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June 18, 2012

Update on Library services for Ag-bio-medical research

Several of our science librarians are retiring at the end of June. This includes Tina Chrzastowski, Chemistry Librarian (, Diane Schmidt, Biology/Veterinary Medicine Librarian (, and me, Katie Newman, Biotechnology Librarian ( After taking a two month break, both Tina and Diane will come back part time for a few months, until their replacements can be found. The Biology Library is closed, with its collection housed within the Funk Library; you can find a link to the Virtual Biology Portal from the Funk Homepage ( The Chemistry and Veterinary Medicine Libraries remain open; currently a search is underway for a new Veterinary Medicine Librarian. A search is also underway for a biomedical sciences librarian, whose mandate will be to work with researchers from across campus; this is a new position. Later in the year it is expected that a search will commence for a new Biology Librarian.

The Biotechnology Information Center, a virtual branch of the University Library, which is located in 2130 IGB, will be closing at the end of June. Many of the services I have offered over the years will be available from other University librarians. For example, if you need help tracking down a citation or gaining access to an article, please contact one of the Funk Librarians: Pat Allen (; Melody Allison (; or Sarah Williams ( The Funk Librarians are also available to teach information literacy sessions in your classes or can help you set up research literature alerts in databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, BIOSIS, etc. If you need assistance creating a data management plan, please contact Sarah Williams.

Other services are available from librarians affiliated with our central resources. For questions having to do with EndNote or RefWorks, please contact Jenny Emanuel, a member of our Reference, Research, and Scholarly Services ( group. Sarah Shreeves, head of the Scholarly Commons ( and IDEALS, can help you figure out what your rights are as authors and can help you keep your rights when publishing. Sarah can also help you add your publications to IDEALS, the university repository for academic research and scholarship (

Until June 29th, 2012, please let me know if you have questions or concerns!
Katie Newman, 2130 IGB,, 265-5386

Posted by Katie Newman at 12:05 PM

April 5, 2012

Medical Information Resources

If you’ve ever suffered information overload when you’ve Googled for medical information, or wondered if the facts you found were really from an authoritative source, try one of these online medical resources -- available to all U of Illinois students, faculty, and staff. Find links to these resources in the
Library Catalog,, and
Online Journals & Databases,

MD Consult, from Elsevier
Brings important medical resources together into an integrated online service to help physicians find answers to pressing clinical questions. Provides access to leading medical reference books, journals and the Clinics of North America. Additionally MD Consult has over 10,000 patient handouts, Gold Standard drug information, practice guidelines for nearly 50 medical specialties, and over 50,000 medical images. Register to receive weekly updates.

UpToDate Online, from Wolters Kluwer Health
Deemed a “must have” resource by clinicians, UptoDate Online is an evidence-based knowledge system authored by physicians to help clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. All UpToDate Online content is written and edited by a global community of physicians who are experts in their specialties; the content is continually reviewed to ensure it is based on the latest evidence. Only available from on-campus.

Access Medicine, from McGraw-Hill
Provides access to more than 65 medical textbooks containing thousands of images and illustrations, tutorials, drug information, a diagnostic tool, patient information flyers, and more. Textbooks include such classics as Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2012, Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 12 ed., and more. Completely searchable.

The Cochrane Library, from John Wiley & the Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews -- the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care.

Oxford Textbook of Medicine, from Oxford University Press
Often found on shelves in physicians’ offices, this massive work is unrivalled in its coverage of the scientific aspects and clinical practice of internal medicine and its subspecialties. Use is limited to one user at a time.

You’ve all used PubMed [aka Medline], but this resource from the NIH is geared at providing consumers with free, quality links to information. Use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Health Information Portal
This locally created website will point you toward the best databases, books, journals, and web resources on over 30 health related topics, ranging from aging and neuroscience to genetics, public health, psychology, toxicology, and more.

Posted by Katie Newman at 1:43 PM

February 7, 2012

Library Resources Update

The ORR (Online Research Resources),, is no longer being updated will be discontinued after the Spring semester. In its place, please use the Find Journals and Databases (J&D) resource, . Use the J&D to determine if we have electronic access to particular journals or databases.

Scientific American. We recently acquired electronic access to the full run of Scientific American and Scientific American Mind from Nature. Please use the J&D (above) for the link.

OpenHelix. Based on feedback from the research community at the U of I, we now subscribe to OpenHelix. Here you will find tutorials, teaching aids, and other guides for bioinformatics and genomics tools. Tell your students about this resource! Please use the J&D (above) for the link.

JoVE. We now have electronic access to all sections of the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), including Neuroscience, Immunology & Infection, Clincial & Translational Medicine, Bioengineering, and Basic Protocols. Please use the J&D (above) for the link to JoVE.

Faculty of 1000. The Faculty of 1000 (F1000) site now includes reviews on articles in both biology and medicine. In addition to evaluated articles you will find two new open access journals, F1000 Reports Biology and F1000 Reports Medicine. Please use the J&D (above) for the link to Faculty of 1000.

