April 6, 2005
Issue No. 68

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New Music Electronic Resources

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by Jerry McBride

The Stanford Music Library has several new electronic resources for members of the Stanford community: two databases of recorded music (both of which allow faculty to create play lists and to link from a CourseWork class page) and a new online index to the scores of complete works of composers and scores issued in series.

Recorded Music Databases

Naxos Music Library: The Naxos Music Library is based on the complete catalogs of the Naxos, Marco Polo, and Dacapo recording labels, and more material is being added by Analekta and Bis. Although Naxos is primarily a classical music label, the database also includes jazz, world music, and various folk musics. It includes over 80,000 recorded tracks. The recordings are streamed at different rates: 64 Kbps for DSL or ISDN (near CD quality), or 20 Kbps for dial-up connections (FM quality).

There are several ways to search for music: by browsing through the genre list (classical, jazz, folk, etc.) or the list of categories (ballets, concertos, musicals, etc.), or by using the advanced search feature, which allows the searcher to combine up to ten different categories (composer, performer, title, instrument, etc.) in a single search. By using the New Releases button, it is possible to keep up to date with the latest recordings from Naxos before they are available as CDs. In addition to searching for specific musical works, it is also possible to perform Boolean searches of the full-text of the notes accompanying the recordings.

Classical Music Library: The Classical Music Library is a similar database of strictly classical music recordings. The database contains 75,000 musical tracks selected from different recording labels including Hyperion, Mode, Bridge, EMI, Vox, BMG, and others. The recordings stream at 22 Kbps making it possible to listen from any Internet connection. As with Naxos, it is possible to browse by genre or category, or to combine several search terms in a single search. In addition to the recordings, the accompanying material contains image files comprised of portraits of composers, biographical material, and a link to the biographical articles on the composers in the New Grove Online.

Faculty Can Create Playlists: Both databases provide the capability for faculty to create play lists and to link directly from a CourseWork class page to recordings in the databases. Instructions on how to do this are available at the Music Library web site.

Index to Scores

There is a new online index to the scores of complete works of composers and scores issued in series. The Index to Printed Music: Collections and Series is the online replacement for the venerable Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents by Anna Harriet Heyer. Through this index, for example, one can locate the exact volume and page on which a Mozart Piano Concerto is found in the Neue Ausgabe or in which volume of Denkmäler der Tonkunst in österreich the "Alleluia, Maria haec est haec" by Heinrich Isaac can be found. Searching of the index is done with keywords that can be further limited by composer, editor, or title of the volume. This powerful new searching tool will make finding musical pieces in these important editions easier than ever.

Scholars' Workshops for Spring

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by Malgorzata Schaefer

The Scholars' Workshop series for Spring Quarter will begin in April and is open to anyone in the Stanford community. The series covers electronic information resources applicable to the Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences. For a program listing and other information, please see:

All workshops are held in the SSRC Multimedia Room, room 121A, which is located in the Social Sciences Resource Center on the first floor of the Bing Wing of Green Library. No registration is required.

For more information, please contact Malgorzata Schaefer at (650) 723-9275 or

Black Thought and Culture Database Available

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by Ben Stone

Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) has recently acquired Black Thought and Culture, a database containing approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by notable African American authors.

Screenshot of Black Thought and Culture home page.

In addition to published works by figures such as Frederick Douglass, Carter G. Woodson, Malcolm X, Ida B. Wells, Nikki Giovanni, and many others, Black Thought and Culture also includes approximately 5,000 pages of unique, fugitive, and previously unpublished materials.

To allow greater access to the texts, a sophisticated multi-field search engine enables users to search documents in a variety of ways, revealing linkages and influences among authors. Black Thought and Culture currently contains 619 sources by 246 authors. Most recently, the database has begun adding 13,000 pages (the only existing full run) of The Black Panther, the party's newspaper, with full-color images of every page.

The Black Thought and Culture database can be accessed through Databases A-Z on the SULAIR web site.

New Database for Literary Studies

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by Annette Keogh

The Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) has recently acquired Twentieth Century North American Drama.

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When complete this database will include the full text of 1,500 plays written from the late 1800s to the present by more than 100 playwrights from North America. Many of these rare and hard-to-find works are either previously unpublished or out of print.

The plays are all deeply indexed, allowing for keyword and multi-fielded searching. In addition to the text of the play the database provides a dynamic sense of the theatrical production through images of playbills, posters, production photos, and other materials relating to the plays.

Currently this edition of Twentieth Century North American Drama contains 319 plays by 53 authors. This database can also be reached through Databases on the SULAIR web site.

Social Sciences Resource Center Has New Web Site

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by Elizabeth Cowell

The Social Sciences Resource Center (SSRC), which is located on the first floor of Green Library, has a new web site highlighting their various locations, services and events.

