Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Trials of databases on EBSCOhost

If we adopt EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) it will make sense to switch any abstracting and indexing databases that we currently take through other platforms to EBSCO instead (where possible). This will mean that they will be searched by the main EDS search, rather than having to bring in search results through its federated search component.

We are currently trialling all of the databases that it would be possible to switch to EBSCO. These all renew at different times of the year. The first to renew (with links to try them on the EBSCO platform) are, next month:

AMED
British Nursing Index

Taking these on the EBSCO platform would reunite them with Cinahl and allow us to
simultaneously search AMED, BNI and Cinahl, even without recourse to EBSCO Discovery Service.

The other databases that could be switched between now and this time next year are (with links to try them on the EBSCO platform):

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Econlit
GeoRef and GeoRef In-Process
Global Health
Index to legal Periodical & Books
MLA International Bibliography
Philosopher’s Index
PsycInfo
PsycARTICLES
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

If you use any of these databases please try them out on the EBSCO platform and please leave your comments below - specifying which database(s) you are referring to! You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

Science Express now available

For 2010 we have upgraded our subscription to Science magazine to include Science Express, their 'publication ahead of print' section. This section can be accessed directly from http://www.sciencemag.org.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/sciencexpress/recent.dtl or just follow our usual link to Science and head for the Science Express tab.

Most other journals include 'publication ahead of print' as part of the standard online subscription. OK, we can't actually think of a single other journal that charges extra for such content...

Open trial of Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part I

Cengage Gale are offering an open trial of Part I of their Slavery and Anti-Slavery archive until 1st March 2010. To access the trial go to http://www.galeuk.com/slaveryopen/ and submit your details.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery is a digital archive in four series devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America. Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition is a scholarly collection of approximately 1.5 million pages of primary source documents focussing on the abolitionist movement and the conflicts within it, the anti- and pro-slavery arguments of the period, and the debates on the subject of colonisation. The collection assembles a wide variety of materials - more than 7,000 books and pamphlets, 80 newspaper and periodical titles, and a dozen major manuscript collections. Varied sources — from well-known journals to private papers, monographs, pamphlets, manuscripts and periodicals - explore the economic, gender, legal, religious, and government issues surrounding the slavery debate.

Future series will be:

Part II Slave Trade in the Atlantic World
Part III Institution of Slavery in the United States
Part IV Age of Emancipation


After using Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part I please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.