Archive for August, 2010

JSTOR Platform Update: Revised Sept. 2nd

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

UPDATED (again)!

JSTOR received strong reactions from the academic community on their recent database platform changes, and have therefore made additional adjustments.

Revisions include:

  • the default search form option set to licensed content only (meaning, the content registered OC users can access): “Include only content I can access” on the Advanced Search form will be selected by default. Users can deselect the checkbox if they wish to search all content.
  • Other JSTOR search forms (the new basic search box on each page, the Citation Locator, and search within a journal) will default to searching only licensed content.
  • After receiving search results for any search, users can still choose to view all results for all content including unlicensed content.

This news release summarizes the initial changes, as well as the most recent updates.

Previous JSTOR database changes made August 21, 2010 are outlined below.

When accessing the JSTOR database you may be surprised to find an updated user interface. There are a couple of changes you may want to be aware of to make searching as seamless as possible.

Some new features include:

  • The ability to browse by discipline from the basic search page
  • The capability to add more search fields, and the choice to include only content you can access
  • Proficiency to run and manage saved searches
  • Access icons on results pages that indicate what users have access to at their library
  • Access icons indicating articles are available from external websites
  • The ability to export or e-mail multiple citations
  • Searchable help pages
  • Other features that can be explored by looking at the video or PDF below, or by exploring the site itself

In the advanced search screen, please note:

  • If you would like full-access to the content you are searching, rather than simply a citation, click the “Include only content I can access” box.
  • If you do not mind being redirected to another website to get access to content, you can keep the “Include links to external content” box checked.

For a detailed overview of the platform update and new features, you can look at this PDF, or watch the video below.

Don’t be afraid to look at the tutorial offered, it may help answer some questions you have or provide you with insightful information.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian!

Census Debate LibGuide

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A new LibGuide has been created that addresses the ongoing debate over Canadian Census reform. This guide highlights the controversy over the federal government’s announcement to remove the mandatory long-form questionnaire from the 2011 Census and replace it with a voluntary survey.

The Census Libguide provides a wealth of information that includes, background information, frequently asked questions, links to articles in the news, an opinions and perspectives section,  links to census information on the web, and instructions on how to access census information, products and databases at Okanagan College.

You can access this LibGuide a number of ways:

This is an ongoing debate and the LibGuide will be updated as more information is published, so stay tuned!

Sustainalytics replaces Canadian Social Investment Database

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Canadian Social Investment Database (CSID) has been replaced with Sustainalytics. You can use this database to gather information on the  social and environmental profiles of many Canadian public companies. If you have questions or problems accessing this database please notify the OC Web Services Librarian.

The new interface can be accessed via the A-Z article database page or the business subject page on the library’s website.

The first image below represents the look of the newly updated Sustainalytics database, whereas the second image indicates the old CSID database interface.

Sustainalytics

New Sustainalytics Interface

Old Canadian Social Investment Database Interface

Old Canadian Social Investment Database Interface

July/Aug Issue of Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Lit

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The July-August issue of the Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Literature is now available on the library’s website! You can access the newsletter from the above link, or head to the Library’s home page and follow the links to the Salmon Arm Library Information page.

The most recent issue includes reviews from Dr. Andrea Deakin on a number of new books, including non-fiction pictures books on creepy-crawly insects and worms, brilliantly illustrated picture books, fiction for youth as well as young adults, fiction reprints, non-fiction perfect for young readers or school libraries, and featured awards and websites.

Forever Friends Book CoverThe Salmon Bears Book Cover

Wiley-Blackwell Full Collection Updated to Wiley Online Library

Monday, August 9, 2010

This past weekend, the Wiley-Blackwell Full Collection database was updated to become the Wiley Online Library. You may notice a different interface, as well as different features and functionality. Wiley will be running diagnostics to test the new database layout, therefore there may be brief periods of downtime for maintenance in the upcoming weeks.

This site will replace Wiley Interscience, but will still provide the same access. The interface is now clean, with what is hoped to be intuitive navigation, enhanced discoverability, expanded functionality, personalization and alerting options, and more. New features include:

  • Access Icons indicate free, licensed and Online Open content
  • Enhanced journal home pages with news and other added value features
  • New subject pages combining all product types and news by subject
  • Improved full text HTML article display – pop up references, enlarge images, in-article navigation – plus easy access to article PDFs

To explore this database’s new interface visit the WIley Online Library link on the articles page of the library website

The identified glitch has now been fixed. If you encounter access problems please notify the OC Library Web Services Librarian.

Improved Access to UN Data & Statistics Database

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Most people are probably thinking about hitting the beach rather than great resources to find data and statistics. However, at the OC library our business librarian has been busy scouting out great resources for students. Recently we added a new database called UNdata to our library website. It can be found on the A-Z articles page of the website, as well as a number of subject specific pages (Business, Environment, Political Science, Criminology, Health, Social Science, and Technologies).

The UNdata database is an access system to all databases partnered with the United Nations. The site brings UN statistical databases to users through a single entry point. The site contains more than 60 million data points covering a wide range of subjects. You can find statistics from the WHO, get country specific data, access specific data updates from international organizations, and more!

This database is freely available on the web, and requires no login information. Access it from home, campus, even on your phone! Statistics can be exported to your computer, or view results as you go, it is up to you.

Unique features include: Country Profiles, Advanced Search, Glossaries, search and download statistical resources within the UN system using a keyword or advanced search.

Subject Areas: Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.


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