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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 florador at 3:35 PM

October 2, 2009

Use Pubget for Quick Access to PDFs

Do you regularly use PubMed? Do you often wish it were easier to view and save the PDFs of journal articles?

Try Pubget -- -- and see how this new tool saves steps so you can devote more time to your research.

Pubget is a search tool for the life sciences that searches PubMed and more. The Pubget search system is very similar to those of PubMed or Google Scholar. The difference is Pubget gets you the PDFs right away! The Pubget results screen shows the actual PDFs of the documents side-by-side with your search results. The Library has worked with Pubget so the pdfs for journals for which the University has licensed access are available (thanks for your help, Sharif!). For maximum functionality, be sure to register with Pubget, creating a personal login and password.

Other Features:
Read the latest issue of a journal:

As a registered user, you'll have the option to set up email alerts

Stash items of interest in Keepers, for quick access to the pdfs in the future (must be a registered user for this feature)

Download PDFs


Off-campus use:

Pubget HELP is quite useful and is located at

Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions about Pubget to Katie Newman,

Posted by florador at 2:40 PM

May 9, 2008

Bulk Download PDFs from SCOPUS

If the way you like to work is to download the PDFs of journal articles to your hard drive, here's some news you will welcome!

Scopus, a multidisciplinary database for the sciences, has just added a DOWNLOAD button that allows you to download up to 50 pdfs at a time to your hard drive.


  1. Perform a search in Scopus
  2. Select the article(s) that you are interested in by checking the box to the left of the citation.
  3. Click on the DOWNLOAD button. A new window will open.
  4. You'll be asked how you want to have the files named, e.g., by first author's last name + title of the article, or however you like.
  5. Identify the folder on your hard drive where you want the files placed.
  6. If desired, check off that you'd like to have Abstract downloaded, if the pdf is not available.
  7. That's it! Press Begin Download.

If you use EndNote, you'll still need to pull the citations into EndNote in a separate step. Then can "link" from EndNote to the downloaded articles on your harddrive, if you like.

If you'd like to learn more about Scopus, here's a piece I wrote about it, when it was just in Trial mode at the University (we have since decided to subscribe to it):

The technology that Scopus is using to perform this minor miracle of pulling in the pdfs comes from Quosa.

Posted by florador at 3:36 PM

February 6, 2008

Web of Knowledge -- a recommendation

For Maximum Retrievals in the Agricultural / Biological / Medical Sciences, Search Web of Knowledge.

Recently the Web of Knowledge search platform was revamped, so that now, when you search "all databases", the records are automatically de-duplicated. If the record of interest is in multiple databases (as they frequently are), the default will be to show the Web of Science record for it if it is in Web of Science. In the case of a record that is present in multiple databases, there will be links to other versions of the record from the Web of Science record, in case you prefer to see the record as presented in another database.

Searching Web of Knowledge in the "all databases" searches the following resources, simultaneously:

Take a look at the results of several searches run in each database individually, vs run in the Web of Knowledge All Databases mode. From the results, you can see that you will get more search retrievals from searching the whole Web of Knowledge database, than from searching any of the individual databases.

Recommendation: Search Web of Knowledge in the "All Databases" mode UNLESS you need to:

Note: Many ag / bio / medical resources are NOT included in the Web of Knowledge platform, and, for now, you will need to continue to search them individually. For example:

Posted by florador at 2:14 PM

July 12, 2007

Learn of New Literature Based on Its Taxa

If you're interested in keeping track of the literature for a particular species, read on to learn about a new service, uBioRSS, that harvests info from hundreds of publisher table of contents alerts!

If you set up searches using this service based on any level of taxa for any type of organism, you'll receive email alerts as new articles are published.

Matthew Cockerill, Track the latest open access research relating to your favorite taxon, BioMed Central blog, June 26, 2007. Excerpt:

uBioRSS is a nifty service from the MBLWHOI Library at Woods Hole, which harvests bibliographic information about new articles from publishers' RSS feeds, and then passes them through the uBio taxonomic classification system which identifies any species that are mentioned in the article, and classifies the article appropriately.

This makes it possible to browse the literature taxonomically, so that, for example you might view a list of all the latest articles on cetaceans far more easily than can be done using plain text search.

What's more, it is possible to filter articles by source, so you an easily taxonomically browse just BioMed Central's open access articles. The site also offers an alerting service, so you can choose to be notified of new articles which relate to your particular taxon of interest.

uBioRSS is a great example of the way in which semantic enrichment can add value to the literature, and shows how it is particularly effective when combined with open access, as this then allows the semantic enrichment to be applied not just to the text of the title and abstract, but to the entire full text. To see an example of this in action, check out the UBio taxonomically-enhanced PubMed Central full text search....

I tested this out to see if it had built-in feeds for the Honeybee, Apis mellifera, and it did! Click Here.

