State of the Library
Prepared by Alison English, Head Librarian
- Vanguard University Library holdings are 142,765 volumes. This includes all hardcopy periodicals, monographs (books), microfiche, microfilm, maps, reference books, videos, CDs, Pentecostal Collection, Morris Pike Drama Collection, Spanish Collection, Helenclair Lowe Collection (Chorister’s Guild), educational curriculum section, etc.
- Vanguard University Library’s online resources are comparable to Westmont University, Biola University and Regent University (Virginia). We are providing abstract and full-text access to seventy-seven (103) periodical and journal databases which are meeting the majority of the needs of our undergraduate students, as well as our graduate education and graduate religion students. (See attached list.)
- New databases that were added during fall semester 2001, are FACTS ON FILE, and ATLAS FULL TEXT PLUS. The FACTS ON FILE online databases are interdisciplinary, interactive databases on a wide range of subject, such as American history, science, multicultural studies, women’s studies, geography and careers. ATLAS includes full-text religious journal articles and reviews.
- During November 2001, the Library added a Business Collection to the JSTOR archives, which will give us access to 46 full-text business and economic journals.
Bibliographic Instruction Classes.
Faculty Librarians teach bibliographic instruction classes. We not only explain how to use the online and hardcopy resources in Vanguard’s Library, but we also teach students how create effective search strategies and to evaluate the online information that the searches produce. We specifically target each professor’s course requirements and tailor-make our class procedures so that they integrate with the focus of the course. The Library Web Page, developed by Associate Librarian Mary Wilson, is our syllabus.
An added focus for the 2001-2002 academic year is the Faculty Librarians’ participation in the Cornerstone Core Curriculum Course, teaching bibliographic searching strategies to incoming freshmen. A further integration of library resources with the Core Curriculum occurred during February 2002, with the opportunity to team-teach a class of the research module of English 240: Foundations of Literary Study, the cornerstone course for English majors. The content of this research class period went past the basic research strategies and helped the students to begin to “think outside the box” by connecting seemingly unrelated topics together in preparation for writing annotated bibliographies and a review of literature—essential steps in research for major papers.
Library Web Page Access.
The Library maintain lists of WWW links appropriate for each major on the Library Web Page, if academic departments do not provide this service for their students.
Regarding access to the Library Web Page and journal/periodical databases from off-campus, Jay Knobel, Director of the Information Technology Department, is planning to install a new VPN, allowing off-campus access to the Library Web Page during spring semester 2002.
For any questions concerning Vanguard University Library, please contact Alison English, Head Librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VanguardUniversityLibrary Web Page: http://www.vanguard.edu/library/
I. Currently, the following databases are accessible on-campus only:
- AccessScience – Online encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
- ANB – American National Biography. This online resource covers biographies of Americans whose significant actions occurred during his or her residence within what is now the U.S. or whose life or career directly influenced the course of American history.
- ATLA – This database is useful for Religion students. The types of materials indexed include periodical articles, book reviews, dissertations, etc. It contains abstracts and short citations only. Abstracts and citations can be emailed or printed.
- ATLAS is the full-text version of ATLA and includes full-text religious journal articles and reviews.
- Britannica Online – The online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica is updated daily.
- CQ Researcher/CQ Weekly—The CQ Weekly is known as the pre-eminent resource for Congress-watchers who need nonpartisan information on Capitol Hill. The award-winning magazine’s legislative news and analysis is consistently hailed for its accuracy and comprehensiveness. The CQ Weekly on the Web includes access to the full text of all articles published since 1983. The CQ Researcher is the perfect answer for people who need a place to begin research on current topics. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, this weekly publication covers the most current and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more.
- ELS-Encyclopedia of Life Sciences – This online encyclopedia was added spring semester 2001.
- FACTS ON FILE – online databases are interdisciplinary, interactive databases on a wide range of subject, such as American history, science, multicultural studies, women’s studies, geography and careers.
- FirstSEARCH – This service contains approximately 60 databases including Book Review Digest, Books in Print, Dissertation Abstracts, WorldCat, World Book Encyclopedia, RILM, BioDigest, General Science Abstracts, Arts & Humanities Search, Humanities Abstracts, BasicBIOSIS, Library Literature, Readers Guide Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts (Abridged Edition), etc. The majority of the databases are abstracts or short citations only. Some are full-text
- GaleNet – This Literature resource is useful for the English, Spanish and Theatre Departments. Includes biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of approximately 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, and journalists. GaleNet is updated regularly. Full-text articles can be printed or emailed.
