Collection Notes

SMU professors and students often express regret that our valuable electronic resources are not better known. In past newsletters, we have covered resources in chemistry, engineering, art, business, and advertising, as well as the many products in history, literature, and general studies. For a quick look through featured resources of the past, we encourage you to check out our earlier newsletters online. You can read about our great all-purpose indexes and full-text databases, such as Academic OneFile and Academic Search Complete, as well as our many interesting historical databases (e.g., The New York Times Online) and special subject resources.

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Safari® Books Online

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Safari Books Online provides flexible access to current authoritative resources in computer science, game design, programming, and IT. A joint venture of O’Reilly Media and The Pearson Technology Group, Safari Books Online offers a valuable collection of reference content from these two premier IT publishers.

Users can search hundreds of books simultaneously or connect directly to a specific title from the library’s catalog . Each title contains a complete table of contents with chapter links for easy page-to-page browsing. All charts, graphs, and other images are included just as originally published, ensuring that users get total access to the entire range of content offered in each title. Searching is available by keyword, author, publisher, or category. The navigable interface allows printing within copyright limits, and search results include thumbnails of book covers.

SMU’s current subscription provides access to a portion of the total Safari title list. If you have requests for specific titles or topics you’d like to see available, please contact culert@list.smu.edu.

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American Periodicals Series Online

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APS Online
includes over 1,500 titles and 7 million pages of content. This unique and valuable collection contains digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals that originated between 1741, when Andrew Bradford’s American Magazine and Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine were launched, and 1900. Titles range from America’s first scientific journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines like Vanity Fair and Ladies’ Home Journal. Because the database contains digitized images of periodical pages, researchers can see all of the original typography, drawings, graphic elements, and article layouts exactly as they were originally published.

American Periodicals Series Online chronicles the development of America across 200 years, covering three broad periods:

  • 1730-1800: 89 journals published during this time offer insight into America’s transition from a British colony to an independent nation. One of the first mass printings of the Declaration of Independence, a letter by George Washington on the crucial Battle of Trenton, and the thoughts of Benjamin Franklin are among the highlights of this content.
  • 1801-1860: More than 900 titles from the start of the nineteenth century showcase “the golden age of American periodicals.” General interest magazines, children’s publications, and more than 20 journals for women are among the historically-significant content that also includes the serialization of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin in National Era.
  • 1861-1900: 118 periodicals published during the Civil War (1861-1865) and Reconstruction (1865-1877) eras reflect the nation in turmoil and growth, and titles from the 1880s through 1900 capture the settling of the West and the emergence of modern America.
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British Periodicals

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British Periodicals
traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian ‘age of periodicals’ and beyond. On completion, this growing collection will consist of nearly 500 titles published from the 1680s to the 1930s, comprising six million keyword-searchable pages. This archive presents an amazing depth of content, forming a record of more than two centuries of British history and culture.

Among the periodicals in included in British Periodicals are titles founded, edited or regularly contributed to by a host of important figures – Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson. In addition to providing access to the original periodical versions of landmark texts, the collection offers new ways of exploring the inaccessible, neglected or forgotten writings that formed their original contexts. A wide array of different types of periodical are represented, from magisterial quarterlies and scholarly and professional organs through to coterie art periodicals, penny weeklies and illustrated family magazines. All illustrations and advertisements present in the printed source are scanned, indexed and made searchable in the electronic edition.

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Shakespeare collection

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CUL has recently added the Shakespeare Collection, which offers enriched functionality and entirely new possibilities for the study of Shakespeare and his works. The Shakespeare Collection brings together general reference data, full-text scholarly periodicals, reprinted criticism, primary source material, and the full-text annotated works from The Arden Shakespeare, the most-recognized scholarly edition. This resource includes:

  • The Arden full-text annotated scholarly editions of the complete works of Shakespeare, together with the introduction and critical essays and appendices included in each Arden edition.
  • Full-text criticism on Shakespeare, his works, and their performance.
  • Full-text journals focusing on a range of literary and interdisciplinary topics, such as the Renaissance, Elizabethan studies, Early Modern English studies, and film studies.
  • Selections from Primary Source Microfilm’s Prompt book collections.
  • Reference resources related to Shakespeare’s works, including their social and historical context.
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C19

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CUL now subscribes to C19, the Nineteenth Century Index, which provides the ability to search across and within multiple databases for books, periodicals, official publications, newspapers, and archives from this period. Users of C19 Index can query its 12 collections simultaneously, or can conduct more detailed research using collection specific search screens. C19 Index is a dynamic and growing resource, currently containing almost 18 million bibliographic records for a full range of 19th century source material. This resource currently includes the ability to search the following databases: American Periodicals Series, British Periodicals, Periodicals Index Online, Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalog, Nineteenth Century Microfiche Project, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, Archives USA, and Palmer’s Index to the Times.

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EBSCOhost Interface Upgrade planned this summer

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The popular Academic Search Complete and more than 50 of CUL’s other EBSCOhost databases will get a new interface in July 2008. Some planned features of the new look include:

  • A cleaner, simpler user interface
  • Related Images readily available beside the Result List
  • Instant article previews from mouse-over action
  • Expand/Collapse side panels
  • Search history displayed above Result list
  • SmartText Searching to provide full results from partial Find field terms
  • URLs that can be bookmarked
  • A convenient, streamlined Cite process for all citation styles

Custom links, personal folders, and alerts that were created in the old version will still work in the new version.

Flash preview of the new interface.
More detailed descriptions of all the upcoming changes.

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JSTOR Introduces New Interface

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JSTOR is an archive of high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. With the new interface introduced on April 4, 2008, JSTOR offers new ways of searching and browsing its contents.

MyJSTOR is the first step in providing greater personal customization for users throughout the site. With this first release, users can:

  • Manage citations over time by saving them to a MyJSTOR account, where they can be stored indefinitely. Users will need to create an account in order to save or send citations, as well as to save them to bibliographic software
  • Accept JSTOR‘s Terms and Conditions of Use once, rather than being prompted to respond with each article print or download

The following enhancements have been made to JSTOR searching:

Basic Search
  • Basic searches, which search the full-text of all journals, can be entered directly from the home page
  • Basic searches can be limited by discipline
Advanced Search
  • Searches can be limited by selecting discipline(s) or specific journal titles, or by directly entering a specific title into the form
  • Proximity search is now available in the Advanced Search form, using NEAR 5, NEAR 10, NEAR 25 operators in the Boolean pull-down menus
Basic and Advanced Searches
  • Searches from an individual session are saved, and they can be rerun from a dropdown menu at the bottom of each of these search forms
  • Users are able to search for both the singular and plural versions of a word by adding an ampersand (&) to the end of the singular form of the word. Plurals now identify both regular (cat/cats) and irregular (knife/knives) plural forms
  • Users have the option to apply stemming to their search by appending the “#” character at the end of their search term, e.g., operate#
Search Results
    The “search within these results” feature allows users to run a new search that restricts the content being searched to the results of their most recent search
  • Thumbnail images of articles make it easier to see articles at a glance and to select pages within articles
PDF Articles
  • JSTOR now offers articles in a single, improved format of PDF for printing
  • The PDF versions of articles provide bookmarks for easier navigation, both throughout the article as well as the entire issue

Originally conceived as a project at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JSTOR began as an effort to ease the increasing problems faced by libraries seeking to provide adequate shelf space for the long runs of backfiles of scholarly journals. JSTOR is not a current issues database. Because of JSTOR‘s archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.

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SMU Online Resources Statistics

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

  • 434 online databases, indexes and reference resources
  • 35,924 electronic journals
  • over 308,700 electronic books
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