Changes to Research Tools

There were three major changes that happened over the intercession that may change your normal research experience at ECU Libraries. We are reaching out to let you know that two research tools received a facelift: the Library Catalog and the Database List. The underlying information architecture of these tools has not changed, but the interfaces have been updated to make them more user friendly.

Click the following links to see the new Library Catalog and Database List.

Please be aware that after December 31, 2015, several ECU Libraries databases are no longer be available.  These changes primarily stem from changes to NC LIVE and its move from EBSCO to ProQuest products.  The list below notes which database subscriptions are ending and recommends equivalent or near-equivalent databases. Each of the databases is linked, if you would like to take a look.

If the library can assist you in any way with this transition (library instruction, research consultations, tutorials, etc.), please let us know.

Database Subscription Ending 12/31/15 Equivalent Coverage
Academic Search Complete

 

ProQuest Research Library

General reference database from business and political science to literature and psychology scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and daily news content, accessible to readers and researchers at every level.

Art & Architecture Complete

 

Arts & Humanities Full Text (ProQuest)

This database covers humanities broadly: Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre, and Cultural Studies, 1973 – Present.

Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals

History and practice of architecture and design, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. Scholarly and popular periodical literature, publications of professional associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serials on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Years of Coverage: 1934 – present, with some indexing as far back as 1741.

Biography Reference Center

 

Biography Index: Past and Present

From Biography Index beginning with its first publication in 1946. Article and book citations to biographies and autobiographies, interviews, obituaries, collections of letters, diaries, memoirs, juvenile literature, book reviews, bibliographies, and exhibition reviews. People covered range from antiquity to the present and represent all fields and nationalities.

Business Source Complete

 

ABI/INFORM Complete

In-depth coverage of business and management publications. Includes journals, dissertations, working papers, key business newspapers, trade publications, country-and industry-focused reports and data. Topics covered include business conditions, trends, corporate strategies and tactics, management techniques, competitive and product information.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

 

Entrepreneurship (ProQuest)

Information for entrepreneurs and researchers that includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.

Environment Complete Environment Abstracts

This database encompasses all aspects of the impact of people and technology on the environment and the effectiveness of remedial policies and technologies. The database also covers conference papers and proceedings, special reports from international agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, associations and private corporations. Other materials selectively indexed include significant monographs, government studies and newsletters.

ERIC via EBSCO

 

ERIC via ProQuest

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC is the premiere indexing and abstracting source for education and related disciplines. Journal and non-journal literature indexed.

Health Reference Center: Academic

 

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source makes it easy to find reliable healthcare information. This database provides full text journals, evidence based resources, and dissertations to support the study of the many aspects of nursing or the allied health professions, including physical therapy, radiography, dietetics, dental hygiene, and the clinical laboratory sciences.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text

 

Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA)

An international, multilingual abstracting and indexing tool designed for library professionals and other information specialists. Subject areas include computer science applications, information management, library science and librarianship, and publishing and bookselling. Years of Coverage: 1969 – Current

Literary Reference Center Plus

 

Literature Online (LION)

Combines several full-text databases for English, American, and Canadian fiction, poetry, and drama with a wide range of reference resources, including indexing of the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature.

Literature Resource Center

Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over thousands of writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Military and Government Collection

 

Military Collection (ProQuest)

Articles from topics across all government and military branches, including international relations, political science, criminology, defense, aeronautics and space flight, communications, civil engineering, and more.

Newspaper Source Plus

 

ProQuest Newsstand

News content from many national and international newspapers, newswires and selected news magazines.

Points of View Reference Center

 

Issues & Controversies

Provides up-to-date, in-depth factual information on a broad range of current issues and controversies. Chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, bibliographies and contact information augment the balanced coverage of current and historical events.

