AIS 435 - Resources Used in Class

Rev. 12/5/2013

Library Catalogs

NMU — Contains records for books, Theses, journal titles, government documents, etc., in a variety of formats (including online) held by NMU, LSSU, Gogebic CC, & Finlandia libraries.

MeLCat — Contains records for books, Theses/Dissertations, journal titles, government documents, etc., in a variety of formats (including online) held by many Michigan libraries.

WorldCat (NMU Subscription) — Contains records for books, Theses/Dissertations (some online), journal titles, government documents, etc., in a variety of formats (including online) held by 44,000+ libraries worldwide. 

WorldCat (free version--tied to geographic location of user)

COPAC – 24 of the largest UK & Ireland University Research Libraries (plus the British Library and the National Library of Scotland)  (search simultaneously)

Australia Libraries (union) Catalog (search many libraries simultaneously)
(strong emphasis in Exercise Science & other sciences)

AMICUS - Canadian National Catalogue

National Library Catalogues Worldwide (directory)

LIBCAT: A Guide to Library Resources on the Internet (directory)

Professional Development
Coping with Information Overload of the Literature


CATALIST - Directory of professional discussion lists (not chat rooms).

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) - A convenient, spam-free feeder method to automatically receive journal table of contents, tracking news, web sites, and other information. Look for orange icon. Built-in "Live Bookmarks" function through FireFox & Internet Explorer 7 make RSS much easier. Sometimes also labeled as Alerts.


Schloman, B. F. (2005). Staying current: What RSS can do for you. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

RSS/Blogs & News feeds Readers - bring together in one place
Feedly Reader
Microsoft Live

Google Alerts - automatic e-mail updates of latest Google search results on your specific topic.

Finding Electronic Journals (e-journals)

NMU Full Text Electronic Journal Holdings (Serials Solutions Article Linker Portal) —  Arranged alpha by title; also searchable by keyword and broad subjects.

Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory (Subscription)

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals (free) — Contains records for nearly 2,600 freely
available full-text scientific & scholarly journals. Already included in NMU's Article Linker Portal.

Emporia State University Library (free)  — Contains records for hundreds of freely available full-text journals and magazines.  Unique arrangement of e-journals & websites by subject.

LinkOut (National Library of Medicine) (free) — Contains records for over 650 freely available full-text science & medical journals.   

University of Pennsylvania Library E-Resources Search (free) — Very comprehensive list of electronic journals & other e-resources. Searchable by subject & keyword.

Olson Library Guide to Theses & Dissertations

E-books (electronic books)

Note: All e-books owned by NMU are in the library catalog

Google Book Search (advanced mode) Search full-text of books; Google account required to view selected text.

National Academies Press Search full-text of books & reports "issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States." Free login required to view free PDF books or book chapters.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Subscription) — Contains records for online full-text/image reference books. Includes definitive / premier encyclopedias, dictionaries, & directories. Subject areas include Education, Science & Medicine, Multicultural, and Social Sciences. Also includes 2008 edition of Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans.

Oxford Reference Online Premium (Subscription) — a collection of full text illustrated encyclopedias, dictionaries, and works from the Oxford Companion series.

Books 24x7 (Subscription) — Online HTML full-image computer books (also available through NMU Library Catalog)

STAT!Ref (Subscription) — a collection of full text illustrated medical & nursing books

Thomson Gale Databases (Subscription) — Hundreds of online full-text + graphics books accessible through various databases

Heritage Quest Online (Subscription) — Genealogical resources, including a collection of full-image classic & contemporary history books

ACLS Humanities E-Book Project (Subscription) (American Council of Learned Societies) — a collection of full-image history books

WorldCat (Subscription) — Contains records for online full-text/image books/documents/etc. (includes licensed & freely-accessible). Limit to Books, Computer files, Internet Resources.

eBooks Michigan (EBSCO eBook Collection)
(Subscription) — Online full-image books (also available through NMU Library Catalog) (accessible through NMU & other Michigan libraries)

Reference & Statistics via Library Online Database page

Internet Archive - Text Archive — List of online text collections Great Books Online (includes reference books)

Project Gutenberg (fine literature digitally re-published)

UT Library Online – Electronic Books (list of sites)

Internet Public Library Books Collection (a.k.a. Online Texts) (list of sites)

Professional Associations

Encyclopedia of Associations
1. Access Business Insights: Global
2. Click on Advanced Search
3. Change Content Area to Associations
4. Enter topic and search in "Association Name" or "Full Text" to retrieve list.

