Many companies have had to cut back on services that are offered to the public because of budget constraints. The Library is also experiencing challenges in regards to services that we offer.
Many online resources will no longer be available, so we will try and offer alternative electronic resources or other sources that may contain the same of similar information. Please remember, we are trying to provide the best service in times of a down economy and we appreciate your understanding.
Starting July 1, 2010, the following resources will no longer be available through the library’s electronic resources;
Oxford English Dictionary Online
Oxford Reference Online
Ulrich Periodicals Directory
Oxford English Dictionary Online – As an alternative to this source, you can use many of the dictionaries that are available at no charge on the Internet. Here are some that we recommend;
- Merriam Webster Online Dictionary– Free online version of the Merriam-Webster English dictionary, with searchable dictionary definitions, thesaurus, and a student dictionary for kids.
- Encarta World English Dictionary – Online English dictionary and thesaurus, featuring audio clips of words pronounced, as well as a word of the day.
Oxford Reference Online – Another great source to use that will give you as much information as this one is Gale Virtual Reference Library. This full-text electronic resource contains ebooks of encyclopedias, almanacs and specialized reference sources across a variety of subjects.
This electronic resource provides many ways in which you can search for information. These include, the basic search, the subject guide search, the advanced search and the publication search.
Basic Search – Simply enter a tile in the search box and you will get a results list.
Subject Guide Search – Enter a subject in the search box and use any of the limiters such as publication date, publication title or document type to narrow your results.
Advanced Search – The Advanced search feature allows you to use the Boolean operators, and, not and or to narrow your results. You can also narrow your results list by the limiters provided, which include publication title, publication date, subject area and target audience.
Publication Search – Simply click on a subject from the list. You can expand the results list by clicking on the plus or minus sign.
Ulrich Periodicals Directory – Unfortunately, there is no alternative to using this electronic resource. We have discovered that this electronic resource is available at the University of Las Vegas-Nevada. This resource can only be accessed in person at the Lied Library.
As you can see, there are still electronic resources that will contain information to help in your research. Do you find the replacement electronic resource fun and easy to use? Why or why not?