Data Base Access Expanded

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Members of the Boston College community can now access several new data bases and conduct research from their offices, residence hall rooms or homes at any hour of the day or night, thanks to recently installed software on the University Libraries' QUEST system.

Infoshare has made this improved access possible by offering two data bases, the Educational Resource Information Center and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, through the World Wide Web and the University's InfoEagle server. Two more data bases, MATHSCI, a mathematics resource, and GEOREF, a geological data base, will be available soon through Infoshare and more are on the way, University library administrators say.

"This is the first time University community members can access these data bases from their offices and personal computers, so they don't have to come to the library to use them," said University Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky. "It gives students and faculty the option of coming to the library or working from another location, thereby giving them greater flexibility in how and where they spend their time."

ERIC displays journal articles and educational documents, all available on microfilm in the O'Neill Library, and was chosen to be one of the first data bases available on Infoshare because of its high demand across all disciplines, according to Yavarkovsky. CINAHL was selected to complement the strong nursing collections available in the library, he said.

Infoshare significantly expands the number of people who can log on to ERIC or CINAHL at any given time, while freeing up lines to other data bases.

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