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New Database - Statista

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Statista is the first statistics portal in the world to integrate over 60,000 diverse topics of data and facts from over 10,000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into over 20 market sectors, Statista provides business customers, researchers, and the academic community with direct access to relevant quantitative facts on agriculture, finance, politics, and many more areas of interest.

New Database

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European Views of the Americas: 1493 - 1750

A valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. This database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.

This week's feature - OAIster and open access digitized sources

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I just got a new phone last week and soon realized that there are a whole suite of applications and widgets that I am going to have to investigate if I am going to use more than 20% of its capabilities.  It can just do so many things.

Today's libraries are like the new phones.  They fulfull their traditional roles and then add more.

Each week I am going to feature a different aspect of our library: databases, websites, techniques for research -- a "more" that you might find useful.

Today's featured resources is: OAIster.

It is described as "A union catalog of more than 19 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,000 contributors."  What this means is that it is a specialized tool free to locate Open Access digitized books, dissertations, theses, reports, papers, etc.

This subset of Worldcat allows you to search the digital collections on the internet for freely accessible full-text materials on your research topic.  This takes you beyond the traditional book, article, website citations in your bibliography/works cited lists and into some interesting sources.

New and Improved Scripture searching in ATLA Religion Db with ATLASerials!

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This just in from EBSCO (who brings us the ATLA Religion Db with ATLASerials).  They have improved the Scripture searching feature of ATLASerials. 

"With the new authority file, users can browse the books of the bible in canonical order and drill down to the chapter, then verse level. Selecting an entry at the book, chapter, or verse level will execute a search for all records indexed with that book, chapter or verse.  EBSCO has also added an expanded scripture reference searching for records indexed with a scripture range. 

For example, if a user selects Acts in the new scripture authority and drills down through Chapter 1 and elects to search Verse 5, they will return records indexed with Acts 1:5, as well as records indexed with Acts 1:1-11 or Acts 1:1-15:35. .... The old way was a a flat scripture authority file that displayed scripture references in alphabetical order and required users to search for exact scripture references indexed in a given citation."

Go to  ATLA Religion Db with ATLASerials & login.  Click on the Scripture link (blue bar on top of page).  This will open the ATLA Hierarchical Scripture Authority file.  If you click on the book of the Bible, e.g. Genesis, the database will search for all articles that are indexed for Genesis.  Clicking on [Expand] will take you to more specific chapters, then verses of Genesis.  This updated search automatically includes the ranges of Scripture contained within your verse selection.

Library (tab) on Blackboard is Updated

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The library has updated the database subject listings on Blackboard to mirror the categories found on the library webpage.

We have also designed the area so that you can do some customization of your own.  By clicking on the pencil icon on the upper right hand corner of the Library Resources box, you can select the subject areas of databases that you routinely use (and filter out the databases that you do not need to use).

If you have any questions about accessing the College Library resources through Blackboard or need help customizing your Library Resources box, please contact the library.

Library Video -- 24-7 Access

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Here's a link to the library video we made last spring that debuted in chapel this Friday. 

SDCC Library Movie (on YouTube)

Thanks go to Greg, Ethan and Matt for their hardwork in the making of this.

As the video says, with the library's website, we are never really closed.


Finding SDCC-SCS content using Google Scholar - Part 2

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In the last Google Scholar post, we discussed finding the full text of a periodical citation by setting the Preferences to highlight SDCC/SCS periodical holdings.  Essentially, you are using Google Scholar as a periodical index.

Today, I'm going to show you how to locate the libraries that own the books in a Google Scholar result list.  Here, we are using Google Scholar like a library catalog.

Go to Google Scholar <> and type in Christian Worldview.  In the results list, a book is identified before the title by the prefix [BOOK]

[BOOK] Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview
JP Moreland, WL Craig - 2003 -
Cited by 19 - Related articles - Web Search - Library Search 

At the bottom of the citation look for the Library Search link.  This searches for the book in WorldCat.  WorldCat lists the libraries that own the item, including San Diego Christian College.  You can enter your location information, like city, state or zipcode and WorldCat will tell you how far (in miles) you are from the nearest library.

Part 3 will discuss Google Scholar's Advance Search.

Finding SDCC-SCS content using Google Scholar - Part 1

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Did you know that when you search Google Scholar you can set your preferences to highlight SDCC/SCS periodical holdings?

Go to Google Scholar <> and click on Scholar Preferences (option to the right of the Search Box).  At the Library Links section, type in San Diego Christian College.  From the results list, checkmark San Diego Christian College - Full-Text @ SDCC Library.  Open WorldCat - Library Search should already be checkmarked.  Click on the Save Preferences button (upper right).

Now, let's try this out...

Back at the Google Scholar search screen, type in Global Warming.  In the results list you will see - Full-Text @ SDCC Library at the end of some of the article titles.  This is linked to the library's ArticleLinker (which provides access to full text between different databases).  You will need to use your student network login & password.  If it doesn't open the article to the full text, look for the ArticleLinker banner at the top of the screen with Missing article? Need more sources? Get additional resources related to this.  This will take you to the Periodicals Directory page which will link you to the full text (you might have to login again) in the databases.

Part 2 will discuss finding books listed in Google Scholar.

Electronic Journals Service (EJS)

(Library Research, Periodicals) Permanent link

Under Find Articles | Search for Periodical Titles on the library webpage you might have seen a link for Electronic Journals Service. EJS helps the library manage the single passwords to online subscriptions that come with having print subscriptions to certain journals.

Currently, there are 57 journals (from SDCC & SCS) that include an online subscription (usually through the publisher’s website).

You will need to log in to EJS using your Student Network Account. When you select a journal & you click your way to the publisher’s website, the username & password will be on a banner on the top of the screen. Use this to log in to the website and access the full text.

Please note: the 57 journals full text availability is not listed in the Periodicals Directory at this time. There are still some technical issues that we have to resolve.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the library by calling 619-441-2200 x1227 or by email

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