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FOGLER LIBRARY NEWS SERVICE
Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wednesday, April 30, 2003--



SUMMARY
1. Services
A. Ask-a-Librarian Chat Service
2. Collections
A. Online Scientific Handbooks Added
3. Databases
A. Wall Street Journal Full-Text and ABI/INFORM Global Now Available
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1. SERVICES
A. ASK-A-LIBRARIAN CHAT SERVICE
Fogler Reference and Science & Engineering librarians are beginning a new
Ask-a-Librarian chat service for students, faculty, and staff to obtain
real-time, online library research assistance. It allows you to communicate
with a librarian without disconnecting from the internet. This service is
available Monday-Wednesday, 1:00-6:00 pm, and Thursday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm.
Go to the Fogler Library home page (http://library.umaine.edu) and click on
the blue icon in the bottom left corner to enter the service.

The system features full co-browsing, which enables the librarian and patron
to share the same Web pages, including online databases and other resources,
and to provide guidance as needed. This service works best with Internet
Explorer. When you enter the system, you will be asked to accept a software
download. This is necessary for the librarian to work with you directly on
the Web. As this is a pilot project, expected to be fully operational by
Fall 2003, we are asking for your help in testing this service and providing
us with feedback. Please contact Nancy Lewis 581-3613
[nancy.lewis@umit.maine.edu] with questions and comments.


2. COLLECTIONS
A. ONLINE SCIENTIFIC HANDBOOKS ADDED
Fogler Library has added 4 online chemical and physical handbooks to the
collection. To access these items, search for them by title in the URSUS
catalog [ http://ursus.maine.edu ] and use the "electronic access" link.
Much of the data is presented in PDF format, although 2 of the titles
include interactive tables (java plug-in required).
International Critical Tables of Numeric Data, Physics, Chemistry and
Technology (1926-1930) includes data on physical, thermodynamic, mechanical,
and other key properties. This handbook is also available in print at the
Library, as Sci Ref Q 199 .N32 (7 volume set).
Smithsonian Physical Tables (9th rev. ed., 1954) includes 901 tables
covering a broad range of physical and chemical data. The Thermochemistry of
the Chemical Substances (1936), a supplement to the thermochemical section
of the International Critical Tables, includes 5,840 values of heats of
formation and 350 values of heats of transition, fusion, vaporization, and
reaction (also: Sci Ref QD 511 .B56). Knovel Critical Tables (2003) expands
on the thermochemical data presented in the International Critical Tables,
covering about twice as many compounds. Contact the Science and Engineering
Center: Jim Bird, jim.bird@umit.maine.edu, 581-1697; Nancy R. Curtis,
nancy.curtis@umit.maine.edu, 581-1679; Lois Nase, lois.nase@umit.maine.edu,
581-1678.

3. DATABASES
A. WALL STREET JOURNAL FULL-TEXT AND ABI/INFORM GLOBAL NOW AVAILABLE
We are pleased to announce that the Fogler Library now has access to the
Wall Street Journal in full-text online via
[http://www.library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/Indexes.asp ]
ABI/Inform Global from 1984 to the present. ABI/Inform Global is an online
database which includes an index to thousands of business journals (many in
full-text), as well as company profiles.
ABI/Inform Global is available via the
[http://www.library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/indexes.asp ]Indexes & Databases
list on the [http://www.library.umaine.edu/ ] library home page. Detailed
instructions for browsing individual issues or searching the Wall Street
Journal content are available on the following web page:
http://www.library.umaine.edu/general/wsj.htm.
If you have any questions about this new online resource, please contact:
Darylyne Provost, Business Reference Librarian, 581-3610, e-mail:
darylyne.provost@umit.maine.edu

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