Dear Hum. V,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 12th, 2016

Great to see you this week!


I loved your mind-mapping of the ‘Scholarly Conversation.’


When you’re ready to leap into the academic literature, here’s the page in the research guide (screenshot below) listing four databases providing just that.


As always, please be in touch with any research-y queries!  I love hearing from you. 🙂



How fast does JSTOR grow?

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 21st, 2016

   JSTOR is one of the library’s most popular digital collections. Thousands of searches are conducted in JSTOR over a typical year, sometimes thousands of searches are run in a single month.


From a recent email, JSTOR, in 2015, added:

  • Archives of 226 journals
  • Comprising 856,000 articles
  • If shelved, the print version would consume 1,348 linear feet of shelving


What does this mean for JSTOR‘s collection contents, when taken all together?

  • Archives of 2,300 journals
  • 10.7 million articles
  • in print, this would be 68.9 million pages of text



Information from:

JSTOR. “988,000 articles added to JSTOR Archive Collections.” Message to Lura Sanborn. 1 Feb. 2016. E-mail.

Google Scholar? Holler!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 4th, 2016

Google Scholar

What?  A subset of Google that searches for scholarly literature on the web. A mix of full-text, citations and abstracts.


New: Three of the library’s digital collections are now indexed in Google Scholar: JSTOR, Ebsco, and Proquest.


Meaning? When searching Google Scholar, freely available citations, abstracts and full-text are retrieved, AND now, content from the three library providers named above.


“Adolescents and Sleep.” Search results page.  Google Scholar. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.

Quick note: While an exciting and valuable tool, Google Scholar is a non-discerning aggregator, in that it includes questionable and even possibly predatory open-access titles.  When using Google Scholar, consider consulting Beall’s list of “Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers” as well as this guide from Berkley’s Science Center for the Greater Good to help assess the quality of an academic source: “10 Questions to Ask About Scientific Studies.”

For a little look into predatory journal practices, here’s a 2013 New York Times article titled: Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)


Another Quick note:   Retrieval of full-text articles, from these three library providers, using the links in Google Scholar, is only available while on-campus. Off the grounds?  Please log in to and locate the article directly from the named database.

New interface for journal Science

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 21st, 2016

Did you know?  The library purchases a site license to the preeminent journal Science.


This site license provides access to the most current issues and the complete archive (1880 to the present) of the journal.


New for 2016 is an updated interface, allowing for improved presentation on mobile devices and 1-click access to bibliographic references!


Science Homepage.  AAAS. 13 Jan. 2015. Web.

Dear American Government class,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 24th, 2015

Researching polarization in U.S. government?  Below are recommended research sources purchased by the library.  The EbscoHost Academic Search Premiere collection will help to satisfy the academic article requirement; the additional sources will help you HH!

CQ Researcher: Analytic reports, background and historical data, about 15-30 pages in length, focused on contemporary issues.  CQ reports are designed to be written in an impartial manner and also include a pro & con on either side of the issue.

Here is  their 2/2014 report on polarization (& impact) in U.S. government

Here’s their 2004 report on the same issue, in case history matters?

Here also is a link to all the CQ Reports focused on Congress.

One can of course search the contents of all the reports for key words (i.e. cloture).

For some fast statistics, Statista could be helpful.

For example, a search for ‘Primaries’ brings up statistics that might bolster an argument for Open Primaries.

And yes, Ebscohost!  Specifically their journal collection ‘Academic Search Premiere’.  Their interface offers a relevant-enhancing subject search.

Here is a search in Ebsco for a subject of “compulsory voting” combined with a subject search for “united states.”  (Interesting that the eldest article is from 1949?).

Also, most of the articles in this Ebsco collection are academic journals; there are some magazine titles in the database as well as an occasional newspaper.  It’s possible to filter those out, using the limiters under the full-text check box (above), yet, they may still provide helpful information in a readable presentation.

The library  has also purchased from Ebsco the most current and full archive of 3 important periodicals that cover U.S. Politics (& other topics): The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic.  All three can be searched at once.

  • Visit the library’s  EBSCOhost master list
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of databases
  • Select the last 3 (the titles mentioned above)
  • Search and review

For example, here’s a search for both a subject of “united states economic conditions” with a second subject of “income distribution.”

The SPS site license to the New York Times will likely offer some quality reporting on some of these issues.  For additional newspaper commentary, the library’s subscription to National Newspapers Core, (from library vendor Proquest) offers a handful of major U.S. papers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The LA Times and The Washington Post as well as the New York Times in a text-only format.

Questions? Comments or conundrums? Do be in touch!  Ms. Sanborn


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