Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spot Light on Databases

Located within the Access/Research Services Department on the main floor of the Library, the Electronic Resources Center (ERC),  provides computer workstations for access to a wide range of electronic resources (including research databases, e-journals and online dictionaries & encyclopedias) via the Benedict College network and the Internet.  The ERC’s mission is to provide an electronic research environment where students, faculty and staff can readily access academic journal content that supports assignments.  ERC staff facilitate this process by teaching students methods to enhance their understanding of how to consistently reach research objectives.   
Major research databases available through the Benedict College Library Electronic Reference Center are described below, but  before getting started with your online research, take a few moments to view to an online tutorial, from YouTube,on how to use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT).   Skillful use of Boolean Operators is key to successful search strategy development.  Contact ERC staff for additional assistance and information.  
 EbscoHost (800 full text journals) — Includes subject area research journals for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Health, Military and Government, World Literature, Business and research starter topics.  
 DISCUSLOGODISCUS (Digital Information of South Carolina Users) –Users may access scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers–many with full text and images.  Consists of journal databases that serve many college level research assignments.  The subject areas include: Health and Wellness, Social Science, Business and Company, General Business Files ASAP and Expanded Academic (from arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, Expanded Academic meets research needs across all academic disciplines. 
 J-Stor is one the premier journal research databases.  Humanities, natural science, economics and literature content are accessed in this peer-reviewed, high-powered research tool.
 Bloomberg is the world leader in financial data, news and market reporting.  Real time reporting ensures up-to-the-minute financial data, business and world news.  Bloomberg  is a School of Business (BEMA) exclusive user research database that covers pertinent news issues from across the world.
 CustomerHomeBannerNewsBank highlights real-time news and current events from newspapers and news-wires around the world in science, economics, world environment, etc.  Coverage is from 1992 to the present.  Maps are included.
  proquest_logoProquest Science Journals provides unmatched research support for both the applied and general sciences.  It includes over 600 titles.
Films on Demand
Provides access to over 6,000 streaming videos; contents includes educational videos on business and economics; humanities and social sciences; science and mathematics; health and medicine; family and consumer science; careers and job search; guidance and counseling; and technical education.
Social Work Abstract
Contains more than 45,000 records, spanning from 1968 to the present, from social work and other related journals;including NASW Clinical Register.
Mary Ann Liebert Online
Provides electronic access to peer-reviewed science journals; content exceeds 28,000 papers from more than fifty five authoritative journals. 
Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection
Offers over 185 subject dictionaries with 1.5 million entries across 25 subjects; English dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries of French, German, Spanish and Italian. 
A digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present and manage information for research and pedagogical purposes.

Would you like to have any of the Databases demonstrated to you?  Just let us know.  We are here to help you!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spot Light on Reference Books

  • Barker, Robert. Dictionary of Social Work.
  • Borgatta, Edgar. Encyclopedia of Sociology.
  • Darnay, Arsen J. Encyclopedia of Small Business
  • Davies, Martin. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Work.
  • Ginsberg, Leon. Social Work Almanac
  • Mizrahi, Terry. Encyclopedia of Social Work
  • Nemeh, Katherine, American Men and Women of Science
  • Postman, Robert. Barron's How to Prepare for the Praxis I, PPST/CBT Pre-Professional Skills Test
  • Schroeder, Donald. Police Officer Exam
  • Szuchman, Lenore. Writing With Style APA Style for Social Work.
  • Thomson/Peterson. Preparation for the Praxiz I: PPST Exam
  • Thurman, Quint. Criminal Justice Research Sources
  • Tonry, Michael. The Handbook of Crime and Punishment
  • U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Young, Robyn.  World of Chemistry  
*All resources are located in the reference section.