A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
October 13, 2005 Volume 36 / Number 2


New News, New Olds

No, I don’t mean the library has purchased a new Oldsmobile—just that we have some excellent new resources, some of which offer retrospective coverage. These purchases have been made possible partly from package deals between the CSU system and various vendors and partly through a very generous and much appreciated infusion of $100,000 in “one time money” from the Provost’s Office. We can’t use the one-time money for continuing subscriptions, but we can use it to make large initial database payments, such as $14,500 for JSTOR Arts & Sciences Packages III and IV. JSTOR is a popular retrospective database of full-text scholarly articles. The one-time money will also cover inflation, which means there will be no journal cancellations this year!

Academic Search, our most popular general articles database, is now the far more complete Academic Search Premier, with full text for nearly 5,000 magazines and journals and indexing for 8,000 others. Our coverage for sociology and related fields is vastly improved with the addition of SocINDEX, which contains full text for 242 “core” coverage journals dating back to 1895, and 72 “priority” coverage journals. This database also includes full text for 547 books and monographs, and for 6,711 conference papers, and indexes an additional 2,500 titles. The College of Business and Economics Department have two new tools: Business Source Premier, which provides full text for nearly 8,350 scholarly business journals and other sources, including full text for more than 1,100 scholarly business publications with some retrospective coverage going back to 1922, and also Regional Business News. The biggest addition for humanities and fine arts is Literature Online (a.k.a. LiON), a fully searchable library of more than 350,000 full-text works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose; 154 full-text literature journals; and other key criticism and reference resources. My favorite LiON feature is “Poets on Screen,” which consists of 845 video clips of poets reading their and other poets’ work. Recent additions in the natural sciences include the American Chemical Society Publications and an improved version of Biological Abstracts/Biosis.

These databases can all be found on the main Articles and Databases Page of the Library ReSEARCH Station. Some are included on the New Resources page. “New Resources” also includes links to new books, new reference books, and databases being previewed. New books that have just been cataloged and are available for checkout can be found on the small bookcase just east of the elevators on the third floor. Come check ’em out.

—Jim Dwyer, Meriam Library
Bibliographic Services.