Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Atkins Library recently upgraded our subscription for Westlaw Campus Research to the new platform, WestlawNext.  WestlawNext offers authoritative content, attorney –editor expertise, and industry-defining technology.

Westlaw is trusted by lawyers and law schools from all over as the source for the most update legal information.  For more than 125 years, our attorney-editors have been analyzing, categorizing, and summarizing the law to help researchers understand the law and find on-point materials quickly and confidently.

No one can match our meticulous editorial work. With WestlawNext, you’re using superior tools and resources – including KeyCite, West Key Number System, notes of decisions, headnotes, added search terms, annotations, and indexes (source)

The new platform maximizes your search capabilities to find the most current and accurate legal formation the help you with your research.  It also allows you to create custom pages, up on signing in, to help you research the way you work best.  You can organize your favorite content and research tools, to optimize your search experience.  The new platform also allows for multiple mobile views so you can research on the go if need be.

We encourage you to explore WestlawNext and send us any feedback you might have.

Friday, January 23, 2015

TRIAL: TRAC - Terrorism Research & Analysis Consoritum

UNCC Atkins Library is current running a trial for the unlimited version of TRAC - Terrorism Research and Analysis Consoritum. 

Created by The Beacham Group, LLC, Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) is a uniquely comprehensive resource for the study of political violence of all kinds. In cooperation with a team of 2800 experts, TRAC gathers the best information for exploration of this topic by faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals, as well as the general public.

TRAC Resources Include:
  • Core analyses of 3,800 groups that have been known to aid and abet political violence or terrorist organizations.  One of the world’s largest databases of terrorist groups, their leaders, locations, and affiliations, TRAC includes hate/racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, lone wolves such as Timothy McVeigh, groups such as al-Qaeda and government counterterrorism campaigns. Each profile includes (when known) the group’s tactics, targets, ideology, associated groups, leaders, theater of operation, links to other resources, and links to TRAC’s analyses. Images are included with the profile often feature the group’s flag or logo; its founder or leader; incidents and events associated with the group (plus the flag of the location where the event occurred; flag of the country where the group operates; and an image that visually the group’s activities. 
  • Original, commissioned analyses of seminal terrorism topics. These in-depth essays cover important terrorism issues such as Gender and TerrorismQuranic Understandings of Violent Jihad to Vulnerable Cities, and Urban Terrorism
  • Profiles of vulnerable regions and cities mostly likely to attract terrorist incidents. This includes links to the Failed States Index and TRAC’s profile of threatened countries.
  • Live intelligence repository: TRAC provides a publishing center for research of any length produced by its members. Plus, contributors, reporters and consortium members can post stories and have them immediately disbursed throughout the network
  • Chatter control: TRAC continuously monitors important news and analysis sources and posts feeds to the site as events unfold
  • Hot links that quickly navigate between concepts within articles, news feeds, and outside resources
  • Access to political violence experts worldwide
  • And hundreds of internet links to think tanks; government agencies; universities, community colleges and police academies offering courses in terrorism, criminal justice, and homeland security; government and private research centers.
 Please review this resource and leave any feedback in the comments section.  Per library policy this resource can only be access on campus.  The trial runs through February 22, 2015.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Films on Demand Collection - Expanded

UNCC’s collection of streaming video provided Films on Demand has been significantly expanded for 2015.  In addition to increasing the number of titles in our Films on Demand Academic Collection, we have also started subscribing to two specialized video libraries dedicated to Nursing and World Cinema.

This collection provides over 21,000 thousand high quality streaming videos on business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances. The videos include Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries plus interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.

This carefully selected, expansive compilation of over 1300 full-length programs and short-form video clips addresses the multifaceted needs of tomorrow’s nurses. With the most comprehensive range of any nursing streaming video service available, this collection is designed not only to help nursing students excel in their studies and pass licensure exams, but also to prepare them for long-term job success in an increasingly complex health care system.  The collection covers subjects including Nursing Skills, Patient Care and Intervention, Diseases, Disorders, and Disabilities, and Nursing Foundations, to name a few. (source)

With more than 380 feature films from the most renowned directors across the globe, this unique collection includes the best of the silent era, groundbreaking international directors, American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century, and award-winning contemporary films featured by Global Lens. The collection shines a light on the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the cultures and issues of countries around the world, making it useful beyond film studies departments by bringing value to programs in area studies, political science, history, world languages, and more. (source)

We encourage you to explore our video collections, which will sure provide with an additional lens to the subjects you are most passionate.

Monday, January 12, 2015

TRIAL: Routledge Handbooks Online

Atkins Library is currently trialing a new resource from Taylor & Francis:  Routledge Handbooks Online

Routledge Handbooks Online brings together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Every title within RHO is surrounded with meaningful metadata and abstracts at a chapter level, making it fully searchable and browsable, providing a functionality of greater value to the student and researcher.

Key Features:
  • All chapters are accompanied by an abstract and rich metadata that make searching and research more efficient and effective
  • Intuitive search tools enable users to find exactly the material they need across the Handbooks’ and Companions’ multiple subject areas
  • Peer-reviewed content ensures quality of research
  • Over 15,000 chapters from 300+ volumes available at launch
  • Expansive coverage of 18 subject areas including Sociology, Linguistics, Education, and Asian Studies
  • All titles DRM-free
  • Content available as HTML and PDF, allowing functionality such as highlighting, adding notes, downloading, and printing (source)
We invite you to trial this product and leave any comments you might have below.

You can access the trial here:

Per library policy, this trial can only be accessed while on the UNCC Campus.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

E-Textbooks at Atkins Library

Happy New Year from Atkins Library E-Resources Blog!

Atkins Library is proud to provide to our students with a limited number of etextbooks and supplemental readings for the Springer 2015 semester. We are pleased to be able to make available over 100 ebooks available for the Spring semester.

With the assistance of the UNCC Bookstore and campus faculty, the library staff is able to identify ebooks that are available for purchase and can be made available to the campus with unlimited user access and no technical usage restrictions.

Please visit E-Textbook at Atkins Library to explore our offerings and determine if you textbook is available through the library for free!  You can scan the list of the titles, or use the dropdown menu to find your professor.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have thoughts or questions.