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ONLINE SEARCH
SERVICES
HATCHER GRADUATE LIBRARY
The Graduate Library offers a broad
range of information accessible through
many online services. These range from
bibliographic databases (e.g. MLA Bibli-
ography), to numeric data files (e.g., the
BEAn Local Area Personal Income), to
massive textual databases that enable us to
examine works for words or word rela-
tionships. Many of the resources are
provided at no cost to the University
community. Others are available on a cost
recovery basis for which the patron pays
fees assessed by the database. Staff are
available to conduct searches for members
of the University community or to advise
users of appropriate search strategies. In-
structional sessions for using many of the
resources are available (See page 13 for
course listings). Consult the Information
Center at 764-9373 for information on
scheduled courses or to arrange a search.
WHY USE ONLINE RESOURCES?
Bibliographic Databases of citations to
books and journal articles provide a
number of advantages over manual
methods. They enable one to combine
divergent index terms or find new or
unusual terms that are not used in print
indexes. Some bibligraphic databases
such as the Modern Language
Association's Research in Progress
Database or ICPSR's Survey Methodology
Information System are not available in
print. Online bibliographic systems often
allow one to conduct with great ease what
might be a cumbersome retrospective
search in print indexes. The MLA Bibliog-
raphy, for example, is available online
from 1966. Results from bibliographic
searches are available in a number of
forms, including bibliographic citations on
disk formatted for use with the Pro-cite
personal bibliographic system, or print-
outs.
Textual Databases like ARTFL for
French literature, and the Thesaurus
Linguae Graecae (TLG) for Greek litera-
ture, provide access to the full texts of a
broad range of literature. Users can
identify the location of words or the
relationships of various words or phrases.
Indeed, systems such as these are increas-
ingly used to facilitate the construction of
dictionaries and even to aid in stylistic or

thematic analyses. For texts not currently
owned, library staff can aid in borrowing
or acquiring texts available elsewhere.
Numeric Data files provide information
for statistical analysis. For example,
unlike the printed tables, data in files can
usually be aggregated for varied and
detailed analysis. These data often appear
before printed publications they generate,
with some data becoming available the
day it is released by the government.
COST
Whenever possible, services are pro-
vided at no cost. Some databases such as
ERIC are provided on free CD-ROMs
(1966-). Others, such as the Eighteenth
Century Short Title Catalog (ESTC), are
searched by library staff at no cost to
patrons. Many simple searches can be
conducted free of charge. Very extensive
searches are conducted for a fee after
library staff investigate the extent of
information in the database and focus the
search to avoid unnecessary costs. Library
staff can provide an approximate cost of a

search after obtaining information
concerning the subject and extent of your
research.
HOW TO ACCESS ONLINE SEARCH
SERVICES
In the Graduate Library, call or stop by
the Information Center desk on the second
floor to obtain more information or to
schedule an appointment. Forms are used
to gather pertinent information about more
complex searches. A Reference Librarian
with responsibility for your subject area
can schedule an appointment with you to
conduct a search. To receive a request
form in the mail, call the Reference
Department at 764-1148, 8:30 a.m. to 4
p.m. Monday through Friday, or MT
message to GraduateLibraryReference.
Online search services are also
available through the branch and
divisional libraries -see pages 9-
11 - and at the Undergraduate
Library.

CD-ROM Titles in Campus Libraries
IMir Library
ABI Inform..... ............. ........... Kresge Business Administration Library
Cancer-CD........Public Healh Library
CASIS....... ...Engineering Library
Census Test Disk 2........................................................ GL Documents Center
Compact Disclosure.. . . . . Kresge Business Administration Library
Compustat PC PLUS.. . . ..Kresge Business Administration Library
CIRR ........Kresge Business Administration Librasy
CD/Private...................................................... ... Kresge Business Administration Library
ERIC..................................................................................GL Reference
Generi Periodicals Index. . . . RKesgeaBusiness Administration Library
Grolier Encyclopedia ...............................GL Reteeence
InfoTrac.........Kresge Business Administration Library
Undergraduate Library
Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia.........................................Engineering Library
LegalTrac ....... Law Librssy
Librayliteratue...... . . . . GL Reference
MEDLINE............................................................ ..Taubman Medical Library
Microsoft Bookshelf.........................................................GL Reference
Undergraduate Library
Microsoft Suat Pack ............................. . . . Kmesge Business Administration library
MLA Bibliography.. . . ... GL.Retemn............................GLRefersne
National Newspaper Index............................................... Krege Business Administration Library
Nursing and Allied Health.............................................Taubman Medical Library
OSH-ROM........Public Health Library
Oxford English Dictionary...............................................GL Reference
PsycLit....... .......... ...... .. . ... .... . GL Refereno
Kresge Business Administration Library'
Taubman Medical Library
Undergradue Library
Readers Guide to Periodical Literature.........................Undergraduae Library
Science Citation Index.. . . .... . Engineering Library
Natural Science Library
Taubman Medical Library
Social Sciences Index.. . . ..... GL Refereno
Socioe....... ........... ........ ...~ .......GL Reference
Undergraduate Library
Supermap.. ........ ....... ...-GL Documents Center
Thesaurus Linguae Graece................. ....Rare Books and Special Collections

