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Wikipedia blackout tomorrow

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,
Posted in Databases, Services by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

Wikipedia is going offline for 24 hours – starting at 12:00 a.m. Eastern on January 18th.

Why? And, importantly, what can you do if you need to do research?

Why is Wikipedia going offline? In a statement released January 16, 2012, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director, Sue Gardner explained, “The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate — that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.”

We know Wikipedia is a quick source to look up facts. However, the Library has many other authoritative sources for factual and reference information. You can access them from campus or from home.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    Includes the complete, renowned, encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the Britannica Book of the Year. You can also use EB Online to search an Internet directory that includes more than 130,000 links to Web sites selected, rated, and reviewed by Britannica editors.
  • CQ Researcher
    CQ Researcher covers the most current and controversial issues of the day with summaries, pros and cons, bibliographies and more.
  • Credo Reference
    This database provides access to 100 reference resources that allows you to search across all content.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Search some of the most used reference sources in this database. Titles cover political science, law, education, nursing, social sciences, publishing, zoology, history, and religion.

Never limit yourself to one source for your information and explore all the resources the Library offers you. And remember, we are here to help!

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.

New e-resource: LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
Posted in New resource by Diane Fulkerson | 1 Comment »

Announcing one of the latest acquisitions of the USF Libraries—the purchase of the LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection.

“What do oil executives, intelligence, the Pearl Harbor attacks, and baseball have in common? All are topics discussed in congressional hearings. Hearings are often the most requested of all government documents in a library as they have real-life stories, statistics, expert testimony, and the drama of the interrogation all rolled into a single document. Hearings give researchers the ability to discover to whom Congress is listening, who the players were in an issue, and how they positioned themselves in the debate.
Through hearings, researchers can study what a pediatrician in the Love Canal area said when responding to questions from Senator Albert Gore, Jr., about health hazards related to the dumping of hazardous waste there. More is written on hearings than on other areas of congressional publications” (Sevetson).

The LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection is a compilation of published and unpublished Congressional hearings from 1824-2003 that forms a documentary record of events and public policy faced by the United States. Published hearings are the official record of committee hearings proceedings that are printed by the Government Printing Office (GPO) and include the diverse information presented at committee hearings. Unpublished hearings in the digital collection include historical primary documents from both Senate and House committees from the period between (1823-1976). Other content in the Digital Collection includes: transcripts of sessions between the committee and witnesses, other written and oral statements of witnesses, special reports, exhibits, statistical reports, and other materials submitted for the record by witnesses. The Congressional Hearings Digital Collection can be searched by terms such as: title, keyword, subject, committee name, or Superintendant of Documents number. Search results are displayed in full text format and include both print and email functions. Provides a useful “Help Toolbox” that assists the user in properly citing hearings, provides practice scenarios, outlines the legislative process, and supplies information that serves as a backdrop to hearings within the framework of the U.S. government. This resource supports both undergraduate and graduate studies.

The LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection contains 119,200 titles and 24.69 million pages. Over 106,000 MARC records for this collection have been loaded in the library catalog with approximately 5,000 more to load, when they become available.

For this database and other library resources visit http://poly.usf.edu/library. Click on Search the databases to begin.

Sevetson, A. Hearings and the LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection. http://library.lexisnexis.com/ksc_assets/subscriber_resources/hearingswhitepaper.pdf

How to perform legal research

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 | Tags: ,
Posted in Databases, Website of interest by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

While USF Poly does not have a law school, it is sometimes necessary to perform legal research. It can be a complex field though but thankfully, there are resources to help.

The USFP Library has some books, like classic Wren and Wren’s The Legal Research Manual: A Game Plan for Legal Research and Analysis and e-book Legal research how to find & understand the law by Elias and Levinkind.

We also have access to the Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe and Westlaw Campus databases (don’t forget to go through Blackboard to authenticate first.)

Finally, there are excellent free sources of information on the Web:


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