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“Because it’s all about ‘U,’” the Chesnutt Library Blog is designed to promptly and efficiently provide timely news, inform of library events, books, databases and more for our students, staff and faculty. In our effort to enhance communication, the Chesnutt Library Blog will bring academic resources together in one place, with one click, with one purpose in mind - Educational Excellence - designed to enhance learning, guarantee access and promote scholarship.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Faculty Working Papers

DigitalCommons@Fayetteville State University is a Digital Commons project that highlights university scholarship of various types (working papers, journal articles, dissertations and theses, etc.).

This week's papers come from Dr. Curtis B. Charles, Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Fayetteville State University:

Ageless Hope: Diversity's Effects (Access & Equality) on Accreditation

The Evolution of Quality Assurance in Higher Education

For more information on digital repositories visit our Digital Commons website.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Database of the Week: Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition

I apologize for the late post. This database review should have been posted last week, but I had some technical difficulties! However, without further ado, and probably with some editing to come, here's Ms. Whitfield's database of the week review for September 17-21:

Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition

Wilson OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition provides electronic access to full text articles, page images, article abstracts, and citations from thousands of sources; full text of articles from over 1,750 publications and article abstracts and indexing from over 3,500 publications. Coverage goes back as early as 1982 in some cases. Users have access to information on all topics and disciplines. All the indexing and abstracting for all of the articles in journals covered by the following databases is included, and the full text of the articles that are available is also included in the OmniFile Full Text Mega edition. The following six Wilson databases comprise the Mega edition; Education Full Text; General Science Full Text; Humanities Full Text; Readers' Guide Full Text; Social Sciences Full Text; and Wilson Business Full Text.

In addition, Wilson OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition presents complete indexing, abstracting, and full text from all of the journals in the five databases below to which Wilson has full text rights. Indexing and abstracting is present for all articles from those journals without regard to whether or not we have the full text for that particular article. The five databases are: Applied Science & Technology Full Text; Art Full Text; Biological & Agricultural Index Plus; Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text; and Library Literature & Information Science Full Text.

Highlights of this database are that it is an excellent and comprehensive starting point for a search on any topic. In addition to searching in the following fields; keyword, subject(s), author personal, author corporate, journal name and source, one can also search unique fields for books reviewed, court cases, SIC code, NAICS code, and children’s literature to name a few. Searches can also be limited to; Full Text Articles, Page Image (PDF); and Peer Reviewed. See example below:

Document types allow one to search over forty-five types of documents, from art reproduction to autobiography, from corporate profile to film review, from obituary to radio program review and from short story to speech and video recording review. See example below:

When a record is selected for viewing, the subjects of the article display at the top f the screen. If there is no full text present, clicking on the Wilson Link brings up other databases in which full text may be present for the article. See Example below:

Anytime the persistent URL is clicked on, it copies the URL and the bibliographic citation to the clipboard, so that one can create a bibliography from the information. There is also a link so that the user can find out how to cite the information. See example below:

Jan S. Whitfield,
Head of Public Services & Reference

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New Business Resource: BusinessDictionary

From the website: features over 20,000 definitions and over 115,000 links between related terms providing a clear and concise description of any and all business terms. To succeed in business, it's absolutely essential to have a solid understanding of the terms and concepts used every day in the business world. We have designed our dictionary to help you gain the knowledge you need to achieve your goals in business and in life. includes a powerful search tool (at the top of every page), a browse by letter feature, and subject-specific dictionaries to help you learn the terminology you're interested in. In addition, we feature a new term and definition each day as our Term of the Day, so you can easily build or enhance your knowledge of business lingo. We hope you decide to bookmark the home page and use it whenever you need an accurate, precise definition of a business term.

Source: ResearchBuzz

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Database Updates: CREDO reference

Monday, September 17, 2007

Bronco Experience - Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007, Chesnutt Library will participate in FSU Friday: The Bronco Experience between the hours of 12:00pm - 5:oopm in the library's lobby area. Library Staff will read selections from Professor Carole Weatherford's Children's Books. Carole Weatherford is a distinguished visiting professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Database of the Week: Black Studies Center

Black Studies Center provides access to historical and current material for researching the past, present and future of African-Americans and Africans. The Black Studies Centers is comprised of the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals, and Chicago Defender.

The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience contains essays authored by academic experts on interdisciplinary topics about the African experience. The studies also provide significant supporting materials, including primary sources, biographies, timelines, and more. Extensive bibliographies and links to related Web sites are also available.

International Index to Black Periodicals includes current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts from scholarly journals and newsletters from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean, and full-text coverage of core Black Studies periodicals.

The Black Studies Center also provides full text access to the archives of the Chicago Defender from 1910-1975. The Chicago Defender was the most widely read black newspaper in the United States.

Black Studies Center includes the electronic index to the Black Literature microfiche collection. This index allows users to search over 70,000 bibliographic citations for fiction, poetry and literary reviews published in 110 black periodicals and newspapers between 1827-1940.
Denise Bosselman
Bibliographic Instruction & Distance Education Librarian

Library Hours - September 11, 2007

The Chesnutt Library will be closed tomorrow, September 11, 2007, at 3:00pm for Convocation. The library will reopen once Convocation is over.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Database of the Week: Cinahl plus Full-Text

CINAHL Plus with Full Text is a comprehensive database for nursing & allied health journals indexing over 560 journals, and many articles are available full-text.

One of its best features is its option for controlled vocabulary searching, a powerful search tool that gives you more relevant search results than regular keyword searching. Each bibliographic record (i.e. article) is assigned controlled vocabulary terms to describe the content of that article. CINAHL’s controlled vocabulary is called CINHAL Subject Headings. Searching controlled vocabulary can be tricky so how do you decide what the correct term is? Fortunately CINAHL’s Advanced Search screen enables you to search for the correct vocabulary term, read each term’s description, and then search using that term.

As you can see Cinahl plus Full-Text comes with the familiar Ebscohost interface and all its neat tools: RSS feed, plain text emails, printing, email alerts, citation format option, etc. For more information or an individual instruction lesson, please contact me for an appointment.

Laura Bell Wright
Interlibrary Loan & Reference Librarian

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

PC Magazine's Top 100 Undiscovered Websites

PC Magazine has unveiled its Top 100 Undiscovered Websites. Topics range from Health & Food to Tech: Gaming. Below are some websites featured under the Info, Reference & Search category:

AfterVote: "AfterVote is a search aggregator that combines results from the big three search engines (Google, Yahoo!, and MSN) and ranks them for you."

Footnote: "This site has a deal with the National Archives to digitize and upload every document housed in the archives."

Hard to Find 800 Numbers: "The site organizes companies alphabetically and displays phone numbers and hours of operation."

Ninjawords: "Sometimes you need to know the meaning of a word, and you need to know it two-tenths of a second faster than any other dictionary site can get it to you."

Wink: "Wink is a people search engine that culls results from social-networking sites (MySpace, LinkedIn, Bebo, and more), followed by results from other sites where users keep public profiles, followed by results from the Web at large."

Source: iLibrarian, PCMagazine