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The Collection Connection

Find out what is new to the UCF Libraries collection.

The Collection Connection is your connection to new and exciting materials recently purchased by Acquisitions & Collection Services for the UCF community. The UCF Libraries houses a variety of materials: journals, books, databases, media, and other resources for students and faculty to use for research and instruction purposes.  The focus of Collection Connection is to inform the UCF community of new materials and resources that support UCF community needs.

Recent News

New Resources

UCF Libraries have become an institutional member of the HathiTrust, a partnership of academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital archive initiative to dramatically increase access to research resources.

Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is jointly owned and operated by its member institutions from the United States and Europe, all focused on a common goal: to build an extraordinary digital library that preserves and provides access to the cultural record. Almost 75 institutions are now members, including the university libraries at Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, Stanford, and the University of California. The initial focus of the partnership has been on preserving and providing access to digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections, including materials digitized by Google, Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives. To date the partnership has digitized approximately 10 million books. The consortium is planning on expanding the corpus to nearly 15 million in the next five years.

Benefits include full-text and bibliographic search capabilities, full PDF downloading of all public domain books, and full-text access for users with print disabilities. In addition, users can search the full text of books they put into a collection using the Collection Builder feature.

HathiTrust (pronounced "HAH-tee") was named for the Hindi word for elephant, "hathi," symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the digital collections of the nation's top research libraries.

Two new online resources, eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures, have recently been added to the list of UCF Libraries’ databases. Both are the electronic, full-text versions of the Human Relations Area Files (better known as HRAF). Although HRAF is one of the most important research tools in the field of anthropology and archaeology, these databases also have pertinence for history, philosophy, religion, gender studies, and multicultural studies.

Providing cross-cultural information on all aspects of cultural and social life, both eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures are organized by cultures and ethnic groups. The sources in both databases are subject-indexed at the paragraph level. The databases may be used to find information on particular cultures, ethnic groups, or immigrant groups, and may be used to find information on beliefs, superstitions, or on subjects such as political structure, architecture, kinship units, settlement patterns, ethnic rivalries, religious beliefs, and child-rearing practices. One may either search by keyword, or browse by culture or subject.

IOPebooks is a new award-winning program of digital first STEM books. UCF has purchased access to all 2014 titles and more information can be found at or IOP e-books Catalog

The UCF Libraries now has access to Nature Communications, a highly requested multidisciplinary journal that publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences. Papers published by Nature Communications represent important advances of significance to specialists within each field.

The UCF Libraries is also now providing access to Gale Artemis, a path-breaking research experience that unites Gale’s digital archives and reference collections. By building a seamless research environment for multiple collections, Gale is creating the largest digital humanities and social sciences collection in the world. On the Artemis platform, users can engage with primary sources through subject indexing, term frequency and term clusters.

Lastly, the UCF Libraries is happy to be a founding member of JSTOR. In order to maintain complete JSOTR holding the UCF Libraries has added Business IV and Arts & Sciences XII to the existing array of titles already in the JSTOR collection. The Business IV Collection builds on the strong economics and business foundation of the Business I, II, and III Collections. Arts & Sciences XII expands coverage of the social sciences, and comprises disciplines with high usage and broad appeal.

Non-Traditional Resources

In addition to traditional library tools, the library provides faculty and students with resources to assist in teaching and research. A few of these resources include SAGE Research Methods, Web of Science, and Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

SAGE Research Methods - Selected full text of books, journal and reference content relevant to the exploration of research methods and concepts.

Web of Science - Citation Indexes for finding articles that cite a given author or citation.

JCR: Journal Citation Reports - Provides citation data for evaluating and comparing scholarly journals.

These resources can be found in the Articles & Databases section of our website.



Beginning this summer, the UCF Library will begin to support the PhilPapers Foundation. PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. This online research hub combines the following four services:

A publication index of philosophy journal articles, book reviews, books, and book chapters in all languages.

An open access aggregator that indexes open access philosophical content found on over one thousand access archives and three thousand personal pages maintained by professional philosophers.

An open access archive that hosts the largest collection of open access philosophical material on the Internet.

A structured bibliography comprising nearly five thousand subcategories covering all subjects in philosophy.


