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  • New Resource: CAB Abstracts with Fulltext

    CAB Abstracts (previously produced by the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux, now produced by an international non-profit agency CABI) covers agriculture very broadly, from agronomy, economics, all applied and biological sciences, plant sciences, tourism, hospitality, and leisure, environmental, food, international, and rural development, global health, veterinary and animal sciences, and much more. Includes journals, monographs, conferences, books, annual reports, and other sources. The scope of content in current international and least-developed scholarly research not cited in most mainstream scholarly databases.

    • Instant access to over 12.5 million bibliographic records, includes news and blogs
    • Over 475,000 hard-to-find linked full text sources, so nice!
    • Comprehensive subject indexing coverage in all interdisciplinary research areas
    • Includes access to relevant world-wide sources back to 1910
    • English language summaries, indexing, abstracts, and organism descriptors
    • Check out the CAB Thesaurus to better define search, organism, and preferred keyword search terms
    • Works well with linking to Brock Library full-text articles, open sources, and citation management systems e.g. Zotero
    • Create a My CABI account to save searches, set up email alerts, and share findings with colleagues
    • Best kept Brock Library database secret – try it today!

    Ian Gordon
    Science Liaison Librarian

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  • New Resource: Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Historical Archive

    The Brock Library is pleased to announce new online access to the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Historical Archive (1902-2014).  The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) is one of the most esteemed and essential publications for those who love to discover new literary works and explore lively discussions on diverse topics.  Beginning in 1902 as a supplement to the Times (London) newspaper, the TLS publishes reviews, poetry and prose, as well as timely essays.  In addition to introducing readers to literary works and ideas, the TLS provides a window into contemporary issues and discussions.

    Researchers can find reviews of major literary works such as Andrew Lang’s 1902 review of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles).  Individual poems and book extracts are also included, as in this Ted Hughes poem, published in 1960.

    Explore the TLS Historical Archive

    Discover current TLS issues here.

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  • Library expertise at one click

    Ask a Librarian is a collaborative virtual reference service that connects students, faculty members, and researchers from participating university libraries across Ontario with real-time library and research assistance through chat.

    Since the pandemic began, Brock and partner libraries have seen a sharp increase in questions from our respective communities. In our post-chat exit survey, we recently heard from a Brock student who noted “I love the library chat. I use it all the time and it is always so helpful. It has been a lifesaver during the pandemic!

    With online support at the forefront right now, we’ve added a new Ask a Librarian tab across our website. Assistance is now just one click away.

    Learn more about Ask a Librarian, or chat with us now.

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  • Personal and professional development: taking time for you

    Amid the hustle and bustle of the fall and winter academic terms, finding time to devote to your personal and professional development can be challenging. Spring and summer can be a great time to shift your focus from the rigours of the fall and winter study terms to taking some time for you.

    What do you want to learn more about? What do you want to work on? In what areas do you want to grow or improve? What skills do you want to pick up or fine tune?

    The titles in this collection are meant to inspire you to work towards achieving your own personal and professional development goals.

    This collection is a mix of print and e-books but it’s quick and easy to place a hold on print items for pickup.

    Find additional #VirtualBookDisplay topics in Omni.

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  • Omni feedback form remains available

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our Omni Feedback Survey! Participants had the option to enter a draw for a $50 Amazon gift card.  The contest closed Friday April 30th at noon and one lucky winner was randomly selected.  Congratulations to Cedric Junor, a 2nd year film studies student!

    Feedback from the survey will help us learn how Omni has been helpful in your research journey as well as identify areas that could be improved.  As Omni is a consortia search tool with 15 other universities in Ontario, the anonymous feedback we received will contribute to the overall experience for all schools. Although the contest has closed, the survey still remains available to anyone else in the Brock community who would like to share their feedback.  We always appreciate learning from our users.

    Share your feedback now.

     

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  • Discover your library this spring

    Brock University Library welcomes you to the spring term. If you are new to Brock, take a look at the Discover Your Library page for a quick introduction to library people, services, & resources.  Supporting you in your academic life is core to our mission.

    We have developed a number of online and in-person services and supports in response to COVID-19. Our focus is on access to electronic resources and virtual help. You can learn more about these services on our COVID-19 page.

    For new students, the shift to academic research can be a challenge, but getting assistance is easy. We offer email and chat services as well as online research consultations with our Liaison Librarians.

    We look forward to working with you and wish you all the best for a successful term.

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  • Submit your Omni feedback today!

    Since December 2019, students, faculty and staff have been using Omni, Brock University’s new Academic Search Tool, to support their research needs.  How has your experience been?

    The Library is seeking feedback from all members of the Brock community.  We want to hear from YOU: the good, the bad, the ugly.  You can tell all in this short survey.  We’ll be sharing your anonymous feedback with Omni partners to inform future modifications that seek to improve the user experience for all our Omni schools.

    BONUS: All survey respondents have the option to enter a draw for a $50 Amazon gift card. Enter by noon on April 30th.

    Share your Omni feedback now.

     

     

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  • Expanded Access: Oxford Handbooks Online

    Enjoy full, unrestricted access to all content in Oxford Handbooks Online. That’s over 1,100 books! Researchers can browse by their field of interest or search by keyword on a specific topic.

    Each Handbook offers thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in the area. Articles in each handbook review the key issues and debates on the topic as well as provide arguments for how those debates might evolve. These scholarly review articles provide students with an in-depth overview of the field as well as authoritative guidance, directing them to related content. Here are just a handful of titles newly available:

    With Oxford Handbooks Online, researchers always have access to the most recent literature as articles are published online in advance of print publications.

    Watch the Guided Tour or start exploring Oxford Handbooks Online right away.

     

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  • Book pickup service hours adjusted

    In response to the provincial stay-at-home order, the Library’s book pickup service will continue, but with shortened hours. The new hours for pickup are Wednesday from 10am-2pm. Upon arrival for pickup and after screening by campus security, please come to our Book Pickup table just outside the entrance of the library. Give us a call at 905-688-5550 x4583 to let us know you have arrived, and Library staff will bring your books out to you. Full instructions will be provided to you over email when your items are ready for pickup.

    Online library services such as scanning requests and Hathi Trust are unaffected by the stay–at-home order. We will continue to support access to the information you need for your research and teaching.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at libhelp@brocku.ca

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  • Asian Voices

    Hear from Asian Voices, a collection of books, e-books and streaming videos on topics as diverse as spirituality, immigration, cooking, and cultural confusion. This collection includes fiction and non-fiction with several titles exploring the Asian-Canadian experience.

    Some items are available in print only. It’s quick and easy to place a hold for pickup.

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