Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mobile Search Libguide

A growing number of research databases and other sites are optimized for viewing on your iphone, iPad, Android phone, or other mobile device. We have created a Mobile Search LibGuide with information on how to set up some of these mobile apps.  The guide will continue to grow as apps are developed and tested.

Where to start? The EBSCOhost mobile app works well and allows access to a wide variety of databases.

For questions, contact Patti Wilson.

Database Platform Changes

The new year comes with the launch of new database interfaces for a number of our products.

Project Muse provides full text scholarly journal articles in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Project Muse is launching a merged ebook and journal platform.  Please note: UFV Library has not participated in the ebook content at this time.
The database URL and persistent links should remain the same.

Books in Print is the world’s largest bibliographic database, used for locating ordering information for  print and ebook publications. The newly designed platform incorporates a more visually appealing look, facets to limit by format, publisher, date, target audience, market, language, price and more, and the AquaBrowser word cloud.

H.W. Wilson Databases now provided by Ebscohost
The venerable H.W. Wilson databases, including Art Full Text, Humanities Full Text, Social Sciences Full Text, Biological and Agricultural index, Reader’s Guide, General Science Index, and Applied Science and Technology Index, have been purchased by Ebscohost.
As of January 2012, these databases will be searched using the familiar Ebscohost platform (think Academic Search Premier.)
According to their FAQ’s, all persistent links to articles should redirect.  However, if you have saved articles in a My Wilsonweb folder, you should transfer these to a myEbscohost account.

GVRL provides subject specialized encyclopedias from prestigious academic publishers including Greenwood, Elsevier, MacMillan and Gale, with titles in the disciplines of business, environment, history, law, medicine, religion, science, and the social sciences.
The new platform includes book covers, facets to narrow searches, and an optional two-page view for a more book like experience.

For questions, contact Patti Wilson.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ebsco Discovery Service Trial

UFV Library currently has a trial for the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS). EDS provides a single, unified search box for searching the UFV Library's information resources, including scholarly journal articles, books, e-books, internet documents, research reports, and much more.
Try it out:

Search EDS

Feedback or comments? Go to http://app.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/ufvlibrary/ebsco-eds/

For more information, see our Ebsco Discovery Service Libguide.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Food For Fines Results

During December, the UFV Library ran its traditional Food for Fines campaign. Library overdue fines were forgiven in exchange for donations of non-perishable food. Each donated food item was worth the equivalent of $2.00 towards overdue fines, to a maximum of $20.00 per person.

Although donations were down this year, our local food bank users still benefited. Between the campuses, 252 items were donated in exchange for the forgiving of $504 in fines. An additional 67 items were donated outright. Thanks to all who contributed and made the holiday season brighter for our local food bank users.

If you missed the opportunity to participate in Food for Fines, remember that local food banks are always looking for donations!

Submitted by Brenda