Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Student Research Tools While Home from College

Students, are you home from college and needing research materials? Let the Lane Memorial Library help you! The library subscribes to a database called EBSCOhost Academic Search™ Elite, which delivers a solid, diversified foundation of research-quality information in many areas of study, such as the social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies. Elite, with 3,259 titles indexed and abstracted (of which 1,839 are available electronically), delivers a potent combination of bibliographic access and full-text retrieval. Of particular interest to academic students are the 1,265 peer-reviewed, full-text journals, comprising nearly 40 percent of the titles indexed. A useful image library is part of the Elite subscription package. The majority of full text titles are native (searchable) PDFs or scanned-in-color. Coverage dates from 1985, and the database is updated daily.

Create highly-targeted searches with tools unavailable from large Web search engines and find relevant results from scholarly journals and other reliable sources.

The 'Alert' feature is particularly helpful. Need articles from a specific journal? Looking for articles of six pages or more about a topic? Through the available My EBSCOhost feature, you can set up search and journal alerts according to your specifications. You will then be notified on a regular basis as to what new materials are available on ASP that match your particular research interests.

Easily share information with colleagues. Simply copy the persistent link provided for any given article and pass it along to others that you feel would benefit from reading the information. As long as they are authorized users of Academic Search Elite, they can simply click on the link to receive immediate access to the article.

Academic Search Elite is available for you. Ask a staff member to show you how to access this resource. Also available from home via our website! Under Research Databases, click on “Magazine Articles.” Supply your library card number. Scroll toward the bottom of the screen and check off Academic Search Elite, and you’re on your way to solid academic research.

The Lane Memorial Library is happy to provide this and other databases to improve your library experience.


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