Monday, December 29, 2008

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

The Library also began a subscription to the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) Complete online. The DLB provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

Phytopathology journals now online

The Library converted our subscription to journals from the American Phytopathological Society to online only with 2009, and our electronic access is already active. You can now access the following journals via the Library's Electronic Resources Gateway:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two new databases

The Library was recently given a little extra money from the Legislature to support electronic resources purchasing, and two new database subscriptions started with this money are now available via the Electronic Resources Gateway.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
CLC-Select is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors.

DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index
Design & Applied Arts Index (DAAI) covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century, surveying disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metalsmithing, graphic design, fashion and clothing, textiles, furniture, interior design, architecture, computer aided design, Web design, computer-generated graphics, animation, product design, industrial design, garden design, and landscape architecture.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Three medical journals go electronic

You can expect a lot of new electronic resources to appear in the UHM Library Electronic Resources Gateway over the next month or so. Today we added the electronic versions of three medical journals from Mary Ann Liebert that the Library previously subscribed to in print form. Converting our subscription type means we now have online access to articles back to 1999 from these journals:

New electronic handbooks

The Library has picked up three new digital reference books in the communications field. The following are now available via the Electronic Resources Gateway:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nursing@Ovid Trial

The UH Manoa Library has a free trial to the Nursing@Ovid database. You can access the trial here: The trial runs through Dec. 18, 2008. Nursing@Ovid will allow you to search nursing titles available via Ovid as well as the CINAHL and PubMed databases simultaneously via the Ovid Universal Search feature.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

ScienceDirect outage this weekend

ScienceDirect, the online platform for Elsevier journals, will be down for scheduled maintenance this Saturday, Nov. 15, starting at 3 a.m. Hawaii time. The outage is scheduled to last until noon of the same day.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa currently has access to approximately 2,000 journals via ScienceDirect.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

ScienceDirect outage this weekend

ScienceDirect, the online platform for Elsevier journals, will be down for scheduled maintenance this Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at 3 p.m. Hawaii time. The outage is scheduled to last until 3 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, Hawaii time.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa currently has access to approximately 2,000 journals via ScienceDirect.

Free trials

The Library recently added three free trials to our Electronic Resources Gateway.

Roper Center iPOLL database
The Roper Center is the largest archives of public opinion information. Access is provided to iPOLL, a comprehensive database of 500,000 questions and answers asked in the US since 1935. All of the major polling organizations in the US are included in this system.

Research Starters - Business
Research Starters - Education
Research Starters are study and research guides designed specifically for advanced high school students, college students and selected graduate students. They consist of comprehensive, yet concise topic summary articles of about 3,000 words in length written by researchers, scholars and other subject matter experts.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Electronic Resources logins by UH username only

In order to increase Web site security, if you are outside the Library, you will only be able to log in to use Electronic Resources via UH username and password beginning Jan. 12, 2009. This should actually also make it less confusing for most students as most UH services, such as e-mail, MyUH, and Laulima, only allow UH username access. However, if you do not already have a UH username, please go to to request one.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Encyclopedia of Language and Education

The Library now has electronic access to Encyclopedia of Language and Education. The 10 volume encyclopedia offers the newest developments including two new volumes of research and scholarly content essential to the field of language teaching and learning in the age of globalization.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Two new e-encyclopedia

Two new encyclopedias are now available via the Electronic Resources Gateway.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

WDI Online

Our Business Librarian has started a subscription to the World Development Indicators Online from the World Bank. You can access this database via the Library's Electronic Resources Gateway at

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

eBooks now available in eJournal Portal

You can now find eBooks in our eJournal Portal managed by Serials Solutions. (For more info on why we use a third-party management service, please read my May post, Big update, with a bit of background.) The biggest plus is that you will now be able to find the eBooks we have access to in the Safari Technical Books collection. Due to the fluidity of this collection, we did not have title-level entries in the eResources Gateway or the online catalog. Now, via the eJournal Portal, you can find out if we have access to books on everything from using Windows to perl scripting.

To search for eBooks, go to our eJournal Portal and select from the drop-down menu to search by "Title contains all words" (unless you know the exact title of the book you're searching for).

For example, if you search for Title contains all words "iphone," you'll find we currently have access to five titles via Safari related to the iPhone (or at least that have iPhone in the title).

One problem with searching by "Title contains all words" though is that the search does not recognize special characters such as +. So, if you try searching for Title contains all worlds "C++," the search will think you're only searching for "C," which is not a word, and return no results. (We do have access to some books on C++ though, so visit the Safari site to find them.)

Two other big eBook collections now available at title-level via our eJournal Portal:

This subscribed collection currently has 38,000+ titles and is constantly growing.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg provides free online access to more than 25,000 books in the public domain.

Coming soon: eBook data should be available in the UHM Electronic Resources Gateway in a few months, to provide one-stop shopping for all electronic resources!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Senses

SciTech recently purchased access to The Senses, a six-volume reference set on the anatomy, physiology, and molecular biology of sensory organs. You can access the title here:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New journals and one new access point

SciTech recently started an electronic subscription to the British Journal of Pharmacology. You can access the title via the Library's Electronic Resources Gateway at

The following titles are now available online via Informaworld, electronic home of Taylor & Francis journals:

Also, 2008+ issues of the journal Economic Botany are now available via SpringerLink, electronic home of Springer journals. This journal was previously available via BioOne but was transferred to Springer this year. You can still access issues from 2002-2007 via the BioOne version.

