NetLibrary offers unlimited access to 4th edition of The History Highway for the month of September. From the press release:

Divided into two sections, The History Highway simplifies Internet research for everyone from novices to faculty. The first section provides a short primer for those with limited experience using the Internet, explaining how to gain access, outlining software requirements and offering helpful hints on using the Internet.

The second section, which represents the heart of the eBook, is a comprehensive listing of more than 3,000 Internet sites that have been carefully reviewed by the editors of The History Highway. Listings are divided into sections covering U.S. history, world history, and a wide range of sub fields including futurism, environmental history, immigration history, and Mediterranean and Middle Eastern history. Each listing includes a full description and live link to the relevant web site.

Available September 1st!

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Brought to you by the folks at BioMed Central:

Chemistry Central, launched today at www.chemistrycentral.com, is a new open access website for chemists. It brings together peer-reviewed research in chemistry from a range of open access journals. All the original research articles on Chemistry Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

See the full press release….

NewsBank’s World Geography Special Report is now available with information on the physical features, climate and people around the world. This Special Report is organized by region: Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania, Europe, Middle East, North America,  United Kingdom and Ireland.  Identifiers include: Climate, Map Reading, Oceans, Land Use, National Parks, Weather, Ecosystems, Culture, Urbanization, Plate Tectonics, Natural Resources, Environment, etc.

Related images, links to related web sites, maps and suggested search terms to use in your NewsBank products to find out even more about geography around the world are included in the Special Report.

Login to FBIS to see this report: http://library.usu.edu/main/inabs/result2.php?Search=fbis

Thomson Gale, a leading publisher of print and online literary resources, invites you to attend September Webevents. Join any of these free Webevents to discover what these resources can do.

Literature Resource Center
September 5th – Tues @ 1 p.m. EST
September 13th – Wed @ 3 p.m. EST
September 27th – Wed @ 1 p.m. EST

Litfinder
September 7th – Thurs @ 2 p.m. EST
September 14th – Thurs @ 2 p.m. EST
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Dictionary of Literary Biography
September 26th – Tues @ 3 p.m. EST

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Press Release from the APS:

The American Physical Society (APS) is pleased to announce that it will soon expand its Open Access (OA) offerings to articles published in Physical Review A-E, Physical Review Letters, and Reviews of Modern Physics. This OA initiative is called FREE TO READ and, when released in early September 2006, can be applied to any article or group of articles published in the Journals of the American Physical Society back to 1893. Anyone (authors, readers, institutions, funding agencies, etc.) may, by paying a one-time fee, make articles published in our journals available on our sites to all readers at no cost and without a subscription. Readers will have access to PDF and postscript versions of the FREE TO READ articles through the APS online journals.

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Google Scholar New Feature

August 22, 2006

Now get related articles from Google Scholar:

Exploring the Scholarly Neighborhood

Searching for scientific articles on Google Scholar works especially well when I can find the search terms that are specific enough to narrow down to the subject I’m interested in and yet general enough to not miss relevant articles. When authors use different terminology to refer to the same thing — which often happens when a field is very young — this can be less effective. In fact, I’ve found cases where the seminal paper for a topic does not even use the key terms that are later used to describe it. For example, John Nash’s papers that helped define the area of game theory don’t refer to the area as game theory.

Now there’s an additional way to find related work in Google Scholar, which should be helpful in such situations. For every Google Scholar search result, we try to automatically determine which articles in our repository are most closely related to it. You can see a list of these articles by clicking the “Related Articles” link that appears next to each result. The list of related articles is ranked primarily by how similar these articles are to the original result, but also takes into account the relevance of each paper. To go back to the game theory example, clicking on the Related Articles link for the first result for game theory enables users to discover several of Nash’s seminal articles.

Thanks to William Walsh at Issues in Scholarly Communication for this tip!

JSTOR Interface Updates

August 18, 2006

News from JSTOR:

JSTOR is pleased to announce the availability of a direct export feature for citations. JSTOR users may now directly export citations to the EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, and RefWorks products. Choosing the direct export option will automatically open the citation management application, enabling more seamless exporting and importing of the citations. In addition to the direct export option, filters for these programs are still available for download for those who need them.

For more information about JSTOR citation management, please see the Saving Citations help file: http://www.jstor.org/help/saved_citations_list_help.html

Additionally…

A new option to limit your search by language is now available as part of the JSTOR search interface. On the Advanced Search form, this option appears under the “Narrow Your Search” section in the format of a drop-down menu that lists the languages for which the JSTOR archive contains a significant amount of article content (English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish). By limiting a search to a particular language, the search results will include only articles in the selected language.