How-To

EBSCOhost now available as Android application

Ebscohost has just announced the launch of an Android application, in addition to its iPad/iPhone application.  To install, please follow the steps outlined below, they are identical for Android and the previously announced iPhone/iPad application (see post from May 2011).  Both Sections A and B below must be completed.

A. From a web browser on your computer or on your Android phone or tablet:

  1. Connect to the Ebscohost Mobile interface by clicking here : Ebscohost Mobile.
  2. Click the “Select/Deselect All” check box and click on “Continue”.
  3. Click the link “New: EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications”.
  4. Enter your e-mail address.  This must be the e-mail that you have configured in your device. In order for the Ebscohost authentication to work correctly, you must be able to click the links they provide in an e-mail from an eMail application on your device.  It will not work if you open your e-mail in a web browser!

B. From your Android phone or tablet:

  1. Open the e-mail sent to you by Ebscohost using your eMail application on your device and click the first link to install the application.
  2. Once the application is installed, click the second link in the e-mail. This will authenticate your installation with Ebscohost and allow you to have the same access as if you had connected to Ebscohost via the findit.lu portal.

If you have any questions, contact us at help [at] consortium [dot] lu.

Focus on … Linguistics

Looking for information in the linguistics arena?  Why not try these electronic resources available on findit.lu?

Francis

The FRANCIS database is created by the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (INIST-CNRS) in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France and is an invaluable resource for research libraries. FRANCIS is a multilingual, multidisciplinary database covering the humanities and social sciences. Its broad subject areas and international scope make it an ideal stand-alone social science database, as well as a suitable complement for more specialised databases. FRANCIS is strong in areas such as archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, religion, and sociology. The database contains approximately 2 million records, with abstracts in French or English, and descriptors in both languages, and includes coverage of journals, books, conference papers and other documents.

FRANCIS can be accessed directly by clicking here or can be searched within the findit.lu portal. Find out how by clicking here.

Modern Language Association International Bibliography

The Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography indexes books, articles and dissertations published on modern languages, literature, folklore, and linguistics, providing coverage from 1926 to the present from all over the world. It includes the MLA Thesaurus or Subject Guide providing the user with a means to obtain highly precise results, to discover related terms on which to search, and to develop ideas for refining or expanding your research.

The MLA International Bibliography also includes the MLA’s Directory of Periodicals, which offers detailed information on more than 5,500 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the Bibliography. The entries include editorial contact information as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.

JSTOR Language & Linguistics

JSTOR is a not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.

The 58 titles in the JSTOR Language & Linguistics Collection span the literary cultures of many different countries, containing articles in several languages, including Arabic, Italian, and German. Developed with the help of the Modern Language Association, the collection includes PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association of America, and a range of core journals in the diverse fields of literary criticism that have emerged in the last thirty years.

Credo Reference Language

Credo Reference provides authoritative content that covers every major subject – from art to medicine, psychology to history, and technology to literature. The award-winning titles in Credo Reference are from over eighty of the world’s leading academic publishers. Proposed content undergoes a highly-selective process before being chosen for the Credo platform and is selected from a range of reference types – including general and subject encyclopaedias, dictionaries, biographies, bibliographies, chronologies, handbooks, atlases, and more. Credo’s collections are continuously updated to reflect the most relevant, up-to-date content.

Credo Reference’s technology enhances the content by adding millions of cross-reference links – related entries – that cut across topics, titles and publishers to deliver accurate, contextual results from across the entire collection. The Concept Map, a data visualization tool, is ideal for visual learners for brainstorming and the discovery of related content.

Some of the titles provided in Credo Reference’s Language Collection are:

  • Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language
  • Concise Encyclopaedia of Sociolinguistics
  • Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics
  • Key Ideas in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language
  • Key Thinkers in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language
  • Word Origins

 

This has just been a sampling of the principal resources available in Linguistics.  Click here for access to the full list of resources.

 

 

To download this article as a PDF file, click here.

Focus on … Computer Science

Looking to get started on a project in computer science but don’t know where to begin your research?  Why not try these electronic resources available on findit.lu?

ACM Digital Library

The ACM Digital Library provides access to the full text of articles from journals, newsletters and conference proceedings published by ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. It also has bibliographic citations from other major publishers in computing although not all of these will be available in full-text.

