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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

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Friday, January 06, 2006

RefWorks can digest what you feed it!

As of the January 2006 release, RefWorks can import citations from RSS feeds. This is fantastic news for anyone who uses RSS to receive alerts about new publications from databases like PubMed - for PubMed, it will pull in all database fields and create a link to the full text. Find this new feature in the RefWorks Search> menu. It will retrieve all citations from the fed, then you check off the ones you want to import into your database.

Here's a sample RSS feed from PubMed to try: sample RSS'd PubMed search: beans and heart

It's also incredibly useful for exporting web pages bookmarked in into a RefWorks bibliography.

1) tag items you want in

2) in your account, go to the tag you want to export and right click the orange RSS link at the bottom of the page; choose “Copy this link location” from the menu to copy the link

3) in RefWorks choose search> rss feeds

4) Paste in the link you copied from the delicious page

5) RefWorks will ask if it should collect items from this feed – tell it yes

6) It imports any bookmarks you’ve saved with the tag into a special page where you can review them and check off the ones you want to add to your bibliography

Right now, it will put your user name in the Author field, so you’ll want to manually edit entries for more accurate author names. You’ll also need to manually edit the item type to "electronic / web page" if you have the default set to "print/journal article."

Way to go, RefWorks!

Collection of Firefox tweaks for UNLV Libraries.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Gnooks - Welcome to the World of Literature

Gnooks offers a concept map and literature recommendation engine - enter authors whose work you admire and see what other fans also enjoy.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Firefox search extensions

ConQuery is a Firefox plug-in that allows you to highlight text and automatically submit it as a search term to any search engine that you have available in the QuickSearch box in the upper right hand corner of your Firefox browser.

Google is the default search engine that is installed by Firefox. The Add Engines> option on that menu lets you install many others, though, including the UNLV Library Catalog.

If I find a book title or author on a web page and I want to run it as a keyword search in the UNLV Library Catalog, all I need to do is highlight it, right-click and hold to get the contextual menu, and then choose "Query to > UNLV Libraries.

Update 9/12: I submitted an update to the extension that causes it to sort by date; by default it was trying to sort by "relevance," with disastrous results. I think it should automatically update after 3 days, or you could follow the link above to reinstall.

With the Google Maps query, I can highlight an address on any web page, right-click to fire off a query, and it automatically opens up a Google Map showing that address in a new tab. Spiffy!

Mac users: Conquery works with this extra configuration step. First, go to the Firefox app in the Finder, ctrl-click it, and select Open package contents. Find the search plugins folder and copy the contents to a new folder at a location of your choice, like library>mozilla>searchplugins. Then start Firefox and open the Conquery config window. Change the default plugin location to the new folder you just created. Now it will work!

Monday, August 29, 2005

New MLA Interface for UNLV scholars

You'll be seeing a new entry screen for the MLA International Bibliography starting Sept. 1st. Instead of being offered a single search box, you'll see this:

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This change has several benefits. While you may begin with a keyword search, you now also have the option to run a subject search for an author or work from the main screen.

The ability to select terms from a list offers better access to MLA subject indexing.

This interface works much better with the Get Text button to check the UNLV Libraries for online copies of articles or to automatically look up books in the library catalog. It now takes two clicks to check the availability of a book. Book chapter citations are handled correctly, including the automatic lookup and automatic document delivery form features that were not possible in the previous interface.

Limiting a search to just books, book chapters, articles, or dissertations can now be done easily from the main screen.

This index can be searched from within LION as well as independently. It can also be cross-searched with the Annual Bibliography of Englsih Language and Literature in LION. (in addition to the high proportion of duplicate citations, the Get Text button doesn't work well with ABELL, though - I recommend searching MLA separately for now)

Users who tested this new interface when we ran a trial in the fall preferred it to the old one. I hope you agree!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Public Domain flowchart

Choose your own adventure, intellectual-property style! This handy U.S. copyright flowchart might help figure out if a work is in the public domain.

Chart is copyright 2002, Bromberg & Sunstein L.L.P.

Monday, August 15, 2005

UNLV Libraries: Help and Instruction

UNLV Libraries: Help and Instruction
There's a new & improved Finding Books tutorial that will be available on the web site soon.

