Research Tools - Spring 2001
Visitors to the Library's Electronic
Indexes web page may have not yet sampled
a new entrée on the menu named EBSCO
Online. For those who are curious, this database
represents a somewhat new approach to the
journal literature: it provides access to
the electronic versions of print journals
to which a library subscribes, if provided
free by the publisher. The advantage of such
an approach is that it eliminates the need
to maintain multiple user identifications
and passwords, and allows users to access
some journal subscriptions off-campus -
such as the Chronicle of Higher Education,
JAMA, and New England Journal of Medicine.
In the case of our library 265 of the 1900+
journals to which we subscribe are currently
accessible online from the publisher as part
of our subscription. EBSCO Online provides
access to these online journals either directly
on their own website, or through a direct
link to the publishers' websites.
Please note, however, that EBSCO Online is
one of many databases developed by its parent
company, EBSCO, and is not to be confused
with EBSCO Host, another database similar
in content to Infotrac.
Users may employ one of several approaches
for seeking information. They may search for
issues of a specific journal by selecting
the link "JOURNALSearch;" they
may perform a search on a particular topic
by selecting "ARTICLESearch;"
or they may view the entire list of journals
by selecting "Browse." EBSCO Online
also provides an e-mail alert system which
will notify a user whenever a new issue is
released of a selected journal.
The subject matter of the journals available
online covers a wide range of disciplines,
including art and drama: The Art Book, Art
History, TDR: The Drama Review; education:
Chronicle of Higher Education, Educational
Administration; business: Business Week, Financial
Market Trends, Journal of Consumer Research,
International Journal of Human Resource Management;
communication: Communication Research Quarterly,
Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of
Mass Media Ethics; literature: Victorian Literature
and Culture, Yale Review; medicine: Bioethics,
JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Scandinavian
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine; nursing
and allied health: British Journal of Sports
Medicine, Clinical Nursing Research, Geriatric
Nursing, Journal of Nutrition, Physical Therapy;
psychology: Human Performance, Mind; religion:
First Things; science: American Journal of
Physics, American Journal of Physiology, Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences; and sociology:
American Journal of Sociology, British Journal
of Sociology and Modern Asian Studies.
To search the database, click on "EBSCO
Online" from the Electronic Indexes
page. You must click through two pages to
get to the search screen. First, at the picture
of a globe, click on "Go;" next,
at the page, "Terms and Conditions of
Use," click on "I agree."
You will be taken to the "Reader Home
Page," where searching may commence.
To see if a particular journal is available,
select "JOURNALSearch" and type
in the title of the journal. (NOTE: Leave
the options, "Viewable on EBSCO Online"
and "Viewable on publisher's site"
unchecked. The search will be limited to only
those journal titles which our library subscribes
to that are available online.)
Within JOURNALSearch, you may also explore
what full-text journals in a particular subject
area are available. Just type in your term,
and check off the "Content Description"
filed rather than the "title"
field. For example, to see what nursing journals
the library has online access to, type in
"nursing" as a key work in the
JOURNALSearch screen (selecting the "Content
Description" field). There are 18 nursing
journals which the library subscribes to that
are available full-text online. By clicking
on one of the titles, such as the Journal
of Community Health Nursing, you can browse
the issues online back to 1997.
Of course, you also have the option of doing
a subject search by keyword. Just select the
"ARTICLESearch" option and type
in your search terms. If you do not want to
limit your search to just those journals which
are available full-text through EBSCO Online,
you may search the entire database of 1,000,000+
citations by checking both options, "Viewable
on EBSCO Online" and "Viewable
on Publisher's Site." After all,
the Library may have access to some of the
journals cited through other online sources
such as Expanded Academic (Infotrac) or Wilson
Select (First Search).
Library users have yet another tool to manage
the ever-expanding mass of information. For
a demonstration or questions, either stop
by the Reference Desk or call 941-4000.
Provides Full-Text Journals