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New database: Health Poll Database

February 1st, 2023

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research has released a new opinion poll database, the Health Poll Database , dealing with health related survey questions. It is included in the Purdue University Libraries’ subscription to the Roper Center’s iPoll Databank .

 

 


Newspaper Source Plus – HSSE Featured Database

January 26th, 2023

Humanities, Social Science and Education Library’s Featured Database will give you a brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring Newspaper Source Plus database, brought to you by Alexander Street.

Link: https://guides.lib.purdue.edu/db/db234

Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: This database provides more than 860 full-text newspapers, including regional, national, and international newspapers. It also provides newswire coverage, which includes AP Online (Associated Press), Asia Pulse, Canadian Press Wire, and the World Stream Newswires.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using the Newspaper Source Plus database.

Why you should know this database: This database provides a full-text digital collection of the world’s major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers and newswires and offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources. provides. In addition, the database has more than 850,000 television and radio news reports.

Quick tip: If you notice to the right side of the screen, you will see a list of tools. On that list, there is a button called “Export.” You can use this tool to download the information directly to the citation management software of your choosing. Popular options include EndNote and Zotero, but there is also a generic option that can be used with other software.


Related Resources:

Other databases you might want to explore are:

ProQuest Newstream: https://guides.lib.purdue.edu/db/pqn
NexusUni: https://guides.lib.purdue.edu/nexisuni


Featured Database: Hospitality & Tourism Complete

January 20th, 2023

Parrish Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring Hospitality & Tourism Complete brought to you by EBSCO Information Services, a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc.

Focus

Hospitality & Tourism Complete covers scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism. This collection contains more than 828,000 records, with coverage dating as far back as 1965. There is full text for more than 490 publications, including periodicals, company and country reports, and books.

Access

The List of Business Databases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue Career Account.

Tutorial

Click Getting Started with Hospitality & Tourism Complete to see the basics of using this database.

Related Resources

Some other resources you might want to explore are:

  • Business Source Complete includes articles in business and management, MIS, accounting, finance, international business, and related disciplines.
  • Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including cultural aspects of travel and tourism, historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries, and more.

Featured Database comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu. Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this, or future Featured Databases.

Since usage statistics are an important barometer when databases are up for renewal, tell us your favorite database, and we will gladly promote it. Send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.


International Open Access Week

November 1st, 2022

International Open Access Week is upon us! Open Access removes “reader pays” access barriers to scholarly research, allowing wider dissemination, access, and use of scholarly works. Scholarly research published using an Open Access pathway is free for anyone to read and reuse. International Open Access Week is an opportunity for academic and research communities to learn about the benefits of Open Scholarship and inspire wider participation in Open Access.

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies provides support for Purdue authors to participate in Open Access. Through a series of Open Access Publisher Partnerships, Purdue authors can choose to publish openly—at no cost to themselves–in journals managed by our publishing partners. This includes journals published by PLoS, Cambridge University Press, Association for Computing Machinery, and Wiley. In addition, Purdue authors can apply for funding from the Open Access Publishing Fund to cover article processing charges (APCs) in journals that make all their content immediately Open Access. For approved applicants, this fund will cover up to $2,500 toward APCs while funds are available. Details, as well as a link to apply for funding, are available at https://www.lib.purdue.edu/openaccess/fund. Questions and requests for in-person question and answer sessions about these agreements can be directed to Nina Collins, Scholarly Publishing Specialist, nkcollin@purdue.edu.

In addition to providing support for born-open scholarship, Purdue Libraries provides support for Green Open Access—archiving works on the institutional repository—and retroactive opening of gated scholarship. A vast majority of publishers support Green Open Access sharing policies. These policies allow authors to post their works to Purdue e-Pubs, the institutional repository for Purdue University. The Purdue e-Pubs team offers a free, publisher sharing policy review service. The team reviews sharing policies of publishers, provides a list of your works that can be opened, and will manage all the uploads and publisher fine print. Purdue authors who wish to retroactively open their works can email a list of publications, or a link to one, to epubs@purdue.edu to request this free service.

Scholarly works posted to Purdue e-Pubs are freely available to a global audience and auto-indexed in Google Scholar, increasing discoverability. Authors receive monthly auto-notices that include COUNTER-compliant usage statistics and access to the Author Dashboard. This provides insights for authors such as where their work is being downloaded and how frequently. Purdue e-Pubs also includes a PlumX Analytics integration. PlumX is an altmetric tracking tool that collects mentions of individual works on social media, blogs, news sites, and more. The Unpaywall browser extension further enhances discoverability of works in Purdue e-Pubs by directing users from the publisher’s version of record to our Open Access version. For further information on Purdue e-Pubs, Green Open Access, or to request a free review of your publications, contact Nina Collins or epubs@purdue.edu.


