Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Changes in Online Resources

You may have noticed changes in the Online Resources area of our website.

The Oregon State Library, who makes licensing agreements for some of our electronic resources, will be changed vendors August 31. They formerly had a contract with EBSCO; now they will be contracting with Gale.

What that means to you is that you'll still be able to access your favorite databases like Auto Repair Reference Center and ReferenceUSA. There are 40 new databases, but they are covering the same areas that the old databases did, such as peer-reviewed journals, agricultural, legal and medical information, investment reports, computer journals, the ERIC database for education, Spanish language journals and magazines, and much more.

You'll find new resources on art, music, cooking, geography, hospitality & tourism, gardening, and home improvement

Here are six of the new databases to check out:

  1. General OneFile — A one-stop source for articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

  2. Academic OneFile — Academic OneFile has peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources.

  3. Kids InfoBits — Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5.

  4. InfoTrac Student Edition — This periodical database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

  5. Health & Wellness Reference Center — Whether you're interested in western or alternative medicine, Health & Wellness Resource Center includes references, full-text journals and a Disease Profiler module for all levels of health research

  6. Small Business Resource Center — When starting a new business, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get. Small Business Resource Center is like having experts on call 24 hours a day.

We have posted a comparison of the more popular online resources with the new online resources that have replace them.