Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Try out New Databases during Trials Month

Samford University Library is continually previewing and testing new resources for students and faculty, so that we can best serve our users.

A big part of this process is trying out new databases for general and specific disciplinary research purposes.

Courtesy of the University Library and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, you are invited to enjoy trials month.  See current trial databases at include access to medical videos; reference books in art, literature, history, and science; the Dictionary of American Regional English; and a source of reviews for children’s literature and media.

Here are a few of the trials that you can currently preview:

"The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)—representing the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, from Adam’s housecat to Zydeco—has long been consulted by a wide range of scholars and lovers of language and regional nuance. This digital version transforms the dictionary into an interactive, multimedia tool that will greatly benefit both scholarly inquiry and general intellectual curiosity."

From the website:
"It is the mission of the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Company to provide reliable one search access to all important and relevant information about Pre K-12 media of all types, including reviews from respected publications for those professionals who work with Pre K-12 media. Our goal is to connect our subscribers with information about books, authors and illustrators around the world, and to connect children and young adults with the books that will make a significant difference in their lives."


From the website:
"ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.

"ABM is the premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography since its invention. It includes abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. The coverage of ABM is wide-ranging and includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artist's books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.
"ABM is used by students and researchers around the world to pinpoint publications and writings relevant to their area of study. Its extensive classification system and comprehensive abstracts make it an ideal source for information on artists, art movements, art history and theory, design, photography, and crafts."

ABM Covers:

Art History
Art Theory
Artists' books
Conservation and restoration
Contemporary art
Folk art
Modern Art
Museums and galleries
Performance art

Check out these previews and several more on our database trials guide.

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