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September 22, 2010

Faculty of 1000 is Expanding

Hopefully you’re a regular user of Faculty of 1000 Biology – a great way to find out which articles “experts” in various biology fields are recommending as noteworthy, controversial, or must-reads! You can search F1000 or set up “alerts” to be notified of new article recommendations by subject area or by topical terms of your choosing.

Now we have access to Faculty of 1000 Medicine, too!

The F1000 search interface is in the process of changing so both “F1000Biology” and “F1000Medicine” will be presented in one, unified interface – now called just F1000 or Faculty of 1000. This month we’ll have access to both the old interface, which you’re used to, and also to the Beta version of the new, combined interface for F1000. If you’ve set up alerts previously they will still work but you may want to go into the new Beta interface and update your alerts, as there is now more content. Click here for a pdf listing of the subjects covered by the new F1000.

Along with this, we are also obtaining access to the online version of The Scientist, which was previously published by ISI (Inst. for Scientific Information) but is now produced by the folks at F1000. You can link to The Scientist out of the Beta F1000 by clicking on the link to “Magazine”.


Note: if you bookmark F1000 on campus, use The current URL for the Beta version ( will not be permanent. Use the Library’s URL for accessing F1000 from off-campus.

Posted by Katie Newman at 5:15 PM

September 21, 2010

Ethics in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Online Resource Center

The Library will play an integral role in a newly announced National Science Foundation grant awarded to the University of Illinois for the development of an ethics in science, mathematics, and engineering online resource center. Please see for the grant RFP.

This $5 million, 5 year NSF grant will fund the creation of the National Professional and Research Ethics Portal (NPREP). The Principal Investigators on the grant are Tina Gunsalus (UIUC, Business and Law), Taft Broome (Howard University), Michael Loui (UIUC, Electrical and Computer Engineering), Nicholas Burbules (UIUC, Education), and William Mischo (UIUC, Library). The grant also funds several other partner institutions and organizations. In addition to Mischo, other Library personnel participating on the project are Mary Schlembach (NPREP access and content coordinator), Tom Habing (Fedora repository development), Sarah Shreeves (trusted preservation repository), and Tim Cole (database infrastructure). The grant will fund several research programmers and a metadata/harvesting librarian.

The NPREP will be headquartered in the Grainger Library and will be built around the HUBZero e-learning and collaboration platform. The grant work will feature the development of HUBZero extensions that will allow us to integrate our custom federated search applications, the extended content harvesting and database technologies we have developed, and true preservation and archiving repository technologies. The technology development will be advised by a Technical Committee comprised of individuals from UIUC and other institutions.

We are very excited by the opportunities this grant provides. It will allow us to work collaboratively with other colleges and departments here on campus and with individuals and groups from around the country. A key focus of the grant is to explore the merging of several important digital library technologies. It is our hope that this work will serve as a model for all other online resource centers.

[Reposted from an email message Bill Mischo sent out to the Library, 9/21/2010.]

Posted by Katie Newman at 5:17 PM

September 16, 2010

The Library is Going “Mobile”!

If you have a “smartphone” (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) you’ll be interested in this news!

The Library is going “mobile”!

Point your browsers to (and bookmark) these resources:

** The main mobile page for the Library is:

Here you’ll find links to specially formatted versions of our Catalog, Library hours, the Ask a Librarian service, and a link so you can renew books online. Under the “Mobile Databases” link you’ll find links to a growing list of search resources that are formatted for mobile devices. Currently the list includes our subscription Ebsco databases (a suite of academic research databases with abstracts and full text in all disciplines) , and free resources such as PubMed, WikiPedia, Google Books, etc. We are also starting to add links to mobile resources in the ORR (Online Research Resource):

** You will want to specifically bookmark the link for mobile-PubMed:
Be sure to use OUR link for mobile-PubMed since, when you click on it, you will be challenged to enter your netID and password. Then, as you find articles for which full text is available, you’ll be able to click through to the full text without having to login again.

If you don’t care about access full text from PubMed, then you can just use the URL for the openly free m-PubMed: or use one of the freely available Medline apps.

** Alternatively, if you're a fan of using PubGet to access PubMed resources, use the mobile Pubget site:
Be sure the U of I is selected as your institution to get the most PDFs! Alternatively, you can use our proxied URL for Pubget mobile:

This is just the start of mobile access to library resources. Be sure to periodically check the Library’s mobile site for additional resources!

Questions? Comments? Drop me a note –
Katie Newman, 2130 IGB,, 217-265-5386

Posted by Katie Newman at 3:35 PM

September 2, 2010

More Protocols Available!

Back in 2009 we informed you about some terrific resources that we have for finding lab protocols. Such resources as Wiley’s Current Protocols in... series, Nature Protocols, Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, and Methods in Enzymology.

Well, we've just subscribed to Springer Protocols -- another HUGE set of protocols! Springer Protocols is the electronic version of the well-used book series Methods in Molecular Biology, as well as Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Pharmacology & Toxicology, Neuromethods, and several Springer Protocol Handbooks.

You might also like to try the SciVerse Methods search tool, which enables you to search the "Methods" section of articles published in the ScienceDirect platform -- that is, from articles published by Elsevier, Cell Press, Academic Press, and so forth.

I've pulled links to these resources together on my Research Tools page.

And have also added them to the Methods & Protocols tab of our Life Sciences Electronic Reference LibGuide.

Posted by Katie Newman at 3:31 PM