Find (Almost) Everything in OneSearch, and Explore Some New Databases Too

November 14, 2013

Last year the library added a new tool that ties together almost all of our resources. We’re calling it OneSearch, and it’s easy to find: just visit the library home page and you’ll see the search box.

The name may not be original—you’ll find dozens of libraries, including Sac State’s, calling similar tools (known as “discovery layers”) OneSearch—but if you’re hoping to cast the widest possible net of what you can access via the SCC library, it’s the tool to use. OneSearch results draw from, among other things (complete list available on our website):

  • The library catalog (books, videos and more)
  • Over 120,000 ebooks
  • Periodical databases from EBSCOhost, ScienceDirect, JSTOR, and LexisNexis Academic
  • Streaming audio from Naxos Music Library and images from ARTstor

You’ll find that the kinds of resources that pop up differ from search to search. “Duke Ellington” brings up mostly books, ebooks, images and audio on the first couple screens of results; schizophrenia brings up books, ebooks and academic articles; wikileaks finds law review articles, books, and news articles among other items. OneSearch is provided by EBSCO, so just as in other EBSCOhost databases, you can use the links on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow down your results.

OneSearch results list

Use the options on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow your results.

It’s not really an all-in-one tool—links will bring you to other databases for full-text, and you’ll need to click a link to the library catalog to request an item—but for many inquiries, this is a great way to get at relevant materials. And if you’ve got an article citation and want to see if the library has full-text access to it, OneSearch is the quickest way to check. Just type the title and maybe the author’s last name in the search box. If we have it, it should float to the top.

OneSearch does not replace the library catalog or our other databases. For certain needs, a specialized database such as Opposing Viewpoints in Context or CINAHL Plus will do a better job of bringing you pertinent info.

We’ve got a survey running in OneSearch this month. You’ll see it pop up as you are using the database. Let us know what you think!

Have you noticed anything new on the databases page this semester? We’ve added the following databases.

  • Biography in Context: A easy way to get biographical essays, and could be very useful in a number of ESL and basic skills assignments
  • Environment Complete: Articles from scholarly and popular sources in environmental sciences
  • Literature Resource Center: Loads of great literary sources, including anthologies and scholarly journals. (Note: we have this one as a promotion and it will expire in July 2014)
  • Small Business Reference Center: Info on enterpreneurship, business plans and more. Includes several books from Nolo Press.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States: tables from an assortment of government agencies. (This used to be provided for free by the US Government but has been, sadly, privatized.)

If you have comments or questions, let your favorite librarian know! Questions specifically about database functionality or selection should be addressed to Jeff Karlsen.


Try some new library databases this month

April 11, 2013

It’s the time of year when database vendors like us to sample their products. So, head on over to the Research Databases page, click “Trial Databases”, and see what we’ve got:

  • From EBSCO, a couple of full-text periodical databases, Environment Complete and Political Science Complete
  • Also from EBSCO, Science Reference Center and Small Business Reference Center, which attempt to organize information from those subject areas in an inviting way.
  • ProQuest’s Statistical Abstracts. When the federal government de-funded publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, otherwise known as the reference librarian’s best friend, ProQuest stepped in to gather similar types of data from various government sources (the Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and others) and produce handy tables and graphs. Only a few days left on this trial, I’m afraid, and it can only be accessed on campus.
  • Also from ProQuest, Newsstand, a newspaper collection that gathers a number of important sources, including the Wall Street Journal.

Books, Computers, Librarians, Apps? What Do You Want from Your Library?

January 24, 2013

A survey of public library patrons finds that they “are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age.”

Read about the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project survey of public library patrons:  Library Services in the Digital Age.

What do you want from your SCC library?

What’s Missing From Those Student Essays and Exams?

December 20, 2012

This is the last Reader post of the semester.  Many of you are busy reading student essays and marking exams.  As you do, please note topic areas where your students haven’t used great resources.  Maybe – just maybe – the library doesn’t have the book or video they needed for their research.  Librarians rely on you, the instructional faculty, to help us fill these gaps in the collection.  Contact your librarian or leave a comment on this post.  Just let us know.  We want to have the best library collection your students need.

For magazine, journal and newspaper articles, the library databases can’t be beat.  Millions of quality articles at your command.  (Student access is terminated at semester-end, but staff and faculty access continues.)

And then, have a Happy Holiday!

Gift Book

10 Things Library Staff Would Like You to Know

November 28, 2012

Teachers know, the secret to success lies in reading the directions.  At least in part.

It turns out part of the successful use of library resources lies in simple things students do to get ready.

Library staff offer these tips to share with your students:

  1. Bring to the library:  your student ID card, change or small bills for copiers and printers, your syllabus and assignment handouts.
  2. Ask a librarian when you start your research, don’t wait until you’re at the end.  (You can chat online.)
  3. Start your research 3 times sooner than you think is needed; it just about always takes more time than you think.
  4. Pay your library fines now so you can register for next semester!  (Ask about a promissory note.)smile
  5. Share your smile with everyone and promote stress reduction.

Then there are the just plain great things to know:

  1. The library has hundreds of textbooks for 2 hour loan.  Ask a librarian for help finding the call number.
  2. New books arrive constantly – visit the new book shelves.
  3. Watch a popular video in the Media Center, or check it out.
  4. Read about 80,000 ebooks on your computer from any location.
  5. Look up millions of articles in the library databases, in your jammies, from home.

“Readiness is all.”
Hamlet (although in a completely different context..)

Library hours, numbers, and services.

New Library Databases: History, Theatre, Crime, and More

November 6, 2012

We’re happy to say that the library has acquired a number of new full-text databases. These are available right now, along with descriptions, via the Research Databases page for you and your students to search.

The following changes have been made to EBSCO databases:

  • Our multidisciplinary periodical database, Academic Search Premier, has been upgraded to Academic Search Complete, providing more than 3,000 additional full-text journals.
  • Business Source Premier has been upgraded to Business Source Complete. This database includes more than 1,000 additional periodicals, along many more individual reports and SWOT analyses.
  • Literary Reference Center has been upgraded to Literary Reference Center Plus, with loads more full-text articles, books, and literary works.

We’ve also added a few EBSCOhost databases (you can probably guess the kind of content from their title):

In addition, for the current academic year our EBSCO eBook Collection includes about 80,000 additional ebooks. Unlike our other EBSCO ebooks, these can be viewed by an unlimited number of users simultaneously.

We no longer provide the following databases, which saw relatively little use at SCC: Alt Health-Watch, History Reference Center, and Vocational & Career Collection.

In addition, we managed to add two more JSTOR collections. A lot of people come from graduate school thinking of JSTOR as the go-to database for many topics; but it turns out that there are many levels of JSTOR subscriptions! Until this year we had only collections I and II. We have now added collections III and V, meaning that we now have access to such core journals as PMLA, Journal of Musicology, Journal of American Studies, and Religious Studies. If you’re doing research in the humanities or social sicences, be sure to search JSTOR. (Note, however, that JSTOR does not normally include the most recent 3-6 years of journal content.)

So many places to look; if only there were a single search box for all of them… Look for this in a future post.

One-On-One Appointments with an SCC Librarian

October 17, 2012

The librarians are again offering individual appointments to students who need in-depth assistance with their academic research.

student and books

Appointments are offered from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Sign up at the Reference Desk on the 2d floor of the Learning Resource Center.

We are pleased to announce the return of 1-on-1 reference appointments in time to assist students with their research papers.  Please encourage your students to come to the reference desk to sign up for this service.  We require that students  have a specific assignment and ideally an explicit topic, although we can help them refine a topic.

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