A new, one-of-a-kind periodical database is now searchable on the Library's Online Catalog. The Wilson Index to Periodical Articles (WIPA) combines eight periodical indexes from January 1989 to the present. These include:
To access WIPA from the *Main Menu* of the Online Catalog, select the option: P> WILSON Index to Periodical Articles.
Note: Persons who telnet from utilities other than the Campus VAX may find the Wilson Database unavailable.
A new local area network in Reference makes CD- ROM searching easier and more convenient. The LAN includes ten workstations and accesses eleven CD-ROM databases, several operating under a Windows environment. Each workstation has downloading capabilities to both 3.5 and 5.25 disks. LAN databases include:
Two Faculty Study Rooms have been provided on the 1st Floor of the Library. Room 121 will be kept unlocked and available to Cal Poly faculty during all Library service hours. Ask at the Reference Desk on the 1st Floor for directions to this private faculty area. Room 121A, requires a key, which may be checked out at the Reserve Desk on the Ground Floor, and is available for a maximum of 4 hours.
As a result of a cooperative effort between the University Library, Disabled Students Services, and partial funding from the Friends of Disabled Students, an enlarged text workstation for vision impaired patrons has been installed in the Library. This system is designed to facilitate students with visual and learning disabilities in particular. Ask at the Reference desk for assistance in using the workstation.
The Library's OPAC and LDRS systems are now easier than ever to access. The Information Systems Menu (ISM) on the Institutional VAX (90), and the Instructional VAX (85) now have a menu item for Library Services. By selecting this item, a submenu appears with the options to log onto the OPAC or the LDRS (Library Document Retrieval System).
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Recent enhancements to the Online Catalog enable users to connect to other resources. From the *Main Menu* press F > Connect to Other Databases. The gateway connects to online catalogs from other universities such as the Claremont Colleges, CSU Fullerton and MELVYL® (the catalog of the UC system). Hint: when connecting to these other resources, pay attention to the login: notation on the menu, as you will be asked at some point to type this login.
Note: when using Melvyl® as a gateway to other Internet resources, be aware that many are not available through this version of Melvyl® due to terminal emulation issues. From time to time trial subscriptions to new products will be made available, so keep watching for new ones and keep in mind some may just be temporary.
FirstSearch, an online retrieval system to multiple databases, is now available through the Library's Online Catalog. Databases included are:
To access the FirstSearch Online Retrieval System select F > CONNECT to other databases from the *Main Menu* of Cal Poly's Online Catalog.
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"NEW ARRIVALS" The following CD-ROM databases were added to the Reference area since the last issues of Library Lines:
Journal article abstracts and citations to reviews and dissertations on the history and culture of the US from prehistoric times to the present.
Comprehensive indexing of architecture journals covering architects, architectural design, the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, interior design and city planning.
Contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from all subject areas (Humanities & Social Sciences; Science & Engineering) for doctoral dissertations and master's theses completed at over 1,000 accredited colleges and universities worldwide.
The Foreign Traders Directory, also known as the Export Connection searches for foreign trade contracts awarded by the US government to companies worldwide.
The CD-ROM version of the American Geological Institutes geoscience database containing over 1.5 million records. Has coverage of North America since 1785, and other areas of the world since 1933.
Covers the world's scholarly literature in history with abstracts of journal articles and citations to books and dissertations on the history of the world, excluding US and Canada from 1450 to the present.
Covers literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore for the Modern Language Association database of over 4,000 scholarly journals and series (articles) published worldwide.
Searches recent trade promotions, how-to and international economics data, covering over 1,000,000 documents. Users can access country marketing research reports by commodity or industry. You may search by ITEM, SUBJECT, SOURCE, TOPIC, or PROGRAM.
Provides abstracts and indexing to major US newspapers including: the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Journal, Boston Globe, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today.
The CD-ROM version of the famous OED, a 20 volume reference work on the origins of words in the English language. Contains definitions and etymologies for over 500,000 words, as well as 2,400,000+ illustrative quotations.
This RIA (Research Institute of America) database provides access to federal tax services on CD-ROM including: Federal Tax Coordinator 2d, Master Federal Tax Manual, Internal Revenue Code and US Treasury Regulations.
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by James S. Koga ; JSKoga@cpp.edu
The Library's Online Services are now available on the Internet:
LOGIN:library [no caps]
The number of simultaneous users is limited, so you may not get connected on your first try. An advantage of this method is you can use a CSUnet node at a Cal State that is possibly closer to your home and thus save on long distance charges. If another Cal State Campus is nearer to your home than Cal Poly, check with the Computing Resource Center (909/869-3120) for the phone number of a CSUnet node for that campus, and how to get onto the VAX via CSUnet.
Among the many information resources on the Internet are guides to the Internet itself. Many of these guides are included in the Clearinghouse for Subject-oriented Internet Resource Guides, which is located on a Gopher at the University of Michigan. To access:
From the root menu of the Gopher, select Off Campus Gopher Servers/, and then the CSU System Chancellor's Office/, and then Directory of Network Resources/. From there, look for the Clearinghouse for Subject-oriented Internet Resource Guides/. Follow the menus to look for a guide for a subject of interest to you.
