November 18, 2017

Archives for 2001

Online Databases – CSA: Not Just Science Anymore

By Carol Tenopir Ask librarians what they think of when they hear ‘Cambridge Scientific Abstracts,’ and most, not surprisingly, would likely cite bibliographic databases in the sciences. That is probably why Cambridge Scientific Abstracts officially changed its name to CSA to reflect a broadened scope of topics and types of sources. Part of the Cambridge […]

Online Databases – EBSCO Creates Curriculum Online

Package contains more than 50,000 articles; link to Wiley By Michael Rogers EBSCO Publishing has combined six subject-specific reference series to create the Curriculum Online Package, which is accessible via EBSCO host. According to the publisher, the package contains ‘over 50,000 full-text articles’ from an assortment of magazines, newspapers, and journals in the areas of […]

Online Databases – BioMed Central Meeting Abstracts

Centralized site will make for free flow of scientific discussion By Michael Rogers BioMed Central has launched a collection of online meeting abstracts to aid librarians and researchers. The new service will provide a centralized, searchable database of various meeting abstracts, allowing scientists to access freely summaries of the research currently in progress worldwide. ‘BioMed […]

Libraries Create Social Capital

A unique, if fleeting, opportunity to carve out a new library mission The tide of the 21st century carried Americans into ever-deeper engagement in the life of their communities. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 sharply accelerated that movement. “There is a new spirit here, and it’s one of warmth, solidarity, humanity, and determination […]

Online Databases – The Power of Citation Searching

by Carol Tenopir It may be effective to find relevant literature by searching for articles by subject descriptors or keywords, but subject searching is not the only way. When authors of scholarly pieces cite relevant sources in the references or notes sections of their articles, researchers can thus extend their literature searches. The power of […]

Cross-Database Search: One-Stop Shopping

You know you want it. Or you know someone who does. One search box and a button to search a variety of sources, with results collated for easy review. Go ahead, give in—after all, isn’t it true that only librarians like to search? Everyone else likes to find. Why should we make our users hunt […]

Online Databases – The State of Databases Today

By Carol Tenopir A decade ago I wrote a column called ‘The Most Popular Databases’ (LJ 4/1/91). I used data from a company called Information Market Indicators (IMI) that tracked usage in a wide sample of libraries, plus CD-ROM best sellers lists from popular computing magazines. It is harder now to track database and system […]

Online Databases – What the Big Three Are Doing

By Carol Tenopir Judging from the size of their booths, the number of activities sponsored, and the glitz of their parties at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) 2001 annual meeting in San Antonio, LexisNexis, Factiva (Dow Jones/Reuters), and Dialog are still the big three for special librarians. In fact, all three lead in online system […]

Online Databases – Virtual Reference Services in a Real World

By Carol Tenopir Now that libraries have substantial digital collections available to users from their homes or offices, it isn’t surprising that remote access (“virtual”) reference services are the latest trend. LJ recently provided an overview of virtual reference services and reported on local progress and national initiatives to implement online reference help 24 hours […]

2001 Library of the Year: Richland County Public Library, Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina is not the state that springs to mind when one talks about stellar library service. Public expenditures are generally tight, meaning that libraries often aren’t a priority. The state is so conservative that the Attorney General has urged Internet filtering and pledged to defend any library sued for administering such a policy. The […]