Free training available via Webex to learn about the new interface for Web of Science, Biosis, and JCR. After you attend the session, ISI will send you a URL granting you exclusive access to the Beta Preview of ISI Web of Knowledge. Training options:

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2007
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
To register for this training session, go to:

Date: Friday, June 15, 2007
Time: 10:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time
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The latest update to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is now available. The update includes 73 new biographies with a focus on Empire and Commonwealth and the pre-Reformation church including:

*Sarala Devi Chaudhurani (1872-1945), political activist and campaigner for women’s rights in India
*Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984), poet in Pakistan
*Ne Win (1911-2002), military ruler in Burma

Additionally, 50 new group essays have been added. Group essays cover the history of well-known groups, clubs, or gangs that have shaped British history. New essays this month include:

*The Lunar Society (act.1788)
*Monks of the Screw (act. 1779-1789)
*Nelson’s ‘band of brothers’ (act. 1798)

The new issue of the DNB Magazine is also available with an essay about who all those people are on the cover of the Seargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Cool! The Magazine also includes a podcast that recently has discussed Mdme. Tussaud and George Harrison.

Access the DNB…

SciFinder Seminar

June 8, 2007

Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) is offering free SciFinder training next week.  Topics covered include: using the Categorize tool to navigate and narrow an answer set; accelerating your research process with the new Combine tool; drawing chemical structures for structure searching with a single click of a mouse; identifying chemical suppliers in specific countries via the new Commercial Availability Report.

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 14.00 ‑ 15.00 U.S. Daylight Savings Time (18.00‑19.00 GMT)
Rebroadcast date and times for the seminar will be: July 17, 2007 at 6.00 EDT (10.00 GMT) and 9.00 EDT (13.00 GMT)

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Late word that ProQuest will experience a NINE hour maintenance window from 8:00 PM tomorrow night (June 9, 2007) until 5:00 AM Sunday morning.  Shouldn’t be too disruptive, but just so you’re aware….

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Thank you to Betty for your continuing efforts to secure additional funding permitting us to add Elsevier’s Freedom Collection to our e-journal collection. Note that access will be from 2000 forward. All selectors should find titles of interest to their departments.

NetLibrary eBook of the Month
Freely available from NetLibrary during the month of June: Tracking Down Your Ancestors: Discover the Story Behind Your Ancestors and Bring Your Family History to Life by Dr. Harry Alder

“Researching genealogical history can be an absorbing hobby, or a fun project that the whole family can enjoy. June’s eBook of the Month is packed with ideas about the different aspects of genealogy and the many free or low cost resources available to help aspiring family historians in their quest.”

Just in time for Summer Citizens!

This message just came in from EBSCO: “We are pleased to advise that, in order to improve response time for searches in ATLA products, ATLA will to perform significant network upgrades on ATLA systems during the afternoon of Monday June 4th, beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT. It is possible that you will encounter an interruption of ATLA database access, between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 EDT.”  NOTE: That’s right in the middle of the afternoon so we might actually notice the disruption.