- INFOTRAC – Academic ASAP and General BusinessFile – The articles in INFOTRAC are predominantly full-text, substantive news and/or scholarly. INFOTRAC Academic ASAP contains articles on Religion, Law, History, Psychology, Humanities, Current Events, Sociology, Communications and the General Sciences. INFOTRAC General BusinessFile contains articles on Finance, Acquisitions & Mergers, International Trade, Money Management, New Technologies & Products, Local & Regional Business Trends, Investments and Banking. Individual journal articles in both databases can be printed or emailed. INFOTRAC is updated daily.
- JSTOR – This database contains full-text journals in the areas of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, and Statistics. These selected journals begin with volume 1 and run through the last 3 to 5 years, depending upon individual publisher agreements. JSTOR is updated annually. Articles can be printed.
- LEXIS-NEXIS – Lexis-Nexis is a full-text news and legal database. This database is of particular importance to History/Political Science majors and to COMM majors, especially the Forensics Team. Lexis-Nexis is updated daily. Articles can be printed or emailed.
- MLA Bibliography – This is the Modern Language Association bibliography of linguistics, folklore, language and literature resources. It is a useful resource for English, Spanish and Theatre. It contains abstracts and short citations only.
- NetLibrary is a group of 1,500 books in electronic format. The books are web-accessible and can be “checked-out” for a period of 24-hours.
- OED – Oxford English Dictionary online.
- PROQUEST – The articles in PROQUEST are predominantly full-text, substantive news and/or scholarly. There are specific modules that can be searched individually: Arts, Business, Children, Education, General Interest, Health, Humanities, Law, Military, Multicultural, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences and Women’s Interest. PROQUEST is updated daily. Articles can be printed or emailed.
- SIRS – This is a full-text database of general interest periodicals and newspapers. The majority of the journal and newspaper articles are not scholarly, but SIRS is a good initial resource and is useful in lower division courses. SIRS is updated daily. Articles can be printed or emailed.
II. The following three (3) databases are available on campus through the Library Web Page under FirstSearch. There are 53 additional databases in FirstSearch. PsycINFO, MLA and ATLA are just three of them that are widely used by VUSC student/faculty. They are also available at home through use of a password and user id.
- MLA Bibliography – This is the Modern Language Association bibliography of language and literature resources. It is a useful resource for English, Spanish and Theatre. It contains abstracts and short citations only.
- ATLA and ATLAS – ATLA is useful for Religion students. It contains abstracts and short citations only. ATLAS is the full-text database that is being developed from ATLA.
- PsycINFO – This database includes coverage of psychological articles and research, 1887 to present. It contains abstracts and short citations only.
III. These databases are available directly through the Library Web Page from any computer on campus or at home:
- ERIC – Educational Index to ERIC documents and education-related journal articles. This database is updated daily and contains short citations and abstracts only. Vanguard Library has approximately 1,250 ERIC documents on microfiche.
- MEDLINE – This database is maintained by the National Library of Medicine and is a medical and science-related database. It contains short citations and abstracts only.
- TREN – TREN lists masters’ theses on religious and theological topics.
IV. These web links are available directly through the Library Web Page from any computer on campus or at home:
- Virtual Reference Desk – Contains links to items such as Book Reviews, Cars, Graduate Schools, Maps and Travel, Orange County Information, Job Information, etc.
- WWW Sites by Subject Area – Example are Business, Literature, Philosophy and Ethics, Sociology, Religion, etc. If your department does not maintain a web site, we will be glad to maintain and add discipline-related links to your subject area on the Library Web Page. Please contact Mary Wilson if you would like for us to serve you in this way.
- WWW General Interest Sites – Examples are Citing Web Sources, Evaluating Web Sources, Copyright, Higher Education, etc.
- REX – This Religious Database is only available in the Library. It is still CD-ROM based and available at the Research HEX computers.
- COMMSearch 3rd ed. – This CD is available in the Library at the Circulation Desk. This CD is the National Communication Association’s database of journals focusing on Communication Studies as a disciplinary area of study. There are 26 journals indexed by Title, Author and Keyword since volume 1of each journal. Six (6) NCA journals also include searchable abstracts and full text: Communication Education, Communication Monographs, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Text and Performance Quarterly. (Many of the journals that are not full-text on the COMMSearch CD are available in full-text format in the online database PROQUEST received by VUSC Library.)