The ACM Digital Library can be searched in two different ways:

  1. Click here to connect to the ACM Digital Library and search using its interface. A useful video tutorial produced by the Cannavino Library in New York explains how to use the interface.
  2. Add ACM Digital Library to your list of preferred databases and search using the findit.lu portal.  Find out how by clicking here.

IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore is a gateway to the most vital information in the computing and engineering industry with access to journal articles, conference proceedings and standards helping you to advance in computer hardware and software innovation.  Here is just a sampling of IEEE content:

Journals

  • IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
  • IEEE Internet Computing Magazine
  • IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
  • IEEE Design and Test of Computers Magazine
  • IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine
  • IEEE Computer Architecture Letters

Standards

  • 1364-2006: IEEE Standard for Verilog Hardware Description Language
  • 1076-2008: IEEE Standard for VHDL Language Reference Manual
  • 830-1998: IEEE Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specifications
  • 829-1998: IEEE Standard for Software Test Documentation

Conference Proceedings

  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
  • IEEE Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems
  • IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering
  • International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation

IEEE Xplore can be accessed directly by clicking here or can be searched directly within the findit.lu portal. Find out how by clicking here.

Video tutorials on how to use IEEE Xplore are available on the IEEE website here.

Computers and Applied Sciences Complete

Computers and Applied Sciences Complete (CASC) covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. It contains collected knowledge on traditional engineering challenges & research, and is a resource for research concerning the business and social implications of new technology. CASC provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 2,200 academic journals, professional publications with full text available for more than 1,000 periodicals. Subject areas include the many engineering disciplines, computer theory & systems, new technologies, and social & professional context.

As for the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore, CASC can be searched directly within its own interface on Ebsco (click here) or by adding it to your list of preferred databases and search using the findit.lu portal.  Find out how by clicking here.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science / Springer e-Books

The series, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) from Springer, has established itself as a medium for the publication of new developments in computer science and information technology research and teaching – quickly, informally, and at a high level.

All volumes are published simultaneously in printed version and electronically, most of them in time for conferences, and selected titles in the print library have also been added to the digital library. The LNCS digital library holds over 35,000 papers written by over 50,000 individual scientists and professionals.

Also available is access to the full Springer e-book collection from 2005 to present day.

 

This has just been a sampling of the principal resources available in Computer Science.  Click here for access to the full list of resources.

 

 

To download this article as a PDF file, click here

Focus on … Art and Artists

Looking for information regarding works of art and their artists?  Why not try these electronic resources available on findit.lu?

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon / Artists of the World (AKL)

The database Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon Online / Artists of the World Online is the world’s most contemporary, reliable and extensive reference work on artists. It contains authoritative, up-to-date biographical information on more than 1 million artists.

The database offers biographies in full text from A to Z. The greatly extended scope is due to the incorporation of the renowned Thieme-Becker/Vollmer encyclopaedia, the Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon and the Lexikon der Künstlerinnen into the database. The number of full-text biographies doubled, as did the number of articles appearing not only in German but also in the original language.

The database now offers articles “online first”. This means that the articles are published online immediately, often long before they appear in print. Several thousand art history sources are evaluated on an ongoing basis for the database, and the content is continually updated and expanded.

ARTbibliographies Modern

ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogues, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.

ABM is the premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography since its invention. It includes abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. The coverage of ABM is wide-ranging and includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artist’s books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today. Through a single gateway users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.

Oxford Art Online provides complete access to Grove Art Online, the foremost scholarly art encyclopaedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. The content of Grove Art encompasses all aspects of visual culture. It features articles about topics as varied as Fauvism and Frida Kahlo, bibliographies for further research, and thousands of searchable images made available through Oxford’s partnerships with museums, galleries, and other outstanding arts organizations. Grove Art is a living resource, with scholars and specialists from around the world continually reviewing and updating existing content and contributing new articles. In addition to the vast number of entries on the visual arts, Grove Art features a host of exceptional learning resources that organize the content for use in art and art history classrooms, making Grove Art an essential source for scholars and students alike.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences

JSTOR is a not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.

