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Search@UW: A brand new way of finding information.

The library’s new one-stop search tool, Search@UW, includes:

  • A vast collection of materials from UWRF and all of the UW Libraries – millions of books, e-books, videos, sound recordings, manuscripts, and more
  • Full-text articles from thousands of scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • A growing collection of digital materials from MINDS@UW, the UW System’s institutional repository, and the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Use Search@UW directly from the library’s homepage or visit the Search@UW LibGuide for more information.  For additional assistance, contact the Research Help Desk at 3343.

New Psychology Databases

Two new Psych databases are now available:

PsycEXTRA, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a bibliographic and full-text companion to the scholarly PsycINFO database. The document types included in PsycEXTRA consist of technical, annual and government reports, conference papers, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, consumer brochures and more. It contains around 200,000 records that are not indexed in any other APA database.

PsycCRITIQUES®, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of full-text book reviews featuring current scholarly and professional books in psychology. It also publishes reviews from a psychological perspective of popular films and trade books, and includes approximately 40,000 reviews dating back to 1956.

Both can be accessed using the Databases A-Z link on the library’s homepage.

New Resources!

The library recently acquired the following new resources.  You can follow the linked titles below to take a look.  They can be found in the A-Z list of databases on the library website.

Streaming Video Collections:

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

Black Studies in Video is a signature Alexander Street Press collection featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States.

Digital Science Online is a collection of standards-based visual teaching tools for the elementary and middle school science classroom and includes: full-length videos, video clips, annotated images, animations, assessments, hands-on activities, vocabulary exercises and reading activities.

Ethnographic Video Online brings together a wide range of streaming video, written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the database will contain more than 1,800 documentary films and over 100,000 pages of full-text material at completion, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives.

Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.

New Databases:

The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts gives researchers access to an extensive range of seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. The database covers 16th and 17th century Protestant writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, sermons, letters, polemical treatises, and other works.

The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation covers the religious and social upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries, giving researchers access to range of seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras.    With 845 titles by 277 authors, the collection is a treasury of theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, social and political works, sermons, letters, polemical treatises, and other key documents from this critical epoch in European history.

NEW! Search@UW Research Tool

Search through thousands of journals, magazines and newspapers using the beta version of Search@UW on the library’s homepage at  Select the “For best results, sign in” option to take advantage of additional features, such as the ability to mark and save your search results to your own e-Shelf. Later this spring Search@UW will expand to include a collection of millions of books, e-books, DVDs, streaming videos, digital images, and more. For more information about this new research tool, visit

Help! I need 5 scholarly articles!

Looking for scholarly articles?   Check out the library’s new research guide that will help you identify scholarly articles and includes links to important library       resources.

Rolling Stone says “This research guide is the bomb!”

The New York Times calls “Help! I need 5 scholarly articles!” the must-read of 2012!

“This essential guide is packed full of insight and wisdom that is sure to amaze you and delight your professors!”  Wisconsin Public Radio.

SHERPA/RoMEO: Publishers’ Copyright Policies and Self-Archiving

If you have written an article and have had it accepted for publication, you might have signed a publisher’s agreement or a publisher’s copyright agreement.  Did you read it carefully?  In such an agreement, the publisher may have placed restrictions on the posting of your article (sometimes referred to as self-archiving) on web pages such as a university’s departmental web page, in an institutional repository like MINDS@UW-River Falls, or even on a personal web page.  So if you put your article freely on the web, you may be in violation of that publisher’s agreement.

How can you be sure?  The best method to avoid conflict is to talk to your publisher before posting materials online and read your publisher’s agreement very carefully!  Some publisher’s agreements even ask you to transfer your rights as a copyright holder to the publisher.  So talk to your publisher before signing the agreement and ask them questions about your rights.  If you would like to learn more about your rights as an author, check out some of the articles found here.

Additionally, there is a helpful web site called SHERPA/RoMEO.  SHERPA/RoMEO isn’t a site where you can go to find a guide to the Himalayas.  Instead, it is a place to view publisher copyright policies and self-archiving policies for a variety of journals and publishers.  SHERPA-RoMEO is not a place to go for legal advice – it is the publisher of the journal that has the final say on whether or not you can post a copy of your article online.  SHERPA/RoMEO is a place to help you get started.

Have any questions?  Send Heidi Southworth a note and she can assist you.  Also, don’t forget about MINDS@UW-River Falls , the UWRF Institutional Repository.  MINDS@UW-River Falls serves as a place where the scholarly output of the university is organized into one central location.  This scholarly output can include a variety of materials from post-print articles published in journals to newsletter articles and posters and papers.  Talk to Heidi if you are interested in setting up your collection today!

‎ebrary launches “Download”

UWRF library patrons may now download ebrary content not only to computers but other devices including the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Sony Reader!   For an overview of how it works, please refer to this training presentation.

[ebrary Academic Complete is a new library resource featuring over 70,000 non-fiction e-books from leading publishers.  See our earlier posting for more information about ebrary.]