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12 Jul

Library Databases and e-Books Subscriptions during 2017-2018

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / July 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is always on the lookout to subscribe to new and specialized databases and packages in order to best support research and teaching at AUB.

In 2017 and 2018, the UL has expanded its subscription to more databases and e-books offerings, covering an array of subject areas and types of material. The UL also upgraded some of its subscriptions to include more content, especially of recent years.

We invite you to explore these databases and e-books collections and to enjoy the exclusive access you have to them.

Below is a listing of the databases and e-books packages that the UL has subscribed to so far since 2017.

To know more about our subscriptions, see our full List of Databases  or click here to search the UL’s e-Books collection.  

Contact Jafet Library via email on jftref@aub.edu.lb or by phone on extensions 2620/1/9 for more information. 

Databases

Arab World Research Source: Al Masdar

Brockelmann in English: The history of the Arabic written tradition online

Chatham House Online Archives (Part I, 1920-1979)

Eventus

Global Health (CABI)

Passport (upgraded to include Industrial and Cities)

Psycbooks (APA)

SDC Complete

Shakespeare Survey Online Archives (2018)

Visible Body

E-Books publisher packages

APA Handbooks in Psychology

Brill e-books (all missing until 2018)

CAE (Cambridge Archives Edition) (37 titles from the Near & Middle East Collection)

Cambridge Companions Online (2017-2018)

Cambridge Histories Online (2017-2018)

Edward Elgar (2018)

Geoscience World (2016-2018)

MIT Press eBooks Library

IEEE-Wiley eBooks Library (IEEE Xplore)

Morgan & Clay Pool Synthesis Collection (2019-2020)

OpenEdition Collection to the Arabic & Muslim World Collection (2017 – 2018)

OSEO (Oxford Scholarship Editions Online) (2017-2018)

Oxford Handbooks (2017-2018)

Sage Knowledge (2017-2018)

SIAM e-books (2017-2018)

UPSO (University Presses Scholarship Online) (2017-2018)

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture

Philosophy in the Islamic World Online: 8th-10th Centuries

News Archives

Associated Press Part 4: Middle East Bureau collection 1967 and 2005

Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004)

The Guardian (1825-2003)

The Observer (1791-2003)

International Herald Tribune (Historical Archive)1887-2013

Jewish Exponent Historical Archive (1887-1990)

The Telegraph Historical Archives (1855-2000)

Tools

Overleaf Commons for Institutions

 Trials

Oxford Clinical Psychology (Free Trial until 12/2018)

Oxford Medicine Online (Free Trial until 12/2018)

29 May

Open Archives Day at the University Libraries: Friday June 8, 2018

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / May 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Archives and Special Collections,  AUB University Libraries is pleased to invite you on Friday June 8, 2018 to visit its premises and discover its collections and services, on the occasion of International Open Archives Day.

The Open Archives Day is an international annual event celebrated on June 9 at archives and cultural heritage preservation institutions around the globe. It is a great opportunity for you to get to discover documents related to AUB, Lebanon and the region’s history, from our archival and unique collections: on display will be select items in different formats, including posters, photographs, maps, comic books, archives, and more.

The Archives and Special Collections Department (ASC) collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to unique, historical and rare primary sources that document the history and culture of AUB, Lebanon, the Arab World and the region at large. Our collections include more than 1,800 manuscripts; 5,000 posters; 800 postcards; 2,001 maps; 70,000 photographs; and 940 linear feet of archival material, including papers of famous intellectuals, 9,229 volumes of theses, projects, and dissertations going back to 1906; in addition to around 2,000 rare books and a number of unique serials.

12 Apr

The University Libraries subscribe to “Global Health” Database

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce their subscription to “Global Health”, a specialist bibliographic abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health and completing the picture of international medical and health research by capturing key literature.

Global Health is part of CAB Direct, an extensive source of reference in the applied life sciences, incorporating two leading bibliographic databases: CAB Abstracts and Global Health.

Derived from over 7,000 journals, reports, books and conferences, Global Health contains over 3 million scientific records from 1973 to present. Abstracted publications are from more than 100 countries and in 50 languages. Most of the relevant papers are translated into English.

Approximately 185,000 records are added to Global Health each year, and over 96% of these records include an English abstract.

Global Health also has a growing number of full text articles of over 90,000 from journals, conferences, and reports.

12 Mar

University Libraries’ research data services librarian co-authors scholarly article about Research Data Management

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

AUB University Libraries’ research data services librarian, Dalal Rahme, joined efforts with Dr. Gladys Saade, Professor at the Faculty of Information at the Lebanese University to co-author and publish an article entitled “Research Data Reshaping Cultural Society: Case of the Lebanese University”

The article is published through Springer, but is also openly accessible through Academia.

In their article, the authors discuss Research Data Management (RDM) as a new practice at the level of Lebanese academic institutions and then assess technological and organizational needs specific to the Lebanese University (LU) as a case study.

