Posts tagged: Database Changes

GPO –> FDsys

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By , April 15, 2009 11:28 am

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has launched a new
website, called the Federal Digital System (FDsys) where they will be storing
all government documents produced. The strength of FDsys is that documents will
not be replaced by newer versions, but will instead keep everything, so there
is a digital “paper trail” as it were with copies preserved and archived continually. Visit
to check it out.


<pI’ve already updated the links on our website and in the
Quick Reference LibGuide. If you have any LibGuides that link to the GPO Access site,
you will want to update those links.

If you want more information about FDsys, visit



Naxos Problems

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By , July 30, 2008 3:40 pm

The Naxos Music Library is in the process of undergoing some changes. The primary change is that they will be using a new music player beginning sometime in September. This is instead of using the Windows Media Player within their website. This is a good change, but until that happens, we will be having some problems with Macs playing the music in Naxos. Browsing still works, but actually playing the music is a problem due to some technical issues.

To solve this problem, Naxos has set us up with our own login. If someone from Butler is on a Mac (whether on campus or off) and wants to listen to music from Naxos, they will have to follow these steps:

1. Download Flip4Mac, which is a plugin allowing QuickTime to play Windows Media Player files. It can be downloaded for free at
2. Go to and log in with Butler01 as the username and the password.
3. Use Naxos as you normally would. Music should now play properly. (Please let Scott Pfitzinger know if there are any problems at this point.)

New Newspapers

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By , July 1, 2008 2:19 pm

As you may have heard already, we have two new “databases” available as of the first of July.

PressDisplay is the most convenient and complete way to read all
your favorite newspapers and magazines on one site. With Library
PressDisplay users gain access to full-color, full-page publications
from within the library, from home and around the world on the day they
are published. Provides instant access to 650 newspapers from 76 countries in 38 languages!

Wall Street Journal

Available from 1984 to the present. This covers a gap we’ve had between archival coverage in EBSCO databases and the current issue (created by the “moving wall”). This link is for the Eastern edition.

Both of these are listed on the full alphabetical list and the Business and Journalism Subject lists (both webpages and LibGuides). If you would like either of these added to your subject list(s), please let me know.


Finding Cases in Lexis-Nexis

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By , September 13, 2007 2:39 pm

The old Lexis-Nexis had a nice box where you could input relevant pieces of a case citation. The new and improved version does not.

I had a student come to the desk with note that said: Texas v Johnson 491 V.(unreadable) 397 (1989)

The Legal tab was of no help. Nor was the Help. After talking to Dan for about 10 minutes we found this case by doing the following:

Go to “easy search”.

Type in “Texas vs. Johnson” and use the “s” in vs.

Select the legal box.

Leave year range to “Previous 2”

The  actual case is: Texas vs. Johnson, 491 US 397 (1989).

Now to test the Dan method I found Johnson v. Quarterman in Lexis and tried to search for it.

Usign the “vs.” I could not bring it up. However, if I used just “v.” it will appear in the list.

So, when students start coming to the reference desk for legal cases you’ll have to try both methods.


Other New Databases

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By , July 2, 2006 9:20 am

There have been several other databases added to our collection recently (besides Business Source Complete). Be sure to take a look at the Indexes and Databases page to see what’s new. 🙂

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