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Chemistry 403/413 - Seminar - Module 3b

Blackwell Resources for Research

-Part B-

When you start to search for information, you will need to first understand both the information sources and the search tools that you have to choose from.  Online library catalogs, journal article databases, electronic books or e-journals, and independent web search engines - they're all geared towards finding specific types of information.  As such the search tool that you chose to use should ultimately be geared towards the information (type) you need to find. 

In part B of this module, I'll cover our E-Book and E-Journal holdings, and will also discuss how to search for monographic (book) holdings within Blackwell Library's collection.


E-Book / E-Journal Holdings at Blackwell

E-Books are just like all other technology - they have a time and a place when they are or aren't appropriate, and some people love them and others hate them.  Several years back we had the opportunity to buy into a large 'packet' of electronic book titles along with all of the other USM schools, whereupon we would all share access to the titles.  This offer - which the schools did ultimately accept - was with the E-Book company NetLibrary, and that is the company that still manages each E-Book title that we have access to.  Correspondingly, you will need to create a free NetLibrary account if you want to have access to any of them.


One example of a title that might be of interest to a chemistry student is:

Applications of environmental aquatic chemistry [electronic resource] : 
a practical guide, by Eugene R. Weiner.  

(You can tell that this is an e-book because of the
[electronic resource] notation after the title!)


The call number for this title shows up as such in the catalog:

SU Blackwell LibraryLibrary Info NetLibrary eBooks | TD193 .W45 2008eb


After you have clicked on the link provided via the Find It button within the catalog record (), you are given a very long URL to click to get direct access to the title.  Once you click on the link and access the Net Library interface, you are given the opportunity to create a free account by entering in all of your relevant personal information, if you are a first-time user, or to directly log into the system if you have already created an account.


Make sure you use your SU e-mail account when registering - if you use any other e-mail address you will not be given full-text access to NetLibrary.  It is through your SU e-mail account that the NetLibrary folks verify that you are an SU student and should therefore be given (free) access to these titles that we have paid for.


Once you are registered with NetLibrary, you will be able to check out and download each title - and in NetLibrary terms what this means is that you will be able to:

  • Check out and download eBooks to your personal computer for reading offline during the checkout period (the length of the checkout period varies by library), and;
  • Transfer eBooks to compatible portable devices. (The list of these portable devices currently includes:  the Barnes & Noble nook, Sony's Daily Edition, all four Sony Digital Readers (PRS-300, 505, 600 and 700BC), as well as the COOL-ER. All devices that support the Adobe Content Server are compatible although some work better than others with NetLibrary eBooks.)

    You can gain access to these titles, and search for these titles, by looking inside the library's book catalog, Catalog usmai.  At the end of this module I'll go into detail on how to search for books using the library's catalog.



    Our E-Journal holdings are a work in progress that is growing every month.   Accessed via Research Port (the University of Maryland's proxy server) the site provides a searchable index of titles that are available to SU students, faculty, & staff online.  In most cases, the title provides you with the information of the electronic run (the years for which we have electronic access) , the ISSN for the journal (the International Standard Serial Number - a number that is uniquely assigned to each journal title as it is created - the journal equivalent of a Social Security Number), and the database in which you can find the electronic content. 

    From our Research Port list, this is what the list of available e-journals will look like.  To get this list I did a search for e-journal titles  that contain the word 'Chemistry'....

    Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry ISSN: 1618-2642 Add to my Research Port

    Analytical chemistry ISSN: 0003-2700 Add to my Research Port

    Annual review of biophysics and biophysical chemistry ISSN: 0883-9182 Add to my Research Port

    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry ISSN: 0066-426X Add to my Research Port

    You can see that these links provide you with information about the title including previous titles/name changes, the number of years available in online form, and in which database(s) you can find the title.  After your search results are back, getting full-text access to the titles you find is as easy as clicking on the database link provided for each title. 


    Searching for Books Using the SU Catalog

    The SU catalog is happily very user-friendly when it comes to searching for print or e-books.  Using the 'Catalog' tab from the Library's home page, you can instantly see all of your searching options:

    The Quick Search is your most basic option - from the drop-down list you can search by keywords ('word/s anywhere'), title, subject, author, even call-number.  Using the Advanced Search link inside the same box gives you even greater options - like searching by series, notes, or performing a browse or command search.  Performing a search is as simple as typing in the title you're looking for, the author you're looking for, or a few relevant subject-keywords (after you've chosen the appropriate category from the drop-down list) and then hitting the search button. 

    The USMAI Combined catalog is how you can search for books owned by other USMAI (University System of Maryland and other Affiliated Institutions) libraries, and once you've found them, request that these titles be sent to you at Blackwell Library. 

    The Electronic Books link will take you directly into the generic Salisbury University NetLibrary eContent Collection, from where you can log in as yourself, search for eBook content, and check-out/download e-books to use either on- or off-campus. 

    The Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Service link is a way to have a book delivered to you from another library - specifically, a book that we do not have access to either directly at SU or through the USMAI Combined catalog.  So if there is a specific title that you know you either want or need, and you've checked at SU and in the USMAI system and struck out both places, then use the ILLiad Service - it's a great free way to take advantage of the good nature of libraries and borrow what you need from somewhere else far away! 





    Chemistry 403/413 Professor:


    1.  Creating a NetLibrary Account and checking out e-books is a process that will cost you money.




    2.  E-Books from NetLibrary are yours forever once you electronically check them out.




    3.  We have E-Journal coverage for every title that we also subscribe to in print. 




    4.  In order to access our E-Journal holdings, you first need to log into our proxy server - Research Port. 




    5.  Using the Quick Search option, with the 'word/s anywhere' category selected in the drop-down box, run a search on your favorite chemistry-related topic.  Remember that you can't get too specific in your search - books are written on broad, widely-comprehensive topics, so think BIG for this search!

    In the box below, describe the process and what your results were. 


    6. Now using the USMAI Combined catalog link, run the exact same search as in Step 5. 

    In the box below, describe the process, what your results were, and how they differed from what you found when just searching Salisbury University holdings.