Monthly Archives: January 2012

LexisNexis Academic: Comparing Companies

It turns out YouTube is an amazing resource for database tutorials. I’ve just started working my through our database list to see if they’ve posted video tutorials online, so I can’t say yet whether they ALL have online tutorials, but I’ll let you know as soon as I find out. In the meantime, check out the LexisNexis page.


Introduction to EBSCOhost – Tutorial

One of our largest database vendors just got even larger.

EBSCOhost acquired Wilson Web (aka H. W. Wilson) last year and in early February everything currently in Wilson Web will be a part of EBSCOhost. At this point, as far as I can tell, everything you might need in Wilson is already in EBSCOhost. This means that the chances that you’ll use EBSCOhost to locate information for an assignment is very high. Spend a few minutes watching the following videos to improve your ability to use EBSCOhost databases to get the best information for your project.

Note that in the following video the default page is to simple search. We set our default page to the advanced search. One good habit to acquire when searching any database is to use the advanced search whenever possible.

While watching the tutorial you might want to open another window or tab and follow along. When the video shows you how to do a new task, hit pause and then mimic the tutorial with the EBSCOhost session you’ve begun in that new tab or window. Academic Search Complete is a good database to start with when learning how to use the EBSCOhost suite of databases. Remember, to use the database you will have to be logged in to Esearch.

You might also want to check out the EBSCOhost Basic Search Tutorial.

More EBSCOhost video tutorials can be found at their YouTube page.

Music Monday: DRAM Online

DRAM Online (available through the library’s collection of databases) is an often overlooked resource for music. But if you’re interested in American composers, whether it be classical, jazz, or avant-garde, then you’ll want to spend some time at this database.

Originally created “to produce a 100-disc anthology of American music encompassing the broadest possible spectrum of musical genres in honor of the bicentennial” DRAM has continued to grow its selection and now holds 3,062 albums from 25 recording labels and two archives in CD-quality audio (192kbps Mp4).

For me this resource was great for learning more about American experimental composer Harry Partch. Partch was one of the first twentieth-century composers to work with microtonal scales and he also built custom-made instruments for his compositions. If Partch is too out there for you, you might want to check out their collection of Jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Steve Lacy.

“DRAM is a not-for-profit organization committed to contributing to the scholarly community by preserving, restoring and presenting important musical recordings and their accompanying materials, such as essays, liner notes and cover art, in a trusted, authoritative and affordable digital environment. Our principal goals are to preserve and disseminate musical recordings largely ignored by the commercial marketplace based upon their aesthetic and historical value. We strive to meet the needs of musicians, scholars and educators through ongoing dialogue and collaboration with likeminded individuals and organizations towards maximizing DRAM’s value to musical and scholarly communities.”

Here’s part one of a 1968 San Diego KPBS-TV documentary titled The Music of Harry Partch

Part two

Part three

Part four

Fiction Friday: Connie May Fowler

This week’s Fiction Friday recommendation is University of Tampa graduate Connie May Fowler.

Her third book, Before Women Had Wings, was made into a TV movie produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey in 1997.

Connie graduated from UT in 1982. She published her first book Sugar Cage in 1992. Her work is often set in Florida, and Before Women Had Wings takes place in Tampa. Her most recent book How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly was published in 2010.

This year she gave a talk to UT’s inaugural MFA Creative Writing class.

In addition to being a successful novelist Connie also works closely with organizations that help abused women as well as teaching (online) for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler
Location: MAIN
Call Number: PS3556.O8265 H69 2010
Status: On shelf

Algebra Help Online at Khan Academy

Khan Academy is attempting to revolutionize online education. They currently host over 2,700 instructional videos free for you to use.

From their about page

“The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

“All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.”

I referred a student to their huge selection of Algebra videos today, but there’s a lot more there than just math. However, if you need a free online source to help you brush up on your math or statistics skills you might want to check it out.

Intro to Sociology Handout

You can find the Intro to Sociology handout at our Libguides link. (While you’re there check out the rest of our Research Guides. Be sure to hit All Guides to see them all.)

Or, since I’m here, I might as well paste it into the post:

Sociology Resources @ Macdonald Kelce Library

How to access academic databases

The Macdonald Kelce Library offers numerous databases for your use, accessible from the library’s homepage ( In the left column under Resources, click on ESearch, and login with your Spartans Domain. You are now authenticated to use all of the UT databases, even if you are off campus.

Ebsco Databases
The following Ebsco databases specializing in Sociology Resources can be searched at the same time. Simply click on Academic Source Complete at the top of the Esearch page, click on choose databases, check the box next to SocIndex and Social Sciences Full Text, and click OK.

Other Databases:
Oxford Journals Full text articles in the social sciences (can limit search to social science journals).

Sage Premier (can limit search to social sciences and humanities, or sociology).

ProQuest Articles in the social sciences, humanities and more.

JSTOR Articles in sociology, philosophy, African American Studies, and more.

Project Muse Articles in cultural studies, sociology, political science, gender studies, and more.

How to access online sociology journals
In Ejournals, you can search by subject. First choose Social Sciences, and then you can select journals under Sociology and Social History.

