Research Thursday: Logging into DSpace

DSpace is Allegheny College Institutional Repository’s. There are thousands of items in DSpace organized into a number of digital collections including college committee minutes, senior projects, and historical civil war letters. Some of these items are available to the public, but the majority of the items are only accessible to the Allegheny College community.

In order to access certain items, you must log in using your Allegheny College username and password. Check out this video to learn how to log into DSpace:


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Research Thursdays: Check out the new reorganization in DSpace

LITS has recently made significant improvements in DSpace by rearranging collections based on user feedback. Our intent was to streamline the process of navigating and browsing for users in the repository.

LITS will continue to gather feedback to improve DSpace. Please contact Beau Smith, Digital Resources Librarian, with any questions or comments.

screenshot of the new DSpace collection layout

Research Thursday: New Web of Science Search Interface

Web of Science (which includes Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Science Citation Index) has implemented a new search interface that is designed to be faster and easier to use than the previous interface. Please note: in the new interface, records cannot be directly exported to RefWorks. Clarivate is working to resolve this issue. If you prefer to use the previous Web of Science search tool, click on Products in the upper righthand corner and select “Web of Science (Classic)“.

a screenshot of the new Web of Science search interface

Research Thursday: Highlighting ACLS Humanities E-Book collection

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a digital collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences. Books in the Humanities E-Book collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies.
screenshot of ACLS Humanities E-Book homepage

The top e-book categories in the collection are:

  • Women’s Studies
  • European History
  • Film & Media Studies
  • Literature
  • Music & Musicology
  • Religion
  • Philosophy

ACLS HEB has taken deliberate steps to acquire titles that embrace and engage communities historically overlooked by the academy, especially communities of color.

Research Thursday: Highlighting medieval manuscripts

Did you know that Allegheny College is home to four, unique medieval manuscripts? The manuscripts were created between the 15th-16th centuries. The physical manuscripts are very delicate, but LITS has digitized all four manuscripts. You can view all of the manuscripts in Artstor. To view the manuscripts go to the Digital Collections page or go to Artstor and look for Allegheny College Illuminated Manuscripts. Enjoy!
Screenshot from four illuminated manuscripts

Research Thursday: Saving Magnified Images in Artstor

An important feature of the Artstor tool is the ability to zoom in to examine images in greater detail. Artstor also provides the functionality to download magified sections once you have zoomed in to a specific part of the image. For example, perhaps you would like to examine an illustration from a medieval manuscript in greater detail. Follow these instructions to download a zoomed in section of the image.

  1. Use the zoom icons in the top left corner or zoom in with your mouse or keypad. Zoom in to your area of interest.
  2. Click the Download button in the menu on the right side of the page (desktop view) or below the image (mobile view).
  3. Select Download detail view.

Research Thursday: Viewing Senior Projects in DSpace

Allegheny College has collected and stored over 6000 individual senior projects in its Institutional Repository (DSpace) over the years. This collection of student research is a valuable asset to members of the Allegheny Community. Many of the student projects are only availabe to faculty and students who have logged into DSpace. Follow these instructions to view the senior projects collection in DSpace.

  1. To log into DSpace, go to DSpace, and click Login in the top-right corner or in the left-side menu and sign in with your Allegheny College username and password.
    image of DSpace homepage

  3. To find the Senior Project collections, scroll down to Communities in DSpace and click on “Senior Projects”. At this point, you can choice to browse senior projects by the academic year they were submitted or by department. At the top of the page, you can also browse by author or first reader name.

Research Thursday: Proquest Spotlight – ABI/INFORM collection

Proquest Central is a tool many of us are familiar with, but it is so huge that it’s difficult to know where to start sometimes. If you’re interested in business or economics research, ABI/INFORM collection is a great place to start. The ABI/INFORM collection contains thousands of articles from scholarly journals and popular publications in the field of economics and business, including full-text articles from The Economist and the Wall Street Journal.

Key ongoing full-text journals include:

  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Economic Literature
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Organization Science
  • Journal of Economic Perspectives
  • American Economic Review
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • MIT Sloan Management Review
  • China Quarterly
  • Review of Accounting Studies

Key ongoing full-text periodicals include:

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • The Economist
  • Fast Company
  • Financial Times
  • Maclean’s
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Women’s Wear Daily (WWD)

Key ongoing full-text analyses include market and industry reports from:

  • Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Hoovers/Dunn and Bradstreet
  • Business Monitor International
  • Oxford Analytica
  • Oxford Economic Forecasting
  • Emerging Markets Direct
  • Experian
  • Euromonitor
  • Acquisdata

Subject coverage:

  • Business
  • Economic conditions
  • Corporate strategies
  • Management theory
  • Management techniques
  • Business trends
  • Competitive landscape and product information
  • Accounting
  • Finance

Research Thursday: How to export groups as Powerpoint presentations in Artstor

Artstor is an image database featuring a range of images from some of the world’s leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists. In a previous Research Thursday post, we covered how to create groups of images in Artstor. So let’s say you’ve created your first group of images in Artstor. Now what? Maybe you want to save all of the images in one place or maybe you want to use the group of images for a course assignment. You can now download groups in Artstor as Powerpoint presentations.

  1. First, create a group. View to our previous post about creating groups in Artstor if you need a refresher.
  2. Next, view your groups in Artstor and select a group to export.
  3. screenshot of Artstor groups interface

  4. Click the Export button and select the Powerpoint option. Alternatively, you can export your files as a ZIP file. You need to be logged into Artstor to successfully download the Powerpoint file.
  5. Screenshot of the Arstor group export menu

  6. Finally, agree to the Terms and Conditions. Artstor users may download up to 2000 images in 120 day period. For groups larger than 150 images, only the first 150 images will export to Powerpoint. If your group is larger than 150 images, we recommend separating your group into smaller subsets. After you agree to the terms and conditions, Artstor will export your files to your desktop.