Euromonitor's Market Resarch Monitor is now available through the Library. Market Research Monitor offers over 2,000 top-line market research reports on international consumer, industrial and service markets. Reports offer up-to-date market size data, company shares, brand shares, and forecasts.
Google's new search service, Google Scholar, has generated considerable interest among academics including scientists, academic researchers, librarians and students.
Google Scholar, currently in beta, retrieves content from open access journals and open repositories. In addition, Google has made arrangements with several major academic, scientific and technical publishers and scholarly societies to allow access to material ordinarily available only through subscription. Content includes peer-reviewed papers, theses, technical reports, books, preprints and abstracts.
Searching @ McMaster
For best results, McMaster users who log in to LibAccess before searching Google Scholar will have direct access to full text items which are either:
- freely available on the Web, OR
- available through a McMaster Library subscription
For full text items NOT covered by subscription, use the citation provided by Google Scholar. First check MORRIS (Library Catalogue). If the item is not at McMaster, submit an Interlibrary Loan request using RACER.
Google Scholar and Subscription Databases
Google Scholar is not a substitute for subject specific databases but is best used in addition to the Library's specialized databases available through e-Resources. These databases offer:
- focused subject and citation searches
- deep coverage
- stable results
- established ranking systems (e.g. ISI's Web of Science)
Interested in following developments and commentary? We recommend On Google Scholar.
The new Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Illumina interface is now available.
CSA Illumina features a totally re-designed user interface as well as enhanced search capabilities. Other enhancements include:
- Easier to use "Quick Search"
- Improved navigation
- Improved integration of help files
- Online tutorials
- New custom default options
- Multi-language interface options
- Search Tools including Combined Search
- Dynamic de-duplication of records with show/hide duplicates option
- Hyper-linked descriptor terms for quick execution of new search queries
- QuikBib bibliography creator
- Improved linking capabilities
More than one hundred bibliographic and full-text databases published by CSA and its publishing partners are available through the service. Notable examples include CSA Ageline, CSA EconLit, CSA ERIC, CAS PAIS International, CSA Sociological Abstracts, the SAGE Full-Text Collections, CSA Materials Research Database with METADEX, CSA World Poltical Science Abstracts.
The ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) web site and telephones will be unavailable on Dec. 27-28 as the voice and data lines that supply the Perry Building will be moved as part of the Perry Extension construction project.
Scholars Portal will be increasing storage capacity on the storage area network the OCUL servers use for data, but will need to schedule downtime to do this work. This process will start at 8:30am on December 26th and will last from 6 to 8 hours. During this time all journals accessed through ScholarsPortal, SFX (Get It!), Web of Knowledge, and the preview site for CSA Illumina will be unavailable.
The Book Review Index Online is on trial until January 5, 2005.
The Book Review Index Online is a comprehensive online guide to book reviews with over five million review citations from thousands of publications. The Book Review Index Online Plus provides linking to more than 630,000 full-text reviews.
A ProQuest maintenance window is scheduled for Saturday December 18th (10pm) to Sunday December 19th (10am). During this title the following products will be unavailable: ABI/INFORM, CBCA, ProQuest Nursing Journals, LION (Literature Online), and the Historical New York Times.