Dr. Harry Denny and Dr. Yung-Hsiang Lu Receive the 2022 Leadership in Open Access Award

November 1st, 2022

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies is pleased to recognize two individuals with the 2022 Leadership in Open Access Award: Dr. Harry Denny, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Lab and Dr. Yung-Hsiang Lu, Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Leadership in Open Access award is given annually in recognition of exceptional commitment to broadening the reach of scholarship by making Purdue research freely accessible online. This award is granted to nominees who have worked in collaboration with one or more repositories supported by Purdue Libraries, such as Purdue e-Pubs, Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), or Purdue e-Archives.

Denny, along with his fellow journal editors of the Writing Center Journal, successfully transitioned this formerly closed access, print journal to an Open Access journal. The journal was made openly available in Purdue e-Pubs through a partnership with Purdue University Press. In addition to publishing all forthcoming content from the Writing Center Journal, all back issue content has also been made available on the Open Access site and provided with DOIs, making the journal’s legacy stable and globally accessible. https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/wcj/

Lu has been the lead organizer of the annual IEEE Low-Power Computer Vision Challenge since 2015. Between 2015-2021, 108 international teams submitted more than 500 solutions. Since 2019, winners have to release their solutions and present their solutions in conference. The winners’ solutions are collected and published in a book “Low-Power Computer Vision Improve the Efficiency of Artificial Intelligence”, Chapman and Hall/CRC, ISBN 978-0-3677-4470-0, February 23, 2022. For transparency, the referee system’s source code as well as reference solutions are released before the challenges (https://github.com/lpcvai). The reference solution serves as the basis for participants to improve upon. Lu is also a strong proponent of Open Access to research software. Each of his research papers is accompanied with a github repository of the software used for generating the data presented in the research paper. Most important, Lu promotes Open Access in his courses. He teaches students the concepts of Open Access and explains the tools for managing Open Access—including software and data. In the past 5 years, more than 1,000 students have learned the skills to manage and share Open Access information.

Dr. Harry Denny and Dr. Yung-Hsiang Lu join the growing list of previous recipients of the Leadership in Open Access Award.


Featured Database: Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

November 1st, 2022

Parrish Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) developed by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Focus

Wharton Research Data Services, also known as WRDS, is a data management and research tool that provides single-point access to over 350 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines, including finance, marketing, and economics.

Access

The List of Business Databases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue Career Account.

Tutorial

Click Getting Started with Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) to see the basics of using this database.

Related Resources

Some other resources you might want to explore are:

  • Bizminer, contains detailed industry analysis through marketing plan research profiles, financial analysis profiles, local business summaries, and state market index profiles.
  • Mintel, includes market research reports covering consumer goods, travel and tourism, finance, retail, and food and drink.

Featured Database comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu. Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this, or future Featured Databases.

Since usage statistics are an important barometer when databases are up for renewal, tell us your favorite database, and we will gladly promote it. Send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.


Oxford Art Online – HSSE Featured Database

October 27th, 2022

Humanities, Social Science and Education Library’s Featured Database will give you a brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring Oxford Art Online database.

Link: https://guides.lib.purdue.edu/db/oxfordart

Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: Oxford Art Online is an innovative gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location. With the 2008 complete redesign of Grove Art Online, as well as the addition of substantial new Oxford reference content, Oxford Art Online offers the most extensive and easily searchable online art resource available today, a virtual art reference library of unparalleled scope and depth.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using the Drama Online database.

Why you should know this database: This database combines the Grove Dictionary of Art and Benezit Dictionary of Artists into an innovative gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content. It is regularly updated and includes over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture.

Quick tip: At the bottom of the article, there is a section called Bibliography. This lists the source where the information from the article was obtained. You can click on the link beneath the citation to see if the item is available at our library. This can help expand the resources for your research.

Related Resources:

Other databases you might want to explore are:

Art Full-Text: https://guides.lib.purdue.edu/db/aft
Gale OneFile – Fine Arts: https://guides.lib.purdue.edu/db/gppfa


Featured Database: Frost & Sullivan

October 4th, 2022

Parrish Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring Frost & Sullivan brought to you by the global research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Focus

Frost & Sullivan’s business intelligence portfolio provides practical industry insights and analysis with real-world statistics and research results. Industries covered include communications and IT, transportation, consumer products, healthcare, environment and energy, aerospace and defense, electronics and semiconductors, chemicals, materials, and food.

Access

The List of Business Databases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue Career Account.

