New Music Electronic Resources
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
Scholars' Workshops for Spring
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 email@example.com.
Black Thought and Culture Database Available
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.
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
by Annette Keogh
The Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR)
has recently acquired Twentieth
Century North American Drama.
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
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.
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
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:
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:
- ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research),
- Roper Center for Public Opinion Research,
- Data Extraction Web Interface (DEWI), a Web-based application for accessing social science numeric data, and
- A rich collection of data on CD-ROM from U.S. federal agencies, international organizations, foreign governments, consortia and commercial sources that cover a range of social science topics and time periods.
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
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:
- Applied Physics Letters (1962 - present)
- Journal of Applied Physics (1931 - present)
- Journal of Chemical Physics (1933 - present)
- Journal of Mathematical Physics (1960 - present)
- Physics of Fluids (1958 - 2005)
- Review of Scientific Instruments (1930 - present)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 http://www.mathpuzzle.com/loyd/.
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
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.
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.)