Spotlight On “Academic Search Complete”

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Academic Search Complete, an EBSCO-hosted database, is a general database that the Union Library subscribes to. We call it a general database because you can find articles from many different subject areas, including sciences, mathematics, and humanities. Since this is an EBSCO database, you will find the search features and look of the site like many other databases. EBSCO allows you to search more than one database at a time. This is a nice feature because it makes your research more efficient.

Academic Search Complete starts you with an advanced search, which means you can use multiple search terms (topics or words to describe your topic). Academic Search Complete lets you filter results using date ranges, document type, location, publication, etc. You will also want to note the filters for full text (which makes sure you pull up full articles) and scholarly peer-reviewed articles (reviewed by an expert in the field). Many professors want peer-reviewed articles, so this filter can save you time and energy when searching.

I often recommend Academic Search Complete due to its simple interface and the numerous filters. Academic Search Complete pulls up results based on relevance; it also highlights your search terms within the record, so you know why that article was included in the results list. I also like being able to search in more than one database at the same time. There are some other great features in Academic Search Complete that a Research Coach would love to show you for improving your own research efforts.

Academic Search Complete is found on many of the research guides, but can also be accessed by going to the Databases, E-Books, and Media quick link on the library’s homepage. The databases are listed alphabetically- scroll until you see Academic Search Complete.

Spotlight On “The Biblical Archaeology Society Library”

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The Biblical Archaeology Society Library (BAS) is a database that our library subscribes to. Union students and employees can access this database by using the library website (click on the Databases quick link on the home page, and then scroll down the database list to find the BAS Library).

Through the BAS Library, students can explore special collections on King Herod the Great, Biblical Interpretation, Where Jesus Walked, The Birth of Jesus, Dead Sea Scrolls, and more. These special collections include videos, articles, and summaries of each topic. Three different publications are also available through the BAS Library: Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review, and Archaeology Odyssey. Readers will find helpful and accessible articles in each of these journals.

If you want to learn more about the Bible, Israeli history, and archaeology, visit the BAS Library.

Spotlight On “Career Transitions”

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Career Transitions is a database that can help you make the most of your job searching and career exploration efforts. Whether looking for tips about resumes, cover letters or simulating job interviews, this tool is helpful.

Using the popular O*NET OnLine system, Career Transitions can assess your career interests and allow you to browse career paths. You can also search for available schools and programs and read tips on applying.

One of the most helpful parts of Career Transitions is the resume/cover letter section. Here you will find examples of resumes and cover letters, as well as articles about how to make good ones. There are also videos provided!

To access Career Transitions, or any other database, simply go to the library website. Click on the “Databases” quick link, then scroll down the list of databases until you find Career Transitions. Accessing databases through the library website works much better than trying to Google them.

 

Top 5 Political Science Journals

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Political science is a constantly updating field, with new world leaders and policies being decided each day. Keep up with the latest news and theories in political science with these library-provided databases.

 

This collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.
This collection includes content from over 400 journals, covering all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.
Academic Search Complete is the world’s most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.

 

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GPO Monthly Catalog

Consists of records published by the GPO since July 1976. Includes references for documents to congressional committee reports and hearings, debates, documents from executive departments and more.
JSTOR is an archival database providing full-text access to back issues of scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines, many dating back to the 1800’s. Union has access to publications within the Arts & Sciences Collections 1-7.

Spotlight On “Books & Authors” Database

 

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Are you looking for a new book to read but aren’t sure where to start? Do you need to find a list of books in a specific genre? What about a list of award-winning books?

Books & Authors is a user-friendly database that answers all of your book-related questions. Here you can find recommendations on what to read next from famous authors, lists of award-winning novels, and descriptions of each literary genre. You can also search for specific books and authors or simply click on a link to learn more about a broader topic (such as mystery books or books written in a certain time period).

Another great aspect of Book & Authors is the unbiased, spoiler-free description of each book. You can browse through books to learn more about them without having anything spoiled. It’s a great way to become familiar with a new title that you might like to read.

You’ll find access to this fun, helpful database via our Databases, E-Books, and Media tab on the library website. If you need help accessing a database, please contact us on our library chat, through phone at 731-661-5070, or in person at our Research or Circulation desks.

Spotlight on Informe Académico

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Informe Académico is a Spanish language database provided by Gale resources. Its Latino magazines cover business, health, technology, culture, current affairs, and other subjects. If you do better research in Spanish, or if you are trying to practice your Spanish reading comprehension, this database will be helpful for you.

Like the other Gale databases, Informe Académico lists trending searches (búsquedas principales) on its front page. For example, the current most popular topics are Cambio climático, Desarrollo económico, México democracia, Narcotráfico, and Revolución Cubana.

Informe Académico has over 9 million articles and counting. When you need the latest news in Spanish, this database is a great place to look. Simply locate Informe Académico under the library’s “Databases, E-books, and Media” tab and click on it to access this important resource.

