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Films On Demand is a state-of-the-art streaming video platform that makes it easier than ever to incorporate outstanding educational programs from Films Media Group into your online or face-to-face classes. Streaming technology allows you to access high quality video content via the Internet. Instead of downloading an entire video file before viewing it, streaming allows you to begin viewing the video immediately while the rest of the program downloads in the background. The ability to view digital video in real time provides instant access to our entire Films on Demand video collection from any computer with a high-speed Internet connection.  You can project the video onto a screen using a smart classroom equipped with a projection system on any ULV campus.

You can use Films On Demand to search for specific video segments, organize videos into folders, email videos to other ULV students and faculty, or create personal playlists for others to view. You can also integrate videos directly into the university’s BlackBoard course management system.

On the Films On Demand homepage (http://0-fod.infobase.com.leopac.ulv.edu/p_Home.aspx) , you can click on the tabs at the top of the homepage to browse for videos by subject, or browse through special collections, such as BBC, ABC News, or Ken Burns.

For more information about using Films On Demand, check out the Library’s YouTube Channel videos:  http://www.youtube.com/ulvwilsonlibrary.  For assistance or to schedule a librarian to speak to a class or department meeting about this resource, contact Wilson Library http://library.laverne.edu/help/ask-a-librarian/subject-librarian/.

A Multidisciplinary Database

 

Wiley Online Library hosts the world’s broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, almost 10,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.

Featuring a clean and simple interface, this online service delivers intuitive navigation, enhanced discoverability, expanded functionalities and a range of personalization and alerting options.

  • Easy-to-Use New Design: Developed in consultation with users to deliver intuitive navigation and easy access to articles, chapters, references, and supplementary information.
  • Enhanced Tools to Discover Relevant Content: Comprehensive search engine optimization ensures easy discoverability of content, delivering relevant and immediate results to users
  • More Ways to Stay Up-to-Date: Content alerts and RSS feeds to keep you updated with the latest published research, including journal tables of contents, EarlyView and AcceptedArticles articles, and search results.

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CQ Researcher

Are you looking for an interesting term paper topic?  The CQ Researcher database is a good place to browse to find topics of current interest, with background information, pro/con debates, and sources for additional information.  Recent topics include Google’s online dominance, college football as amateur athletics vs. training for professional leagues, and fairness in the U.S. student loan process.

CQ Researcher is often the first source that librarians recommend when researchers are seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are published online 44 times a year by CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE Publications.

Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. The consistent, reader-friendly organization provides researchers with an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.

CQ Researcher Online offers access to CQ Researcher reports dating back to 1991. PDF files are available for reports from January 1996; color PDFs are available for reports published after January 2001.

CQ Researcher’s predecessor, Editorial Research Reports, was co-founded by Richard M. Boeckel and Bertram Benedict in 1923. As a young Capitol Hill correspondent for the New York Tribune covering the League of Nations debate after World War I, Boeckel realized how little he and his fellow reporters knew about the background of the issues they were following. Because of that “guilty conscience,” as he called it, he enlisted two veteran Washington newsmen, Burt P. Garnett and Homer Dodge, to help him establish Editorial Research Reports. With the first weekly issue, dated September 1, 1923, ERR, as it was called, began providing in-depth reports on important issues of the day to subscribing newspapers, primarily for the benefit of editorial writers. In 1956, Congressional Quarterly purchased Editorial Research Reports and began publishing it under Boeckel’s continued editorial direction and staff. Boeckel served as editor of Editorial Research Report for ten more years – 43 in all. In 1991, the publication’s name was changed to CQ Researcher.

For more information on how to search this database, or to make an appointment with a librarian to provide instruction on the use of this database to a class or faculty meeting, contact a librarian.


Database of the Week

ProquestProQuest Dissertations and Theses — Full text is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research, PQDT — Full Text includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1996 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

More than 70,000 new full text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through dissertations publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide and collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations through UMI’s Digital Archiving and Access Program. Full Text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be native PDF, some PDF image.

Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Where available, PQDT — Full Text provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

For assistance in searching PQDT–Full Text, contact us at Wilson Library.

Database of the Week: Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

Produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska, the Mental Measurements Yearbook™ (MMY) provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,700 contemporary testing instruments. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership.

All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts. To be included in the MMY, a test must be commercially available, published in the English language, and be new or revised since it last appeared in the series.

First published by Oscar K. Buros, the MMY series allows users to make knowledgeable judgments and informed selection decisions about the increasingly complex world of testing. MMY provides coverage from Volume 9 to the present. Mental Measurements Yearbook via EBSCOhost® now includes the MMY Archive providing all yearbooks from the first edition in 1938, through the 18th yearbook released in 2010 raising the total number of full-text reviews available on the product to over 7,000.

