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Academic Search Elite returns to Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier from EBSCO contains over 8,450 peer-reviewed, abstracted and indexed journals, and more than 4,650 that are peer-reviewed and full-text. Additionally, over 100 journals go back to 1975, and over 1,000 titles feature searcheable references.

Added 8/14/09

Note: Changes to Library Site

We have made some subtle changes to the library website in order to greater facilitate navigability. Chief among these is that all external links, including E-Journals and databases, are supposed to open up in a new tab. As a default, however, Internet Explorer typically opens these links in a new window. If that is the case, and you prefer tabs instead, then on the IE menu bar, click "Tools," and scroll down to "Internet Options." Under the "General" tab, find the "Tabs" section, click the "Settings" button, and under the "When a pop-up is encountered" menu, select "Always open pop-ups in a new tab." Exit by clicking "OK," and "OK" again on Internet Options. All external links should then open up in new tabs, without you having to toggle back and forth between windows--and when you are done with a tab, just close it out. Happy browsing!

Added 8/19/09


White House Science and Technology Pages

If you are concerned where science and technology policy is going at the national level, the web pages of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and the President's Council on Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) are good places to start. All three provide links to fact sheets, budgets, directives, and statements by the Executive Branch on priorities for scientific research and technological innovation.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was established in 1976 (during the Ford Administration) "with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs." Further, given that scientific research and technological innovation is integral to economic prosperity, national security, and environmental stewardship, the stated mission of OSTP is to "Serve as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the Federal Government." As stated in the Freedom of Information Act, this includes:

OSTP's mission encompasses four primary topic areas: science, technology, energy & environment, and national security & international affairs, with a division corresponding to each. OSTP is headed by a director, currently John Holdren, under whom is a director for each division. Browse and enjoy the archived documents available at this site.

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), formed by President Clinton on November 23, 1993, was established to work at the executive level in order to coordinate science policy and investment. Chaired by the President, NSTC is staffed by the Vice-President, members of the cabinet, and representatives from various Federal scientific agencies (including our own Department of Commerce, of course!). The Council consists of four committees:

You will also find documents and reports on everything from climate change to plant genomes at the NSTC site.

Finally, the President's Council on Advisors on Science Technology (PCAST), convened by Executive Order in 1993, 2001, and 2009, by presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama respectively, consists of some of the nation's top researchers as an advisory board to the President. Of intereset on this site are documents and reports to the President by PCAST members, concerning priorities for scientific research and investment.

All three of these sites are linked, so it is very easy to navigate back and forth between each of them. In edition to documents and reports, each site also features press releases, webcasts, blogs, RSS feeds, and links of interest to other government and scientific sites. Enjoy!

Added 8/26/2009


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