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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

A Monthly Update

Publishing Your Research With an Eye for Impact

Many journals, especially in the sciences and social sciences, are measured for the influence they have in a given discipline. Two standard measures are used, the Eigenfactor Score (EF) and the Article Impact Score (AI). They can be valuable tools in helping an author decide where to publish for maximum impact.

Eigenfactor Score:

A measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year. The algorithm is described here.

Article Impact Score:

A measure of a journal's prestige based on per article citations.

To see these impact scores in operation, visit

New Credo E-Reference Titles

Credo Reference provides the Muhlenberg community online access to hundreds of recognized encyclopedias aimed at academic audiences. Here are just some of the titles added in the last month to an ever-growing collection.

The 9/11 Encyclopedia
Dictionary of Microbiology & Molecular Biology
Dictionary of Travel and Tourism Terminology
Encyclopedia of Energy
Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications
Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: a Political, Social and Military History

Infomaniac Tip
by Jen Jarson, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian

More to Google Maps Than Meets the Eye...

Sure, you can use Google Maps to get directions from point A to point B, but did you know about all the other useful things Google Maps can help you do? Here's a sample:

  • Get directions via text message, providing on-the-go directions
  • Create walking itineraries with Google City Tours, helping you to map your exploration
  • Find banks, restaurants, shops, and more around a given location, making it easy to find what you're looking for in places you're already planning to be

Check out the Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do (via Lifehacker) for more ideas (with links to more information for each item).

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Saturday ~ 1:00PM - 6:00PM
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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

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Check Out Our New Databases!

Trexler Library is pleased to announce the following new databases. Use the links below to enter each database. Alternately, search the library catalog or use the Databases A to Z page to access them.

  • ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
    Indexes journals in sociology, psychology, political science, health, social work, and more.
  • PAIS Archive
    Citations from 1915 to 1976 providing historical perspective on many of the 20th century's public and social policies.
  • Physical Education Index
    Indexes scholarly and trade literature from 1970 to the present for physical education, including curriculum, medicine, dance, and more.
  • PILOTS Database
    Index to literature on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.
  • Social Services Abstracts
    Covers social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Indexes international serials literature in political science and complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.

You may also notice that some of your favorite databases look a bit different. The following databases are now available via the CSA Proquest interface, offering great searching and sorting options.

  • EconLit (Economic Literature)
    Index to scholarly publications in economics.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Provides access to the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    Index to scholarly and popular literature in musicology, ethnomusicology, dance, and other music-related disciplines.
  • PAIS International
    Citations from 1972 to the present from scholarly journals, gray literature, government publications, and more from 120 countries on political, economic, social and public policy issues.

Have questions about any of the new or continuing databases? Ask a Librarian.

UC Libraries Say No to Rising Journal Costs

The library system of the University of California has taken on Nature publishing in response to a 400 percent increase in subscription costs. Supported by faculty, the California Digital Library, which negotiates journal and database subscriptions, threatens to suspend subscription to all Nature Group journals (67 in all) if the publisher doesn't drop its prices. In addition, faculty have agreed to boycott contribution of scientific papers to the publisher (a major blow). Read the full story here.

Infomaniac Tip
by Jen Jarson, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian

Historical Photos Online: U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library

The U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library provides "a visual history of the discovery, development, and sciences of the United States and its Geological Survey."

Photos cover a variety of topics, including national parks, natural disasters, mines, pioneer scenes, portraits, and more. See, for example, photos of the 1960 eruption of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaiia USGS team en-route in Wyoming in 1870, Canyon de Chelly ruins in Arizona, or the effects of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Most of the photos have never before been published. Approximately 30,000 of the Library's over 400,000 photographs are currently available online. Photographs continue to be added.

Browse or search the Library at

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Friday ~ 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Saturday ~ 1:00PM - 6:00PM
Sunday ~ 1:00PM - 6:00PM

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Trexler Library Scuttlebutt

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Coffee and Copyright: "Who Own the Rights to My Work?"

If you have authored or will author anything, mark your calendar for Wednesday Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. Kelly Cannon, Scholarly Communication Librarian, will lead a discussion in the library on what your rights are to your existing publications, and how to negotiate rights to your publications going forward.

Good News about the Use of Film Clips in the Classroom

A new exemption in copyright law allows

a)professors in all areas of study,
b) professors and students in film and media studies

to hack encrypted DVDs and clip "short portions" for educational purposes.

Inside Higher Ed comments: "If the words 'sweeping new exemptions to the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act' make you want whoop for joy and join a conga line, you just might be a fair use advocate - one who wants professors and students to be able to decrypt and excerpt copyrighted video content for lectures and class projects. Since Monday [July 26], a lot of advocates have been dancing.

"'This is very exciting,' says Patricia Aufderheide, a communications professor and director of the Center for Social Media at American University. 'We're doing nothing but chat about this, we're so excited.'"

Infomaniac Tip
by Jen Jarson, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian


Looking for visual representations of text? Try Wordle...

Wordle "is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."

Word clouds are not only visually interesting, but can also help users examine major themes and issues in a text, identify key vocabulary, reveal overused words in a user's own writing, and more.

See, for example, word clouds of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man or the U.S. Constitution. Browse the Wordle gallery or create your own at

Library Summer Hours through August 13

Monday - Thursday ~ 9:00AM - 9:00PM
Friday ~ 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Saturday ~ 1:00PM - 6:00PM
Sunday ~ 1:00PM - 6:00PM

Intersession Hours

Saturday, August 14 - Sunday, August 15 ~ Closed
Monday, August 16 - Friday, August 20 ~ 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, August 21 - Sunday, August 22 ~ Closed
Monday, August 23 - Friday, August 27 ~ 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, August 28 (Orientation) ~ 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, August 29 (Orientation) ~ 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Fall Hours Begin Monday, August 30

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