February 27, 2006
PubMed has been Discovered!
This morning PubMed was Discovered!
"Discover" is the name of the link the Library has been populating most of our major databases with that allows you to discover whether we have e-access to a journal, a print subscription, or whether you need to request the item via Interlibrary Loan.
Bookmark this URL for PubMed!
IF you use the UIUC-specific link for Pubmed
(which can be found in the Library's ORR (Online Research Resource),
you'll now see that ALL the records have Discover links on them!!
- Use the Library's URL to access PubMed http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=406312
- After you've run your search, choose to "Display" in "Citation" format. This lets you see all the buttons and links at glance.
- And choose to "Show" at least 100 citations at a time.
- If you see the blue link "Full text provided by the UIUC Library", click on it for direct access to the e-version of the article.
- If that link isn't present, then click on the "Discover UIUC Full Text Linking" button. This will cause the Discover window to pop up, and you'll see your options --
- link(s) for the full text
- a link that will search the UIUC Library online catalog, which will inform you if we have a print subscription
- a link to interlibrary loan, so you can request the item from another university; the form will already be filled in for you
- a link to RefWorks, so you can easily import the citation into Refworks
- a link to Google Scholar, so you can look for similar articles
- link(s) for the full text
I ran a search this morning in PubMed for articles about Apis mellifera (the honeybee), and looked at the first 100 records:
- 77 of these had the "Full text provided by the UIUC Library" link, so I could go directly to the full text of the article
- Via the Discover link, I could go directly to 11 more articles. (These were articles that did NOT have the "Full text provided by the UIUC Library" link)
- And via the Discover link I found that we have a print subscription that contains 2 more articles.
- This left just 10 (out of 100) articles that I would have had to request via Interlibrary loan. And Discover helped with this, too, since it filled in the Interlibrary form for me!
The University Library wants you to get the research articles that you need! In many cases they are now available electronically. But the worst case scenario is that you'll need to request an article via InterLibrary loan.
Learn more about Discover:
Posted by Katie Newman at 3:06 PM
February 10, 2006
UniProt is now Freely Available to All
The Open Access movement does not just concern free access to journal articles! Many of you will be interested in this news item, forwarded to you from Peter Suber's Open Access News. Search on your favorite organism or protein, and see what comes up! --Katie
UniProt < http://www.pir.uniprot.org/> (Universal Protein Resource), the "the world's most comprehensive catalog of information on proteins", now uses a Creative Commons license http://www.pir.uniprot.org/terms/ and is freely available to all.
Excerpt from John Wilbanks' announcement
ein-db-now-under-cc-license> on the Science Commons blog:
We spent a lot of time talking to the Uniprot folks over the last year. I'd encourage everyone to check out the FAQ <http://sciencecommons.org/data/dbfaq> we wrote on database licensing
and Creative Commons licenses to understand exactly which elements of
the DB are copyrighted and which are not.
But the important thing is, as the terms state, you are now free to copy, distribute, display and make commercial use of these databases, provided you give credit where it's due. That means the data, the layouts, the entry sheets, everything. Congratulations to the Uniprot consortium and to Eric Jain <http://eric.jain.name/2006/02/07/uniprot-creative-commons/>.
Posted by Peter Suber to Open Access News
Posted by Katie Newman at 3:37 PM
A New Model for Peer Review? Peer Reviewers Comments are Open for All to See in New Biology Journal
BioMed Central has launched Biology Direct, a new online open access journal with a novel system of peer review. The journal will operate completely open peer review, with named peer reviewers' reports published alongside each article. The autho's rebuttals to the reviewers comments are also published. The journal also takes the innovative step of requiring that the author approach Biology Direct Editorial Board members directly to obtain their agreement to review the manuscript or to nominate alternative reviewers.
Biology Direct launches with publications in the fields of Systems Biology, Computational Biology, and Evolutionary Biology, with an Immunology section to follow soon. The journal considers original research articles, hypotheses, and reviews and will eventually cover the full spectrum of biology.
Biology Direct is led by Editors-in-Chief David J Lipman, Director of the National Center Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at NIH, USA; Eugene V Koonin, Senior Investigator at NCBI; and Laura Landweber, Associate Professor at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.
For more information about the journal or about how to submit a manuscript to the journal, visit the Biology Direct website. [Largely taken from a BioMed Central press release.]
Posted by Katie Newman at 3:25 PM
February 3, 2006
Spring RefWorks Workshops
Many of you have inquired about RefWorks workshops... Here they are!
Note: these workshops filled very quickly in December, so sign up NOW!
What is RefWorks?
RefWorks, a Web-based service, allows faculty members and students to create customized databases using online resources and automatically format the content and bibliography of their papers. It also provides quick search and advanced search functions. Read more about it and give it a spin:
RefWorks is provided to campus by the Library and CITES and is an alternative to EndNote.
Feb 7th, 1:30-3
Feb 8th, 1:30-3
Feb 15th, 3-4:30
Feb 21st, 12-1:30
Feb 22nd, 2-3:30
Mar 2nd, 11-12:30
Mar 15th, 1-2:30
Mar 28th, 3-4:30
Apr 6th, 2-3:30
(other workshop dates may be added...)
Apr 19th, 12-1:30
Apr 24th, 1:30-3:00
Posted by Katie Newman at 2:30 PM