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E-resources on trial: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 | Tags: ,
Posted in Databases, Trials by Diane Fulkerson | 1 Comment »

The USF Libraries are currently running a trial for the Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, until May 13, 2011.

Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a database that integrates scholarly, academic, and statistical content from a variety of print and online sources to offer users access to information on differing points of view on current social issues with some content retrospective to 1981. Drawing upon content from diverse publications such as Opposing Viewpoints from Greenhaven Press, and several reference works from MacMillan, Gale, and Scriber, users may search: viewpoint articles, contextual topic overviews, government and organizational statistics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government agencies and special interest groups, and newspaper and magazine articles. Other content includes images, curriculum standards, and podcasts.

Users can perform basic, advanced, publication and subject queries. Users may choose from a variety of query options such as: date, ISBN, name, document name and content type. Search results are in HTML full text and other formats such as MP3 where available. Search results can be saved, emailed, printed and even exported to a bibliographic management software such as RefWorks.

Please give this database a try and let us know what you think. Visit http://poly.usf.edu/library and click on Search the databases to begin.

Trial ends May 13, 2011.

Trial databases: SpringerImages and SpringerMaterials: the Landolt-Börnstein Bornstein Database

Friday, April 9th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Databases, Trials by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

The USF Libraries are currently offering two databases on trial. Both databases are of particular interest to USF Polytechnic. I will be happy to receive your comments.

SpringerImages is a growing collection of scientific images that spans the scientific, technical and medical fields, including high-quality clinical images from images.MD. The continually updated collection – currently over 1.5 million images – gathers photos, graphs, histograms, figures, and tables, and is available via a searchable online database. The SpringerImages interface enables users to search more broadly and more accurately, through captions, keywords, context and more, and then link from the image to the source article. Users can create personalized image sets, and can export images for use in presentations or lectures.


SpringerMaterials: The Landolt-Börnstein Database is based on the Landolt-Börnstein New Series, the unique, fully evaluated data collection in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. This is a systematic & comprehensive resource of selected and critically assessed data explained in their scientific context. SpringerMaterials covers the following areas:

* Particles, Nuclei and Atoms
* Molecules and Radicals
* Electronic Structure and Transport
* Magnetism
* Semiconductivity
* Superconductivity
* Crystallography
* Thermodynamics
* Multiphase Systems
* Advanced Materials
* Advanced Technologies
* Astro- and Geophysics


Both trial resources are available through MetaLib and through the links given, if you’re on campus.

Trial database: Ethnographic Video Online

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Databases, Trials by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

The USF Libraries currently offer on trial the following streaming video resource:

Ethnographic Video Online provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior – more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more.


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