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, http://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uiu/, and
Online Journals & Databases, http://openurl.library.uiuc.edu/sfxlcl3/az?
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 florador at 1:43 PM
February 7, 2012
Library Resources Update
The ORR (Online Research Resources), www.library.Illinois.edu/orr/, 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, openurl.library.uiuc.edu/sfxlcl3/az . 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 florador at 11:13 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: http://thomsonreuters.com/content/press_room/science/JCR-impact-factor-2010
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 florador at 2:51 PM
June 15, 2011
New Open Access Journal from Nature: Scientific Reports
PRESS RELEASE FROM NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
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.
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.
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.
Posted by florador at 11:08 AM
October 21, 2010
Faculty of 1000 has Expanded its Coverage
Hopefully you were a regular user of Faculty of 1000 Biology – a great way to find out which articles “experts” in various biology fields have evaluated as “exceptional”, “must-reads”, or “recommended”! Faculty of 1000 has recently changed its name (dropped “Biology”) and expanded its subject coverage to include the medical disciplines. So, if you already are receiving alerts from F1000, you may want to revisit it to select additional areas of interest.
Try Faculty of 1000 out at:
You’ll find the main part of F1000 under the Evaluations link:
- Browse by subject area to see newly evaluated papers and those that have high F1000 Article Factors.
- Use the Advanced Search to find articles of particular interest, those published at a particular institution, those rated by a faculty evaluator, or published in a particular journal.
- Of course you’ll also want to see if any of YOUR articles have made it into F1000.
- Be sure to register for a MyF1000 account so you can request regular email alerts based on broad subject areas or your specific searches.
Other sections of F1000 include:
- Reports – peer-reviewed commentaries on emerging themes
- Posters – repository for posters from meetings – deposit yours or view others
- Magazine – The Scientist
Note: if you bookmark F1000 on campus, you can use http://f1000.com. Use the Library’s URL for accessing F1000 from off-campus.
Posted by florador at 3:52 PM
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 http://f1000.com. The current URL for the Beta version (http://beta.f1000.com) will not be permanent. Use the Library’s URL for accessing F1000 from off-campus.
Posted by florador at 5:15 PM
November 10, 2009
Use "Easy Search" to Discover Articles in Multiple Databases at Once
Have you ever wished you could easily search MANY of the Library’s resources with just one search? If so, try Easy Search!
For Undergrads, Easy Search is a way to discover which online article databases offer the most articles on the subject of interest, since they may not yet know the potential of resources labeled “PubMed”, “Web of Science”, “Scopus”, “Biological Abstracts”, “CAB Abstracts”, “Academic Search Premier”, etc.
For Researchers, Easy Search is a way to discover at a glance which article databases are most fruitful for their research needs and to easily move from one resource to another.
Additionally, Easy Search currently searches the full text of over 10,000 Springer e-books, the Mc-Graw Hill Encyclopedia of Science, CREDO Reference (online dictionaries), Google Books, and more. Of course it also searches for books held in our libraries, too! And it searches the Online Research Resource (ORR) for e-journal titles that may match the search.
Where is it? You can find a link to Easy Search at the Biotechnology Information Center website:
Or, you can bookmark this link, to go directly to Easy Search:
Sample Search: Biofuel*
Method: I elected to search the following groupings of resources:
• Multi-Subject Resources
• Current News Sources
• Engineering Articles
• Health Sciences Articles
• Life Sciences Articles
• Web Search Engines
• Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, etc.
Results, with “hits” shown, below:
Once the Easy Search results have all come back, you’ll just click on the link under the number of hits; a new screen will open with the results shown for the database selected. Note: In the listing below, click on the link to access the database. This is not how the results would be presented in Easy Search, where the number of hits would be hot-linked.
Current News Sources
Wall Street Journal (1984-Current) ....................187
New York Times (1995-Current) ....................199
Chicago Tribune (1985-Current) ....................62
Access World News ....................10,037
Newspaper Source ....................6,641
Google News ....................2,460
Medline (from Web of Knowledge) ....................730
Toxicology Abstracts ....................42
Health and Safety Science Abstracts ....................30
Physical Education Index ....................0
Social Services Abstracts ....................4
AARP AgeLine ....................0
Alt HealthWatch ....................16
CINAHL Nursing Literature ....................9
Biological Abstracts ....................1,237
CAB Abstracts ....................5,474
Food Science & Technology Abstracts ....................95
Zoological Record ....................27
Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management ....................5,331
Books, Music, Documents, Media in UIUC & Illinois Libraries
and Full-Text Books
University of Illinois Library Catalog ....................13
I-Share Library Catalog [state-wide Illinois, academic] ....................36
Springer E-Books ....................440
Google Books ....................1,340
Amazon Books ....................3,523
Internet Archive Books ....................2
Center for Research Libraries (use Interlibrary Loan) ....................3
Electronic Journals and Series Titles
Web Search Engines
Give Easy Search a try! It doesn’t search ALL our resources, but it certainly should give you a starting point for your research!
