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CCC Douglas Library Expands Access Through Databases


Thursday, July 20, 2006


Clinton Community College’s Douglas Library has a strong database collection. The range of the 46 databases covers general and interdisciplinary topics, business, education, health and nursing, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Formats include images, magazines, journals, newspapers, and online books. Eleven of these databases are new, provided by the SUNYConnect initiative, which supports all SUNY libraries. “SUNYConnect is a joint initiative of the SUNY Provost’s Office of Library & Information Services and the libraries of the 64 SUNY campuses to share collections and services across the State University of New York.” (source: “What is SUNYConnect?” SUNYConnect home page. SUNYConnect. 18 July 2006. http://www.sunyconnect.suny.edu/default.htm.)

These 11 new databases increase the College’s full text coverage in all areas, especially health, business, and education. Students and faculty now have more information available for research, education, and for fun. Students can find reviews of books, movies and music, read a local newspaper from the 1800s, and do research for class assignments. For example, a student can search for newspaper, magazine, or journal articles about current event topics like Iraq or alternative energy. They can look up information on general topics such as computers or breeds of dogs. Historical and scholarly topics like the Civil War, gender roles, and literary criticism can also be researched in these databases. The databases are searchable by keywords, subject terms, author name, journal title and other information. Searchers may limit their results by date, language, source material, document type, and other criteria.

The new databases include:

Academic Search Premier: Over 4,450 full text titles on all subjects. “The world’s most… numerous collection of active full-text peer-reviewed journals.” (from SUNYConnect EBSCO brochure)

Business Source Premier: All areas of business. Contains full text for over 9200 titles.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) Plus with Full Text: Over 560 full text nursing journals. Coverage can date back to 1937.

CINAHL Select: Over 170 full text nursing journals not in CINAHL Plus with Full Text.

Education Resource Complete: Over 750 full text education journals

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center): Index to journal articles and documents on education. Also contains full text for more than 2200 digests.

MasterFILE Premier: Nearly 1,950 full text titles on all subjects. This database improves upon the full text coverage offered by MasterFILE Select.

Military & Government Collection: Up-to-date items on military and government topics. Includes periodicals, academic journals, and other sources.

Pre-CINAHL: Articles too new to be listed in CINAHL. Note: all CINAHLs may be searched simultaneously.

Professional Development Collection: Nearly 550 full text education journals

Regional Business News: Regional business publications

CCC students, faculty, and staff can access these databases over the Internet, from anywhere with their user ID and password. The general public is welcome to use these databases from within the Douglas Library.

The Douglas library has also been able to reduce their print periodicals - those periodicals only accessible in the Douglas Library - from 300 to 117, with the funding being used to acquire electronic access to 20,385 titles.

The library's summer hours are, Monday - Thursday, 8am-4: 30pm, Friday 8am – 1pm. Starting August 18 the library will be open until 4pm on Fridays; Fall hours will begin August 28. For more information, visit http://www.clinton.edu/DouglasLibrary/LibraryContactInfo.cxml.

The Plattsburgh Public Library (along with your Plattsburgh Library Card) provides online access to many databases at these websites: http://www.plattsburghlib.org/resources.html and now the State Library (with a NY drivers license) at http://novelnewyork.org/

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