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March 2002 Web News
  
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Books in Print Online Now Includes Book Reviews

The IU Northwest Library recently added book reviews to its subscription to Books in Print Online. The database contains over 600,000 full-text reviews from such respected reviewing periodicals as Choice, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and Horn Book Magazine.

Here are instructions for obtaining these reviews.

  1. At the web site's main page, enter the book title, author or keyword information in the Quick Search box and click Submit.
  2. The next screen will display a title list. If the specific title has a review, a star appears to the left of the title.
  3. To see the review(s), click on the title link. At the next screen, select the Title Reviews tab to read the available reviews. In addition to the full-text reviews, this area also provides citations and clickable links to book reviews located in other reviewing sources such as the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times Book Review.
To access Books in Print Online from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page  and under the Library Catalogs, Electronic Journals & Other Databases  heading, click the Other Databases link. At the next screen, select Books in Print.
 

 Favorite Web Sites: Country Information

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. Covering approximately 100 countries, this site contains the full text of the most recent volumes of the Country Studies/ Area Studies series, prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the sponsorship of the Department of the Army. Each book, which is searchable and browsable, focuses on "...a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors." Photographs, maps, charts from the print versions are added on an ongoing basis, except when the graphic files are not available. You can search all the books (i.e. countries) at once, a combination, or just one. Each book has an extensive Table of Contents. This is a great site for those who need an overview of a country. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) This collection of resources offers much more than the name implies. From the home page, one column of choices is arranged geographically by region, with links to every official web site tat could be located, including as well those of embassies, U.N. Missions and tourist authorities, and many unofficial ones as well. Regional and international agency web sites are also included and even collections of local government resources. A second column provides "related foreign information" sources, including background sites such as the CIA World Factbook or Parliaments of the World; comprehensive listings of foreign governments, constitutions, laws and treaties; embassies; and collections of news sources on the web. The majority of geographical collections had been updated within the past month.  (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) The CIA  produces the World Factbook to meet the needs of government officials for background material on economic, geographic, and political conditions in 267 countries around the globe. Locations can be accessed within the "Country Listing" or by "Reference Maps." Over fifteen government entities contribute to its production as well as other public and private sources. Since it is in the public domain, it may be copied freely. Published annually, it includes the latest material at the time of publication. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection Now Available Through the IU Libraries' Digital Library Program

The Digital Library Program and the Calumet Regional Archive at IU Northwest are pleased to announce the availability of an online digital photograph collection that captures the history of the U.S. Steel Works at Gary, Indiana, and the building of Gary itself.

The U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection, 1906-1971 is accessible online at  http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/steel .  It includes not only a wealth of photographic documentation  reflecting the steel plant's rich history, but a host of other resources as well, including bibliographies, suggested readings, and hypertext links to a wide range of research and educational materials.

The U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection provides access to more than 2,200 digital images  documenting the creation of the world's largest steel mill during the height of America's industrial revolution. The collection depicts the life and times of one of the nation's largest corporate towns, documented by U.S. Steel  photographers. And while the gaze of the camera's eye often focuses upon the massive and varied industrial  machinery of the steel works, it also captures the lives of the men and women who worked in and around it as well. The experience as a whole provides a startling portal into the past of one of the most tumultuous periods of  our nation's history.

Although the site will undoubtedly prove a valuable resource for scholars and historians of American history and the Industrial Revolution alike, the U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection was also carefully designed to meet the unique needs of another target audience: school teachers and students. As such, in addition to its core of  documentary photography, the site also includes guides for fourth grade, middle and high school teachers, as well as question sets for classroom discussion.

The digitization project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services  under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

IU's Digital Library program is a university-wide partnership of the IU Libraries, University Information Technology Services,  and the School of Library and Information Science.  ( This news release written by Kristine R. Brancolini, Director of the Digital Library Program originally appeared in the February 8, 2002 issue of IUL NEWS.)

, Library News Web Editor