As always, the library instruction department offers a variety of options for your students to improve their research skills. Some faculty induce students to attend one of our regularly scheduled workshops, which are offered frequently, even on evenings and weekends; others prefer to bring their classes in to work on a specific assignment in our hands-on classrooms or elsewhere in the building. You may wish to include the following statement in your syllabus or on your WebCT site:

The University Libraries ( offer free, brief clinics and workshops to help you improve your research skills and save time searching. Bring your topic to a Research Clinic for in-depth, one-on-one consultation with a research expert, or attend a more structured workshop on finding books and articles, successful search strategies, or Internet research. Check out the schedule at or call 895-2123 for more information.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Simulation Game Kits available at Media Resources

We've acquired several neat simulation game kits for your classroom use. They're being processed right now and will be available for checkout soon from the Media Resources desk.

The Power of Leadership is a business simulation that helps participants understand the challenges they face when they are given power to accomplish a task. Even though power is a taboo topic for many people, it is what sets the leader apart from others in the organization. Studies show that effective leaders understand and have a need to have power. More important they know how to use it to accomplish their goals. But using power effectively is not an easy task. There are many challenges that, if not met, will create disastrous results for individuals and the organization.

StarPower - Participants have a chance to progress from one level of society to another by acquiring wealth through trading with other participants. Once the society is established, the group with the most wealth is given the right to make the rules for the game. The power group generally makes rules which maintain or increase its power and which those being governed consider to be unfair. This generally results in some sort of rebellion by the other members of the society.

Where Do You Draw the Line?
is a 50 minute, real time, face to face, structured experience. Participants are formed in groups and analyze a series of ethical situations. These are structured in a way to reveal the assumptions that each group uses to make ethical judgments. The set of situations is modular. The first module requires approximately 20 minutes, subsequent modules require approximately 10 minutes. All modules may be completed in one 50 minute session or in a series of sessions depending on your needs.

In BaFa'BaFa' participants come to understand the powerful effects that culture plays in every person's life. It may be used to help participants prepare for living and working in another culture or to learn how to work with people from other departments, disciplines, genders, races, and ages.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Creating Passionate Users: Ten Tips for New Trainers/Teachers

Creating Passionate Users: Ten Tips for New Trainers/Teachers

The Creating Passionate Users blog has many entertaining and insightful ideas about teaching and learning. According to their "About" page, "the Creating Passionate Users bloggers are all authors of bestseller Head First books ( new brain-friendly series from O'Reilly.

They're all passionate about the brain and metacognition, most especially--how the brain works and how to exploit it for better learning and memory. Oh yeah, and how to recognize when someone else (including one of us) is applying brain-based techniques to get you to do something. "

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800)

Evans Early American Imprints is now available to UNLV affiliates! Search for a particular work printed in the US from 1639-1800 or browse by category. like cookbooks or imaginary voyages or plays. Page images are served up as PDFs or TIFFS.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Humanities International Complete database trial

Visit the UNLV Libraries: Electronic Database Trials page from any UNLV campus computer to explore Ebsco's Humanities International Complete index and full text collection.

Don't forget to fill out the form and tell us whether you think it's a worthwhile purchase or not. Thanks.

Exciting new online collections coming soon to UNLV Libraries

Some incredible online resource collections will be added to the UNLV Libraries: Find Articles and More page in the next few weeks:

Eighteenth Century Collections Online includes digital reproductions of a variety of primary source materials - from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements and literary works by many well-known and lesser-known authors. Included are works from women writers of the eighteenth century; collections on the French Revolution; and numerous editions of the works of Shakespeare.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985, presents searchable full text and page images of The Times (London). The Times covers major international historical events from the French Revolution to the Falkland War. Search the full text of the entire newspaper, including articles, editorials, and advertising.

Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800) offers images of complete 17th and 18th century books, pamphlets and broadsides from Charles Evans' American Bibliography and Roger Bristol's Supplement to Evans' American Bibliography. These full text materials are primary sources documenting every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America, including agriculture, foreign affairs, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, and slavery.

Latin American Women Writers is an electronic collection of literature by Latin American women from the colonial period in the 17th century forward to the present. The 100,000 pages of works in their original languages comprise literary works, memoirs, letters, and essays. Writers from the following countries are represented: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

North American Women's Drama publishes the full text of 1,500 plays written from colonial times to the present by more than 100 women from the United States and Canada. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. Almost a quarter of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
Women and Social Movements in the United States brings together books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies documenting the multiplicity of women's reform activities.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Web site and "Ask a Librarian" changes

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries web site changed on Monday - we've redesigned some sections in response to usability testing and user feedback. Use the comments page to let us know how it works for you!

