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JSTOR Now Available through Boyce Library

September 1st, 2010 • Paul Roberts

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The James P. Boyce Centennial library is pleased to now be able to provide access to JSTOR, an online digital archive of academic journals and other scholarly content. The three most relevant JSTOR collections for research in disciplines relevant to Southern Seminary and Boyce College faculty and students have now been added to our line-up of digital offerings, and can be accessed on the library website either through the alphabetical list, the Theology and Religion group, or through Primo. A wide range of disciplines in arts and humanities are covered in these JSTOR collections, from religion, history, and philosophy, to archaeology, art, and Middle Eastern Studies. This is a significant addition to our database offerings, and will provide access to archived journal articles that may not be available elsewhere. We hope our patrons will find this new acquisition to be both helpful and timely.

Boyce Library Implements Primo Discovery System

July 14th, 2010 • Robb Brunansky

Today, Boyce Centennial Library is releasing the Primo Discovery System for library patrons. Primo is a one-stop solution for discovering and accessing local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles, and digital media. Primo exposes patrons to the richness of the collection of Boyce Library while providing a simple, streamlined interface for an optimal research experience.

Primo is now the default search engine on the library homepage. If you notice above, a streamlined search interface has been implemented with links to advanced search options and remote database searching.

We are releasing our implementation of Primo today as a beta, knowing that we still have some minor issues to correct. In the days to come, we will be releasing some screencasts, demonstrating Primo and showing how to get the most benefit from it.

One area we intend to correct very quickly is Interlibrary Loan functionality. For now, Primo does not perform ILL requests. If you need to request an item through ILL, use the WorldCat Local interface. We expect to have this resolved with Primo in the next few days.

We think you will find Primo to be a superior research tool. Check this blog regularly over the coming weeks for more information as well as short training videos that will help you get the most from our library collection.

Open Access Dissertations

May 11th, 2010 • Robb Brunansky

SBTS students have been able to access electronic copies of recent SBTS dissertations through the UMI Dissertation Search for several years. Now, students can search for open access dissertations from other institutions using two different search tools that access the same database.

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Scirus ETD Search is a search utility that assists researchers in finding open access electronic theses and dissertations. This search utility accesses the same data as the VTLS Visualizer search described below, but it provides a different interface that helps researchers narrow their searches by subject.

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations VTLS Visualizer ETD Search is a search utility that assists researchers in finding open access electronic theses and dissertations. This search utility accesses the same data as the Scirus search described above, but it provides a different interface that helps researchers narrow their searches by language, continent, country, date, format, and source institution.

We hope you find both of these search tools helpful. You can find links to these and other dissertation tools on our Dissertations and Research Projects Databases page.

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