It pulled articles published during the last month in such journals as:
Florida Entomologist
Journal of Medical Entomology
BMC Genomics
Southeastern Naturalist
Australian Journal of Entomology
BMC Developmental Biology
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
PLOS Biology
The Southwestern Naturalist
Journal of Mammalogy
Insect Molecular Biology
Physiological Entomology

So, you might want to sign up for this service from uBioRSS as an adjunct to the alerting emails that you are already receiving (I Hope!) from  Web of Science, PubMed, Biological Abstracts, Scopus, Faculty of 1000, CAB Abstracts, and so on!

Please let me know if you'd like some help setting up alerts in your field!

Posted by florador at 11:32 AM

June 5, 2007

H-Index in Scopus

Scopus now incorporates the h-index as a means to evaluate research performance, including unique graphs that enable users to interpret the value of the h-index by displaying publication and citation trends over time. The H-index is touted as being a objective measure of scientific research productivity.

How to get the H-Index in Scopus:

After performing an author search in Scopus, click on the "citation tracker" button to view the Citation Overview analysis, and then click on the h-graph button to view the graphical representation of the data.

Scopus only includes data for articles published from 1995 to the present. Thus the h-index data from Scopus is not complete for older researchers.

Read more about the "H-Index, from the Help file in Scopus:

The h-Graph displays the h index for a single author, multiple authors, or a group of selected documents. The h index is based on the highest number of papers included that have had at least the same number of citations. The h index was developed by J.E. Hirsch. Hirsch defines the h index as follows:

"A scientist has index h if h of his/her Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np − h) papers have no more than h citations each."

For Example An h-graph for a group of selected documents or selected author(s) with an h index of 12 means that out of the total number of documents selected to produce the graph, 12 of the documents have been cited at least 12 times. Published documents with fewer citations than h, in this case less then 12, are considered, but would not count in the h index.

For more information about the h index, see Hirsch, J.E. "An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output." Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego.

The H-graph includes two lines: h index and the h-Line. The h index line represents the number citations received for each of the articles in descending order. The h-Line represents the number of citations equal to the number of articles.

Posted by florador at 10:37 AM

August 17, 2006

RSS Feeds Available from Web of Science

Keep up to date on the latest research!!

You may now create RSS feeds from the Web of Knowledge databases, including Web of Science, Biological Abstracts, and Medline. [What is RSS?!]

If you're using a blog reader such as Bloglines, you may find it convenient to get your journal alerts via this mode rather than as email alerts. The process is nearly identical whether you wish to generate email alerts or RSS feeds.

Here's how:

To make email alerts:
To make RSS feeds:

Other databases also allow you to create RSS feeds from your searches:
PubMed <instructions>

For more information about RSS feeds, see also our earlier news item, More Blogs and RSS feeds from the University Library!

Posted by florador at 4:49 PM

August 14, 2006

Faculty of 1000 Has Been "Discovered"!

When you search Faculty of 1000, you'll see a new button, "Discover UIUC full text Linking" !
Click on this link, and a new screen will open that will, in most cases, have a link or links to the online version of the article. If we don't have an e-subscription, you'll find a link to the print subscription record in the catalog, or to the Interlibrary Loan request form.
Bottom line: we want you to get the information you need in a timely fashion!

Not familiar with F1000?
Particularly useful for graduate students and young scientists, this biology research tool highlights significant or important papers based on the recommendations of over 1,000 leading scientists.
In F1000, biology is divided into 16 faculties, or subjects:
Cell biology
Chemical biology
Developmental biology
Evolutionary biology
Genomics & genetics
Molecular biology
Molecular medicine
Plant biology
Structural biology.
Leading researchers (the Faculty) pick new papers to review, commenting on the perceived significance of the selected papers. Features include the ability to view all the key papers within a particular topic or subtopic. One of its most popular features is the continuously updated lists of Hidden Jewels --- interesting articles from less widely read journals. Evaluated articles date from 2002 to the present, for the most part.

Faculty of 1000 Evaluators from the U of I:
(and their subject specialty)
Andrew Belmont - CELL BIOLOGY > Nuclear structure & function
Evan DeLucia - ECOLOGY > Physiological ecology
Martin Gruebele -STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY > Protein folding
Steven Huber - PLANT BIOLOGY > Plant biochemistry & physiology
Kim Hughes - GENOMICS & GENETICS > Evolutionary/comparative genetics
David Kranz - IMMUNOLOGY > Antigen processing & recognition
Deborah Leckband - CELL BIOLOGY > Cell adhesion
George Ordal - MICROBIOLOGY > Microbial physiology & metabolism
Scott K. Silverman - STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY > Structure: RNA
Jonathan Sweedler - CHEMICAL BIOLOGY > Chemical biology of the cell

Search Faculty of 1000:

Note: many other UIUC resources have been "Discovered" too, including:
Web of Science
Biological Abstracts
CAB Abstracts
Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management

Posted by florador at 1:01 PM

July 18, 2006

Buy a Book...Help the Library!