We're also experimenting with a new format for the "Ask a Librarian" chat service - instead of the previous web-based chat tool, we're trying out conventional instant messaging (IM) platforms like AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger. All these services allow anyone to sign up for a free account.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index now available!!

UNLV Libraries is now offering access to the Arts & Humanities Citation Index from 1975-present via ISI Web of Knowledge. A&HCI is the best way to track where scholarly works have been cited - this tool gives you information about every source cited in the references of any work you select. The Get Text button will link you to articles that are available online; when they are unavailable it will automatically check UNLV Libraries' print holdings and/or fill out a document delivery form for it.

Monday, May 23, 2005

The Bibliographical Society of America

Descriptive Bibliography

Here's an antidote to all the geeky tech tricks of late: Terry Belanger distinguishes enumerative, systematic, analytical, critical, descriptive, historical, and textual bibliographies. I've had a couple of interesting textual history reference questions lately.

CiteULike / Get Text greasemonkey script

UNLV Get Text in CiteULike greasemonkey script for use with CiteULike.

if I were 20 years younger I'd be a script kiddie...

UNLV Get Text in Google Scholar

UNLV Get Text in Google Scholar (right-click to install; see Greasemonkey info in previous entry) is a Greasemonkey user script that will automatically add Get Text buttons to check UNLV holdings for items cited in a Google Scholar search.

Of course, the main limitation here is the amount of metadata available to be plugged into the Open URL; for some articles it's perfect, but for others it's flawed or missing.

Based on the work of Dan Chudnov, as it turns out, and his scripting for OpenURLs and autodiscovery. Also via the work of Peter Binkley and Art Rhyno. I need to keep better records about whose scripts I'm modifying. I appreciate their work!

Friday, May 20, 2005


Greasemonkey is a tool that modifies the Firefox browser to allow users to run scripts that make changes to web pages on the fly. For example, with this script installed, when I look at any book page on Amazon, it automatically runs a search on the UNLV library catalog and shows me a link so that I know whether the book is available and whether it's checked out.

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0) Bookmark this page so you can come back to it, because you'll need to close Firefox and reopen it.

1) If you haven't already, install Greasemonkey by clicking on the link they provide and giving it permission to install.

2) Quit Firefox and restart it.

3) Right click the this link:
UNLV link on Amazon. Choose the first choice on the contextual menu, "Install user script... "

4) Go to Amazon and look up a book. If UNLV has a copy, the extra link will appear to the right of the title. If the ISBN of this edition does not come up in a search of our catalog, no link will be shown.

This is a modification of Jon Udell's LibraryLookup greasemonkey script. He also created a nifty screencast describing and theorizing about the process. And if you want to go nuts with it, here's an online manual.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Refworks Web Based Bibliographic Management Software

UNLV has another trial of Refworks Web Based Bibliographic Management Software. The service is also enabled, so if you have enough data in your citation you'll be able to retrieve a UNLV-subscribed online copy automatically. If your references are exported from any of our databases, this works pretty well. If you enter them by hand, including the ISBN or ISSN can make this work sometimes.

Friday, May 13, 2005

room for another bookmarklet?

The Distant Librarian has built a bookmarklet that will allow you to highlight a phrase on a web page and run an automatic search for it in Google Print. The results you get back will show your term in context in the pages of printed books. You'll only be able to see a few pages of content from each book, though, and it's set up in a way to hamper printing or copying content from any copyrighted work.

To get the complete book, you can use the "Find it in a Library" link to see if copies are available locally. Google has also provided links to retailers if you want to purchase one.

He has made versions for all the major browsers - just choose one and drag it to your toolbar. Thanks, Distant Librarian!

Prefer to search Google Print without using a bookmarklet? Try a search using book as the first word of the search, e.g. book byron - you should get a little bookshelf icon next to the first result that takes you to a list of results from Google Print.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb)

The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb)

Turned this up today - a couple hundred full text film scripts. Many are drafts. I couldn't find any information on the site about where they are coming from; the only copyright info I could find was a brief statement about fair use. It will be interesting to see how long this collection remains available! In the meantime, if you're looking for a draft of a film script, there are a lot here...

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

New Look for the Library Catalog

Entire UNLV Collection: Simple Search

We've been testing this new interface design for a while and think it's ready to try out. Most of the changes are cosmetic.

