Thursday, December 1, 2005

Reference Information Bulletin--December 2005
ERIC is available from CSA Illumina

TWU Libraries' access to the ERIC database has moved from EBSCOhost to CSA Illumina. The new CSA version provides expansive search options and includes links to sources for the full text of many articles.

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is an essential database for educational literature. ERIC provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs . The database is updated monthly and contains over 1 million records dating back to 1966.

CSA Illumina provides both a Quick Search, with a preset publication dates limit option, and an Advanced Search, with limit options for publication dates, English language, and journal articles only.

The Search Tools tab provides additional search options:

  • "Thesaurus" lets you browse for authorized subject descriptors assigned to items in the database, select the descriptors you want to use for your search, and then run a search on the terms chosen.
  • "Indexes" lets you verify and select an author's name, a particular journal title, or the correct designations for publication types and then run a search on your selection.
  • "History" retains a record of all searches undertaken since connecting to the database
  • "Combine Searches" lets you select prior searches to be run again in combination.

It is possible to save searches permanently and to set up search and journal contents alerts in a personal account. Search results can be marked, downloaded, printed, emailed, or exported. Individual items may include a link to a full text copy, a link to search the TWU Libraries online catalog, and/or a link to generate an Interlibrary Loan request for the item.

A "Logout" link in the left corner of the CSA screen is used to exit the database when searching is finished.

ERIC is linked to its new location on the "Education" Subject Guide and in both the Databases "A-Z" and "Descriptions" lists.

If you have any questions, the reference staff will be glad to provide assistance. Please email us using our Ask a Librarian Form.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Research Information Bulletin--November 2005

Database - Nursing & Health Sciences: A SAGE Full Text Collection
November 2005

The TWU Libraries subscribe to Nursing & Health Sciences: A SAGE Full Text Collection through CSA Illumina. This database includes the full text of 26 journals published by SAGE and participating societies. Every bibliographic record in the Collection links to the appropriate full-text in PDF format.

This database covers a wide range of topic areas including:

  • nursing and nursing research
  • nursing theory
  • health services & administration
  • public policy & public administration
  • community / public health nursing
  • health communication, health education & health promotion
  • holistic nursing
  • pediatrics and pediatric nursing
  • aging and gerontology
  • social studies of health, cultural studies, family studies
  • sociology of the family
  • child psychiatry, transcultural psychiatry, and health psychology
  • clinical psychology, developmental psychology, psychopathology
  • autism, dementia, and mental disorders & learning disability
  • physiology, physical medicine & rehabilitation
  • health evaluation and research methods & evaluation

CSA Illumina provides both a Quick Search (with preset date-range options) and Advanced Search (with date-range options) as well as the ability to add additional search textboxes for more complicated queries.

Go to TWU Library
Click on the Research Tab
Select the Databases A-Z link
Select Nursing & Health Sciences: A SAGE Full Text Collection
Login with your Portal Username and Password
Begin searching

If you have any questions, the reference staff will be glad to provide assistance. Please email us using our Ask a Librarian Form.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Research Information Bulletin--November 2005

Database - In the First Person

Imagine seeing into the minds of tens of thousands of individuals, asking personal questions, and getting answers within seconds. In the First Person, you'll discover people in 1930 remembering their conversations with Crazy Horse; immigrants describing what it was like to come through Ellis Island; politicians detailing the secrets and behind-the-scenes influences that never were reported in the news; a firsthand account of a smallpox outbreak in Virginia in 1792; and women columnists describing what it took to break into journalism in the 1990s. In their own words, these and tens of thousands of other voices tell us about their lives, loves, careers, challenges, accomplishments, spiritual and identity struggles, and countless other memories.

Unique features of this project:

  • It's collaborative. Libraries, museums, and archives will be able to post primary materials to the site and suggest that specific links be indexed. A group of internal and external editors will moderate the process.
  • It's scholarly. All materials and links included in the database are closely vetted.
  • It has Alexander Street's Semantic Indexing.
  • Users will be able to browse and search materials in way never before possible.

