January 23, 2014

ERIC Adopts New Selection Policy; Ramps up Indexing and Restoration of Full Text

ERIC Adopts a New Content Selection Policy
ERIC has adopted a new Selection Policy that will help increase the number of high-quality resources in the collection and provide additional full text for the benefit of the user community. Experts in the field of library science and education provided the ERIC team with recommendations on the policy standard and criteria for selecting new content.

As of January 2014, ERIC’s Selection Policy reflects four overarching goals: 
• Ensure that each resource selected for indexing is education research that is relevant to the ERIC mission.
• Increase the number of peer-reviewed, full-text materials in ERIC.
• Increase the number of full-text materials that are rigorous and relevant although not peer reviewed.
• Limit articles without full text to only those articles that are peer reviewed or are of substantive rigor and relevance.

You may link to the new Selection Policy from the footer of the ERIC website. If you have questions or want to learn more about the policy, join us for a webinar on 1/29 at 2pm EST. Sign up here!

As the next step in the selection process, the ERIC team will review all currently indexed sources to determine whether they meet the standard and criteria established in the new policy. While the majority of current sources will continue to be indexed, sources that are inconsistent with the policy will no longer be acquired. Given resource limitations, it is the goal of ERIC to ensure that ERIC provides access to the most relevant and very best materials in education.

Once the source review has been completed, the lists of journal and non-journal sources that will be indexed going forward will be made available on the website.

Materials already indexed in ERIC will remain in the collection and will not be affected by the new policy.

Online Submission to Return This Spring
ERIC’s next step is to a re-launch the popular Online Submission system on the ERIC website. The system will allow individual authors, organizations, and publishers to submit documents and articles for consideration to ERIC. The material must meet the standard and criteria established in the new Selection Policy, and submitters must grant ERIC the right to make the full text available online. Complete submission requirements and guidelines will be available on the website when the system goes live.

ERIC Gains Traction in Indexing Materials
ERIC is actively indexing education-related journal articles and documents and, since October 2013, has added 3,703 new records to the online collection. The rate of indexing is accelerating on a monthly basis.

Thousands of PDFs Returned Online
The project to review temporarily restricted documents and release cleared PDFs back into the online collection continues at a rapid pace. Since ERIC improved its review processes in October 2013, we have been returning more PDFs to the collection on a monthly basis than ever in the past. Since October, we have restored close to 100,000 PDFs online. We expect this project to be largely completed in the summer of this year.

ERIC Help Desk
If you have a question about searching or using ERIC, call the ERIC Help Desk at 1-800-LET-ERIC, or send an email to ERICRequests@ed.gov. We are happy to help!

Did You Know?
The first interim edition of the ERIC Thesaurus was published by GPO in January, 1967. ERIC searchers have used the thesaurus to help find resources in education for 47 years! http://eric.ed.gov/?ti=all

How Are We Doing?
We would like to hear from you! Please send your feedback and suggestions to ERICRequests@ed.gov

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January 22, 2014

2013 in review: Artstor collections and technology improvements

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the spring 2014 semester! As students and faculty are returning to campus we'd like to recap some of the improvements we made to the Artstor Digital Library in 2013.

Collections summary 
Thanks to our contributors and the support of our subscribing institutions, 2013 proved to be yet another fruitful year for the Artstor Digital Library. In the past twelve months we launched approximately 112,500 new images from 22 new collections and expanded the content in 12 existing collections, bringing our total close to 1.7 million images in the United States and 1.4 million internationally.

Among the highlights, we now make available images from the Courtauld Gallery, the World Monuments Fund, the National Gallery, London, Condé Nast (fashion photography and New Yorker cartoons), Rijksmuseum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Lukas: Art in Flanders, the Berlin State Museums, and Denmark's Statens Museum for Kunst.

We also reached agreements for 17 new or expanded collections last year from institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the American Museum of Natural History, the Mattress Factory, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum.

These collections are making an impact at more than 1,500 institutions in 48 countries: In 2013, our users performed approximately 9 million searches, viewed more than 10 million individual images, and downloaded more than 1.6 million images. You can see the full list of new and expanded collections and agreements here.

Technology improvements
• You can now export image groups of up to 150 images as PowerPoint presentations, and you can also download batches of up to 150 JPG files from image groups in a zip file. Watch our short video to learn more.

• Additionally, we have doubled the maximum number of images that can be exported or downloaded in a 120-day period from 1,000 to 2,000.

• We've also dropped Java, making your experience in the Digital Library safer.

• We have launched the Selected Monuments project, with images, related artworks, and teaching materials for significant works of art as identified in the Advanced Placement Art History curriculum. It's a wealth of information on important works from around the globe and across time periods.

• We introduced the Teaching with Artstor discussion list, a forum where you can share ideas about teaching and where your questions can be addressed.

January 16, 2014

Two New Titles Added to Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture Online

1. The Cambridge companion to ancient Mediterranean religions / edited by Barbara Stanley Spaeth.

In antiquity, the Mediterranean region was linked by sea and land routes that facilitated the spread of religious beliefs and practices among the civilizations of the ancient world. The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions provides an introduction to the major religions of this area and explores current research regarding the similarities and differences among them. The period covered is from the prehistoric period to late antiquity, that is, ca. 4000 BCE to 600 CE. Nine essays providing an overview of the characteristics and historical developments of the major religions of the region, including those of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria-Canaan, Israel, Anatolia, Iran, Greece, Rome, and early Christianity. Five essays dealing with key topics in current research on these religions, including violence, identity, the body, gender, and visuality, taking an explicitly comparative approach and presenting recent theoretical and methodological advances in contemporary scholarship.

Access to this resource is made possible by a generous donation from the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association.

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2. The Cambridge companion to Aristotle's Politics / edited by Marguerite Deslauriers and Pierre Destrée

One of the most influential works in the history of political theory, Aristotle's Politics is a treatise in practical philosophy, intended to inform legislators and to create the conditions for virtuous and self-sufficient lives for the citizens of a state. In this Companion, distinguished scholars offer new perspectives on the work and its themes. After an opening exploration of the relation between Aristotle's ethics and his politics, the central chapters follow the sequence of the eight books of the Politics, taking up questions such as the role of reason in legitimizing rule, the common good, justice, slavery, private property, citizenship, democracy and deliberation, unity, conflict, law and authority, and education. The closing chapters discuss the interaction between Aristotle's political thought and contemporary democratic theory. The volume will provide a valuable resource for those studying ancient philosophy, classics, and the history of political thought.

Access to this resource is made possible by a generous donation from the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association.

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January 13, 2014

New Version of Web of Science now released

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