The 185 titles in the JSTOR Art & Art History Collection span the artistic cultures of many different countries as well as time periods.  A sampling of titles includes:

  • American Art Journal
  • Archives of Asian Art
  • Berliner Museen
  • Fine Arts Journal
  • Kunst des Orients
  • Modern Art

 

This has just been a sampling of the principal resources available on Art and Artists.  Click here for access to the full list of resources.

 

 

To download this article as a PDF file, click here.

Focus on … Psychology

Need to do some research in the psychology domain? Why not try these electronic resources available on findit.lu?

PsycARTICLES

PsycARTICLES is a database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group.

PsycARTICLES is recognized worldwide as a leading full text source for academic, research and practice literature in psychology and related disciplines. Featuring a continuously growing number of significant and highly regarded periodicals, PsycARTICLES is an unmatched resource for information in behavioural science.

PsycARTICLES can be accessed from within the National Library of Luxembourg, the University of Luxembourg, the Centre de Recherche Gabriel Lippmann, the Centre de Recherche Henri Tudor and the Centre de Recherche Santé.

PsycINFO

PsycINFO is an expansive abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioural sciences and mental health, making it an ideal discovery and linking tool for scholarly research in a host of disciplines.

PsycINFO covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology, physiology and linguistics.

PsycINFO can be accessed from within the National Library of Luxembourg, the University of Luxembourg, the Centre de Recherche Gabriel Lippmann, the Centre de Recherche Henri Tudor and the Centre de Recherche Santé.

Oxford University Press Journals

Oxford Journals is a division of Oxford University Press, which is a department of Oxford University. Oxford Journals publishes well over 230 academic and research journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organizations.

Their mission, as part of the University, is to bring the highest quality research to the widest possible audience.

The Oxford Journals Collection can be accessed directly by clicking here or can be searched directly within the findit.lu portal. Find out how by clicking here.

Francis

The FRANCIS database is created by the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (INIST-CNRS) in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France and is an invaluable resource for research libraries. FRANCIS is a multilingual, multidisciplinary database covering the humanities and social sciences. Its broad subject areas and international scope make it an ideal stand-alone social science database, as well as a suitable complement for more specialised databases. FRANCIS is strong in areas such as archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, religion, and sociology. The database contains approximately 2 million records, with abstracts in French or English, and descriptors in both languages, and includes coverage of journals, books, conference papers and other documents.

As for the Oxford Journals Collection, FRANCIS can be accessed directly by clicking here or can be searched within the findit.lu portal. Find out how by clicking here.

 

This has just been a sampling of the principal resources available in Psychology.  Click here for access to the full list of resources.

 

 

To download this article as a PDF file, click here.

How to set up e-TOC alerts for the Ovid Platform

Creating electronic Table of Contents (e-TOC) alerts for Ovid Journals is now easy and straight forward with the new OvidSP Interface.

1. Connect to the Ovid platform

Navigate to www.findit.lu and search for databases containing the word Ovid, or click here.

Then, click on one of the entries to get into the Ovid platform.  I recommend using PsycArticles.

2.  Choose your journal

Once in the Ovid platform, click on the Journals tab …

and then click on the title of your desired journal. You can use the search box and the filters on the left-hand side to find the journal which interests you.  In my example, I have chosen “European Psychologist”.

3. Set-up your eTOC alert

Once you are at the main page of your desired journal, click on the Email link on the top right-hand side of the journal title section.

A new page will open requesting your e-mail address and whether or not you would like the emails in text or html format.

Enter your details and click on the “Subscribe” button.  You will receive a confirmation screen indicating the journal name, your e-mail address and the subscription type.

You can also manage your subscriptions by going directly to eTOCs Subscription Management page.  In this case, don’t forget to click on the “Update” button to save your changes.

 

For other tips and tricks on using the Ovid Platform, check out their Training and Documentation page which includes web-based instructor-led training as well as tutorials you can do on your own.

The How-To Series / Manuel d’Utilisation – #10

Episode 10: What information do I need to find an article and how do I search for it?

In the course of your research, you may come across an article which you would like to find via the portal. This last episode looks at what information you need to find an article and how you do it.

