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Quick Tips 2010

Read the New York Times in ProQuest Newsstand

March 2011

As you may have heard, the New York Times has started charging online visitors when they view more than 20 articles in a single month. You can still browse for free to identify stories worth reading. But now, when you find a feature story, editorial column, or other article that you want to read, you can access the full-text in the ProQuest Newsstand database (available from the library's Databases A-Z webpage).

ProQuest Newsstand offers the full-text of over 1,000 regional, national, and international newspapers up to the current day, including the New York Times. To limit the search to the New York Times, enter New York Times in one search box and choose Publication Title as the limiter field. Then enter a headline or keywords in another search box.

If you want your students to read a New York Times article but don't want them to risk having to pay for it, you can link them directly to the ProQuest Newsstand version. When you click into the article, look for the Copy Link item in the yellow toolbar above the headline. Clicking this will give you a pop-up window that contains a "durable link", which will always take students right back to the article's full-text. Paste that link into your Sakai course page, and you're all set.


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Read Popular Magazines Through Our Online Newsstand

April 2011

While used primarily for their access to scholarly journals our databases also provide access to a variety of popular magazines. To make some of the more heavily sought after magazines easily accessible we have put them in an Online Newsstand. Originally created by the Portsmouth (N.H.) Public Library, this webpage offers easy access (via our EBSCO subscription) to full-text articles from the latest issues of 20 popular magazines. Titles include such favorites as:


· The Economist


· The New Yorker


· Time

     • Kiplinger's

· Consumer Reports

     • Vanity Fair


To get to the Online Newsstand from our library website simply click on "Find Articles" in the left navigation panel. You will then see a link for the Online Newsstand.

Over the next few months this virtual newsstand will be expanding.


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Browse GeiselCat by Location, Language, and Material Type

September 2011

Most everyone is familiar with searching our library catalog (GeiselCat) by keyword, author, and title but did you know that you can pull up all the books shelved in our various collections by doing a simple advanced catalog search?

From the Advanced Search screen enter in an asterisk * in one of the search boxes. Then from the "Location" drop down menu, select the collection you would like to browse. Examples of available locations include the New England Collection, the Abbey Library, the Reading Room (our leisure reading collection), Government Documents, the DVD Collection, and the Music Collection.

This trick works with the Language and Material Type limiters too.


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Access Recent Journal Articles via JSTOR

November 2011

When you think of JSTOR, you generally think of their historical full-text journal archives, and the fact that issues from the last few years are unavailable. Although this is still true, JSTOR has now started including citations to articles from the most recent issues of over 200 of its archived journals. This enables you and your students to search these journals from volume 1 through the present (or close to it), accessing both historic articles and the latest research.

To search both the old and new content, go to the Advanced Search and make sure that the checkbox next to "Include links to external content" is selected (it should be checked by default). To widen the net further, un-check the box next to "Include only content I can access", to search JSTOR collections that aren't part of Geisel Library's subscription. If you want recent articles only, use the date range limiter to narrow your search to the last few years.

In your search results, watch for items with a yellow dot next to them. To try to obtain the full text, click on the article's title and then on the WebBridge button below the picture of the journal's cover. As always, WebBridge will let you know if the article is available in another database, in the Geisel Library collection, or through Interlibrary Loan.


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Ebrary Books Now Available for Download


December 2011

One of our most popular resources just got better! After much demand, Ebrary now allows for the digital download of its books to tablets and other mobile devices. To download Ebrary books to your tablet or mobile device you must first create an account in Ebrary and download Adobe Digital Editions (free download).

Follow the links below to sign up for an Ebrary account and to download Adobe Digital Editions:

      • Create an account in Ebrary
      • Download Adobe Digital Editions (free download)

After logging into your Ebrary account, download features will become active. When you find a book in Ebrary that you want to download, simply click on the "Download" button. Two options will then appear, you can either download the book as a PDF or download the book to your tablet or mobile device (download to the Kindle is not available at this time, although you can download the book as a PDF and read the PDF on the Kindle). Books downloaded to a tablet or mobile device will be "checked out" for 14 days. Books will automatically be "returned" via Adobe Digital Editions.

If you have any questions on how Ebrary's download feature works please contact Gwen Verkuilen (X7348) or Jeff Waller (X6200).


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