New at the Library in 2011

It’s going to be an exciting academic year of change at the UAHuntsville Library in the 2011 – 2012 academic year.  We have a number of new features and resources this year, some which are already here and some that are coming soon.

New furniture, workspaces, and improved study rooms are coming to the library in October.

We hope to have this all installed in the building during Fall Break, and are planning an Open House the week of Homecoming at UAHuntsville.  More information will be coming, but we plan on having a free concert in the building or just outside with local Indie Folk / Acoustic band Ashlyn Maine.

Read more about our new furniture at our earlier blog post, and become a fan of Ashlyn Maine on their Facebook page.

Scopus Database Now Available

Please go to in order to access the Scopus database now available from the UAHuntsville Salmon Library. Access has been set up via IP Authentication (on-campus only).

Scopus, launched in November 2004, is the largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. You can find a wealth of easily accessible information about getting the most from your Scopus access, including demos, tutorials and downloadable user guides at

New Vending Machines on our First Floor

Students have long asked for them, and we’re happy to finally have three new vending machines available on our first floor!  There is a can machine, bottle machine, and also a snack machine available behind the copy machines on the first floor.  Drinks range in price from sixty cents to $1.25, and snacks are available for up to a dollar.

New eBook collections from Springer

A big thank you to the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) for our new access to selected 2011 eBooks from Springer. Ebooks are available in the following collections:

Access Journals from SpringerLink

You have access to approximately 1700 American journal titles from 1997 to present on SpringerLink! The world’s most comprehensive online collection of scientific, technological and medical journals, books and reference works.

Get Searching or Click here for SpringerLink’s featured journal titles by collection

Improved Mobile Access

We’ve improved the mobile version of our website optimized for iPhones so that you can now enjoy more efficient access resources such as LibGuides, Academic Search Premiere, and much more.  You can now also search our catalog directly from your device as well!

If you are using an iPhone or iPod Touch, you will be automatically redirected to the mobile version of our site.  We also hope to have a version compatible with Android devices soon.

We hope you are all settling in well for the new academic year at UAHuntsville!  Remember, you can Ask Us Anything at the Library.  Be sure to Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter for more information.  You can also get in touch with us through either of those resources.  Even if the answer to your question isn’t in the library, we can point you to the best resource on campus to help.



2nd Annual International Festival on Sat., Oct. 29


We are pleased to announce that the International Society of Huntsville in conjunction with the University of Alabama in Huntsville will be hosting the 2nd Annual International Festival on Saturday, October 29th from 10 am – 3 pm at the UAHuntsville Shelby Center Atrium and Courtyard.  Admission is free and food (served from 11:30-2) is only $5 per person.  There will be performances and country displays.

The 1st Annual International Festival was a huge success last year. We had close to 1,000 people who attended the festival.  Everyone who served as country chairs or performers had a great time at the event.  We are currently looking for sponsors, country exhibitors, and international performers for this upcoming event.  Please contact Belinda Ong, the festival chair at 256-824-6432 or by email at if you are interested in participating.

Below are pictures from last year’s festival.

Remote Access to library databases now encrypted

Please be aware that if you access our databases remotely you will now be directed to a secure https login page.  All of our database links have been updated.  If you have added any database links to your bookmarks or favorites, you should automatically be directed to the https login page and the transition should be seamless.  Please let us know if you encounter a dead link so we can correct it.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  You can reach us at 256-824-6529 or

Drop-in Library Orientation sessions next week

The library will be offering three drop-in library orientation sessions next week. All students, graduate and undergraduate, are invited. If you are taking English composition this semester, your professor will schedule a personal library orientation for your class and the same material will be covered. This session will be particularly helpful for transfer students just starting at UAHuntsville. All sessions will occur at the library. Here are the details on the sessions:

Monday, Aug. 22, at 10:20 a.m. in Lab 206 (presented by Charlotte Olson -Music, Education, and History subject specialist)
Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 4:00 p.m. in Lab 210 (presented by Dr. Belinda Ong -Nursing, Sciences, and Math subject specialist)
Thursday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in Lab 210 (presented by Linda Vaughan -English, Foreign Languages, Psychology, and Communication Arts subject specialist)

No reservations required! If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at 256-824-6529 or

Coming soon…new study area at library

You may have noticed a large empty space across from the Information Arcade. We have ordered new furniture (with built-in outlets) for this area, as well as the coffee shop area, along with eight new workstations to provide you with another study area destination in the library. Follow us on facebook or twitter to keep up with the latest developments on our new study area!

Congrats to Dr. Sam Thomas on new book!

UAHuntsville history professor Samuel S. Thomas has written about the history of midwifery for historical journals, and in the coming year he will explore the subject in fiction as well.

The book, a work of historical fiction, is tentatively titled The Midwife’s Story: A Mystery and will be published next fall by St. Martin’s Press. Thomas’s book tells the story of Bridget Hodgson, an elite midwife in 17th century York, England. While Hodgson is a gentlewoman by birth, and thus is close to the most powerful families of York, her work as a midwife takes her far beyond her elite social circle.

