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The following trial resources are being evaluated for purchase by Harvard. Each resource is enabled under EZ proxy (requiring no browser configuration) unless otherwise indicated. Please provide feedback using the comments link available with each resource. All comments will be posted for general review. See the Digital Acquisitions Calendar for a listing of key events by date. You may view a more complete list of proposed new resources, as well as resources that were approved for purchase and those that were not. You may also download the Resource Evaluation Checklist or read more about the Evaluation Process.

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African Studies

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Sponsoring Library:
Trial Ends: 4/16/01
Vendor: NISC International

TRIAL EXPIRED. License in negotiation.

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Comment from Joe Bourneuf (bourneuf@fas): This and Women's Resources International are currently available on the HCL LAN in CD format. They are excellent databases, but are constantly having technical difficulties, in fact they are down right now. It would be great to migrate to Internet versions.

Comment from Jeff Kosokoff (kosokoff@fas.harvard.edu): I echo Joe's comments. The texts available in this database comprise a unique and powerful resource for scholar. This wonderful resource is too limited in its availablity. Getting African Studies off the HCL LAN and into the hands of everyone with network access will be a boon to researchers in many areas. Clearly the search interface is not so slick as some others that we have, but it is highly functional and enables quite sophisticated searches.

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China Journal Net Database

Notes: Username: harvard
Password: hyl
Your workstation must be configured with Asian Suite or another Chinese language software package in order to use the database. Contact Hilde de Weerdt at Yenching if you need assistance.
Sponsoring Library: Yenching
Trial Ends: 12/10/00
Vendor: CNKI

A new trial is being negotiated.
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Columbia Gazetteer Online

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Trial Ends: 4/8/01
Vendor: Columbia University Press

TRIAL EXPIRED. License in negotiation.

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Comment from Elizabeth Fraser (egfraser@fas): The Columbia Gazetteer Online looks really useful for a cataloger since the place names provide location by province unlike the GNP which only gives coordinates. I checked it out on a few places in the Spanish books on my desk and it was good, fast, and gave the information I needed. I hope you subscribe!

Comment from Carrie Macfarlane (cmmacfar@fas): This is a nice resource: it is fast and, for the most part, easy to use. However, the "Type of Place" search form is not user-friendly. The content of the "Type of Place" field needs to be improved as well (when I searched for a list of mountains in Japan, Mount Fuji was absent from the results because the "Type of Place" field in the entry for Mount Fuji doesn't say "mountain," it only says "national park"). More cross-references need to be added, too (for example from "Mount Spurr" to "Spurr, Mount"). Some population estimates are dated, but the publisher promises monthly updates beginning this summer. Librarians would do fine with this resource, but some users might think that they've done a comprehensive search when in fact they've only searched a 3,500-page gazetteer with as-yet imperfect indexing. Still, I haven't been able to find anything quite like this online--it is both international in scope and detailed in coverage.

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Columbia Granger's World of Poetry Online

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Sponsoring Library:
Trial Ends: 4/8/01
Vendor: Columbia University Press

TRIAL EXPIRED. License in negotiation.

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Early English Books Online

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See below if you need help.
Sponsoring Library: HCL
Trial Ends: n/a
Vendor:
Bell & Howell

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Comment from Tim Slaughter (tslaught@fas.harvard.edu): I am looking forward to getting this resource. We get regular to heavy use of the various early printed book mf sets. This will help with indexing questions given the different biblio. #s for these books. The quality of the images appears to be high - which will obviate occasional problems with printing quality from the mf printers.

The ProQuest interface is familiar, straightforward, easy to use. I am presuming that the DjVu plug-in will be loaded centrally to all of our machines.

