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FOGLER LIBRARY NEWS SERVICE
Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wednesday, November 15,  2006--

                                                      
 
SUMMARY                      
1. News  
     A. Search Manuscript Collections Online
2. Databases
    A. Foundation Directory Online Professional Now Available
    B. CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online database

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1.   NEWS
A.  SEARCH MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS ONLINE
Researchers may now search a selection of finding aids for manuscripts using Fogler Library’s search engine at http://www.library.umaine.edu/speccoll/portaldb/search.htm.  Access to finding aids is essential for understanding the true content of manuscript collections, such as personal papers, business records, and photographs, because the finding aid is a detailed narrative description and inventory of the material.  This new tool allows keyword searching across finding aids for 115 collections with more being added continually.  The bulk of these collections were part of a project, funded by a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission, to process nearly 100 collections related to Maine's environmental history. 

Information about manuscript collections is also available through: records in URSUS; onsite finding aids in Special Collections on the third floor of Fogler Library; and a browsable list at http://www.library.umaine.edu/speccoll/manulist.htm Contact Special Collections staff at (207) 581-1686 or spc@umit.maine.edu for further information.

 
2. DATABASES
A. FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE PROFESSIONAL NOW AVAILABLE
The Foundation Directory Online Professional provides information on U.S. grantmakers and their grants. It includes 80,000 detailed funder profiles for foundations, corporate giving programs, and donors; over 359,000 trustee, officer, and donor names; program details and application guidelines; charts depicting grant distributions by subject, geographic, and demographic focus; searching across over 250,000 Form 990 entries; and foundation news, requests for proposals, publications, and job postings. Access is restricted to one simultaneous user on computers located in the library building from the link at www.library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/Indexes.asp.  For assistance please check with Reference (581-1673) in the Information Commons, first floor of the library.

 
B. CIAO: COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ONLINE DATABASE

CIAO includes full-text of selected international affairs journals, books, working papers, conference proceedings, and policy briefs.  It also encompasses teaching materials such as case studies and course packs, and monthly focus topics such as "The Taliban Insurgency".  To access it, go to www.library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/Indexes.asp.  For assistance with the database, please contact Reference at 581-1673.
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