The University of Cincinnati Libraries has migrated its Digital Resource Commons (DRC) repository to a modern software platform. The former site ran on outdated software with broken features and security vulnerabilities that could not be resolved. The new site includes an updated interface and the potential for additional upgrades and features.
Some of the new site’s features are not yet available, but our software vendor is continuing to fix issues and add enhancements. We are aware that images must be downloaded to view them, and some thumbnail images are not displaying. We hope to have these issues resolved soon. Additional enhancements and fixes will be made to the DRC when our vendor releases a software update later this spring.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI), a celebration of the culture, history and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander people living in the United States. In celebration, the University of Cincinnati Libraries presents the following resources from our collections. Some resources may be for the UC community only.
Asian Studies Research Guide – articles, newspapers, maps, political and statistical information, dictionaries, cultural information and more in support of Asian Studies
Looking for resources about the present crisis in Ukraine? The University of Cincinnati Libraries can help. Librarians have created a Research Guide that includes library resources, including books, journal articles, news reports and more.
UC Libraries is happy to provide access to the online version of the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook Plus (Modern Language Association of America Handbook for Writers of Research Papers).
What is in the 9th edition
As stated in the introduction, this new edition “…expands and improves the explanation of how to use MLA style, including the MLA’s system of documentation; features new guidelines to answer common questions; restores and updates key sections from previous editions that readers told us they valued; and adds chapters and plentiful visual examples to support writers.”
Notable features of this online digital resource
It can be accessed anytime from anywhere on any browser or device.
It provides simultaneous access to an unlimited number of users.
It meets WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards.
The text is easy to search and navigate.
Users can set up a free personal account to save searches for quick access.
Cross-linking provides easy access to related content.
How to access MLA Handbook Plus online
To access the resource, type “MLA Handbook Plus” in the search box on the library home box under the “Books” or “Databases” tab.
In addition to annual updates, additional content will be available in 2022, including MLA Guide to Undergraduate Research in Literature and MLA Guide to Digital Literacy. There will also be a video course that will teach the principles of MLA documentation style through a series of short videos and quizzes.
Did you know that UC Library has a subscription to the Cincinnati Business Courier Online? The Business Courier is a weekly newspaper that covers Cincinnati business news. It also covers politics and the local economy. The weekly journal is read by more than 50,000 business professionals. The Courier also produces special reports on topics and trends of interest to the business community, including the annual compilation of Top 25 Lists called the Book of Lists.
The business courier is also a helpful research tool. It can be difficult to find information on smaller local privately owned companies. However, many times these companies are mentioned in news articles, top 25 lists, and executive’s profiles. It can also be searched to find out local industry trends and the local laws and regulations that are impacting business. Try searching for local companies like Skyline or Rhinegeist and see what you can find compared to other company databases!
UC affiliates can access the full online version of the Cincinnati business courier through the library website. To find out more on how to access and search the Business Courier as well as where to find the Book of Lists check out this research guide.
Last Fall, UC Libraries made the tough decision to break up with our Statista subscription. The decision came down to two reasons:
Statista’s price rose over 200% in the past two years
More importantly, Statista’s data is accessible from other vendors and resources. The Statista platform serves as a portal to finding statistics. Basically, subscribers pay for ease of access to a lot of statistics. Most of these statistics come from government resources, industry associations, and other vendors of statistical information.
A few examples:
Data Planet Touted as the “largest repository of standardized and structured statistical data”. It has 13.5 billion datasets, pulls from over 90 data providers and covers 16 major subject categories. It also provides users with tutorials on how to analyze data and incorporate it into their research.
US Census One of the largest producers of social and economic data and statistics. The economic census includes Trade, Manufacturing, Construction, Financial, Insurance and Real Estate statistics.
FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) Economic data out of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank including inflation rate, consumer price index, unemployment rate, and more. FRED also provides a lot of teaching resources for economic data.
Market Research Reports from IBIS, Mintel, Euromonitor and many more! UC Libraries subscribes to many market research databases. These reports provide domestic and international industry level data as well as consumer demographics and statistics.
These databases and resources are accessible through UC Libraries and UC’s research guides. These resources are being updated these through the Summer, so please check back to see what’s new.
If you are looking for something specific, please think of Maggie Patel (UC’s Business and Data Analytics Librarian) as your statistical matchmaker and she will work with you to find the appropriate resource. You may contact her through email.
Please don’t despair if you loved Statista, there are plenty of other statistical databases in the sea. You will improve your research skills and discover new statistical resources. Fall in love again with something new!
User access to library electronic resources is controlled by UC credentials and the Libraries proxy server. To improve management of this, UC Libraries is changing proxy servers at the end of the spring semester. As a result, all URLs containing the library proxy will need to be changed to the new server address. The Libraries has created tools to assist users in changing/creating proxy URLs. For anyone who bookmarks or includes library resource links in communication, course syllabi, canvas, etc., please plan to change library resource links starting in the month of May to the new proxy URL. The Libraries will maintain the old server through the end of 2021, so access will be continuous for summer semester and ample time is provided for the URLs to be updated.
Read Source, the online newsletter, to learn about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.
In this issue of Source, Dean Xuemao Wang reflects on his eight years at UC and asks questions about the future. We announce a new collaboration to manage UC’s Art Collection, as well as share the news that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the University of Cincinnati a $700K renewal grant to advance and expand the Digital Scholarship Center’s (DSC) “catalyst” model.
Remote events are featured in this issue of Source, including the recent Life of the Mind lecture with links to the video and bibliography of submitted UC faculty and staff creative and scholarly works, as well as upcoming events announced such as UC DATA Day and the Cecil Striker Webinar Series.
UC faculty and researchers, are you creating your syllabi and course materials? As you prepare for fall semester and are either adding or updating links to articles, e-books and other library resources, changes to the UC VPN in March 2020 means that Off Campus Access for library resources has changed. Use the following tools to affix the library’s proxy link to the permanent URL for resources to ensure seamless use both on and off-campus. This will also provide accessibility options for students and help alleviate some copyright concerns.