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Ebsco Online

Notes: Customer Code: HCL
Username: library
Password: library
Trial access to Ebsco Online, Ebsco's online journal hosting service

Download the following title lists (Excel 97):
Ebsco Online
OCLC Electronic Collections Online
Ingenta Journals
Sponsoring Library: HCL
Trial Ends: 4/30/01
Vendor: Ebsco

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Comment from Hal Bloom (hbloom@hbs): I tried some simple searches, and found what I consider to be some peculiarities in the interface. When I went to retrieve full-text, I was redirected to catchword server which said it was too busy, and presented me with a list of alternative servers organized geographically. The first one I clicked on produced, US Colorado, produced the following: Illegal/Unknown Web Request Bad protocol "/CGI-BIN/CGI?INI=EBSCO&BODY=
LINKER&REQIDX=0742-
1222(20000901)17:1L.9;1-&LKE
Y=782354177&RKEY=452420153"
The second put up the selection box for type of document -- realpage, pdf full, or pdf page at a time. I tried realpage, and got a netscape alert box saying I was trying to download a document of type application/realpage, while I had naively assumed that a real page would just be html. Anyway, all of this seems a bit cumbersome compared to using ProQuest Direct.

Comment from Melinda Kent (mkent@law): While I agree that the interface that we have for this trial is clumsy, I've used EBSCO at other libraries & haven't had those kinds of problems. Is it possible that it's because it's a trial? I like it because there are journals available through EBSCO that I can't get with ProQuest.

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Global Financial Data

Notes: Please note that the pricing information
Sponsoring Library: Littauer
Trial Ends:
Vendor: Global Financial Data

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Comments from Heather McMullen (hmcmull@fas):

SEARCHING The user can search or browse the database by category. There is a nice "Data Preview" section for each series, with filename, description, country, series start and end dates, available data (high, low, close, etc.). I would like to see a fuller description of the data series with sources listed. This is available in the printed guide and electronically on the CD-ROM version. ex. Belgium Central Bank Discount Rate (IDBELD) - the "Guide to the Global Financial Database" provides sources and a note for this series: "Annuaire Statistique (1858-1878), The Economist (1879-1918), League of Nations (1919-45), Banque National, Bulletin (1946-). Notes: Data are for the beginning of the month from 1979 through 1914."

DOWNLOADING For the most part, the downloading worked very well and I was able to retrieve the data in Excel; however, I had trouble downloading the annual data files (example, CPI); I tried to do the work-around described on the web site, but I was not successful: "Note: If you get a white screen instead of the requested data, return to this screen by clicking the Back button in your browser. Then, right click on the Download Data icon above, and click Save As from the menu that appears." - the GFD Data Customization Tool is excellent; very easy to select years, frequency, useful file type options (.csv or .txt); - very nice addition of the filename, description and country name to the downloaded data file (when opened up in Excel, for example).

GRAPHING I performed another search on CPI for the United States (by selecting the "Inflation- Consumer Price Indices" category instead of the "Annual" category) and I was confused about the "Base Year" feature in the Graph section. Does this refer to the exchange rate year for the conversion series? I tried to change the Base Year of the entire series (from 1982/1984=100) but that did not appear to work. It would be helpful to have the Base Year information listed in the "Data Preview" box as one of the categories. I e-mailed my comments to the vendor and hopefully the staff can clarify some of the points listed above.

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Inside EPA

Notes:
Sponsoring Library:
Trial Ends:
Vendor: IWP News

Trial provides access to five publications; Inside EPA Weekly Report, Risk Policy Report, Clean Air Report, Mobil Source Report, and Environmental Policy Alert.

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International Bibliography of Social Sciences (Ingenta)

Notes: Username: bidsharv Password: trial5
Select IBSS from menu

Approved for purchase; HOLLIS implementation pending further information from vendor on availability of direct ip access
Sponsoring Library:
Trial Ends: 4/30/01
Vendor: Ingenta UK

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Comment from Tim Slaughter (tslaught@fas): A fairly broad range of subjects within the "Social Sciences" umbrella could make this useful to students in a number of disciplines, who might use several Harvard libraries. I was somewhat surprised that doing a basic search of "argentina and economy" came up with only one hit for all the years included in their database. "Argentina" from 1951 - 1997 came up with in the vicinity of 1,500 hits. More playing around would be needed, and perhaps reviewing the titles indexed through the years, to ascertain what the emphasis may be for different time periods. I was impressed to see the database went back as far as 1951 but it remains to be seen how much material is actually in the older part of their files. Most students will be frustrated with so little full text. While e-mailing a set of marked records was an option, printing was not. Both options would be preferred. This will be a quality addition to our electronic indexes.

