There appears to be some confusion about the CDROM stations. Just to clarify, Station #3 (the new Dell computer on the CDROM tables beside station #4) is both an Info Commons machine (and therefore available for student use) as well as a back up machine for the CDROMs installed on Station #4.
All the products will run on Station #4 and most of these will run on Station #3, except for some products with really OLD software!!
Carolle Guthrie keeps the list of which CDs are on which machine (the red folder at the Ref Desk) up to date and this list is also available in the Reference Manual on the Intranet. http://gateway.uvic.ca/intra/units/reference/refmnl/cd_roms.html
I've just posted two new research guides: BC newspapers and Prairie Newspapers - these include current and historical papers in all formats, as well as indexes and directories for these. The rest of the country, US and other international and one specifically for 'current news sources'* will come shortly.
These were made with Ian's assistance and input, thank you so much!
I tried my best to explain the leg library indexes - it's a limited number of subjects that they indexed, which isn't consistant over time, and there are small and large gaps of years. There are other index sources, but you often need to use them in combination.
*current news sources will satisfy a need for Political Science; I hope it'll be useful beyond that, too.
I may be behind the times here, ...
but I've just noticed that google is indexing articles found in Looksmart's online index of freely available articles, and they are coming up at the top of results lists more frequently than ever. I know that many students have found this service, and are using it instead of our subscription indexes - students I've talked to think it's 'the same' as our subscriptions!
This is a useful thing for Poli Sci students, who want the most current info from places like The Statesman or the Economist, and similar journalistic publications, but it's scope is smaller than WPSA, and it only indexes those articles for which there is continuing full text online, and free. Not the most scholarly content. You can see the list of publications on the site.
As part of the REFE 3 4 5 Project we now have access to Wilson's Book Review Digest Plus
Simulataneous Users: 1
Book Review Digest Plus brings together data of Book Review Digest, which includes descriptive summaries of books as well as excerpts of book reviews, with all the book review citations and full text of book reviews from eleven other H. W. Wilson indexes. Every book in Book Review Digest Plus appears with all its reviews together. A single book can have as little as one review citation and as much as a descriptive summary and many reviews with excerpts and full text, depending upon the coverage the book received in the reviewing literature. Books in all languages and from all countries qualify to be included if they are reviewed in one of the review sources indexed. The database includes children’s books as well as book for adults and young adults. The form of the authors’ and reviewers’ names is that found in the books or in the reviewing sources.
If anyone wants to do AskRef at the Reference desk during slow times, I have the password provided by Jerry. He says to keep the password guarded for obvious reasons.
For the time being I will put it in the little notebook kept in the top drawer.
Description: The CBCA Business database collection provides in depth access to a broad range of Canadian business periodicals. Over 400 journals make up the collection, with file depth back to the early 1980s. Trade journals, general business publications, academic journals, topical journals, and professional publications are all included.
Coverage: early 1980's -
Please Note: ELN advised institutions that for the upcoming year 2004/05 a subsidy from Ministry of Advanced Education would cover the costs of licensing CBCA Business. UVic will take advantage of this opportunity and will need to decide if they wish to permanently add this title to the exisiting CBCA suite of products currently subscribed to.
Accessible from the Databases A-Z page as well as the Databases by Subject page.
I've put some notes for the "Canada before Confederation" class in the assignments binder. You may remember that these students had incredibly difficulty with their first assignment.
Students are required to find 5 secondary and 1 primary source for this 10-page essay.
The instructor expects that the best resource for the primary sources will be the CIHM collection, so please direct students there. Remember that items in this collection are catalogued individually in our Main Library Catalogue, with electronic links included in the record.
For secondary sources, books and journal articles (America: History and Life) will suffice. Another resource that I've found very helpful, especially with regards to native-european relations, is the Encylopedia of the North American Colonies - REF E45 E54. Additionally, the new online Jesuit collection might be helpful for those students doing that specific topic. Students have been told that they are not to use any secondary sources older 25 or 30 years, and absolutely nothing older than 1960. It will differ significantly from the older secondary material, due to the reinterpretation of Canadian History (especially regarding Native and French issues).
