were Hayas and Hopkins. Oh, and Hopkins, if that indeed was the name of one of the authors, was spelled with a "j," they were certain. A search for "Hayas" as author yielded no hits, nor did one for "Jopkins." The library assistant asked the couple to spell the authors' names again. They did, and the searches again failed. A subsequent attempt searching both title and author using the "Guided Keyword" function failed as well.
It was at this point that the library assistant turned to Amazon.com, hoping to get a better idea of the authors' names and whether the title was in fact correct. It turns out there are hundreds of book titles using the word "Armageddon," so a search of title only was out of the question. An advanced search combining the title with the authors' names, as recalled by the patrons, was not successful.
Did the patrons know if this was a spiritual or religious book, and, if so, would it be accurate to describe it as Christian? Yes, they agreed, that would be right. Could it be a translation into Spanish? It was a translation, they believed.
By using the genre feature on Amazon, the library assistant located Armageddon, part of the Left Behind series, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. And, just as the patrons expected, there was a Spanish translation of the work. Mullen did not have a copy, nor did any of the other libraries in the consortium, but the couple saw on Amazon a copy of the item at a price they liked and, armed with this information, left the Information Desk to order the book online.
For both personal and instructional use, Mullen Library's laptops have proven to be a hit with library patrons. Mullen Library has eight Dell Inspiron 2500 Laptops, thirteen Dell Latitude D-500 wireless ready laptops, and five Apple iBooks available for current CUA students, faculty, and staff to use in the library. The laptops can be borrowed for two hours and they can be renewed a maximum of two times. In addition, students use the laptops in instructional sessions taught by library staff.
The laptops have been installed with Microsoft Office (which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and they have access to the Internet via the wireless network system at Mullen Library. Users can save their working documents temporarily on the laptops; these documents are deleted once the computers are shut down. However, users can e-mail documents to themselves or save them in MyFiles, their personal file space available through http://home.cua.edu. Printing is also available via the wireless network. Laptop users may print to one of the printers on the first and second floors of Mullen Library.
Laptop users can access the library catalog and the electronic databases available on ALADIN (http://www.aladin.wrlc.org). There are databases for different subjects, ranging from Art and Architecture to Social Work and Statistics. Also, laptop users can extend their use of the laptop by renewing it on myALADIN without having to approach the Circulation Desk.
The Religious Studies and Philosophy Library was reorganized over the summer. The collection is the 'mission critical' part of the CUA library collection. Consequently, the reference material on the third floor of Mullen Library is dedicated to these subject areas that reflect this critical importance: Art, Greek and Latin, Medieval and Byzantine Studies, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, and Canon Law. You may now think of the entire third floor as the Religious Studies/Philosophy Library.
The reference collections are in Rooms 314 and 316 and can be navigated easily using the following schema:
Room 316 (formerly the Humanities Library)
The Humanities reference collection for the following subjects has been moved to the Reference Room on the first floor of Mullen Library: Comparative Literature, Drama and Theater, English, Media Studies, and Modern Languages. Current periodicals in these areas can be found in the Main Reading Room on the second floor of Mullen Library.
The recently renovated Mullen provides a multitude of study spaces throughout the building. Students can be found pounding the keyboards of laptops in carrels in the Reference Room, lounging on chairs in the area outside the May Gallery or consulting over a table in one of the group study areas on the second floor.
Since August, seven new full-time staff members have joined CUA Libraries.
Contributors to the Fall 2004 edition of CUA Libraries Online
Angela Bellardini, Nursing/Biology Librarian; Kevin Gunn, Coordinator for Religious Studies and Humanities Services; Anne Marie Hules, Library and Information Science Librarian; Jeffrey Hutson, Religious Studies Librarian; Emilie Krut, Reference Librarian for Instructional Services; Anne Lesher, Reference Librarian for Reference Services;Tina O'Grady, Library Assistant/Graduate Library Pre-professional; Raj Savari, Library Management Systems Librarian; Matthew Tan, Access Services Librarian; Mary Agnes Thompson, Reference Librarian for Collection Services; Lynn Weinstein, Digital Acquisitions Librarian; Shanyun Zhang, Electronic Resources (MERIC) Librarian.
Content editor: Ashley McCall, Library Assistant/Graduate Library Pre-professional
Web editor: Jonathan Smith, Electronic Resources (MERIC) Assistant