Evaluating and Managing our Electronic Journal Collection

By:   Matthew Wolverton


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The University of Michigan-Flint coordinates with its sister campuses, The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and The University of Michigan-Dearborn, to purchase electronic resources as one University of Michigan entity.

This coordination affords University of Michigan-Flint students, faculty, and staff access to a large Carnegie Level Research University [RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)] library collection at our Carnegie Master’s Level [Master’s/L: Master’s Colleges and Universities (larger programs)].

The Thompson Library is constantly evaluating our collection. One of the methods we use to evaluate our electronic journal collection is analysis of our holdings in the most highly cited periodicals per academic discipline.

We download journal citation rankings from SCImago Journal & Country Rank.

Then we determine if Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor have access to each of the most current issue of the top 100 titles and compare the percentage holdings.

We have used this information multiple ways: to determine weaknesses in our collection that we need to bolster, to demonstrate to accrediting bodies our collection’s strength in given disciplines, and to see how progress in the electronic collection development has increased our percentage parity to Ann Arbor’s electronic holdings.

Below are a couple excerpts from completed analyses.

Digital Subscriptions Chart1

Digital Subscriptions Chart2


Please contact Matthew Wolverton (mwolvert@umflint.edu) with any questions or to request a report.

By:   Matthew Wolverton  —  Electronic Resource Management Librarian


Library Provided Database: Web of Knowledge

Thompson Library is pleased to offer the database Web of Knowledge along with its subsidiary Web of Science .

A Thomson Reuters product, Web of Knowledge is one of today‘s premier research platforms to find, analyze, and share information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. It is designed to quickly find and analyze available research (past and present) in a specific field.

The All Databases search function allows you to search for records across multiple product databases. Search by Topic, Title, Author, and more.

Web of Knowledge includes the following product databases and citation indexes:

Citation Indexes

  •    Science Citation Index
  •    Social Science Citation Index
  •    Arts & Humanities Citation Index


  • Web of ScienceSM
  • BIOSIS Citation IndexSM
  • Chinese Science Citation DatabaseSM
  • Data Citation IndexSM
  • SciELO Citation Index
  • Product Databases
  • Biological Abstracts®
  • BIOSIS Previews®
  • Current Contents ConnectSM
  • CABI: CAB Abstracts and Global Health®
  • Derwent Innovations IndexSM
  • Food Science & Technology AbstractsTM
  • Inspec®
  • Zoological Records®

Many features in Web of Knowledge require you to become a registered user (free option).

Registering and using the sign-in option:

  • Enables you to start your session in a specific database (rather than on the All Databases tab);
  • Update your personal information (including username and password);
  • Save searches that can be opened when you resume your research; set up search history alerts (“alerts” automatically searches the last update to the database
  • Sends results to your e-mail); set up citation alerts to notify you by e-mail whenever an article on your Citation Alerts list has been cited by a new article; create and maintain frequently read journals list
  • Add references to EndNote directly from Web of Science and other product databases.
  • Citation Alerts — Set up search and citation alerts via email or RSS feeds to stay current on recently published research and see who is citing your work.

For each record on the list,  you will find the following information:


Times Cited


  • Times Cited number shows number of citing articles currently in   the database for the particular record.
  • Author / Title
  • Each author and article title is linked to the Full Record of the work.


RSS Feed


To set up an RSS feed:

  • Click the RSS Feed button to go to a Web page that displays the name of the selected journal.
  • Click the Subscribe to this feed link to open a dialog box and follow instructions.


Alerting is not available for the “All Databases” search as done  in Web of Knowledge.


LIBRARY PROFILE – Matthew Wolverton

Another one of our “locals,” Matt spent his young years in Mundy Township, the former Village of Rankin, and attended Carman-Ainsworth.

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Picture1A transfer student to UM-Flint, Matt graduated from our campus with a degree in English literature and history, then later graduated from Wayne State with a masters in Library Science.    According to Matt, the library degree is the result of an existential crisis, no doubt brought on by his years as a student employee of the Thompson Library.

Picture2During grad school, Matt joined several of his high school buddies in a band where he played guitar and bass.   For the next 8 years, their band intermittently toured the United States and Canada where, according to Matt, they “shot a music video, put out some albums, opened for some interesting bands, headlined shows in front of at least 3 people in bars 1500 miles from home and generally had both a wonderful and awful time.”

Along with a roommate from Detroit, Matt also had a “noise” duo; together they wrote, recorded and played music in abaonded factories, residential basements, downtown apartments and other hipster locales around Detroit and its inner ring suburbs.

