New Databases


Welcome to the beginning of the 2009-2010 Academic Year!

Last June, shortly before Library Director Joyce McLean retired, she arranged for the Library to lease a prize-winning new, general interest, research database.

Academic OneFile: The vendor/producer (Gale-Cengage Learning) claims that its product provides “authoritative and comprehensive” coverage of the physical and social sciences, the arts and literature, theology, and medicine and technology. Full text (HTML and PDF) articles purportedly number in the millions!

I haven’t had much of a chance to test this rich new resource, but it is already mounted on the Library Information Portal (, and listed under “E-Sources” A – Z.

In the vendor’s own words, this is what the product offers:

  • More than 10,000 peer-reviewed journals that stand up to scrutiny because content is fact-based, reliable and unbiased
  • Full text of The New York Times to 1995
  • Access to e-journal and subscription materials
  • Hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN and CBC
  • Scientific’s Web of Science® provides cited references and additional metadata at the article level
  • ISI’s Journal Citation Reports® allows mutual subscribers to pull current and historical information on a journal’s Impact Factor seamlessly

In addition, Academic OneFile’s content is as diverse as its users, offering:

  • Strong coverage of hard sciences, medicine, engineering and business (it covers the arts, literature and the social sciences as well)
  • Full collection of Elsevier abstracts for every Elsevier journal, from 1996 to present
  • Full-text of the London Times and Financial Times
  • Full-text for periodicals covered in major bibliographic databases such as CINAHL, BIOSIS, MLS, PsychInfo, ERIC, EconLit, RILM and others
  • Peer-reviewed journals in multiple languages
  • Ability to translate all content to multiple languages

As a reward for our being one of the early-bird subscribers to the new product, Gale-Cengage threw in two additional databases, cost-free:

History Resource Center and Small Business Resource Center. These are available to the HNU community for 1 year only, free of charge. Try them out!—They’re listed under “E-Sources,” A – Z, and by subject.



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