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March 1999 Web News

MLA Bibliography Now Available From Home

IU Northwest students, faculty and staff can now reach MLA Bibliography from home via a Telnet connection on the World Wide Web. MLA Bibliography which is published by the Modern Language Association of America indexes critical research sources on modern language, literature, linguistics and folklore. Covering literary and language scholarly publications from 1963 to the present, it provides access to over 3,000 journals, international series, monographs, working papers, proceedings and bibliographies.

It also offers easy access to a wide array of subjects, from the novels of Jane Austen and Dorothy Allison to the poetry of Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou as well as literary genres and forms, national literature and regional dialects.

To use MLA Bibliography from home:

  1. At the IU Northwest Library Home Page, go to the Electronic Information Page and choose the Connecting from off campus link.
  2. From this database list, click MLA International Bibliography. Note: This connection requires Telnet software. Since the Telnet software included with most Windows 95 computers sometimes doesn't display or print IO database screens correctly, we recommend downloading Telnet software from the Tucows web site.
  3. After typing your Student ID or Social Security Number at the login prompt, an Infogate main menu will appear.
  4. Select menu option 4, Indexes to Journal and Newspaper Articles at the prompt.
  5. At the next menu, choose the line number for MLA Bibliography and press Enter. Then select Connect to MLA Bibliography at the next screen to search the database. If you need any assistance using this database, contact , Library News Web Editor.

Remember: MLA Bibliography's web-based version is also available from IU Northwest campus computers using a Web-based interface through the library's Connecting from on campus page.

Use PEAK to Obtain Full-Text Social Science and Science Electronic Journal Articles

PEAK (Pricing Electronic Access to Knowledge) is a temporary experimental service for electronic journal delivery and pricing research. Available through August 1999, this service sponsored by the University of Michigan offers access to over 1100 full-text journals published by Elsevier Science from 1996 to the present. These journals feature the leading research in the life, physical and social sciences.

All IU faculty, students and staff have access to these online journals from home or campus computers once they become registered users. IU Northwest students, faculty and staff can become authorized PEAK users by sending their Social Security or Student ID Number, full e-mail address (e.g., and campus status (faculty, staff or student) to . For a more detailed description about PEAK, read the IU Homepages' January 29th article.

  • For a PEAK journal list and further information on accessing the service, go to the IU library's Peak Page.
  • To use PEAK once your become an authorized user, click on

InULA Sponsors Workshop Developing Performance Standards for Academic Reference Librarians on April 23

The Indiana University Librarians Association (InULA) is sponsoring a Professional Development workshop entitled Developing Performance Standards for Academic Reference Librarians. It will be presented by Lila Fredenburg, IU Libraries' Human Resources Officer. Attendees who would gain the most from this workshop would be academic librarians whose responsibilities include a major portion of time spent in reference work. Nevertheless, skills concepts and methods for developing performance standards would also appeal to librarians in other areas such as library instruction and even technical services.

The workshop will be held at Indiana University South Bend in Northside Hall, Room 135 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A box lunch and refreshments will be provided. This program costs $10.00 for non-InULA members and is free to InULA members. Librarians from all Indiana academic libraries are encouraged to attend. Workshop attendance is limited to 25 people. Registration deadline is April 1st. To register for the workshop, print out and complete the information form then mail it and, if applicable, a check (made payable to InULA) to:

Carol Rusinek

Indiana University Northwest Library
3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408
Phone: 219-980-6547

Note: Do not return the completed form via e-mail. This workshop is funded by an InULA Professional Development Grant.

, Library News Web Editor