Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tutorials: PsycINFO changes

For those of you already familiar with PsycINFO, you might be surprised to see how different it looks. That's because we've changed from the FirstSearch platform to ProQuest's CSA platform.

What used to look like something like this:

Now looks like this: (advanced search)

To familiarize yourself with a few of the enhancements, check out these PsycINFO video tutorials.

Free Textbooks

The Open Culture blog posts a growing list of freely available textbooks on the web. If it has the textbook you need, great! If it doesn't, browse the list for titles that could help support your learning in other classes. Need to brush up your algebra skills? Want help understanding the main points of international finance? Topics covered include mathematics, business and management, physics, history, computer science, and biology.

You may also want to check out the blog's listing of free online courses, free language lessons, and more.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mobile Apps

Here's a list of mobile apps and websites you may be interested in.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Interruption in Service: EconLit, Alternative Press Index, ATLA Religion Databases

Some may have noticed the interruption in service to Alternative Press Index, ATLA Religion, and EconLit databases. The extended interruption in service is due to a change in database vendors. Formerly hosted by OCLC, these three databases will soon be hosted by EBSCO. We greatly appreciate your patience as we work out licensing and set up access.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

Questions can be directed to Sanjeet Mann, Electronic Resources Librarian and our other librarians.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Library catalog and circulation system downtime on Monday, August 9

We have one last upgrade/outage to announce. The library catalog will be unavailable for up to two hours starting at approximately 5:30 PM on the evening of Monday, August 9, 2010 as our library systems receive an upgrade. During this time we will also be unable to check out books or interact with patron records. As soon as the upgrade is complete, you should be able to search the catalog and view your record as usual.

New LexisNexis interface debuts tomorrow!

In addition to the new Wiley Online Library reported earlier, we can also announce that Lexis-Nexis is completing their migration to a new interface this weekend. Lexis-Nexis will be unavailable for up to three hours, beginning Saturday, August 7 at 9 AM PST, as part of the migration.

The new LexisNexis interface makes it easier to pick particular sources and search for data on businesses, individuals, legal cases, and much more. Try the new interface out by visiting http://0-www.lexisnexis.com.library.uor.edu/hottopics/lnacademic!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

New Wiley Online Library debuts this weekend

Wiley Interscience, home to over 1,000 of Armacost Library's electronic journals, will be unavailable this weekend between 1 AM on Saturday, August 7 and 9 AM on Sunday, August 8. The downtime will allow Wiley to implement their new e-journal platform, the Wiley Online Library.

On Saturday, you will be unable to access Wiley journals from the "Wiley Interscience" links on our lists of databases by title and subject, the Index List of Full Text Journals, Citation Finder, or Article Linker. Once the upgrade is completed Sunday morning, you should have normal access to all Wiley journals.

For more information about the upgrade, visit http://info.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/view/0/index.html.