New Research Tool: PolicyMap

The University Libraries have recently acquired the online data mapping tool PolicyMap.  PolicyMap is a Geographic Information System (GIS) pre-populated with more than 37,000 continuously updated data sets including information on demographics, home sales and mortgages, health statistics, socioeconomics, jobs and employment, and more.

PolicyMap

From the company:

PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool that enables government, commercial, non-profit and academic institutions to access data about communities and markets across the US. Use it for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis.

Universities use PolicyMap in a variety of schools and curriculums, such as social sciences, urban planning, public policy and business administration. It allows them to focus on analyzing data – not collecting it or learning how to use expensive mapping software.

What can students and faculty do with PolicyMap?

  • Generate maps and tables to incorporate in reports and presentations
  • Search by address, city, state, zip code, county or census tract
  • Create topical reports by predefined region, radius, or custom-drawn region
  • Compare data across geographies or view trends over time
  • Find communities meeting up to 3 criteria on a map
  • Download select datasets as csv files
  • Rank geographies across an indicator
  • Create custom regions for unique analysis
  • Upload your own point level data
  • Incorporate work into papers and presentations

What kinds of indicators will they be able to access?

  • Demographic estimates and projections
  • Income and poverty measures
  • Employment by industry
  • Homeownership rates and affordability
  • Home Sales
  • School performance
  • Quick community profiles

What types of analyses can they conduct?

  • Compare obesity rates among states
  • Track mortgage lending patterns in a city
  • Understand the racial and ethnic composition of a community
  • Identify neighborhoods with certain income and household characteristics
  • Draw a unique geography on a map and generate a comprehensive report of the areas’ demographic and economic characteristics
  • Upload other data and leverage it against the trusted data available through PolicyMap

How could they use their analysis in class?

  • Make a case for a particular public policy intervention
  • Argue for a particular site for a business
  • Describe a market for a business plan or marketing strategy

 

New Database Trial: British Periodicals

A trial of ProQuest’s database British Periodicals available to SHU students and faculty until December 18th.  This resource offers research materials across many disciplines including history, literature, political science, journalism and the arts.  The trial can be accessed here.

We welcome feedback from trial users.  Please send any comments to Sebastian Derry, Assistant Dean of Public Services at sebastian.derry@shu.edu

From ProQuest:

This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

Subject coverage

  • The Periodical Press
  • Victorian periodicals
  • Popular culture
  • Literary Journalism
  • Essays and Belles-Lettres
  • Illustrated Periodicals
  • Literary Criticism
  • Political Satire
  • Politics / Political Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Serial Fiction / Serialized Fiction / Serial novels / Serialized novels
  • Slavery and Anti-slavery movements
  • Temperance
  • Religion and Theology
  • Methodism
  • English Poetry
  • Book reviews
  • Science
  • Economics
  • Bibliography
  • Sport
  • English literature / English writing / English periodicals
  • Scottish literature / Scottish writing / Scottish periodicals
  • Irish literature / Irish writing / Irish periodicals
  • Women’s literature / Women’s writing
  • Theatre / Theater / Drama
  • Seventeenth-century literature / Seventeenth-century writing / Seventeenth-century periodicals
  • Eighteenth-century literature / Eighteenth-century writing / Eighteenth-century periodicals
  • Nineteenth-century literature / Nineteenth-century writing / Nineteenth-century periodicals
  • Twentieth-century literature / Twentieth-century writing / Twentieth-century periodicals
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Exciting New Database: GREENR

The University Libraries are pleased to announce a new database.   Global Reference on the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources (GREENR) is now available.

GREENR focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Both interactive and current, GREENR allows users to navigate issue, organization and country portals. A one-stop site, this resource provides news, background information, video, unique commentaries, primary source documents and statistics in highly accessible, visually appealing research areas, covering relevant categories including energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population, economic development. One of the things that makes GREENR so user-friendly, is it does not look like the typical database product. This e-source also offers interactive maps and contextual multimedia, customizable journals and news, refereed case studies.

 

Announcing a new platform for AnthroSource

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has launched a platform for its flagship database, AnthroSource.

AnthroSource is the premier online portal serving the research, teaching and practicing needs of anthropologists, offering access to more than 100 years of anthropological knowledge. AnthroSource provides current content from  32 anthropological publications,  including journals, books, monographs, bulletins and newsletters.

You can access it here, from the database list for Anthropology or from the recently updated Anthropology Libguide

Here is the announcement from AAA:

Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities

The University Libraries has initiated a one-year trial a subscription to April 1, 2016 to Cabell’s directories which help professors, graduate students and researchers publish their manuscripts in academic journals.  Cabell’s database is useful to determine journal acceptance rates, type of manuscript reviews, time lapse between acceptance and publication, a journal influence rating, search by topical areas, manuscript guidelines and more.  Some of this information is accessible at journal publishers’websites.  Cabell’s provides a convenient source and multiple search criteria.

Directory categories include:

Business Directories
Accounting
Economics & Finance
Management
Marketing

Educational Directories
Educational Curriculum & Methods
Educational Psychology & Administration
Educational Technology & Library Science

Psychology
Psychology & Psychiatry

Computer Science
Computer Science – Business Information Systems
Health Administration
Nursing

For more information, please contact a subject librarian that matches Cabell’s directories.

Submitted by Richard Stern 

April 8, 2015

Annoucing the arrival of SCOPUS

The university libraries are delighted to announce that we now have a subscription to SCOPUS.   You can find it  from the library home page  Database A-Z & By Subject Lists

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Training and support videos for SCOPUS can be found here

 

New Science Journals Package

We are delighted to announce that we have just acquired IOPScience, a package of over 70 current journals from the Institute of Physics and its publishing partners.  These are primarily Physics journals, but some should be of interest to chemists, mathematicians and environmental scientists.

Take a look at IOPScience and see what you think.

Pharmaceutical Substances Database Trial

We have a trial in place for a new produce, Pharmaceutical Substances (provided by Thieme). Here is an overview and Here is a flyer describing it and providing guidance on searching the database.

Pharmaceutical Substances can be accessed from the library database trials page, or this direct link.

Although this is chemistry-oriented, any of you who work in the area of pharmaceuticals may find it useful.

Please do take a look and let me know if you would be interested in having the library purchase a subscription.

ebrary books featured in ProQuest database search results.

In a recent enhancement to ProQuest’s platform, eBooks from ebrary are now included in ProQuest database search results.

If you search any ProQuest database, including ProQuest Central, you will see a tab marked “ebrary books” next to your total search results.

You can also search for eBooks right in the recently updated  ebrary database.

Interested in computer science?

Check out the The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library.
ACM publishes, distributes, and archives original research and firsthand perspectives from the world’s leading thinkers in computing and information technologies. ACM offers over two dozen publications that help computing professionals negotiate the strategic challenges and operating problems of the day.

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