Picture5For a little over 7 years after graduate school, Matt worked as the Operations Manager for a couple of different musical instrument retail locations for Guitar Center.   He lost interest in playing music after his years of roughing it on the road as a rocker, however. Instead his interests returned to his roots as a native Michigander — outdoor activities in our winter/water wonderland.   Specifically, Matt loves to fish — whether it’s from a boat, from the shore, from a dock or ice fishing, Matt loves to fish.   (He mentions he’s recently been getting his ice fishing gear ready for winter.)

Picture4He is an avid gardener, and finds the creative process of planning, planting and reaping that results in fresh and healthy food for his family is extremely satisfying.   He likes to ferment his own foodstuffs as well, be it sauerkraut, beer or wine, he loves producing something delicious with his own hands.

Picture6And he likes to get out there and be in the environment — he frequently bikes to work and has recently taken up cross country skiing, which he loves.   He waxes poetic as he considers the potential of a good snowfall in our near future!  While he is proud that the cycling supports his keen interest in protecting the environment, he does have a warning to share with anyone considering skiing; do NOT go skiing by oneself on a remote, hilly hiking trail in the Huron National Forest with no cell phone service.   Experience, he emphasizes, is a harsh teacher.

Matt worked at the Thompson Library as a librarian on our Reference Desk (part time) for 4 years before an opening allowed him to apply, interview and finally accept an offer for a full time position as faculty on our campus.   His position is as electronic resources management librarian, a task that allows our library to track access to digital resources from a variety of sources, simplifying use by our patrons, maximizing our online delivery and minimizing our overall costs.

Picture3Matt’s proudest accomplishment to date is his “brilliant and beautiful son,” Owen Hudson Wolverton.   These days Matt spends his time chasing Owen around and attempting to satisfy his unquenchable desire to read.





Picture7Matt says that even though Owen is only 14 months old, he LOVES to flip through books and look at pictures, particularly those with soccer balls.

Matt is convinced Owen is a genius.

We believe it, too, Matt!


Some of the New Databases Available from Thompson Library

See more NEW database on Thompson Library website under link for NEW RESOURCES.

New from Thompson Library!

Databases in:

  • Faculty Expertise
  • Cost of Books
  • UM Faculty – Publications

         …   and more!


  • Picture6Michigan Experts   —    A searchable database of research expertise across disciplines at the University of Michigan. It has been developed to foster intramural and extramural collaborations, and interdisciplinary research. It contains publication citations (pulled from Scopus and Inspec), grants, and patents data. Faculty from the following UM-Ann Arbor schools, colleges, and institutes are included: School of Dentistry, College of Engineering, Life Sciences Institute, Medical School School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health.
  • Chatham House Online Archive   —   The research, publications, speeches and archives of the leading international affairs think tank, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. High level analysis and research on almost 100 years of global events and issues. Includes ‘behind the doors’ insight into the real movers and shakers, influencers and deal brokers. For researchers of international affairs, economics, law, and business, diplomacy, security and terrorism, environment, development, war and peace studies.
  • Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex, and the Family —  Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex, and the Family allows students and researchers to immerse themselves in the values and behaviors of Americans of the past. The collection provides a window into American social history by bringing together the instructional, prescriptive, behavioral, and etiquette literature that defined standards of personal conduct for millions of Americans and reflected the prevailing social mores across the twentieth century. When complete, the collection will contain 150,000 pages of fully searchable handbooks, manuals, textbooks, etiquette guides, self-help books, instructional pamphlets, and how-to books that illustrate both how Americans actually behaved and how they felt they ought to behave.
  • Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies (FAITS)   —   Library of reports covering IT infrastructure, wireless technology, security, data networking, technology vendors, and more. Useful for tracking technology trends, strategic planning, competitive analysis, market awareness, and product/vendor evaluation


Wuppertal University Business Students Study at UM-Flint

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UM-Flint students journeyed to our sister campus in Wuppertal, Germany last summer to study at the University of Wuppertal.

This fall, we host several students from Wuppertal on our campus.

In November, a small gathering of a few University of Wuppertal students and UM-Flint faculty and administrators that helped bring them to our campus was held in the Thompson Library’s historic Crapo Room (2nd floor).

Seen here are:

Picture3UM-Flint Chancellor Ruth Person, along with

  • Benjamin Pakmor
  • Tobias Pack
  • Florian Kusters
  • Simon Funken

(Wuppertal University students currently studying at UM-Flint School of Management during fall 2013 semester.)