The Gale Virtual Reference Library has new reference titles available through the Statewide Database Licensing Group contract. The following titles are included with this deal:

The Encyclopedia of Inland Waters contains over 240 individual articles covering various broad topics including properties of water hydrologic cycles, surface and groundwater hydrology, hydrologic balance, lakes of the world, rivers of the world, light and heat in aquatic ecosystems, hydrodynamics and mixing in rivers, reservoirs, and lakes, biological integration among inland aquatic ecosystems, pollution and remediation, and conservation and management of inland aquatic ecosystems.

ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.

A sampling of the thousands of contributors to ArchiveGrid:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Harvard University

International Institute of Social History (IISH)

National Library of Australia

New York Public Library

Oregon State University Archives

Radio City Music Hall

Smithsonian Institution – Archives of American Art

OSU Libraries has acquired two new electronic reference books through the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

The Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography is a new edition of the classic reference title Dictionary of Scientific Biography. it provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented.

The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa illuminates the lives of the most influential and controversial figures in the Middle East and North Africa who came to prominence during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Includes profiles of contemporary leaders who belong to various political, ethnic, and religious groups, as well as notable individuals associated with business, law, science, social issues, sports, entertainment, literature, and the fine and performing arts.

Open WorldCat has added two new features:

Web users who perform searches at can now sort results using several indices. By default, search results are returned sorted by relevance. Additionally, users can now sort by author (alphabetical by last name), title (alphabetical), and date (newest-to-oldest and oldest-to-newest).

Result sorting joins the recently added “Refine Your Search” faceted browse feature in providing users the ability to better examine large result sets.

Item records in WorldCat’s open-Web interface now include a “Cite this Item” link that provides bibliographic citations in five common styles: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. Displayed in a separate pop-up window, the citations follow the reference standard for each style.

The citations window cautions users that “formatting rules within a style can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study,” and that they should apply the specific requirements of a reviewing body.

OSU Libraries has a new subscription to the Ebsco database Education Research Complete, a bibliographic and full text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete also covers areas of curriculum instruction as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,500 journals, as well as full text for more than 750 journals. This database also includes full text for more than 100 books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers. Education Research Complete is replacing the Wilson database Education Full Text. Other education-related electronic resources available through OSU Libraries include ERIC, the Professional Development Collection, the Vocational and Career Collection and the Encyclopedia of Education.

We have moved our ANSI standards collection to the digital world. With our new subscription to the ANSI standards through Information Handling Services (IHS), you can search and obtain over 1,300 ANSI standards.

When you go to the IHS site, click on the Specs & Standards link. If you click on the Quick Searches tab on the upper left, you can limit the search to the titles included in our subscription. This subscription is only for ANSI standards – if you need a combined subscription (e.g., an ANSI/ASME standard), please contact Margaret Mellinger at for assistance in acquiring the standard.

Very Important! Remember to logout after you finish using the ANSI standards database. We have a limited number of simultaneous users and other users might be locked out of the database. The logout button is in the upper right corner of the screen.

Oxford Reference Online Premium (ORO Premium) brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world’s biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. The Core Collection contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving subscribers unprecedented access to a comprehensive information resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions Series. These quality online reference books compliment the Libraries’ existing online reference collection, which includes the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.