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New Music Databases

Pepperdine University Libraries now provide access to Music Index and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, two online resources for music research.

Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature featuring digitized content from 1970 to present, Music Index contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 480 periodicals. It also provides selective coverage for more than 200 periodicals.

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Produced by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is a comprehensive music bibliography resource that provides citations, abstracts and subject indexing. Featuring over 700,000 records, RILM offers broad yet detailed coverage, and facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels. RILM is the first stop for verified bibliographic information that is fully cited, abstracted, and indexed.

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To search Music Index and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature simultaneously, select both databases in the EBSCOhost “Choose Databases” link, located on the search box:

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New Electronic Resource: American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955

Pepperdine University Libraries now provide access to American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 database, which contains digitized content from the print index Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities (DDAAU). The database includes nearly 100,000 indexed dissertations from 1933 through 1955.

American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 is unique as it represents an extensive record of dissertations accepted by American universities during this time period. This print index was compiled annually by the H.W. Wilson Company for the National Research Council and The American Council of Learned Societies by the Association of Research Libraries. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) collaborated with the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston to digitize the print indexes originally published by the H.W. Wilson Company with the support of a donation from the H.W. Wilson Foundation.

New Electronic Resource: FactSet

Pepperdine University Libraries now provide access to the FactSet database, Courtesy of Dr. Andreas Simon’s research grant. FactSet is a comprehensive platform used to analyze financial data from global equity and fixed income markets, and public and private companies.

The database is accessible on and off campus. Access to FactSet is available through April 30th, 2015. For assistance contact FactSet HelpDesk at 1-877-FACTSET – available 24×7

Mango Languages online language-learning system now available.

Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce that we now offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to our patrons. Find it in the list of electronic resources

Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.

Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Have you ever wanted to experience the adventure of Homer’s Odyssey in its original Ancient Greek or the Old Testament in Biblical Hebrew? It may sound far-fetched, but our library now offers introductory online courses in these and other languages through Mango Languages!

Mango’s new Religious & Scholarly Course Collection includes Scholarly Latin, Ancient Greek, Koine Greek (the language of the New Testament) as well as Biblical Hebrew. These online courses are accessible through the library’s computers or from your home through our website’s online databases. Each one offers a rich visual and sensory learning experience that integrates classical texts with the latest language techniques and rich cultural notes.

Pepperdine Digital Commons reaches 100,000th download milestone!

Pepperdine Digital Commons, the University’s centralized e-publishing platform and repository, celebrated its 100,000th article download this week. Launched only last February, Pepperdine Digital Commons offers full-text downloads of faculty and student scholarship, including articles in Pepperdine produced journals, such as Global Tides, Pepperdine Policy Review, and Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. Lucky download number 100,000 was “The World of the Eighth-Century Prophets,” authored by our own Rick Marrs, Dean of Seaver College. The article appears in a 2003 issue of Leaven, a journal produced by the Religion Division of Seaver College. Prior to joining Pepperdine Digital Commons, Leaven was strictly a print-only journal. Through a partnership between the Religion Division and Pepperdine University Libraries, all 76 back issues of Leaven–going back to 1990–are now available online, opening up an important corpus of Christian Scholarship to a new, global audience.

Click here to explore Pepperdine Digital Commons. And thanks for your support.

Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824 – 1900 now available

The Pepperdine University Libraries have acquired the online version of the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824 – 1900.

The vast majority of articles written for Victorian periodicals were published anonymously, or under pseudonyms. The Wellesley Index is an index to the authorship of articles, and a bibliography of articles written by each contributor, and using each pseudonym. Citations of evidence are provided to support attributions of authorship, along with brief biographical and vocational details. Forty-five important monthly and quarterly titles are indexed, covering the period from the beginning of the Westminster Review in 1824 to the end of the century. The exception to this is the Edinburgh Review, which is indexed from first issue, in 1802.

Periodical publishing in the 19th century was both voluminous and multifarious. Any and all aspects of contemporary thought were represented through this burgeoning medium, from which many eminent novelists and journalists emerged.

The scholarly importance of this material created an imperative to provide indexes through which it could be accessed. Poole’s own subject index was created in response to this need. However, there was no author index until 1965 when the first of five volumes of The Wellesley Index, under Editor Walter Houghton, was published by the University of Toronto Press. The primary objective of Wellesley was to assist scholars in assessing the significance of periodical articles by delivering accurate information on provenance. This was a monumental undertaking, given that the vast majority of articles published in Victorian periodicals were anonymous or pseudonymous.