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International Bibliography of Social Sciences (Silver Platter)
Notes: Username: c135188
Password: wtivum5efu
Sponsoring Library:
Trial Ends: 5/15/01 (we are requesting an extension)
Vendor: Silver Platter

Click here to connect (scroll down and select IBSS, then click Open Database)
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Comment from Joe Bourneuf (bourneuf@fas): I think the Silver Platter interface is very clear and easy to use, despite the fact that I was new to this iteration (I think). I highly recommend going with this version.

Comment from Suzanne Wones (swones@ksg): I tried Tim's "Argentina and economy" search in the Silver Platter version if IBSS and got 87 hits (from the 1951-1980 database). So the Ingenta version may be missing some records, or our trial of it may not be complete. I thought I would like the Ingenta platform better but after having tried both I think the Silver Platter version is the better interface. You can print and download as well as email records in Silver Platter. The biggest drawback I saw was that the bibliography is divided into two databases (1951-1980 and 1980 - present) and to switch from one to the other requires backing all the way out to the top Silver Platter page. In either platform, the content seems like it would be a useful addition to HOLLIS.

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Keesing's Record of World Events, 1960 - present

Notes: Click on the first red button under Subscription Services. Username/password authentication replaced with IP-filtered access 5/10/01.
Sponsoring Library: NERL
Trial Ends:
Vendor:
Keesing's

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Evaluation from Suzanne Wones (swones@ksg.harvard.edu)

Comment from Jeff Kosokoff (kosokoff@fas.harvard.edu): This latest incarnation of Keesings is a huge improvement over previous releases. As always, the content is of a very high quality, and can be extremely useful to researchers at a variety of levels.

One very basic thing is still missing. I cannot find a way to sort search results by date, which seems like a basic function for a news resource. The navigation is still a bit awkward, especially frustrating is the lack of hypertext links within entries to other relevant entries. I had hoped that they would also link entries together thematically, allowing users to follow an event without having to return to the search results screen.

This does not compare favorably on the aesthetic issues to facts.com (the online version of Facts-on-File Weekly News Digest), but the content is of a very high quality and quite valuable. The international perspective is also very good to have.

Comment from Joe Bourneuf (bourneuf@fas): We have had the CD version of Keesings for some time, but the disk displayed only an error message, "Subscription Lapsed" since July and efforts to reestablish it have gone nowhere. Maybe they're subtly nudging us to the online version. Anyway, I think that, despite some problems noted by Jeff K., its a great resource and would be used much more on HOLLIS than in our cabinet.

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MethodsFinder

Notes: Enter the site through the "Click here to enter without Username and Password" link. MethodsFinder references journal articles from 1998, methods books, Web sites, and meeting presentations on protocols and methods in the life sciences. Please contact Kristin Stoklosa at 6-9499 for more information.
Sponsoring Library: Cabot
Trial Ends: 6/15/01
Vendor: BIOSIS

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Oxford University Press Journals

Notes: A license for access to online journals from Oxford University Press has been approved for purchase through NERL. Trial access is available while the contract is in negotiation. Some titles are already available on HOLLIS on a free-with-print basis. For more information, contact Ivy Anderson.
Sponsoring Library:
Trial Ends:
Vendor: Oxford University Press

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Past Masters Full Text Humanities Database (Intelex)

Notes: Compare with Past Masters (University of Michigan)
Sponsoring Library: HCL
Trial Ends: n/a
Vendor: InteLex Corporation

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Formal evaluation from Michael Fitzgerald (mfitzger@fas): Using good editions in English and the original languages when possible, Intelex has provided in PastMasters a collection of the major works in Western philosophy. Philosophers represented include: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Pierce, Santayana, and Wittgenstein. Schools include the British and the Continental Rationalists. Two interfaces are available, one from Intelex and the other from the University of Michigan's Encoded Text Services. Because the Michigan interface is limited to only those PastMasters texts available in the Standard Gemeralized Markup Language (SGML), we cannot prefer it to the Intelex product. The Intelex product provides powerful search functionality over a wide range of philosophical texts. How the researcher then prints or emails the product of the work is a problem not easily solved by the online help. The most satisfactory solution seems to be to Copy and Paste. Nevertheless, because the PastMasters collection includes core Western philosophical texts, we recommend that we acquire the full collection and not selected titles.

