Internet Resources: October 2019 Edition

Selected reviews of digital reference resources from the October issue of Choice.

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Anatomy.TV. Contact publisher for pricing.

Anatomy.TV is a web-based collection of digital images and anatomical models of the human body,” wrote Kevin McDonough for ccAdvisor. The product is feature-rich with a powerful interface that allows users to move anatomical models in various directions, add or remove layers of body structures, associate various imaging (MRIs, CT scans, cadaver, etc.) to the anatomical models, view animations of muscle motion, label or highlight body parts, and download or save images for use in presentations. Customized packages of titles are available based on an institution’s needs, but many will be served with one or more of the core titles: 3D Atlas, 3D Real-Time Human Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, and Anatomy and Physiology. Pricing is reasonable considering available features and access through a hosted web service, unlike key competitors that use apps. Primal Pictures has been producing this product for over 25 years, and claims as unique their emphasis on peer-review of images by leading subject matter experts and specialists, both during and after production, to ensure the highest level of medical accuracy, detail, and quality. All images are created from real scans of the human body.” All this said, Anatomy.TV is a particularly great product for faculty teaching courses on anatomy, kinesiology, or physiology,” McDonough wrote. To read the complete review, go to Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. —J. Stoehr, CHOICE

East India Company. Adam Matthew Contact publisher for pricing.

“Adam Matthew’s new East India Company database is a valuable archival resource that makes geographically centralized and dense archives of the Company available to researchers of all skill levels,” wrote J. Sly for ccAdvisor. Based on the summary nature of the contextualizing essays and other information, the primary audience is likely to be undergraduate students, but the depth of the material and the usability of the resource make it a valuable addition to any research institution with users working in British or imperial history, social history, history of science, naval history, or in the history of economics and business. Novice researchers can browse and explore topics, themes, and collections, while expert researchers can search for names, targeted keywords, or familiar resources through accession data. All users benefit from the exciting and innovative Handwritten Text Recognition software, which allows easy searching through the materials. Along with the ability to target specific searches into the material, users can browse the material by theme, chronology, and roles of those involved in the creation or enforcement of the contents. Additionally, users can view and manipulate data in the visualization toolbox, but as will be discussed below, this feature feels tacked-on and less helpful than the other important resources available. To read the complete review, go to Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. —J. Stoehr, CHOICE

Humanities Source Ultimate. EBSCO Contact publisher for pricing.

“As its name suggests, Humanities Source Ultimate is a subscription database that provides a large variety of content in the humanities,” wrote Erica Swenson Danowitz for ccAdvisor. It contains over 3,800 records for journals, magazines, and books in many different disciplines. Currently 1,700 journal and magazine records are available in full text. This resource could serve as a stand-alone product or a nice complement to other database products. It has a treasure trove of content that will support the research needs of faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. Humanities Source Ultimate is an EBSCOhost product that provides access to peer-reviewed, full-text journals in a wide variety of humanities-related subjects, including archaeology, art, communications, dance, film, gender studies, history, literature, performing arts, and religion. As of April 18, 2018, it includes 2,575 academic journals, 912 magazines, and 390 books, and there are plans for additional titles. It claims to offer more “peer-reviewed, full-text journals than any other database of its kind” and includes almost 1,700 full-text journal and magazine records, 1,300 of which are peer-reviewed journals. The resources in this database include articles, interviews, and reviews of various performances (dance, movie, musicals, plays). English-language and native-language full-text journals from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America are also available. This database supports the research needs of faculty and undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities. “Community college librarians may find this product a bit beyond their curricular and user needs, but certain institutions might still want to consider it,” Swenson Danowitz wrote. To read the complete review, go to Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. —J. Stoehr, CHOICE

SAGE Video. SAGE Publishing Contact publisher for pricing.

SAGE Video, a part of SAGE Knowledge, is an online streaming video collection that covers a variety of social science fields, including business, education, political science, and psychology,” wrote Billie Cotterman for ccAdvisor. This video collection contains over 1,000 hours in 3,400 videos created by academics, societies, and practitioners specifically for SAGE Publishers. SAGE Video contains numerous interviews and instructional videos with professionals, as well as some interesting primary source interviews and documentation. While the collection has a nice range of videos for undergraduate use and for professors who teach undergraduates, users may find the videos lacking in depth. The collection also falls behind due to numerous accessibility issues. While this reviewer recommends the database for a college or university with a strong social science program in these fields, another source may need to be found. Many of these videos have been created specifically for inclusion in this database by “leading academics, societies and practitioners,” including people who have prior relationships with SAGE products. The site is designed to support SAGE Knowledge and other SAGE products. It offers access to over 1,000 hours within 3,400 videos. “The intended audience includes those in higher education, undergraduate education, and academic research,” Cotterman wrote. To read the complete review, go to Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. —J. Stoehr, CHOICE

Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Wiley Contact publisher for pricing.

The Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering is a comprehensive online reference work that covers topics in electrical and electronics engineering,” wrote Bryan A. Briones for ccAdvisor. Adding to the encyclopedia’s body of work—primarily encompassing the core of electrical and electronics engineering—are articles pertaining to the field’s historical background, society, project management, and education. The field of electrical and electronics engineering is constantly evolving; new and updated articles are added to the encyclopedia on a quarterly basis. Articles are authored by academics, scholars, and researchers in the industry, establishing the encyclopedia as a reliable resource for its given scope. With its intuitive navigational and interactive tools, Wiley’s platform makes searching the encyclopedia much easier. Each article entry has features from the Wiley Online Library platform that enhance the user experience, including the ability to download a PDF version and to jump to a different section within the article, and options for exporting or tracking citations. References and figures are organized intuitively. The reference list and figures are placed off to the side for ease of access, and an accompanying bibliography links to related articles within this encyclopedia and other works in the Wiley Online Library. Article entries are kept up to date and have an increased level of reliability and credibility, due to their authorship by academic and industry scholars and researchers. “The fact that the articles are also peer-reviewed reinforces their credibility. If applicable, each article provides links to its previous versions,” Briones wrote. To read the complete review, go to Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. —J. Stoehr, CHOICE