TOC Changes Imminent

October 17, 2006

This just in from EBSCO:

After extensive research and analysis of the current content make-up of TOC Premier, we have made the decision to not renew our licensing arrangement with the British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC) effective 12/31/2006. This means that as of January 1, 2007, TOC Premier will no longer include BLDSC TOC information, and will consist entirely of TOC records from EBSCO Publishing’s collection of existing proprietary databases and the EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS).

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For those of you who use the English Reports (or who have helped students with this database), please note that there has been a change in interface effective yesterday.  I have linked a new Help Guide from the More link on the database description.

RLG has announced that from November 5th forward the Red Light Green Service will no longer be available. With the merger of RLG and OCLC, worldcat.org will now become the focus of both organization’s efforts. I don’t think that this service was ever tremendously popular, but I will be removing the link on Friday, November 3rd. If you did, by some freak chance, use it, you will want to make sure to download any saved citations from the database before that time. Here are the instructions:

– Connect to RedLightGreen Use the Sign In link (if you aren’t automatically signed in)
– Click the Your List link in the upper right
– You can then select the E-Mail link to send your citations to your e-mail account, or get a printer-friendly view to print or download

The Wiley Interscience Newsletter is available and there are a couple of interesting tidbits you might want to take a look at:

RSS feeds are now available for Wiley journals (you don’t need a subscription)

Free access to a Wiley featured article: “The numerical equivalence between the impact factor of journals and the quality of the articles”

Ooops!  Betty R. just noticed that the above article is prompting us for username and password.  Those scoundrels at Wiley!  I have contacted Wiley about this and hope to hear back soon.  If you are interested in reading this article, let me know and I’ll send you a message when it is available.

JSTOR Sandbox

October 17, 2006

JSTOR has announced the availability of a “Sandbox” in which to view prototypes of interface enhancements.  Currently, there are two prototypes on view: 1.) A new basic interface that allows the user to limit by subject area (hurrah!) and 2.) JSTOR/ARTSTOR image search (not as useful to us since we don’t have ARTSTOR–but a trial is coming in November, so you might want to take a look at it then).

CAS is re-broadcasting its interactive seminar Exploring Chemical Properties and Finding New Ways to Enhance Your Search Results.  Register at: http://casevents.webex.com
The webex will cover the following topics: chemical property data available in SciFinder; tips and strategies using chemical property data to enhance searching; case studies.

Wednesday, October, 18 at 7:00 p.m. MST
Wednesday, October, 26 at 7:00 a.m. MST

Engineering Index offers the following training sessions for the month of October.  Please sign-up at http://www.ei.org/support/online_seminars.html if you are interested.  All sessions are offered at 7:30 AM MST and 12:00 PM MST.
October 17th
UniversityTechnology Transfer of Government funded Research

October 24th
Increase current awareness using RSS feeds and Blogs

October 31st
The interaction between science and technology using Inspec and Patent databases