This resource also includes the complete Tests in Print  database which is also produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska. Tests in Print (TIP) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s). A score index permits users to identify what is being measured by each test.

Tests in Print also guides readers to critical, candid test reviews published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) series. Tests in Print is an indispensable reference for professionals (including such areas as education, psychology, business) as well as anyone interested in the critical issues of tests and testing.

To learn more about this database, or to schedule a librarian to demonstrate the use of this database in a class or a department meeting, click here.

Database of the Week: eHRAF World Cultures

eHRAF World Cultures is an online cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life. The annually-growing eHRAF database is unique in that the information is organized into cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level.

Whether you are interested in learning about the North American Hmong’s beliefs in the causes and cures of diseases or the Pashtun’s religious views, this multi-cultural database provides you with in-depth information on all aspects of cultural and social life.

This ethnographic database is unique because each culture or ethnic group contains a variety of source documents (books, articles, and dissertations) that have been indexed and organized according to HRAF’s comprehensive culture and subject classification systems:the Outline of World Cultures and the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). These retrieval systems extend search capability well beyond keyword searching thus allowing for precise culture and subject retrieval, even in a foreign language.

As a multicultural database, eHRAF World Cultures appeals to many academic disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, medicine, and any other area with an interest in cultural diversity.

Features and Benefits

  • Brief overviews of cultures on general topics such as demography, economy, social organization and more.
  • Users can browse a single culture or conduct cross-cultural research within regions or throughout the world.
  • Users learn about cultural similarities and differences, about the cultural customs and ethnic beliefs of groups all over the world, including US and Canadian immigrants and Native North Americans.
  • The works include ethnohistories as well as recent ethnographies thus allowing for the fullest coverage of the culture

In the 1930s, behavioral scientists at Yale’s Institute of Human Relations started to develop a classification of cultural information by subject, providing quick access to research materials. Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) grew out of these efforts.  Founded in 1949 at Yale University, HRAF is a not-for-profit membership consortium of universities, colleges, and research institutions. Its mission is to provide information that facilitates the cross-cultural study of human behavior, society and culture.  Today, HRAF is committed to developing dynamic, fully-indexed electronic collections on the World Wide Web.

For assistance in using this database, or to schedule a librarian to present this database to a class session or department meeting, click here.

Database of the Week: Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center, produced by Gale Cengage, is the most current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource.  Its materials support interdisciplinary approaches and the development of critical thinking skills.   Researchers at all levels will find integrated information on authors and their works covering all genres and disciplines, and spanning centuries and continents.   Literature Resource Center supports coursework and research in English, World Literature, Film, Theater, and across the Humanities.

More than 145,000 complete entries from two award-winning series — Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography — deliver in-depth biographical, bibliographical and contextual information on authors’ lives and works.  More than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews from proprietary Gale titles — like Contemporary Literary Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism and Children’s Literature Review — provide unique insights for students and researchers

More than 1 million full-text articles, critical essays and reviews come from more than 450 scholarly journals and literary magazines.  More than 11,000 overviews of frequently studied works come from sources including Gale’s For Students series, Literature and Its Times and Characters in 20th-Century Fiction.  More than 5,000 plot summaries were specially commissioned for Literature Resource Center and written by Gale editors. Summaries include a strong emphasis on the social and historical context of works.

Content also includes:

  • More than 30,000 full-text contemporary poems, short stories and plays
  • More than 10,000 interviews with contemporary writers
  • More than 11,200 links to selected Web sites and more than 4,000 author portraits
  • Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature and Collegiate Dictionary

For assistance in using this database, or to schedule a class session or department meeting with a librarian to demonstrate the use of this database, click here.


Database of the Week: MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography provides a subject index for books, articles, and dissertations published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.  It is compiled by the staff of the MLA Office of Bibliographic Information Services with the cooperation of more than 100 contributing bibliographers in the United States and abroad.

Available as an online database through EBSCOhost at Wilson Library, the electronic version of the bibliography includes materials dating back to the 1920s and contains over 2.3 million citations from more than 4,400 journals & series, and 1,000 book publishers.

The indexed materials coverage is international and includes almost 60 titles from J-STOR’s language and literature collection as well as links to full text. This database includes journal abbreviations and acronyms for almost 3,500 titles, with full journal names standardized and ISSNs attached.

In addition to the bibliography, the database includes the MLA Directory of Periodicals; the association’s proprietary thesaurus used to assign descriptors to each record in the bibliography; and a proprietary, searchable directory of noted authors’ names, with links to brief descriptive notes.

