Archive for March, 2007

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Demographic data from the U.S. censuses is useful to many areas of study. Social Explorer makes using this data for analysis or map creation easier. A team at Queens Univ. of CUNY has produced this set of maps from census data, 1940-2000. A certain level of data is freely acessible, while additional data (especially at the census tract level) requires a subscription (see Data Availability). Even what is openly available provides in interesting window on the nation’s history.

A link to this site is included on the library website at: Reference Sources / Statistics / Social Explorer.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

A project is underway to make available online images of works in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Initially, nearly 1,700 images representative of the broad range of the Metropolitan Museum’s encyclopedic collection will be available through ARTstor. The College Libraries’ subscription to ARTstor makes these images available to all of SUNY Potsdam through links on the library web site (see under “Other Collections” and the “Art” subject page).

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Google doesn’t reach into all the resources available on the web. An especially rich vein is the large collection of digital resources in the Open Archives Initiative. OAIster is the union catalog of these resources, compiled by harvesting the descriptive records from the collections participating in this cooperative project – now numbering many hundreds. Nearly 11 million records are now in this catalog. The resources are of many types, including text, image, audio, video, and dataset.

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Essential Science Indicators: special topics is a site that features recent highly-cited scientific researchers – often with interviews, and always with citations to recent articles. A new topic is covered each month, and you can search the archives of “Special Topics.” A useful feature is the list of most-cited paper on the topics covered. It also offers an RSS feed for current awareness.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Until Mar. 30, 2007 there is a SUNY-wide trial of the “EconLit with Full-text” database from Ebsco. A link is on the libraries’ “Trials” web page – which includes the username and password to access this trial.

As usual, we welcome your views on the value of these new products. Please contact our Collection Development Librarian,
Jenica Rogers (phone: 267-3328 ; email: rogersjp), with your comments.

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Among the online resources available through the libraries are the Alexander Street Press collections known as “The Street.” This is a group of 11 document files from diverse subject areas. You will find here primary sources for drama, poetry, and black studies; as well as letters and diaries from various historical periods. See Alexander Street Press under “Other Collections.”