New York Times digital editions now available to UNK students and employees

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

The Calvin T. Ryan Library is pleased to announce that online access to The New York Times is now available to any student or employee using a UNK email address. This new resource is funded by the library’s credit hour fee and by the American Democracy Project at UNK.

The New York Times may be accessed on- or off-campus using a standard web browser or the Timesmobile app available for a variety of devices.  This site license provides online access to the Times’ archives dating back to 1851 as well as access to “Today’s Paper” a virtual replica of today’s print edition.  Access to the U.S., International, Chinese, and Spanish language editions are available as is the Times’ growing collection of video content.

To login and access the Times, UNK students and employees must first register with a UNK email address (i.e. @unk.edu or @lopers.unk.edu) at the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/passes

Once registered, this UNK email address and password of your choosing will be valid for one year after which a user may renew their pass using a UNK email address.

This link to register and login to the New York Times is also available from the library’s “Articles & Databases” alphabetical listings.  Please ask a librarian if you have any questions regarding registration or access to The New York Times.

Use Access Science for background information on scientific topics

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

Welcome to our Database Spotlight column, a monthly feature from the Calvin T. Ryan Library. This month’s featured database is Access Science.

Link: http://0-www.accessscience.com.rosi.unk.edu/  Access is available off-campus to UNK students and employees using an EASI username and password.

Focus: Access Science provides access to 8,500 articles and research reviews from all major scientific disciplines.

Search: Access Science can be searched by keyword or browsed alphabetically by article title or by topic/subtopic. A brief video tour is available on its “About” page.

Why you should know this database:  Access Science includes entries from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and thousands of downloadable images and illustrations for key topics.

Sample results page: See these Access Science search results on the Zika virus.

Cost: The subscription to Access Science cost $2,557 for 2015-16. For more information about this resource, please contact a UNK librarian.

This concludes the Database Spotlight column for the 2015-16 academic year. Please check back in the Fall semester for the next featured database!

Search Credo Reference for credible topic summaries

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

Welcome to our Database Spotlight column, a monthly feature from the Calvin T. Ryan Library. This month’s featured database is Credo Reference.

Link: http://0-search.credoreference.com.rosi.unk.edu/  Access is available off-campus to UNK students and employees using an EASI username and password.

Focus: Credo Reference provides access to short articles from over 600 encyclopedias, dictionaries, and authoritative sources.

Search: Credo Reference can be searched by keyword. Credo’s visual “Mind Map” feature allows users to identify related terms to brainstorm and expand their search. Credo’s Tools section allows precision searching on word definitions, biographies, quotations, and holidays.

Why you should know this database:  Credo Reference provides a credible, authoritative alternative to Wikipedia for informational summaries on a wide variety of topics. As of March 2016, Credo Reference entries are now displayed along the right side of LOPERSearch results.

Sample results page: See this Credo Reference entry on the “Platte River”

Cost: The subscription to Credo Reference cost $4,787 for 2015-16 and is paid by the library using Student Library Fees. For more information about this resource, please contact a UNK librarian.

Research fictional works with Artemis Literary Sources

Artemis Literary Sources

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

Welcome to our Database Spotlight column, a monthly feature from the Calvin T. Ryan Library. This month’s featured database is Artemis Literary Sources.

Link: http://0-infotrac.galegroup.com.rosi.unk.edu/itweb/unl_kearney?db=GLS  Access is available off-campus to UNK students and employees using an EASI username and password.

Focus: Artemis Literary Sources provides a unified search portal for researching literary figures and their works.

Search: Artemis Literary Sources can be searched by keyword. Its “Topic Finder” also allows users to enter one term and identify additional related terms.

Why you should know this database:  Artemis Literary Sources includes author biographies and interviews, overviews of literary works, literary criticisms, and full-text poems and short stories.

Sample results page: Artemis Literary Sources results related to author Harper Lee

Cost: The subscription to Artemis Literary Sources cost $14,649 for 2015-16 and is paid by the library using Student Library Fees. For more information about this resource, please contact a UNK librarian.

2016 ‘State of E-Resources’ at UNK

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

On January 12th, President Obama delivered his “State of the Union” address to a joint session of Congress. In the same spirit, the Calvin T. Ryan Library presents its annual “State of E-Resources” report to UNK students and employees.

As of December 31, 2015, the library provides access to:

LOPERSearch remains one of the library’s most impressive online services as it simplifies searching across dozens of databases and the library’s catalog simultaneously. During 2015, LOPERSearch users logged 249,298 searches – a 51% increase over 2014’s inaugural year of this service!

Please stay tuned as new additions to the library’s online collections are posted to In Brief Online. New e-resources have already been added in 2016 including the Taylor & Francis e-journal collection. Librarians will be evaluating other new resources in the months ahead, but library users are encouraged to also suggest new purchases online!

University of Nebraska libraries gain consortial access to Taylor & Francis journals

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

UNK has joined with other University of Nebraska libraries to secure consortial access to the Taylor & Francis journal collection. Where UNK previously subscribed to only 75 Taylor & Francis titles, working together, all NU libraries now have access to 2,100 titles spanning disciplines across the social sciences, humanities, science, technology, and medical fields – and at a lower cost than could be achieved by the individual campuses. Below is a small sample of the journal titles available through Taylor & Francis:

Access to Taylor & Francis journal titles extends from the current issue back to 1997 in many cases.

Titles and hyperlinks to all of the 2,100 journals are available by searching the catalog, or by accessing Taylor and Francis Online through the “Articles & Databases” alphabetical listing (under “T”) and many of the subject listings. Links to Taylor & Francis journals also appear within the library’s Journal Finder.

Library closed for Labor Day weekend

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian
ritterbushjr@unk.edu

The Library will be closed Sept. 5-7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday, but its online resources are accessible 24/7.

After the weekend, it’s not too early to begin thinking about writing assignments! Research assistance is available through a variety of options:

Research help is also available at the Reference Desk during the hours listed on the Library homepage, or by appointment with a subject librarian.