Access to Digital Version of DSM-5 Is Suspended

We realized in the worst possible way this week that our electronic access to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5®) had a yearly cap of users. We have already reached that cap after only four months and the database vendor has cut off our subscription until 2019. And we have not yet found another way to purchase this manual electronically.

Until we figure out another plan, we have placed a paper copy of the DSM-5 for one-hour loan at the Cooper Services Desk (and rush-ordered two more). There is also a Reference copy available at the Educational Media Center in Tillman Hall. We are also encouraging students to look at APA ebooks such as the DSM-5 Guidebook and the Study Guide to the DSM-5 that might be helpful in their work. These can be found on the Psychology research guide:

Sincere apologies for the sudden loss of this important resource and thanks for your patience while we try to make as many copies of this  source available as many ways as we can.

Database Trial: Rosetta Stone Library Solution

Clemson University Libraries has a trial set up for Rosetta Stone Library Solution through Friday April 14th. You may also like to view the Rosetta Stone How-To Video (5:47 mins.) In addition, here is some more information (provided by Rosetta Stone):

Content Includes:

  • 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and more
  • Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go

Available Languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • English (American)
  • English (British)
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Pashto
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

You can find this trial and others on our Databases A-Z page.

If you have questions about Rosetta Stone you may contact Ed Rock librarian for languages or stop by the Library Services Desk or Ask A Librarian.

Don’t Download Excessively

image of RM CooperWe’ve had a report of excessive downloading from Taylor & Francis journals. The publisher immediately suspended access to all off-campus users. They have since cleared the block.

In accordance with procedures agreed upon in early 2016, we have initiated forced, on-campus authentication for all titles from this publisher, effective immediately. We subscribe to over 1000 journals in nearly every discipline from Taylor & Francis.

  • You will now be asked to login to view T&F titles while on-campus.
  • Any bookmarks will no longer work while on-campus. You’ll need to bookmark them again.
    1. You should always use the library’s website to access our subscribed/purchased resources.
  • Future activity of this nature may cause a user’s CUID to be automatically blocked from using all electronic resources, until we can determine if their ID has been compromised, used illegally, etc.
  • Future activity of this nature may suspend access to all Clemson users, and may even result in permanent loss of access to Clemson.

For your convenience, here is the link to our policy on

2 Database Trials–PolicyMap & OnArchitecture

We have access to two resource trials—already launched.

PolicyMap (ends on March 19)
Easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, economics and more in communities across the US.

OnArchitecture – critical views on contemporary architecture (ends April 16)
Interviews with prominent architects from around the world and explorations of their principal works, all on video.

Please send your thoughts about either or both to Kathy Edwards, librarian at Gunnin Architecture Library.


New Database: PhilPapers

Clemson University Libraries now has access to PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online. PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. It offers unique features such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, classification by topic, email alerts, reading lists, advanced searching, and discussion forums. You may also want to see the PhilPapers at Clemson University page.

You can find this database and others on our Databases A-Z page, via our catalog, and on the library guide for Philosophy.

If you have questions about PhilPapers you may contact Ed Rock librarian for Philosophy or stop by the Library Services Desk or Ask A Librarian.

Reminder: Download Responsibly

We’ve had another incident involving excessive downloading. Just a reminder about doing your downloading responsibly. Also, if you think your password might have been compromised, please change it immediately. CCIT can help.

As much as we all use the internet to find answers to many of our questions (yes, even librarians Google sometimes) not everything is freely available, especially scholarly eJournal and eBook content. The Libraries have contracts with publishers and vendors who collect the content and make it available online. We pay to access this content.

image of RM CooperOn occasion, someone decides that content is too tempting and that they have to have it all!

Well, that’s not allowed.


  • Using articles from Clemson’s e-journal or e-book subscriptions for commercial purposes is not permitted by the Libraries’ contracts with publishers/vendors
  • Excessive downloading of e-journal or e-book content/articles can cause ALL Clemson users to lose access to electronic resources

When one person doesn’t follow the agreed upon terms of the contracts, it’s possible that everybody could lose access.

All this and more is detailed in our Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources.

Lexis Nexis Academic Database Renamed – Now Nexis Uni

As of the end of 2017, Lexis Nexis Academic will now be known as Nexis Uni.

While the content remains the same – 15,000+ news, business and legal sources – the updated user interface allows for some personalization once logged in and the possibility to set up alerts, save searches, and bookmark documents. There are many ways to search, including a Google-like search bar as well as a search building feature in the advanced search. Nexis Uni also seeks to make it easier for students to collaborate on team projects.

This is a good resource if you’re looking for court cases, want to find information on a business, or need news from the last couple of decades. If you have any questions, you can contact Anne Grant

New Database: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive

The Clemson University Libraries now has access to U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive which covers the years 1926 – 1984 and nearly 5,000 issues.

The magazine features a broad variety of topics in current events, politics and business, and is well known for its ranked lists of businesses and institutions.

You can find this database and others on our Databases A-Z page and many of our research guides.

If you have questions stop by the Library Services Desk or Ask A Librarian.

New Security Measures for Library Databases

As you know, CCIT (Clemson Computing Information & Technology) has recently implemented new security measures for the way we access various campus accounts and resources. These measures are designed to help protect investments in technology and safeguard your personal information.

In the past year, Clemson Libraries has seen a substantial increase in the potentially unauthorized use of its electronic resources. Why does this matter?

  1. Expenditures for electronic resources represent the majority of our budget for research materials.
  2. The vendors that provide access to these materials can temporarily suspend access for everyone when unauthorized use is suspected.

This is why we are implementing new security measures to protect this investment and ensure we maintain access to these resources for your research.

Starting this semester, you will be asked to log in (with your standard Clemson username and password) more frequently when using some of our electronic resources on campus. Requiring these additional logins will allow us to identify excessive or suspicious access before our vendors detect it and suspend access for the entire campus.

If you experience any problem maintaining access to our electronic resources, please contact us.

For more information about excessive or suspicious activities, please refer to our Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources.