The Furman University Libraries are offering a selection of database trials throughout Spring Semester. To discover and access trial databases, visit the library’s guide for Electronic Resources Trials.
The most recently added trial is to Roper Center iPOLL and will be available through Monday, April 17, 2017.
This trial provides access to iPOLL, a comprehensive, text-searchable database of over 650,000 polling question results from the US since 1935. Approximately 100,000 items also include responses by standard demographics, like age, region, gender and income. All of the major polling organizations in the US are included in iPOLL.
Trial restrictions: While not part of the trial, a subscription to this resource will provide access to the datasets and documentation required to conduct bivariate and multivariate analyses on archived surveys using RoperExpress.
You can browse the catalog of dataset holdings at: https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/CFIDE/cf/action/catalog/
A subscription will also include access to RoperExplorer, where several thousand studies from 2000-2015 are prepared for use with an online analysis tool—meaning crosstabs are available without programming. Just point-and-click the variables you wish to analyze, and tables are generated.This trial will be available through Monday, April 17, 2017.
We would like your feedback about our trials. Our feedback form is simple, and will take you less than 2 minutes to complete.
The first match-up in our March Database Madness is Factiva vs. LexisNexis, two sources for news and business information.
Let’s take a look at Factiva:
– Owned by the Dow Jones Corporation, Factiva provides access to thousands of premium news and information sources
– 600 continuously updated newswires
– Information and stock quotes on over 22 million public and private companies
– Over 100 industry snapshots
– News from around the world, in English
– News in 28 languages
– What is the slam dunk, crowd-pleasing feature of Factiva? Factiva Pages! Under the News Pages menu, choose Factiva Pages from the drop down list.
Factiva Pages gives you the front page of the top major publications – The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. You can see today’s front page or use the drop down to view the past two weeks of these papers. Not only can you view the front page articles from these newspapers, but you can use the drop down list to select other sections of the paper such as Letters to the Editor, Sports, Style, Arts & Entertainment, and Business & Finance.
Next up we have LexisNexis:
– over 400 newspapers
– 800 wire services
– 1723 magazines
– 1300 foreign language newspapers
– 650 college and university newspapers (including the Furman Paladin!)
– all federal and state cases
– over 750 law reviews
– all federal statutes and federal regulations
– International Legal searches
– Canadian law
– Canadian cases
– EU cases through 2013
– Hong Kong, New Zealand, and South Africa cases
– almost 300 business publications and reports
– over 2200 market and industry new sources
– What is the slam dunk, crowd-pleasing feature of LexisNexis? Easy access to landmark Supreme Court cases!
Once you click on the “Cases” link, you will be directed to a page which lists a few of the landmark Supreme Court cases. If you click on “All Topics,” you will see a much longer list.
For help becoming a Factiva or LexisNexis expert user, please visit the Research Assistance Desk.
On February 24, the Libraries and the Office of the Provost hosted Furman’s first Faculty Scholarship Reception to recognize and celebrate the scholarly publications and creative works of Furman faculty members. The reception, held in the Blackwell Atrium of the James B. Duke Library, showcased over 170 examples of scholarship published by 87 faculty members during the 2015 and 2016 calendar years. Guests included members of the faculty, staff, senior administration, and the Board of Trustees. Attendees mingled, sampled hors d’oeuvres and sipped on wine while browsing through displays of the faculty works. The following faculty provided four-minute presentations on their scholarly or creative works:
- Gil Allen, Faculty Emeritus, English
- Tami Blumenfield, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies
- Akan Malici, Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs
- John Quinn, Assistant Professor, Biology
- Erin Wamsley, Assistant Professor, Psychology
- Mark Kilstofte, Professor, Music
Scholarship from the reception will remain on display in the Blackwell Atrium until March 31st. Learn more.
View the Faculty Scholarship Reception program online.
Furman University professors will address issues democracy, civil behavior, ethical conduct, the power of scientific discovery and more when they participate in a series of panel discussions that will take place on and off campus during March and April. All of the six events for “Our Republic … For Which It Stands,” are free and open to the public.
Conference 1: Democracy: A Process, Not an Accomplishment
March 14, 7 pm: American Laws and American Values. Triune Mercy Center, Sanctuary.
Steve O’Neill, Lane Harris, Savita Nair, Diane Vecchio, Lloyd Benson (Department of History)
March 15, 7 pm: Aspects of Domestic and International Politics: A Discussion with Political Scientists. Triune Mercy Center.
Liz Smith, Kate Kaup, Don Aiesi, Mike Bressler, Jim Guth (Department of Politics and International Affairs)
Conference II: Morality and Ethics in Times of Uncertainty
March 26, 3 pm: Is “Civil Discourse” Overrated? Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Deference and Respect for Authority. Greenville First Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall).
David Fink, Tim Wardle, Roger Sneed, Bryan Bibb (Department of Religion)
March 30, 7:30 pm: When Is It OK to Punch a Nazi? A Panel Discussion on Symbolic Violence and Civil Disobedience. Furman University, Furman Hall 214 (McEachern).
Sarah Worth (Philosophy), David Fink (Religion), Melinda Menzer (English), Erik Anderson (Philosophy)
Conference III: Understanding the Value of Science in an Uncertain World
April 19, 7 pm: Think You Know What You Know? Understanding Constraints on Human Perception and Reasoning. Furman University, Daniel Recital Hall.
Gil Einstein, Cinnamon Stetler, Beth Pontari (Department of Psychology)
April 20, 7 pm: Seeing the Science in Our Lives: The Value of Basic and Applied Research. Furman University, Daniel Recital Hall.
John Quinn (Biology), Adi Dubash (Biology), Ruth Aronoff (Earth and Environmental Sciences)