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News bites from your librarian | Fall '13

E-books: Need your questions

The librarians will be meeting this week with the vendor who will be providing the e-books for our new patron-driven acquisition model that I discussed at the Welcome Back meeting. If you have questions about how these books will work, please email them to me ASAP.

Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Routledge are among the many, many publishers who participate in this model. A full list is available here.

Specific questions I am attempting to get answered:

  • Can we have more than one simultaneous user per book?
  • Is it possible to link to these e-books for course reserves?
  • If the e-books are PDF files, what type are they?
  • Can they be downloaded onto local machines, and you can make copies of excerpts to use in your teaching?

Targeted instruction sessions

The libraries' instruction framework will be targeting research and writing intensive courses beginning in Fall 2013. The goal of these sessions is to teach students' core skills at different points in their academic careers.

At the 099 level, we'll be teaching students about using the library website and avoiding plagiarism. Upper-level courses can be tailored to cover the academic or professional skills your students need.

If your course is on this list and you have not scheduled a session with me, please do so as soon as possible.

Database update I: Web of Knowledge

Thomson Reuters' Web of Knowledge platform has undergone significant upgrades since last semester. Best known for its Web of Science search for scholarly literature, this database contains:

  • 18,711 journal titles
  • 12,000 conference proceedings annually
  • 2.6 million data studies and data sets
  • 23.6 million inventions/51.8 million patents
  • 50,000 scholarly e-books

The new feature that I want to highlight for researchers is The Data Citation Index. It contains data studies and data sets from international data repositories. Learn more and find links to training.

Database update II: Changes to HBR

Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, Harvard Business Review made 500 selected articles “read-only” in the Business Source Complete database. This change will affect all Murray State users; and means that the affected articles can only be read online; but not printed, downloaded, or linked to in Canvas.*

More about this decision and what it means for us at Murray State is explained here.

New books

To see what books were added to Waterfield Library the last few months:

If there is a book or another item that you would like to be added to our collection, contact your faculty ordering representative. The next deadline for faculty ordering is Oct. 31.

Office hours

Have a question? Stop by or direct students to my office hours in 207C Business North:
  • Mondays 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.-noon
  • Thursdays 1-3 p.m.