The methodology comprised a questionnaire that was sent to academics in the different faculties/branches of the University.

Results of the questionnaire revealed the concerns, challenges and commitment levels of researchers when it comes to data management and information sharing, such that there was a moderate level of awareness of information literacy and RDM practices.

The paper serves as a guiding example for educational institutions to develop services that support different activities in this field of work.

When asked about the paper, Rahme said: “We really enjoyed working together on this research paper. Dr. Gladys and I experienced some challenges, especially in the data collection part. We took the Lebanese University as an example, but the case is not really different in any other academic institution in Lebanon or the region. We hope to draw the attention to the importance of adopting good research data management practices in academia, as this will foster collaboration among academics across both disciplines and institutions in Lebanon and the region. We started data service two years ago at AUB but still, so much work needs to be done in this area.”

For more information, contact Dalal Rahme via email: dalal.rahme@aub.edu.lb or by calling ext. 2958

27 Jan

AUB University Librarians co-author scholarly article about Library Collection Development and Management

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

AUB University librarians Dima Ahmadieh- Collection Development Librarian, Salpy Nalbandian- Head of Science and Agriculture Library and Khaled Noubani- Head of Engineering and Architecture Library joined efforts to co-author and publish an article entitled “A comparative citation analysis study of master’s theses at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon”.

Published in Collection Building journal, this article seeks to determine and compare the type and age of cited literature in master’s theses of three academic disciplines at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. It also aims to improve the existing monograph and serial collections at AUB.

In their research, the authors conducted citation analysis of all AUB master’s theses completed between 2004 and 2013 in the disciplines of biology, mechanical engineering and political science. They extracted Bibliographic data from citations in the reference lists and analyzed the data. Availability of the cited books and journals was checked against the library catalog.

The findings indicated that engineering and biology students use a significantly greater number of scholarly journal articles in comparison to political science students and that all disciplines rely on recent publications.

This paper’s findings will prove useful to develop lists of core journals for the UL and will help in managing existing collections and providing a base for informed decision-making regarding journal subscriptions and/or cancellations.

When asked about this publication, the authors said, “It is an unprecedented collaborative effort between three librarians from AUB to share their experience and knowledge about citation analysis.” Adding “It was a new, challenging experience and an opportunity to share our work and knowledge with colleagues nationally and internationally. It was also a great way to know more about our master students’ research to understand and meet their needs.”

The authors unanimously agreed that working on this case study was a challenge at the beginning; to the extent that there were times where they almost lost faith in completing the work. However, they insisted on continuing until the end to get the work published.

This study is one of a few of its kind in the Arab world and will serve to facilitate collection development and management in the region.

To read the full article click here.

Citation:

Ahmadieh, D., Nalbandian, S., & Noubani, K. (2016). A comparative citation analysis study of master’s theses at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Collection Building35(4), 103-113. doi: 10.1108/CB-06-2016-0013

Link: http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.aub.edu.lb/doi/full/10.1108/CB-06-2016-0013

09 Oct

New in Research Services: UL Research Guides move to new, upgraded platform

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 9, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce that they have recently upgraded the platform of their Research Guides to better serve patrons.

Library Research guides help researchers find reliable, high-quality information. Our guides are created by librarians who are experienced about subjects in a wide array of disciplines and about best practice in information retrieval.

Researchers can search the University Libraries’ research guides by keyword, subject, type, or by the alphabetically ordered list to find the appropriate guide.

We invite you to check the new platform to find:

  • Subject Guides: Get an overview of the resources our subject experts found to be the best on a given subject area. You can browse alphabetically or by topic. Once you’ve found the guide pertaining to your subject, you’re just a few clicks away from quality sources for your research.
  • How-to Guides: Explore helpful guides on library essentials, such as how to cite sources, manage your references, find government documents, find reference information, or search for primary sources. Advanced tutorials also offer help on more specialized topics.
  • Topic Guides: Find resources specific to a topic and get tips on where and how to go to find relevant information.
  • Course Guides: Course guides are class-specific resources developed to help you get started with your research and to maximize your educational experience. You’ll find librarian-created lists of top resources and tips to get your project started.

We hope you enjoy the new platform and find the guides useful and helpful for your research.

For more about this topic, contact Jafet Library via jftref@aub.edu.lb or call 01-350 000 ext. 2629/2621.

08 Oct

New in UL Research Services: One-to-one sessions with Librarians with new booking system

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 8, 2015 / 0 Comments

New in UL Research Services:

Schedule One-to-one consultation session with a Librarian using our newly implemented booking system

You can now use this link to schedule an appointment and meet with a Librarian: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/booking/one_to_one

In the one-to-one session you can:

  • Discuss and narrow-down your research topic
  • Refine and improve your search techniques
  • Choose the most relevant information resources and material
  • Learn how to cite the resources according to required citation styles
  • Learn how to use citation management tools (RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • Inquire about any other research issue

For more information, contact Jafet on jftref@aub.edu.lb, or call: 01-350000 ext.2620.