New Resources Available
NOTE: New resources listed below are not yet in the CDL Directory of Collections and Services; they will be added within the next 2 weeks. You can access them directly from the URL provided.
A list of recently added content is always available at: http://www.cdlib.org/news/
a. Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online (Julia Gelfand, UCI)
The Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online (http://www.columbiagazetteer.org/) is a campus-licensed resource available to all UC Libraries. Until recently, online access was only available at Berkeley and Santa Barbara, but the wide applications of this resource can now be used by constituencies at all campuses.
Nearly every campus has in its Reference Collection, the three-volume print version of the gazetteer of which the online version is based. This electronic resource is a geographic database of over 165,000 entries including place-names, physical characteristics and attributes, political properties, economic parameters, and natural and agricultural resources. It was recently updated to include the 2000 U.S. census data and thus has population data to support its place names. The scope is obviously global as its title reflects and it is updated on a monthly basis.
There are multiple search options that enhance searching by not only place name, but can include a particular word or categorized type-of-place search. This kind of search can be used in conjunction with reference queries such as the longest rivers in Africa or what the largest cities in South America are. This is a sophisticated tool, for which some familiarity will make searching and using it more productive. It is a reference work that will support all subject areas for which there may be a geographical reference associated with it. Much richer than a traditional gazetteer, it will compliment other reference tools and atlases and is likely to be a favorite of all reference librarians and users who have that desperate “where is and what about” question.
b. Evans Digital Edition
The CDL has licensed the Evans Digital Edition: Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800) (http://infoweb.newsbank.com) for all campuses.
Evans is newly available in electronic form from NewsBank-Readex as of January 1, 2003. UC faculty indicated that access to the Evans Digital Edition was a high priority for research, and it was recommended for perpetual license by UC bibliographers and the Joint Steering Committee.
Readex and the American Antiquarian Society have undertaken the massive project to digitize the entire Evans collection, based on the renowned American Bibliography by Charles Evans. It incorporates the Evans’ American Bibliography, enhanced by Roger Bristol’s Supplement to Evans’ American Bibliography. Readex first published the microcard collection in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society. The collection has served as a resource for information about every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America, from agriculture and auctions through foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, slavery, temperance, witchcraft, and other topics of academic research.
This unique, Internet-based resource will consist of:
–All titles contained in Evans microform editions – 36,000+ items over 2.4 million images, all with OCR-created ASCII text. (The Series I product is the pre-1800 segment of the larger collection above.)
–A database enriched by more than 1,200 catalogued new items.
–Integrated bibliographic records from the American Antiquarian Society.
The Evans Digital Edition currently offers the first series only, that is, the pre-1800 portion or the Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800). Large portions of Series I are currently available online, to be completed this year. Evans Digital Edition is being released in monthly segments over a two-year period that began in July 2002. Other series will follow. Completion is scheduled for 2004.
Evans Digital Edition incorporates a browse feature by author, genre, subject, history of printing, language, and more. There are both simple and advanced search modes. Searchable OCR-generated ASCII text is also associated with each image. With the expanded catalog records created by the American Antiquarian Society, users may link directly from the local OPAC’s bibliographic records to the document of interest in Evans Digital, to the table of contents, and to other documents by the same author, the same genre, etc. NewsBank/Readex has assured the CDL that it will cooperate with the EEBO Text Conversion Project to provide linking capability between TCP records and the Evans images.
CDL is in the process of purchasing perpetual access rights to the first of the Evans series, with campuses co-investing in the annual access fees. The CDL has paid for five years of access fees and has secured a cap on annual increases.
c. IEEE Xplore Adds Historic Content (Brian Quigley, Resource Liaison, UCB)
IEEE has added over 80,000 historic documents to IEEE Xplore, providing access to select journals and conferences published from 1950-1987. Twelve IEEE technical societies provided this legacy content, and the IEEE plans to add content from the IEEE Signal Processing Society by March 2003. The list of select titles and their legacy holdings can be found in the announcement at http://www.ieee.org/products/onlinepubs/news/0902_05.html.
