Help is on the way for students and faculty up to their eyeballs in research. Papers still aren’t going to write themselves, unfortunately, but the amount of time spent searching for quality source material has just been dramatically reduced. All thanks to a massive new collection of searchable online periodicals.
Over the years Southern Adventist University’s McKee Library has subscribed to a handful of journals from Springer, a leading publisher of studies in science, technology, medicine, business, transport, and architecture. Administrators wanted to work with them more, but the price was prohibitive; they were paying $2,500 annually for only three or four titles.
But Springer recently contacted Southern with an offer too good to refuse. For only $2,500 more per year McKee Library could offer users the entire Springer Americas Package, more than 1,800 different journals, substantially increasing their access to research materials. The library agreed to the proposition with little hesitation. Southern is believed to be the only Seventh-day Adventist institution providing this particular collection.
Daniel Maxwell, reference/instruction librarian at McKee Library, is excited about the possibilities.
“If you’re doing any research in the sciences this is where you want to start,” Maxwell said.
McKee Library has a yearly subscription, but owns all the content within the package. This is helpful because even if the subscription ends, users will still have access to the journals. The subscription merely keeps the package updated with the new articles or magazines published within the collection.
Springer is also known for publishing works geared toward graduate studies and many of these titles will be available within the Americas Package as well. This access has already paid dividends for Jeff Gates, an associate professor in the School of Nursing who is helping develop Southern’s proposed doctoral nursing program.
“We’re working very closely with the library in analyzing materials that will meet the specialized research and clinical needs of our master’s and doctoral students,” Gates said.
Springer articles can be viewed with any device that can read PDF or HTML files. To access the collection visit McKee Library’s website, click the “Articles” tab under the search section and select “Springer” from the “Browse all databases” drop-down menu.