library’s new Program Director for Geospatial Research Support

September 25th, 2014by Clement Ho

I want to introduce you to Meagan Snow, the Library’s new Program Director for Geospatial Research Support.  She is here to assist both faculty and students with designing and implementing geospatial research projects and can assist with GIS training.  Later this semester, the AU Library will also be opening its new Geospatial Research Lab in Anderson Computing Complex, which has been designed specifically for faculty use. Contact Ms. Snow at 202-885-6409 or

new library subscription: Foreign Policy magazine WEBSITE

September 24th, 2014by Clement Ho

A brand new library subscription is the website of the Foreign Policy magazine. Their website includes quite a bit of material that does not appear in their print magazine (AU Library already subscribes to their print version). Our new additional subscription should include everything from their website.

To access the library subscription WHILE ON CAMPUS, you can just go to their website:

To access the library subscription OFF CAMPUS, you must go through the same way as other library journal subscriptions, i.e., use the Find Journals page (see image 1)

You will know that you are on the library subscription as opposed to the free website (which has limited availability) by the “American University Library” branding on the upper right corner of the website (see image 2).

Separately, the website of the publication Foreign Affairs is still NOT available for campus wide subscription. If you need articles that are from the Foreign Affairs website but not available from the print edition, contact Clement Ho directly.

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Database trial: Haaretz newspaper

September 17th, 2014by Clement Ho

This is a trial to the website of the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz.  It should include all the content from the website–English and Hebrew–from early 2000s to present.  Trial ends Sept. 30, 2014.

Currently, AU Library’s collections includes only the most recent one month of the print edition and articles from 12/04/1998 to 5/6/2008 from the database, Access World News Research Collection.

Access the Database Trial here.

Database trial: Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876

August 25th, 2014by Clement Ho

Trial to database Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876 expires Sept. 30, 2014.

This collection from the American Antiquarian Society features more than 140 newspapers from 22 islands. Spanning the 18th and 19th centuries, most of these newspapers were published in English, but a number of Spanish-, French-, and Danish-language titles are also provided.  Also included are newspapers from Bermuda, an island not technically part of the Caribbean.

Access the Database Trial here.

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What’s New Lives Again

August 18th, 2014by Clement Ho

After a long hiatus, this blog is being updated again.

The What’s New blog posts new services and collections offered by the library.  The emphasis will be news about the library’s collections pertinent to those in the School of International Studies, such as any new databases and database trials.

New library resource: Bloomberg terminals

June 13th, 2011by Admin

The library has acquired two Bloomberg terminals, the premier finance and investment resource used by all the major investment firms and hedge fund managers around the world.  Unlike most of our electronic resources, Bloomberg is only accessible within the library at two designated terminals.  Use is restricted to current faculty, staff and students.  Now you will have two places on campus to use a Bloomberg: Bender Library (1st floor) and the Financial Services and Information Technology Lab in Kogod.

In addition to the very detailed financial information on companies, industries, and markets, Bloomberg has worldwide newspaper content, country economic data and information, and international and domestic legal documents, and a lot of other information.

Here is more information about Bloomberg.

New library database: Factiva

January 18th, 2011by Admin

Factiva is one of the major news and business databases.  It has over 28,000 sources that date from mostly 1979 to present. Everything is full text.  Only 10 simultaneous users are allowed in Factiva.

Here is one way to get to FACTIVA.

The content of Factiva and LexisNexis Academic is different although there is a lot of overlap.  Here are some specific differences with emphasis on the news content.

  • Factiva is a Dow Jones product.  Therefore, it is one of the few sources for the Wall Street Journal (June 13, 1979 to present).  (The library has another database,  Wall Street Journal Historical,  that has the complete WSJ from 1889 to 1991.)
  • Factiva also has the English version of Al-Jazeera (Jan. 5, 2007 to present).
  • Factiva has titles in many more languages than LexisNexis Academic.  In addition to English, LexisNexis Academic only has articles in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.  Factiva, on the other hand, has articles in those seven languages plus Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese,  Korean Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.  To see the Chinese and Japanese characters and Cyrillic letters, use the Firefox browser.
  • Whereas LexisNexis Academic only has text, Factiva has videos and audio, mostly business news from Fox and the Wall Street Journal.  Factiva also has images.

What’s New?

January 7th, 2011by Admin

Well, this blog is new!  I will start by announcing what new stuff the library got recently. I will then lists some of the new databases the library acquired earlier in 2010 in case people missed them, a sort of What Was New.  Don’t forget to sign up for the RSS feed to this blog to get the latest news.