Issue 1, November, 1998. The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama, published irregularly as a service to the University Community.

New Databases

EBSCOhost is brand new and can be accessed from a red Ebsco button on the homepage. The Network of Alabama Academic Libraries has secured new consortium prices for both InfoTrac and EBSCOhost for all academic libraries in the state. Ebscohost provides two databases: an academic index called Academic Search FULLTEXT Elite for 3200 journals and magazines (1000 of which are full-text) and ERIC, the major database for education information. Remote access to Ebscohost is coming soon so you will be able to use it from home..

Dissertation Abstracts International is listed alphabetically under the red button entitled Electronic Indexes on the homepage. The library has had a limited version of this index on a CD-ROM for a couple of years, but is delighted to have the chance to provide the complete database of dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present to on-campus users from their own desktop. In addition users can order electronic versions which can be downloaded in a variety of formats directly from UMI with only a brief wait between credit card payment and access.

Anthropological Index has been added to the links available under the Electronic Indexes button on the homepage. It is free to not-for-profit organizations and until recently has only indexed the most recent year. We recently found it to be greatly expanded, offering access to articles back to the '60s in many journals not indexed by other USA library indexes.

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Need help with any of these databases? Call your favorite Reference Librarian or the Reference Desk at 460-7025, 6-7025












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LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe came online this summer. The library has had modem access to LEXIS for several years, but now an academic version is available on your campus desktop from the red Lexis-Nexis button on our homepage. Do you need newspaper articles from all over the world, the Alabama Code, Federal court cases, business info, trade journal articles, foreign language news--all full-text? Try it. It is amazing. The library was able to secure a subscription because of consortium pricing through SOLINET, our southeast OCLC provider. Unfortunately it is NOT available from off campus due to our licensing agreement with the publisher.

Sociological Abstracts The University Library recently added this sociology database to its FirstSearch subscription. It can be used to identify research in sociology, social work and related topics such as aging, race relations and urban studies. The database covers 1963 to the present and includes abstracts of journal articles, association papers, dissertations and book reviews. Access is to citation and abstract only--there is no full text. You can find it under both FirstSearch and Electronic Indexes on the University homepage. Link to "All Databases" once you are in FirstSearch to see all that USA subscribes to and remember to use the "EXIT" button when done with your searching--this allows another researcher to use one of the three FirstSearch ports for which we have a subscription.


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