Sociology subject portal
From the Library’s homepage (, under the Collections column, click on Subject Portals. You will find Sociology in the left column ( Here you will find links to databases, journals, websites, and books that are related to the field of Sociology.

Narrow your search for more relevant results
In most databases, you can limit your keywords to show up in the abstract or title, which will help you to find more relevant articles. You can also limit searches to full text only, or scholarly or peer reviewed articles.

Find related articles on a specific topic
Look at the subjects and keywords the databases use to tag an article. Many times, you will also see a list of keywords under the abstract of an article that the author has created, revealing the main concepts. Using these keywords in a search can help you to find related articles. Also, referring to a relevant article’s works cited page can be useful.

How to locate an article using a citation
Locate the journal title in the citation, and then go to the Ejournals Search (you must be logged into Esearch). This will enable you to see if the library owns the journal, and if so, what database the journal is held in, and for what date range. For example, to track down this article:

Martin, K. (1998). Becoming a gendered body: Practices of preschools. American Sociological Review, 63, 494-511.

Type in American Sociological Review into Ejournals to show these holdings:

from 02/01/1936 to 1 year ago in SocINDEX with Full Text
from 02/01/1936 to 12/31/2009 in JSTOR Arts & Sciences I Archive Collection
from 02/01/1988 to 1 year ago in ABI/INFORM Complete, ABI/INFORM Global, Nursing & Allied Health Source, ProQuest Research Library and Psychology Journals
from 02/01/2004 to present in SAGE Premier 2012

The publication year is 1998, so the SocIndex database should have this article. After clicking the link, the article can be located by year, and then volume (63), or by clicking on “search within this publication” and using the article title (“Becoming a gendered body…”) in the search box.

How to cite
The library has a webpage ( that provides several links to excellent resources on in-text citations and works cited pages. You’ll also find information on how to build a thesis statement, avoid plagiarism, outline your paper, and much more.

Refworks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It is designed to help researchers gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Sign up for a free account on the Library’s website.

Evidence Based Practice

For nursing students researching Evidence Based Practice, be sure to check out the Evidence Based Practice link under the Subject Portals link. In addition to listing the databases that might be useful you’ll also find a list of helpful links under the Internet tab.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AGREE Collaboration
AHRQ Evidence Reports
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Assessing the Impact of Research
Bandolier – Evidence based thinking about health care
Center for Disease Control
Center for Evidence Based Medicine
Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research
Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (AUS)
Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health (UK)
Centre for Health Evidence (CA)
Clinician Examination Research and Education Interest Group (SGIM)
Cochrane Collaboration
Evidence Based Nursing (Health Sciences Library (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Evidence Based Practice Resources | Health Sciences Library McMaster University
Evidence-Based Medicine – BMJ Journals
Evidence-Based Mental Health – BMJ Journals
Evidence-Based Pediatrics (UMich)
Evidence-based Practice Centers
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health (UMass Med School)
Evidence-Based Teaching (UK)
Finding Evidence in PubMed (Yale University)
Finding Measurement Tools
Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT) – NCBI Bookshelf
ICN – International Council of Nurses
Improvement Science Research Network
Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice
Joanna Briggs Institute (Aus)
Joint Commission : Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients
National Guideline Clearinghouse
National Institute of Nursing Research.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Nursing Center(Martindale)
Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses
Quality Indicators (AHRQ)
Research Instruments Developed (Stanford University School of Medicine)
SUMSearch 2 (EBM Search Engine)
Trip Database (clinical search engine)
Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

A similarly useful set of links can be found under the link for Nursing.

More About Pirates

By this point you probably already know about the Gasparilla Parade this weekend and Pirate Fest on Friday afternoon. If all this talk about pirates has you wanting to learn more check out the library’s research guide on Piracy in the Caribbean. It will guide you to the best books and journals to start your research. You can find a whole semester’s worth of lectures on pirates, as well as recommendations for movies and fiction.

Want to know more about José Gaspar? Check out “The Legend of Gasparilla: Myth and History on Florida’s West Coast” by Andre-Marcel d’Ans in Tampa Bay History (V.2, #2, Fall/Winter 1980) available in the Periodical section on the first floor. After doing extensive research d’Ans concludes there is no historical evidence for the existence of José Gaspar. For d’Ans the absence of a real Gaspar makes the growth and persistence of the legend even more intriguing.

And don’t forget to check out “Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition” at the Henry B. Plant museum from January 13 – February 19, 2012.

Read Pulitzer Prize Winners at the Library

Looking for something good to read, but not sure where to start? You might consider browsing through the list of Pulitzer Prize winners for recommendations of books worth reading. While we don’t have every single title that’s ever won the Pulitzer, we do have quite a few.

For example, last year Siddhartha Mukherjee won in the General Nonfiction category for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, and Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains was the runner-up. Both of these titles are available in the Macdonald Kelce Library. If you come across a Pulitzer Prize winner you want to read, but that the library doesn’t own, let me know and I’ll see if I can purchase a copy for the collection.


The emperor of all maladies : a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee.
Location: MAIN
Call Number: RC275 .M85 2010
Status: On shelf


The shallows : what the Internet is doing to our brains by Nicholas Carr
Location: MAIN
Call Number: QP360 .C3667 2010
Status: On shelf