- The default search for UNLV will be UNLV libraries, so books from the community college collection won't turn up unless you deliberately use the "Search a different collection" drop-down menu. Same for Desert Research Institute and Nevada State College collections.

- The advanced search options are still available (and we've added ISBN searching) but the default is a keyword "quick search"

- The search called "Title of Print and Electronic Journals" is now accessible from the link labeled UNLV Print and Online Journal Collections.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

CiteULike - stores your citations AND your PDFs


I've tried all the main bibliographic software options out there and haven't yet found one that I've liked enough to pony up for. Lately I've been using CiteULike, a free web-based service offered by Richard Cameron at It automatically collects bibliographic information from some sources, it lets you assign your own searchable keywords, and best of all, it allows you to see what other articles have been recently posted by others using those keywords.

CiteULike has added the ability to store PDF documents, so you can keep the entire article along with your notes about it.

It also works with UNLV's link resolver, so it can search for and retrieve full text articles from UNLV's subscription databases when used with the bookmarklet in the left column.

Monday, April 18, 2005

New texts in Latino Literature

note from Alexander Street Press:

Dear user of Latino Literature,

Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction, which you already have in your library, has recently grown. The current release features 299 plays and 51,000 pages of prose and poetry. Please pass this news along to faculty and staff.

There are now more than 160 authors' works represented, including previously unpublished plays by Ivan Acosta, Lynne Alvarez, Aravind Adyanthaya, Jesus Colon, Migdalia Cruz, Eugenio Ferradas, Anne Garcia-Romero, Carmen Rivera, and many others. In additional to the drama, users will find nearly 8,000 poems and 165 works of fiction. Biographic and bibliographic details are very rich, and the indexing allows for precise searching in unique ways.

Browse the Table of Contents of Authors here. Writers are of American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, or Puerto Rican ethnicity; male or female; black, white, multiracial, or Indian; writing in Spanish or English; writing from the 19th century through to the present.

This database will continue to grow to include nearly 400 plays and 100,000 pages of fiction and poetry, including a great number of previously unpublished works.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


RedLightGreen is a way of searching for books that bypasses UNLV Libraries' catalog. You can identify books in research libraries across the world and then see their availability at UNLV and elsewhere.

It also features tools that will export citations to the books you select in APA, MLA, Chicago or Turabian formats.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Peter's PolySearch Engines

Peter's PolySearch Engines

These neat tools let you run searches simultaneously in multiple resources. Says the author Peter Jacso, "This is especially convenient for corroborating information in different dictionaries, and encyclopedias, and for comprehensive literature searches."

This one compares Google searching the cross-ref directory with native search engines.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Faculty Seminar Series - Google Scholar

As part of UNLV Libraries Faculty Seminar Series, I'll be leading a demonstration and discussion of Google Scholar next Thursday (April 14th) at 12:30 in the Amargosa room.

Drag this bookmarklet to your toolbar to automatically search for whatever term you highlight in Google Scholar. (you may need to right click on it and rename it - not sure why it doesn't recognize its own name!)

Google Scholar lookup

But that's only the beginning.

UNLV Google Scholar Get Text

Now drag that one to your Firefox toolbar. Run a search in Google Scholar. Click on this button with a results page in front of you. You should get a UNLV Get Text button for each item. It may only go to the journal level. It ought to put you through the proxy server.

Why bother?

1) If you're off campus this will give you access to UNLV journal subscriptions.
2) If you want to see if UNLV has print holdings of a journal, use the Search in Library Catalog button.
3) If you want to request an article from UNLV Document Delivery (but check and make sure the data that gets automatically filled into the form is complete - it will put in all that it can glean, but that may not include journal or issue number)

The UNLV Print and Online Journal option ought to appear only if there is an ISSN available to search by.

Thanks to Peter Binkley and Art Rhyno, who programmed the proxy/SFX bookmarklet that I customized.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

So What is "Feed to JavaScript"?

So What is "Feed to JavaScript"?

Thank you Alan Levine at Maricopa Community Colleges for creating the tool I used to pipe in the RSS feeds you see on the left margin!

Bookmarklet for CiteULike

UNLV Get Text in CiteULike

Using CiteULike? Drag that button to your toolbar, and when you have a citation page open you can click on the bookmarklet to make it create a Get Text button that will let you access UNLV holdings. Works only for articles, and probably only sometimes. But I'm proud of it anyway.