Top 5 English Literature Databases

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English majors are no strangers to writing papers, researching various texts, developing persuasive arguments, and integrating critical thinking. If you’re studying English, chances are you will need access to several different databases as you collect resources for your next assignment. Look no further: the library has you covered with the databases listed below.

 

MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography provides “indexing for journal articles, books and dissertations in modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.” Here you can find articles like “Disembodied Voice and Narrating Bodies in The Great Gatsby” and “Will, Change, and Power in the Poetry of Adrienne Rich.”

 

JSTOR

JSTOR’s not just a database, it’s a powerhouse of information with a strong social media presence. JSTOR is your go-to for older documents, high-quality scans, and quirky viewpoints. You can also narrow down your JSTOR search by discipline, which helps give you an idea of the many subjects they have content on.

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Literary Sources (Gale)

The great thing about Gale databases is their “Topic Finder:” a tool that helps you find new topics and connections when you enter in phrases. This Topic Finder can be a helpful resource in developing a thesis. Literary Sources features articles like “Hemingway’s Hunting: An Ecological Reconsideration” and “Edgar Allen Poe as a Major Influence on Allen Ginsburg.”

 

Fine Arts and Music Collection (Gale)

This database is particularly attuned to how literature connects with the arts. If you need research on a play or other dramatic works, this is a go-to database. With more than “150 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.”

 

Oxford English Dictionary

Need to define a tricky word, or want to discuss its etymology in your next research paper? The OED is here to help! It contains the meaning, pronunciation, and history of over 600,000 words.

 

 

 

 

Spotlight On The Testing & Education Reference Center Database

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The Testing & Education Reference Center has access to over 300 practice tests and courses for the GRE, GMAT, ACT, and more. Using this database, you can view resources for basic skills, high school level tests, undergraduate and graduate tests, and even career help.

For example, the TERC has a “Resume Writing” function, through a tool called “ResumeBuilder:”

Choose from more than 40 industries and select a resume design, and ResumeBuider will guide you through entering your information. You can access hundreds of brainstorming phrases, keywords, examples, and tips from the pros to help you along the way. When you’re done, you can save and print your final resume in Word, PDF, and more. You’ll also be able to email copies of your resume directly to potential employers and schools.

For international students, TERC has information on becoming a U.S. citizen and the TOEFL and TOEIC.

Regardless of what you’re studying for, it’s likely that the TERC database has access to prep guides and resource materials for you. Union students can access TERC through the library website- it’s listed under the Databases tab.

 

Top 5 Nursing Databases

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Nursing students not only learn from clinicals and hospital rotations- sometimes they have to research, too. If you’re a nursing major in need of a peer-reviewed article or health journal, the library has plenty of resources that will help. Listed below are 5 of the best nursing and health databases that the library provides.

 

1. Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)

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This database contains 25,951,793 articles. That’s a lot! Health Reference Center Academic has a “Topic Finder” option that helps students locate new topics or keywords and discover new connections found in the top results. It’s easy to use and a great place to start looking for resources.

 

2. CINAHL with Full Text (EBSCO)

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CINAHL stands for the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and it’s one of the largest nursing databases around. This resource provides full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL database. CINAHL databases claim to be “the most widely-used and respected research tools for nurses, students and allied health professionals around the globe.”

 

3. MEDLINE (EBSCO)

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MEDLINE is a great place to look for international research in medicine. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide.

 

4. UpToDate

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UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource and is “trusted at the point of care by clinicians worldwide.” Topics covered include anesthesiology, cardiovascular medicine, dermatology, family medicine, and more.

 

5. ScienceDirect

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Last but not least, ScienceDirect provides information on life sciences, health sciences, and related studies. Here you can not only search for journals, but also books and open access content.

*Click here to access our nursing-specific databases.

 

 

 

 

Using Choice Reviews Online

 

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For professors, Choice Reviews Online can be a life-saver. This database contains almost 200,000 reviews of academic titles, making it easy to weed out new titles that are unnecessary or to add essential material to your department.

The ratings icons that Choice Reviews uses are shown below:

 

  • Outstanding Academic Title icon
  • Outstanding Academic Title
  • Community College Recommended icon
  • Recommended for community colleges
  • Community College top 75 icon
  • “Top 75” highly recommended titles for community colleges

 

You can access Choice Reviews Online by using the library’s Databases tab on our website. From there, click the “(?)” tab on the Choice Reviews home page. The (?) tab explains how to best use Choice Reviews, featuring information on how to create an account, how to create a list, and how to search the databases.

Choice Reviews also offers video tutorials, which are linked below:

 

Further, you can view helpful Choice Review webinars like the one below:

 

To access more Choice Reviews tutorials, check out their YouTube account, Choice Media Channel.