Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sport Management Database SBRnet Available as a Trial Through the End of the Semester

Please try this resource for sport business market research at the URL: http://ezproxy.csp.edu/login?url=http://sbrnet.com

Here's what it includes:

  • Industry-developed Market Research
  • Government Statistics
  • Facility Reports and News
  • International Market Publications
  • Customized Research
  • Directories
Here are some of the subjects it covers:
  • College Sports
  • Endorsements
  • Facilities
  • Fan Market Profiles
  • Financial Reports
  • Licensing
  • Market Demographics
  • Marketing
  • Professional sports
  • Social Media
  • Sponsorship
  • Sporting Goods demographics and brand preferences
  • Sports Participation
Trial ends: December 15 
Send feedback to reference@csp.edu

Monday, November 4, 2013

MLA International Bibliography Trial Also Available Through ProQuest

There is also a trial of MLA International Bibliography through ProQuest. Please compare it with MLA Bibliography through EBSCO and let us know which works better for you:

MLA International Bibliography via ProQuest

MLA International Bibliography via EBSCO

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Database Trials: Humanities Source, MLA International Bibliography, and The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

For the remainder of the year, we will be trialing two databases in the Humanities: Humanities Source and MLA International Bibliography. We will also be trialing a teference source called The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism.

About Humanities Source:
Humanities Source provides full text—plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing—for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and history. Including feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and more.
About MLA International Bibliography:
 Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains millions of citations from journals & series, as well as book publishers. 
About The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism:
Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, the Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements and is updated annually.

Direct URLS:

Humanities Source:                                    

MLA International Bibliography:

The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism:

Trials end: December 29, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Try Out Arts & Humanities Full Text from ProQuest until November 10th

For a limited time, try out Arts & Humanities Full text from ProQuest. "Titles include both scholarly peer-reviewed journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to applied arts and cultural studies." Strengths of this collection are:
  • Art, design, crafts and photography
  • Archaeology, anthropology and classical studies 
  • Architecture, interior design and urban planning 
  • History, philosophy, geography and religion 
  • Modern languages and literatures 
  • Music, theatre, film and cultural studies
 Direct URL: http://ezproxy.csp.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/artshumanities/embedded/UQHH2GA1XSNQ3CHB

Trials ends: November 10th

Send feedback and trial ideas to reference@csp.edu.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Subscription to The Cochrane Library: Evidence-Based, Systematic Reviews for Health and Medicine

The CSP Library now subscribes to The Cochrane Library, a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. "Each Cochrane Review is a peer-reviewed systematic review that has been prepared and supervised by a Cochrane Review Group (editorial team) in The Cochrane Collaboration according to the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions or Cochrane Handbook for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews."

Try Out Our Trial for a New PsycINFO/PsycARTICLES Interface

We already subscribe to PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES through EBSCO, but are trialing them through ProQuest to see how the search, linking, and interface stack up. Let us know what you think!

Trial ends: September 16th

Send feedback and other trial ideas to reference@csp.edu.

Direct URL: http://ezproxy.csp.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/?accountid=26720&selectids=1007567,1007458

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New subscription to ScienceDirect adds full-text access to over 1,100 high impact, academic journals in the Health and Life Sciences

Available immediately, the library has added the ScienceDirect Health and Life Sciences Collection. This new subscription contains high-impact, full-text, academic journals in the health and life sciences, environmental science, and the behavioral sciences.

There is no full-text limiter via the ScienceDirect interface. Look for the PDF icon when accessing via the ScienceDirect database and for "View Now" icons when searching in WorldCat Local.

Direct URL: http://ezproxy.csp.edu/login?url=http://www.sciencedirect.com

Friday, August 9, 2013

Surprising trends in electronic publishing

Regardless of what kind of e-materials their libraries carry, librarians do tend to look at the trends in e-publishing with interest.
Several months back, it was noted on this blog that e-book growth seemed to be stalling significantly.  Culture and technology watcher Nicholas Carr, in his post The flattening of e-book sales, notes that the trend continues:
“The Association of American Publishers reports that in the first quarter of 2013, e-book sales in the U.S. trade market grew by just 5 percent over where they were in the same period in 2012. The explosive growth of the last few years has basically petered out, according to the AAP numbers (see graph)”

In another surprise, the Wall Street Journal recently reported about The New Explosion in Audio Books
“Audio books have gone mass-market.  Sales have jumped by double digits in recent years.  Shifts in digital technology have broadened the pool of potential listeners to include anyone with a smartphone.”
The detailed article also reports on some of the unique approaches of some of the newer audiobooks, including the creation of works that feature only as audiobooks, “ranging from full-cast dramatizations in the style of old school radio plays, complete with music and sound effects, to young adult novels, thrillers and multipart science fiction epics.”  Other innovations include the ability for persons to switch between an e-book and the audio version, picking up the story in either fashion wherever they left off.   As such, the article also explores how, for many, the line between listening to a book and reading it is disappearing.