Hope that helps! Send any 'puzzlers' to me, as usual. I've been told that the students (100 of them) are very anxious about this assignment.
We now have access to FIAF -- International Film Archive Database
FIAF International Film Archive database is an acclaimed international compendium of information on film and television from International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). It covers film literature from 300 periodicals since 1972, and includes the FIAF thesaurus. Additionally, the database features print sources for 22,000 silent films, a bibliography of FIAF members' publications and a directory of film and TV documentation collections.
Platform: Webspirs 5.03
Simultaneous Users: 1
Print Equivalent: International Index to Film Periodicals.
Available from the Databases A-Z page and through the catalogue.
Plesae note: SFU and OVID are working on configuring this database with GODOT so for the time being the "Where can I get this link?" has been removed. They expect to have it working shortly.
A new resource has been added to the Databases A-Z page:
Browseable and keyword-searchable archive of full text articles in the
cognitive sciences, provided free online via voluntary participation by the
authors. Not meant to be an exhaustive database of published articles.
Since it seems GODOT might be undergoing some redesign, may I make another observation. Numerous students have approached me with the ISSN, rather than the call# for a journal they're trying to find at UVic. When you click on "CHK" to check UVic's journal holdings (from the GODOT results screen), the call# disappears and only the ISSN is given. This confuses students and I wonder if this could be changed? Just a suggestion.
I'm just wondering if there's been a change in procedure regarding locking the reference desk drawers. The top drawer has been locked in addition to the regular locking of the third (keyboard) drawer. Could someone verify if locking up the top drawer is indeed a new procedure?
We have added an entry on the Databases Page for the Curriculum Laboratory Picture Database
This is an extensive database of pictures, charts, posters, maps, unit plans, Jackdaws and other topical information developed by the UVic Curriculum Laboratory.
As part of the REFE 3 4 5 Project we have been able to purchase Index Islamicus.
The Index Islamicus database indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. It is produced by the Islamic Bibliography Unit at Cambridge University Library. The Unit was established in 1983 to continue the compilations and publications of the Index Islamicus bibliography and to transmit knowledge about Islamic and Middle East studies, which have been part of the curriculum at Cambridge University since the early 17th century. Records included in the database cover almost a century of publications, with some going back to 1906.
Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 2,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.
Available from the Gateway on the Databases A-Z page in addition to Databases by Subject page.
We now have access to WPSA - Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
CSA's Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000.
WPSA provides citations, abstracts and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public administration, and public policy. Coverage: 1975 - present
There are referring notes from the ABC Pol Sci CD and IPSA - International Political Science alerting users of the new database that is meant to replace both of these titles.
Available from the Datbases A-Z and by subject pages.
In response to the last few postings about this topic, I talked to Karen Carter in Interlibrary loan. I needed to know for sure. Here is her response:
We have minimal involvement with Document Delivery direct requests, as was the intention of the "unmediated" service. I believe that if a borrower tried to request a book held only electronically by the lender, they would receive a cancellation message with the reason being "copyright restriction" or something to that effect. How much or how little information a lender provides is beyond our control. This is partly determined by what system the lending library uses to manage their requests. We frequently see "copyright restriction" cancellation messages when articles are requested from electronic journals.
As you may know, some agreements for electronic holdings allow copying for Interlibrary Loans while others do not. At present this information is not easily determined. There is no cataloguing note to indicate "contract allows Interlibrary Loan copying" or anything to that effect. On the whole, libraries tend to exercise caution when it comes to copying from electronic resources. It would be advisable for borrowers to avoid requesting material held only electronically. If they find both electronic and paper holdings, assume that the electronic holdings are not available for Interlibrary Loan. If necessary, borrowers can send us a "mediated" Interlibrary Loan request instead, reminding us that they only found electronic holdings. We would try to find a library with the paper holdings. As some items only exist electronically, we may not be able to help.
