Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Resources on the Renaissance

We are pleased to provide access to three new resources through Iter's Gateway to the Middle Ages & the Renaissance. Those researching the Renaissance and Middle Ages can now make use of:

Iter Bibliography
Secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700), including citations for books, journal articles, dissertation abstracts, conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues.

Iter Italicum
Iter Italicum is a finding list of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections around the world. It is a tool for any scholar working in the fields of classical, medieval and Renaissance studies.

Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme
Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles and reviews on all aspects of the Renaissance, Reformation and Early Modern world: literature, geography, history, religion, art, music, society and economics.

You'll find Iter Bibliography and Iter Italicum listed in the Databases by Title list on the library homepage. Both of those, as well as Renaissance and Reformation, can be found on the appropriate subject guides on the Research Wiki. If you have any questions about these new resources, just ask!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Problems with the "Find E-Journals" search

We're currently experiencing some technical difficulties with the search that powers the "Find E-Journals" section of the homepage. Some patrons are being presented with a login screen instead of search results. In talking with people who have experienced this problem, we have determined that trying your search three times in a row will get you past the login screen, at which point you can proceed as usual. We realize this is an unorthodox approach, but while we work to diagnose the problem we wanted to share information about this workaround.

If you are experiencing this problem and you have a moment or two, we'd appreciate it if you could answer the following questions via an email to Charles Lockwood, our Digital Services Librarian (clockwood@loyola.edu):

  1. Are you using a PC or a Mac?
  2. What browser are you using? Explorer? Firefox? Something else? What version? (You can usually find this information in the "Help" menu by selecting the "About this browser" option.)
  3. What is the computer's IP address? (Just visit WhatIsMyIP.com.)
  4. Does this happen every time you try to access a journal this way, or just for a certain title? If so, please let us know which title.
  5. Have you tried deleting cookies from the browser? If you have, did it solve the problem? (If you're not sure how to do this, search the help menu in your browser for instructions.)
If you encounter this problem and can't work through it, please don't hesitate to contact the Research Assistance Desk at (410) 617-6802.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New Database: PsychiatryOnline

We are happy to announce that we now have online access to the DSM-IV-TR, and the Handbook of Differential Diagnostics! This comes as part of the addition of a new database to our collection: PsychiatryOnline. In addition to the DSM, this also gives us online access to several other psychiatry textbooks and reference books, as well as five scholarly journals (American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Academic Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, Psychosomatics) and Psychiatric News, the newsletter of the American Psychiatry Association. (Full-text is available for a limited date range of these publications.)

We're still working on getting the links to these new resources in the library catalog and database list. For now, you can access everything from our subject guides, which are linked on our homepage. In the "Articles & Other Resources" section, use the subject menu and chose either Psychology or Pastoral Counseling. Click into the databases page, and you'll see PsychiatryOnline listed with the rest of our resources.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Summer Book Delivery Schedule

If you're taking a summer class, please make a note of this important information!

In the summer, the book delivery service provided by MIC -- the group of libraries with which we share our catalog (more here) -- is scaled back. This affects books that you find in our library catalog and request using the "Make a Request" link. Here is this summer's delivery schedule:

  • Through Friday, June 18: Tuesday & Thursday only
  • June 21 through July 9: Daily Monday through Friday (no delivery Monday, July 5)
  • July 12 through August 20: Tuesday & Thursday
  • Starting August 23: Daily Monday through Friday
If you have questions about what day a request you have made will arrive at your requested pickup point, please call the LNDL circulation desk at (410) 617-6801.

If you find yourself in a jam, don't forget that you can always go directly to the college that holds the book you need. You can also check the catalogs of other area libraries that offer LNDL patrons the ability to borrow material (they're the starred ones). And don't forget that the Enoch Pratt Free Library has extensive holdings that might just include what you're looking for. Get in touch with the LNDL reference desk if you need help figuring this out.

The regular delivery schedule -- daily, Monday through Friday -- will resume in the fall. We'll keep you posted!