Research Tools - Fall 2002

Library Adds Wilson Web to Database Collection

The premier indexing company, H.W. Wilson, better known as the publisher of standard library tools such as Reader's Guide to Periodicals, Biography Index, and Business Periodicals Index, has introduced a web-based index with links to abstracts and full-text articles. The standard Wilson products, formerly available in print or through the First Search Service, will now be accessible by clicking on the link to H.W. Wilson on the Electronic Index grid on the Weinberg Library's homepage. Users may select one, several or all databases to search simultaneously, a feature not available through First Search. Once the user has selected an article from the index, a number of options appear to the left of the record. You may mark records to save and print later, download the article in a full image, PDF, or HTML format, e-mail them to your account, or save them to a disk.

As with most of our commercial database services, you may perform a simple or advanced search. Limits such as year, publication type or name, and author's name are available to help you fine tune your results.

The following is a comprehensive list of databases available on Wilson Web:

  • Applied Science and Technology Full Text 1983-present
  • Art Full Text 1984-present
  • Biography Index 1984-present
  • Biological and Agricultural Index Plus 1983-present
  • Book Review Digest 1983-present
  • Wilson Business Full Text 1982-present
  • Education Full Text 1983-present
  • Essay and General Literature 1985-2000
  • General Science Full Text 1984-present
  • Humanities Full Text 1984-present
  • Index to Legal Periodicals and Books 1981- present
  • Library Literature and Information Science Full Text 1984-present
  • Readers Guide Full Text 1983-present
  • Social Science Full Text 1983 - present

If you locate an article that does not have a full-text link, you will still need to consult the "Yellow Book of Periodicals Holdings" found at the Reference Desk, or link to the "Journals Holdings List" from the Library's "Electronic Indexes" page. Both will give you information as to format and holdings of the title you need.

Look for a new version of the product in mid September that will link all full-text journals offered by other providers such as Project Muse and IDEAL. This upgraded version will improve remote access to all library holdings indexed in electronic journals and will feature links to additional resources available electronically.

As with all of the reference services offered to WML patrons, further instruction is always available by stopping at the Reference Desk on the Library's second floor, or by calling 941-4000 for assistance.

Betsey Moylan

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