Drama Pulitzers

The Chronicle: Daily news: 04/05/2005 -- 05
The academic winners are as follows:

* David Hackett Fischer, a professor of history at Brandeis University, will receive the prize in history for Washington's Crossing (Oxford University Press).

* Ted Kooser, the U.S. poet laureate and a visiting professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, will receive the prize in poetry for Delights & Shadows (Copper Canyon Press). Earlier this year, Mr. Kooser won the Bollingen Prize in Poetry (The Chronicle, March 4).

* Marilynne Robinson, a professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa, will receive the prize in fiction for Gilead (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

* Steven Stucky, a professor of composition at Cornell University, will receive the prize in music for his Second Concerto for Orchestra.

The other winners in arts and letters were Steve Coll, a reporter and former managing editor at The Washington Post, who will receive the prize in general nonfiction for Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Penguin Press); John Patrick Shanley, who will receive the prize in drama for Doubt, which is now playing on Broadway; and Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, who will share the prize in biography for De Kooning: An American Master (Alfred A. Knopf).

Heard an interview with Kooser on Fresh Air yesterday, talking about his American Life in Poetry column.

Monday, March 21, 2005

the forest before me replaced by a cartilage of stars

The New York Times > Arts > Philip Lamantia, 77, Surrealist Poet, Is Dead

Friday, March 18, 2005

MLA International Bibliography trial

MLA International Bibliography options.

This one's not available on the trials page, but may be of interest. The MLA bibliography committee has only recently made their data available to several database vendors, who have each designed different search interfaces. Since MLA controls the price, each vendor charges the same price for the information. However, the search and text linking features differ depending on who sells it to us.

Important: The number of journals that we have full text access to will not change based on the MLA vendor. The method of access may differ - you may need to use the Get Text button to link to online articles - but the number of articles that you can retrieve the full text of online will be the same no matter which interface we use.

For a limited time you will also be able to try searching the MLA International Bibliography and the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature simultaneously.

To cross-search MLA, ABELL and the New Essays on the American Novel series:

Enter LION:
Choose Criticism & Reference from left hand navigation bar

In the center of the page it will say
You are searching in All Criticism and Reference.
Change your search to: All | Criticism | Reference | Web Sites <-- click on the Criticism option

If we were to add this cross-searching feature permanently, our regular interface to search ONLY the MLA would change as well - see the next two links to compare the MLA interfaces.

Search MLA through Chadwyck-Healey interface (through 4/14/05)

Search MLA through Ebsco (current UNLV subscription)

Search ABELL through Chadwyck Healey interface (current UNLV subscription)

Some observations:

It searches MLA, ABELL, and evidently the full text of a lot of popular humanities sources. The good news is that the full text is there so users don't have to spend a lot of time tracking down an article to find out if it's relevant.

It doesn't remove entries duplicated by MLA and ABELL. There is a LOT of overlap between these two indexes.

If we switched to this MLA interface, the link to the standalone MLA would put uses in th Chadwyck- Healey/ ProQuest MLA implementation. This has five or so search boxes (compared to Ebsco's default of one) and incorporates the directory of periodicals data. I have to say that the more I use this interface the more I prefer it to our current one.

Yes, three switches in three years are a lot.

*UPDATE: Finally got the Get TExt button up and running in MLA/ABELL - good news - it looks up books in the catalog, unlike in the Ebsco implementation. Bad news - it doesn't seem to have enough data to look up citations from ABELL. That's inconvenient.

UNLV Libraries: Electronic Database Trials

UNLV Libraries: Electronic Database Trials

Lots of trials this season. Here's a page assembling most of them. All work for UNLV campus IPs only.

Acta Santorum
Bibliothek deutscher Klassiker
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
International Medieval Bibliography
19th Century Masterfile
Patrologia Latina

I'm excited about the 19th century masterfile, but I have a vested interest in having to hunt down fewer print indices!

Film Literature Index - Wow!!

I've been called on to find the print copy of this recently, and hey! wow! it's available online for FREE!! No current coverage, but 1976-2001 is available.

Film Literature Index >> Home

The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. More than 2,000 subject headings provide detailed analysis of the articles.

