Archive for May, 2008

Turfgrass Information Center File (TGIF)

20 May 2008

UH Manoa Library has just purchased access to the Turfgrass Information Center File (TGIF). This purchase was possible because the library maintaining the database, Michigan State University Libraries, chose a library-friendly pricing structure – a one-time purchase price provides a perpetual subscription to the File!

Here’s the description:

The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) provides bibliographic and descriptive records of all types of works related to turfgrass culture. Materials indexed in the Turfgrass Information File include articles from peer reviewed publications, technical reports and conference proceedings, trade and professional publications, local professional newsletters, and popular magazines as well as monographs, theses and dissertations, fact sheets and brochures, software, and web documents. TGIF indexes materials from government, college/university, professional organization, and private publishers. Coverage emphasizes English-language materials but does include coverage of non-English languages. The file is updated on a continuous basis; about 6,000 new records are added every year. Approximately 30% of TGIF records are linked to web-accessible full text or include full text.

TGIF was established in 1983 by the United States Golf Association (USGA) Turfgrass Research Committee and the Michigan State University Libraries, and is now maintained by the Turfgrass Information Center, a division of MSU Libraries.

You can access this resource via the Electronic Resources Gateway at


NIH Public Access Policy

15 May 2008

A new law requires that all researchers who have NIH funded grants and who publish their results in peer reviewed journals deposit an electronic copy of their article in PubMed Central. PubMed Central is NIH’s open access digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal articles. For more information including links to relevant Web sites, go to the UH Manoa Library’s NIH Public Access Policy page at


13 May 2008

One of our database providers, EBSCO, has recently launched a free article citation database covering environmental literature, GreenFILE. GreenFILE is intended to be a practical tool for individuals as well as a resource for academic work. It covers issues ranging from solar panels and recycling to global warming and sustainable agriculture. Currently, the database contains close to 300,000 records. GreenFILE indexes a number of major peer-reviewed journals as well as important non-scholarly titles such as E – The Environmental Magazine. Although the database is available for free ( and contains links to some free full text, UH Manoa faculty, staff, and students should use the link in the Electronic Resources gateway because it links to the Library’s paid subscriptions via the “Find It” button.