Thursday, August 27, 2009

September 3rd - Library Fiesta


The Fall 2009 "Library Fiesta" will be held in the Denton Campus Library on Thursday, September 3rd from 1:00-4:00 pm. Sessions are approximately 20 minutes long.

Students can participate in exercises that enhance their research skills, meet and get to know library staff, learn about library resources and enjoy prizes and refreshments.

Participation Certificates will be available for students attending these sessions for class assignments or for extra credit.

All students and faculty are welcome. Instructors, if you have an estimate of how many of your students will attend this event please contact us with this information.

For more information about these sessions, please contact Connie Maxwell at 940-898-3707 or by email at cmaxwell@mail.twu.edu

--Andy Tucker

New Databases & Database Enhancements

During Summer 2009, there have been a number of enhancements to databases such as OvidSP, Wilson Web, and Classical Music Library. Three new databases, Research Starters - Sociology, ArchiveGrid, and CAMIO, were also added during Summer 2009.

Database Enhancements:
  • In Children's Literature Comprehensive Database, there is now an option to search for materials reviewed in CLCD in the TWU Libraries Catalog.

  • Various enhancements have been made to Classical Music Library including: Browse Composer Feature now links directly into the Works List; clicking on the Works List column will take you to the Works Browse area where you can see all performances of that work; clicking on Recordings will take you to the results screen for the recordings; "+" icons next to the work name that show all performances CML has of that work; and 2500 new biographies.

  • There are now OvidSP enhancements to the Journal A-Z page, Table of Contents page, and Full-text display that are designed to streamline the navigation and usability.

  • Various enhancements have been made to Wilson Web databases including: ReadSpeaker (text-to-speech), "My WilsonWeb Enhancements," Article Language Translations, Interface Language Translations, and Section 508/Visual Interface Enhancements.

  • Book Index with Reviews moved from its former interface to the EBSCOhost 2.0 interface. This new interface is more intuitive and user-friendly.

New Databases:
  • Research Starters - Sociology

    This database provides provides students with a solid foundation for their research and assignments, as well as overview information on topics relevant to their studies. Comprehensive summaries of discipline-specific topics help students to grasp the broad outlines of a subject, realize its real world applications, critically engage it, and locate sources for advanced research. [added July 2009]

  • ArchiveGrid

    ArchiveGrid provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions. ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world. [added July 2009]

  • CAMIO

    CAMIO® - OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online - is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. [added July 2009]


-Brandy Klug