Archive for the ‘databases’ category

New Database Page on Libraries’ Web

July 22, 2009

There is a new improved way to access the Libraries’ electronic resources!

We have reorganized the “Articles via Databases” page on the Libraries’ website to include many discipline-specific categories to assist you with your research. By using these categories, you will see recommended databases and electronic resources selected by the Libraries’ selectors. In many cases, you will also be able perform a combined (federated) search of these databases.

If you do not pick a category, the default is “General Search,” which searches Proquest, Wilson Omni and JSTOR.

The A-Z list of databases has been enhanced with detailed descriptions.
The list of “popular databases” has been made more prominent.

Access the new page by choosing the Articles via Databases link on the Library homepage, or by going directly to

Additional new features, which will be included in Library workshops in the Fall, include saving and exporting individual citations, searching and sorting by self-labeled citations, and creating sets of federated databases to both search and embed in any web page.

A questions / comments link is available for your feedback.


Worldwide Reaction to Obama’s Speech in Cairo: Read about it at the Library

June 5, 2009

You can read about reactions to President Obama’s speech in Cairo in many sources available through Bobst Library.

I would recommend PressDisplay and MideastWire.
PressDisplay offers full text of newspapers in 39 languages from 82 countries including many from the Middle East. It is available at:

MideastWire offers English translations of selected articles from major newspapers in the region.
Available at:
One can receive daily brief of news events by sending email address to with subject line “Request for Daily Briefings”

Both resources offer searchable archives.

Peter Magierski
Middle East Studies Librarian

New Databases

April 10, 2009

FIAF Intl Index to Film Periodicals
Previously on the SilverPlatter platform, is now available from Proquest.
Many articles are available in full text; those without full text are linked via SFX.

Retrospective Indexes from Wilson

For more recent additions to electronic resources, see

New BobCat to be available on Thursday, July 31st!

July 30, 2008

We are pleased to announce that new BobCat will be available on Thursday, July 31st!

What should you expect with new BobCat? A new generation search and discovery tool with exciting features, including:

  • One Google-like search interface for books, articles and more
  • E-books and full-text articles with one click
  • Amazon-like features including: Did you mean? spell-check; Find more like this; and book jackets.

For more information about new BobCat, see

Questions? Ask at any of our service desks, email from, IM (screen name: AskBobst), or text at 646-265-1342.

Hands-on Library Workshops

May 23, 2008

Library workshops start next week but there’s still time to register at

Tue., May 27, 2:00-2:30 pm
Tue., July 8, 2:00-2:30 pm

FINDING PERIODICAL ARTICLES (USING DATABASES) Wed., May 28, 2:00-3:15 pm Wed., June 11, 6:00-7:15 pm Wed., July 9, 2:00-3:15 pm Wed., July 23, 6:00-7:15 pm

Thu., May 29, 2:00-3:00 pm
Thu., June 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
Thu., July 10, 3:00-4:00 pm
Thu., July 24, 6:00-7:00 pm

Thu., June 5, 3:00-4:00 pm
Thu., June 19, 6:00-7:00 pm
Thu., July 17, 2:00-3:00 pm
Thu., July 31, 6:00-7:00 pm

Fri., May 30, 2:00-3:00 pm
Tue., June 17, 6:00-7:00 pm
Fri., July 11, 2:00-3:00 pm
Tue., July 29, 6:00-7:00 pm

Fri., June 6, 2:00-3:00 pm
Fri., July 18, 2:00-3:00 pm

We look forward to helping you with your summer research.

Coming Soon: Changes to BobCat

May 7, 2008

In mid-July, we will begin transitioning to a totally new BobCat that will make it simpler for you to find, discover, get, use, share and save all kinds of information. Searching won’t require new skills — but you’ll get more information when you search, and an array of options for finding and using the rich results you get.
As we implement the new system, you will see enhancements including:

  • more powerful searching
  • simultaneous searching across multiple databases
  • book and article searches from same starting point
  • BobCat records in non-Roman scripts, e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic
  • options to save your search results for future use
  • ability to export search results to RefWorks, de.lic.ious and others
  • book covers associated with records
  • inks to Amazon, Google Books, tables of contents
  • options to contribute reviews and read those written by others

As we phase in these features, you will find yourself able to do much more with your search results—tag them, save them to your personal e-shelf, create links to other work, get all kinds of related material, share your results and much more.

We will be piloting the new system over the summer. Development will be an ongoing process and we welcome your comments about the new system so that we can continue to improve it to meet your research needs. We’ll also be looking for your ideas about additional features you’d like to see.

Please visit late in July, and, as you begin to use the new features, let us know what you think. We’ll also announce on LibLink, of course.

LexisNexis Search Tips

March 3, 2008

Place: Conference room in the Reference Center on the 1st floor of Bobst Library
Dates/Times: Tues, March 4th at 6 pm and Wed, March 26th at 3 pm

LexisNexis Academic’s full-text database provides a wealth of valuable content, but it can be hard to find what you’re looking for. Learn how to locate local and international news, statistics, and environmental information. (45 min.)

Walk-in session, no registration required.

Paula Feid
Undergraduate Librarian
NYU Libraries