Authorized subscribers will be able to hyperlink to the full-text within the following databases:

  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries
  • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries
  • Oral History Online
  • Black Thought and Culture
  • Early Encounters in North America : Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment
  • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories
  • The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
  • Women and Social Movements in the U.S.
  • North American Indian Biographical Database
  • Latino Literature

From your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.)

Go to TWU Library
Select the Research Tab
Click on the Databases A-Z link
Select In the First Person from the A-Z Database List
Login with your Portal Username and Password
Begin searching

If you have any questions, the reference staff will be glad to provide assistance. Please email us using our Ask a Librarian Form.

Sunday, October 2, 2005

Reference Information Bulletins--October 2005
Every semester brings new challenges and opportunities to learn. If you are confused about what's changed or what hasn't changed in the library, then schedule an appointment with a librarian, attend a small group class, or bring your class to a Library Instruction session. You'll get the latest information on our services and what research tools we have.

Ask A Librarian
  • Do you have a Reference Question but no time to call or come to the library?
  • Would you like assistance from a Librarian delivered right to your email inbox?

Then the "Ask a Librarian" service is for you! You can post a Reference Question to the team of Librarians at the Blagg-Huey Library and they will answer your via email.

What types of questions should you post to "Ask A Librarian?"
  • Assistance finding information on a specific subject.
  • Assistance in picking databases for content/subjects/full text or particular journals.
  • Assistance with the Online Catalog
  • Guidance using the Library's print collection of Reference Sources
  • A detailed Reference Question that will require the Librarian to search sources and email you an answer or a list or resources.

The following questions are welcome, and may be forwarded to the appropriate department.
  • Questions involving Circulation issues such as fines/holds.
  • Questions regarding problems with Venus, Blackboard or Portal accounts.
  • Requests involving resources in the Woman's collection/Vault

To sign up your workshops for Houston Instruction
  • Call Marilyn Goff at 713-794-2481 or ext. 84-2481
  • Or send an email request to MGoff@twu.edu

To post a question go to http://www.twu.edu/library/form/aska_form.htm
Detailed guidelines regarding the service will help you when using "Ask a Librarian"
For Assistance call: 940-898-3701 and Ask for Librarian On Duty
Look for the next Reference Bulletin!

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Research Information Bulletin--October 2005

Database: Women and Social Movements

The TWU Libraries provide access to the Women and Social Movements database, a joint venture between the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and Alexander Street Press of Alexandria, Virginia. Women and Social Movements' coverage is United States history and United States women's history between 1600 and 2000.

Women and Social Movements contains specific document projects, documents pertaining to women and social movements, a dictionary of social movements and organizations, a chronology of United States Women's History, and teaching tools with lesson ideas and document-based questions.

• "Current Issue" gives access to the most recent issue of the Women and Social Movements ( WASM ) online journal.

• The "Browse" command permits you to access the main content of the database--Document Projects, Sources, Documents, Images, and Teaching Tools. It also gives you access to index tools for analyzing the content-Authors, Social Movements, and Subjects.

• The "Find" command permits you to locate Authors, Social Movements and Subjects by specific criteria.

• The " Search Texts" command provides access to simple and advanced text searching across the database.

Woman and Social Movements is linked on the "Women's Studies" Subject Guide or it can be accessed through the Databases A-Z page.



If you have any questions, the reference staff will be glad to provide assistance. Please email us using our Ask a Librarian Form.

Friday, September 2, 2005

Research Information Bulletins--September 2005

Sociological Abstracts has moved!
TWU Libraries access to the Sociological Abstracts database has moved from FirstSearch to CSA Illumina. The new CSA version provides more expansive search options and includes links to sources for the full text of many articles.

Sociological Abstracts, the premier research database for sociological research, indexes and summarizes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines from 1963 to the present. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,809 serial publications. It also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Many records from key journals published since 2001 include the references cited in the bibliography of the source article, and each of the individual references may also have links to an abstract and/or to other papers that cite it.

CSA Illumina provides both a Quick Search, with a preset publication dates limit option, and an Advanced Search, with limit options for publication dates, English language, and journal articles only.