You can read more about how Dr. Thomas discovered Bridget Hodgson here.

UAHuntsville students and faculty can read some of Dr. Thomas’s other works listed below online or download the full-text from various databases, courtesy of the Salmon library. If you need any assistance locating the articles, please contact the library at 256-824-6529 or

“Early Modern Midwifery: Splitting the Profession, Connecting the History.” Journal of Social History 43, No. 1 (2009): 115-38.

“Midwifery and Society in Restoration York.” Social History of Medicine 16, no. 1 (2003): 1-16.

“Religious Community in Revolutionary Halifax.” Northern History 40, no. 1 (2003): 89-111.

“Transforming the Gospel of Domesticity: Luhya Girls and the Friends Africa Mission, 1917-1926.” African Studies Review 43, no. 2 (2000): 1-27.

Credo Reference database trial until Sept. 30

For trial access to Credo Reference, please go to Username and password information is available at the UAHuntsville Salmon Library Reference Desk. Stop by, call us at 256-824-6529, or send us a message at

If you are not familiar with Credo Reference, they are the world’s largest online reference service featuring:
–555 full-text reference titles (and growing) with over 3 million entries from over 80 highly-respected publishers integrated in a robust search engine.
–Many new unique interactive features such as dynamic table functionality for world state, and county statistics, an interactive world atlas, flash animations, videos, poetry/literature readings, over 700 music files, and a critically-acclaimed concept map.
–More than 200,000 images from all subject areas, over 200,000 audio pronunciations, and a citation formatter in APA, MLA, and Chicago formats for all articles.
–New Topic Pages – Bringing library resources together (Books, eBooks, Journals, Periodicals, News, and Media) on thousands of topics.

To see a full list of titles currently available, please click on the following link:
Some recently added titles include:
Collins Greek-English Dictionary,
Collins English-Greek Dictionary,
Eastern Europe: An Introduction to the People, Lands, and Culture,ABC-CLIO
Globalization: Encyclopedia of Trade, Labor, and Politics, ABC-CLIO
The Hutchinson Chronology of World History, Helicon

To see a short video tour of Credo Reference, click the following link

Please send your feedback to!

Scopus database trial now available

Please go to in order to access the Scopus database trial account now available from the UAHuntsville Salmon Library. Access has been set up via IP Authentication (on-campus only).

Scopus, launched in November 2004, is the largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 18,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, SciVerse Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.

You can find a wealth of easily accessible information about getting the most from your Scopus access, including demos, tutorials and downloadable user guides at

Click here to see SciVerse Scopus content coverage at a glance, as of April 2011.

For questions or comments, please give us a call at 256-824-6529 or contact us at

DataSets database trial until Aug. 29

Statistical Datasets

From now until Aug. 29, the UAHuntsville Salmon Library (and other NAAL members) will have trial access to the ProQuest database DataSets, described by ProQuest as “The World’s Largest Collection of Organized Statistical Data.” Please contact the Reference Desk for login information at 256-824-6529 or

ProQuest Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy access to 15 billion data points from licensed and public domain datasets within an easy-to-use interface. With this dynamic new product, you can scan the contents of over 580 datasets, select subjects and variables of interest, and view your data in side-by-side tables and charts.

DataSets addresses an emerging emphasis on quantitative literacy, fostering critical skills in the use, manipulation, and interpretation of numeric data. Results are customizable and instantaneous, with indicators arranged in folders by topic and source. Users can tap “live” statistics that are much more current than what is published, plus local data, time series typically extending back an average span of 34 years, and necessary bibliographic/citation information.

Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI), a leading statistical modeling firm that specializes in consumer demographics, is now available as a premium subscription module within LexisNexis Statistical DataSets which provides data on consumer demographics and usage/spending patterns for products and services within all States, counties, census tracts, and block groups in the US. The data can be mapped, graphed, and analyzed using all the interactive tools available in Statistical DataSets. Data sources include Mediamark’s annual Survey of the American Consumer, BLS’s Consumer Expenditure Survey, Census 2000, the American Community Survey, and the Census of Retail Trade.

Sub-national data—by Chinese Province, county, and municipality—is available as a premium subscription to Statistical DataSets.

IMF – Balance of Payments – By country, a statistical database compiled by IMF, from 1948 to the present. Calculated quarterly,
the Balance of Payments shows how much money is going into and out of a country.

IMF – Direction of Trade – By country, a statistical database compiled by IMF, from 1980 to the present. Compiled monthly, the database shows the value of a country’s imports and exports, by country of destination and origin.

IMF – Government Financial Statistics – By country, a statistical database compiled by IMF, from 1990 to the present. Compiled annually, the database shows government revenues, expenses, assets, and liabilities of member countries.

IMF – International Financial Statistics – By country, a statistical database compiled by IMF, from 1948 to the present. Compiled monthly, the database shows international transactions, exchange rates, and selected economic indicators for member countries.

For additional information visit the WiKi:

For videos on how DataSets works, please click here.