Technology Fee Proposals

Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) plus the National Geographic Archive from Gale, SAGE Research Methods and SAGE Knowledge, and British Periodicals Collections I & II from ProQuest are the three successful proposals UCF landed this past fall. These new resources will benefit UCF students and faculty tremendously. It is important that the library helps to improve student learning in every way possible and the technology fee has provided a great opportunity for this to happen. The collaboration between the library and faculty has been a key factor in the success of these proposals.

New Resources Available for Students and Faculty

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926

The UCF Libraries is pleased to announce Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 as new major addition to the collection. Based on Joseph Sabin’s famed Bibliotheca Americana, the collection offers researchers access to over 14000 primary source books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s. Sabin Americana materials support intensive research of the history of the New World with original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more. Searchable in a variety of ways, including: author, title, year of publication, and subject.

LGBTQ+ History Month

In recognition of LGBTQ+ History month, the UCF Library is pleased to provide links to valuable information resources. The UCF Library is working closely with the PRIDE Coalition of UCF to develop quick access to University Resources in support of LGBTQ+ History Month. The PRIDE Coalition here at UCF has the following goal to “promote broad inclusion, acceptance, and social justice on campus and in our community through education and advocacy. We will provide for a stronger, healthier, and more equitable campus for LGBTQ+ and allied individuals by connecting our diverse student population to opportunities, resources, and each other.” The UCF Library fully supports PRIDE @ UCF as well as LGBTQ+ History month and more information on the cause as well as our partnership can be found at  Any UCF affiliated user may make suggestions for additional materials by contacting Michael Arthur, Head of Acquisitions & Collection services at 407-882-0143 or

Springer Complete E-Books

Springer is a major publisher of academic and professional books and series. The e books are suitable for research, study, and course projects, and can be assigned as textbooks. UCF Libraries has perpetual rights and online access to Springer books from 2005 to current publications. The collection now exceeds 20,000 titles. All UCF affiliated users have access from 1997 to 2014 to all of Springer's major book series, including the popular Lecture Notes Series.

The agreement between UCF and Springer allows for any fair use of the content for educational purposes, including embedding the content in Canvas. Access is available to all UCF students and employees, with off campus access enabled by EZproxy. A link to Springer e-books can be found within the articles and database page on the UCF Library website.

Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) plus National Geographic

ECCO, a primary source collection containing over 180,000 books, pamphlets, and treatises, covers not only history but also the social sciences, philosophy and religion, and literature, and will benefit both students and faculty in such areas as military, cultural, social, economic, diplomatic, and scientific history. Over the past several years, UCF has purchased the large electronic databases Early English Books Online, Evans Early American Imprints, and the Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Now, with the Libraries’ recent addition of ECCO, the combination of these online repositories allow our faculty and students to have instantaneous access to nearly every work printed in English between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. With the purchase of ECCO, Gale offered the National Geographic Archive at a favorable rate. The National Geographic Archive contains every issue of the magazine from 1888 through 1994. The quality of the images is outstanding, and the content can be used by UCF students and researchers in nearly every discipline.

SAGE Research Methods and SAGE Knowledge

SAGE Research Methods allows faculty and students to explore methods and concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods, identify a new method, conduct research, and report their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across various subject areas in the social sciences, health sciences, and more. With SAGE Knowledge, UCF Libraries will gain rights to 2,500 scholarly monographs in the social sciences in many subject areas. This resource includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, and more.

British Periodicals Collections I & II

With the addition of British Periodicals Collections I & II, UCF will gain access and perpetual rights to all of the content in these collections, including approximately 460 journal titles and over 6 million pages, from the seventeenth through the early twentieth century. The collection ranges from children’s illustrated miscellanies to academic journals and includes dozens of the most widely-read and influential publications of the time, like Athenaeum, The Spectator, Strand Magazine, and Temple Bar, as well as many other professional and scientific publications, literary and fine arts magazines, political and trade journals. It houses original works by many important figures such as Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Stuart Mill, Herbert Spencer, and Bram Stoker.


BizMiner is a new resource funded by the College of Business Administration. It is provided to all UCF students to help them better assess the viability of their entrepreneurial ideas and innovations. BizMiner produces the most granular industry statistical reports in the market. They offer industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Some of their products include Industry Financial Analysis, Industry Market Analysis, and Real Estate Content. BizMiner’s quality products have been recognized by professional associations, the Internal Revenue Service and Business Week, among others.

Last updated November 12, 2014 11:48:15 AM

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