Credit: Easy Search was created (and is constantly improved) by U of Illinois Engineering Librarian, Bill Mischo, and his team.
Katie Newman – Biotechnology Librarian – 2130 IGB – email@example.com – 217-265-5386
Posted by florador at 12:55 PM
October 1, 2009
SciFinder is Now Available on the Web!
Passing along a note from the Chemistry Librarian, Tina Chrzastowski.
Use SciFinder Web to search Chemical Abstracts, which indexes "chemistry" in the broadest sense. It is updated daily and indexes & abstracts over 8000 journals. Coverage: 1907-present. SciFinder has cited & citing references from 1995-present. One of the new features of the web version is the ability to set up email alerts.
Note: our "seats" for this resource are very limited, so if you get turned away the first time you try to access it, please try again another time.
------- Note from Tina Chrzastowski ----------
We now have access to the latest version of SciFinder Scholar in its new format: SciFinder Web (SFWeb).
You must register as an individual to gain access to SFWeb, and you must register with a Illinois.edu email account. In addition, SFWeb will only work from a computer with a University of Illinois IP address (or via the VPN, which mimics a U of Illinois IP, if you need to use it from off-campus). Since this new application is web-based, Macs and PCs can use the same platform.
To register for a SciFinder Web (SFW) account, please go to:
and follow the links from "Register for SciFinder Web Version." You may also need to download the Java Plug-in for structure searching, which is also available at this URL. You will also find the link to login once you register your user name and password: https://scifinder.cas.org/ .
Full information on this migration, as well as the many positives of the new SF Web version are available at our FAQ page.
As always, please let me know about any problems or questions using SciFinder Web. Tutorials are available through the FAQ page and we will be holding training sessions on SF Web later this fall. Tina
Tina E. Chrzastowski
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Posted by florador at 4:46 PM
January 8, 2009
Springer Books Available Electronically
Recently (2008) the U of Illinois Library purchased electronic access to over 8000 books published by Springer-Verlag during 2005-2008. We expect to continue this program, purchasing Springer books as electronic books rather than as printed books. The subjects in which we are purchasing Springer e-books include:
* Architecture and Design
* Behavioral Science
* Biomedical and Life Sciences
* Business and Economics
* Chemistry and Materials Science
* Computer Science
* Earth and Environmental Science
* Humanities, Social Sciences & Law
* Mathematics and Statistics
where xxxx is some topic of interest. E.g.,:
+springerlink + bioinform? [187 titles]
+springerlink +genom? [114 titles]
+springerlink +biol? [700 titles]
Note: be sure to put a plus (+) right in front of all words. And use the question mark (?) to search for word variations. For example, "genom?" finds genome, genomes, genomic; "biol?" finds biology, biological, etc.
Would you like to have a PRINT version of the Springer e-book? You can, for just $24.95! Yes, because the Univ of Illinois Library provides access to several Springer eBook packages, SpringerLink exclusively offers you MyCopy books:
* You can order a printed copy of the book in a black-and-white softcover (cover is colored) version. It will be shipped conveniently to your home or work address.
* The price is just $24.95 per book and includes shipping and handling. The delivery time is approximately 8-11 business days.
To find OTHER biology e-books, take a look at our Electronic Reference for the Life Sciences web site!
Posted by florador at 12:50 PM
April 8, 2008
The University of Illinois is Now a Member of BioMed Central
News that many of you have been eagerly awaiting!
The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana is now a Supporting Member of the open access publisher, BioMed Central.
What this means is that when you submit a journal article for publication in one of nearly 200 BMC titles, you will receive a 15% discount off the article processing charge!
Here's a list of the BMC titles:
This discount also applies to articles submitted to Chemistry Central
http://www.chemistrycentral.com/ and to PhysMath Central http://www.physmathcentral.com/.
Here's a list of the article processing charges for the various BMC journals (before discount):
For most of the journals, the fee is $1690, but may be as high as $2685 or as low as $500. A few are even free.
Many of the BMC journals have already earned quite respectable Impact Factors. See:
e.g., Genome Biology (7.17); BMC Bioinformatics (3.62); BMC Biology (4.43); BMC Evolutionary Biology (4.46)
Why should you consider publishing in a BMC journal?
