NetLibrary Upgrade

July 31, 2006

Today netLibrary introduced a major site upgrade.  Changes include:

* New Site Architecture. A sleek new look and feel combined with simple intuitive navigation makes it easier to search across multiple formats.
* Automatic Summarization. Enables users to find the materials they are looking for quickly by providing a brief summary of eContent.
* Spell Checking. Automatically checks the spelling of a query term, recognizes commonly misspelled words and offers alternative spellings.
* Search within Search. Users can narrow search results by entering an additional search term or terms to drill down to relevant content.
* Concept Recommendations. Recognizes ambiguous search terms and provides recommendations for refining queries.
* Improved Query Performance. Query response will match performance indicators of leading Web search engines, typically offering response times of
two seconds or less.

NetLibrary 4.0 Overview
NetLibrary 4.0 Demo
NetLibrary 4.0 Guide


FSTA Expands Coverage

July 31, 2006

FSTA now covers Japanese patents. This expands overall patent coverage which now includes European and World (PCT) patents and individual country patents from 17 major countries.

FSTA – Food Science and Technology Abstracts® (FSTA) is a collection of abstracts prepared from the world’s food science, food technology and food-related human nutrition literature.

The Institute for the Future of the Book announced last week the development of MediaCommons, a scholarly network for the collaborative production of electronic texts. This news has generated a real buzz around the web:

Book 2.0: Scholars Turn Monographs Into Digital Conversations (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Conversational Scholarship (Colloquy on the Chronicle’s Website)

Peer-to-Peer Review (ACRLog)

Breaking Paper’s Stranglehold on the Academy (Ars Technica)

MediaCommons (History News Network’s Cliopatra Blog)

New Chemistry Database

July 28, 2006

The Merrill-Cazier Library now has access to the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD).  ICSD contains records of all inorganic crystal structures, with atomic coordinates, published since 1913 and is updated twice a year.  Produced cooperatively by FIZ Karlsruhe and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, (NIST) complements Cambridge Crystalographic Database.

USU has 4 simultaneous seats for ICSD: two located in the Reference Area of Merrill-Cazier Library, one in the Chemistry Department, and a fourth in MAD.

The ACM Digital Library will be unavailable starting at 13:30 hours (-4 hours GMT) on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Service should be restored by 17:30.

UPDATE: Service has been restored.

Science Podcasts

July 25, 2006

I supposed the following news items just reflect the next step in the logical progression of the e-journal: Science, Nature, and The New England Journal of Medicine are now all offering podcasts and audio complements to their online content:

Nature: “Each week Nature publishes a free audio show, presented and produced by Chris Smith and Anna Lacey at the University of Cambridge, UK, and sponsored by Bio-Rad. Each show features highlights from news and articles published in Nature, including interviews with the people behind the science with in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering the research.” Nature Podcasts

Science: “On a pilot basis, Science will be offering periodic podcasts built around interesting stories in the journal and on its sister sites.” Science Podcasts

New England Journal of Medicine: “The New England Journal of Medicine now offers two podcasts each week, as well as weekly RSS feeds….NEJM Weekly Audio Summary…gives you the most crucial content from the articles in each week’s issue of the Journal….NEJM Interviews [provide] a brief (6-8 minute) interview with the author.”  [Note: Links embedded in the NEJM homepage.]

Web of Knowledge has a new look. Some of the new features include:

  • Author Finder — Find the right author, right away. Distinguish between authors with the same name
  • RSS Alerting Get custom RSS feeds to receive search, citation, and tables of content alerts
  • Improved topic search results Cast a wider net with the new implied “AND” between search terms

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