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Archive | July, 2015

New Web of Science Databases: Expanded resources

VCU Libraries in 2015 expanded its access to Web of Science (WOS) databases with the addition of new titles and backfile coverage for existing titles.

Compiled by Lynne Turman, head of collections, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences and Ibironke Lawal, engineering and special collections librarian

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African-American Music: Genres, artists and liner notes

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African-American Music Reference contains more than 50,000 pages of text and 17,000 pages of liner notes that offer insight into one of the many forms of African-American musical expression.

The site provides essays with commentary on the various works it has to offer. It contains a variety of genres from American folk to hip-hop and rap. Discover artists like Willis Laurence James and Jay-Z. With the database, users can not only search through their works, but are able to read artists’ biographies and find related resources on that very person.

Users can search genres, people, instruments and more. African-American Music Reference also allows users to create playlists to compile personal favorites for class viewing and listening assignments or use as a teaching resource for in-class use. It is regularly updated so users can use the “what’s new” option to search through the newest updated images and essays.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Oral History Online: 2,700-plus collection of text, audio, video

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Oral History Online takes pride in being a landmark database of English language oral history. It offers more than 30,000 pages of full text.

The materials are divided into several categories, including repositories, collections, interviews, places and historical events and are in alphabetical order. More than 2,700 collections are offered. Interviews date back to the 1930s and can be accessed through full text, audio or video.  Information on historical events range from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. The database offers information on a wide variety of places.

Access this information in the form of audio, video and text. There are almost 19,000 bibliographic records to choose from.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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VCU Bulletin: Available online

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The bible for students, the new VCU Bulletin is available in an updated website. The undergraduate, graduate and professional bulletins contain information about university policies, course descriptions and academic requirements for the programs available to the respective student populations. Visit to view the 2015-16 edition on its new site.
One of the tabs on the site links to archives of bulletins housed in VCU Libraries’ Scholars Compass. These archives are useful to alumni and faculty.
Old bulletins, also called catalogs, and course descriptions are available on this archives site as PDF files. The electronic files of the bulletins from 1998 forward were transferred to the University Archives beginning in 2015. VCU Bulletins from the founding of the university, 1968 through 1998, are also available on this site as PDF files. The archived copy of each bulletin reflects all policies and procedures in effect at the beginning of the stated academic year. Printed copies of the VCU Bulletin from 1968 through 2003 are available in Special Collections and Archives at VCU Libraries.
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Book Citation Index: Books and publications connections

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A powerful new tool allows researchers and scholars to identify connections between books and other forms of scholarly publications. The Book Citation Index (BCI) is now part of  VCU Libraries’ subscription to Web of Science and includes information on more than 30,000 books in the social sciences, humanities and sciences.

BCI tracks the number of times books and book chapters are cited by journals, conference proceedings and other books. It also includes the cited references of the original book or chapter.

Users can click the Get It@VCU button to search for a book at VCU Libraries. Books from a variety of commercial and university presses, including Wiley, University of Chicago and Oxford University Press, start with publication year 2005.  More than 10,000 books are selectively added each year based on well-defined criteria.

Authors from VCU have over 700 items already included in BCI. Alerts can be created to track VCU authors or analyze custom data based on a search set. Explore the Book Citation Index and learn more about this tool.

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By Sue Robinson, director of communication and public relations. For more information about this resource or others

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Virginia Heritage: Find manuscripts and archives

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Virginia Heritage: Guides to Manuscript & Archival Collections in Virginia provides users with access to a historic records about Virginia.

Information is taken from various libraries, museums and universities all around Virginia. Users can look through some of the 12,000-plus materials that Virginia has to offer using the browse option or go through basic search and look for specific topics that may interest them.

Discover materials on everything from the New Deal to school accreditation in Virginia. There is a plethora of information from around the state that explore the events that made Virginia what it is today.

Many of VCU Libraries historic collections are discoverable through this resource.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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