The Wellesley Index provides seamless linking between article records, contributor and pseudonym records, and periodical introductions, and includes links to article full text for selected titles available in ProQuest’s British Periodicals full text resource.

NEW: Counseling and Therapy in Video

Pepperdine University Libraries has acquired Alexander Street Press’ streaming video collection,  Counseling and Therapy in Video.

These 352 videos range from approximately 20 minutes to over an hour; the average length is just under an hour. The content includes therapy sessions (actual, reenacted, or scripted), experts discussing therapeutic approaches and analyzing examples, and presentations in which noted therapists lecture about issues in the mental health field. The videos are accompanied by written transcripts, which scroll as the video plays and highlight the corresponding text; many include teaching guides.  The videos included in this collection can be used freely for educational purposes.

The videos in this collection have been created by a variety of organizations and individuals dedicated to the advancement of education and training in counseling and therapy. Several types of videos have been chosen to provide a well-rounded collection that will be of interest to students, academics, and professionals alike:

Counseling Sessions and Demonstrations include filmed footage of actual therapy sessions, re-enacted therapy sessions, and scripted sessions designed by counseling professionals to illustrate common issues and scenarios that arise during courses of therapy. These videos often include narration and frameworks that put the sessions into theoretical context.

Consultations feature experts in particular courses of therapy advising other therapists on the application of their methods. These videos often include scenes of counseling sessions interspersed with analysis and discussions between the consultant, the practicing therapists, and the clients.

Lectures, presentations, and interviews feature well-known therapists discussing their own work and issues affecting the larger fields of mental health and wellness.

Documentaries focus on individuals’ experiences with the psychological and physical issues that are most frequently addressed in counseling. These videos help to build greater empathy skills and understanding of the client experience.


Taken together, these materials provide a rich resource for the study of counseling theory and its applications. Users can compare, for example, how different therapeutic methods address common issues such as substance abuse or domestic violence; or how individual counselors differ in their applications of the same theory. The materials are also indexed by client and therapist details, enabling users to find materials dealing specifically with counseling African-Americans or Latinos, for example, or with counseling children or the elderly.

Teaching and Discussion Guides: Many of the videos in this collection include supplementary materials to aid in their use in classroom discussions and assignments. These materials are available as downloadable ZIP files. The ZIP software can be downloaded at www.winzip.com

PsycTESTS database now available

PsycTESTS ™ serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures, as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests.  A wide variety of test types are included in the database, including achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and so on.  In-depth indexing of the tests and related information allows users to quickly identify the availability of tests in a certain area and to find helpful information for research and studies.

PsycTESTS includes descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching. These include previously unpublished measures, tests developed by psychologists for which no source document has been located, and information about published tests available from commercial publishers.

For more information about this resource, please visit the following URL: http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/psyctherapy/index.aspx

[NOTE: To search only PsycTESTS, uncheck the box marked APA Books]

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IBISWorld provides industry research and analysis

Pepperdine University Libraries recently subscribed to the IBISWorld database that covers over 700 industries of the U.S. economy.  Also available are Global Market Research Reports that analyze 75 of the largest industries on a world-wide scale.

The U.S. Industry Market Research Reports contain key statistics, industry conditions, market characteristics, industry performance, external market drivers, key success factors, and 5-year revenue forecasts for each US industry. The charts and graphs download into Excel, and detailed written analysis provides explanations and insights.

The Global Industry Research Reports follow the same structure and format as the US reports and, in addition, include a regional breakdown of the major production centers and markets for each industry.

IBISWorld provides in-depth coverage of the underlying structures and external economic forces that drive each industry, as well as the interrelationships between those industries. Each report is presented in an objective, easy to understand format and is available online to view or download in HTML and PDF format, with charts & graphs that are downloadable to Excel.

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online now available

The Pepperdine University Libraries have purchased the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. This is a great resource if you are looking for authoritative, in-depth definitions for concepts such as “sovereign debt” or “arbitrage pricing theory.”

The entries are detailed and written by  experts in the field of economics. For example, the entry on “principal and agent” was written by Joseph E. Stiglitz, the 2001 winner of the Nobel prize for economics. It is 9 pages long and contains a lengthy bibliography.

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online borrows some classic articles from the 1987 and 2008 print editions, but it is much more dynamic and is updated 4 times a year.