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OSU Library March 2008 Update

March 24, 2008

For Immediate Release

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In this Update:
Factiva Gains Text-to-Speech Capability
A Noteworthy Evening: with guest performance by Pres. Hargis
Purchased Back File Collections in the Sciences
Tell Your Students: EndNote & Reference Manager Free

Factiva Gains Text-to-Speech Capability

Dow Jones & Co. introduced a new "text-to-speech" capability in Dow Jones Factiva that allows users to listen to the news. With one click, users can now listen to a news article rather than read it, freeing them to do other things.

Currently available in beta format (and not yet offered in a mobile version), a "Listen to Article" link appears at the top of any full-text article with fewer than 4,000 words. The listen capability is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish languages and automatically defaults to reading in the interface language previously selected by the user. To test the Dow Jones Factiva listen capability and to hear the press release, click here.

The listen capability is a web-based service provided by VoiceCorp that converts text into speech on-the-fly. It is made available wherever full-text articles are found, including alerts, search results, and newsletters. Once the link is clicked, the listen capability uses a Flash player to read the article.

The addition of the text-to-speech feature further builds on Dow Jones' goal of integrating various forms of multimedia content into Dow Jones Factiva. In August 2007, Dow Jones Factiva added relevant video and audio information, including business news, CEO interviews, executive speeches, shareholders meetings, product reviews, and other business content. Dow Jones Factiva searches across more than 14,000 authoritative sources, including the exclusive combination of The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, and Reuters newswires.

A Noteworthy Evening:
with guest performance by Pres. Hargis

The third annual event to raise funds for the Friends' Music Collection Endowment will be held April 4, at 7 p.m. The event includes a dessert reception and piano performances by students and faculty of the OSU music department. As a special treat for guests, President Burns Hargis will also play a jazz piece.

Tickets are $25 and will be on sale until March 28. Call 405-744-2535 to make reservations. All proceeds from A Noteworthy Evening will go to the Friends’ Music Collection Endowment which supports the purchase of Library materials for the study of music.

Purchased Back File Collections in the Sciences

Tell Your Students: EndNote & Reference Manager are Free

Many students first discover Library resources and services because a professor brought it to their attention. This month we encourage you to tell your students about EndNote & Reference Manager.

Creating and managing bibliographies is a lot easier thanks to software provided by the OSU Library. Two of the most popular software packages of this kind are available for free to all members of the OSU community through licenses negotiated and purchased by the Library.

EndNote and Reference Manager are tools for publishing and managing bibliographies. Both can be downloaded from the library’s Web site at http://www.library.okstate.edu/bibmanager/.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/dean/march2008.htm
Last Updated: 24 March 2008

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Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR
Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
Phone: (405) 744-7331

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