Screenshot of SSRC home page

Take a look at:

Of interest on the site is a listing of Public Events held in the SSRC, some of which are available in streamed video.

Future events include a symposium this spring on the important topic intellectual property in the digital age, featuring Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig and Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning Artist in Residence Pamela Davis Kivelson, among others. Check the web site for details in the coming weeks.

Social Science Data and Software Helps with Selection and Use of Data

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by Judy Marsh

Social Science Data and Software (SSDS), a group within the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR), provides assistance and support in locating social science data and in selecting and using quantitative and qualitative data analysis software. SSDS staff members provide these services in a variety of ways that include consulting, workshops, and help documentation. Detailed information about SSDS resources and services, including a schedule for walk-in consultations, can be found on their web site at:

Consulting is available during scheduled walk-in hours in The Velma Denning Room, located on the first floor of the Green Library Bing Wing.

Locating Social Science Data

Data specialists can help you navigate the key SSDS virtual and local data resources available to Stanford faculty, staff and students. Resources include:

Selecting and Using Data Analysis Software

Consultants provide support in the use of quantitative and qualitative data analysis software, offering assistance and information for researchers who are at various stages of their projects. Topics include survey design, tips for data entry, solutions to common software problems, data management, and data reshaping and conversion. Researchers who wish to use quantitative software in their projects can get help with opoular statistical analysis packages such as SPSS, SAS, and Stata. Qualitative data analysis software can help organize and analyze interviews, field notes, photographs, and other types of data and includes NVivo, ATLAS.ti and SPSS Text analysis for Surveys."Getting Started" guides for supported software and other help documents are available for viewing and downloading from the SSDS Web site.

American Institute of Physics Back Files Available

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by Stella Ota

Stanford University now has online access to the research journals published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) back to volume 1:

AIP announced completion of the online archive in January. Work on digitizing the earlier years began in 1998.

The earliest Stanford article in the online archive is by Harry Clark, Department of Physics, in Review of Scientific Instruments, November 1930 v1(11) pp. 615-620 entitled, A double-range electrostatic voltmeter for 200 kilovolts (PDF).

Access to the journals is available through Socrates (Stanford's catalog), Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources' e-journals page, the AIP web site, as well as Stanford-licensed databases such as INSPEC.

The American Institute of Physics was founded in 1931 as a membership organization for the purpose of the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of the science of physics and its application to human welfare.

CSA Illumina Now on the SULAIR Web

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by Kathy Kerns

CSA Illumina, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts' new interface for online bibliographic and full-text searching, is now available on the Stanford Libraries' Databases A-Z page. You can search a single database from CSA, such as Sociological Abstracts, GeoRef, or Philosopher's Index, but you can also search every database available on the long list of CSA databases or select a grouping of databases, including: Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Technology.

A small + sign at the top of the results page allows you to see just how many hits you've received for each database and go directly to them. By marking citations, you can easily import them into RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic management system, which is available to all Stanford patrons for creating bibliographies in a wide range of styles. For more information about RefWorks and how to get it, see Is RefWorks 4U? in the April 2003 issue of this newsletter.

New Features in Web of Science

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by Karen Clay

The Web of Science, also known as the Science Citation Index, is a general science database covering 1945 to the present. It is possibly best known for its citation search feature. However, they have recently added two powerful new features to help users get still more out of their searches: an Analyze function and the ability to combine sets.

Analyze Button

The Analyze Button shows up at the bottom right of the screen after a search has been completed. Analyzing the results of a search allows the user to view the search results (up to a maximum of 2,000 records) grouped into ranked bar charts. Search results can be ranked by author, document type, institution name, language, publication year, journal title, or subject category.

The Analyze function could be used to answer questions like "Which institutions are doing the most research on text mining?" "When did research into hydrogen energy peak?" "What journals publish the most papers involving financial risk analyses?" The screen shots below show two examples - first the results of a search on GIS, ranked according to their broad subject category (Figure 1).The search gave 2,129 records, and the top ten subject headings are displayed. The results illustrate which broad subject categories most papers involving GIS belong to - in a sense they show which research areas are making the most use of GIS.

Screenshot of results of GIS search
Figure 1: Screenshot of GIS Search
Results. Click for full-size version.

A second example (Figure 2) shows an analysis of a search medical informatics, ranked by institution. The results show that Stanford University is among the top ten publishers of articles in this area, with approximately 3.7 percent of the total research output.

Screenshot of analysis of a search medical informatics
Figure 2: Analysis of Search for
Medical Informatics, Ranked by
Institution. Click for full-size version.

Ability to Combine Sets

The ability to combine sets can be accessed by clicking on the "Search History" tab at the top of the screen next to the other search tabs. Clicking this button will display all the searches that have been done during the session so far and allow them to be combined using Boolean logic.

