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October 2001 Web News

PsycINFO Changes Database Formats

PsycINFO has a new look! In September, this online journal index switched from the Silverplatter to the Cambridge Scientific Abstracts web search interface. Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO includes over 1.5 million records for research and practical literature in psychology and related fields such as medicine, psychiatry and social work. The database contains indexes to journal articles, book chapters, technical reports and dissertations from 1887 to the present.

To access the PsycINFO database from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page and under the Journal and Newspaper Indexes heading, click the Humanities & Social Sciences link. At the next screen, select PsycINFO.

  1. Once connected to the database, check the specific year(s) you wish to search located in the main menu's right frame.
  2. For instructional purposes, this article will focus on performing a Quick Search. At the left of the database's search screen, the Quick Search allows you to perform a basic keyword search by simply typing terms in the Find dialog box and clicking Search. Search results will appear on the right side of the screen.
  3. For more extensive information on performing an advanced search, devising effective search strategies or printing or e-mailing specific records, consult the Help button located on the top right side of the main search screen.

Favorite Web Sites: General Ready Reference

The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best Free Reference Web Sites List  for the American Library Association . Here is a list of selection criteria  initially created by the MARS Best Free Websites Task Force to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and authoritative information on the Internet.

According to its mission statement, "Refdesk.com has three goals:     (1.) fast access, (2.) intuitive and easy navigation and (3.) comprehensive content, rationally indexed." The very comprehensive and detailed site index is the best way to discover what the web site offers. Some notable areas of the site map include:

  • The Desktop Resources file that has Bartlett's Quotations, maps/driving directions, Roget's Thesaurus, Encyclopedia Britannica and essential reference tools.
  • My Virtual Newspaper: This file provides links to editorials/opinions and United States and world newspapers.
  • My Facts Page offers links to web sites dealing with biographies, electronic texts, genealogy, U.S. government, grammar and style, weights and measures, world religion and science.

Without using the site map, even the most neophyte web user can easily locate information by browsing the well organized categories on Refdesk.com's main page or using the conveniently placed, user friendly search engine.

This web site offers a one-stop source for ready reference with material from the Information Please Almanac, the ESPN Information Please Sports Almanac and the A&E Entertainment Almanac as well as the Random House Webster's College Dictionary and The Columbia Encyclopedia. The main page is designed for quick access with both a search form and an index of hot links under ten broad topics. Other handy features include facts behind the news (e.g. the September 11th terrorist attack on America), today in history, a biography search and a well-placed keyword search engine that allows the user to search all or specific sections of the database.  (Revised summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

The Internet Public Library provides an excellent jumping off point for anyone doing research on the Internet. The main Collections include "Reference," "Exhibits," "Especially for Librarians," "Magazines and Serials." "Newspapers," "Online Texts" and "Web Searching" as well as extensive "Teen" and "Youth" collections. "Reference" covers all academic disciplines and there is an extensive tutorial on the research process itself. Furthermore, the "Online Literary Criticism Collection," located in the  IPL's Original Reference Resources area, as well the " Online Serials" and "Online Newspapers" links found in the Other Collections section are especially noteworthy.  (Revised summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

Steelmaker-Steeltown: U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection, 1906-1941 Will Soon Be Available Through the IU Libraries' Digital Library Program

For the past fourteen months, Indiana University Libraries' Digital Library Team has been working on creating a web site featuring the U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection preserved in IU Northwest's Calumet Regional Archives.  Thanks to an Indiana State Library LSTA grant, the Team has been able to scan approximately 2,400 images documenting the history of the massive steel mills at Gary, Indiana as well as the building of the City of Gary.  While the collection spans a period from 1906 to 1941, the bulk of the collection covers the years between 1906 and 1925.

The photographs depict the mill and town rising from the sand dunes along Lake Michigan's southern shore.  Beginning in July 1906, the company's photographers captured on film the construction of blast furnaces, open hearths, ore unloaders, and other components of Gary Works.  The collection offers a visual record of steelmaking at the turn of the twentieth century.  In addition to views of the mill equipment and facilities, the records include many photographs of workers and people in the mill.

Because the Gary project included both the mill complex and a modern, company town, the photographers shot the construction of the City of Gary, too.  The viewer is able to see the city's development from the earliest days to the 1920s.  From the downtown intersection of 5th Avenue and Broadway to images of housing styles offered by the Gary Land Company, the collection offers a variety of views of the "City of the Century."

The Steelmaker-Steeltown web site is scheduled to be online by the end of 2001.  A preview of the site is located at www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/steel/.  Plans call for the web site to include a list of selected readings about Gary, a Webliography of helpful links, an introductory essay, and tools for teachers.  For further information, please contact , Archivist/Curator, Calumet Regional Archives, Indiana University Northwest.  Be sure to visit the Archives' web site at www.iun.edu/lib/crahome.htm.

Mexican Day of the Dead Festivities Will Be Held at the Library On November 1

On October 31st,  and on November 1st and 2nd , Mexicans celebrate the liturgical feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which are also known by the more common names of Día de los muertos, Día de todos los Santos, or Día de difuntos. While the Catholic Church consecrated these days for the cult of the dead since the seventh century, the Aztecs commemorated the deceased during the months of summer.  With the arrival of the priests who accompanied the conquistadores, the Aztec festivities were moved gradually to the month of October so they would match the Christian calendar.  Around the middle of the seventeenth century, the meeting of the pre-Hispanic cult of the dead and its Spanish equivalent slowly merged into the holiday we have come to know today as the Day of the Dead .

In its second year of showcasing its annual Día de los muertos exhibition, Indiana University Northwest will feature the creativity and talent of local high schools, artists, and organizations.  New this year is the change in venue:  The event will take place in the library, in the cozy area around That Little Café. Special thanks go to library director, Bob Moran, and to his staff for welcoming this project with open arms.  The first altars will be built around the second weekend in October.  Although we will remembering and honoring once more friends and family, this year's event will be dedicated to the victims of the recent terrorist attack on our nation.  On November 1st, Sue Eleuterio, of the Illinois Arts Council, will be our guest speaker, and the music of Mariachi Acero will comfort us and bring us--on this evening of All Saints-- closer to the souls of those who have departed.

Contrary to the way it is viewed in Western tradition, with all its taboos, death is for Mexicans a projection of life.  Let us become Mexicans at heart on this night, let us rejoice in the remembrance of those who are no longer with us and, in recalling their death, let us celebrate their lives.

This initiative has been made possible by a grant from the Diversity Programming Group.  For more information, please call at (219) 980-6691.

, Library News Web Editor