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September 2002 Web News
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he IUCAT Online Catalog Gets a New Look With I-Link

On August 19, a new version of the IUCAT online catalog system debuted at all IU campus libraries. With the new I-Link software, Keyword and Exact searches can now both be performed from the main screen. A new logo, redesigned buttons and the following features have also been added.

My Account

IU Northwest students, faculty and staff ONLY can now review a list of materials they have checked out as well as put on hold or renew items in real time. Your IU Network ID and password guarantee a secure connection. NOTE: This is the same ID that you use to access Insite and OnCourse. It is also the same username and password used to access your IU Northwest e-mail account. If you still experience problems using My Account, go to the IU Northwest Information Technology Help Desk in Raintree 204 for help.

New Library Groupings

All library users can now search all of the libraries on a single campus in one keyword or exact search. You may choose from: All Bloomington Libraries, All IUPUI Libraries and All South Bend Libraries. Likewise, the Bloomington and Indianapolis law libraries or the dental and medical libraries can be accessed in a single search.

ONLINE Virtual Library

Each  IU campus library now has access to the ONLINE virtual library. This new feature contains electronic resources such as Early English Books.

Take a look at this improved, more user friendly online catalog from ANY on or off campus location by going to the IU Northwest Library Electronic Information Page  and clicking the Connect to IUCAT link under the IUCAT heading.

Favorite Web Sites: Legal 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.

Findlaw is a comprehensive directory of free legal and governmental resources. It contains a career resource center, a consumer law section, multiple directories of legal organizations and lawyers, links to U.S. cases and legal codes, and a wide array of other governmental resources at the state, national, and international level. There is a link to the SEC EDGAR database and connections to business, general, and legal news resources are also plentiful. The directory at the top level is well organized and easy to use. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

This comprehensive, well organized legal information site produced by the Cornell Law School provides the user with easy access to recent and historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions, full-text access to every U.S. state statute and constitution, complete full-text of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the U.S. Code as well as bills pending in state legislatures. The resource also offers a spotlight section which highlights specific Supreme Court decisions during the current term and also includes clickable links to law cases recently in the news. The site also features a well placed search box for locating relevant federal and state court decisions, statutes or regulations on a myriad of legal subjects.

From the legal beagles at Nolo Press comes this one-stop site for legal information geared toward the consumer and layperson. Most researchers will probably start with the section entitled "Self Help Law Centers." The Nolo Legal Encyclopedia is an essential part of this section and it is covered separately below. The Self Help area also includes a fairly basic legal dictionary that, according to the authors, is a "work in progress." The FAQ center facilitates submission of a query ("Ask Auntie Nolo") if the user's particular question is not covered in the extensive FAQ list. A research center includes links to the U.S. Constitution and other Federal law sites and information on statutes in all 50 states. Users interested in purchasing Nolo products can do so from the Law Store. Several of the members of the MARSBEST group voted for the Nolo Legal Encyclopedia  apart from the site as a whole and indeed, it does stand on its own as a valuable legal resource. Just as on the home page, the user can choose a subject from the guide, do a free-form search, or use the extensive list of suggested keywords. The retrieved information often includes some of the FAQ's as well as useful, abbreviated articles. Links to related articles are also provided. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

Social Work Abstracts Now Available in Electronic Format

The IU Northwest Library recently converted the journal index Social Work Abstracts from a CD-ROM to a web-based product. Produced by the National Association of Social Workers, Social Work Abstracts Plus offers two unique databases for accessing the latest research in the social work field: Social Work Abstracts and the Register of Clinical Social Workers.

Social Work Abstracts provides information on social work theory and practice, areas of service, social issues ans social problems from 1977 to the present from over 450 journals. Secondly, the Register of Clinical Social Workers is a directory of U.S. clinical social workers containing names, addresses, telephone numbers, employers, education and employment history along with licensing information and type of practice of individual social workers.

To access Social Work Abstracts Plus 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, choose Social Work Abstracts.

  1. At the database's main menu, check the specific section you wish to search. Then click the Start Searching button located at the top right side of the screen.
  2. At the next menu, type in the specific keywords you wish to find and click Search.
  3. If you have any additional questions on how to locate information or limit a search, a pull-down menu called How Do I? as well as a Help area are provided at the top right side of the search screen.

African-American Studies History Universe Database Recently Added to the Lexis-Nexis Online Collection

During the Summer Semester, African-American Studies joined the growing list of Lexis-Nexis electronic database collections. Part of the History Universe module, African-American Studies offers full-text access to a variety of pivotal primary and secondary source materials from the colonial period to the present time. New documents are added on a quarterly basis. This web resource provides materials in the categories:

  • Manuscripts:

Contains letters, documentary records and memos of major individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall and Mary McLeod Bethune. Research topics feature the slave trade, major events in the civil rights movement and the NAACP's legal fight against racism and segregation.

  • Court Cases:

Includes over 400 colonial cases concerning slaves' rights and the many forms of punishment experienced by slaves in that era. The resource also contains every U.S. Supreme Court decision (including dissenting opinions) pertaining to race.

  • Statutes:

Contains every colonial statute on slavery and race. The service also provides full-text access to every major law passed by Congress affecting African-Americans since 1792.

  • Speeches:

Offers access to significant speeches by prominent people like Booker T. Washington.

  • Photographs:

Features hundreds of photographs depicting famous locales, persons and institutions from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division and the National Archives.

  • Government Documents:

Provides rare 19th century documents on the African slave trade (including the Amistad case) as well as 20th century publications on lynching.

  • Secondary Sources:

Features over 1100 reference and biographical articles from important scholarly journals and anthologies.

To use the African-American Studies database from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to the IU Northwest Library Electronic Information Sources Page  and under the Library Catalogs, Electronic Journals and Other Databases heading, click the Other Databases link. At the next screen, select Lexis-Nexis African-American Studies.

Oxford Reference Online Offers a One-Stop Spot for Your Ready Reference Needs

Need to find some quick information on a specific reference topic? Try using Oxford Reference Online. Oxford Reference Online provides comprehensive coverage through its Core Collection to 100 full-text dictionary and reference book titles from 23 specific subject categories. These subjects are:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Biological Sciences
  • Classics
  • Computing
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Economics and Business
  • English Dictionaries and Thesauruses
  • English Language Reference
  • Food and Nutrition
  • General Reference
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Military History
  • Modern Languages
  • Mythology and Folklore
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Political and Social Sciences
  • Quotations
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Science

For specific titles included in this web resource, go to Information can be accessed through a quick or advanced search menu or the user may search within a subject category for over 1.5 million dictionary entries, facts, figures, people, dates, places and quotations.

To use the Oxford Reference Online web site from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY,  go to the IU Northwest Library Electronic Information Sources Page  and under the Library Catalogs, Electronic Journals and Other Databases heading, click the Other Databases link. At the next screen, select Oxford Reference Online to begin searching.

, Library News Web Editor