The Search Tools tab provides additional search options. "Thesaurus" lets you browse for authorized subject descriptors assigned to items in the database, select the descriptors you want to use for your search, and then run a search on the terms chosen. "Indexes" lets you verify and select an author's name, a particular journal title, or the correct designations for publication types and then run a search on your selection. "History" retains a record of all searches undertaken since connecting to the database and "Combine Searches" lets you select prior searches to be run again in combination.

It is possible to save searches permanently and to set up search and journal contents alerts in a personal account. Search results can be marked, downloaded, printed, emailed, or exported.

A "Logout" link in the left corner of the CSA screen is used to exit the database when searching is finished.

Sociological Abstracts is linked to its new location on the "Sociology and Social Work" Subject Guide and in both the Databases "A-Z" and "Descriptions" lists.

If you have any questions, the reference staff will be glad to provide assistance. Please email us using our Ask a Librarian Form.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Reference Information Bulletin--September 2005
Reading and Children's Books microfiche collections in new location.
Early American Children's Books (Kraus-Thomson)
Books in A. S. W. Rosenbach's private collection of historical children's books.

Print guide:
Early American Children's Books.
Z 1037 .A1 R8 1966
Index of Authors and Titles
Z 1037 .A1 R8 1966 Index

Martin Kling Targeted Reading Collection (Alvina Treut Burrows Institute)
An important collection of critically reviewed reading research, the 900 references are indexed by author and subject. It also includes a bibliography of all research reviewed. Annotated author, subject and citation indexes on cards are filed before the microfiche.

Print guide:
Martin Kling Targeted Reading Collection
(Author/Category Index)
LB 1050 .K6 M37 1982

Opie Collection of Children's Literature (U.M.I.) Units 1-59
Chiefly British children's books, from the earliest to the present, collected by Iona and Peter Opie, and housed in the Bodleian Library of Oxford University.

Print guide:
Guide to the Microfiche Collection: Unit ...
Z 6520 .C5 O64 1990 Unit ...

A collection of 10,000 titles of research on reading topics assembled by William S. Gray and other specialists from journals, books, research reports, and other monographs published between 1884 and 1989. The collection is b ased on the Annual Summary of Investigations Relating to Reading and published in various places since 1900. It is accompanied by annotated author/chronological and subject indexes on cards filed before the microfiche and author alphabetical and category indexes in a binder, which also includes an introduction to the collection.

Print guide:
The William S. Gray Research Collection in Reading (Author/Category Index)
LB 1573 .W55 [binder]

If you have any questions, the reference staff will be glad to provide assistance. Please email us using our Ask a Librarian Form.

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Reference Information Bulletin--August 2005
Library Instruction for your Classes

Reference Librarians are available to instruct your students on library services and resources. Sessions are custom-designed to meet your course needs. We offer Research Overview Workshops (usually 1 session/about 1.5 hrs. of class time) and Comprehensive Research Workshops (2-3 sessions/about 3 hrs of class time).

Your students might also benefit from our online tutorial.

To sign up your classes for Denton instruction:

To sign up your classes for Dallas Instruction - Parkland

  • call Eula Oliphant at 214-689-6585 or ext. 82-6585
  • or send an email request to EOliphant@twu.edu
  • or stop by the Parkland Library Circulation Desk and complete a "Library Instruction Request" form

To sign up your classes for Dallas Instruction - Presbyterian

  • call Elaine Cox at 214-706-2390 or ext. 83-2390
  • or send an email request to ECox@twu.edu
  • or stop by the Presbyterian Library Circulation Desk and complete a "Library Instruction Request" form

To sign up your classes for Houston Instruction

  • call Marilyn Goff at 713-794-2481 or ext. 84-2481
  • or send an email request to MGoff@twu.edu

The following information is needed:

  • Faculty name, phone number, and e-mail address
  • Course name and number
  • Number of students
  • Date and time and alternate date and time of requested session
  • Assignment/s that will be given
  • Special topics or databases that need to be covered

Information Literacy Skills

1. Recognize and articulate the need for information
2. Identify and use a wide variety of information sources
3. Select and use online catalogs, databases, and the Internet to find and retrieve information
4. Access and use information ethically and legally
5. Analyze and evaluate information


Look for the next Monthly Bulletin!
If you have additional questions, please contact us through the Ask a Librarian form.