Internet Public Library - Associations on the Net

Google Directory

Web Search Engines

Who do you trust? 10 tips for vetting content (PR Newswire)

"Interesting Web Sites"

Dihydrogen Monoxide – Research Division

Learn about search engines

NMU Art & Design - To better understand search engines, view the Source

How Search Engines Work
— Written by Mike Grehan.

Search Engine Showdown— Written by Greg Notess, Reference Librarian, authority on search engines, and owner of Search Engine Showdown web site. Also check his News page for latest on search engines.

Internet Archives

Internet ArchiveExtensive collection of archival visual resources. Check out the Wayback Machine.

Finding Old Web Pages Directory of search engines which archive the Internet. Guide developed by Gregg Notess.

Search Engines -
Standard Single Search Engine, Crawler/Spider-based type

Google Advanced SearchLimit searches to language, format, update, domain, etc. Note also LINK function.

Google Images Advanced SearchConsider using Images search to locate pictures, statistical tables, graphs, etc.

Google Scholar Advanced Search — Scholarly materials including articles, books, technical reports, and conference papers. Limit search to subject area(s), and also consider the "Citator" feature. In results list, note "Cited by" and NMU-specific links.

Google Alerts E-mail updates of search results.

Scirus Science-specific web sites (Hosted by Elsevier).

USA.govSearches U.S. Federal & State Government web sites.

Search Engines -
Meta-search type

Ixquick Advanced Power SearchRanks and integrates top-10 results from each of 8 search engines. Video & Picture searches also available.

Metacrawler Advanced Search — The first metasearch engine, and still one of the best.  Provides top results from 14+ search engines including Google. Default results display grouped by search engine.

c|net (1000 search engines) — Advanced mode available, along with Research by Topic -- search by 200 specialty topics.

Dogpile — Provides results from Google, Yahoo, Live Search, and Ask.

Search Engines - Evaluative/Human-Powered Type

Invisible Web — UC Berkeley library page

WWW Virtual Library

Internet Public Library2

INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resources Collection Advanced Search
Recommend select Resource Access - Free.

BUBL LinkSelected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas
. Hosted in UK.

(URLs & full-text)

Note: Google Chrome automatically translates

Google Translate - copy & paste text or upload a document

BabelFish - free machine translation




Virtual Library Database Access by State

Michigan Statewide Access through the Library of Michigan's Michigan eLibrary (MeL) — Requires Michigan Driver’s License # or State ID #

Cyberdrive Illinois — Requires contacting local Illinois public library for authorization & password

INSPIRE Indiana Virtual Library — Requires submitting Indiana local address info for password

Minnesota Statewide Access through ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) — Requires Minnesota public library card barcode number

Wisconsin Statewide Access through BadgerLink — Requires registered ISP or Wisconsin public library card number

Links to Statewide Virtual Library Collections — Requires DL or library card number to access collections

LIB-WEB-CATS — Worldwide library directory

Free Online Databases

NMU's OneSearch Advanced Screen - simple search interface to the worldwide library catalog also available through FirstSearch. May also locate libraries who hold materials.

Scirus (most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the "free" Internet - excludes licensed library databases and content)

Google Scholar (Advanced Search) Search for scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and books. Also used as a citator database which tracks references.

National Library of Medicine - Many medical & health resources & content oriented towards layperson through professional & researcher.

National Library of Medicine Databases - National Library of Medicine's one-stop search across many resources, or choose from list.

MEDLINE / PubMed - Click on Limits tab to limit search by language, journal group (Nursing), age, gender, etc. Includes links to many freely available online journal artilces.

IngentaConnect – free Table of Contents searchable database (charges for articles) + free e-mailing of contents for up to 5 journals.

SUMSearch - searches a variety of web resources including PubMed and metasearch engines. Excellent medical/nursing-oriented limiting (filters). - Education & school health. Includes full-text of a few journals, and many ERIC documents.

Free Online Journal Portals

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) - Free online access to full content of over 4,000 scientific & scholarly journals. Holdings vary by title. Click on title to access journal. Searchable on the web site.

BioMed Central - over 150 peer-reviewed online free Open Acess journals.

LinkOut (National Library of Medicine) - Free online access to full content of over 650 journals; holdings vary by title. Click on title to access journal. All are indexed in MEDLINE.

Directory of Professional Discussion Lists



Olson Library Copyright Guide