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.