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May 2003 Web News
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Locate Electronic Journal Articles Easier With Serials Solutions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have you ever found the perfect journal article and the electronic text was not available? The Library now aims to assist users in locating that perfect journal article through a new product, Serials Solutions. Serials Solutions is an electronic journal management tool which the IU Northwest Library implemented in March. The following journal index databases contain Serial Solutions links:
  • EBSCO (e.g. INSPIRE databases such as Academic Search Elite)
  • ABI-Inform
  • Gale Database Products (e.g. Biography Resource Center)
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (ERIC, PsycInfo and Sociological Abstracts)
  • Ovid Medical Databases (e.g. CINAHL)
  • First Search (MLA Bibliography)
  • American Chemical Society Electronic Journals
  • CQ Database Products (e.g. CQ Researcher)
  •  Lexis- Nexis
  •  JSTOR
                        For instructional purposes, let’s search for journal articles about cold fusion using the Academic Search Elite online journal index. The search retrieved 375 articles. Here’s an example:

Reasonable doubt. BY Daviss, Bennett, New Scientist, 3/29/2003, Vol. 177 Issue 2388, p.36 8p. 7bw.
Locate Full Text

Notice that the full-text of this article is not provided, but there is a link that says Locate Full Text. Clicking on the Locate Full Text link seamlessly implements Serials Solutions. A new window will open which looks like this:

Full-Text Electronic Journal Holdings
Indiana Univ. Northwest Library Home
Record retrieved for the search: ISSN equals “0262-4079"
New Scientist (1971) (0262-4079)
from 01/01/1994 to present in Lexis-Nexis Academic
from 01/05/2002 to 6 months ago in Academic Search Elite, MasterFile Premier and MAS Ultra-School Edition
from 04/01/2000 to present in PROMT

This article can be found in the databases indicated by simply clicking on a specific link. After choosing the Lexis-Nexis link, you would type in the name of the article and conduct a search at the Lexis-Nexis main menu screen. Here’s the result:

New Scientist, March 29, 2003, Features; Pg. 36, 4720 words, Reasonable doubt; No sooner had cold fusion surfaced than it was written off, and the idea that you could extract virtually limitless free energy from water quickly became taboo. Yet a small band of researchers at the US Office of Naval Research have come up with some puzzling observations that no conventional theory can explain. Some of them started out as skeptical as the rest, but they now believe they have evidence that cold fusion is worth pursuing. Bennett Daviss takes up the story, Bennett Daviss; Bennett Daviss is a science writer based in New Hampshire.

Now you would just click on the New Scientist link above to retrieve the article’s full-text.

So what originally appeared to be an article which was not electronically available is indeed available, just in another database. That’s the benefit of Serials Solutions; it acts like an electronic bridge between databases. No more guessing where to find the text- just follow the links and enjoy! For further information about locating full-text journal articles in other journal databases besides Academic Search Elite, contact the IU Northwest Reference Desk at 980-6582 or through Ask a Librarian at . (Revised article originally submitted by Ellen Bosman)

Favorite Web Sites: Entertainment

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. A comprehensive guide to all forms of popular music and musicians. (Classical music is covered on a sister site, The site is searchable by artist name, album or song title, music genre, or record label. Detailed biographies, reviews, and links to other Internet resources are offered for most artists. Discographies include detailed credits which are hyperlinked to other entries for performers or production personnel. Overviews of genres trace the development of musical styles and identify key artists and albums. This is a very good starting point for anyone's exploration of popular music. (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) According to the IBDB Web site, this resource offers “a comprehensive database of shows produced on Broadway [dating from the 1700's to the present], including all ‘title page’ [program] information about each production. IBDB also offers historical information about theaters and various statistics and fun facts related to Broadway." Simple search allows you to search by show, people/organization, theatre, and season while advanced search allows many more options including function (director, actor, playwright, etc.), gender, opening and  closing dates, character name and more. From serious research to more trivial pursuits, the IBDB is a excellent source for Broadway production information.  (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

The database is a highly comprehensive and easy to use movie reference tool. The core of the database is the over 2,250,000 filmographies covering some 180,000 movie titles and over 560,000 people. The hyperlinks within the database make cross-referencing the following categories effortless: actors, directors, writers, composers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, costume designers, and producers. Award and biographical information is also readily available.(Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

, Library News Web Editor