Credo Reference – the industry leader for information literacy, critical thinking, and research solutions – is introducing a “Real-time Reference” category within search results to help students easily identify reliable sources on current issues of importance. In addition to enabling researchers to find timely and accurate reference content relating to current events and controversial topics, Credo is announcing a partnership withProCon.org to make its Debate Topics available within Credo’s Core Collections.
In an era where news may be fake and the number of sources available are overwhelming, the ability to navigate information online is increasingly vital to both the research process, as well as each individual’s understanding of the world around them. ProCon.org’s carefully curated arguments and background context are compiled from multiple viewpoints, reliable sources, and key experts in a diverse array of topics influencing today’s society. Continue reading Credo introduces ‘Real-time Reference” within search results to combat fake news→
Over 11 years ago, I co-wrote and edited an articlefor Library Journal with three librarians (during my days as Senior Book Review Editor for the magazine), whom I asked to test Wikipedia as a bona fide research tool at a time most scholars were adamantly resisting it. This article was published some five years after Wikipedia first launched, which was in 2001. In the article, I Want My Wikipedia!, a younger version of me wondered, “But like any form of government, democracy faces a unique set of problems: once given the power (to edit), will people abuse it?”
To give the article more balance, I recruited three librarians and subject specialists whom I had worked with on other LJ-related endeavors—Barry X. Miller (pop culture), Karl Helicher (current affairs), and Teresa Berry (science)—and asked each to give their verdict on the source’s authenticity. After reading their lengthy reviews, I concluded that “while there are still reasons to proceed with caution when using a resource that takes pride in limited professional management, many encouraging signs suggest that (at least for now) Wikipedia may be granted the librarian’s seal of approval.” Continue reading I [Still] Want My Wikipedia!→
As stated in the summary of OUP’s newly released whitepaper titled Navigating Research, “this study explores users’ and librarians’ perspectives on the role of reference resources in research and teaching in today’s academic institutions. It examines how users seek contextual information and guidance for areas of scholarship as they conduct research, and how reference resources can support their work.”
Key findings include, among others:
recognition of ‘reference’ as a specific category is declining and users are not likely to identify ‘reference resources as those belonging to a distinct category
research needs of today’s researchers are moving away from basic factual information and terminology (for which free online sources are used)
resources offering guidance to a field of study retain appeal as a ‘bridge between introductory materials and specialized research publications”
resources offering guidance to a field of study are also used to support work in interdisciplinary fields
use of reference sources relies on their visibility and discoverability; this is likely to remain a challenge for publishers, librarians, and researchers
The whitepaper comprises three strands:
a review of existing literature
qualitative interviews with 16 librarians and 18 users (faculty and students)
November 3, 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Safari today announced a strategic partnership that will deliver the next generation in digital reference platforms for students, faculty and librarians.
Wiley Reference Library will combine Safari’s award-winning PubFactory platform with Wiley’s prestigious online reference portfolio. Wiley Reference Library will enhance the visibility and usability of Wiley’s acclaimed reference materials and will include entry portals for key subjects allowing users to search within a subject, within an individual reference work, or across Wiley’s entire reference portfolio. www.wileyreferencelibrary.com will be available in the first half of 2015. Continue reading Wiley and Safari’s PubFactory announce partnership→
October 15, 2014 Aldie, VA– ParatextTM announces that an extensive collection of Data-PlanetTM DataSheets is now indexed, linked, and integrated into Public Documents MasterfileTM. Researchers can now query over 150,000 metadata records representing authoritative publicly and privately sourced datasets.
Libraries who subscribe to both services will link directly from the search results in Public Documents Masterfileto Data-Planet’s DataSheets, which provide a cleanly formatted visual representation of the data, links to the underlying data, and contextual descriptions of the data source, indicator, and dataset from which the indicator derive. Public Documents Masterfileusers not subscribed to Data-Planet will link directly to the DataSheet statistical abstract and citation. Continue reading Paratext completes integration of Data-Planet Datasheets→
Farmington Hills, Mich., October 8, 2014 New content covering popular healthcare and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics is now available on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), the e-book platform offered by Gale, part of Cengage Learning. The signing of publishers Taylor & Francis, Mitchell Lane, HCPro and World Scientific combined will add approximately 750 e-books to GVRL, bringing the total number of available titles on the platform to 15,000 from over 150 publishing partners. Continue reading Gale adds four new STEM publishers to GVRL→
Very pleased to see a good colleague of mine (and the first person brave enough to do an interview with me for NSR back in 2008) launch his own digital media company – Mission Bell Media. The web site is beautiful and worth a look and a read, as I’m sure the content will be as well. More from the press release below.
I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin. It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate. The landing page features three search boxes, each specialized for a different age group (curious if we can choose one as a default depending on our library level). Content is also divided into three reading levels to correspond. Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in. The press release below has more information. Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.
To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, the OED is revising a set of vocabulary related to, or coined during, the war. Part of the revision process involves searching for earlier or additional evidence, and for this we need the help of the US public. OUP is gathering all contributions on the OED appeals website.
From OUP, “Our first quotations are often from newspapers and magazines, and we know that there may well be earlier evidence in less-easily-accessible sources such as personal letters, soldiers’ diaries, and government records, many of which are now being made available in digital form for the first time. We are hopeful the public can help find earlier evidence for the use of some wartime words?”
