Tuesday, 22 July 2008

New Web of Knowledge Features

NEW DATA • UNIQUE TOOLS • MORE OPTIONS

The next time you access ISI Web of Knowledge, you'll find enhancements that provide you with totally new options for research:

Citation Mapping • Be the first to see the beta version of this powerful new Web of Science® visualization tool. Visualize citation relationships and understand the meaning of a cited reference search. Map citations by author, institution, country, subject, and more!

Additional All-Database search options • Now you can sort by Times Cited* and search for specific addresses within an All-Database search, making this powerful feature even more flexible and convenient.

New 2007 Data for Journal Citation Reports®** • The new 2007 data provides the most current information available to determine a publication's impact and influence in the global research community.

Collaborate and share material easier with EndNote®Web • Designate read/write access for shared EndNote Web folders. Link to the full text of articles directly from EndNote Web records.

Unique DOI number • View the DOI number in the full record and after export to bibliographic management tools.

And remember, you can easily access Web of Science directly by going to http://isiknowledge.com/wos

Monday, 21 July 2008

Launch of New Interface on Ebscohost 2.0

The new EBSCOhost interface is now up and running.

This new interface is the culmination of extensive research with the community and represents a significant enhancement utilising current Web 2 technology to enrich the user experience.

The new enhanced interface will provide exciting new tools including additional search options such as Smart Text searching. For more information on this and all other changes please visit: EBSCOhost 2.0

Cambridge Journals Online unveils further innovations


As a registered user with Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) you may be interested to read about the latest additions we have made to the site.

Major new developments in functionality and design provide improved access to the content of Cambridge University Press's collection of over 230 leading academic and practitioner journals.
Some key features released in June 2008 include:

Social bookmarking
Users can now bookmark links from journal homepages and article abstracts using social bookmarking services, such as del.icio.us, Digg.com and Reddit.com enabling them to save web pages they want to remember or share. CJO is also fully enabled for users of the CiteULike service.

Widgets
CJO has introduced a widget that can be downloaded from the main homepage and used to search the site.

Enhanced search features
* Automatic matching of a journal title as a user types
* Context-sensitive spelling corrections, suggests alternative spellings to words not matched in the initial search
* Automatically saved searches with re-run and edit facilities
* In the quick search box, “search all content” allows a search that is not just restricted to journal content, but includes the full CJO website.

Author Benefits
* In time for this new release “Forthcoming Articles” is to be renamed “First View”. Publishing articles online first is a major benefit to authors as it enables papers to be cited prior to being placed in an issue, allowing research to be disseminated faster.
* Information on “How to cite this article” on abstracts and HTML full-text pages are available to cut and copy into a paper.
* Zotero can now be used in conjunction with CJO, enabling users to download article citations, or select single articles from an issue.
* Authors are provided a direct link to their paper on selected titles
* Most Cited Articles from the last two years, as well as the entire journal's back volumes, are now available on the journal homepage.
* CJO users may save articles of interest in their private library on the CiteULike site and add tags for the benefit of other researchers.

Access and Subscription Options
* There is now an option to Browse by Free Content, showing users all their free content available on CJO
* A new “ask your librarian” link is available directly from searches
* Users are now able to upgrade a pay-per-view purchase to a full subscription.
* At abstract level access has improved to CJO by allowing users to log in on the abstract page.
* Supplementary Material Access Control, enabling users who have access to the full-text of an article, to also have access to supplementary materials connected with that research.

A complete list of all our latest additions, is available here.

New Features on OvidSP





Important updates and new features include:

  • Search Tab Additions and Enhancements – A new Multi-Field Search tab provides multiple search boxes for assigning specific fields that allow for a more targeted and specific search experience. Plus, we’ve streamlined the main search screen with a sleeker and more intuitive user design.


  • New and Improved User Workflow Tools – Flexibility and speed are crucial to research workflow. On July 31st, you’ll find new collapsible Search Aids, Results Manager, and Search History (also moveable); browser support for adjusting font sizes; enhanced annotations; and more. Plus, we’ve expanded email capabilities to ease collaboration between users and their colleagues.


  • My Projects Workspace Area – This new feature is a direct result of our customer feedback. My Projects provides a workspace for assembling and organizing research findings, so you can manage them in a way that works for you. Linkable from every page in the application, you can upload saved searches, results, images, and more.


  • Introducing Ovid Universal Search – A new, premium search offering! Ovid Universal Search is breakthrough technology that delivers cross-platform content searching - all within the OvidSP interface. Available as an add-on solution, Universal Search provides unlimited potential for searching full text wherever it resides. Plus, Ovid Universal Search allows you to use many of the great search tools from Ovid like saved searches, annotations, and now My Projects!
The July 31st release also will include multi-lingual support for French-, German-, and Spanish-language interfaces. In the meantime, the OvidSP Resource Center continues to be your source for information and news on the upcoming release. Over the next 5 weeks, new training schedules and tutorials, screen shots, and new and revised marketing materials will be added.

Friday, 11 July 2008

New Online Book Request Form

A new version of the Library's Book Request Form has been launched today. This allows members of academic staff to submit requests for books to be added to the Library's collection.

The new form allows departments to track books already requested and to see the status of their requests.

The usernames and passwords remain the same - please contact your Head of Department who has been given these details. If you have any problems please contact Monica Crump, Ext. 3765 or Neil O'Brien, Ext. 3338

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Portico Membership for NUI Galway

Thanks to IReL, the James Hardiman Library is now a member of Portico - a service that provides a permanent archive of scholarly literature published in electronic form.

Portico is what is called a dark archive – it archives all e-journals of participating publishers and commits to preserve and maintain this archive for future generations. Portico members are provided with access to these e-journal archives only in particular circumstances, including:
  • the publisher going out of business,
  • the publisher ceasing to publish a title,
  • fatal errors on the publishers own server, or
  • the publisher ceasing to provide access to back issues.

Portico is the method that some publishers use to offer permanent access to purchased material after a subscriber cancels their subscription.

Through our membership of Portico we are helping to ensure the future accessibility and preservation of knowledge published in e-journals and are securing our users' long-term access to valuable research content.

Two trigger events have occurred already and we have access to the archive of two titles on Portico – Auto/Biography and Graft.

Links to these titles can be found in the Library's catalogue.

If you would like to know about Portico please visit: http://www.portico.org.