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:
http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov/ 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 -- illinois.pubget.com -- 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.
Read the latest issue of a journal:
- In the search box, type latest:, and then the name of the journal
- Click on a journal title in a results list
- Or, even better, if you're a registered user, customize the first screen so the latest journals of interest are listed.
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 one by one, as they appear on the screen
- Or, download up to 50 at a time, if you're a registered user, use Firefox, and have installed the Pubget downloader plugin
- For articles for which the University of Illinois does not have electronic access, the familiar DISCOVER link will appear. Use Discover to explore other options for access, including requesting the article from the library's Interlibrary Loan department
- Searching is quite robust. The advanced search, available from the results screen, supports searching by keyword (any/all), article title, journal title (publication), author, affiliation, last author, first author, MESH, and more
- Pubget's citation matching is stellar, so if you know the citation (journal, volume, pages, year), Pubget will locate the article quickly for you
- Pubget does not automatically "explode" searched concepts, such as occurs in PubMed. If you need to do a comprehensive search on your topic, search PubMed and other databases in addition to Pubget.
- Use this URL from off campus: illinois.pubget.com, and you'll be prompted for your netID and password before any PDFs can be displayed
- Or click on the link to Pubget found on the Biotechnology Information Center website (www.library.illinois.edu/biotech/), or in the ORR; you'll you'll be prompted for your netID and password.
- Or, access PubGet after logging in to the campus VPN
Pubget HELP is quite useful and is located at illinois.Pubget.com/site/help/.
Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions about Pubget to Katie Newman, email@example.com
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.
- Perform a search in Scopus
- Select the article(s) that you are interested in by checking the box to the left of the citation.
- Click on the DOWNLOAD button. A new window will open.
- 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.
- Identify the folder on your hard drive where you want the files placed.
- If desired, check off that you'd like to have Abstract downloaded, if the pdf is not available.
- 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:
- Web of Science, 1970-
- Biological Abstracts, 1926-
- CAB Abstracts, 1910-
- Food Science & Technology Abstracts, 1969-
- Medline (= PubMed), 1950-
- Zoological Record, 1864-
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:
- Set up a email search alert. These can not be set to run across "all" the databases, so you will need to set them up in each individual database. Since Web of Science is updated weekly, it's recommended that you start by setting up topical or table of contents alerts from it. Depending on your topic, you'll want to set up alerts in other databases, too.
- Run a cited reference search. Use Web of Science -- it is the only database running under the Web of Knowledge platform that has this feature.
- Use some of the search handles that are specific to particular databases, e.g., Medline's MESH (Medical subject headings), CAB's descriptors, Biological Abstracts' Concept Codes, etc.
- Export keywords, subject headings, and other database-specific information into EndNote or RefWorks. When you export records from an All Databases Web of Knowledge search, only the bibliographic information (author, title, citation) and the abstract will be exported.
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:
- Chemical Abstracts (via SciFinder Scholar)
- Faculty of 1000
- Compendex via EiVillage
- Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
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:
Journal of Medical Entomology
Australian Journal of Entomology
BMC Developmental Biology
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
The Southwestern Naturalist
Journal of Mammalogy
Insect Molecular Biology
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!!
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.
- First, you must "register" and be logged in to your Web of Knowledge account:
From the first Web of Science page, click on the link to "sign in or register,” and then click on the "Register” link (beneath the sign-in button). Enter your email address and a password of your choosing. You are now registered and can save searches and set up auto-alerts from Web of Science. Note: you may also sign-in or register at the first Web of Knowledge screen.
- Using the "General Search Mode", type in the search for which you want to have auto-alerts or RSS created.
- Click on "Save History.” You will now see a list of all the searches you have run during this session. If you have typed in several searches, the auto-alert will only be run against your most recently created search (the one on the top of the search history). So you may need to re-type an earlier search to force it to the top.
- Note: To receive the Table of Contents of selected new journal issues as they are entered into the Web of Science database, create a “General Search” that is just composed of the titles of journals (sources) (use the “full source titles list” to help create this list). You may “OR” as many journal titles together in one search as you need.
To make email alerts:
- Give your search a name, a description, and check the box, "Send me e-mail alerts.” Select an email format (HTML is recommended if your email program supports this). Select frequency (choose weekly, since that is how often the database is updated). Click on the "Save” button. Now, each week you will receive an email with new results from your search.
To make RSS feeds:
- Follow the procedure above, but don’t check the box “Send me e-mail alerts”. When you click on “Save”, you’ll see a XML button. Click on it and add the resultant URL to your RSS reader (e.g., Bloglines).
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:
Genomics & genetics
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
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!
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.
WHAT IS THE PRIMARY FUNCTION OF THE DISCOVER BUTTON?
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.
WHAT DOES THE DISCOVER BUTTON DO?
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.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE DISCOVER BUTTON?
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: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/refworks.
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:
- Table of contents, current issue
- News Summaries -- The week's news highlights, from Science Magazine
- This Week in Science -- Brief summaries of new research papers published in Science
- Editors' Choice -- Highlights of the recent literature
- NetWatch -- Best of the Web in science
- ScienceNow Daily Newsfeed -- Daily headlines, from Science Magazine's News Department.
- ScienceNOW daily headlines
- Feeds from STKE (Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
- Feed from SAGE KE (Science of Aging Knowledge Environment)
- Science Careers feeds
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:
- Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology Abstracts … 1993 to present
- Applied Science and Technology … 1983 to present
- ASFA 1: Biological Sciences and Living Resources … 1978 to present
- ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality … 1990 to present
- Bacteriology Abstracts (Microbiology B) … 1982 to present
- Biological & Agricultural Index … 1983 to present
- CINAHL … 1982 to present
- Current Contents … 1993 Week 27 to present
- Ecology Abstracts … 1982 to present
- Environmental Engineering Abstracts … 1990 to present [a subfile of Environmental Science & Pollution Mgmt db]
- Environmental Sciences and Pollution Mgmt 1981 to present
- ERIC … 1966 to present
- General Science Abstracts … 1984 to present
- Health and Safety Science Abstracts … 1981 to present [a subfile of Environmental Science & Pollution Mgmt db]
- Industrial and Applied Microbiology Abstracts (Microbiology A) … 1982 to present
- International Pharmaceutical Abstracts … 1970 to present
- Pollution Abstracts … 1981 to present
- PsycINFO … 1872 to present (weekly update)
- PubMed [Medline] … 1966 to present
- Readers Guide Abstracts … 1983 to present
- Risk Abstracts … 1990 to present [a subfile of Environmental Science & Pollution Mgmt db]
- Social Sciences Abstracts … 1984 to present
- Toxicology Abstracts … 1981 to present
- Water Resources Abstracts … 1967 to present
- Web of Science … 1982 to present
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