This was announced several weeks ago, but I missed it. It looks intriguing with the audio recordings, maps showing the regional distribution of words, and social media aspects. 100 terms available for free preview. If you are snowed in today, take a look at hooky bob.
Cambridge, Mass. The Dictionary of American Regional English, the authoritative record of American speech, is now available online, Harvard University Press has announced. Combining tens of thousands of entries and maps drawn from DARE’s six print volumes with such previously inaccessible data as survey results and audio recordings, daredictionary.com offers users a variety of powerful tools to explore the wealth and complexity of American English. Continue reading Dictionary of American Regional English Debuts Online→
Earlier today Gale/Cengage announced a new business model for the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). The model is “Usage-Driven Acquisition” (UDA) and is based on evidence-based decisions – you only buy what you use. The press release states, “Unlike options currently offered by other e-book providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase e-books based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development.”
The model works like this:
1. DEPOSIT. Deposit your funds with Gale.
2. ACCESS. Post a link and widget for GVRL to your website.
3. USE. We’ll pull your usage and let you know which titles were used most.
4. OWN. Your funds will be applied to the titles used most.
September 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford — Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, has launched 19 new and updated Subject and Publisher Collections, adding to the more than 80 collections currently available for perpetual purchase or subscription.
Credo’s new collections help librarians grow their reference shelves through their Literati or Credo Online Reference Service solutions. The newly released collections include:
One of my favorite sources, CQ Researcher, is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary! SAGE is honoring this long standing resource with a new interface and a new feature – Hot Topics. The Hot Topics section should hit the target for many English Composition research papers. More from the press release below:
Los Angeles, CA (June 24, 2013) SAGE and CQ Press are delighted to celebrate the 90th anniversary of CQ Researcher, a weekly in-depth, single-topic publication focusing on today’s most important issues. Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is the go-to, authoritative resource for librarians, high school and college students, and researchers seeking high-quality research on domestic and global topics. To celebrate the anniversary, CQ Press is launching an enhanced interface and exciting new content features. Continue reading CQ Researcher celebrates 90 years with a new interface and Hot Topics launch→
Big news today from EBSCO. They will begin to index the metadata from Gale databases, ebooks, and archival collections. More information, including the full list of Gale resources included in the agreement, is below. Gale announced a similar partnership with OCLC for WorldShare program in January of this year.
SAGE has just announced a partnership with Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) provider, to make its educational resources available to more than three million Coursera students. Starting today, this partnership grants Coursera instructors the option to supplement their video lectures with SAGE’s wide-range of titles at no cost to students. The partnership is enabled by Chegg, a learning platform selected by Coursera as its exclusive DRM/eReader provider.
The list of Coursera partners is growing and includes a number of university presses (among them University of California, Stanford, and Rutgers). SAGE is one of several new publishers to enter into an agreement with the learning platform (others are expected to be announced today). NSR reached out to SAGE to get more information on what this partnership means for the publisher and the wider education community, including libraries (full press release is available below the Q&A).
A press release from Credo this morning discusses the ability to order reference titles on the Credo platform via GOBI3. More below:
May 7, 2013, Boston,Oxford — In an effort to simplify the process of enhancing library collections with authoritative reference content from world-renowned publishers, Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions — in partnership with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor — has made its titles available for purchase through GOBI3, YBP’s acquisition and collection management database. Libraries now have the ability to select Credo as their preferred vendor for reference material as part of their eApproval Plans. Continue reading Credo titles now available through GOBI3→
ALDIE, Va., April 3, 2013 — Paratext announces that thousands of links to nearly 250 Major Reference Works from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect will be integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service.
Elsevier’s Major Reference Works provide foundational content that gives cross-disciplinary perspective to researchers, librarians, teachers and students worldwide. They serve a broad spectrum of scientific, technical and medical disciplines, and routinely win awards for their authoritative and detailed coverage.
Paratext’s Reference Universe is the only research database that provides both collection-level scope and index-level analysis of Major Reference Works.
According to the press release just received from Gale (see below), the company plans to bring together more than 130 million pages of its digital humanities content onto one platform. Artemis, the name of the product, will be released in a series of phases over the next few years and will become the world’s largest curated primary source and literary collection.–MRContinue reading Gale sets the stage for the launch of Artemis→
Credo is moving full steam ahead in 2013. The following press release highlights several major achievements from this year including the two new Literati products, CODiE awards, and the acquisition of OnlineTutorSolutions.com. Read on for the details:
April 2, 2013, Boston, Oxford — Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, today announced several significant achievements in the first quarter of 2013. In addition to launching Literati School and Literati Student Athlete, solutions that combine authoritative scholarly content, innovative technologies and customizable services, the company’s Literati Public was recognized with a prestigious SIIA CODiE Award and Literati Academic was nominated for an SIIA CODiE Award as well.
Discovery tools are continuing to grow by adding unique resources from publishers. EBSCO is announcing an extended partnership with Oxford University Press to add University Press Scholarship Online and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to the EDS.
IPSWICH, Mass. March 5, 2013 EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Oxford University Press (OUP) have extended their partnership enabling two additional authoritative resources from OUP, University Press Scholarship Online and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to be searchable within EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS). Oxford University Press is the world’s largest university press offering content in more than 40 languages for audiences from pre-school to secondary level schoolchildren; students to academics; general readers to researchers; individuals to institutions. Continue reading EBSCO’s EDS to index OUP’s UPSO and DNB resources→
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