by Veronica Daub
The Rohrbach Library is running a trail of two EBSCO databases until October 10th, 2015. These trails are included in the A-Z list of databases which can be found on the library’s website under the “find information” tab.
The Social Work Reference Center:
The Social Work Reference Center offers in-depth information on a variety of social work topics. The material offered is the latest evidence available in the field, and users will benefit from the straightforward and well organized information. While the database caters to social workers, but can be helpful in many different areas of study, such as psychology, education, and medicine.
On the homepage of the database, users will see a browse menu on the left. Users will be brought to an alphabetical list upon clicking one of following links: diseases and conditions, practices and skills, assessment tools, drugs, patient education, practice guidelines, and continuing education.
Under diseases and conditions, users can find a “quick lesson” on a wide variety of topics, such as abortion trends in adolescents, ketamine substance abuse, lung cancer, school violence, and the legal issues surrounding assisted suicide. Clicking on the latter will bring users to a detailed page organized under different subheads. The first subhead on each quick lesson is titled ‘description’ and offers a wide overview, or background information, of the topic. Since assisted suicide is a debate of ethics, the following subheads are different from the pages describing illnesses or pharmaceuticals. Under the general information, the page offers definitions for certain terminology used when discussing assisted suicide. It goes on to discuss the risks (legal, not medical), units potentially involved (like nursing homes and hospices), and past court cases that dealt with the issue. When researching a disease, like lung cancer, users will find a different set of subheads. After the background information, the quick lesson offers a ‘facts and figures’ section that provides statistics such as the following: “Only about 15% of people with lung cancer are diagnosed early in the disease. Smoking causes 8 of 10 cases of lung cancer.” The lesson then goes into risk factors (cigarettes, arsenic, etc.), signs and symptoms, and a social service assessment. The assessment offers advice on how to go about diagnosing a patient, which is backed up by the treatment summary. Other areas discussed are available resources and services, food for thought, red flags, and discharge planning.
Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index
The Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index a index-only database that allows its users to search through art history periodicals collected by the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection. Since the database is index-only, the full content of the articles, journals, and periodicals are only available to students and faculty through interlibrary loan; keep in mind, the trial for this database ends on October 10th.
The collection is world renown, offering periodicals that date all the way back to the 1850s. EBSCO describes the collection further in their press release, “Periodicals indexed in Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index are international in scope and represent Western European and American fine arts and some decorative arts from the 4th-19th centuries. The journals covered in this index were published in a broad selection of languages that include English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, Dutch and Scandinavian. Researchers benefit from the inclusive coverage within the articles including artists, works, collections (private and public), exhibitions, and reproductions. Subject coverage of the index extends to many interdisciplinary areas, including the study of Art History, Historiography, Art Theory, Art Collecting, Music and Art Therapy, Material Culture, Taste and Aesthetics, Art Conservation, and Preservation Studies programs.”