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Information about nebraskaccess

Published on January 28, 2008

Author: Paolina


Slide1:  Your Information Connection Across Nebraska What Is NebraskAccess?:  What Is NebraskAccess? NebraskAccess is a portal to state-funded electronic databases provided to Nebraska citizens through their local public libraries and the Nebraska Library Commission What are electronic databases? :  What are electronic databases? The electronic databases we’re going to talk about today are: Searchable online repositories of information traditionally found in print format in libraries (e.g., full-text articles from magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books). Available for a fee via the Internet (i.e., they are subscription services) Often available remotely, meaning patrons can access the databases from outside the library via any computer with Internet access The Nebraska Library Commission:  The Nebraska Library Commission “The mission of the Nebraska Library Commission [NLC] is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services. As the state library agency, the Commission is an advocate for the library and information service needs of all Nebraskans.” History of state-funded databases:  History of state-funded databases State funding in the amount of $400,000 was added to the Nebraska Library Commission budget beginning in FY 1998-99. According to then-Governor Ben Nelson, the Library Commission appropriation was increased “to allow the Commission to contract for statewide access by local libraries to online databases, including full-text downloads of articles from hundreds of journals and periodicals.” Purpose of state-funded databases:  Purpose of state-funded databases To decrease the digital divide and insure that all Nebraska citizens have access to current, reliable information resources. To take advantage of economies of scale If you divide the cost of a statewide subscription by the # of libraries that participate, the cost per library is much smaller than if the library subscribed on its own. The cost to access a database of full-text magazine and journal articles is much less than the cost of print subscriptions to all the magazines and journals those articles came out of. What databases does NLC pay for?:  What databases does NLC pay for? Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated eLibrary FirstSearch (includes access to WorldCat and 10 other databases) Books in Print with Reviews HeritageQuest Online Remote access is available for all databases! Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select:  Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select Multidisciplinary, 100% full-text database. It provides indexing, abstracts, and full-text articles from over 1,800 magazines and journals dating back to January 1994. Subject coverage includes current events, business, education, science, the humanities, and the social sciences. Types of material indexed include feature articles, reviews, obituaries, recipes, do-it-yourself works, interviews, speeches, poems, and short stories. A sampling of full text magazines & journals available through Wilson OmniFile:  A sampling of full text magazines & journals available through Wilson OmniFile Slide10:  An example of a full-text article from The New Republic. Retrieved in response to a search on Chuck Hagel. Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated:  Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated Contains more than 140,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 32,000 photographs of the subjects. Contains the full text of articles from over 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H.W. Wilson. Biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images. Slide12:  Full-text biography of Tom Osborne. Originally published in Current Biography (1998) eLibrary:  eLibrary Provides full-text access to a wide variety of source material, including: magazine, journal, and newspaper articles; wire service stories; television and radio transcripts; photographs; audio/video clips; maps; and reference books (almanacs, dictionaries, subject encyclopedias, etc.). Designed to provide novice users with easy access to online information. Due to limited funding this database is only available to public and post-secondary academic libraries. A few of the more than 2,000 full-text sources available through eLibrary:  A few of the more than 2,000 full-text sources available through eLibrary Slide15:  Article on Nebraska from Britannica Intermediate Encyclopedia In addition to the full text of The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Adviser, this service includes: U.S. Economic Outlook What to Watch Business News Ask Kiplinger Polls and much more . . . Slide17:  December 6, 2002 issue of The Kiplinger Letter. Available in PDF format through FirstSearch:  FirstSearch Provides access to the following 11 databases: Used primarily by librarians to identify and locate resources for patrons. Most articles and books identified through FirstSearch can be requested through interlibrary loan. Books in Print with Reviews:  Books in Print with Reviews A source of up-to-date information on in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books, videos, and audio recordings (price, format, publisher, ISBN, etc.) Includes full-text reviews for some titles. Used primarily by librarians as a collection development tool (i.e. helps them make purchasing decisions). HeritageQuest Online:  HeritageQuest Online U.S. Federal Census Records from 1790-1930 Over 25,000 fully searchable family and local history books PERSI™ (PERiodical Source Index), an index to more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files Freedman's Bank Records (Forthcoming) How do you access these databases?:  How do you access these databases? From computers at your local public library. From home if you have a computer with Internet access. Ask your local librarian for details!

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