Library databases available from Hostos wireless network

Due to changes in the campus wireless network, only the following databases are accessible from laptops connecting through the campus wireless network:

All Ebsco databases

All Gale Databases  — includes nursing resource center, opposing viewpoints, Gale Virtual Reference Library

Alexander Street databases (Black Thought and Culture, Latino Literature, latin American Women Writers, American History in Video)

Facts on File  — (Health Reference Center, American History online, African American history online)



Oxford  –art, music, dictionnaries




Science in Context

U.S. History in Context

All other databases are not available from the wireless network.  This does not affect off-campus access, or on campus access from workstations conntected to the network.  Check back for updates as more databases become available.

New Sage Reference ebooks– patron driven acquistions

This semester, Hostos Library has access to over 300 high quality reference ebooks through Sage Reference Online.  This is our first experience with demand driven acquisitions. At the end of the semester, we will automatically purchase the most-used titles.

See this partial list of titles available: Sage 2012 Package SR Title List

Wilson to Ebsco transition

I just added or changed names of several new databases on the library’s list.  These are all former Wilson databases now available to us on the EbscoHost platform:

Applied Science & Technology Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)

Art Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)

Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

General Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

Humanities Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

Readers’ Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson)

Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (H.W. Wilson)

Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson)

Wilson is no more. This coming fall, these databases will be absorbed by Ebsco “Source” products.  For making handouts, etc., keep in mind that these (H.W. Wilson) databases will only be around for a semester or so before their content is absorbed into new or existing Ebsco databases.

Let me know if you notice anything amiss.

Also, I removed

Humanities Index Retrospective

New Database: Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

Hostos Library now subscribes to Ebsco’s Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text.  This database supports paralegal, criminal justice, criminology, and police and policing.  Here’s a description by Ebsco that contains a list of titles included.  Records for the 120 full text titles included in the database will not appear immediately in the library catalogue.

Referencia Latina

Hostos Library has a trial to Referencia Latina through  the end of February 2012. It is available from our list of databases and works from off campus.  As you may know, we chose not to renew our subscription to the Spanish language research database, Prisma, due to very low usage over a number of years. Referencia Latina is geared to a more general audience.  Read more about Referencia Latina from Ebsco.

Thanks to Profs. Diaz and Laskin for recommending this resource.

Please contact me or Prof. José Diaz, the Humanities liaison librarian, with comments and feedback.

New Interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library



Gale is making a much-needed update to its virtual reference library interface.  It has not gone live yet, but feel free to check it out . A newer (final?) version will be released later this month.

Here is the link:;ContactID=30577

Also,  Gale will be providing training to CUNY librarians on Wednesday – January 11, 2012 at 9:30 at Baruch College Library (Conference Room on the 4thFloor). If you want to attend, contact Susan Vaughn

I notice an ebook download option.  Looks like this is becoming standard.

A resource for job hunters and adult learners from the NY State Library

We now link to JobNow and the Adult Learning Center from the New York State Library. This resource is geared to help job seekers with online coaching for resumes, interviews, and other career-related skills.  The Adult Learning Center offers study help for the GED, the US Citizenship Test, Microsoft Office and more.  This is one of several resources provided to publicly funded libraries in New York by the New York State Library NOVEL program.

Ebrary books are now downloadable!

I received this message from Ebrary announcing downloadable ebooks.  This feature has been enabled on our ebrary account. I encourage you all to sign up for training,  We can also do a group demo at a faculty meeting later this semester.


Dear Customers:

ebrary is pleased to announce that you and your patrons may now download ebrary content to computers and other devices including the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Sony Reader!

For an overview of how it works, please refer to our training presentation.

Over the next few weeks, we are enabling the download feature for most ebrary sites at no additional charge. If you are a public library, please email for pricing.


ebrary offers live training for our new download feature on Mondays at 11am Pacific Time, Wednesdays at 8am Pacific Time, and Thursdays at 8pm Pacific Time. Please sign up using our web form, or email to schedule a separate session for your institution. You may also familiarize yourself with the download feature by reviewing our training presentation.

We hope you and your patrons enjoy using the download feature. We welcome your questions and comments; you can simply reply to this email or contact

The ebrary Team

Credo Criminology collection

We’ve upgraded our basic Credo reference collection to include more works on criminology.  Books in this area are in high demand and now we have a small but good collection of reference books and handbooks on criminology in Credo.  They will be in CUNY+ by the end of the week.

Don’t forget: Credo is an excellent, interdisciplinary reference tool with hundreds of books in many subjects.  It is a great place to start students with research.

Here’s a list of the new criminology titles available in Credo

21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook 2009
Blackwell Companions to Sociology: The Blackwell Companion to Criminology 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Corporate Crime: A Reference Handbook 2008
Contemporary World Issues: DNA Technology: A Reference Handbook 2009
Contemporary World Issues: Domestic Violence: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Global Organized Crime: A Reference Handbook 2010
Contemporary World Issues: Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition 2005
Contemporary World Issues: Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook 2009
Contemporary World Issues: Illicit Trafficking: A Reference Handbook 2005
Contemporary World Issues: Intellectual Property: A Reference Handbook 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Juvenile Justice: A Reference Handbook 2005
Contemporary World Issues: Policing in America: A Reference Handbook 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Punishment in America: A Reference Handbook 2005
Contemporary World Issues: Sentencing: A Reference Handbook 2007
Contemporary World Issues: Sexual Crime: A Reference Handbook 2009
Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment 2002
Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory 2010
Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice 2002
Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement 2005
Encyclopedia of Law and Society 2007
Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime 2003
Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities 2005
Encyclopedia of Race and Crime 2009
Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention 2010
Encyclopedia of White-Collar Corporate Crime 2004
The Handbook of Forensic Psychology 2006
Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions 2009
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Corrections 2011
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Courts, Law, and Justice 2011
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Crime and Criminal Behavior 2011
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Juvenile Crime and Justice 2011
Key Issues in Crime and Punishment: Police and Law Enforcement 2011