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:

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:

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: