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Title: Searching the NOVEL Databases:

Searching the NOVEL Databases
  • Thomson Gale
  • Rochester Regional Library Council
  • Louise Smith, Instructor

  • New York Online Virtual Electronic Library
  • NOVEL is an electronic collection of books,
    e-journals, full text magazines, newspapers,
    encyclopedias and other databases.
  • NOVEL is funded through a Library Services
    Technology Act (LSTA) grant.

Who can participate in NOVEL?
  • School, public, academic and research libraries
  • Not for profit libraries
  • Any library that is a member of a library system
    in New York State.
  • Participating libraries are then able to provide
    access to their users via an internet connection.

What are the benefits of NOVEL?
  • NOVEL on the World Wide Web is a source of
    organized, high quality, reliable,
    child-friendly, current information not available
    free on the internet.

Aim of NOVEL
  • To increase access to electronic resources
  • To expand resource sharing among NYS libraries.
  • To enable all types of libraries to make digital
    information available to users from their homes
    and offices.
  • To level the playing field for all New Yorkers
    by giving them access to the same resources.
  • To provide savings to libraries through a program
    of statewide purchasing.
  • To develop a NOVEL user interface (or portal)
    that integrates the services and resources of

NOVEL Databases from Gale
  • Health Wellness Resource Center
  • Health Reference Center
  • Informe (Revistas en Espanol)
  • InfoTrac Custom Newspapers
  • National Newspaper Index
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • InfoTrac Junior
  • Twaynes Author Index
  • Business Company Resource Center

These Thomson Gale databases have similar search
  • Informe designed to meet the research needs of
    Spanish speaking users with over 40 full text
    Spanish-language and bilingual magazines, reports
    and maps.
  • Infotrac Custom Newspapers offers over 150 full
    text newspapers including NYS newspapers and the
    NYTimes full text for the current year.
  • National Newspaper Index provides indexing of
    Americas top five newspapers NYTimes, Wall
    Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, LA
    Times and the Washington Post.
  • New York State Newspaper Index
  • Health Reference Center

Health Reference Center
  • A classic Gale database -- blue sidebar on left
    for navigation, standard search format.
  • Use this database to find articles on Fitness,
    Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public
    Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol
    and Drug Abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.

Gale Search Options
  • Select your search term(s) or keyword(s).
  • Search for word(s) in title, citation, or
    abstract or in entire article content.
  • Limit your search by articles that are full text
    and/or articles that are refereed.
  • Limit your search by a a particular day or within
    a date range.
  • Limit your search to one publication, many, or

Gale Search Interface for HRC
Search types
To see journals
Health Reference Center Academic
  • Gale standard use blue sidebar on left for all
    navigation. Notice the changing options.
  • Subject Guide search yields helpful subdivisions
    of subject.
  • Defaults to Keyword search if no results for
    Subject Guide search.
  • Journal search available.
  • Use Search History to compare results.

Wild Cards
  • An asterisk () stands for any number of
    characters, including none, and is especially
    useful when you want to find all words that share
    the same root.
  • ?A question mark (?) stands for exactly one
    character and is especially useful when you're
    uncertain of a spelling.
  • !An exclamation point (!) stands for one or no
    characters and is especially useful when you want
    to match the singular and plural of a word but
    not other forms. For example, product! matches
    product and products but not productive or
    productivity. The exclamation point can also be
    used inside a word to match certain variant

  •   1994 - present
  • A collection of full text Hispanic magazines.
    Includes businesses, health, technology, culture,
    contemporary subjects and other matters.
  • Presently the interface is in English.

Newspaper Databases
  • Custom Newspapers   1985- present Search a
    collection of 150 newspapers, both national and
  • New York State Newspapers 1985- present Search
    this database of ten major newspapers published
    in the state of New York, including the New York
    Times and the New York Post.
  • National Newspaper Index  1977 - current
    America's top five newspapers The New York
    Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian
    Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The
    Washington Post. Largely citations.

Common Gale DB Interface for Newspaper Collection
Only to see newspaper titles
Newspaper DB Search Tips
  • Make use of different search types (keyword,
    relevance, advanced), then compare your search
    history on the beginning search screen.
  • Take advantage of the various search parameters,
    dates, etc.
  • Browse select the journals/newspapers.
  • Keywords are in red in the actual articles. Handy
    for skimming.
  • Valuable View Other Articles feature.