Full Public Services Evaluation

Comment from James Pryor (jpryor@fas): I'd like to register my interest in the Past Masters database. It looks quite useful. I understand you're deliberating between the UMich version and the Interlex version. I don't have a sense of which texts the UMich version includes and which it omits, so I can't express an informed opinion about that.

Comment from Kwame Anthony Appiah (Anthony_Appiah@msn.com): The Past Masters philosophy texts which are currently under consideration would be extremely useful both for me and for my students and I would very much hope that we would subscribe to the whole thing.

Comment from Gisela Striker (striker@fas): As a teacher of philosophy courses, but also as departmental library liaison officer for the philosophy department, I would like to add my vote in support of the acquisition of the full Past masters Series. It will be a help both for teachers who want to search for specific passages and for students who may not have complete editions of the respective authors.

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RIPM (Répertoire International De La Presse Musicale)

Notes: Username/password trial replaced with IP-authenticated trial on 2/20/01
Includes Index to English-Language Music Periodicals (1818-1918) and International Index to Nineteenth-Century Music Periodicals
Sponsoring Library: Loeb Music
Trial Ends: 4/16/01
Vendor: NISC International

APPROVED. License in negotiation.

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SourceOECD

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Trial Ends: 6/30/01
Vendor: SourceOECD


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Wilson Library Literature via H.W. Wilson

Notes: Username: AUN95
Password: UNMA218730
Sponsoring Library:
Trial Ends:
Vendor: H.W. Wilson

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Comment from Jeff Kosokoff (kosokoff@fas.harvard.edu): A great database that I feel we should make widely available to the University community, especially the library community. Given that this is mainly of interest to staff, we might want to get it as cheaply as possible and not worry too much about the interface. Having said that, Wilson offers a very primitive look and feel, and really doesn't seem to allow the user much control over display, output, etc. SilverPlatter is the clear winner in terms of flexibility, online help, etc. They have made a great improvement to the interface in eliminating the use of the pop-up windows which used to proliferate. I still wish they would make the subject headings into hypelinks, as we see in OVID and FirstSearch.

Comment from Tom Schneiter (tom_schneiter@harvard): I agree completely with Jeff Kosokoff regarding the two versions of Library Literature. The SilverPlatter version is much slicker than the Wilson. Suffice it to say, however, that having access to any version of Library Lit is an improvement over having no access. It is crippling to a librarian's research to be without this resource. Thanks for the trial!

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Wilson Library Literature via Silver Platter

Notes: Username: c135188
Password: wtivum5efu
Sponsoring Library:
Trial Ends: 3/31/01
Vendor: Silver Platter

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Comment from Jeff Kosokoff (kosokoff@fas.harvard.edu): A great database that I feel we should make widely available to the University community, especially the library community. Given that this is mainly of interest to staff, we might want to get it as cheaply as possible and not worry too much about the interface. Having said that, Wilson offers a very primitive look and feel, and really doesn't seem to allow the user much control over display, output, etc. SilverPlatter is the clear winner in terms of flexibility, online help, etc. They have made a great improvement to the interface in eliminating the use of the pop-up windows which used to proliferate. I still wish they would make the subject headings into hypelinks, as we see in OVID and FirstSearch.

Comment from Tom Schneiter (tom_schneiter@harvard): I agree completely with Jeff Kosokoff regarding the two versions of Library Literature. The SilverPlatter version is much slicker than the Wilson. Suffice it to say, however, that having access to any version of Library Lit is an improvement over having no access. It is crippling to a librarian's research to be without this resource. Thanks for the trial!

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Women's Resources International

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Trial Ends: 4/16/01
Vendor: NISC International

TRIAL EXPIRED. License in negotiation.

Comments
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Comment from Joe Bourneuf (bourneuf@fas): This and African Studies are currently available on the HCL LAN in CD format. They are excellent databases, but are constantly having technical difficulties, in fact they are down right now. It would be great to migrate to Internet versions.

Comment from Jeff Kosokoff (kosokoff@fas.harvard.edu): I echo Joe's comments. The texts available in this database comprise a unique and powerful resource for scholar. This wonderful resource is too limited in its availablity. Getting Women's Resources International off the HCL LAN and into the hands of everyone with network access will be a boon to researchers in many areas. Clearly the search interface is not so slick as some others that we have, but it is highly functional and enables quite sophisticated searches.

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