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May 2002 Web News
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Locate Up-To-Date Information on Over 190 Nations With CountryWatch

The IU Northwest Library recently started a premium subscription to CountryWatch Online. According to its web site, "CountryWatch is a world leader in country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 191 countries of the world." Information can be accessed from Country Reviews from a drop down menu on the top right side of the main menu or from a world regions area located on the left side of the web site. Each 50-100 page Country Review report includes the following topics:

• Geographical Information
• Political Information
• Economic Information
• Corporate Information
• Environmental Information

This data is updated bi-annually but when major events occur (e.g. a change in government), this information is automatically updated. This web resource also profiles a featured country (e.g. Iraq) each month as well as providing current news events through Country Wire. CountryWatch supplies its users with a map gallery featuring both thematic and political/physical maps for each nation.

To use CountryWatch from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page  under the Library Catalogs, Electronic Journals & Other Databases heading, click the Other Databases link. At the next screen, select CountryWatch.

Favorite Web Sites: Health/Medical 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. The Healthfinder(r) web site is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The authors describe the site as "a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information". The site is clearly arranged by categories: "Hot Topics," "News," "Smart Choices," "More Tools," "Just for You," and "About Us". All of these sections have clearly defined sub-categories. Healthfinder features a keyword search tool for the database that includes a help button and an index button. The search results lead the user to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)
  InteliHealth's stated mission is to "promote good health" by their efforts to "consumerize health information to make it accessible to the widest possible audience." More than 150 health organizations contribute to the site, including the Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health. The site includes a medical dictionary, a database of medication information, a database of disease/condition profiles, and other features, including a "symptom scout." The disease/condition profiles are especially helpful, as they include features like "When to call your doctor." There is also an A-Z index to find topics. Daily tips appear, as well as featured "spotlight" topics. This site holds a wealth of well-organized health information for the layperson. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee), formerly Mayo Health Oasis is a consumer-oriented online health resource providing "access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of the Mayo Clinic."The well designed and very navigable web site allows the user to search for information through a well placed search engine where the term can be searched through the entire web site or limited to specific sections like "Diseases and Conditions" or "Drugs." This resource also features specific categories where users can access topics. These include Diseases and Conditions A-Z, Drug Information, First Aid & Self-Care Guide, Condition Centers and Healthy Living Centers. remains one of the most respected web resources for disseminating accurate and easy to understand health information to the general public. This web site contains the full-text online version of The Merck Manual Home Edition specifically written for the layperson by nearly 200 leading medical experts. Users can select from two formats. First, the Interactive version contains photos, animations, videos, sound-enhanced pronunciations and illustrations along with a comprehensive search engine to locate specific terms. Links to free downloads for RealPlayer(tm), Netscape and Internet Explorer are provided if needed. Secondly, the original text-based version is available for those with slower dial-up connections or web browsers that cannot support graphics. Both versions of the Merck Manual Home Edition provide an easy to use, detailed table of contents comprised of 24 sections plus an appendix which cover topics ranging from medical fundamentals to accidents and injuries. Both formats are updated frequently. The online Merck Manual Home Edition undoubtedly is an excellent electronic resource for people seeking accurate, up-to-date, yet understandable medical information. Rxlist is a resource for in-depth drug information covering over 4,000 U.S. products. Each drug entry will contain the following information: description, clinical pharmacology, indications, usage, contraindications, warnings, precautions, drug interactions, adverse reactions, drug abuse and dependence, dosage and administration, and animal pharmacology. The fuzzy logic search engine allows for broad searching: drug names, categories, actions, and misspellings.(Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

The IU Northwest Library Adds Investext Select, LegalTrac and F&S Index Plus Text- US To Its Gale Group Subscription

The IU Northwest Library's Gale Group subscription now includes the following electronic journal indexes:
  • Investext Select
This online resource contains forecasts and reports compiled by leading Wall Street and international brokerage firms on over 11,000 U.S. and international companies as well as 53 major industries. Coverage ranges from 1999 to the present.
  • LegalTrac
This database includes articles on Federal and State cases, laws and regulations, taxation , general legal practice and international law from all major law and specialty law and bar association journals, law reviews and legal newspapers. Coverage ranges from 1980 to the present.
  • F&S Index Plus Full Text- US
This full-text index features information on companies, industries and products from over 800 trade and business journals. Coverage ranges from 2000 to the present.

To access these indexes 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 and Social Sciences link. At the next screen, select, Investext Select, LegalTrac or F&S Index Plus Full Text- US.

  1. At the second screen, click the Proceed button to enter the Gale Group database system.
  2. At the main menu, select the appropriate index link.
  3. All three databases feature the same search interface menu where keywords can be entered in the Subject Guide Search dialog box.
  4. Searches can also be limited by date, full-text articles only and by journal title. A title list and a Help area is also available at the left side of the screen if needed.

IU Northwest Library Staff Professional Accomplishments

Ellen Bosman, Associate Librarian and Head of Technical Services has been selected to receive the 2002 Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund Award. In October 2002, Ms. Bosman will travel to Melbourne and address the Australian Church Library Association, and conduct research about Australian church libraries. The Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund is sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute/School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international library conference.

Ellen is also the first IU regional campus librarian to receive the Herbert and Virginia White Professional Development Award. An award of $2,500 is given annually by the IU Libraries to support the career growth of individuals who have chosen librarianship as a profession. The Indiana University Librarian's Association (InULA) also recently awarded her a $1,500 Research Incentive Grant to partially fund her upcoming sabbatical leave during the Fall 2002 semester.

Carol Rusinek, Associate Librarian, Reference Services was a member of the panel program, Virtual Research presented at the Indiana University Libraries' Librarian's Day Meeting held at the IUPUI Library on May 17.

, Library News Web Editor