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New Search Available

Beginning August 15, 2012, Miami University Libraries is offering users a new search box on the library's front page. Called OneSearch, the box searches more than 150 library resources across many disciplines and formats from a single search box. Users can search for books, articles, multimedia and more using this search tool.

OneSearch is hosted by EBSCOhost, which offers the familiarity of the EBSCOhost interface and search technology while exposing many more of our online resources to users. After entering search terms, the OneSearch interface will return search results with options to limit and refine your results using facets. The personalized account functionality in OneSearch is the same as that found in all EBSCOhost databases. If you already have an EBSCOhost account set up, you can log in to OneSearch using the same user name and password.

The "Books and More" and "Journal Titles" tabs are still available on the library website for searching the library catalog.

Open access resources available through the MU Libraries site

Currently, there is a dizzying array of open access resources available to students and scholars online, and it is often difficult to determine the quality of these resources. In order to make users aware of quality open access resources, the library has identified specific resources and added entries and links for these resources to our website and catalog.

In the Databases A to Z list, there are links to a number of high quality sources of open access materials:

ArXiv is a repository hosted by Cornell University which includes open access to more than 700,000 e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is an aggregation of over 7,000 online journals across all subjects which are peer reviewed or have editorial quality control.

ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge (the authors of these theses and dissertations have opted to publish as open access).

Additional freely available full-text dissertations can be found at the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, where numerous participating institutions deposit dissertations.

At the FDSYS site, you’ll find open access to authenticated information directly from the United States Government through the Government Printing Office.

If you’re interested in electronic books, the National Academies Press has recently made PDFs of the majority of its publications (over 4,000 monographs) freely available at their website. These monographs consist of reports published by various government academies, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Research Council. Registration is free and required before your first download from the site.

In our Journals A to Z list, you will find links for many open access journals, identifiable by the presence of a small globe icon and the text “Open Access”.

If you are browsing the library’s online catalog, a keyword search on “open access” under the Journal Titles tab will bring up entries for numerous open access journals available online.

Open access info via Twitter

Interested in the latest news and developments in the world of open access literature and scholarly communication? Follow our MU Libraries open access Twitter feed @miamiuOA to stay informed!

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

New York Times online

As you may know, the New York Times recently began charging for access to articles on their website. Boo!

You can however, get your New York Times content with us, the Libraries!

Miami University faculty, staff, and students can access NYT articles here.

There are other workarounds and access options available to view this content.

For those who subscribe to the print version of the NYT via home delivery: using your subscription account number you can set up single user access via user name and password. You can get started here.

Additionally, online visitors can still enjoy 20 free articles (including blog posts, slide shows, video and other multimedia features) each calendar month on NYTimes.com, as well as unrestricted access to browse the home page, section fronts, blog fronts and classifieds. The free, limited access resets every month: at the beginning of each calendar month, you'll once again be able to view 20 free articles for that month.

Readers who come to Times articles through links from search engines (for some search engines, users will have a daily limit of free links to Times articles), blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit.

Berg Fashion Library online trial

The library has a trial (8/23/10-9/22/10) of the Berg Fashion Library online, which can be accessed here: http://www.bergfashionlibrary.com/ The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more. A full list of the contents of the resource is available here: http://www.bergfashionlibrary.com/page/whatsinbergfashionlibrary/whats-in-the-berg-fashion-library

NBC News Archive on Demand Trial Extended

The library currently has a trial of the NBC News online resource "Archive on Demand". This resource makes thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs, and more available to instructors, researchers and students.
The trial has been extended and will run through September 22, 2010.

Access this resource via the following URL:
http://www.highered.nbclearn.com/portal/site/HigherEd

New Look Coming for Online Journals A to Z List

The look of the Miami University Library's Online Journals A to Z List will be changing at the beginning of June. While the content of the list will remain the same, the change will allow us to implement added functionality and customization over the next several months.
The change will require some clean-up of our journal content, so please be patient with us as we check and update our data.
More updates will follow as we make this transition.

ProQuest Celebrates National Library Week

From April 12-18, 2010, ProQuest is offering free, open access to some of their most popular online resources at www.proquest.com/go/celebrate.

A few of the offerings include:
CultureGrams: explore the world's cultures with local experts that document the history, customs, government, and daily life in multimedia reports on over 200 countries.

eLibrary: this easy to use resource brings together content about in-demand subjects from millions of multimedia-rich, global resources.

ProQuest African American Heritage: brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers: experience history firsthand via continuous runs of the following full-image titles: The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, and New York Amsterdam News.

Visit www.proquest.com/go/celebrate to access these resources and more, during National Library Week.
No user name or password needed!

2009 Selections to the National Film Registry Announced

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, has selected 25 motion pictures that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come. Spanning the period 1911-1995, the films named to the 2009 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress range from the sci-fi classic "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and Bette Davis’ Oscar-winning performance in "Jezebel" to the Muppets’ movie debut and Michael Jackson’s iconic video "Thriller." This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 525.

To see the complete list of 25 motion pictures selected for 2009:
http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2009/09-250.html

To nominate films for the 2010 National Film Registry:
http://www.loc.gov/film/