Branch and Divisional Libraries ...
Natural Science Library, 3140 Kraus Natural Science Building, 764-1494
Collections (175,000+ volumes) and services support advanced scholarship in biology, geology, and natural resources. Principal
reference titles include complete sets of Science Citation Index, Biological Abstracts, and Bibliography and Index of Geology among
others. The CD-ROM version of SCI (1986-present) will be available Fall 1989. Staff provide online searching of RLIN and of
other databases via Dialog, BRS and STN. Scheduled reference service is offered 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday,
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Bibliographic instruction sessions and
course reserve service are provided on request to upper divisional courses.
Special strengths of the collection include soil surveys and unique copies of masters theses from the Departments of Biology and
Geological Sciences (LSA) and the School of Natural Resources. Over 40% of the collection is stored at Buhr and available by means
of a paging system, Mondays through Fridays. Buhr requests submitted by 10:00 a.m. are usually delivered by 2:00 p.m. the same day.
Seating space is limited. Coin-op and VendaCard photocopy machines are available as is a VendaCard card encoder.. Patricia Yocum,
Head.
Physics-Astronomy Library, 290 Dennison Building, 764-3442
The collections of the Physics-Astronomy Library are made up of some 65,000 volumes, primarily serving faculty and students in
the Physics and Astronomy Departments. The physics collection holds mainly upper level material in high energy, solid state,
particle, and low temperature physics; astrophysics; and acoustics. The astronomy collection has both general and research materials
pertaining to the history of astronomy, astrophysics, and galactic and extragalactic astronomy. Special features include star charts and
extraterrestrial maps. The two collections are integrated in the library; books and journals are shelved together and both circulate.
Library services include reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, and online database searching. Jack Weigel, Head.
Public Health Library, M2030 School of Public Health 11,764-5473
This library mainly serves the School of Public Health, as well as the UM academic community overall. Library materials encom-
pass many subjects related to public health, including environmental and industrial health; maternal and child care; population plan-
ning; health behavior and health education; community health programs; biostatistics; nutrition; epidemiology; and public health
policy and administration. The collection is notable for its U.S. Public Health Service and World Health Organization publications and
for its broad base of documents generated by the Michigan Radioactive Waste Control Committee. The Reference Collection's statisti-
cal sources include the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics' Vital and Health Statistics and Vital Statistics of the United States,
Mortality and Natality. Pamphlets, books, and journals in the Health Services Management and Policy Collection are also available.
Services include reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, and online database searching. Mary Townsend, Head.
Social Work Library, 1548 Frieze Building, 764-5169
With holdings of some 37,000 volumes and 500 periodicals, including reprint collections, a vertical file, and strong collections of
current information on social work and social welfare, the Social Work Library primarily serves the research and teaching needs of the
UM School of Social Work. Scholars in other areas of the social sciences are drawn to this library's relevant collections, as well.
Special services include online data base searching, bibliographic instruction, and reference assistance. A lift is provided for
entrance to the library by handicapped persons. Inquiries via MTS to SocialWorkLibrary. Darlene Nichols, Interim Head.
Alfred Taubman Medical Library, 1135 East Catherine Street, Medical Center Campus, 763-3071
The Alfred Taubman Medical Library collects books and journals in the basic and clinical biomedical sciences to serve the informa-
tion needs of the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the University Hospitals.
Professional assistance in locating information, verifying references, and conducting research is usually available seven days a
week. For a fee, Reference Librarians will perform online searches ina wide range of databases. Searches are completed within 24
hours. Library users may run their own searches in MEDLINE, Psychlit, Science Citation Index, and Nursing and Allied Health using
the CD-ROM installations in the library. UM students, facuty and staff with a minimum appointment of .50 may search UM-MED-
LINE to obtain a search of the full MEDLINE database. All systems are available free of charge. Librarians offer advice and
consultation in running searches either on-site in the library or by telephone. Call 763-3071 for assistance.
The library's staff of information management experts offer advice on establishing and maintaining personal databases, and access-
ing electronic databases. In addition, the library presents scheduled classes in online database searching, personal file management,
information resources and library research techniques throughout the year. Additional classes are presented upon request. Tours of
the facility are also available.
Materials not available at UM libraries will be borrowed from other insititutions through the Interlibrary Loan service. The Pull and
Copy service will pull materials from the stacks, photocopy them and mail them or hold the items for pick-up at the Circulation Desk.
Copies are usually ready by the end of the next working day. The fee is $19 per page. Suzanne Grefsheim, Head.

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