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 News(reels)

By - Research & Instruction Librarian November 17th, 2015

New in the library’s eCollections are two newsreel databases.


60 Minutes: Streaming 60-minutes historical broadcasts from 1997-2014.


And, for a more international perspective:


World Newsreels Online: Streaming newsreels from the U.S., France and Japan from 1929-1966.



Image information: “World Newreels Online: Homepage.” Alexander Street Press. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.

News as Historical Record

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 14th, 2015

Need news coverage of your historical topic, from the time it occurred?

Consider using any of the library’s news collections, including: NBC LearnNewspapers 1851 -2004Newspapers 1690 -2000.

A quick overview:


Newsbank Updates

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 12th, 2015

The library’s fleet of global newspapers from vendor, Newsbank, just got an upgrade, including:

  • More limiters (over on the left)
  • Adapt/tweak search after pressing the search button and eyeing the results
  • The ‘cite’ now button is more prominent


Newsbank made a little video if you’d like to see?


Newspaper kiosk in New York, Photo 1941. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 5 Feb 2015.






World Newsreels (4 countries) – Trial

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 3rd, 2015


Third form Hum. Student: “This NBC newsreel about Sputnik is from the U.S. Doesn’t the library have one from Russia that I could watch?”

Me: “uhhhhhhhhh”


And while not Russian, library vendor Alexander Street Press, did recently release a new collection of 1929-1966 historic newsreels. Which countries? U.S., a little Japan, some from France as well as some Dutch clips.

Want a look? Trial access (when on the SPS network) is available through Feb 20 here.


Comments?  Applications come to mind?  Should the library buy?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!


“Homepage.” World Newsreels Online: 1929–1966. Alexander Street Press. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.



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