First of all, the more information you have about the article the better. The following is a complete list of information that will help you to easily locate the article:

  • Journal Title – as exactly as possible including words like “the” and “journal”.
  • ISSN – a standardized international code which allows the identification of any journal publication, including electronic journals.
  • Date – the date of publication. At a minimum, at least the year in which the article was published.
  • Volume and Issue – the volume and issue (if any) in which the article was published.
  • Start Page and End Page – the start page and end page of the article. These two pieces of information are not so important.
  • Article Title – as exactly as possible in order to have a precise search.
  • Author – at least their last name.
  • DOI – The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) System is used to identify content objects in a digital environment. DOI names are assigned to any entity for use on digital networks and are used to provide current information, including where they (or information about them) can be found on the Internet.

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Leçon 10: De quelles informations ai-je besoin pour trouver un article et comment le rechercher?

Au cours de votre recherche, vous tomberez probablement sur un article que vous souhaiterez trouver par le biais du portail.

Cette dernière leçon vous explique de quelles informations vous avez besoin pour trouver un article et comment s’y prendre.

En premier lieu, c’est évident que plus vous avez des informations sur l’article, mieux c’est. Voici une liste complète des informations qui vous aideront à trouver facilement l’article :

  • Titre périodique – aussi exact que possible, y compris les mots comme « périodique » et « de ».
  • ISSN – un code international standardisé qui permet l’identification de n’importe quelle publication de périodique, y compris des périodiques électroniques.
  • Date – la date de publication. Au moins l’année de publication de l’article.
  • Volume et numéro – le volume et éventuellement le numéro du périodique dans lequel l’article a été publié.
  • Page début et page fin– Page de début et de fin de l’article. Ces deux informations ne sont pas si importantes.
  • Titre de l’article – aussi exact que possible, afin de réaliser une recherche exacte.
  • Auteur – au moins son nom de famille.
  • DOI – correspond au système « Digital Object Identifier ». Il sert à identifier des objets de contenu dans un environnement numérique. Les noms DOI sont assignés à n’importe quelle entité pour son utilisation sur des réseaux numériques. Ils permettent de recueillir des informations actuelles, y compris celles qui peuvent être trouvées sur internet.

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The How-To Series / Manuel d’Utilisation – #9

Episode 9: How do I save a search and create an alert?

Once you have performed a search, you may want to save it for future use – re-running it in the future to check for new results. Saving a search is also useful if you want to set up an alert.

Connect to Consortium Luxembourg’s electronic documentation portal at www.portail.bnu.lu and perform a search from within the portal (see Episodes 6 & 7 for more details).

Once you have a list of results from your search, click on “MetaSearch” in the menu.

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Leçon 9: Comment sauvegarder une recherche et créer une alerte?

Après avoir effectué une recherche, vous pourriez avoir envie de l’enregistrer pour des utilisations futures et notamment pour obtenir de nouveaux résultats. Par ailleurs, l’enregistrement d’une recherche est aussi utile lorsque vous voulez créer une alerte.

Connectez vous donc au portail de documentation électronique du Consortium Luxembourg
www.portail.bnu.lu et réalisez une recherche au sein du portail (voir leçon 6 et 7 pour de plus amples informations).

Lorsque vous avez obtenu une liste de résultats suite à votre recherche, cliquez sur « MetaRecherche » dans le menu.

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The How-To Series / Manuel d’Utilisation – #8

Episode 8: How do I build my own personalised list of databases, a QuickSet, for searching?

Continuing from the last episode where we learned how to search using QuickSets, this time we will learn how to create our own personalized QuickSets that we can use for searching.

First, connect to Consortium Luxembourg’s electronic documentation portal at www.portail.bnu.lu. Since the databases that can be searched in this way are locked until login, it is best if we login right away by clicking on the padlock in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Creating and using your own QuickSet consists of three steps:

  1. Locating the desired databases and adding them to MySpace, your personalized space within the portal.
  2. Creating a new QuickSet.
  3. Using your new QuickSet for searching.

Starting at step 1, if you have been following our how-to series, locating your desired databases should be easy:

  • Click on “Find Database”;
  • Find a database either by searching for it or by using the A-Z List.

Now, to add the database to your “My Space” area, click on the plus sign under the Actions column of the database. For example, I will add “SAGE Journals Online” and “SpringerLink (MetaPress)” to my list of databases.