The good news is that maybe with the re-structuring of the new Doc. Delivery and ILL pages and the screen that students see when they do a "where can I get this" may help us to alert students as to where to request from.
'The Librarian': The Fog of Facts
By NEIL GENZLINGER
This book review just appeared in the NY Times.
By Larry Beinhart.
432 pp. Nation Books. $15.95.
"POOR librarians. Soon, no doubt, to go the way of blacksmiths and town criers, their chosen field made obsolete by Internet search engines and self-perpetuating electronic databases. But first, one last hurrah, in Larry Beinhart's raucous new novel, ''The Librarian,'' in which a Dewey decimal doofus holds in his hands nothing less than the fate of the free world."
In a class the other day I was asked what happens when only one insititution is listed for document delivery and that copy is not available. Katherine followed up with the Interlibrary loan office -- and in this case students can request a copy through interlibrary loan. They must remember to put a note in the note field that the copy at the insitituion which owns it is not available.
To follow-up on a question a week or two ago about where students can find slides on campus. History in Art students can be directed to the Slide Library in the History in Art Department. Visual Art students can't use this collection but there is a copy-stand for them to use in the Visual Arts building. All other students can use the copy stand in the Curriculum Library to make their own slides.
Just wondering if it would be possible to add a message to the Godot results page to let students know that they won't receive articles if they order from a library that only has electronic access to the journal. I often have disappointed students asking why their request is returned "cannot be filled due to copyright restrictions" when they order an article that was listed as an "Internet" resource on another library's holdings. The REQ button often still shows up for these. I realize that the software likely can't distinguish which resources are available for copying, but couldn't there be some blanket warning against ordering from a library that only has the e-journal?
We have a 30 day trial to the following music databases:
RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals 1800-1950
The Répertoire international de la presse musicale (RIPM) is one of four international cooperative bibliographic undertakings in music, alongside Le Répertoire international des sources musicales (RISM), Le Répertoire international de littérature musicale (RILM), and Le Répertoire international d’iconographie musicale (RIdIM). These are current bibliographic documentation projects in the field of music research.
Of the four ‘Rs’ RIPM alone focuses on nineteenth-century music and musical life. RIPM was established to provide access to eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodical literature dealing with music. RIPM represents the first effort to undertake and to coordinate retrospective periodical indexing on an international scale.
IPM Index to Printed Music: Collections and Series
The Index to Printed Music: Collections & Series combines the Index Database, the Bibliography Database and the Names Database into the only electronic title for finding individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions. Because it indexes each individual piece in a collection, it provides superior access for scholars, performers, teachers, and other researchers. Music for specific performing forces is easily retrievable, thus offering detailed repertory for performers, conductors, and directors of ensembles.
Both are postsed on the New Trial Databases page
Trial dates: October 15th-November 15th
We have access to the full text within Wilson's Biological and Agricultural Index. You will see it displayed as Biological and Agricultural Plus. It only comes in the 'Plus" format and is included in our license agreement with ELN at no additional charge.
There are now two new Engineering and Computer Science resources available from the Databases page. They are:
DBLP - Digital Bibliography & Library Project
DBLP provides bibliographic information on major computer science journals and proceedings.
CiteSeer Scientific Literature Digital Library
CiteSeer is a scientific literature digital library that aims to improve the dissemination and feedback of scientific literature, and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness.
CiteSeer provides algorithms, techniques, and software that can be used in other digital libraries. CiteSeer indexes Postscript and PDF research articles on the Web.
Inba has provided info about the English 500 library assignment, which I've put into the ref desk "class assignment" binder.
Google launches Google Print which allows users to search through the pages of books.
Read about it in an article in "USA today" entitled Google launches Amazon style book search business.
