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Columbia Gazetteer available online

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The Columbia Gazetteer of the World , a comprehensive encyclopedia of geographical places and features, is now available online.

Entries include information on many of the following: demography; physical geography; political boundaries; industry, trade, and service activities; agriculture; cultural, historical, and archeological points of interest; transportation lines; longitude, latitude, and elevations; distance to relevant places; pronunciations; official local government place-names and changed or variant names and spellings.Their length varies from a brief notation on a small village to an essay on a country or region.


Old Testament Abstracts Online currently on trial

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Old Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association. The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Content from over 450 journals is covered. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Coverage in the database dates back to 1978.


e-Library on trial from the Conference Board of Canada

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The Conference Board of Canada e-Library (formerly Boardwise) is on trial until May 24th.


Science Specific Search Engines

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Did you know that you can search a number of free search engines dedicated to science and engineering through the e-Resources database from the Thode home page?

Scirus is a search engine, produced by Elsevier that specializes in science, technology and medical information available on the web. Types of materials include journal articles, books, preprints, technical reports, patents, university and commerical sites. Some information is freely available, other can be obtained at a cost. Any journal articles McMaster subscribes to are free for McMaster users. One should keep in mind that although Scirus contains scientific information, not all sites are scholarly and require careful evaluation.

CiteSeer is another search engine, but with a narrower focus. It specializes in computer and information science literature with the added feature of citation searching.

PSIgate is a search engine originating in the UK and geared towards students, researchers and practitioners. It covers all the physical sciences available on the web (chemistry, including property information, astronomy, earth sciences, materials science, physics and the history and policy of them). Selected materials are evaluated and annotated and include journal articles, books and theses, tutorials, reports, lecture notes, government publications, patents, et al.

Geo-Guide is a subject gateway to information in the earth sciences, geography and mining. Emphasis is on scholarly web sites. Sources are selected from subject-specific library catalogues and special subject virtual libraries. Materials include reference works, preprints, reports, journal articles, maps, et al.

EEVL: Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics and Computing selects and evaluates web sites related to engineering, mathematics and computing. The site is valuable to students, researchers and practitioners in those fields. Materials selected include e-journals which can be searched separately, reference, research and training materials, patents, standards, library catalogues, etc.


HSL web pages unavailable on Sunday 17 April 2005

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The Health Sciences Library web sites may not be available on Sunday, 17 April 2005, because of a re-scheduled power outage in the building on that day.

All of our electronic resources will remain accessible, however, through the home pages of other campus libraries. You can access MORRIS and the eResources database by going to the following address:

http://library.mcmaster.ca

All HSL licensed electronic resources will remain available on the 17th and can be accessed by searching MORRIS or the eResources database for the name of the electronic book, database or electronic journal you wish to use. Normal access to our web pages will be restored by Monday, 18 April 2005.


Web Services Interruption - April 8 from 8:30am-10:00am

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There may be one or two short interruptions to library web services (LibAccess and the Library Web Site) tomorrow morning, Friday, April 8 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., in order to perform necessary maintenance.


University Librarian Begins New Chapter

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Graham Hill to retire in June after 34 years of service to McMaster. Full story at McMaster's Daily News.


HSL to be closed on Sunday, 17 April 2005

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The Health Sciences Library will be closed on Sunday, 17 April 2005, because of a re-scheduled electrical power shutdown in the McMaster University Health Sciences Centre. Electrical power will be shut down from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 17th in the Health Sciences Centre, the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery and Temporary Building #13. We regret the inconvenience caused by this situation and remind library patrons that the Mills and Thode libraries will be open on Sunday, 17 April, from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.


Directory of Open Access Journals

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The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has added its 1500th title to its web-based listing of open access journals. In response to user requests, it has also added a Date Added field to the downloadable file to supplement the 30 day rolling window of new titles highlighted at http://www.doaj.org/new.

Records have been added to both MORRIS and the e-Resources Database.


Royal Society of Chemistry Downtime (April 1st to 3rd)

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Please be advised of some major scheduled downtime for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) server which provides access to journals licensed through CRKN.

The work on the server is needed to upgrade to new hardware and software which are needed both to maintain the accessibility of the currently available information and to implement new features into the journals and databases.

The work has been scheduled to start on Saturday April 2 at 7pm and will finish by 8pm on Sunday April 3.


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