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September 2000 Web News

Books In Print Returns Online

After nearly a year's absence, the electronic version of Books In Print has returned to IU Northwest campus computers. Produced by R.R. Bowker, the web based version of Books In Print provides a quick search for books by title, author, keyword and ISBN number. The database also allows the user to browse by general subject indexes such as juvenile literature, history sports and self-help as well as by more specific indexes such as publisher, video subjects, author and title.

The site also features the following sections:

  • Awards - This area can locate titles that were nominated for over 300 book, video and audio awards.
  • Bookwire - This web site provides the most comprehensive information on the book industry by including up-to-date news, author tour information, guides to literary events and book reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and the Boston Book Review.
  • Author Biographies - This international guide offers access to over 4000 biographies of the most important authors.
  • Bestsellers - This database features over 100 years of bestseller information from Publishers Weekly that can be searched specific year, author or keyword.
  • Library Resource Guide - This section offers a complete online directory of library services.
  • Publishers Trade Services - This web version of Literary Marketplace contains comprehensive information for the book publishing community, U.S., Canadian and international publishers, literary agents, advertising and marketing.

To access Books In Print from any IU Northwest campus computer, go to . If you need further assistance searching specific areas of this database, a Help button is provided at the top right side of the main menu.

JSTOR Provides Full Text Web Access to Back Issues of Scholarly Journals

Funded by a Lilly Foundation grant for 21 Indiana academic libraries, the IU Northwest Library recently subscribed to the JSTOR electronic journal database.

JSTOR is a not-for- profit organization whose goal is to provide back issues of core journals in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. By making the complete runs of scholarly journal backfiles available and searchable over the Internet, JSTOR not only creates new research possibilities but also helps libraries reduce costs associated with storing these materials. Since 2000, 117 core scholarly journals in a variety of fields are accessible in the JSTOR collection. Many of these complete backfiles date back from the 1800's, but do not include the current year and not the previous three to five years. Over 2 million pages are now available. New titles and academic fields are regularly. Journal issues are always accessible and in pristine condition. For a complete list of journal titles and subject fields available, go to

To access JSTOR from any IU Northwest campus computer, faculty, students or staff should go to

  1. At the main, screen, click Enter JSTOR.
  2.  Locate journal issues and articles by clicking on Browse the Journals and then the journal name, volume and issue that interests you.
  3. To search for specific articles, click Search JSTOR and enter keywords, topics, titles, authors and dates using either the basic or advanced search form. These search forms also allow the user to perform cross disciplinary searches by selecting several journals in one search. The search menu also provides a Help area that describes how to construct basic and advanced searches. It also includes a Browse button where a user can scan the available journal titles by subject.
  4.  To print an article, JPRINT, a special helper application provides optimal printing. When viewing an article, the Print button on the navigational toolbar on the left side of the screen will take you to a printing options page. First-time users may download JPRINT from this page. JPRINT enables high quality printing much more superior to printing articles using the Netscape or Internet Explorer print feature. Versions of JPRINT are available for different operating systems and browsers. For further information about printing JSTOR articles, go to .
  5.  For additional general information about using JSTOR, go to

Locate Up-To-Date U.S. Economic Data With STAT-USA

Need access to current economic statistics? Try using STAT-USA, an electronic database now available on IU Northwest Library online catalog workstations as well as all IU Northwest campus computers.

STAT-USA, a service of the U.S. Department of Commerce provides authoritative information from the federal government about U.S. business, economic and trade statistics. The web site consists of two major components:

State of the Nation - This section provides various financial and economic data from the federal government and other related organizations. It concerns itself primarily with the United States domestic economy. It consists of six categories:

  • General Economic Indicators- This area features clickable links to the Gross National Product, Consumer Price Index  and Producer Price Index.
  • Housing and Construction
  • Employment - This category offers clickable links to local area employment and unemployment data as well as the Weekly Unemployment Claims Report.
  • Manufacturing and Industry
  • Monetary Statistics - This area includes selected interest rates and current foreign exchange rates.
  • Economic Policy

GLOBUS/ NTDB - This section offers current and historical trade- related releases, international market research, country analysis, trade opportunities and the National Trade Data Bank (NTDB). Most importantly, the NTDB provides U.S. import and export statistics as well as access to country commercial guides and market research reports.

To access STAT-USA from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to . For additional information and assistance using this database, contact , Library News Web Editor.

Fish In the River of Knowledge: Celebrate Your Freedom To Read: IU Northwest Library Commemorates Banned Books Week September 23-30

Banned Books Week is a national event sponsored annually by the American Booksellers Association , the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression ,the American Library Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors , the Association of American Book Publishers  and the National Association of College Stores. It is also endorsed by the Library of Congress' Center for the Book.

From September 23 through September 30, the IU Northwest Library will observe Banned Books Week for a second consecutive year with special exhibits and a lecture series. The exhibits located in Hawthorn Hall will feature a display of books that have been censored and/or burned throughout history as well as information why specific books were banned and general readings about censorship.

Here is the schedule for the Banned Books Week lecture series:

  •  Monday, September 25:

Marie Wright, IUPUI Library will discuss Censorship and Children's Literature from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Library/ Conference Center, Room 105B

  •  Wednesday, September 27:

Religion and Censorship presented by Douglas Archer, Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame,10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Library/Conference Center, Room A/B

For further information on this event, contact Ellen Bosman or visit the American Library Association's Banned Books Week web site.

, Library News Web Editor