Previews of the new OSearch interface are now available for seven more databases:
OSearch is an OhioLINK-created interface. While the basic functionality of OSearch will remain the same as the current interface, improvements have been made. The most noticeable improvement is a dramatically updated design. More previews are available as announced on June 2 and May 18. In August, OhioLINK will switch a total of 30 databases to the new OSearch version.
Effective July 1, OhioLINK will subscribe to EBSCO's Sociological Index and end its subscription to CSA's Sociological Abstracts. A committee of OhioLINK librarians studied both databases and found that Sociological Index has more complete coverage of a greater number of journals, more current information, and superior backfiles for key journals.
EBSCO describes Sociological Index as “The world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. This index features more than 1,300,000 records with subject headings from a 15,000 term sociology-specific thesaurus designed by expert lexicographers. This file also contains informative abstracts for more than 590 'core' coverage journals dating back to 1895. In addition, this file provides data mined from more than 500 'priority' coverage journals as well as 1,040 'selective' coverage journals."
The current Sociological Abstracts database will remain available from OhioLINK after July 1, but will not be updated.
Nineteen digital videos have been added to OhioLINK’s Digital Video Collection, bringing the total number of videos available to 1203. Recent additions to the collection include:
The Digital Video Collection, which launched in June 2003, currently contains videos purchased from the distributor Films for the Humanities and Sciences. The collection is available to all students, faculty members and staff at OhioLINK member institutions. The videos may be shown in class, linked to from course pages, and utilized for research.
This month, OhioLINK member institutions agreed collectively to purchase 550 additional videos from Films for the Humanities and Sciences and, a new supplier, Ambrose Video Publishing. The 550 videos will be added to the DVC over the summer and fall.
The videos are available for viewing and downloading (for temporary storage only). Free software from RealNetworks is needed to view these videos. The current version of this software, called "RealPlayer," is available. (Please note: A security vulnerability exists in all versions of RealPlayer prior to April 19, 2005. Please contact your local technical support for assistance in verifying your version and upgrading.)
OhioLINK users now have access to World Data Analyst Online. World Data Analyst Online is a resource from Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. that lets you analyze countries and regions at a glance. It offers detailed statistical comparisons of countries around the world, using both the most recent statistics and historical figures. Users can create tables, charts, and even export the information to a spreadsheet for printing and data crunching. Highlights include: country snapshots, comparative statistics, historical statistics, and ranked statistics.
Off-campus access is also available.
World Data Analyst Online is one of 50+ resources that all Ohioans can access via their school, public, or academic library. If you are not an OhioLINK user contact your local library, OPLIN (for public library users), or INFOhio (for Ohio K-12 users) for assistance.
OhioLINK has installed the latest version of the ISI Web of Science interface. This affects three databases: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, and Social Sciences Citation Index.
Previews of the new OSearch interface are now available for the following databases:
OSearch is an OhioLINK-created interface. While the basic functionality of OSearch will remain the same as the current interface, improvements have been made. The most noticeable improvement is a dramatically updated design.
More previews are available as previously announced. In July, OhioLINK will switch a total of 30 databases to the new OSearch version.
Are you a student who likes to code? Then you need to check out Google's Summer of Code, a program designed to introduce students to the world of Open Source Software Development. OhioLINK is proud to participate in the Summer of Code program as a mentoring organization.
If your application for the Summer of Code is accepted, you will receive a $4500 award ($500 to get started and $4000 once the project is completed). In addition, the mentoring organization will receive $500 for each student developer that completes a project for them. If you're interested in participating in the Summer of Code program, don't delay, applications must be submitted by June 14th. Visit the participant FAQ for more information.
OhioLINK projects for the Summer of Code program focus on building the Digital Resource Commons (DRC), a statewide publishing and archive platform for scholarship and primary resources created by Ohioans or about Ohio. Code contributed to the DRC project will be available under an Open Source license and may be applied to other projects.