Library Databases

Featured library databases.

Database of the Month: MathSciNet now Available

MathSciNet is a comprehensive database covering the world’s mathematical literature. It provides web access to bibliographic data and reviews of mathematical research extending back to the 1940s. Citation data for journals, authors, articles and reviews is also available. The data allows users to track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical sciences.

MathSciNet also provides active links to more than 119,000 online articles in over 190 journals. Access to full articles is dependent on a UST Libraries subscription to that journal or online service. If you have questions about the full-text availability of an article, don’t hesitate to Ask Us for help.

Click here to access MathSciNet.

Tutorials and search tips are also available.

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Database of the Month: The Churchill Archive

Doherty Library now has access to the Churchill Archive, a digital collection of Sir Winston Churchill’s papers. The archive includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is more than a fantastic collection of primary source material; it is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past. Click here for a detailed write-up of this collection from The Guardian. 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary: Resources for Commemoration

August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a key event in the Civil Rights Movement during which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

UST will be honoring this event with a Memorial Mass & Reception Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of MLK March on Washington. You can further explore the impact of the march with digital resources available through the library and online.

From The Black Worker (Oct. 1, 1963). Source: African-American Periodicals (1825-1995)

Doherty’s recently acquired Readex African American Periodicals digital archive contains both articles written about the event in 1963 and articles assessing its impact a generation later. Learn more about  how to use the wealth of Civil Rights resources available in this database on the Readex blog: Researching the March on Washington using African American Newspapers and Periodicals

Source: National Archives

The National Archives also has extensive holdings from the March on Washington. Find photographs, event programs, and more using their online highlights.

For a quantitative look at the impact of the Civil Rights movement, check out this data compiled by the Census Bureau. To mark the anniversary of the march, they have gathered key statistics that measure changes in some characteristics of the African American population to date.

Finally, keep up with anniversary activities taking place around the country this week by following #MLKDream50.

Database of the Month: ARTFL-FRANTEXT

Founded in 1982 as a result of a collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago, the ARTFL Project  provides access to North America’s largest collection of digitized French resources.

The ARTFL-FRANTEXT database consists of over 2900 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. Genres include novels, poetry, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy.

Click here to access ARTFL-FRANTEXT. To get an idea of the variety of material you can find in the database, try starting with a simple search for “Charlemagne.” Feel free to contact a reference librarian at http://www.askus.stthom.edu if you have questions about using the database.

Database of the Month: Learn a New Language for Free with the Mango Languages!

mango_logoLearning a new language is free for all UST students, faculty, and staff with the new Mango Languages database. Each lesson in the database combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

To learn more about Mango and get a preview of what the program has to offer, stop by the library and we will give you an introduction. Or, click here to log in to Mango and start learning!

Mango's recording features help you match your voice to the correct pronunciation.

Mango’s recording features help you match your voice to the correct pronunciation.

Database of the Month: Women’s Studies International

In honor of Women’s History Month, our March Database of the Month is Women’s Studies International. Women’s Studies International is useful for finding information relevant to women’s history and cross-disciplinary gender perspectives. From the core disciplines in Women’s Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research, this database supports research in the areas of women’s studies, sociology, history, political science and economy, public policy, international relations, arts and humanities, business and education.

Women’s Studies International is a composite of nine contributing databases covering women’s studies scholarship from throughout the world. The nearly 800 essential sources in Women’s Studies International include journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, websites and web documents and grey literature. It is an excellent resource for finding articles from a feminist perspective.

Access Women’s Studies International on our Databases page. For more Women’s History Month resources, check out our Women’s History Month reads on Pinterest and our Women’s Studies Research Guide.

Database(s) of the Month: Grove Music Online and IPA Source

For our 100th post, we’re featuring two great music databases:

Grove Music Online has been the leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001. It is a comprehensive compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera(1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2002), as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations. Including more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world, Grove Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.

IPA Source is a large collection of IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) transcriptions and literal translations of art songs and arias originally in Latin, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. IPA Source contains more than 5,700 texts, including about 1,000 aria texts. Special features include audio recordings of many standard pieces designed as pronunciation help for the singer and links to other online resources such as opera libretti, song texts, and online scores.

Database of the Month: America’s News

With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, America’s News is the largest database of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.

Recent additions to the database  include the Arizona Daily Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, the Oklahoman, San Antonio Express-News, and Tulsa World .  Access America’s News on the Doherty Databases page.

New library resources: Expand your education research with Education Source and Google Scholar!

Education Source:

Doherty Library has acquired an important new resource for education research: Education Source, a database from EbscoHost. The database combines Education Research Complete with several additional databases obtained by Ebsco when it acquired the H.W. Wilson company. It is the largest and most comprehensive full-text education resource in the world. Search it along with ERIC for the fullest coverage of the education literature. With its additional materials and improved indexing, you might find new resources for your topics even if you have already searched our previous databases thoroughly.This database was purchased by the library with the help of Title V grant funding.

Access Education Source through the Doherty Library Research Guides or through our databases list.

Google Scholar:

Google Scholar, the giant search engine for academic research from Google, can now show links to UST’s licensed full text resources! If you adjust your Google Scholar settings, it will now tell you whether the library has a copy of each article result. In addition, if you look up an article in Google Scholar and we have full text of it in one of our databases, you can now click directly to that full text through a link called “Get Full Text @ UST” that appears next to the Google Scholar result. Instructions for setting this up are here: http://campusguides.stthom.edu/googlescholar.
Remember that you can get answers to your library questions at askus.stthom.edu.

