New Library Databases: Project MUSE, BioOne, Academic Search Premier, and more

UPDATE: (9/1/10) We now have access to BioOne, a collection of 160 full-text life sciences journals.

UPDATE: (8/30/10) We now have access to Project MUSE, which has current content from hundreds of humanities and social science journals.

As of August 1, the library is offering several new research databases from EBSCO and saying goodbye to a few other online resources. The major changes are:

Academic Search Premier replaces ProQuest Central as our big, all-purpose, scholarly article database. Academic Search Premier includes a much higher percentage of scholarly/peer reviewed articles than ProQuest Central and features a vastly better (in our opinion) search interface. ASP got a big thumbs-up from students during our trial of it this past spring and is a great place to start almost any search for academic journal literature.

Business Source Premier replaces ABI/Inform as our primary business database. BSP provides access to the full text of over 2300 business journals, including Harvard Business Review. Datamonitor Company Profiles are also available through BSP.

GreenFile replaces Environment Abstracts as our environmental studies database of choice.

Humanities International Complete replaces MLA International Bibliography as a go-to source for humanities research of all kinds. Humanities International Complete features a broader scope than MLA and also contains some unique full text.

Other changes are looming on the horizon are here!

In September (it’s here!), we’ll add BioOne, a great collection of 160 full text life sciences journals.

This fall or in January (it’s here!), we’ll add Project MUSE‘s Basic Research Collection, comprising the recent and current full text of 204 core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. Project Muse complements JSTOR, which has older volumes but not current content for many of the same journals.

Other resources that have been cancelled due to very low usage are:

  • AccessScience
  • American National Biography
  • Encyclopedia of American Studies
  • Hoover’s Online (however, the library has purchased the print 2010 Hoover’s Handbooks of Private Companies and will happily share entries from it with Marlboro students/faculty/staff who need information on private companies)

Why did we make these changes? During the past year, librarians have had numerous conversations with students and faculty about their research and information needs. We’ve also closely monitored how much our online resources are used by the Marlboro community. Based on those conversations and that data, we are optimistic that these changes represent the best use of the library’s budget for the most people at Marlboro.

There are many great research databases to which we’re currently unable to offer access. To help make up for this, the library sponsors several Sunday van trips each year to the UMass Amherst Libraries, where Marlboro students can access 300+ databases in all disciplines as well as tens of thousands of online journals, books, dissertations, and more. Watch this space for the dates of the Fall 2010 UMass trips.

Questions? Comments? Let us know! We would love your feedback and suggestions.

Emily Alling
Library Director

Summer fiction

In the area and looking for something good to read? We’ve just added a number of fiction titles, including several from authors featured in the New Yorker‘s 20 under 40 issue. These young authors, according to the magazine, “capture the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction.”

Check out our virtual display of books by these authors that the library owns–and if your interest is piqued, come on in and check out the books! We’re open Monday-Thursday, 8:30-4:30 this summer.