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