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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

On Tuesday Dec. 21 the Census Bureau released the first information from the 2010 Census of Population.  This page includes some of the documents presented at the press conference, and links to further information and data.  Additional census data will be released in the coming months.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Just released by the Census Bureau are the first ever estimates for small places from the 5-year American Community Survey.  See this story, with links to further explanation and download.  The data cover “over 670,000 different geographical units, as small as a group of census blocks, but also for school districts, congressional districts, state legislative districts, counties, and other places.”

Friday, September 4th, 2009

In addition to our new streaming video collections (see our earlier post) there are several new Alexander Street Press collections of online drama.  Two trial databases will be available all semester.  These are LitFinder – a source for online literary works, and GREENR – a resource for green technologies and discussions of sustainability.

Some of our ProQuest databases will be going away, but we have a different collection of periodicals called ProQuest Platinum Periodicals that has been added.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

In addition to the news sources (mainly U.S. origin) available through the news search options on the “Newspaper Search” page of the library’s website, there are ways to get foreign-language news reports, and English translations of foreign news sources. Among the options:

  • “BBC Monitoring” reports are English translations of foreign broadcast news. Go to “Periodical Title Search” on the library website, and type in “BBC Monitoring.”
  • Lexis-Nexis includes “Major World Publications (non-English)” as one of its search categories. To find news reports in foreign languages, search using terms from that language
  • Also check out “Today’s Front Pages” – from 600 newspapers around the world.
Thursday, March 19th, 2009

A great site for sports history – SI Vault is a full-text digital archive of the magazine, plus videos, blogs, photos, and more. Searchable.  A valuable resource for research on sports and U.S. history.

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

EBSCOHost – the vendor for several of our databases including Academic Search Premier and ERIC has launched a new and improved interface. Link from the “New Features” in the upper bar for an outline of changes. They have worked to make their databases easier to use while adding enhancements for users. Let us know what you think!

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

The libraries have acquired a number of e-book collections, and more are on the way. Some of these e-books are only findable by going directly to the e-book collection – such as the Books 24×7 and Gale Virtual Reference Library collections. The records for one large collection, NetLibrary, have been added to BearCat. These NetLibrary books, about 1400 of them, can be viewed from links in the BearCat record. An example:

Items in Location Internet Resources : LC1201 .S53 1999eb
All items & Status View Circulation status
Web link LinkAn electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click for information
Author LinkShapiro, Arthur H., 1938-
Title Everybody belongs [computer file] : changing negative attitudes toward classmates with disabilities / Arthur Shapiro.
Publisher New York : Garland Pub., 1999.

These titles are also viewable from off-campus once you have authenticated through the off-campus log-in.

More e-books will be added; and more records from current e-book collections will be incorporated into BearCat. If you have any questions about use of or access to our e-books, contact the library at: Ask-a-librarian

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Wirtz Labor Digital Library from the U.S. Dept. of Labor has just been announced. It includes U.S. Department of Labor publications, trade union and labor history materials, labor leaders’ biographies, statistical abstracts and more.  A link is provided on the “Employment Relations” subject page on the library web site.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

We regularly hear from the highest levels of government on the evening news, but there is a lot of useful information generated at all levels of government every day.  One way to search this vast collection is the search engine called  This allows browsing or searching; and don’t miss the options in the lower right corner to search state, local, or tribal governments. is one of the links on the “General search databases” library web page.

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

CIAO – Columbia International Affairs Online – is a continually updated collection of working paper, books, journal articles, policy briefs, etc. It is searchable and browseable. Most of the documents are in .pdf format. Politics, especially matters related to international relations, is the main focus.

To get an idea of the materials you can expect to find in CIAO, see this recent list of New @ CIAO titles.

Link to the CIAO homepage.