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November 2003 Web News

Favorite Web Sites: Biography

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. Constructed as a companion to C-SPAN's 1999 series, American Presidents: Life Portraits, the site features basic biographical information and interesting facts about our nation's 43 presidents along with a wide variety of video and sound clips and links to other sites of interest on the Web. Texts of speeches and addresses are included, as well as extensive bibliographies. One unique feature of the site is the "Presidential Places" search engine, which allows searching for geographical places of relevance by president's name or by state. There are also links to photographs of the burial sites of the U.S. Presidents and Vice-Presidents. A great site for K-12 students as well as a bibliographical resource for older students and history buffs. (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) This searchable directory provides biographical information on the more than 13,000 persons who have served in the U.S. Congress, including those who served in the Continental Congress. Also included are territorial delegates, resident commissioners, and U.S. Vice presidents. Based on the print publication Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, the online version has been augmented with images from Congressional photo collections, information on related research collections including personal and business papers and oral histories, as well as bibliographies from related publications. The interface is clean and simple, allowing users to search by first and/or last name, state, party, position or year or Congress, or any combination of these. This is an authoritative source about those who have served in the country's national legislature, useful both for younger students as well as more advanced researchers. (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) This Web site, from A&E Television Network, offers over 25,000 biographies for people past and present. The site is searchable, and each biography includes links to related people, places, and organizations, as well as A&E's videos-for-sale section. The site features "Born on This Day" and "Also Born On This Day" biographies. Upcoming features on A&E's Biography television program are given, and the left sidebar on the home page lists and links to the "Ten Top Bios." Optimized for Internet Explorer 5 and above, the only drawbacks to this busy site are large banner ads and infrequent pop-up windows with featured movies/videos for sale.  This extensive site is the perfect source for anyone looking for background or historical and biographical information. (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)
  Lives, the Biography Resource is an extensive and well-organized biographical site that focuses on individuals as well as groups of people. This is mainly a listing of links to other biographical sites and a disclaimer states that the links to other sources are not necessarily reviewed for content. That said, however, the links reviewed appeared to have good credentials. Users can search by name or browse alphabetical lists. Special pages feature groups such as "African Americans," "Holocaust Survivors and Rescuers," and "Women." Because this site mainly covers people who are no longer living, it is a nice adjunct to sites like A&E’s Biography.com that are oriented toward the contemporary scene and the arts and entertainment worlds. The site also contains an interesting section of articles on biographical criticism for scholars. (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

Reuters Business Insight Features the Latest Company Profiles from 5 Industry Categories

The IU Northwest Library recently subscribed to Reuters Business Insight. This online resource provides detailed company reports published by Datamonitor covering the following industry categories:

• Consumer Goods
• Energy
• Finance
• Healthcare
• Technology

These management reports which are international in scope offer a concise, yet complete overview of each business sector. They feature up-to-date market analysis and forecasting data on topical issues concerning leading international companies.

Company information available on Reuters Business Insight can be retrieved by keyword in the Search box provided or by choosing a specific industry link. This database as well as Reuters Datamonitor may be accessed from IU Northwest campus and off campus computers by IU Northwest students, faculty and staff by going to the IU Northwest Library Electronic Information Page and then clicking on the All Databases Listed Alphabetically link. At the next screen, select the Reuters Business Insight or the Reuters Datamonitor link.
 

Web Of Science and LearningExpress Now Available on a Trial Basis

The IU Northwest Library has recently made available two new databases on a one month trial basis, Web of Science and LearningExpress. The trial subscriptions run from Wednesday, November 5, 2003 through Tuesday, November 25, 2003.

Web of Science contains all three citation databases for the years: 1975-2002 data, plus all 2003 year-to-date weekly updates.

  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Users will also have access to in-depth chemistry information via Index Chemicus® and Current Chemical Reactions®.

The LearningExpress electronic product provides information on test preparation, academic improvement, college preparation and job/career online interactive solutions.

IU Northwest students, faculty and staff can use and evaluate these products from IU Northwest campus or off campus computers through a VPN connection by going to the IU Northwest Library Electronic Information Page and under the New Product Trials heading, click either the Web of Science or LearningExpress link. Each product's search page has the appropriate login and user feedback information.