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Faculty Tools: Library Databases

Online Resources for Citation and Journal Analysis and for Identifying Publishing Opportunities and Funding

Database Accounts and Publisher Support Materials

If you do a lot of research, it's certainly worthwhile to sign up for personal accounts at databases you frequently use.  For example, if you do a lot of research in Business Source Complete, a "My EBSCOhost" account would allow you to save searches, set up alerts and personalize the database in other ways.  (Here's a quick page on that functionality.)  Or perhaps you use JSTOR a great deal.  Look for the link in the top border and explore a MyJSTOR account.

A great many of our databases offer these types of personalized accounts, so consider setting one up when it seems appropriate.  (Just remember your login information, since the Library is not privy to it!)

In addition, some scholarly journal publishers actually create useful publications for academic researchers.  These are usually targeted to publishing with them or using their resources to their full potential.  Explore database help screens and publisher websites to find these materials.  Here, for example, are two booklets from Elsevier, publisher of the ScienceDirect database, that might be worth a browse.  See also the box below.

Another Example of Publisher Support Materials

Sage is another major academic publisher.  We have their publisher journal aggregate, Sage Journals Online, as well as a database of their eReference books.  They have a Journal Author Gateway that has some intriguing tips.  For example, below is a link to one subpage that has interesting things to say about how to "optimize" your article for web search engines like Google Scholar.   Explore other links in the left frame.

Library Databases Useful to Faculty

Citation Analysis and Impact Factors,
Journal Informational Directories, & Online Research Management

Other Database Pages of Interest

Emerald, another of our scholarly journal aggregates also has support materials for academic authors.  These include:

Subject Guide

And Don't Forget eBooks

Besides our good old fashioned paper books that can help with everything from citation formatting to your specific research topics, we also have many ebooks that are available 24/7.  Click the below book cover to see the catalog record (with link) to Write to the Top: How to Be a Prolific Academic.

And here's a link to other ebrary books with the subject heading Academic Writing