Oregon State University has a trial of the Opera in Video collection from Alexander Street Press. This trial will run through May 30, 2010.

When complete, Opera in Video will contain 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. Opera in Video currently has 147 videos, equalling 316 hours.

Please submit your comments regarding this electronic resource trial through the Database Trial Evaluation Form.

OSU Libraries now has online access to the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Online

This online version of the 90th edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics provides broad coverage of all types of physical science data commonly encountered by scientists and engineers, with as much depth as can be accommodated in a one-volume format.

In addition to offering the full text of the print edition in searchable pdf format, this Internet Version 2010 presents the major tables of numerical data in the form of interactive tables that can be sorted, filtered, and combined in various ways. Substances in these tables can be retrieved by searching on name, formula, CAS Registry Number, or chemical structure, and such a search can be combined with a request for a desired property.

Many new tables and updates are included in the 90th Edition, especially in the following areas:
Fluid properties – new data over a wider temperature and pressure range for
– Water (including D2O) and steam
– Air
– Refrigerants and other important industrial fluids
Biochemistry – new tables on
– Enzyme catalyzed reactions
– Structure and functions of common drugs
– Chemical constituents of human blood
Analytical chemistry – new and expanded tables on
– Proton NMR shifts for solvents and other fluids
– Mass spectral peaks
– Nuclear moments and other data for NMR spectroscopy
– Aqueous solubility of organic compounds
Astronomy and geophysics – new data on
– Properties of the planets and their satellites
– Major world earthquakes, 850 AD to 2008
– Interstellar molecules
Other new and expanded tables
– International recommendations for the expression of uncertainty of measurements
– Description of the new IUPAC chemical identifier (InChI)
– Nobel prize winners in physics and chemistry
– Threshold limits for airborne contaminants

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Alexander Street Press is making Women and Social Movement in the U.S., 1600-2000, Scholar’s Edition freely available. This resource will be available through March 31, 2010.

A mainstay of women’s history scholarship and teaching in universities worldwide, this online collection is edited by Professors Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin of SUNY Binghamton. This extensive collection of primary historic documents, books, images, scholarly essays, teaching tools, and book and Web site reviews documents the history of women’s activism in public life, and is one of the most heavily visited resources for women’s studies and for U.S. history on the Web. Organized around document projects written by leading scholars, the collection is a powerful research and classroom tool designed to help users develop the skills needed to analyze primary documents and conduct research. Document projects are organized around interpretive questions, each with 20-50 primary documents that address the question. Some examples are:
• How Did the Ladies Association of Philadelphia Shape New Forms of Women’s Activism During the American Revolution, 1780-1781?
• How Did White Women Aid Former Slaves During and After the Civil War, 1863-1891?
• How Did Black and White Southern Women Campaign to End Lynching, 1890-1942?
• How and Why Did the Guerrilla Girls Alter the Art Establishment in New York City, 1985-1995?
• How Have Recent Social Movements Shaped Civil Rights Legislation for Women? The 1994 Violence Against Women Act.
The Scholar’s Edition also includes more than 40,000 pages of full-text sources, including:
• Proceedings of all women’s rights conventions, 1848-1869
• Proceedings of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898
• Selected publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000
Also newly added to the Scholar’s Edition are:
• Notable American Women, the five-volume biographical dictionary
• The Collected Publications of federal, state, and local Commissions on the Status of Women, a digital archive with 90,000 pages of publications, 1961-2005

Alexander Street press also has a companion blog, Women and Social Movements: The Online Discussion, where faculty discuss how they’ve made use of the online collection in the classroom, share syllabi, and exchange ideas.

OSU Libraries has a trial of Guide to Reference. This trial will run through March 31, 2010.

Guide to Reference is a selective guide to the best reference sources, organized by academic discipline. An editorial team of reference librarians and subject experts have selected and annotated some 16,000 entries, both print and web-based, free and subscription.

Please submit your comments through the Database Trial Evaluation Form.