Get The International Encyclopedia of Communication online

Welcome The International Encyclopedia of Communication into the loving arms of the Albertsons Library’s electronic resources!!!!

As the library liaison to Boise State University’s Department of Communication, I am extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of latest version of The International Encyclopedia of Communication for our Library.

This great resource is available electronically for the first time, which makes accessing and using the encyclopedia easier than ever.
So click away to discover over 1300 expert written entries on all areas of communication including such interesting areas as:

• Hong Kong Cinema
• Spectator Gaze

• Communication Studies
• Habermas, Jurgen

• Advertising
• Speech Codes Theory

• Television as Popular Culture

• … and many many more!

The International Encyclopedia of Communication is hosted on the Blackwell Reference Online platform available from the Albertsons Library database page. Head to “B” on the database A-Z list for Blackwell Reference Online. Once inside Blackwell Reference Online, look f
or The International Encyclopedia of Communication in the menu on the left or under the subject of Communication.

Whether it is information on communication or any other subject, you will
at Albertsons Library.

Rick Stoddart,
Reference Librarian


EBSCOHost databases go to 2.0

You may have noticed that one of our main database providers, EBSCOHost, has a new look and comes with improved searching capabilities! Some of the new features, available in all forty (such as Academic Search Premier, ERIC, PsycINFO, Philosopher's Index, Music Index Online, and many more) of the EBSCOHost databases we offer, include:

  • A new, simpler Basic Search screen
  • The ability to preview an article or image by mouseover
  • New detail display
  • New search history capability
  • Enhanced personalization features
  • New organization of limiters and expanders
  • New search modes including SmartText
  • URLs that can be bookmarked
Give it a whirl and let us know if we can assist you in navigating the new, improved EBSCOHost 2.0 suite of databases.


American Geophysical Union’s journals now online

Online access to the full text historical archives of the American Geophysical Union’s Digital Library is now available via the Albertsons library's website.

AGU’s Digital Library is a collection of more than 100 years of Earth and space science research from journals and books and will eventually include articles from Eos, the AGU’s weekly newspaper, and the International Journal of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy.

Coverage in AGU’s Digital Library starts with first issue of each journal (including previous and later journal titles) and continues through 2002. There is a six-year "moving wall," which means that we won't have access to the most recent six years of issues. But every year, our coverage will move forward another year (e.g., in 2009, content from 2003 will be added).

Online access to full text articles in recently published in AGU journals (2003 to the present) for which the Library already has a subscription will also be available through this resource.

Journals and coverage included as of July 10, 2008 are:

  • Earth interactions (from the American meteorological society* (1997-2002)

  • Geochemistry, geophysics, geosystems* (1999-present)

  • Geophysical research letters* (1974-present)

  • Global biogeochemical cycles (1987-2002)

  • Journal of geophysical research* (1949-present) including all sections (Atmospheres, Biogeosciences, Earth surface, Oceans, Planets, Solid earth, Space physics) plus:Terrestrial magnetism (1896-1898), Terrestrial magnetism and atmospheric electricity (1899-1948)

  • Nonlinear processes in geophysics* (from the European Geosciences Union; (1994-present)

  • Paleoceanography* (1986-present)

  • Radio science (1969-2002)

  • Reviews of geophysics* (1963-present)

  • Tectonics* (1982-present)

  • Water resources research* (1965-present)

*Library has current subscription to electronic journal

Access AGU's digital library via the library's Articles, Databases link or via the A - Z list of databases. For more information contact Cheri Folkner, Catalog Librarian.


New! Chicano Database

Hot on the heels of our announcement of several new high-profile databases, Albertsons Library has acquired another key database, this one focusing on Hispanic issues.

The Chicano Database is offered via the FirstSearch interface and provides an extensive bibliographic record of "Mexican-American, Chicano and the broader Latino experience," addressing
a variety of cultural, social, economic, political issues. It also includes the "Spanish Speaking Mental Health Database, covering psychological, sociological and educational literature."

Research dates back from the 1960's to the present, and content is updated every three months.

Combining the resources of the
Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI), Ethnic Newswatch (ENW), Informe, Fuente Académica, and now the Chicano Database, Boise State students and faculty now have access to a wealth of multidisciplinary research on Hispanic and Latin American scholarship.

Access the Chicano Database from the Albertsons library's A - Z list, or from the Articles, Databases link.
Access to this database is limited to three simultaneous users.


Philosopher's Index now available online

Say hello to Philosopher’s Index (PI), the newest addition to the more than 230+ online research databases available to you via the Albertsons Library’s website! PI is part of the EBSCOHost databases suite, a system that allows you to search multiple databases simultaneously, such as the Religion and Philosophy Collection and ERIC. EBSCOHost also enables you to limit your searches to specific publication and/or date range, language, and to create RSS alerts for your search terms -- to name a few of its features.

PI can be searched back to its inception in 1940, with most newer publications available online full-text or linked to full text. From the publisher:

The Philosophers Index™, produced by the Philosophers Information Center, is a current and comprehensive bibliographic database covering scholarly research in all major fields of philosophy. The Philosopher’s Index, considered the most thorough index of journal literature on the subject, features author-written abstracts covering scholarly research published in journals and books, including contributions to anthologies and book reviews.

The database covers the fifteen fields of philosophy: aesthetics, axiology, philosophy of education, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, metaphilosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, social philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. The Philosopher's Index contains research published since 1940 including nearly 570 journals from 43 countries with content representing a variety of languages.

You can access PI from the library's Articles, Databases link from the library home page, or from the A - Z list of databases.


PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES now available

We're making it easier to get Psychology articles at Albertsons Library. Say hello to the PsychINFO and PsycARTICLES databases, both available at the Library's Articles, Databases link on our homepage. The publisher describes them as follows:

PsycINFO®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), contains more than 2.4 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the early 1800s. 98 percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed.

, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 134,000 articles from 63 journals - 50 published by the APA and its imprint, the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF) - and 13 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present.

What does this mean to you? For starters, the EBSCO platform is easier to use, allowing you to limit your search by full-text and peer-reviewed literature, specific journal and date ranges, and to search multiple EBSCO databases for the articles you need without having to switch windows (we have nearly 40 of EBSCO's databases, including Academic Search Premier, so you can really beef up your results by searching a bunch of them at once).

Both PsychINFO and PsycARTICLES provide you with two powerful citation and full-text resources--combine these with other EBSCO products like Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection and the Mental Measurements Yearbook, and you have a powerful set of Psychology resources available to you online.


HAPI Online is here!

Interested in Latin America and its socioeconomic, cultural, and political dimensions? Albertsons Library is happy to announce online access to the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI), a comprehensive, interdisciplinary journal database focusing on Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.

Per the publisher: "From analysis of current political, economic, and social issues to unique coverage of Latin American arts and letters, HAPI Online contains complete bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews (through 2001), documents, original literary works, and other materials appearing in more than 500 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world."

HAPI provides some links to full-text articles in over 570 journals covering Latin American life, letters, politics, and humanities. Together with another of our new databases, Ethnic NewsWatch, Albertsons Library now provides you with access to a comprehensive array of scholarly research and publications on Latin America.

Get to know HAPI and Albertsons Library's growing collection of research databases by visiting the library's homepage and clicking on the Articles, Databases link.