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Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (OLDO) Added to Collection

The online versions of Oxford language dictionaries for Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish are now available to the BC community. Choice, a major book review journal for academic publications used by librarians, declared that OLDO was "The most exciting electronic language dictionary service since the debut of the online Oxford English Dictionary" (Choice, March 2008). Each bilingual language dictionary, updated once a year, is accompanied by a number of resources designed to enhance language learning. For example, its Tools and Resources section includes numerous items grouped under the four headings of Life and Culture, Grammar and Vocabulary, Writing and Word Games, and Teaching and Learning. Highly recommended: the PowerPoint tour created by the Oxford University Press to introduce users to OLDO's many features.

By the way, the reviews in Choice are also available on online to the BC community. Professors in search of material for their students or their own research can search it by subject, readership level (lower undergraduate, upper undergraduate, graduate, research/faculty, professional), and recommendation level (essential, highly recommended, recommended, optional, not recommended). Both books and internet resources are reviewed.

Two Histories of Boston College Available as E-Books

Anticipating the 2013 sesquicentennial, the University Libraries recently digitized two Boston College histories. The digitization was accomplished through a partnership with the Boston Library Consortium and the Open Content Alliance.

The two histories, freely available on the Internet, are (1) Rev. Charles F. Donovan's History of Boston College: From the Beginnings to 1990, published in 1990 and (2) Rev. David R. Dunigan's earlier work, A History of Boston College, published in 1947. 

The new electronic texts are cataloged in the Libraries' Holmes One Search catalog and can also be accessed through the Internet Archive's web site:  http://www.archive.org.

The newly digitized histories join several related works freely available on the Internet as a result of Library digital initiatives:

Rev. Charles F. Donovan's Occasional Papers, a series of booklets published by the University Historian, Father Donovan, which draw upon historical sources to document little-known aspects of Boston College's history.

Boston College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: Continuity and Change at the Heart of Boston College, a brief history recording growth of graduate education at Boston College during the last 80 years.

Mary Kinnane. A Dynamic Era in the History of Boston College: The Higher Education of Undergraduate Women, the School of Education, 1952-1965 (2002), a personal account of the early years of coeducation in the School of Education—the first school at BC to admit women. This work covers the years 1952-65 and includes profiles of faculty members and administrators.

Alerting Services at Boston College

Many members of the Boston College community take advantage of alerting services to track the latest news in particular areas of interest. Most journal publishers now provide RSS (Really Simple Syndication) options for automatic delivery of tables-of-contents and other news items to a user's RSS reader. Many other websites (blogs, newspaper portals - Science of the Times, for example, etc.) also provide this option. To begin receiving RSS feeds, set up an RSS reader (Google Reader is one example), then navigate to the journal or website page and look for the RSS feed option to add the feed url to your reader (more information). 

Boston College Libraries also offers many databases providing RSS feeds or email alerts from the journals they index, often allowing for customized searches. Databases such as Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index), Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, PubMed, to name just a few, let you create search strategies to fit your needs, then automatically send you results as either email or RSS alerts whenever articles appear matching your requirements. For a more extensive list of databases and journals offering email and RSS alerts, see the Libraries' page, Set Up Automated Alerts (E-Alerts) for Databases and E-journals.

You now have an additional option at Boston College, RefAware. RefAware brings the power of RSS feeds into your email inbox, offering a central access point for customized search alerts over a wide swath of disciplines. RefAware indexes over 8,000 scholarly journals and non-refereed information sources. Searches can be run against broad journal subject categories (Life Sciences, Biology, and Medicine; Physical Sciences; Engineering; Social Sciences; Arts & Humanities; and Business), or further limited to results from a customized journal set. All journals included in the service must offer an RSS feed option. If a journal you follow offers RSS, but is not included, you can request its addition to the service. Users can establish up to 30 customized searches, and set delivery frequency between daily and quarterly. Export the results you want to keep to RefWorks, EndNote or RefManager (select this in Preferences). References remain in the website for 90 days.

Scientific American is Now One of the Nature Journals

Scientific American, the magazine long known for making science and technology accessible to the wide array of users, scientists and non-scientists, alike, is now part of the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) stable of journals.  The Libraries' ejournals page provides immediate access to the full-text and abundant graphics for issues published since 1993.  Scientific American Mind and other supplemental series can also be found here.