Research Tools - Spring 2001

Columbia University Press Databases Now Available

Students, faculty, and staff at The University of Scranton now have access to three premier databases in the areas of literature, political science and international affairs, and the environment. The databases, accessible through the Library's Electronic Indexes web page, are: Columbia Granger's World of Poetry; CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online; and Columbia Earthscape.
The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry includes indexing to over 250,000 poetry citations searchable by author, subject, title, first line and last line. Over 16,000 of the poems cited are in full-text. Links are included to biographical information on the authors as well as commentaries, bibliographies, and glossaries. Columbia characterizes Granger's World of Poetry as an "all encompassing portal to the world of poetry."
The Columbia International Affairs Online database, more commonly known as CIAO, providers the user with timely coverage of such political issues as: conflict and resolution in Africa, NATO, world economics, the Balkans, etc. With over 120 prestigious contributing institutions, CIAO presents research "as it unfolds" through working papers, journal articles, policy briefs, papers and books, conference proceedings, and economic statistics. The database is updated monthly and is searchable by author, institution, subject, keyword, date and title. Additional features include: a searchable schedule of events, maps and country information, links and resources.
The Columbia Earthscape database is "an online resource on the global environment." The database provides environmental information not only to researchers but educators as well. The database has four sections: research, links and resources, education and Earth Affairs Magazine. Earthscape's "Research" section includes full-text access to papers, lectures, seminars, conference proceedings, and working papers from research institutions. It also has indexing to 30 publications related to the earth sciences, datasets and databases, and new book titles. The "Links and Resources" section provides web connections by disciplines, activities, habitats, and issues. The "Education" section provides classroom modules, sample syllabi, questions and answers, and teaching issues to help educators integrate the latest environmental findings creatively and effectively into the classroom. Finally, users have full-text access to Earth Affairs Magazine, a quarterly publication.
Easy to use, easy to access, the new Columbia University Press databases are sure to enhance the range of full-text, timely information available to The University of Scranton community. All three databases are available both on campus and off via The University's proxy server.

Narda Tafuri