World Shakespeare Bibliography

 

International Index to Performing Arts

Article citations in a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry, including dance, film, television, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, broadcast arts, circus performance, comedy, storytelling, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic. Years of Coverage: 1864-current; most from 1998 onward

MLA International Bibliography

Indexes and abstracts articles on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from journals and series published worldwide. Also covers relevant books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Produced by the Modern Language Association. Years of Coverage: 1963 – Current

 

UnMosqued -Special Film Screening and Panel Discussion

UnMosqued: A film about the mosque in America
Special Film Screening and Panel Discussion

invite

(A Wellness Passport Event)

Thursday, February 11
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library
7pm-9pm

UnMosqued is a documentary film which aims to highlight the growing need for reform in many of the mosques found in America. The purpose of the documentary is to engage a group of people who have been disconnected from their local mosque and explore the various reasons that have led to this sentiment.

“Rebuilding castles in the rubble of the humanities: Centering Spenser, an interdisciplinary website”

Please join us for our next Discussions in Digital Scholarship

“Rebuilding castles in the
rubble of the humanities:
Centering Spenser, an interdisciplinary website”

Featuring Thomas Herron
Department of English
East Carolina University

DISSH feb 11. .plasma

Thursday, February 11 at 3:30pm
in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery at Joyner Library

with questions or more information please contact Heather White
whiteh@ecu.edu or (252) 328-2870

FaculTea

FaculTea Feb 3 .Plasma

 Please make plans to join on Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:30pm  in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery for our next FaculTea featuring Dr. Kennetta Perry,  Assistant Professor of History at East Carolina University.

 The title of her presentation will be: “Black Britain and the Global Politics of Race in the Postwar World”

Amazon Book Cover

 With questions or for more information please contact Heather White at (252) 328-2870 or whiteh@ecu.edu

 

 

 

 

Joyner Library Alternative Textbook Program

Joyner Library Alternative Textbook Program Guidelines

.Joyner Library seeks applications from ECU faculty to participate in its pilot alternative textbook program. Alternative texts may include open textbooks, library subscription materials, and other free materials.   Ten stipends of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to faculty who are interested in incorporating these materials into their classroom to reduce textbook costs for their students.

Proposals will be accepted until March 1, 2016. A committee consisting of librarians and departmental faculty will select the recipients. Awarded faculty will be notified by April 1, 2016, so that they will have ample time to select or create alternative course materials and integrate them into their syllabi for fall 2016 classes. Funded faculty will have a personal librarian to work with during this period to assist with identifying potential course materials and answering copyright questions.

For more information about the alternative textbook program at ECU, please contact the Scholarly Communication Department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu. A variety of alternative textbooks and open educational resources (OER) can be found on Joyner Library’s OER guide.

Informational sessions:

Two informational sessions will be held in the Office for Faculty Excellence (Joyner Library) on Thursday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m. (http://bit.ly/InfoSession1) and Wednesday, February 10th at 1:00 p.m. (http://bit.ly/InfoSession2).  For more information or to apply, please visit Joyner Library’s website (http://bit.ly/AlternativeTexts) or contact the Scholarly Communication Department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

Eligibility:

All full time ECU faculty members teaching during the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to apply. Courses can be undergraduate or graduate classes. Additionally, they can be on-campus or distance education courses. Extra weight will be given to courses with 100 students or more, ECU Foundation courses, and/or distance education courses.

Selection Criteria:

The award committee will evaluate proposals using the following criteria:

  • 100-300 word narrative describing your project goals, student outcomes, and interest in using alternative texts
  • Total projected number of students and/or total projected cost savings for students for fall semester of 2016
  • Adoption of course materials by the start of the fall semester of 2016
  • Course offered during the fall semester of 2016
  • Creative Commons license for created materials
  • Use of library subscription materials (if applicable)
  • Sustainability of project after the awarded semester

Program Details:

  • Interested faculty must complete the online application (form listed below)
  • Awarded faculty agree to provide written feedback on their experiences of using alternative texts.
  • Faculty will be asked to share their experiences with the ECU community in a panel presentation during spring 2017, if possible
  • New textbooks that are written as a result of this program must be deposited in an appropriate repository, like MERLOT, and include a Creative Commons license.

