A few new offerings have been added to library Research Databases, based on trials we did in the Spring. Here are the details:
This periodical database features some of the highest-impact journals in the field, such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. When we tried out this database in the Spring, it quickly became one of our most-used sources of full-text articles. Journals in this database have no embargo period; in other words, the most recent issues are included, which isn’t always the case in our databases.
A couple notes:
- It turns out that the price we were given is a “first-year” price, with a significant increase next year, so it is not clear we will have the database past June 2015. We’ve put a note to that effect in the description of the database on our listings page.
- This is not the only place to go for psychology periodicals; important journals are also found in the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, ScienceDirect, MEDLINE, and JSTOR. One solution is to use OneSearch for your periodicals searching; there is even an experimental feature where you can limit your searching to psychology-related material.
RAND California & US
This database provides statistical information on a large number of topics. We find that students are often looking for information on topics including criminal justice (how many people are incarcerated in the California?), income (number of children in poverty in the US?), and education (what is the high school dropout rate and does it vary by race or ethnicity?). Much of this information is available via various government websites. RAND has pulled together many of the most-requested items and made them easy to find in a single database, making available tables that you can eyeball for the number you need or download to Excel or similar software for further analysis or mashups.
This database is replacing last year’s offering of the Statistical Abstract from ProQuest, which saw little use and was not quite as user-friendly as RAND’s product.
This database includes educational videos covering history, the sciences, and the arts. All the videos are closed-captioned. While these videos should be embeddable in D2L courses, we are running into some problems with doing so, so for now please just link to the site itself.
Many of the programs include downloadable supplementary documents and lesson plans. We are also thinking of this as a one-year trial, to see how interesting it is to the campus at large. So please, let us know if this is the sort of thing you need from the library!