Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trial to Data-Planet until 11/14/2014

Andruss Library is currently offering trial access to Data-Planet, through November 14, 2014.

Data-Planet is a large repository of statistics and datasets with: 
...more than 90 billion data points from more than 70 source organizations. The over two billion time series in Data-Planet provide immediate access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs, and table form, via multiple points of entry. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository.   All of the data have been standardized and structured, and described with up to 37 fields of metadata, including a controlled vocabulary. (for more information about Data-Planet, visit
Data-Planet provides two interfaces for two types of users:
1. Statistical Datasets: for more advanced users, with more analytical Interface and tools  
2. Ready Reference: for novice user, a a discovery layer with a search box at the top, snap shots, and browsing of subject categories

Included in the trial are add-on modules for the EASI Market Planner, China Data Center and the four IMF Files: Balance of Payments, Direction of Trade, Government Financial Statistics, International Financial Statistics.

 Data-Planet also develops research guides on specific topis upon request; a current list is available at . Here are some sample guides:
·         International Comparisons (guides to countries in an A to Z List)
·         State Guides to Statistics: Pennsylvania (note tab showing A to Z list)

To see how Data-Planet compares to other statistical aggregators, check out this page:

As always, if you have questions or feedback, let a librarian know. Contact us using the Ask a Librarian link or the Suggestion Box on the library website. Happy searching!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trial to PolicyMap runs until 10/31/2014

Andruss Library has begun a trial to PolicyMap, which will run until the end of October.

PolicyMap is a national web-based Geographic Information System used to understand communities. With easy-to-use menus, PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level. It is used in the social sciences, urban studies and regional planning, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration and policy, public health, political science, education, environmental studies, business and finance, economics, statistics and geography, among other areas.

Included in the tool is access to PolicyMap’s extensive data collection, with 15,000+ indicators used to understand communities, organized into general categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending activity, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines, and other analysis. In addition, students and faculty can easily upload and incorporate their data into and leverage it against the thousands of indicators already available in PolicyMap.

The database can be accessed via the Library's home page, using the link for Databases A-Z > Trials:

View the following videos or visit the PolicyMap Support Center for information on how to use.

If questions, ask a librarian for assistance.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DSM-5 now available online through Library

Andruss Library is proud to provide online access to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. A staple of academic libraries, the DSM-5 is described on the American Psychiatric Publishing website as follows:
The most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations. DSM-5 is used by health professionals, social workers,and forensic and legal specialists to diagnose and classify mental disorders, and is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings-inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care. 
Access the DSM-5 via the Databases A-Z page or Databases by Subject >> Psychology. The database also contains DSM-5™ Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and DSM-5™ Clinical Cases.

Any questions, ask a librarian.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New streaming music database -- Naxos Music Library

The Library now provides streaming access to Naxos Music Library, with more than 100,700 CDs containing more than 1,460,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added monthly, and Naxos can be searched by composer, work, genre and label; by keyword search; and more. Liner notes are available for many recordings. Genres include classical, pop & rock, jazz, folk, blues, and more. Happy listening!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome, new students & faculty!

Welcome to the BU Andruss Library. Everyone in the library hopes you will take advantage of the library's many resources and services to succeed here at BU. For a virtual tour of the Library, watch this video on YouTube:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Allentown School District Summer Partnership Program in the Library

Summer sessions in Andruss Library are usually quieter than fall and spring semesters, but this summer has been much livelier. Several programs for high school students and summer freshmen have made productive use of library space and resources, including a group of nineteen rising high school seniors in the Allentown School District Summer Partnership Program. ASD students working under the direction of Dr. Angela Hess came to the Library in mid-July to research and design posters about a human disease or disorder and to present and answer questions about their research in a poster session. 

Most researchers spend weeks preparing posters, and these students had only three days in the Library from July 14-16. The students fearlessly jumped in, using resources made available on a website designed by Health Sciences Librarian Linda Neyer. They spent their first day researching topics and planning their posters, and the next two days busily working on their design and layout, sitting on the floor and using every counter on the second floor. Everyone finished in time to present their posters on July 17th to one other and to judges Dr. Hess, Ms. Neyer, and the Program Assistants. Students' enthusiasm was contagious: two young women used their best Vanna White hand movements to attract viewers to their poster on autism. Competition was stiff, and all deserved an award. Not only did they select and distill the most important information for their posters, but also they used appealing graphics to convey their information. The judges were unanimous: first prize went to the students with the poster on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who used real leaves stapled to a drawing of a vine to graphically illustrate the growth in understanding of PTSD. 

Following are some photos of the students in the library, busily working on their posters.

Andruss Library Closed Morning of August 12th

Due to the power shutdown in various areas during the university's equipment replacement process, the library will be closed Tuesday morning, August 12th.

The library building will reopen at 1:00 PM. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

University-affiliated patrons seeking internet access may use computers in Sutliff 105 and 106. Public patrons and others may use the Bloomsburg Public Library for computer access. It will open at 9:00 AM on Tuesday morning and has free Wi-Fi as well as stand-alone computers.