Global Insight: Advanced Country Analysis and Forecast Service

The most comprehensive of GI’s Country Intelligence Service products, the Advanced Country Analysis and Forecast service covers 203 countries globally, providing same-day quick reaction analysis and commentary combined with Global Insight’s more than 40 years of economic and financial forecasting expertise. Special Reports provide deeper analysis of trends on a country, regional, or global basis, giving additional perspective on recent events (including archives back to November 1, 1998). Country Reports present detailed analysis and commentary on each country’s business environment with focus on six key areas (Political, Economic, Legal, Tax, Operational, Security). Additional product information is available at

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New Music Audio Streaming Services

Over the past year, we have added two new audio streaming services that offer music on-demand for our patrons. Meadows faculty in particular who wish to use online audio and video clips should be helped by these two services as the Meadows School is transitioning away from analog media players in the classroom. Students and staff will also find the services convenient and useful. Following are two short descriptions of the new services:

Naxos Music Library provides on-demand streaming access to the complete Naxos and Marco Polo music labels, along with many others. CD liner notes and essays are included. Like the well-known Classical Music Library (CML), from Alexander Street Press, the focus is on Western art music, but there are some oddities–for example, a bit of jazz and Chinese dramatic music. The coverage tends more toward comprehensive coverage of musical works, rather than on well-known performers (which is CML’s point of interest). CML includes some important recordings of well-known works, but users often find glaring holes in coverage; Naxos should be an excellent resource for filling those holes.

DRAM (formerly an acronym for Database of Recorded American Music) provides CD-quality access to audio recordings from New World Records, Composers Recordings (formerly Composers Recordings Inc./CRI), Albany, Innova, Cedille, and other independent labels. The service has veered away from its original focus on American music and grown to include music from around the world; its second focus, on music that is neglected by the major labels and yet “culturally and academically important,” has become most prominent.

Both of the services offer permalinks and other tools for helping to incorporate the music into other sources. Naxos also offers a playlist function for faculty members, allowing them to create playlists within the software for specific courses or subjects.

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Mergent Online

CUL now has access to Mergent Online, a database featuring domestic and international company information. This state-of-the-art product provides access to the most detailed, accurate and comprehensive global company database available, with the latest in features and functions. Our subscription includes access to the following modules:

U.S. Company Data
International Company Data
U.S. Company Archives
International Company Archives
U.S. Annual Reports
International Annual Reports
U.S. HSD Equity Pricing (20+ Years History)
International HSD Equity Pricing (20+ Years History)
Unadjusted Equity Pricing
Mergent Equity Research Reports
Standardized Financials
Standardized Financial Transparency
Factsheets Plus
Institutional Holdings
Insider Trades
Expanded Long-Term Debt
Executive Biographies
Competitor Reports
Industry Reports (North America)
Industry Reports (Asia Pacific)
Industry Reports (Europe)
Industry Reports (Latin America)

Patrons can customize viewing and output, and can also export company reports and financial data into software applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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SMU Online Resources Statistics

SMU Libraries provide campus wide access to an incredible range of online resources.
As of Fall 2009, they include:

  • 463 online databases, indexes and reference resources
  • 39,383 electronic journals
  • over 308,700 electronic books
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Dissertations & Theses Full Text from ProQuest


CUL’s recent subscription upgrade to Dissertations & Theses Full Text from ProQuest means SMU users now have increased access to full-text dissertations and theses.

Containing over 2.4 million dissertation and theses citations from around the world from 1637 to the present day together with almost 1 million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format, the database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses available. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

More than 60,000 new full text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year. Proquest has established partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide to publish current dissertations, and the UMI’s Digital Archiving and Access Program digitizes dissertations retrospectively in collaboration with many of these institutions Of the nearly 1100 SMU dissertations represented in the database, 380 are full text.

Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.

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SocINDEX with Full-Text


As of October 2008, we have added greatly expanded access to SocINDEX.

Expanding on our previous access to SocINDEX, we now have SocINDEX with Full Text, which offers full text for 708 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes more than 780 books and monographs in full text, and over 9,333 conference papers. In addition to the full-text content, the database contains informative abstracts for more than 1,130 “core” coverage journals dating as far back as 1895, more than 430 “priority” coverage journals, and an additional 2,800 “selective” coverage journals.

SocINDEX is comprehensive research tool of very high quality. Its extensive scope and content provide users with a wealth of information encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study. SocINDEX offers comprehensive coverage of sociology and encompasses many sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. Some of these areas include criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, religion, social psychology, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, substance abuse & other addictions, and violence.

SocINDEX also features over 25,000 Author Profiles covering the most prolific, most cited, and most frequently searched authors in the database. Profiles include biographical and bibliographic information that enables users to ascertain an author’s areas of expertise and academic/professional focus quickly. All profiles are updated on a routine basis as new information about each author becomes available. New profiles continue to be added for additional authors.

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Oxford Language Dictionaries Online


Oxford Language Dictionaries Online offers fully searchable, comprehensive bilingual dictionaries as well as essential study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages.

Available language pairs include: Chinese-English, English-Chinese; French-English, English-French; German-English, English-German; Italian-English, English-Italian; Russian-English, English-Russian; Spanish-English, English-Spanish.

The wide ranging materials offer authoritative support for learners, students, and language users at every level. Materials include hundreds of downloadable letters, grammar notes, verb tables, cultural information, and much more.

With Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, users can:

  • Search Oxford’s authoritative bilingual dictionaries to get accurate, up-to-date translations
  • Choose the right word or phrase using contextual clues and examples
  • Use quick search box on every page to find translations
  • Search the full text of the dictionary or restrict a search to specific parts of speech
  • Browse the dictionary using alphabetical entry lists
  • Get click-through explanations of phonetic symbols and mouse-over explanations of parts of speech
  • Insert accented characters (or letters from a different alphabet) using a handy virtual keyboard
  • Print, email, cite, or link all entries
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ARTbibliographies Modern


CUL now provides access to ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM), which contains full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, Ph.D. dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.

ABM is the premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography. It includes abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. The coverage of ABM is wide-ranging and includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists’ books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.

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Name changes for GroveArt and GroveMusic


Users familiar with GroveArt and GroveMusic Online have likely noted that these resources are now part of the larger Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online databases. Each of these databases offers enhanced searching of the Grove content, which can be searched at the same time as the online versions of popular Oxford reference titles. Both the Oxford and Grove titles are accessible from the SMU Online Resources page.

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SMU Online Resources Statistics

SMU Libraries provide campus wide access to an incredible range of online resources.
As of Fall 2008, they include:

  • 446 online databases, indexes and reference resources
  • 38,313 electronic journals
  • over 308,700 electronic books
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