The advantage of this is that it allows much more complex searches to be performed, and even more importantly, it allows the results of a citation search to be combined with a topical search. This latter characteristic can be very useful, as citation searches of prominent authors can produce hundreds of results, which researchers often wish to narrow by subject.

Screenshot of a combined citation and topical search
Figure 3:A Citation Search for James
Leckie, Combined with a Topical Search
for Molybdenum. Click for
full-sized version.

An example is in Figure 3, where a citation search for James Leckie is combined with a topical search for Moybdenum to produce a manageable results set of 19 articles.

Try Out These Features

If you want to try out the either of these new features, you can access the Web of Science or you can find the link under "W" on the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources' (SULAIR) databases page. It is important to LOG OUT of the database when you are finished, as SULAIR has purchased access for only a limited number of simultaneous users on this product.    

HighWire Press: New Journals

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HighWire Press, the online publishing division of Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR), produces indexed, full-text versions of scientific, technical and medical journals. A list of currently available journals can be found at HighWire's web site:

The following list includes journals that were recently added, or will soon be added:

AAPG Bulletin, 23 Feb 2005

American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 8 Mar 2005

American Mineralogist, 23 Feb 2005

Aramaic Studies, 28 Feb 2005

Asian Journal of Management Cases, 28 Feb 2005

Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, 23 Feb 2005

Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, 23 Feb 2005

Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 23 Feb 2005

China Report, 28 Feb 2005

Clays and Clay Minerals, 23 Feb 2005

Contributions to Indian Sociology, 28 Feb 2005

Currents in Biblical Research, 28 Feb 2005

Ecclesiology, 28 Feb 2005

Economic Geology, 23 Feb 2005

Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, 23 Feb 2005

Exploration and Mining Geology, 23 Feb 2005

Feminist Theology, 28 Feb 2005

Gender, Technology and Development, 28 Feb 2005

Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 23 Feb 2005

Geological Magazine, 23 Feb 2005

Geology, 23 Feb 2005

Global Business Review, 28 Feb 2005

In Practice, 6 Apr 2005

Indian Economic & Social History Review, 28 Feb

Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 28 Feb 2005

International Studies, 28 Feb 2005

Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, 28 Feb 2005

Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 28 Feb 2005

Journal of Anglican Studies, 28 Feb 2005

Journal of Emerging Market Finance, 28 Feb 2005

Journal of Entrepreneurship, 28 Feb 2005

Journal of Health Management, 28 Feb 2005

Journal of Human Values, 28 Feb 2005

Journal of Moral Philosophy, 28 Feb 2005

Journal of Paleontology, 23 Feb 2005

Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 28 Feb 2005

Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 15 Jun 2005

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online, 15 Mar 2005

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 1 Jul 2005

Journal Watch AIDS Clinical Care, 28 Jan 2005

Micropaleontology, 23 Feb 2005

Mineralogical Magazine, 23 Feb 2005

Palaios, 23 Feb 2005

Palynology, 23 Feb 2005

Psychology & Developing Societies, 28 Feb 2005

RELC Journal, 28 Feb 2005

Rocky Mountain Geology, 23 Feb 2005

Science Technology & Society, 28 Feb 2005

South African Journal of Geology, 23 Feb 2005

South Asia Economic Journal, 28 Feb 2005

South Asian Survey, 28 Feb 2005

Studies in Christian Ethics, 28 Feb 2005

Studies in History, 28 Feb 2005

The Expository Times, 28 Feb 2005

The Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 23 Feb 2005

The Leading Edge, 23 Feb 2005

The Medieval History Journal, 28 Feb 2005

Theology and Sexuality, 28 Feb 2005

The Veterinary Record, 6 Apr 2005

Sam Loyd's Cyclopedia of Puzzles Now Online

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by Linda Yamamoto

A classic puzzle book, Sam Loyd's Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles, Tricks, and Conundrums (1914), sometimes called the Cyclopedia of Puzzles, has been scanned and is now online at

You can view individual pages, or download a zipped file of the entire book. Note that, although Stanford University Libraries and Academic Resources (SULAIR) does not own a print copy of this book, there are a number of puzzle books in the Mathematical and Computer Science Library's collection.

A Mathematical Association of America online column announcing the book's availability can be found at:

New York Public Library Offers Free Online Image Archive

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by Eleanor Brown

Recently, the New York Public Library made an online archive of 275,000 images available to the public at no cost. Called the NYPL Digital Gallery, the project is supported by a $7 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies. It provides access to images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, and illustrated books.

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You can search the database using criteria such as category, description, and author's name. Images in the collection are either in the public domain or are owned by the library and can be downloaded and used for noncommercial purposes. In the coming months, the library plans to add an additional 225,000 images that have already been digitized. This project is unrelated to The New York Public Library's arrangement with Google to digitize content. (See also the article about Google's plan and Stanford's participation in the January 12 issue of this newsletter.)