Digital resources: a miscellany

Digital Library
There seems to be some confusion among staff as to what this location is.  This location is used for our electronic resources.  We like to have all our electronic resources available through the catalogue as it provides another access point for our customers.
The Digital Library displays like this in a search list:

Can be viewed online. Copy on shelf at Digital Library.

There is no physical copy this is just how Symphony will allow us to display this location.
The removal of International Newsstand
Part of Information Clearing House’s job is to find and add electronic resources which can aid in information provision.  It is also important to remove resources that are no longer performing in terms of usage and cost or if other alternatives can be found.

The decision was made to remove International Newsstand as the great majority of these newspapers are now available elsewhere.  The alternatives can be seen at  TRIM record 10/643386.  Access to International Newsstand ceased on the 30th of November 2010.

A new student resource: Student Research Center
Student Research Center is a new resource aimed specifically at students to allow simultaneous searching of all of EBSCO’s student databases. These include:

Academic Search Premier: a full-text database that  offers information on almost every area of academic study.

MAS Ultra–Public Library Edition: provides full text for nearly 350 periodicals covering general reference topics, including health, science, and the humanities.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre: includes magazines, newspapers, newswires, reference books and company information.

Health Source – Consumer Edition: health information including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Science Reference Center : access to a multitude of science-oriented content.  It  also contains biographies, a scientific dictionary, video resources, an image library and experiments.

This is a great resource to direct students to as it has all relevant EBSCO content in one place in an attractive interface. Through the Student Research Center, users can pre-determine which content sources (e.g., Magazines, Newspapers, Biographies, Country Reports, Film & Video) will be included with their search and even limit searches to an appropriate age group!

Colleen Finnerty

Serials & Preservation Librarian

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