CogNet Preview


As you may have heard, CogNet is entering an exciting new phase of development. As we near the official relaunch of CogNet, which will take place in the coming weeks, we’d like to take this opportunity to invite all current subscribers to take part in our customer preview at  We also invite you to direct others to the site by extending this invitation to fellow librarians, students, and scholars within the cognitive science community.

In order to have full access to the preview site, users will need to sign up for a 30-day account by clicking on the free trial link on the right-hand side of the homepage.   These trial accounts will last for 30 days, after which all activity during that period will be deleted when the site is reset prior to launch. Since you will be accessing only the testing site, you will in no way interfere with your current live CogNet subscription.

Feedback is an essential component of the success of CogNet. We hope you will use the GetSatisfaction feedback tool found on the left-hand side of each page within the preview site.

CogNet has been optimized for Chrome and Firefox web browsers.  As you navigate the customer preview site, please make note of several new features. These include printing and sharing capabilities, rich XML-content, citations, browse-by-tags, faceted search capabilities, and linking out to Google Scholar to see how content is situated in wider scholarship.

One of the most significant changes has been the conversion from PDF to XML which will allow, for the first time, actively tagged content at the chapter level — no small undertaking as you can imagine! To that end, not all features have been activated for customer preview and not all content has been loaded or tagged, but rest assured we are working fastidiously.

Additionally, please be sure to note the following:

While advertising does pop up in the print feature now, there will be no advertising in CogNet when it is launched.

Keyword search is currently searching across *all* CogNet content, and so very general searches (e.g. brain) will take time to return results.  In the future, keyword search will be faster.  Also, please keep in mind that advanced search offers more options to constrain results.

Finally, we are aware of several bugs in Drupal that affect some sharing and other features, and those are being actively resolved.

CogNet was built at the MIT Press with the assistance of librarians and cognitive science researchers.  Your ideas are extremely valuable to us and we appreciate the time it takes to generate thoughtful feedback.

Thank you very much in advance for all of your thoughts, comments, and ideas.
The MIT Press

JSTOR Institution Finder

JSTOR has a new service for those connecting from off-campus. If you go to JSTOR or follow a link to a JSTOR article from off-campus without first logging into our Off-Campus Proxy, you can now login to JSTOR with your UW NetID using their Institution Finder feature.

From any JSTOR page find the login link in the upper right corner of the page.

Next click on the login link next to University of Washington in the Institution Finder list

You will be asked for your UW NetID and password then returned to the location or article in JSTOR and you will now have full access to all our purchased articles and journals.

If you have any questions about this service you can contact us using the Ask Us service.


Trial available May 14 – June 30, 2012

Video tutorial available from the Homepage “video carousel”.

Users who want to access personalization features should create an individual account by clicking “Register Now” in the upper right hand corner.

Weekly training sessions are available.  Sign up at

Additional tools and resources

NBC News is making thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs and more available to instructors, researchers and students.  Videos are accompanied by transcripts.

  • Thousands of Historic Film and Video Clips
  • Primary Source Documents
  • Personal Playlists
  • Download Videos (downloading NOT available during trial)
  • Dozens of Collections
  • Premium Partner Content


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New resource: Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound from Gale is now accessible.  It was funded by a recent large Allen grant.

Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history.

Archives Unbound offers many modules.  We have acquired 5, of which 4 are now available:

Final accountability rosters of Japanese-American relocation centers, 1944-1946
Japanese-American relocation camp newspapers : perspectives on day-to-day life.
Personal justice denied : public hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, 1981
Policing the Shanghai International Settlement, 1894-1945

The 5th, which should be available in June 2012, is:
Greensboro Massacre, 1979: confrontation between the Ku Klux Klan and the Communist Worker’s Party


New Resource: History Vault

History vault is now accessible.  It has been funded via a large Allen grant

History vault includes primary source material from federal agencies, letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, and diaries are among the unique resources available in digital format for the first time. Module one consists of 37 collections of organizational records and personal papers, and the second module is comprised of 36 collections from federal government agencies.

We have acquired the first two modules on Black freedom struggles.  Additional modules will be made available for purchase.