Monday, August 26, 2019

Database searching

It’s been 36 years or so since computerized literature searches were first available at Devereaux Library.
Back then library research was a cumbersome process: You could pour over paper indexes, 3x5 cards in hand OR you could make an appointment with a librarian to plan a strategy, do a search, printed now or wait for the (snail) mail to bring them to you – and pay handsomely for the results.  Results were only citations, you still needed to find the paper(s) you were interested in.  Back to the librarian for more help!
Today you can do your own searches, anytime, anywhere AND you can see your results immediately. Often, you can access the articles right away, too. But, for best results, you still need to choose the right databases and master the workings of that database... YES, it can still be cumbersome, and YES librarians are still here to help!
Visit the Devereaux Library Electronic Resources page for an alphabetical list of databases available via the library.  A Subject Guide is available to help you choose the best database(s) for your research

Welcome back to campus

 I hope you had a great summer!  We, here at Devereaux Library sure had a busy summer.  We’d hoped to greet you with an announcement about a major upgrade to  Devereaux Delivers, our document delivery / interlibrary loan service.  In preparation for the new service, we converted our ILL links to the Tipasa* service… which isn’t available yet.   Let’s blame in on Banner, shall we?  Tipasa is ready and waiting, it needs only the authentication piece to be ready for your use, and BIT is working on that.

Meanwhile please feel free to email ILL requests to

*Tipasa allows users to place and monitor requests from anywhere, any time, on any device, without librarian assistance. You can receive customized notifications and can access documents as soon as they become available.

If you’d like more updates/training on Tipasa when it becomes available, let me know and I’ll add you to my mailing list. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Academic Search Premier by EBSCOhost is one of the many databases that the library offers. One aspect of the EBSCOhost products is that they use the same platform across all their databases, once you have used one product you will be able to utilize that knowledge when searching in any of their databases.
Academic Search Premi (tutorial) is a multidisciplinary research database; EBSCOhost offers access to video content from the Associated Press from 1930 to the present. Their Content Includes, more than 3,100 active full-text journals and magazines, Nearly 2,800 are active full-text peer-reviewed journals and 1,200 active full-text peer-reviewed journals with no embargo, including PDF backfiles and searchable cited references
They also have more than 2,200 active full-text journals indexed in Web of Science, which we offer.  They give citation information such as AMA, APA, etc. You can download, email, print, etc. article of interest.
  Available dates range widely from   1911 to 2015 for annals of the association of American geographers some issues are abstracts only, some full text.  For example Harvard Law review is available from 1887 to present.  Piano magazine 2019 (not a peer reviewed magazine).      
Searching by subjects: Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics is an easy way to see what is available over a wide range of periodicals. Other subjects that can be searched include: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Religion and philosophy and Science and technology.
You can also access the EBSCOhost databases from your mobile devices. They have a mobile app you can download at EbscoConnect.
This is a solid database to start your search with, allowing you to access different journals, videos, newspapers etc. and gives assistance in incorporating the articles into your research by allowing you to export to endnote.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Jack Allison Redden

In 1969, Jack Redden came to the Black Hills to serve as professor of Geology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. This was where he remained until his retirement in 1991, continuing as professor emeritus. After retirement he continued to work on the geology map of the Black Hills for the USGS and as an independent consultant until the age of 82.