Introducing Virtual Shelf Browse

Library users now have the opportunity to browse library shelves right from their desktops using the “Browse This Shelf” feature of the Classic Catalog.

“Browse This Shelf” was designed by Polk Library at the University of Wisconsin to be a “visually engaging presence to mimic the real-world effect of browsing.” It gives library users the opportunity to easily browse back and forth among other similar items on the library’s shelves, in addition to items that are part of our digital collections. It is especially useful in the case of subjects that may be housed in multiple libraries on campus.

To use “Browse This Shelf,” from the Library’s home page, click the Classic Catalog link under the Find menu. Conduct your search as you normally would, and choose a relevant item from the results. Scroll to the bottom of the item’s record and look for the “Browse This Shelf” box. This box displays materials in call number order, just as if you were standing in front of the shelves. This is an excellent way to find additional resources on your subject without having to do a lot of extra work!

  • Scroll forward and backward by clicking the left and right arrow buttons to see more books on the shelf. When the books become less relevant, try moving in the opposite direction.
  • Mouse over a cover to view summary information or to look up reviews of the book on Google Books.
  • Click a cover to view full information about that title.

For an overview of this function see this video:

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comScore Data media planning and analysis tool now available

comScore/Media Metrix is a widely-cited media planning and analysis tool that tracks consumer interaction with web sites.  comScore offers in-depth online audience measurement and related analytics, delving into the various demographic categories, usage behaviors, and behavioral trends of website visitors and online consumers.

comScore data is relevant for advertisers, marketers, publishers, banks, credit card firms, online social media and pharmaceutical companies and approximately 100 advertising agencies.  comScore’s non-academic clients range from the BBC, Newspaper Association of America, ESPN and Fox Sports to Verizon, Nestle, the United States Postal Service, and France Telecom.

Syracuse University Library provides access to subsets of comScore raw data and reporting referred to as “Media Metrix Core Reports.”

Accessing comScore data at Bird Library

comScore Media Metrix may be used by currently affiliated SU students, faculty or staff. Access via a mediated login is available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Bird Library 3rd Floor Service Desk. Exceptions to these hours may apply during holidays, academic break times, etc.

For more information on comScore access or data, please contact:

• Michael Pasqualoni  or

• Tasha Cooper

New resource: Sage Research Methods Online

SU Library has added a subscription to Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO). SRMO provides access to information about research methods compiled from a variety of Sage publications, including books/handbooks, articles, and the “Little Green Book” series, Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences.  SRMO is searchable and browsable by author, and it includes a methods map, as well as video tutorials. For additional information, contact Tasha Cooper.

Upcoming changes to Wilson databases

By the end of December 2011, databases currently available through WilsonWeb will be migrated to a different vendor, EBSCO. The content should remain the same, but users will see a new and different interface.

Items saved in a WilsonWeb folder or saved searches will need to be recreated in EBSCO. Saved content and searches will not transfer automatically.

If you need assistance setting up new saved searches or folders, please contact Pamela Thomas,
For additional information contact Tasha Cooper at or Kelley Lasher at

List of affected databases:
• Applied Science Full Text
• Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913-1983
• Art Full Text
• Art Retrospective
• Biographies Plus Illustrated
• Biography Index
• Book Review Digest Plus
• Business Full Text
• Children’s Core Collection
• Education Full Text
• Essay and General Literature Full Text
• Humanities Full Text
• Library Literature & Information Science Full Text
• Middle and Junior High Core Collection
• OmniFile FT Mega
• Play Index
• Public Library Core Collection: Fiction: A Selection Guide
• Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction: A Selection Guide
• Readers’ Guide Full Text
• Readers’ Guide Retrospective
• Senior High Core Collection
• Social Sciences Full-Text
• Wilson Web

New Resource: Oxford Bibliographies Online

The Library now subscribes to the following subject areas of Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) provided by Oxford University Press:

  • Atlantic History
  • Biblical Studies
  • Buddhism
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Hinduism
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Public Health
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Sociology
  • Victorian Literature

OBO is a library of discipline-based subject modules created by leading scholars. Each guide includes the most important and significant sources in a specific area of study, with unique editorial commentary to show how the cited sources are interrelated. The citations promote discoverability as they link out to the sources via your library collection or through Google books and more.

All articles receive multiple peer reviews and editorial board vetting to provide reliable and balanced coverage. Articles are regularly updated by their authors so that information in this resource is always current and accurate. In addition to updating existing articles, new topic guides are added on a regular schedule to expand the scope and extent of each subject module in the library.

For more information, see