February 1, 2010


Trial Databases for Winter 2010

Filed under: Databases — Laurie Sauer @ 10:27 am

Knox College has access to the ISI Web of Knowledge collection of databases through April 2, 2010. This collection includes the following databases.

  • Science Citation Index Expanded® 1975-present
  • Social Sciences Citation Index® 1975-present
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index® 1975-present
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index™ Science (1990-present) and Social Science & Humanities (1990-present)

In addition, the platform also includes Derwent Innovations Index (SM) (1966-present) and Medline® (1950 - present).

Training information and tutorials are available on the ISI web site. This trial lasts through April 2, 2010.


In addition, the Library is hosting a trial of the Scopus database. Scopus provides indexing for over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals in the sciences, technology fields, medicine and social sciences from 1996 to the present. Coverage also includes conference proceedings, trade publications and book series. This trial lasts through March 15, 2010.

Please note, if you have difficulty using some functionality within Scopus, it may be necessary to access Scopus using the Scopus secure login URL. This URL will require you to accept an unsigned security certificate first before you can access the database.


The Library also has the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials on a trial basis. This database covers journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA’s online collection of major religion and theology journals. The ATLA Religion Database includes more than 555,000 article citations from more than 1,656 journals (518 currently indexed), more than 232,000 essay citations from over 16,700 multi-author works, and more than 511,000 book review citations. Full text is provided for more than 266,000 electronic articles and book reviews. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.This trial lasts until May 29, 2010.

September 18, 2009


New Databases for Fall 2009

Filed under: Databases — Laurie Sauer @ 4:01 pm

The Knox College Library is please to announce that the following new databases and electronic resources are now available to Knox students, faculty and staff.

  • Access World News provides access to local, in-state, national and international news sources, including newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news blogs, news web-only content and video.
  • Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients’ information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. In addition, Consumer Health Complete includes the Clinical Reference System and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs.
  • Grove Music Online includes the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, the Oxford Companion to Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Music.
  • MasterFILE Premier is a multidisciplinary database providing full text for nearly 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and 164,424 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 453,000 photos, maps & flags.
  • Oxford Language Dictionaries Online features essential language resources - fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages.  Offering over 4 million words, phrases and translations in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese, the site also features native speaker audio pronunciation - allowing you to hear how words actually sound.
  • Political Science Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,900 titles and full text for more than 500 publications, including top-ranked scholarly journals, recent reference works, and professional conference papers. Its coverage consists of a wide range of topics such as law and legislation, comparative politics, political theory, international relations, humanitarian issues and non-governmental organizations. This database replaces World Wide Political Science Abstracts.
  • SocINDEX with full text is the world’s most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 1,986,000 records with full text for 708 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 780 books and monographs, and full text for 9,333 conference papers. This database replaces Sociological Abstracts.

February 11, 2009


Trial Databases for Winter/Spring 2009

Filed under: Databases — Laurie Sauer @ 10:33 pm

The Library has ongoing trials for the following databases.

  • Safari Tech Books Online
    Safari Tech Books Online, a joint venture of O’Reilly Media and The Pearson Technology Group, provides full text of thousands of books in computer science, networking and technology fields: certification, enterprise computing, Java, Linus/Unix, Web development, Windows, XML, and more. Books in this collection are fully searchable. This trial expires June 26, 2009.
  • Environmental Impact
    This multi-faceted database is “… a single comprehensive bibliographic information resource on climate change and other influences of humans on the biosphere. It also covers other aspects of man’s damage to the environment such as pollution, deforestation, desertification and habitat loss.” The database includes full text of 57 ebooks, CAB Reviews articles, links to climate change reports, and indexing for over 5000 journals. Note: To search the entire database, click on Abstracts Database from the top menu. This trial runs through June 15, 2009.
  • Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
    Oxford Language Dictionaries Online features essential language resources - fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages.  Offering over 4 million words, phrases and translations in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese, the site also features native speaker audio pronunciation - allowing you to hear how words actually sound. This trial expires May 3, 2009.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    SocINDEX with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 1,986,000 records with full text for 708 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 780 books and monographs, and full text for 9,333 conference papers. This trial ends June 18, 2009.
  • Political Science Complete
    Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,900 titles and full text for more than 500 publications, including top-ranked scholarly journals, recent reference works, and professional conference papers. Its coverage consists of a wide range of topics such as law and legislation, comparative politics, political theory, international relations, humanitarian issues and non-governmental organizations. PSC’s focus is worldwide, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. This trial ends June 18, 2009.
  • Grove Music Online
    Available through the Oxford Music Online gateway, Grove Music Online includes the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition; The New Grove Dictionary of Opera; and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition.  The database also includes access to the full text of the Oxford Companion to Music, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Music. This trial ends April 17, 2009.
  • Access World News Research Collection
    Research unique current and archived news content for information on topics, events, issues, people, businesses, and more through this in-depth resource. Easy online access to local, in-state, national and international news sources, including newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news blogs, news web-only content and video. Alerts and “my personal” functionality helps students and faculty track and manage their research projects. This trial goes through June 2009.
  • The American West
    This online resource is collection of primary sources from the Everett D. Graff Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago. The collection contains original manuscripts, ephemeral material (trade cards, wanted posters, photos, claim certificates, news-sheets etc), maps, and rare printed works. (Documents in pdf are not available for downloading for this trial.) This trial lasts has ended.