Thank you to Eileen Herring for catching Economic Botany's migration.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ScienceDirect outage this weekend

ScienceDirect, the online home of Elsevier journals, will be down for a scheduled upgrade this weekend. The outage is currently scheduled to start Friday, Aug. 1, at 11:30 p.m. HST and last till Saturday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. HST. This of course is an estimate, so ScienceDirect may come back sooner, or if they run into problems, take longer to return.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa currently has access to approximately 2,000 journals via ScienceDirect.

Korean database trials

oops, I've been delinquent in updating. The two biggest recent additions are trials for two new Korean databases


E-Korean Studies

Both trials run through Oct. 31, 2008. You must use Internet Explorer to access these databases.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Blackwell, Wiley journals down this weekend

Both Blackwell Synergy and Wiley Interscience, the journal delivery interfaces for Blackwell and Wiley titles, respectively, will be down this weekend. The intended schedule for the outages are as follows:

  • Today, 3 p.m. HST: Blackwell Synergy goes down
  • Tonight, 11 p.m. HST: Wiley Interscience goes offline
  • Sunday, 3 p.m. HST: Wiley Interscience returns, with Blackwell journals now incorporated

The reason for the outage is Wiley bought Blackwell Publishing last year, and this weekend are migrating all Blackwell journal content to the Wiley platform.

The UH Manoa Library has access to nearly 1,000 journal titles via Blackwell and Wiley combined.

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)

You can now access the Homeland Security Digital Library via From the HSDL site:

The Homeland Security Digital Library is composed of homeland security related documents collected from a wide variety of sources. These include federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies, professional organizations, think tanks, academic institutions, and international governing bodies. Resources are carefully selected and evaluated by a team of librarians and subject-matter specialists.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

American Sociological Association journals

We just activated our online access to the journals from the American Sociological Association. You can now access the following titles online:

American Sociological Review
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews
Social Psychology Quarterly
Sociology of Education
Teaching Sociology

International Financial Statistics Online

BHSD has purchased a subscription to International Financial Statistics Online from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). You can access the database at

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

One new database and two moving journals

UH Manoa, along with a couple of the other community colleges, have purchased CINAHL with Full Text via EBSCO. For those of you who don't know, CINAHL stands for Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Access the database via the UHM Gateway at

Also the Royal Society of Medicine journals are moving to the Highwire platform. You should now access these journals here:

Laboratory Animals
Tropical Doctor

The previous links are still available and active, but expect them to disappear in mid-June.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Big update, with a bit of background

For those of you unfamiliar with the world of libraries (and perhaps even for some of you who are), I thought I'd offer some background on where the data that populates the UHM Electronic Resources Gateway comes from. The Gateway is actually a compilation of two sets of information about the resources to which the University of Hawaii at Manoa has access. Approximately 14,000 electronic journals, databases and books in the Gateway are managed locally by us. These are individual titles and stable collections that the UHM Library or the medical school's Health Sciences Library has subscribed to on behalf of the campus. However, there are an additional 40,000 or so titles in the Gateway that are managed for us by a third-party company called Serials Solutions.

Why farm out some of our electronic resource management duties? It's the easiest and most cost-effective way to make sure our access information for all these resources are up to date. Most of these 40,000 titles are located in full-text aggregated databases such as EBSCO's Academic Search Premier. In such a database, the aggregator, such as EBSCO, licenses certain years worth of full text from many publishers, big and small, and adds the content to its databases. These enhanced databases give us access to many more journals than we would be able to access via our subscriptions alone. However, the aggregators are constantly working with the publishers on the material they license, and as a result the content we have access to in each aggregated database is constantly fluctuating -- new titles come in, existing titles go away.

With this much regular movement within aggregated collections, it would be impractical for an aggregator such as EBSCO to regularly send out title lists for its databases to its thousands of subscribing libraries, many of whom probably only have no more than a handful of staff who maintain their electronic collections. So instead, the aggregator provides updated title data to a management company such as Serials Solutions, and they keep track of all the changes and nicely package up the information for their library clients to export. We pick up their nice package of information about the 40,000 or so titles we have access to via aggregated databases and throw it into the Gateway regularly (usually once a month).

All this is a long way of saying that we ran the Serials Solutions update today. Our total title count came out to about 200 more than before. This was actually the second time this month that we ran the update, as we recently asked Serials Solutions to start tracking our Project Euclid collections for us. These titles are now in the Gateway.

You can also access Serials Solutions data directly via our e-Journal Portal. This may be more up-to-date for titles in aggregated databases as Serials Solutions updates the Portal on a daily basis.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

TGIF on Tuesday

Sci/Tech has purchased access to the Turfgrass Information Center (TGIF) from Michigan State. Access TGIF via the UHM Electronic Resources Gateway at

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is currently participating in a free trial to the Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. The trial runs through June 15, 2008. Access the trial at