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Leçon 8: Comment créer pour ma recherche un QuickSet personnalisé, à savoir mon propre dossier de bases de données?

Lors de la leçon précédente, nous avons appris à utiliser la fonctionnalité QuickSets pour notre recherche. Or, cette fois-ci, nous allons apprendre à créer notre propre dossier QuickSet, que nous pourrons utiliser pour la recherche.

Connectez-vous d’abord au portail de documentation électronique du Consortium Luxembourg sur www.portail.bnu.lu. Nous avons vu que certaines bases de données pouvant faire l’objet d’une recherche (« Searchable ») sont interdites d’accès, à moins que l’utilisateur ne se soit connecté au portail. Il vaut donc mieux se connecter aussitôt au portail en cliquant sur le cadenas qui se trouve dans le coin supérieur droit de l’écran.

Pour créer votre propre dossier QuickSet,  il faut passer par trois étapes:

  1. Trouver les bases de données pour les ajouter à « Espace perso. », qui est votre espace personnel au sein du portail.
  2. Créer un nouveau dossier QuickSet.
  3. Utiliser votre nouveau QuickSet pour vote recherche.

Concernant la première étape, si vous avez bien suivi ce manuel d’utilisation, vous ne devriez  pas avoir de problème à trouver les bases de données :

  • Cliquez sur  « Bases de données »;
  • Vous pouvez trouver une base de données soit en entrant son nom, soit en utilisant la liste A-Z.

Maintenant, pour ajouter la base de données à votre « Espace perso. », cliquer sur le signe +, qui se trouve dans la colonne « Actions » de la base de données. Je vais, par exemple, ajouter «SAGE Journals Online» et  « SpringerLink (MetaPress) » à ma liste de bases de données.

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The How-To Series / Manuel d’Utilisation – #7

Episode 7: How can I search in multiple databases using the portal’s search engine?

The last episode looked at how to search in a single database. This time, we will expand the search using multiple databases.

First, connect to Consortium Luxembourg’s electronic documentation portal at www.portail.bnu.lu. Since the databases that can be searched in this way are locked until login, it is best if we login right away by clicking on the padlock in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

There are two ways to search on multiple databases:

  • You can use a pre-defined group of databases called a QuickSet.
  • You can build your own list of databases which you can then use for searching.

This instalment will only look at searching using a pre-defined QuickSet.

It is important to note that only the first 30 results from each database are returned using this type of search.  The results are then combined to provide the final results list which is sorted based on relevance to your search terms.

Once connected, you will see that the QuickSets, at the bottom of the screen, are available for use. QuickSets are simply a group of databases that we have set-up to make it easier for you to search the key products available in the portal.

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Leçon 7: Comment faire des recherches dans plusieurs bases de données en utilisant le moteur de recherche du portail?

La leçon précédente traitait de la manière de faire une recherche dans une seule base de données. Cette fois-ci, nous allons étendre la recherche dans la mesure où nous allons utiliser plusieurs bases de données.

Connectez-vous d’abord au portail de documentation électronique du Consortium Luxembourg sur www.portail.bnu.lu. Nous avons vu que certaines bases de données pouvant faire l’objet d’une recherche (« Searchable ») sont interdites d’accès (), à moins que l’utilisateur ne se soit connecté au portail. Il vaut donc mieux se connecter aussitôt au portail en cliquant sur le cadenas () qui se trouve dans le coin supérieur droit de l’écran.

Il y a deux manières de faire une recherche dans plusieurs bases de données :

  • Vous pouvez utiliser un groupe prédéterminé de bases de données appelé QuickSet.
  • Vous pouvez créer votre propre liste de bases de données que vous pouvez ensuite utiliser pour la recherche.

Cette septième leçon traitera seulement des recherches qui utilisent un QuickSet  prédéfini.

A noter que dans cette recherche seulement les 30 premiers résultats de chaque base de données sont affichés. Les résultats sont ensuite combinés pour composer la liste finale de résultats qui sont disposés selon la pertinence de votre recherche.

Une fois connectés, vous verrez que les dossiers QuickSets, situés en bas de l’écran, sont disponibles à être utilisés. Les QuickSets constituent un dossier de bases de données que nous avons élaboré afin de vous faciliter la recherche de produits clé dans le portail.

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