The historic content for each title appears on a separate webpage from the post-1988 content, which means our current links will not lead you to the legacy content. Shared Cataloging has been alerted so that the added content can be cataloged. In the meantime, you can access the legacy content directly through IEEE Xplore (http://www.ieee.org/ieeexplore/) by browsing the journals titles and conferences by title.
d. Institute of Physics Journal Archive Available (Karen Andrews, Resource Liaison, UCD)
Every journal article published by the Institute of Physics (IOP) since 1874 is now available online. This involved the digitization of more than 500 volume-years of journals, over 100,000 articles and over one million pages of scientific research. All of the Institute’s 37 journals have been made available back to volume one.
The archive consists of fully searchable PDF files, which have been scanned at a high resolution, ensuring excellent readability of text, data and tables. The archive makes use of Hypercite© linking technology, enabling you to link to/from the Institute’s articles references to a wide variety of resources.
To access the archive, go to the society’s Electronic Journals web page and select “Journal Archive”: http://www.iop.org/EJ/
The Archive was acquired as a one-time purchase for all UC campuses. The deal was negotiated by Beverlee French, with assistance from Karen Andrews, IOP liaison, in verifying the completeness of the coverage.
The Institute digitized cover-to-cover content, but planned to offer only the journal articles. We expressed concern that editorial matter, book reviews, etc. were of interest and of value to physicists and historians, and should be included. The Institute agreed to review their policy and investigate ways to incorporate the entire content. As a publisher, the Institute of Physics has been very responsive to our needs. In an effort to broaden the accessibility of the research information they publish, they have adopted two reader-oriented policies. Current journal issues are available to everyone freely for the first thirty days, and annual current subscriptions include a ten-year backfile free of charge.
e. Proquest Newspapers Package: New York Times; Los Angeles Times; Wall Street Journal
ProQuest Historical Newspapers – Wall Street Journal
ProQuest Historical Newspapers – New York Times
Current LA Times
Current New York Times
Current Wall Street Journal
At the recommendation of the Joint Steering Committee (JSC), the CDL has negotiated access from the ProQuest platform to the full historic archive and the current content of the Los Angeles Times (archive coming in June 2003), the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The historic files of the national newspapers have been a priority for access among UC bibliographers for many years, but only recently have the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal become available electronically. The Los Angeles Times historic files are currently being digitized and are scheduled to be released in June 2003. Current years for all three newspapers are now available online. This license covers the following:
Current New York Times (1999-present)
Current Los Angeles Times (1985-present)
Current Wall Street Journal (1985-present)
Historic front file of the New York Times 1924-1998
Historic front file of the Los Angeles Times (1924-1984) [coming June 2003]
Historic front file of the Wall Street Journal (1924-1984)
Historic back file of the New York Times (1851-1923)
Historic back file of the Los Angeles Times (1881-1923) [coming June 2003]
Historic back file of the Wall Street Journal (1889-1923)
The CDL purchased perpetual access rights to the historic back files, which represent the out-of-copyright material. The CDL also negotiated favorable annual contracts for access to the historic front files as well as the current-years segments for all three newspapers. The CDL has paid the annual access fees for a five-year subscription to both segments for all three products. Campuses will share the annual costs for the historic front files and the current years, beginning in 2008.
The historic back files are searched on a separate platform from the current files of these three newspapers. At the present time, cross-platform searching is not available.
For example, from any ProQuest database, such as ABI/INFORM Global, if you click on the “Collections” button in the ProQuest toolbar, you will see that you can search the current files of these three newspapers along with any other ProQuest databases that may be available at your campus. However, if you want to search the historical files of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, you’ll need to click on the “ProQuest Historical Newspapers” link at the top of the ProQuest web screen.
f. University of California Press eScholarship Editions
Last week 140 additional University of California Press eScholarship Editions were added to the collection. This brings the total number of eScholarship Editions available to the UC community to 650; over 350 of these titles are available to the public. Links to the new titles should appear in Melvyl within the next two weeks.
There are still over 800 titles remaining to convert and post. New titles will be released every 6 weeks. The schedule for upcoming releases is available at http://escholarship.cdlib.org/ucpress/schedule.html.
Additional resources to support the UC Press eScholarship Editions are now available:
· Linking assistance: http://escholarship.cdlib.org/ucpress/linking.html
· January 7 press release: http://escholarship.cdlib.org/ucpress/ucpee_pr_Jan03.pdf
· List of upcoming titles: http://escholarship.cdlib.org/ucpress/upcoming.html