JSM Library Selects New Databases after Trial Run at Wilson

Byline: Nicole Twigg

Posted: December 12, 2010

The John Stewart Memorial Library has several new databases on trial for the Wilson community to use. These databases are the Gender Studies Database, Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR), Professional Development Collection, Science in Context, Science Direct and Women's Studies International.

Databases for Scientific Research

The majority of these databases are in the field of science. The Gender Studies database offers links to thousands of full-text articles covering the field of gender-engaged research. Science in Context is a database offered by Gale that offers a vast array of topics. It contains not only scientific journals, but general science articles for the everyday reader. Science Direct mainly contains journal article abstracts. Librarian Andrew Frank says, "Although you can't read the full articles, you can read the abstracts and use Interlibrary Loan for the full-text articles."

Search for Sustainability

GREENR is a new online database with a focus on the environment and sustainability. Frank says, "We have science databases in our more general databases, such as JSTOR and ProQuest, but GREENR provided things we did not have before." Even though Wilson College and the Fulton Farm are both very supportive of environmental sustainability, the library does not have many resources on the subject. By providing GREENR, the library expands its science content along with providing easy access to a great deal of information on sustainability.

Resources for Specific Topics

The Professional Development Collection is a database designed for professional educators. It also provides practical information for practicing teachers and is very useful for students in education, in particular the Teacher Intern Program at Wilson.

Women's Studies International is a database solely devoted to women's studies and feminist research. The database contains over 600,000 records spanning from earlier than 1972 to the present.  

What's In Store for Spring 2011?

In the beginning of the fall 2010 semester, the library made these databases available to Wilson College, and some of these trials expire at the end of the semester, but the library decided to make the majority of them permanent. The librarians try to give trial access to students. The databases the library intends to keep are GREENR, Professional Development Collection, Science in Context and Science Direct. All of these databases are on the Wilson College website's library page. To leave feedback concerning any of these databases please email

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