Tutorial

Click Getting Started with Frost & Sullivan to see the basics of using this database.

Related Resources

Some other resources you might want to explore are:

  • Passport provides business intelligence on countries, consumers, and industries with access to statistics, market reports, company profiles and information sources.
  • MRS Simmons Insights provides information on demographics, lifestyles, product and brand usage, and advertising media preferences reported by a sample of 25,000 U.S. consumers.

 

Featured Database comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu. Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this, or future Featured Databases.

Since usage statistics are an important barometer when databases are up for renewal, tell us your favorite database, and we will gladly promote it. Send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.


Long Hard Road-A Q&A with Charles Murray

September 15th, 2022

 

Purdue University Press spoke with author Charles J. Murray about his new book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car.

Q: Could you give a brief description of your book?

The first half of the book takes the reader through the piece-by-piece invention of the lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion had many inventors around the world, but mostly in the US, UK, France, and Japan. The inventors in those countries are profiled, and the book details their contributions between 1972 and 1991. The second half of the book is about the electric car, and the auto industry’s adoption of lithium-ion. It describes all the different chemistries that automotive engineers tried before they settled on lithium-ion. The consistent thread to this story is the battery. There is no single main character in this book; the lithium-ion battery is really the star.

Q: What is the goal of your book? What motivated you to write it?

I wanted to write this because I thought the electric car and the lithium-ion battery were misunderstood. In popular culture, the electric car is a new idea. But in truth the manufacturable electric car is 138 years old. And the rechargeable lithium battery is 50 years old this year. This isn’t a story about a new idea. It’s a story about an old, failed idea that was successfully brought back to life.

Q: What are a few things that are being studied for the first time in this book?

The biggest thing is the contribution by Japanese companies. If not for two companies, Asahi Chemical and Sony Corporation, we might not have a lithium-ion battery today. During the 1970s and ‘80s, critical concepts were invented and patented in the US and UK. And then they were ignored. Scientists in the UK were shocked when Sony came along and wanted to license a British patent for lithium-ion that had been gathering dust for eight years. The Japanese companies used that patented technology, then added their own inventions, and created a commercial product. This turns out to have been a critical moment in technological history.

The other unknown story was the creation of the first pre-production battery in Boston. It turns out that Asahi Chemical had a working prototype battery in its lab, but its scientists didn’t know how to build a commercial cell, like the kind you might buy at a grocery store. And they didn’t want to ask for help in Japan because they feared their idea would be stolen. So in 1986 they flew out to Boston with three jars of slurry and asked a company there to turn their slurry into 200 working cells. The whole affair was so secret that even some of the scientists who worked on it in Boston were unaware that they had participated in the creation of the first lithium-ion production batteries. The owner of the company in Boston never divulged the secret until recently, and the story hasn’t been told until now.

Q: Is there anything that shocked or surprised you while working on this project?

I never knew that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford partnered on an electric car in 1913. Ford seldom gets credit for his efforts in this area. It’s often assumed that he disliked electric cars. But he wanted to build and sell electric cars; he even planned to have his son, Edsel Ford, serve as head of manufacturing. But the partnership flopped when Edison’s nickel-iron battery performed poorly in Michigan’s cold winter climate.

The other thing that surprised me was the role of a company called AC Propulsion in the development of Tesla’s first electric car, the Roadster. AC Propulsion created the powertrain that served as the model for the Roadster, which came out in 2009. The Roadster’s powertrain was very similar to AC Propulsion’s, but was redesigned so it could be manufactured in large volumes. Obviously, Tesla deserves enormous credit for what it did. But the initial spark of genius really came from AC Propulsion.

You can get 30% off Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car and any other Purdue University Press book by ordering from our website and using the code PURDUE30 at checkout.


Featured Database: Weiss Financial Ratings

August 31st, 2022

Parrish Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring Weiss Financial Ratings brought to you by Weiss Group, LLC.

Focus

Provides information about stocks, mutual funds exchange traded funds, banks, credit unions, and insurance companies; consumer guides to various insurance products, annuities, health savings accounts, medicare, and elder care; as well as financial literacy information on checking accounts, managing debt, making a budget, buying a car, renting an apartment, student loans, starting a 401 (k), understanding health insurance plans, planning for the future, and investing.

Access

The List of Business Databases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue Career Account.

Tutorial

Click Getting Started with Weiss Financial Ratings to see the basics of using this database.

Related Resources

Some other resources you might want to explore are:


Featured Database comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu. Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this, or future Featured Databases.

Since usage statistics are an important barometer when databases are up for renewal, tell us your favorite database, and we will gladly promote it. Send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.