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New Databases

September 11, 2009

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.



New WilsonWeb Text-to-Speech Converter

April 20, 2009

One of our primary database vendors, H. W. Wilson,  is now providing most of its databases with a built-in text-to-speech converter that converts articles into audio files.  Please see the message below for a full description and to take a test drive of the functionality.  Highlighted in yellow are the Wilson database to which the HNU Library subscribes.  I hope this new feature is useful to you.

ReadSpeaker Text-to-Speech Converter


No Special Software Necessary!

Busy students and faculty have a new reason to appreciate WilsonWeb full-text databases. WilsonWeb’s new ReadSpeaker tool converts the databases’ HTML full-text articles into audio files, for immediate listening or downloading to iPods and other portable devices.Besides students on the go, ReadSpeaker makes WilsonWeb’s full-text content accessible to readers with dyslexia and other learning challenges, users whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page,
and others who might like to hear as well as read
the words, such as users who struggle with English
or those challenged by low literacy.

Listen at your workstation
Hear articles as streaming audio.
Listen as you relax, commute, or exercise
Download articles as MP3 files to iPods or other portable devices.
A boon to learning-challenged & ESL students
Hear the text as you read along, for better comprehension and pronunciation. WilsonWeb also provides electronic translation of articles into 10 major languages for further help with research and mastery of English.

FREE on these WilsonWeb Full Text Databases A ReadSpeaker Demo          

  • Applied Science & Technology Full Text
  • Art Full Text
  • Biological & Agricultural Index Plus
  • Book Review Digest Plus
  • Current Issues: Environment
  • Current Issues: Health
  • Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus
  • Education Full Text
  • General Science Full Text
  • Humanities Full Text
  • Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text
  • Library Literature & Information Science Full Text
  • Readers’ Guide Full Text, Mega Edition
  • Readers’ Guide Full Text, Select Edition
  • Science Full Text Select
  • Short Story Index
  • Social Sciences Full Text
  • Wilson Business Full Text
  • Wilson OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition
  • Wilson OmniFile Full Text, Select Edition

Coming soon to Wilson Biography Databases!





ebrary’s New Interface

February 4, 2009

ebrary, one of the Library’s electronic book collections, started off the new year with an upgrade to a new and improved interface! Among the new features are new viewing options & several searching enhancements.

ebrary has also created a helpful tutorial which steps you through using the new interface:
Please note that you will need your earbuds, head-phones or speakers to hear the audio.

You can check out the new look & functionality of ebrary by visiting the Library’s Information Portal ( and clicking on the “E-Sources” tab. The ebrary link is in the right-hand column, towards the bottom of the page.

There is also a link to the tutorial from the Library’s Information Portal. Click on the “How Do I?” tab, and then on the “E-Source Tutorials” sub-tab.

Enjoy the new ebrary and please contact us for any assistance!