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To date: University Libraries made significant progress in delivering online databases and full-text journal articles to all SD BRIN participating institutions. During the three years of SD BRIN funding (2002-2004), total usage of SD BRIN-funded library databases was 13,665 hits. This increased to 115,352 in 2007 alone. While these numbers include faculty and students from USD utilizing the databases, ScienceDirect purchased only for the partner institutions increased from 1,234 hits to 9,512 hits during the same time period.

Other enhancements or additions attributed to SD BRIN include:

  • Minitex's Science Direct package
  • Biosis, including all Biosis Previews materials
  • Nature Publishing Group package
  • EBSCO’s Computers & Applied Sciences Complete database
  • Wiley Interscience journals, including access to the full Wiley Collection in 2011

Any faculty member or student from participating SD BRIN institutions may access anything physically located at USD Libraries or the SD BRIN-sponsored science databases at any time. Since 2006 PubMed instruction on the library SD BRIN resources Web page provides introductory online search assistance and training. Undergraduate research fellows are all trained in the use of SD BRIN library resources during the compliance training at the beginning of their summer research experience.

SD BRIN supports current databases and their availability to faculty and students at participating PUIs: Augustana College, Black Hills State University, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mt. Marty College, Oglala Lakota College, Sinte Gleske University, Sisseton Wahpeton College, University of Sioux Falls and USD Basic Biomedical Sciences. University Libraries will support research and collaboration by providing SD BRIN librarians with reference support, training and assistance in accessing databases.