ARTstor Update

The ARTstor Digital Library database is a resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.  Due to a recent database update, ARTstor users may notice some changes to their saved folders.  New changes include:

  1. Password-protected folders that have been unlocked by a user will now be easily found in their own upper-level category, Unlocked Folders, instead of in the list of Institutional Folders.
  2. Another new upper-level category has been introduced: Global Folders, which currently contains Featured Groups, including Art History Topics, Interdisciplinary Topics, and Travel Awards.
  3. The Help button has been moved to the main navigation bar.

After this update, some users may find that they cannot see their folders or image groups; clearing the browser cache should resolve the issue. You can find detailed instructions on how to do this on the ARTstor help wiki. For ARTstor and other online resources accessible at the Doherty Library, go to http://www.stthom.edu/Public/index.asp?page_ID=3776 or, as always, you can contact Doherty librarians for more help at askus.stthom.edu.

RefWorks has New Look

RefWorks, our online system for storing citation information, creating bibliographies, and writing papers with intext citations, has a new look.  More colorful and more intuitive, RefWorks 2.0 is easier on the eyes and easier to use.  Check it out here:

https://www.refworks.com/refworks2/?r=authentication::init&groupcode=RWUStThomasTX

If you don’t have an account yet, you can also sign up for one. 

If you prefer the interface of RefWorks Classic, you can switch your account back by clicking at the top right hand corner of your page.

Doherty Library acquires 27 online encyclopedias and handbooks

Thanks to a federal grant won by the School of Education, the Doherty Library recently acquired 27 online encyclopedias and handbooks, all of them dealing with some aspect of education. Online titles include “The Encyclopedia of African American Education”, “Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education”, “Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies”, “Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology”, Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent” and much more. To access these online resources go to “Sage Reference Online” on the list of Doherty databases.

NAXOS database — new acquisition

The Doherty Library recently added the Naxos database to our collection. Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world’s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 45,590 CDs with more than 652,900 tracks. On average, 500 new CDs are added to the library every month.

The library offers the catalogs of more than 50 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. There is also jazz, film music, nostalgia, classic and contemporary rock content.

The aim of NML is to eventually offer access to every work of classical music ever recorded and to become the ultimate resource in the classical music field.

Resources offered by NML include synopses of over 700 operas, a pronunciation guide for composer and artist names and a glossary of musical terms. A comprehensive online encyclopedia of classical music is in development.

In addition to allowing subscribers to listen to recordings, NML provides playing times of individual works or movements, detailed music notes, and opera libretti. Subscribers can also create personalized playlists.

NML can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, any time.

The library can be searched by composer, work and label; by keyword search and by a sophisticated advanced search engine with up to 10 combined search criteria.

Doherty Library Goes Mobile

No, Doherty Library is not moving anywhere. However, some of our resources are now available through cell phones and other mobile devices.

Our first resource to go mobile was the Reference Desk. Students and faculty are able to send questions to the reference librarians via text. All you have to do is send a message beginning with askust to 66746. After sending the initial message, you do not have to include the askust on any subsequent messages. Librarians will answer text questions as soon as possible. We are on duty at the desk M-Th 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 1pm-9pm. Text questions left after these hours will be answered as soon as possible the next morning.

Another resource available via mobile devices is our collection of EBSCO databases. This collection includes such important databases as Academic Search Premier, Business Source Complete, Catholic Literature and Periodical Index, MLA International Bibliography, Philosopher’s Index, and PsychInfo and PsychArticles. Most of the major search capabilities are still available on the trimmed down mobile version. Pdf full-text articles are accessible through mobile devices when available in the database. The EBSCO mobile site can be accessed from the library’s main page.

Our research guides, found on the main library page, are available in a mobile format as well. First you must select the specific research guide you want and then click on the print/mobile guide icon found at the top of the page.

Finally, RefWorks, also has a mobile version which can be found on the library homepage. In order to log into RefWorks mobile, you will need the UST group code. New RefWorks users received the group code in an email when they created their accounts. Contact the Reference Desk (by phone or by text) if you don’t know the school’s group code.

More New Resources!

The following databases have been added to the library web site:
Bio Med (Central) provides access to 199 peer-reviewed open access journals in all aspects of biomedical research
Book Review Index Plus was formerly a print resource and is now available online. It provides access to reviews of books in over 600 journals. Coverage goes back to 1965.
Columbia International Affairs Online is, according to their online description, “the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.”
Early Republic database contains the seventeen volumes of primary material documenting the actions, debates, and thoughts of the First Federal Congress and its members that were collected by the First Federal Congress Project (FFCP) and published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Essay & General Literature Index was formerly a print resource and is now available online. It provides access to essays contained in nearly 7000 anthologies and collections. Coverage goes back to 1985.
Literature Online Index provides access to more than 350,000 English and American literary works in full-text (and to Anglo-Saxon and Middle English texts as well). It also provides literary criticism, in both journals and complete reference books, on authors and works contained in the database.
RILM Abstract of Music Literature is an online index of scholarship on music from all over the world. Short descriptions of journal articles are available.
Short Story Index was also formerly a print resource which is now available online. It gives the publication information (names and dates of books, journals and magazines) for short stories back to 1994. 4000 short stories are available in full-text.

We now have ten concurrent users for the Mergent database.

New ebooks include Classical & Medieval Literary Criticism and Literary Criticism 1400-1800. These resources are part of the Gale literary criticism series in our reference collection. We have volumes 1-111 and 1-164 respectively in print. The current and subsequent volumes will be available online. Ebooks available soon are the New Catholic Encyclopedia and Children’s Literature Review.