Harvard With Firearms Database, EBSCO Is Acquiring NetLibrary, H.W. Wilson Launches Careers Database, New Earmark Database

Because there were quite a few databases updates in the past few months, I will need to divide them into two separate posts.

Harvard Releases Firearms Research Database (ResearchBuzz blog)
Harvard prepared a new database called The Firearms Research Digest, which summarizes research from social science, medical, criminology, and public health journals. ( 1988 to present). You can search by topic, year and publication.

EBSCO Publishing to acquire NetLibrary Division from OCLC (OCLC News)

OCLC and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) have signed an agreement whereby EBSCO will purchase the assets of the OCLC NetLibrary Division and the rights to license a select number of vendor-owned databases currently available through the OCLC FirstSearch service. The purchase includes the NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook platform as well as operations and infrastructure in Boulder, Colorado.

As a big database vendor EBSCO can’t afford to stay behind the electronic books business.[/COLOR]

H.W. Wilson Launches Careers Database(E-Content)
H.W. Wilson started a new database called Careers,"an ideal resource for high-school students, vocational college and technical college students, and anyone considering a career change." This resource doesn’t need any publicity in this difficult times when a lot of our users and colleagues are looking for jobs.

U.S. Government: A Searchable Database of Earmark Data and More(Resourceshelf)
If politics is not something you are interested in, you would probably skip reading about the new Earmark Database. Let me explain. For politicians "earmark" means "a legislative provision that directs funds to be spent on specific projects". Earmark spending reached about $18 billion in fiscal year 2008 alone. One of the reasons for the creation of the new database is the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, passed by Congress, requiring disclosure of all earmarks.

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