Also worthy of note for academic libraries: even as many academic libraries move to make serious academic books available through e-book databases, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Students Prefer Print for Serious Academic Reading.  Reasons given for this are the distraction caused by embedded links, an inability to interact with the content as easily as printed texts, and perhaps, the students report, not having used e-books when they were younger. 

Graph from Nicholas Carr’s blog: http://www.roughtype.com/?p=3590

Audiobook image from here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74109564@N08/8119732223 By Nicola Einarson 

Studying image from here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/merchau/8548057127 by merchau

Friday, July 26, 2013

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

All of the Muslim Journeys events below will be held in Concordia University’s Buenger Education Center.

1.       September 26, 2013, 7:00 pm:  Immigrants and Spiritual Pluralism in America and The Experiences of a Muslim Immigrant. 

Dr. Butler, author of Religion in Colonial America, will provide us with historical background on the development of religion in America.  He reminds us that we as a people have always been religiously diverse; religious pluralism is a central part of what defines us as Americans.  As each new wave of immigrants settled in our communities, new challenges for understanding these new belief systems presented themselves.  The First Amendment and the unique protection it provides nurtured a “spiritual pluralism unlike that found in any society on either side of the Atlantic or Pacific” (Religion in America, p. 141). 

Dr. Bruce Corrie will then present a few demographic highlights of immigrants in our own community.  Dr. Corrie will then introduce Dr. Odeh Muhawesh, CEO and successful business leader from Plymouth, Minnesota, will then tell of his experiences as a new immigrant to the Twin Cities.  Over the past 26 years, Dr. Muhawesh has founded several very successful businesses and established a strong record of growing revenue and developing competitive products for software and service companies.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Theology from International Theological Seminary, specializes in theology and modern Middle Eastern history, teaches at the University of St. Thomas and is an associate of their Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center. 

The remaining programs will be book-talks based on the following titles.  Dr. Debra Beilke and/or Professor Theresa FitzPatrick will introduce the book with a short summary and a few readings followed by an opportunity for us to discuss the book.  When possible, this will be followed by the personal story of an immigrant from a Muslim county and/or a panel discussion by our students. 

2.       October 2,  10:30 am: In the Country of Men, by Hisham Matar,
3.       November 12, 7:00 pm:  Persepolis:  The Story of aChildhood, by Marjane Satrapi
5.       March 5,  10:30 am:  BrokenVerses, by Kamila Shamsie

For more information, see this link: http://libraryguides.csp.edu/muslimjourneysbooks


Friday, July 19, 2013

Recent court decisions of interest to libraryland

Updates on some recent court decisions:

The Google Books lawsuit:  Years ago, Google started the “Google Books” project, an effort to scan 130 million books from libraries worldwide by 2020 (you can read more about it and its relevance to libraries here).  There was no controversy about Google scanning pre-1923 books no longer under copyright, but some objected to Google scanning out-of-print books that were still protected by copyright law.  Just recently, “a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Circuit Judge Denny Chin prematurely certified a class of authors without first deciding if the ‘fair use’ defense under U.S. copyright law allowed Google to display snippets of books.”  (from Reuters)  John Dvorak, writing at PCMag.com, comments: “This is not over yet. The Author's Guild is going to sue Google over the fair use standard. This should, once and for all, give us some definitions of fair use that we can all benefit from. As far as the Author's Guild is concerned Google abuses its scans by letting people read snippets of the copyrighted books.” (link to his piece here)

Apple E-Book lawsuit:  Not long ago, Amazon.com had priced new e-Books at $9.99, and had a virtual monopoly on the e-Book market.  This led Apple to work with publishers so they could overcome this advantage using an “agency [pricing] model” (mentioned on this blog here).  Just recently, the U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan “sided with government regulators' contention that Apple joined five major book publishers to gang up [on] Amazon.com in a price-fixing conspiracy that caused consumers to pay more for electronic books.”  Words of the late Steve Jobs influenced the federal judge in determining that “Apple Inc. milked the popularity of its iTunes store to form an illegal cartel with publishers to raise electronic book prices.” (from the A.P.)  Apple denies any wrongdoing, and Ankur Kapoor, antitrust lawyer for the law firm Constantine Cannon, thinks Apple may win its appeal. He contends that Jobs may have simply understood the industry dynamics and cut smart deals – and that he did not necessarily get all the publishers to agree to raise prices, a practice known as "horizontal price fixing" (from A.P. article and Joab Jackson at Computerworld.com)  

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