New gateway to library “Databases & E-Resources” available

Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

The Calvin T. Ryan Library provides access to over 170 article databases and e-resources, which include links to streaming music collections, images, e-book sets, and governmental websites.   With these increasing numbers, the challenge of identifying the best databases in a given subject area has grown more complex.

To help library users more quickly identify the best databases for their research area, the library has recently launched a new “Databases & E-Resources” gateway page under the “Research Tools” menu heading, and directly accessible at http://rosi.unk.edu/search/y.

This new gateway allows users to identify the most useful databases for their specific subject area, as shown below.   It’s no coincidence that this list of subjects closely matches the academic department names and program offerings at UNK!

Subjects dropdown list
Subjects dropdown list

Each database and e-resource in a subject listing will include an “About Resource” button, which leads to an informational page (see below) which provides:

A) a link to the database,
B) links to tutorials and help guides when available,
C) information about access limits, and
D) a permanent link to this informational page – click here and note the shortened URL displayed in the browser’s address bar. This URL is perfect for use in a print handout or Blackboard course.

Informational page view
Informational page view

If you are already familiar with a particular library database by name, you can locate it using the alphabetical links on the “Databases & E-Resources” page, as shown below:

Alphabetical links
Alphabetical links

Looking for the BioOne database?  Click on the “B” link and you’ll view a list of all databases and e-resource providers starting with that letter, including BioOne.    Don’t remember the exact title of the database, but do remember that it’s an EBSCO database?  Click on the “E” link and you’ll view cross-references for all 21 EBSCO databases to which UNK subscribes.

Please contact the library if you have any questions or comments about the “Databases & E-Resources” page and the resources to which it links.   Faculty who would like to have these resources introduced to their students, please contact your department liaison librarian.