Database Trial

Database Trial


Guide to Reference

Trial Period: March 12 ~ May 12, 2009

As stated in the Editorial that the purpose of the Guide has been to offer a usably comprehensive, not exhaustive, repertory of sources for answering questions, directing researchers, creating local instructional materials, educating and training library school students and reference staff, and inventorying and developing reference collections.

Plunkett Research Online

Trial Period: March 6 ~ April 6, 2009

Access ID: calstatela; Password: trial

Plunkett Research Online provides industry analysis on 33 different industry sectors, including Manufacturing Industry. According to the vendor, this is a great place for students who are working on research projects to turn to first, and a great place for business professionals to get the market research they need. There are tools for jobs seekers, and in depth trend analysis on these industries, as well as statistics, a list of associations and organizations, and industry-specific glossaries. The database also provides a profile the top 500 companies in each industry so that you can find who the major players are.

 

Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus

Trial Period: March 3, 2009 ~ March 31, 2009

Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus provides examinations of the many social, scientific, political, and economic issues facing the world community today. Building on the convenience and accessibility of the Reference Shelf series, this database presents editor-selected full-text articles from key publications with an exposition-filled, balanced overview. Links that generate additionally relevant full-text and citation materials are also provided, as are links to authoritative, research-worthy sites on the open web.

  • The database covers over 600 Topics.
  • Links to biographical profiles from the acclaimed reference Current Biography present background information on key players.
  • Links to primary sources and helpful Web sites enhance topic coverage, e.g., the text of the Kyoto Accord in the coverage of global climate change.
  • PDF page images deliver all the illustrations, charts, graphs, and other graphical content essential to research.
  • Links to automated WilsonWeb searches expand on and update each topic.

Annual Cost: $995

Encyclopaedia Islamica Online

Trial Period: 10/30/2008 to 3/31/2009

This volume of Encyclopaedia Islamica is the first of a projected 16-volume publication, consisting of an abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dairat al-Maarif-i Buzurg-i Islami, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. One unique feature of this work of reference lies in the attention it gives to Shii Islam and its rich and diverse heritage, which makes it complementary to other encyclopaedias. In addition to providing entries on important themes, subjects and personages in Islam generally, it offers the western reader an opportunity to appreciate the various dimensions of Shii Islam, the Persian contribution to Islamic civilisation, and the spiritual dimensions of the Islamic tradition.