Category Archives: Deeper into Databases

Summoning Great Things!

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

SummonLogo1On Tuesday, January 17, the Regent University Library celebrated the official roll-out of its new discovery tool, Summon. A discovery tool simplifies the search process by enabling you to search for books and e-books from the Library Catalog and journal articles from most of our databases in a single search. You can find the search tool in the center of the Library homepage. It is the simplest way to launch your research.

As part of our roll-out, we encouraged the Regent community to give Summon a try through a contest that challenged each entrant to answer three search questions. Four entrants who answered correctly were selected at random to win an Amazon gift card. We are happy to congratulate our winners:

  • Ronald Riffle – Student, School of Psychology & Counseling
  • Khandicia Randolph – Student, School of Law
  • Michelle Tabannor – Student, School of Communications & the Arts
  • Zachariah Crompton – Student, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. T.J. Wolfe – Professor, School of Education

We hope this is the beginning of a long and happy relationship with our new discovery tool and that it will improve your research experience. If you have any questions about Summon, a friendly librarian will be happy to assist you. You can also check out a brief tutorial video on our Summon research guide that will introduce you to the powers of this tool.

Disclaimer: Summon is a great tool that will connect you to many resources, but do not discount the importance of searching individual subject databases. Summon is not intended to be your sole research source!

Mathematics Database: MathSciNet

Seal of the American Mathematical Society. The Greek motto, "Let no one ignorant in geometry enter," was reportedly engraved on the door of Plato's Academy.

Seal of the American Mathematical Society. The Greek motto, “Let no one ignorant in geometry enter,” was reportedly engraved on the door of Plato’s Academy.

The Library now has a subscription to MathSciNet, the electronic publication of the American Mathematical Society. MathSciNet is the most comprehensive mathematics database available and offers access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts, and bibliographic information for mathematical literature.

MathSciNet contains millions of items and direct links to original articles from over 1,800 journals. Over 100,000 new items are added to the database each year. Bibliographic data for digital archives date back to the early 1800s.

Click here to begin using MathSciNet. A short tutorial on YouTube is available by clicking here.

The Library strives to provide the highest quality databases possible in each discipline. Student and faculty comments are an important part of how we accomplish this. Please consider sharing your opinion of MathSciNet by filling out this short evaluation form.

Graphs of functions showing an average rate of change. (Source: Image Quest database)

Graphs of functions showing an average rate of change. (Source: Image Quest database)

Global Issues Database: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

opposingViewpointsOpposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier comparative database for critical national and global issues. This cross-curricular research tool supports all disciplines at Regent, including the sciences, social sciences, religion, and humanities. The database provides researchers with assurance that that they have considered their topic and thesis from multiple points of view.

Some of the content in Opposing Viewpoints in Context includes:

  • More than 20,100 pro/con viewpoints.
  • More than 19,200 reference articles, including topic overviews.
  • Interactive maps show statistical trends in a readily understandable way.

Opposing Viewpoints also provides citation tools for all documentation styles used at Regent and provides seamless integration with Google Drive, allowing users to save articles directly to their accounts. Click here to begin using the database.

As always, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions about our electronic resources. Please use our evaluation form to let us know what you think of Opposing Viewpoints.

ProQuest Central: 39 Databases in One

ProquestCentralThis summer, the Library added ProQuest Central to its database collection, significantly enhancing the breadth of research available to Regent users.

ProQuest Central is the one of the largest multidisciplinary scholarly databases in the world. The resource provides access to 39 of ProQuest’s complete databases covering more than 175 subjects. Researchers will find millions of full-text, peer-reviewed articles in all disciplines taught at Regent. ProQuest Central features a familiar, user-friendly platform optimized to provide deep subject access.

A complete list of all 39 databases in Central as well as tutorials for searching them are located on the ProQuest Central Libguide. Regent users can access Central databases individually on the Library database homepage or search them all at once by clicking here.

As always, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions about our electronic resources. Please use our evaluation form to send feedback about Central.

New Discovery Tool: Summon

SummonLogo1The Library has a subscription to a premium discovery tool from ProQuest.

Summon® gives you the power to search nearly all of the Library’s print and online resources at once, including items such as:

  • Print and electronic books
  • Scholarly journals
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Streaming videos
  • Open access collections

Summon’s filters and limiters allow you to search millions of items on your topic and zero in on the most relevant books, articles, and videos in the Library’s collections.

Summon is a great place to begin any research project because it searches easy-to-overlook databases and e-book collections. Ready to get started? This video from ProQuest will explain the basics of searching for content, refining the results, and saving citations:

After watching this short tutorial, you will be ready to take Summon for a test drive. Click here to get started.

After trying a few basic searches in Summon, you may want to watch this “beyond the basics” tutorial:

As always, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions about our electronic resources. Please use our evaluation form to send feedback about Summon or any of our databases.