The J.W. England Library is pleased to announce that we have significantly expanded our presence in Blackboard. Over the summer, we added a new portal of library information on the Community page, allowing you to access some of our most popular resources right within Blackboard. If you navigate to the Community tab and look in the “My Communities” box, you will find a new link for the “Library” page.
The purpose of this new portal is twofold. First, it allows us to post and share important announcements with the USciences community. In addition to posting items on our blog, News and Notes, we will now distribute important announcements through Blackboard as well. Second, this new portal provides an additional location from which to access important resources like Our Journal List/e-Book List, Databases A-Z, and the various “Resources in Your Major” pages. In the event of any technical issues with the library’s webpage (www.usciences.edu/library) or with the USciences website as a whole, you will still be able to access the Library portal in Blackboard and utilize the resources found there.
We hope that the USciences community finds the Library portal a welcome addition to Blackboard. If you have any questions about this new page or any of our other resources, please reach out to us using Ask a Librarian, call the Reference Desk at 215-596-8967, or visit us in the library.
You can find a link to the Library portal in the "My Communities" box.
Effective today, September 2nd, the main entrance to the library has been reopened. Installation of the new front doors is complete, and entry procedures have returned to normal. Students, faculty, and staff can again enter the library during normal operating hours by swiping their ID cards at the front entrance. Once again, welcome to the new semester!
As the Fall 2014 semester gets underway, we would like to welcome the students, faculty, and staff of the USciences community back to campus. Everyone at the J.W. England Library looks forward to working with you throughout the upcoming year. Our website serves as a portal to our collections and other useful information, including the Library's hours. If you have any questions regarding research, the library's collections, or other matters, visit us at the Information desk, call 215-596-8967, or send us a question using Ask a Librarian.
The Library's main entrance is currently being renovated to replace the front doors and update the entry foyer. During this time, please enter the library via the side door adjacent to Alumni Hall. We will provide an update once construction is complete and entry procedures return to normal.
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and related databases in the Cochrane Library are now available to the USciences community through the Wiley Online platform. This change in access method provides several benefits to the faculty, staff, and students at University of the Sciences. First, there is no longer a limit on simultaneous users of the Cochrane Library, meaning multiple users can now search in the databases at the same time. In addition, the Wiley platform provides a more-intuitive searching interface and the ability to retrieve systematic reviews from specific review groups and in multiple formats.
Members of the USciences community can access the new Cochrane Library platform via the "Databases A-Z" page on the J.W. England Library website. Other Cochrane links on the USciences website have also been updated, along with the links for Cochrane results in PubMed.
Currently, the Cochrane Library provides access to the following databases:
• Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials • Cochrane Methodology Register • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) • Health Technology Assessment Database • NHS Economic Evaluation Database
If you encounter any issues accessing the Cochrane databases on the new platform or have questions about searching in the new interface, please let us know! You can visit the library's Information Desk, call us on 215-596-8967, or reach out to us online using Ask a Librarian.