The Knox College Library & The Office of Instructional Technology will be presenting a series of brown bag lunches this year featuring demonstrations and discussions of technology-based information products and services that enhance teaching and learning in the liberal arts.
These brown bag sessions will meet in Ferris Lounge from noon until 1:00. Coffee, iced tea, and water will be provided. The schedule for this fall’s ‘Technology in 20 Minutes’ programs is:
- Monday Sept 22: What is RefWorks and how does it help you manage information? [handout-pdf]
- Wednesday Oct 1st: How to link to online articles for electronic reserves (or in a Moodle page) [handout-pdf]
- Tuesday Oct 14th: Using Choice Reviews Online to select books for the library’s collections [handout-pdf]
- Thursday Nov 6th: What is RefWorks and how does it help you manage information? [handout-pdf]
- Friday Nov 14th: Using Choice Reviews Online to select books for the library’s collections [handout-pdf]
Knox 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Library has a trial of RefWorks until June 15th. RefWorks, a web-based product, is used to manage bibliographic references, store information about those reference, and to format notes and bibliographies. RefWorks also includes the RefShare component, which allows you to share bibliographies on the web.
For this trial period, access RefWorks (from on-campus only) at http://www.refworks.com/refworks. The first time you access RefWorks you need to create an account and register. Click on the link to “Sign up for an individual account” and register your account.
The RefWorks Quick Start Guide outlines what a new user needs to know to start using RefWorks. In addition, there is a RefWorks tutorial available within the program itself. To access this feature just click on the Tutorial link located at the top of each page, or go directly to http://www.refworks.com/tutorial.
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.
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.
The Library recently acquired more online journal content by licensing the Sage Premier collection of online journals. The Sage Premier collection complements our Sage Deep Backfile collection by providing coverage for journals from 1999 to the present. Knox’s Sage collection now contains 298 scholarly journals in the social sciences with coverage from the first issue of each journal up through the present issue. Our acquisition of both of these collections is partially subsidized by CARLI, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. Access the Sage Collection from the library’s Databases A-Z web page.
The library has recently subscribed to five titles in the Oxford Reference Online collection:
These reference sources are only available to Knox College students, faculty and staff.