The University Library has created a web page with links to various booksellers -- local, electronic, and otherwise -- to help you with your book purchases.

If you purchase your books through one of the options listed (Amazon), the library will receive a modest referral fee. So if you're buying from Amazon anyway, please consider using the link provided on the Book Purchase Referral Site!

ps.. if you'd like to bookmark the link to Amazon, here is a short link to it:

Posted by florador at 8:44 AM

December 2, 2005

"Discover" Full Text for Research Articles!

Discover Button
Starting this week, you will begin to see a new button, the Discover Button, next to all the citations in many of our electronic resources, including index and abstract databases.

The primary function of the button is to give you a link to the full-text version of the article, if UIUC has rights to it.

While many of the databases already have links to the full text in them (e.g., PubMed, Web of Science), through the Discover button, you should uncover e-access for even more publications! If we don't have e-access to the article, the Discover window will provide you with other tools for obtaining the article.

When you click on the Discover button, a new window will pop up that will contain links to various types of resources:

1] Links to the full text of the article (if UIUC has e-access).

2] A link to the UIUC Online Catalog record for the journal (so you can see if we have print / e-access to the journal)

3] A link to Interlibrary Loan, with the citation information already filled in.

4] A link to RefWorks, which will automatically add the citation to RefWorks ***

5] A link to Google Scholar, so you may search for other articles by this author, or other articles on the topic in the Google Scholar database.

We're starting by putting the Discover button in all the citations in the Engineering Village databases (Compendex and Inspec), and the databases and journals that we get access to via the ScienceDirect interface. It's also already available in RefWorks*** and in Google Scholar.

The Discover button will appear in most other indexes and abstracts (e.g., PubMed and Web of Science) before the start of the Spring term, 2006. Stay tuned for announcements!

Learn more about the new Discover service, go to:

If you don't know about RefWorks, please go to:
Training is available in December, see:

RefWorks is like a web-based "EndNote"! That is, it's a place where you can build your own database of citations, and then pull these citations out of the database to use in your papers -- automatically formatting the citations in the proper format for whichever journal you're submitting your paper to! And, pertinent to this e-mail, ALL of your citations in RefWorks will have a Discover button, providing you with easy access to the full-text of the article!

Faculty: Get your students, grad and undergrads, using RefWorks! It's available for free (courte$y of the Library and CITES) for everyone on campus to use.


Posted by florador at 3:21 PM

November 16, 2005

Science Online now has RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds are now available for Science! Sign up to get:

Posted by florador at 9:45 AM

July 11, 2004

New Web of Science (Science Citation Index) Interface

Web of Science now has a new search interface. And, thanks to funding from the Biotechnology Information Center, we now have access back to 1981 (instead of 1982). Read about some of the enhancements, as announced to several campus listservs.

Posted by at 10:27 AM

July 9, 2004

Full Text of Dissertations Available

Have you ever wished you could refer to a complete protocol or results set from a dissertation?

Well, now you can! The UIUC Library has recently purchased full-text access to dissertations from 1000's of universities for the time period 1997-present! Search for the dissertations via Dissertation Abstracts.

Note: If you don't want to bookmark this particular URL, you'll find it in the UIUC Library Electronic Research Resources website.

More about Dissertation Abstracts:

Use Dissertation Abstracts to search for abstracts from US and Canadian universities from 1861-present. Abstracts are included from 1980-present. And Full-text is available for 1997-present.

Search by keyword(s), or limit your searches by specifying the author, the institution and/or the advisor

When you locate a dissertation of interest and want to view the full text, click on the link "free download". You'll be asked for your email address. In a few minutes (5-10) you'll receive an email with a link to a page where you'll find a link to the pdf or tiff version of the dissertation. The page will remain active for 72 hours during which time you may download the file to your personal computer.

Posted by at 10:30 AM

November 23, 2002

Addition of Direct Links to the Full Text of Journal Articles in PubMed, Web of Science, Current Contents, Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management, and more

Recently direct links to the full text of journal articles have been added to many records in several of the databases provided by the University Library. The links will be present if UIUC has an electronic subscription to the journal, and if the database vendor has an agreement with the publisher to provide the linkage to the full-text articles. Among the databases of interest to those in the biological sciences and agriculture:

To access these databases, please go to the "Article Indexes & Abstracts Full Alphabetical List" on the Library Gateway or go directly to the List of Indexes and Abstracts and scroll down the list to the database of interest. Most of them are, of course, also on the Biotechnology Information Center website!

If you experience any difficulties, please let me know. -- Katie

Posted by at 2:09 PM