Tag Archives: database

Resource Spotlight: CQ Researcher

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CQ Researcher is a weekly online magazine – each week has an in-depth report on a topic of current interest and provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day.

You can browse the reports (watch the dates, as reports can go back as far as the 1920s!) or search by a Hot Topic. There is also a Pro/Con section to help you understand both sides of an issue. Reports are detailed and provide a chronology and references.

For help using this resource, see the User Guide or view our quick tutorial:

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Resource Spotlight: Nursing & Allied Health Database

Proquest2This database is just one of the great health databases we offer here at ECC Library.  The Nursing & Allied Health Database via ProQuest includes full text journals and dissertations plus Systematic Reviews, Evidence Summaries, and Best Practice Information Sheets from the Joanna Briggs Institute.

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The default search is a Basic Search. However, the Advanced Search option also lets you restrict your search by population age, sex, and date. You have all the other great functions you have with all our databases, such as citation tools, print options, emailing, etc.

One of the strengths of this database is that it provides MeSH headings (Medical Subject Headings) for each result. These can also be searched in the Advanced Search option. MeSH provide a controlled vocabulary that you can use for research, which can help you retrieve the most relevant results, and can also provide you with additional keywords when searching other databases and the internet.  For example, when you search for scholarly sources in the medical field, those sources are most likely to use the formal term, such as NEOPLASMS, rather than the popular term of CANCER. MeSH can help you determine what those terms may be.

From the U.S. National Library of Medicine site:

Many synonyms, near-synonyms, and closely related concepts are included as entry terms to help users find the most relevant MeSH descriptor for the concept they are seeking. In NLM’s online databases, many terms entered by searchers are automatically mapped to MeSH descriptors to facilitate retrieval of relevant information.

If you want help using the Nursing and Allied Health database or any of our databases, please contact the library’s Reference Desk at 847-214-7354 or libref@elgin.edu.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

For faculty: How to find a journal title in the library’s print/online collections

Full Text Finder is a service you would use if you want to know if a magazine or journal article can be found in its entirety (full text) through our library’s collection.  Many of these journals also allow you to create an RSS Feed and/or Create an Alert, so you can keep up with the latest articles in your discipline.

Find Full Text Finder on the Article Databases webpage, by choosing “F” on the alphabetical list. It is also located under the Research drop down box on our home page under Find a Specific Journal.

To use Full Text Finder, simply type in the title you want to search.FTF search

Once you search the title, if the title is available in our collections, you will get a screen like this, with your link to the full text access:FTF results

You can also browse the journals by discipline (subject area). Click on the subject you want to explore, such as Biology, History, Marketing, etc:FTF discipline

If you need help using this tool or finding out if we carry a particular title, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Bloomberg QuickTakes in CREDO Reference

As part of the CREDO Reference database, you now have access to Bloomberg QuickTakes, which are billed as “hard to explain topics, explained simply.”  This is a great place to go to get a basic and reliable explanation of an issue.

Once you do a search on the topic of your choice, if there is a QuickTake for the topic, it will appear under the left sidebar, under Filter Your Search: Real Time Reference:

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Here is an example of an explanation of Bitcoin.

QuickTakes are not available on every topic; however, CREDO Reference itself has a great number of definitions and encyclopedic entries that can help you understand a topic.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian, with contributions from Marge Schildknecht, Public Services Librarian

 

 

Resource Spotlight: Primary Resources

Primary and secondary resources are both important parts of the research process. Primary resources can provide you with a first-hand account of an event as it happened and give you immediate reaction uncolored by distance from the event.

This video explains primary and secondary resources:

The ECC Library subscribes to many resources that have a primary resource focus. To this end, we have created a Primary Sources Research Guide which will walk you through books, databases, newspapers, and more available to you free.

Some to check out:

Librarians are happy to help you navigate or explore these resources; contact us!
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: PsycArticles & PsycInfo

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When students have research to do for psychology class and they need high quality, credible, academic information, they turn to PsycArticles & PsycInfo. But have you considered other aspects of your topic that may have a psychological component?

For example:

  • You may be doing business research on marketing to certain segments of the population. PsycArticles may have research on buying habits and the psychological basis for them.
  • Maybe you are working on a paper on coaching in sports. If you are taking an approach that discusses the role of coach and parents, PsycInfo may have some good information on how that dynamic plays a role in the success of the athlete.

The difference between the two is that PsycArticles contains full text professional psychology journals, whereas PsycInfo has a more comprehensive overview of psychology research and may be full text, abstracts, or just citations.

To use these databases, go to the Article Databases link on the library’s webpage. The databases are in alphabetical order, or you can click on the “P” to jump to those databases.

You will need your Student ID activated as your library card to use these databases from off campus. If you need assistance using the database, please contact the library.

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–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Ethnic News Watch

proquestEthnic News Watch is a database that covers both current and past newspapers, magazines, and journals from ethnic, minority, and native presses. The complete collection also includes the module Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.

This full-text collection covers more than 2.5 million articles from over 340 publications. It is a great place to research on topics related to:

    • Ethnic groups
    • Minorities
    • Multi-cultural
    • Human rights
    • Activism
    • …and individual ethnicities from around the globe
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian