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Resource Spotlight: Plunkett Research

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Logo image via Plunkett Research

If you are doing business research, we have several business-specific databases you can use.  One such resource is Plunkett Research.  Plunkett provides industry trends, statistics, and analysis on companies and industries. Plunkett’s database offers information on over 25,000 public companies and 4,000 private companies. Using Plunkett’s can help you determine industry trends and opportunities. Used in conjunctions with business article databases, this resource can help provide you with the “big picture” on a company, industry, or trend.

Want to learn more? Check out this video for an overview, see Plunkett’s FAQ or tutorials, or come see a librarian!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: NEW! HeinOnline

HeinOnlineHeinOnline is a new database that includes 2,300 full text journals, comprehensive coverage of government documents, all United States treaties, constitutions from every country in the world, and several specialized collections.

In addition to the vast law collection, there is a specialized database called Slavery In America and the World: History, Culture, and Law.  This collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including statutes, court cases, and other primary and secondary documents.

This new database collection covers many subject areas, including law, government, history, and sociology.  To access HeinOnline, go to the Article Databases list and choose H, or find it on the Subject listing Government & Law.

Resource Spotlight: Science in Context

scienceincontext2The Science in Context Database provides authoritative, credible sources in every major area of science, including individual articles and encyclopedias related to science.

As it states in the title, this database shows how science relates to real world issues and allows you to search millions of full text articles from journals, newspapers, and magazines worldwide. When you search, you will get an overview that will often also include audio, video, biographies, and more.

One of the great features of many of the Gale databases is the ability to sign into your Google account and highlight/save directly to your Google Drive, keeping your research organized. Gale will create a folder for you, saving your highlights and downloaded materials intact. You can also save links to videos in your Google bookmarks. Once in Science In Context, sign into your Google account as noted below. galegoogle

Contact the library if you need help with the database or have questions about saving your research.

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian



Resource Spotlight: Lexis Nexis Academic News

Lexis newsThe ECC Library’s Lexis Nexis Database contains three types of searchable subjects: News, Company Info, and Legal information.  Today we want to focus on some great aspects of the News portion of the database.

Lexis’ News offers over 2,300 newspaper resources and provides a global perspective. Highlights include:

  • Today’s Front page news-international perspectives on what is happening today
  • Hot Topics Links– recent information on topics, updated continually to be current up to 3 weeks

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  • Web news (separate tab in results list)-this tab (highlighted above) links out to over 300 web news sources not included in the newspaper subscriptions through Lexis.

Once you have identified a resource, you have convenient options for saving and citing that resource.Lexis tech

  • The first three icons are for printing, emailing, and saving.
  • The open book icon is to cite the resource.  You have the choice of MLA, APA, and Chicago style.
  • The cloud and arrow icon is to upload your result(s) to either Dropbox or to Google Drive.

The Lexis Nexis database has so much more to offer!  If you want to learn more, contact the librarians.

–Maria Bagshaw, Reference Librarian


Resource Spotlight: Finding information by Subject

It’s easy to be overwhelmed…the library has over 80 databases full of information on all subjects!  But what if you are not sure where to start your research?

Your best bet is to search by subject.

To search for online articles on a certain subject:

  • Click on the Article Databases link from the library’s webpage
  • Click the drop down box that says All SubjectsSubject db
  • Click on your subject area
  • Your list of the best databases for that subject will appear; you can choose from those databases to begin your search.

To search for a book in the library’s catalog:

  • Go to the library’s webpage
  • Click the drop down box that says Keyword and choose SubjectSubject books
  • Type in a general subject
  • Click Submit
  • This works best for general subjects (business, childhood education, etc.) Library subject headings are very specific so if you don’t get a good selection, try looking up a book and then click on the subject listed on the book entry’s record:

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As always, contact the library if you have questions or need help!

Full Text Finder: your gateway to full text article access

Full Text Finder is a new name for our old EBSCO A-Z search for periodical titles.  You would use Full Text Finder if you want to know if a magazine or journal article can be found in its entirety through our library’s collection.

Once you click on the link for 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

Find Full Text Finder on the right side of the Article Databases webpage, or by choosing “F” on the alphabetical list.

Full Text Finder

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

New Database: Science in Context

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We are pleased to announce that the library has a one-year subscription to Science In Context through our Gale database subscription.

Science In Context features authoritative information covering all major science topics and provides topic overviews, biographies, periodical articles from noted publications, images and videos, detailed experiments from Experiment Central, biographies, and dictionaries. The interface is similar to our Opposing Viewpoints database.

To access this database, go to Article Databases–> General–> Gale and then find Science In Context on the list.

This database access expires March 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact libref@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7354.