Written by Marta Lee, Associate Librarian
A new Library database, SimplyMap, by Geographic Research provides Regent students and faculty with powerful tools for creating professional quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data. SimplyMap turns complex data into valuable information that can be easily accessed and stored through a web-based, user-friendly interface.
SimplyMap creates a base map for the user to visually display material available from the census bureau. Variables include data from 1980, 1990, and 2000 censuses; data estimates from 2007 and 2008; as well as projections for 2011, 2012, and 2013. Users may also research consumer expenditures, business counts, market segments, retail sales, and quality of life. SimplyMap makes these complex data sources understandable and communicable through maps, tables, and reports.
As an example of the power of SimplyMap to enhance a research project, my most recent article, “Wild West Libraries” involved a study of public libraries in southwest Kansas. SimplyMap allowed me to show the percentage the population by county living in rural areas:
To begin using SimplyMap, log in from the Library database page. After logging in, you will need to set up a personal account in SimplyMap. After viewing the introductory video about the database, I recommend taking it for a spin and making a few maps. SimplyMap has a very gentle learning curve, and after 15-20 minutes you should have the know-how to dazzle your next PowerPoint audience with a professional looking thematic map!
Written by Jon Ritterbush, Associate Librarian
Locating the full-text of playscripts can sometimes be challenging, but with the addition of new online resources at Regent University Library, the prospects for finding these scripts has improved.
If you know the title or author of a play you’re searching for…
the best starting point is often the library catalog. A keyword search for a play such as Our Town may yield some helpful results including performances on VHS or DVD, and printed copies in other anthologies. Even though the titles of some of these books may not include the phrase Our Town, it’s possible this play will be listed in the table of contents or other notes, which are captured through a keyword search. For an example, see this link to “Twelve American Plays” in the library catalog, and click on the More Details tab to discover which plays are included in this book.
If your catalog searches produce no results, or if you want to browse for plays…
Play Index is an excellent database for searching by title, author, subject, casting mix or genre. Play Index includes citations for over 30,000 plays written since antiquity and published after 1949. As a sample of its scope, Play Index identifies 52 plays with a subject of “crucifixion,” 90 plays about “prejudice,” and 118 plays about “poverty.”
Most citations within Play Index will include a brief abstract of the play, the number of acts andor scenes, the number of cast members, and additional subject descriptors. Play Index does not contain full-text playscripts, but it does provide a helpful link labeled “Find this play in a book”.
Following this link will lead to a list of titles where this play is published, including any anthologies or collections of plays. For example, someone searching Play Index for Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard would learn there are 39 books that include the full text of this play, some of which are here at Regent according to the library catalog.
If you are looking for full-text playscripts online…
try this new database at Regent University Library: Twentieth Century North American Drama. This database provides full text to over 1,200 plays, and like Play Index, has the ability to browse by author, subject and date. Some 37 works of Thornton Wilder, including Our Town, are available in full-text through this database, as well as other works by American authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, Booth Tarkington and Langston Hughes.
Written by Harold Henkel, Assistant Librarian
If you have ever found your self lamenting the time spent commuting to and from work, the University Library has an answer: eAudiobooks. With 2,080 titles in our collection, there is something for every taste. Subjects covered include biography & memoir, business, classics, government & politics, health & medicine, history, lectures, mystery, popular fiction, religion & spirituality, and science fiction. The collection also includes the complete Bible (with deuterocanonical books) and 162 foreign language and ESL courses by Pimsleur Language Programs. All of these audiobooks, except for the language programs, are narrated by professional actors and are a pleasure to listen to in your car or on your morning run.
To use eAudiobooks, you will need to set up a free account inside this database. If you already have an account in netLibrary, you can use this username & password, since eAudiobooks is part of netLibrary. Once you have an account, you can download titles to your Windows Media Player and then sync them to your mp3 player. Unfortunately, eAudiobooks are currently not compatible with iTunes. eAudiobook files will play for 21 days from the download date and can be renewed online.
While listening to books is a different experience from reading, the Library’s eAudiobook collection is one way for overworked students (and faculty) to reconnect with books purely for enjoyment.