Librarian Response, Mount Holyoke College


1. Resources include, PsycInfo: This is the major database of
Psychology literature. MH provides it through the Ovid interface from 1887
through the present. It includes a sophisticated indexing system based
on the terminology used in the field so will help students think about
appropriate vocabulary, combining of terms, refining searches.
Web of Science: This interdisciplinary database is unique among indexing
services. While it does not provide the specialized indexing of other services,
it allows for searching of cited references which many faculty find a very
powerful tool. It allows students to see how pieces of scholarship inform
and respond to one another, how scholarship develops and shifts. With access
to the backfiles (sciences back to 1945, social sciences back to 1950's)
it opens up a part of the literature that may have been neglected in favor
of materials more readily cited electronically.
JSTOR: Provides searchable fulltext of the backfiles of over 100 key
scholarly journals. Although Psychology journals are not yet included,
other disciplines in the social sciences are well represented. It may be
interesting to see if and how topics in Psychology have crossed into other

2. We currently offer about 75 course integrated workshops each year.
Many of these are at the request of faculty, though sometimes we see a
need and offer to conduct a workshop. We also offer general workshops on
searching the Internet through the LITS training program. In addition,
we do much instruction in one-on-one encounters at the Reference desk.
The majority of our questions now require some instruction in use and choice
of resource (appropriate discipline, good quality, paper vs. electronic,
full-text vs. index, timeliness, etc).

3. More! We would like to offer more course integrated instruction as
those seem to be the most successful in reaching students when they have
a need to know. We would also like to work more closely with faculty in
developing assignments that will achieve their goals for the students and
will be manageable and interesting for the students. We have some success
with that in the Sciences and would like to expand that success.

Kathleen Norton