Deadline:

Proposals are due by March 1, 2016

Apply Now!

Reducing Textbook Costs for Students at ECU

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, college students on average paid $1,260 for their textbooks during the 2013-2014 academic year.[1] Unfortunately, some students cannot keep up with the rising cost in textbooks. To help alleviate some of the costs to students, more faculty are using open educational resources in the classroom. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are texts or course materials that are freely available to the public and include an open license.[2]   Many of these OERs are peer-reviewed and/or created by faculty. A few established open textbook programs include OpenStax out of Rice University and the Open Textbook Library at the University of Minnesota.

Additionally, a number of libraries have started alternative textbook initiatives on their campus. These projects award faculty funds to incorporate OERs, library resources, and other low-cost alternatives into their courses. Recently, NC State has started an alternative textbook program and participating faculty will be sharing their experiences on November 13th at 11 a.m. in 1016 Bate.

Joyner Library will be starting an alternative textbook program for ECU faculty. More information about this program will be shared during the spring semester. However, faculty interested in learning more about OERs can use the OER Research Guide: http://libguides.ecu.edu/oer. Faculty can also contact the Scholarly Communication Department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu for more information about incorporating OERs or library materials into their courses.

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Upcoming Presentations on Faculty and Student Perspectives on Open Textbooks in the Classroom:

Have you heard about open educational resources? Do you want to reduce the cost of textbooks for your students? Joyner Library is sponsoring two events for faculty on using free or low cost textbook alternatives in the classroom.

Alternative Textbooks for Students: a faculty perspective on using open textbooks in the classroom

Friday, November 13th from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in 1016 Bate, please register here: https://goo.gl/sxQ0D4 or email scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

Presented by:   Dr. Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center

Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams, Director, Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratories

Dr. Janell Moretz, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

Ms. Hannah Pope, Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant to Dr. Moretz

Our speakers will be talking about their experience with the Alt-Textbook program at NC State University.  Drs. Gallardo-Williams and Moretz are among the first faculty members to incorporate low-cost alternative textbooks into their classroom through the program at NC State University Libraries.

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Using Alternative Textbooks in the Academic Classroom: a webinar

Thursday, November 19th from 11 a.m. -12 p.m., webinar, please register here: https://goo.gl/1aNKpt or email scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

Presented by:     Mr. Joseph Thomas, Assistant Director of Collections and Scholarly Communication

Dr. Marc Sher, Professor of Physics, College of William and Mary

Dr. Jennifer Kidd, Senior Lecturer, College of Education, Old Dominion University

Our speakers will talk about using alternative textbooks in the classroom.  Drs. Sher and Kidd will provide examples of using free textbooks in their undergraduate courses.

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Attention all students: Join Joyner Library and the Student Government Association on Friday, November 13th at 1:30 p.m. in 1016 Bate for a discussion about using free or low-cost textbooks in your classes. Dr. Will Cross, NC State, will talk about an alternative textbook program at NC State and its impact on the cost of textbooks for students.

Alternative Textbooks for Students: a student forum, co-sponsored by the Student Government Association

Friday, November 13th from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in 1016 Bate

Presented by: Dr. Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center

 

 

[1] Ginder, S.A., Kelly-Reid, J.E., and Mann, F.B. Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2013-14; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2012-13; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2012-13: First Look (Preliminary Data). NCES 2014-066. U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, 2014. http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch

[2] SPARC. “Open Education Fact Sheet,” Accessed October 30, 2015, http://www.sparc.arl.org/sites/default/files/Open%20Education%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf.

Winter Clothing Drive

The Green Committee will be collecting gently used winter clothing and accessories now through January 31, 2016. Please place donations in the box located at the Special Collections single service point on the 3rd floor.