New Databases Added to Polk's Web Site
By: Kimberly Parsons, Library Communications Assistant
Over interim, three new databases were added to the already abundant list that Polk Library has to offer. The newly added ARTstor, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses and Ovid Nursing databases all serve different purposes, but are useful research tools for many students on campus.
ARTstor is a database that contains over one million digital images from several different fields, including the arts, architecture, humanities and the sciences.
Jeff Brunner, Polk Library’s Electronic Resource Librarian, said he’s really excited about the introduction of ARTstor because, “it has a great interface that’s really easy to use. It’s also sort of the premier art image database available right now.”
Brunner said that the database will be useful to students in all disciplines due to the variety of images. A history student may not realize the impact of adding an image to their research papers, especially one that was found on a scholarly database.
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses is another database that collects and digitizes scholarly works of graduate students, making it a useful tool for advanced-level work. Currently when researching, if a student comes across a thesis or dissertation it can be hard to track down a copy. The new database provides an easy way to look at these materials without having to use the Interlibrary Loan system.
Although a bulk of the theses and dissertations in the database are from the 1990s to the present, some date back as far as 1637, making the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database the most comprehensive collection of these materials available.
The final addition to Polk’s database collection is the Ovid Nursing database. This collection contains about 30 to 40 high-quality nursing journals. According to Brunner the university already had subscriptions to some of the journals, but they were in paper format. Since the library switched, almost completely, from paper to digital versions of journals over interim, the Ovid database was the perfect solution because it contains the legacy journals plus quite a few new ones as well.
All three databases are now up and running and can be accessed via the Polk Library web page.
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