As you know, the Library has developed in-house a database of HU authors publications and creative works. We have attempted to capture published scholarship at Howard since 1995.
This resource, called Scholarship@Howard, complements the annual Faculty Authors Appreciation Day held under the patronage of the University President since 1997.
A growing number of universities in the US and Canada have established similar databases--with substantial investment in funds and manpower. They are referred to as “institutional repositories”.
What are our sources for Scholarship@Howard?
Until 2000, we have relied heavily on information sent to us by the authors themselves. For this period, we captured about 70 percent of the publications. Also, we only spot-checked for accuracy and completeness of the submitted entries.
Since then we have been mining major databases, searching by author’s institutional affiliation— "Howard University”.
Additionally, for the past 2 years, we have received weekly alerts of new HU authors publications from major science database services--NIH/PubMed; ScienceDirect; OVID; Wiley Interscience; PsycArticles, and beginning March 2010 from SCOPUS and GoogleScholar.
The emailed alerts include full information for each new publication posted in the previous 7 days, e.g. the following from Elsevier's ScienceDirect
First row transition metal complexes of benzyl N′-(2-methoxybenzoyl)hydrazinecarbodithioate (H2mbhcd): X-ray structures of [Mn(Hmbhcd)2(o-phen)] · DMSO and [Mn2(Hmbhcd)2(2,2′-bpy)2(μ-OAc)2]. Polyhedron, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 9 March 2009. M. Singh, Raymond J. Butcher, N.K. Singh.
We edit each citation to add the permanent URL and identify the name(s) of the HU authors and their respective schools and department(s).
The result is the weekly installment, “HU Faculty Authors Publications for the Week Ending [date]”, sent out to all members via respective deans.
Additional sources for our information are the faculty authors themselves, an invaluable source especially for chapters in books, solo exhibitions, performances, and the humanities & social Sciences fields where databases, unlike in the sciences, generally do not allow for searching by authors affiliation
Types of work not included in the HU Authors database: Papers/abstracts presented at conferences, unless the paper is published full text in conference proceedings—however, if the author provides a full text electronic copy for posting on the University server, then the work is cited and hyperlinked to the source text; articles published in family, or place of worship newsletters; articles posted on personal websites.
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