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Annual Reviews archives now available online

Posted by sudrland on October 29, 2014

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

Based on user demand, the Calvin T. Ryan Library is pleased to announce the purchase of the Annual Reviews Electronic Back Volume Collection. This online resource provides access to 47 high impact-factor titles (see below) published as far back as 1932. Articles appearing within these titles are frequently cited by other researchers in the natural and social sciences.

The Annual Reviews website is accessible from the “Articles & Databases” page, both from the alphabetical list and from the subject links for biology, chemistry, geography and earth sciences, medicine, physics, political science, psychology and counseling, and sociology. These individual titles are also available from the library’s Journal Finder, and will appear next month in the library’s catalog.

Title Dates
Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 2008-2009
Annual Review of Anthropology 1972-2009
Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics 1963-2012
Annual Review of Biochemistry 1932-Present
Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering 1999-2009
Annual Review of Biophysics 2008-2009
Annual Review of Biophysics and Bioengineering 1972-1984
Annual Review of Biophysics and Biomolecular Structure 1992-2007
Annual Review of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry 1985-1991
Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology 1995-2009
Annual Review of Cell Biology 1985-1994
Annual Review of Clinical Psychology 2005-2009
Annual Review of Computer Science 1986-1990
Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 1973-2012
Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 1970-2002
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2003-2012
Annual Review of Energy 1976-1990
Annual Review of Energy and the Environment 1991-2002
Annual Review of Entomology 1956-Present
Annual Review of Environment and Resources 2003-2009
Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics 1969-2009
Annual Review of Genetics 1967-Present
Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics 2000-2009
Annual Review of Immunology 1983-Present
Annual Review of Law and Social Science 2005-2009
Annual Review of Marine Science 2009-2009
Annual Review of Materials Research 2001-2009
Annual Review of Materials Science 1971-2000
Annual Review of Medicine 1950-2009
Annual Review of Microbiology 1947-2012
Annual Review of Neuroscience 1978-2012
Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science 1978-2009
Annual Review of Nuclear Science 1952-1977
Annual Review of Nutrition 1981-2009
Annual Review of Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease 2006-2009
Annual Review of Pharmacology 1961-1975
Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology 1976-2012
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 1950-2012
Annual Review of Physiology 1939-2009
Annual Review of Phytopathology 1963-2009
Annual Review of Plant Biology 2002-Present
Annual Review of Plant Physiology 1950-1987
Annual Review of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology 1988-2001
Annual Review of Political Science 1998-2009
Annual Review of Psychology 1950-Present
Annual Review of Public Health 1980-2009
Annual Review of Sociology 1975-2009


If you have need of other materials for your research, please contact a UNK librarian for assistance!


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Tim Slessor presentation November 4, 2014

Posted by sudrland on October 26, 2014

The Library, along with the departments of History, Sociology, English and Communications, will host speaker and retired BBC documentary producer Tim Slessor, November 4, at 3:30, in Copeland Hall, room 131.

His presentation on “Immigrants”  will include stories of westward settlement, particularly, where those tales concern immigrants from Britain. Slessor begins his presentation by discussing his fascination with the American West and examining some of the points where the UK and the U.S. have their similarities and their differences.

Nebraskans do not have to look hard to see where the Brits may have had an early presence: Oxford, Cambridge, Crawford, Norfolk, Bridgeport, Exeter, Litchfield, Lancaster, Wakefield, Walton and at least a dozen more. The same is true in Wyoming and Montana. But perhaps more interesting are the stories of individual immigrants – especially the well-to-do second sons of England’s landed gentry. What, for example, brought the Queen to spend a week on a horse-ranch in the shadow of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains? Who in the 1920’s, after his father – the Earl of Portsmouth – and then his elder brother died, uniquely had a seat in the Wyoming Legislature and the and the House of Lords? Of course, there is much more to it than that as Slessor shares in his presentation and in his book More than Cowboys.

Tim Slessor’s presentation is made possible by the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College through a private donation to the Chadron State Foundation.

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Open Access Week, October 20-26, 2014

Posted by sudrland on October 20, 2014

This week (October 20-26) is Open Access Week, an annual global event promoting open access as the new norm in scholarship and research.

According to,  “ ‘Open Access’ to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.”

The visibility of UNK research can be raised to a global scale when digital scholarship is made freely available online at no cost to readers. Sharing UNK research and scholarship on the open web will broaden its impact and create a global readership. Providing access to everyone, not just institutions that can afford to purchase journal subscriptions, helps to inspire creativity, enable innovation and to accelerate the development of important new discoveries.

Open Access Resources:

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October is American Archives Month

Posted by sudrland on October 20, 2014

Written by Laurinda Weisse, University Archivist

In celebration of American Archives Month, UNK Archivist Laurinda Weisse talks a bit about what archives are and what is in UNK’s Archives.

What is an archive?

An archive is a place where people go to find information. People who do research in archives often gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other primary sources.

You probably have an archive in your home. It might consist of papers in a filing cabinet, items stored in a box in the basement, the files on your computer or all of the above. This is your personal archive: a collection of material that records important events from your family’s history.

Believe it or not, there are similarities between your family’s archive and local, state, or national archives. All save items to serve as proof that an event occurred, to explain how something happened, or for financial or sentimental reasons. All types of archives may be stored in more than one location. And both personal archives and larger archives save a variety of materials that can range from letters, to photographs, to films, to databases, to official documents, and more. (Adapted from What is An Archives?).

What’s in the UNK Archives?

The UNK Archives is primarily an institutional archives, meaning that we focus on preserving and providing access to the history of UNK. To do so, we have collected yearbooks, student newspapers, several large collections of photographs, information on all campus buildings, committee and organization minutes and a variety of other materials created by many campus organizations. We continue to add materials that tell stories about the campus community.

In addition to our UNK materials, we also have information on subjects beyond it. One of our largest collections is the Country Schoolhouse Legacy Collection, which contains oral history interviews with people who taught in rural Nebraska schools as well as supporting materials like pictures of rural schools. Some of what the archives owns is documented on the Archives webpage but much remains to be discovered, so please contact the University Archivist about potential research topics.

How can I get access to the UNK Archives?

Simply contact the University Archivist, Laurinda Weisse, at or 308-865-8593 to set up a time to explore the archives. You can also drop by the Archives, located on the second floor of the Calvin T. Ryan Library, during standard business hours and see if someone is available to assist you.

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The Changing World of Information Access

Posted by sudrland on October 16, 2014

Written by Janet Stoeger Wilke, Dean of the Library

In conjunction with Information Literacy month it is interesting to note that new studies are finding statistically significant improvement in the GPA of first year undergraduate students who use the library.Here is the link to one of the articles.

Soria, Krista, Jan Fransen, and Shane Nackerud. “Library Use and Undergraduate Student Outcomes: New Evidence for Students’ Retention and Academic Success.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy 13.2 (2013): 147-64

To read further on this topic see:

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