With the beginning of 2015, the library’s information resources have undergone some significant changes. Visiting our homepage, you will find that the search box on our opening page gives you results in a new and improved way. Our core database collections now include much more content from the vendor ProQuest and a changed array of databases from EBSCO. We have added another large e-book database and a collection of streaming videos. We hope these changes will bring improved research experiences to you and your students. Reference librarians will be glad to visit your department or class and explain further.
In August, we told you that our statewide collaborative, NC LIVE, cancelled their subscriptions to many EBSCO databases, including Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, and Masterfile Complete. These were replaced with similar products from ProQuest—collectively referred to as ProQuest Central. Other new content, including a significant streaming video collection was added. As our reference librarians analyzed the NC LIVE changes this fall, we determined that we would be able to retain much of the EBSCO content that was discontinued by NC LIVE as well as to add some new resources, including Education Research Complete from EBSCO and databases in the arts and social sciences from ProQuest.
Here are some of the highlights:
Our e-book holdings have expanded as NC LIVE has begun subscriptions to Ebrary’s Academic Complete and Public Library Complete collections. There are over 120,000 e-books in the collection. You can find them as part of a library catalog search or by searching or browsing directly on the Ebrary site.
The Films on Demand streaming video collection includes over 20,000 films--documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches, newsreels, travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances.
New databases for specific disciplines: MathSciNet, Education Research Complete, PAIS, Pronunciator Language Learning, ReferenceUSA, American Film Institute Catalog, the International Bibliography of Art and many more.
Our OneSearch box is now powered by new software and is focused on helping you discover resources available at Meredith. We think you will like the search results. We will continue to tweak this new resource throughout the spring—adding new content and search recommendations. We welcome your feedback on this developing resource.
This just scratches the surface of what has changed. To learn more about how our changes affect your discipline, contact one of our librarians. We will be happy to create a presentation for your department or class. You can also visit this website for additional details and librarian contact information.
—Submitted by Laura Davidson, Dean of Library Information Services