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October 3, 2007

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Changes to Databases from MBLC and SEMLS

There have been a number of changes to the databases we get through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and Southeastern Massachusetts Library System (SEMLS).

The Gale Infotrac database Professional Collection was replaced by Educator’s Reference Complete. Educator’s Reference Complete includes more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports, most in full-text. This database covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college and every educational specialty. We also added Gale’s Massachusetts History Online, a collection of full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events.

There were a number of changes in our online newspaper coverage. The Cape Cod Times is the only newspaper remaining in the Newsbank collection. The following newspapers had links changed from Newsbank to Proquest: Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Worcester Telegram. We also added a number of new newspapers to Proquest including the Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield), BusinessWest (Chicopee), Gazette (Haverhill), New England Business, North Adams Transcript, Plymouth County Business Review, Providence Journal, Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg), Standard Times (New Bedford), Sun (Lowell)

MBLC also supplied us with the Literary Reference Center from EBSCO with full text information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes, including 27,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, 140,500 author biographies, 350 literary journals, 54,000 poems, 14,500 short stories, 8400 classic texts, 4000 author interviews and more.

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