Subject Scope of the MLA International Bibliography

Coverage includes literature from all over the world–Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Folklore is represented by folk literature, music, art, rituals, and belief systems. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and history of printing and publishing.

Works on literature that is transmitted orally, in print, or in audiovisual media and on human language, including both natural languages and invented languages (e.g., Esperanto, computer-programming languages), are listed. Works on subjects such as aesthetics, human behavior, communication, and information processes are included only if they treat human language or literature. There are no historical-period restrictions on language coverage. Works exclusively on classical Greek and Latin literatures, the Bible, or the Koran are excluded except as they relate to other literature or language topics within the scope of the bibliography. Works on the teaching of language, literature, and rhetoric and composition at the college level are listed. Works solely on secondary school teaching are excluded unless they contain significant discussion of postsecondary teaching.

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Database of the Week: Value Line

Value Line:  Financial information made brilliantly clear

Value Line is a complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, intelligently presented both in print and online, plus objective research, insightful commentary, proven price projections, and advanced analytical tools. Through numerous economic cycles, the long-term performance of our subscribers has achieved legendary status. Several key drivers account for these outstanding achievements:

• Data: A richly detailed and continuously updated compendium of current and historical market and financial data spanning thousands of U.S. companies, mutual funds and other securities, industry sectors, indices and economic variables. Value Line has been the uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased financial information since 1931.

• Tools: An unrivaled range of flexible, intuitive analytical tools that enable investors to visualize and manage impressive amounts of data with ease, gain a clear overview of the changing economic landscape, and navigate quickly and precisely toward their investing goals.

• Ranks: Value Line’s exclusive Timeliness™ ranking system—an “at-a-glance” prognosticator of 6-12 month relative price performance for approximately 1,700 actively traded U.S. stocks, ranging from 1 (highest) to 5 (lowest). Since 1965, higher-ranked stocks that have repeatedly outperformed market indices. Timeliness™ is based on a proprietary set of algorithms, and is complemented by our reliable Safety™ (volatility) and Technical™ (short-term statistical) ranks.

• Expert Analysis: Plus commentary and insights on companies, industries, markets and the economy, accessible in our individual stock reports and numerous other Value Line products. The judgments expressed are uncompromisingly objective, a trustworthy source of astute investment guidance.

• People: An independent professional staff of over 70 researchers, security analysts and statisticians, dedicated to the principles of objectivity, thoroughness and accuracy. This unparalleled assemblage of intellectual capital—one of the largest in the world— is truly Value Line’s core asset.

• Renowned Publications: Far-reaching in content and number, online and in print, headed by the flagship Value Line Investment Survey. This legendary resource delivers financial information encyclopedic in scope, yet coherently organized and readily comprehended. Three sections issued weekly, with frequent online updates, include:

  • Ratings and Reports: Cyclically updated, in-depth full-page reviews and incisive analyst commentaries on approximately 1,700 of the most actively traded stocks, in over 90 industries, with historical and current financial results, price and earnings projections, charts, our respected Timeliness, Safety, and Technical™ Ranks, and more.
  • Summary & Index: Gain a panoramic overview of the investing landscape using broad compilations of critical datapoints for all companies and industries in the Survey, including performance, ranking changes and price/earnings projections. Use Value Line’s  powerful screening features to home in on timely opportunities.
  • Selection & Opinion:  Enjoy lively news and commentary on markets and the economy from Value Line’s knowledgeable analysts. View close examination of selected “story” stocks and industries. And track standard and customized model portfolios suited to your investing style.

For assistance in using this database, or to schedule a class session or department meeting with a librarian to demonstrate the use of this database, click here.

Database of the Week: In The First Person, an index to letters, diaries, oral histories, and personal narratives

 

In the First Person is a free, high quality, professionally published, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world.

It lets you keyword search more than 700,000 pages of full-text by more than 18,000 individuals from all walks of life. It also contains pointers to some 4,300 audio and video files and 30,000 bibliographic records.

The index contains approximately 20,500 months of diary entries, 63,000 letter entries, and 17,000 oral history entries.

Approximately 25% of the index points to materials that are in copyright. These materials can be purchased as a subscription.  See the In the First Person website for details.

To describe the database purely in terms of numbers misses the wonder of the stories and individuals that the index points to. Here you can search and explore the personal thoughts of thousands of individuals from all walks of life and through hundreds of years of history. It’s a unique tool that can search such a broad swathe of human thought so easily.

The publisher’s  goal is the in-depth indexing of all editorially valuable first-person content in English available on the Web around the world, and to provide bibliographic records for all first person narratives.

For assistance in using this database, or to schedule a class session or department meeting with a librarian to demonstrate the use of this database, click here.