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Indiana University a grant in 2002 to convert the print version of the Film Literature Index to electronic form. The FLI Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

ComAbstracts & CIOS updates

Your institution has an active subscription to CIOS research
databases and you are listed as the contact for that subscription. We'd
like to be sure that all relevant personnel at your institution are
aware of substantial recent enhancements in our ComAbstracts database --
expanded fulltext offerings, user folders for consolidating results
across searches, and new online guides for students covering MLA/APA
citation styles and issues in plagiarism and appropriate use of sources.

Please circulate this message to all parties for whom this
information will be relevant (including library acquisition and
reference personnel and the faculty and staff of your
communication/rhetoric/journalism programs).

Here's a summary of these important recent enhancements:

1. ComAbstracts Fulltext

Potentially all the 50,000 articles and books we index/abstract are
available fulltext as ComAbstracts is an "openURL" resource. OpenURL is
a technology that allows us to link our records to your catalog and
other databases to which your library may subscribe. So here at SUNY
Albany, because the university subscribes to many databases (PROQUEST,
JSTOR, etc.), ComAbstracts links automatically to any relevant fulltext
in all those other databases as well as to UA's own catalog. Your
library must have an "openURL" server to make this happen and your
library staff needs to have completed the process of self-registering
your server with us. To check this, access

At the same time, we also supply more than 12,000 articles in full
text through ComAbstracts directly and will be adding more in the
future. Here is a list of what's available at the moment:

Journalism and Communication Quarterly v73-v80
Journalism and Communication Monographs v1-v5
Human Communication Research v1-v29
Communication Reports v8-v15
Journal of Communication v20-53
Western Journal of Communication v32-67
Southern Journal of Communication v33-v67
Women's Studies in Communication v14-26
Journal of Communication and Religion v1-v25
International Journal of Listening v1-v16
Electronic Journal of Communication v1-14
Australian Journal of Communication v1 - v29
Communication Theory v1-v13

2. New: Search Folders

We want let you know that the CIOS has now added an important
feature to the ComAbstracts database that allows our users to
selectively store items from ComAbstracts search results in temporary
private folders on the system. With this feature a user can build a
list of items of particular interest culled from a series of
ComAbstracts searches. The folder will be preserved until 60 minutes of
inactivity in the folder has passed. The folder will then be deleted

The folder feature requires browser cookies to be available. Our
system sets two cookies, the primary one being the name of the folder.
If your system does not permit these cookies to be set, or if your proxy
server presents them in a way that our system cannot parse, the folder
option will not appear.

Assuming cookies are working, when ComAbstracts is searched you will
see a new option "add to folder" next to each element in your search
result. Clicking this option places a copy of the item in a folder that
is private to that session. It will remain until it is deleted or the
timeout period expires. Items in the folder can be emailed as a group
or selectively.

We hope this feature will make it easier to conduct research within
ComAbstracts and will make ComAbstracts an even more powerful tool.

3. New Search Wizards have been added

Our ComAbstracts database search interface now provides "Search
Wizards" that are designed to guide users using smart Q & A and
automated tools. In addition to those added last summer, the Wizards
now provide information on the mechanics of referencing within research
papers written in major academic styles (MLA/APA) and information on
plagiarism and appropriate use of sources.

We would also like you to know that ComAbstracts has been
substantially expanded during the last six months. It now includes
records for 50,000 research articles and books, making it the largest
and deepest database covering the communication field exclusively.

ComAbstracts now includes bibliographic records, abstract records,
and/or fulltext extending to the first issue of virtually every resource
covered all the way back to the first decade of the 20th century. And
our coverage is comprehensive for each source. ComAbstracts does not
include occasional articles selected haphazardly from sources beyond the
field (a practice commonly used by commercial database vendors to
inflate the apparent number of journals "covered"), and ComAbstracts
does not exceed the boundaries of the communication field by melding
journals with no genuine association with the discipline of human
communication studies as it is understood by scholars in the field.
Inappropriate melding of sources that are not from the field itself is a
practice that is actually harmful to our field as it makes it virtually
impossible for scholars and students to research patterns of
productivity in the communication discipline or the unique applications
of a concept within the field (e.g., "network" -- a concept with
substantially different connotations and meanings in the history of
research in communication versus education, engineering, social work &
etc., journals inexplicably sprinkled in to databases by commercial
vendors). The practice of inappropriately including titles from other
fields is on par with including households in Argentina and Canada in
the US census. The CIOS understands the natural boundaries of the field
of communication and covers it exclusively and comprehensively.