Monday, August 1, 2005

Reference Information Bulletin--August 2005

Nine databases are gone but not lost

When new Texshare licenses went into effect July 2005, the TWU Libraries lost access to nine databases. The good news is that they were only subsections of two larger databases - Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier - which we still have. None of the content has been lost.

You can find everything that was in the following databases by searching Academic Search Premier:

Computer Source
Health Source: Nursing Academic
Professional Development Collection (education)
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Sociological Collection

You can find everything that was in the following databases by searching MasterFILE Premier:

Health Source: Consumer Edition
MAS Ultra (education)
Middle Search Plus (education)

Links to Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier can be found on the Databases webpage (http://www.twu.edu/library/articles/title_az.htm) both in the A-Z Title List and in the Descriptions list. Links also may be found on many Subject Guides (http://www.twu.edu/library/search/guides.htm).

For Assistance Call:

  • Denton - (940) 898-3702, Ask for the Librarian on Duty
  • Dallas Parkland - (214) 689-6580, Ask for Eula Oliphant
  • Dallas Presbyterian - (214) 706-2395, Ask for Elaine Cox
  • Houston - (713) 794-2481, Ask for Marilyn Goff


Look for the next Monthly Bulletin!
If you have additional questions, please contact us through the Ask a Librarian form.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Research Information Bulletin--June 2005

Marquis Who's Who on the Web, a 'high-speed', searchable online database, features comprehensive profiles on 1.2 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. Recognized globally since 1899 as the premier biographical data provider, Marquis Who's Who now give you the ability to conduct powerful searches of its entire database of achievers from around the globe. Search by name, gender, occupation, geography, hobbies and interests, religion and much more.

For Assistance Call:

  • Denton - (940) 898-3702, Ask for the Librarian on Duty
  • Dallas Parkland - (214) 689-6580, Ask for Eula Oliphant
  • Dallas Presbyterian - (214) 706-2395, Ask for Elaine Cox
  • Houston - (713) 794-2481, Ask for Marilyn Goff


Look for the next Monthly Bulletin!


If you have additional questions, please contact us through the Ask a Librarian form.

Sunday, January 2, 2005

Research Information Bulletin--January 2005

Every semester brings new challenges and opportunities to learn. If you are confused about what's changed or what hasn't changed in the library, you may schedule an appointment with a librarian, attend a small group Library Workshop, or bring your classes to Library Instruction sessions. You'll get the latest information on our services and research tools.

Reference Librarians are available to instruct you and your students on library services and resources. Sessions are custom-designed to meet your course needs. Presentations often include demonstrations of electronic databases, Internet resources and printed materials.

To sign up your classes for Denton instruction:

To sign up your classes for Dallas Instruction - Parkland

  • Call Eula Oliphant at 214-689-6585 or ext. 82-6585
  • Or send an email request to EOliphant@twu.edu
  • Or stop by the Parkland Library Circulation Desk and complete a "Library Instruction Request" form

To sign up your classes for Dallas Instruction - Presbyterian

  • Call Elaine Cox at 214-706-2390 or ext. 83-2390
  • Or send an email request to ecox@twu.edu
  • Or stop by the Presbyterian Library Circulation Desk and complete a "Library Instruction Request" form

To sign up your classes for Houston Instruction

  • Call Marilyn Goff at 713-794-2481 or ext. 84-2481
  • Or send an email request to MGoff@twu.edu

The following information is needed:

  • Faculty name, phone number, and e-mail address
  • Course name and number
  • Number of students
  • Date and time and alternate date and time of requested session
  • Assignment/s that will be given
  • Special topics or databases that need to be covered


Look for the next Monthly Bulletin!
If you have additional questions, please contact us through the Ask a Librarian form.