NYS Newspapers
  • Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY)Herald American
    (Syracuse, NY)Herald-Journal (Syracuse, NY)New
    York Observer (New York, NY)New York Post (New
    York, NY)New York TimesPost-Standard (Syracuse,

National Newspapers
  • Christian Science MonitorLos Angeles TimesNew
    York TimesNew York Times Book ReviewNew York
    Times MagazineWall Street JournalWall Street
    Journal Eastern EditionWashington Post

Custom Newspapers
  • Atlanta Journal -Constitution
  • Christian Science MonitorDetroit NewsFinancial
    Times (London)
  • The Guardian (London)
  • New York TimesInternational Herald Tribune
    (Paris)many more

Gale Virtual Reference Library
  •   Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of
    encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized
    reference sources for multidisciplinary research
    (business, history, medicine).

Actual small business plans
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Health and Wellness Resource Center and
Alternative Health Module
  •   Use this Resource Center to find magazines,
    journals, newspapers, definitions, directories,
    and information on Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine,
    Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational
    Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug Abuse,
    Prescription Drugs, Herbal Remedies, and
    Alternative or Complementary Treatments, etc.
    Included are links to diet, cancer, and health
    assessment sites as well as government databases.

Straightforward, Web-style interface
  • Excellent link collection

Health and Wellness Resource Guide
  • Seven major categories encyclopedia, health
    organizations, news, drug herb finder,
    dictionary, alternative health encyclopedia,health
    assessment tools.
  • Basic search capabilities -- may limit by date,
    full-text, and refereed.
  • Health information from 1980 - current.
  • Scheduled to replace Health Reference Center

  • Two types of searching choice depends on how
    much the searcher already knows
  • Specific/Subject Guide Search--using search boxes
    at the top -- launches a keyword search.
  • General/Quick Search -- uses the category buttons
    browsing through the alphabetical lists that
  • Some searches bring up the hierarchical Subject
    Guide in a sidebar on the left. Use subjects to
    refine your search. Spelling help also available
    in the sidebar.

Search Results
Title, authors, publication, issue, page
Citation only, no icon
Check box to create a marked list, for further

Icons for full text illustrated
InfoTrac Junior Edition
  •   This periodical database is designed for
    students in junior high and middle school, with
    magazines, newspapers and reference books (most
    are full-text) for information on current events,
    the arts, science, popular culture, health,
    people, government, history, sports and more.

Infotrac Junior Edition
Defaults to All Sources
Infotrac Junior Edition Tool Boxvery nicely
thought out presented
InfoTrac Junior Search tips
  • Try a Subject Search for rainforest
  • Be sure to look at related subjects for more
    specific subject sub division.
  • Make use of the Save List by placing checks in
    the save boxes and then retrieving or email your
  • Advanced Search History is found under Advanced

Twayne Authors Series - Twayne World, English,
and US Authors  
  • Twayne World, US, and English Authors each
    contains the full text of 200 frequently used
    Twayne Literary Masters books on individual
    World, US, or English authors, for a total of
    over 600 individual full-text titles.

Twayne Authors Series - Main Menu  
Twayne Authors A-Z
  • View full text discussions of over 600 world
    authors works and chronologies of their lives.
  • Helpful outline of the article about the author
    included after clicking on the authors name.
  • List of each authors works.
  • Articles are amply footnoted.
  • Generally a high school reading level.

Twayne In Depth Search
A straight forward user interface
All boxes need not be selected
Twayne Research Ideas
  • View topics with a highly selective,
    curriculum-related list of writers to use as
    research starting points.
  • Divided into content areas corresponding to the
    three Twayne Author books
  • World Authors
  • United States Authors
  • English Authors
  • Authors grouped under period headings.
  • Search for English Authors/Victorian Period.

Business and Company Resource Center 
  • Search this database to find detailed company and
    industry news and information.
  • Business and Company Resource Center is a fully
    integrated resource bringing together company
    profiles, brand information, industry overviews,
    rankings, investment reports, company histories,
    market share data, HR Law Case Digests,
    chronologies and periodicals.

Quick Search
Source Databases FAQs
  • Different interface for each search type.
  • Search tips are extensive

Company Search
  • Use the browse buttons
  • Be as specific as possible to eliminate
  • bloated results
  • Use top tabs to switch search types

NAICS North American Industry Classification
System. It is replacing the SIC system for
classifying industries.

Company Search
  • Top tabs available after doing a company search.

  • Not all of this information is available for
    every company.

Company search defaults to company profile firs
Valuable information all in one place.
Link to their Web site
Industry Search
Do this first to find code to enter in top box.
Article Search
Locate business news, journals, press releases
  • Three types of searches

Advanced Search
Many options
Business Company Search Tips
  • Use multiple, specific search terms Dow
    Chemical, Ford Motor.
  • Find exact phrase with W operator Asian W1
    investors Asian within 1 word of
  • Use Boolean AND, OR, NOT.
  • Try using synonyms IT market or tech
  • Make use of Related Subjects.
  • Use Advanced Search for an overview of
  • Make use of Mark Lists and Search Histories.
  • When you Update View mark list you can