Thanks for your support for our effort to provide low cost, high
value service to our field and to advance the cause of open-access to
our field's literature. Your support makes it possible for us to
provide free access to our services in disadvantaged areas of the globe
and to provide free access to books and many thousands of full text
articles from disciplinary journals.

As you know, this is an age in which corporate interests are
everywhere encroaching on traditional values of scholarship and
education. The CIOS is very grateful for your support in our effort to
provide a counterweight that shores up the traditional core values of
the academic enterprise, and keeps prices low in a high-value academic

Best wishes,

Tim Stephen
Professor, Department of Communication, University at Albany (SUNY) &
CIOS President


In case you missed our last update letter, please review these
other recent enhancements:

1. Our ComAbstracts database search interface now provides "Search
Wizards" that are designed to guide users using smart Q & A and
automated tools. The first wizard is designed to guide students through
the process of preparing research papers for their communication and
journalism courses. Often, through lack of familiarity with the field,
students aren't able to identify concepts useful for searches. This
wizard provides active guidance for this process, helping students to
discover which concepts have been of significant importance within the
communication/journalism literature and the language that scholars have
used when they write about a subject. This knowledge is of vital
important in successfully researching a subject.

A second wizard is designed to assist communication/journalism
graduate students to use the ComAbstracts database to prepare for
academic job interviews. Other wizards will be added in the future.

2. We have more than tripled coverage in ComAbstracts. ComAbstracts
now covers roughly 50,000 records. At a minimum this is 30% larger than
any other indexing and abstracting database serving the
communication/journalism/rhetoric/speech fields. Our coverage now
extends to 1915 on our deepest title and either volume 1, issue 1 or
1970 on the average (see Our
coverage remains purely of the core literature of the communication
field without confusing searchers by blending in occasional data from
other disciplines using ad hoc or obscure criteria.

3. We have made our ComAbstracts database openURL compliant so that
it can interact with your university's library catalog, lead searchers
directly to fulltext resources you may have available through other
electronic services at your institution. For a school with a range of
fulltext database subscriptions beyond ComAbstracts, ComAbstracts is an
excellent front end to the communications/journalism-related holdings in
your catalog and your entire range of electronic resources. Most of our
subscriber institutions have now acquired and registered their openURL
servers. Please contact us ( if you need assistance in
doing so.

4. We have recently revised and modernized the ComAbstracts user
interface, equipping it with the most advanced, innovative, and easiest
to use set of search options of any database serving the field. We
provide the unique next-generation "Visual Communication Concept
Explorer" as a search interface, plus basic search, advanced search, a
browse terms mode, a dictionary, and menus of prepared searches. If you
haven't seen the new ComAbstracts design, you may wish to familiarize
yourself with its new capabilities. Please see:

5. We now include interactive tables of contents for every issue of
every journal we include in ComAbstracts -- nearly 7,000 tables of
contents are included (all the way back to 1915). It is possible to
jump directly from a record in a search result to the appropriate table
of contents, and from the entries in the table of contents to the
relevant record (and possibly to fulltext, for the fulltext we provide
or the fulltext in other databases for those searching at
openURL-enabled institutions).

6. We also now include book records in ComAbstracts and plan to
expand our coverage to include additional media resources in the future.

The CIOS, a not-for-profit organization created by scholars within
the communication discipline itself, continues to lead the discipline's
fight for low cost and open access to communication scholarship and we
value your support for our efforts. Your subscription is vital to us as
it enables the work that we do on behalf of the communication field.
Watch for upcoming information about "ASCUS" a new CIOS-sponsored
fulltext database in communication/journalism designed to control and
reduce costs of access to the field's core literature and to preserve
the communication/library community's control of its own future.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The New Atlantis - The Age of Egocasting - Christine Rosen

The New Atlantis - The Age of Egocasting - Christine Rosen

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Jack Wolcott's Theatre History on the Web

Jack Wolcott's Theatre History on the Web

Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online, one-act plays for four or fewer actors

Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online, one-act plays for four or fewer actors script search database Find out who to contact for performance rights. - The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musicals - The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musicals

Playbill: Sites

Playbill: Sites

McCoy's Guide to Theatre and Performance Studies

McCoy's Guide to Theatre and Performance Studies

Thursday, December 23, 2004

NOVA | The Elegant Universe | Watch the Program | PBS

I've been watching NOVA | The Elegant Universe on PBS and it's incredible - physicist Brian Greene presents an explanation of string theory for non-physicists. It's tremendously entertaining and available for online viewing!