January 6, 2009


ARTstor Now Available

Filed under: Databases — Laurie Sauer @ 12:04 pm

The Library is pleased to announce that ARTstor is now available to members of the Knox community.

“ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images and related data in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes; and a restricted usage environment that seeks to balance the rights of content providers with the needs and interests of content users. ARTstor is a non-profit initiative, founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching and learning in the arts and associated fields.”

–from the ARTstor blog

Please note: In order to use ARTstor, your computer and browser must meet certain minimum specifications. Please contact the Help Desk if you are unsure of your current specifications, or if you need help upgrading your browser.

July 30, 2008


New Ornithology Database

Filed under: Databases — Laurie Sauer @ 9:15 am

cardinalKnox College now subscribes to The Birds of North America Online from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologists’ Union. This database provides photos, images, habitat maps, and, in some cases, sound and video, for birds of all species in North America. In addition, the articles summarize characteristics such as behavior, breeding, food habitats, conservation and management, etc. based on the available scientific research. Full bibliographic references are provided.

July 7, 2008


New Databases

Filed under: Databases — Laurie Sauer @ 1:24 pm

The Library has purchased subscriptions to the following new databases.

  • Aluka is an international, collaborative initiative building an online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. Contributed materials include archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, reference works, 3-D models, maps, oral histories, photographs, and slides. Knox subscribes to two content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites & Landscapes and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
  • Black Thought & Culture is a collection of approximately 100,000 pages of primary source materials including non-fiction writings covering 250 years of history, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, oral histories, interviews, periodicals and trial transcripts.
  • GreenFILE provides citations to journal articles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
  • Sage eReference is a collection of 62 reference texts in the social sciences published between 2003 and 2007. Encyclopedias in the collection cover diverse topic areas, including Gender & Sexuality Studies (American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia), History (Encyclopedia of American Urban History), Communication & Media Studies (Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media) and much more.
  • Women & Social Movements is a collection of primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, web site reviews and teaching tools focusing on women’s activism in public life. The Scholar’s Edition also incorporates Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary plus other data, statistics and publications.

June 18, 2008


Historical Statistics of the United States

Filed under: Databases, Reference — Laurie Sauer @ 4:31 pm

The Library is pleased to announce the purchase of Historical Statistics of the United States Millennial Edition Online from Cambridge University Press. Considered the definitive source of statistics for U.S. history, this online version of the 5-volume print edition was released in 2006. The work is divided into 5 subject areas: population; work & welfare; economic structure & performance; economic sectors; and governance & international relations. Coverage ranges from 1800 to 2000, however some areas go back to 1610 or forward to 2002.

This online reference work allows for enhanced data manipulation:

  • Downloadable and customizable data to suit individual areas of interest
  • Download tables in Excel or CSV; can also download entire groups of tables as a zip file
  • Create custom tables; merge columns from multiple tables to create custom tables, which can also be downloaded, printed, or graphed

A site tour is available to learn more about the powerful features of Historical Statistics of the United States. This purchase was made possible with a generous subsidy from CARLI, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.


More Full Text Magazines: Political Science Digital Archives

Filed under: Databases, Serials — Laurie Sauer @ 3:11 pm

The Knox College Library now subscribes to online full text content for three important magazines of political thought and opinion:

All three of these titles are available on the EbscoHost database service.

May 7, 2008


New Database

Filed under: Databases — Laurie Sauer @ 10:06 am

EBSCO is providing free access to Greenfile, which offers citations/abstracts and some full text coverage of journal articles for all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

April 9, 2008


Spring Trial Databases

Filed under: Databases — Laurie Sauer @ 8:24 am

The Library has the following databases available for trial.

  • International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA): Has over 400,000 indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1864 to the present, covering film, theater, and dance. This trial lasts until May 5th.
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