Global Health. Recently we added a subscription for Global Health to our CAB Abstracts account. Use Global Health to augment your Medline (PubMed) searches with a more universal outlook, including citations from developing countries. Please use the J&D (above) for the link to CAB Abstracts and Global Health.

BIOSIS Citation Index. We recently upgraded our subscription for Biological Abstracts to BIOSIS Citation Index. Unlike Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Citation Index includes review journals and scientific meetings. And, like Web of Science, also includes citations to cited references. Find a link to Biosis Citation Index in the J&D (above).
Tip: Search “Web of Knowledge” (all databases) to search simultaneously Web of Science, BIOSIS Citation Index, CAB Abstracts & Global Health, Medline, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, and Zoological Abstracts. Find a link to Web of Knowledge in the J&D (above).

Posted by Katie Newman at 11:13 AM

August 8, 2011

NRC Assesssment of Biological Programs

The National Academies of Science have released the report, Research-Doctorate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences: Selected Findings from the NRC Assessment. It is available as a pdf for free download (with registration), or you may read it at their site.

Fields for which data is presented:

Field Name (Number of Programs)

Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology (157)
Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering (74)
Cell and Developmental Biology (120)
Genetics and Genomics (66)
Immunology and Infectious Disease (68)
Integrated Biological and Biomedical Sciences (113)
Microbiology (71)
Neuroscience and Neurobiology (93)
Nutrition (45)
Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Environmental Health (117)
Physiology (58)

Posted by Katie Newman at 10:26 AM

June 29, 2011

2010 Impact Factors are Out!

The 2010 edition of Journal Citation Reports is out, with the 2010 Impact Factors for journals that are tracked by Thomson Reuters (Web of Science). From their news release:

“The 2010 release features the largest ever JCR with 10,196 journal listings in 238 disciplines of Science and Social Sciences. 2,494 publishers from 84 countries are represented, some for the first time. A total of 1,075 journals receive their first Journal Impact Factor in the latest JCR release.”
News Release:

Access the Journal Citation Reports database:

Not sure what Impact Factors are? Here’s a link to a presentation I’ve used for a Library Savvy Researcher workshop on the topic:

Note: Many open access journals are pulling quite decent impact factors. For instance:
• PLOS Biology - 12.469
• PLOS Medicine - 15.617
• PLOS Computational Biology - 5.515
• PLOS Genetics - 9.543
• PLOS Pathogens - 9.079
• PLOS One - 4.411
• Genome Biology - 6.885
• BMC Bioinformatics - 3.028
• BMC Medicine - 5.750
• BMC Biology - 5.203
• BMC Genomics - 4.206
• BMC Plant Biology - 4.085
• Breast Cancer Research - 5.785
• Molecular Neurodegeneration - 5.361
• Nucleic Acids Research - 7.836
On the other hand (top tiered, but not open access):
• Cell - 32.401
• PNAS - 9.771
• Science - 31.364
• Nature - 36.101

Posted by Katie Newman at 2:51 PM

June 15, 2011

New Open Access Journal from Nature: Scientific Reports

14 June 2011

New open access title Scientific Reports launches today with the publication of its first articles. The fifteen articles published today range in scope from graphene to coral disease to viral nanoparticles. More articles will be published in the coming days, under Scientific Reports' rapid continuous publication schedule. An online-only, open access, multidisciplinary publication from Nature Publishing Group (NPG), Scientific Reports covers all areas of the biological, chemical, physical and earth sciences.

Scientific Reports is led by a team of 17 Editorial Advisory Panel members, who are supported by more than 330 Editorial Board members. A streamlined peer-review system ensures papers are rapidly and fairly peer-reviewed: the current average time from submission to first decision is under 30 days. An internal publishing team works with the board and authors to ensure manuscripts are processed for publication as quickly as possible.

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With the launch of Scientific Reports, NPG adds to its growing portfolio of open access options. Scientific Reports publishes technically sound, original research papers of interest to specialists within their field.

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All articles published in Scientific Reports will be open access and subject to an article-processing charge (APC). The 2011 APC is US$1,350. Authors have a choice of two non-commercial Creative Commons (CC) licenses. (Note: $1,350 represents a 20% discount on the APC for manuscripts accepted for publication before 31 December 2011. From January 2012, the APC will be US$1700.)

NPG makes an annual donation to Creative Commons, equivalent to $20 per APC paid for publication in Scientific Reports and the 19 other journals owned by NPG that offer an open access option. (Total annual donation from NPG will be up to $100,000.00)


Scientific Reports joins more than 40 titles published by NPG offering an open access option. More information, about NPG's open access activities and policies, is available from NPG's January 2011 open access position statement.

Scientific Reports:
Read the full announcement.

Posted by Katie Newman at 11:08 AM

June 2, 2011

The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download

As of today all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable to anyone free of charge. This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by the Press. The mission of the National Academies Press (NAP) -- publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council -- is to disseminate the institutions' content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability.

Read the full news bulletin
Search for books at the NAP site.

Among the recent books that may be of interest...

Posted by Katie Newman at 9:48 AM