Since you are using a Gopher, you can then view, save to your VAX account, or e-mail any resource guides you want. Note that many of the guides are very long, so you may wish to make sure you have room on your VAX account for them.
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Document Delivery hosted a successful Open House during Fall Conference. Thirty-six faculty attended an orientation on new technology used to obtain materials not held in our Library. The primary supplier of documents is ORION EXPRESS from UCLA. Alternate sources are CARL UnCover, based in Colorado and OCLC, based in Ohio. The majority of articles are received via fax using the latest software and laser printer technology to accommodate graphics and illustrations.
DON'T FORGET!: Cal Poly faculty and students may submit requests for materials online via the LDRS, if they have a VAX account or a modem, by dialing into the campus ISM (Institutional Systems Menu). Instructions for dialing-in are available from the Document Delivery Office, Room 101 on the First Floor of the Library.
This summer Library staff and student volunteers, from Cal Poly's International High School (IPOLY), began encoding all Library materials with computer scanable barcodes. Once the collection is completely encoded, Library patrons will be able to checkout books and other materials themselves at self-service checkout stations throughout the Library.
On September 30, 1994 Library staff participated in a disaster simulation exercise under the direction of Debbi McFall, Campus Emergency Services Coordinator. All building occupants (patrons were our captive participants) ducked, covered and held during the simulated 7.0 earthquake and then participated in a building evacuation drill. Members of the Library Emergency Team then participated in a search and rescue training session. This represents one in a series of planned training sessions which show the Library's commitment to strengthening the Campus Disaster Plan.
Beginning Fall 1994 all new books in the call letter range QA 76.73 - QA 76.9 will be shelved in RESERVE (on the Ground Floor) for one year after they are received in the Library. The checkout period will be two weeks, with the ability to renew if no holds have been placed. Books in this area have very high circulation rates and very high loss rates. We hope that this new policy will increase the likelihood that books you need are available when you want them.
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The Library solicits your donations to our perpetual inventory of books for the biannual used book sales. Novels, art books, cook books, travel and children's books are in particular demand at our book sales (please, no magazines). Proceeds are used to purchase new materials for the collection. Please deliver books to the University Library Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00am to 12:00; 1:00pm to 5:00pm).
An open invitation is extended to all students, faculty, and staff who would like to become involved in Library improvement projects by donating a few hours of time. For example, we could really use your assistance with our biannual used book sales. Volunteers can play a pivotal role in assisting us to enhance the quality of Library services available to current and future generations of Cal Poly students. If you have a few hours to spare, and are interested in supporting the Library, please contact Cheryl Meaux (909/869-3086) , or stop by the Library Office (Room 123) for additional information on donating your time.
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The W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, along with Archives (campus history and memorabilia) and Special Collections finally moved into new stables this summer. Rare, beautiful, and non- circulating materials now reside in a secured glass- enclosed area located on the 3rd Floor of the Library. Several state and international VIPs have already visited the newly opened facility. Prior to the Founders' Day celebrations, the staff and materials were heavily consulted by a multitude of planners wanting to know everything about Cal Poly's history, the Arabian horses and the Kellogg Ranch. We invite you to drop by for a peek at our newest service area. (Mondays through Fridays 9:30am - 12:00; 1:00pm - 5: 00pm or by special arrangement with Melissa Paul, x3081).
Because of retirements, three librarians have assumed additional responsibilities for collection management:
Please contact the above faculty with suggestions and/or requests for materials to be added to the collection.
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The Reference and Information Services Department invited faculty to attend a high-tech Open House held on Wednesday,December 14th. Entitled From A-LAN to Z39.50: New Reference Systems for Information Retrieval, visitors were offered up-close/hands-on experience with our new systems and databases for information retrieval including:
Demonstrations/hands-on were offered every half hour from 9:00 to 10:30 and again from 2:00 to 3:00. Ongoing refreshments were served in Room 114 before trying out the new systems.
The following workshops were offered during the Fall Quarter:
Full-text online information for law, business news, politics and government, and much, much more.
Attendees included students and faculty who needed the most recent information on current events, companies and industries, law and legislation.
The NTDB database covers U.S. industry analysis as well as other international economic data on foreign markets and country studies. Students and faculty attending this workshop were shown how to access over 100,000 government documents trade promotion includingforeign country marketing studies.
Please check the Cal Poly Bulletin for dates of future events/workshops offered by the Library. For more information drop by the Reference Office, Room 104 on the 1st Floor of the Library or call x3076.
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Arabian Horse Collection - 3081;
Circulation Desk - 2013;
Copy Center - 4819;
Document Delivery - 3111;
Periodicals Desk - 3092;
Reference Desk - 3084;
Reserve/Software - 3073;
*from off campus use the prefix (909) 869- xxxx.
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