Just FYI ... A student pointed out that the fulltext of a relevant article is available free online, which he found by Googling it. It's one of the articles retrieved from Web of Science or Bio&Agr Index searching on this beet experiment for Bio students. The citation comes up near the top of the result list if you search one of these databases using something like:
(beet or beets or beta vulgaris) and (pigment* or betaycyanin*) and (thermal or temperature or heat* or cool* or chill*)
The citation for the free article is (we don't have this issue, but UofA does):
Herbach KM, Stintzing FC, Carle R
Impact of thermal treatment on color and pigment pattern of red beet (Beta vulgaris L.) preparations
JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE 69 (6): C491-C498 AUG 2004
Just search for the article title on Google, and it should come up 1st or 2nd (one says "store" as site listing). Free in PDF on JFS online.
Fron Simon's email:
Computing and Systems Services (CASS) would like all Libraries staff to
be aware of changes to the wireless network in McPherson. They have
sent the following information:
There are now two wireless networks: UVicOpen (Guest) and UVicDefault
- The same wireless network that has been in use for the past several
- Requires 802.1x authentication
- This service has been available in the library since Friday, October
- Still requires netlink authentication
- NOT secure. Regular users of the wireless network should use the
- Fallback for people that have network cards incompatible with AEGIS.
We don't anticipate any problems for current users. However, if users
are having trouble connecting to the wireless network, please encourage
them to visit http://web.uvic.ca/wireless. They are also welcome to
visit the UVic Computer Help Desk.
Geog 101B class is doing its perennial Victoria land use assignment.
The "reserve" maps are in the map library, in the top drawer marked "Map Reserve" 101B, across from the entrance to the Reserve Room.
We have "reserve airphoto packets" containg photos from the 1920s or 40s through 1997 (about 6 years in each packet) which can be borrowed at the main Reserve/Loan Desk. Just ask for the "airphoto packet" for "Area A", "Area B", etc. 2 hour loan.
Looking for extra maps-- they can look under the call numbers for specific cities:
Victoria = G3514.54 V5...
Saanich = G3514.54 S2...
Oak Bay = G3514.54 O3...
Posted on behalf of Sarah Riecken:
Please do not accept gifts at the Reference Desk. This is a reminder that all inquiries made in person regarding gifts and donations should now be forwarded to the main loan desk (weekends too). Loan desk staff will provide donors with the donation form and policy brochure and have a temporary storage area for donated items.
Telephone and e-mail inquiries can be directed to Collections and Preservation Services (250) 721-8244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a new Gateway page called Gifts to the Libraries (http://gateway.uvic.ca/dept/col/howdoi/makeadonation.html) linked from the How Do I tab that provides an overview to making a donation. It includes printable versions of the donation form and policy brochure.
Please contact Sarah Riecken in the Collections and Preservation Services Office (email@example.com) if you have any questions regarding gifts.
Since we were discussing it at Friday's Strategic planning session, Here are the tenure guidlines developed by the American Association of History and Computing, in partnership with MLA and the American Political Science Association -- It's interesting, in part, because it assumes that online or alternative modes of publication are valid. It doesn't come out and say that, it's just a clear underlying assumption. The intro says that they saw an immediate and critical need for such guidelines!
I recently found out that all Physical Education Master's projects are NOT in the library, but rather are kept in the P.E. Resource Room in McKinnon 163. The hours of the resource room are: Monday 8:30 to 3:30; Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The resource room supervisor for this term is Carolyn Rudden firstname.lastname@example.org
Master's theses and PhD dissertations are in McPherson.
Most other Education Master's projects are in the Curriculum Lab - 2nd floor gallery level and are best searched as keyword searches: project and master and a topic. For example, project and master and leadership
A colleague pointed out this article on what makes a healthy or unhealthy working environment, with regard to Libraries.. how many previous workplaces can you identify?
I had a chance to show the RedLightGreen catalog to several classes that I have taught recently. I think we need to add it to the Gateway under Books etc.
To refresh your memory, RedLightGreen catalog is a subset of the RLG union catalog designed specifically with an interface for undergraduates. Any comments?