First of all, know that all research submitted will receive rigorous and rapid peer review. If the article is accepted:
- It will be accessible to anyone with an Internet connection - open access means no subscriptions or 'pay-per-view' charges for original research articles.
- It is more likely to be cited, as it will be freely available to the entire global biological and medical community
- It will be listed in PubMed within days of publication
- You retain the copyright of your work
- You will be able to view your article's access statistics, which average over 200 downloads per month per article
- Your articles will be securely and permanently archived in PubMed Central
Papers published by our colleagues:
The University of Illinois' "homepage" lists papers that were published in BMC jouranls by U of I authors in the last year -- at this point 30 research articles, software, protocols, etc:
For your interest, here's the U of I-Chicago's home page:
Submitting a paper:
If you are on campus within our recognized IP range when submitting a manuscript you will be identified as belonging to a member institution and automatically granted a 15% discount on article processing charges If you are at home or at an external terminal when submitting your paper, you can still claim this discount by stating that you are a affiliated with the U of I. Papers may be submitted either via a journal home page or via http://www.biomedcentral.com/manuscript/.
Posted by florador at 3:56 PM
September 18, 2007
Illinois Biotechnology Organization Formed
The Illinois Biotechnology Organization (IBO) was recently formed by several graduate students and post-docs for the purpose of "gathering together students, post-doc, professors etc. that are involved in the biotechnology area at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana."
At the IBO website one will find gathered together University links of significance to biotechnology as well as a page of links that point to information about biotechnology.
The IBO is planning its first event, a social hour, for Monday, October 29th from 7-9 PM. It will be held in Room 210 of the Illini Union. All are welcome to attend, but it is requested that you register by October 22nd by sending an email to:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IBO social hour is being held in conjunction with the 2007 Biotechnology Job Fair, which is being held on Tuesday, October 30th, from 9-12 and 1-3:30, in the Illini Union. Deadline for registration for the Job Fair is October 1st.
Posted by florador at 11:14 AM
September 12, 2007
Scientific Memoirs from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is making 150 years of American scientific history available by publishing its entire collection of Biographical Memoirs on the Internet. Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased NAS members written by those who knew them or their work.
Since 1877, NAS has published over 1,400 memoirs. Although the memoirs published since 1995 have been freely available on the Academy's Web site, over 900 memoirs were available previously only in print through archives and libraries.
Among the additional 500 memoirs published online are those of famed naturalist Louis Agassiz; Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Thomas Edison; Alexander Graham Bell; noted anthropologist Margaret Mead; and psychologist and philosopher John Dewey. More memoirs will be published regularly until the entire collection is available online.
Posted by florador at 2:57 PM
August 23, 2007
Get SciFinder Scholar 2007 for Access to Chemical Abstracts
Does your research involve an interest in “chemicals”?
Insect pheromones? Agrochemicals? Neurotransmitters? Biological membranes? Drugs? Antibiotics? DNA / RNA / Proteins? Genomics? Hormones? Enzymes?
If so, you probably will profit from using SciFinder Scholar (SFS) to search Chemical Abstracts (CA), which indexes "chemistry" in the broadest sense!
About SciFinder Scholar…
- Chemical Abstracts the most comprehensive database of publicly disclosed research in chemistry and related sciences, indexing nearly 9,500 major scientific journals worldwide.
- Has patent references from 50 active international patent-issuing authorities.
- Searches Chemical Abstracts and Medline (PubMed), simultaneously, with de-duplicating capability.
- Is updated daily and covers the literature from 1907 to the present.
- Learn more about which subjects and core journals are covered in Chemical Abstracts.
- Read an overview of the new features offered in SFS2007, which includes combining searches and exporting data to Excel spreadsheets.
- Online training in SFS is available.
- The U of I shares a license with UIC for 12 seats for SFS; the lowest usage times are before 11 AM and after 7 PM.
Important! Our license agreement limits use of SciFinder Scholar to academic use by U of Illinois students, staff and faculty, only; any use related to paid, commercial work or non-academic research is forbidden. Full license details are available at the download web site and also appear with every login.
How can you access SciFinder Scholar?
Unfortunately, this resource is not web-based; it is only available for those who have loaded the SciFinder Scholar program onto their computers. (Or, you can use it at any public computer in any U of Illinois Library by clicking on this URL).
For instructions for downloading SciFinder Scholar (for PC and Mac) to your office computer, please contact the Chemistry Librarian, Tina Chrzastowski (email@example.com, 217-333-3737) or the Biotechnology Librarian, Katie Newman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-265-5386). We'll send you the web address of a secure web page from which you can download the two program files. There you will also find instructions for what you must do to access SFS from off-campus.
If you have a previous version of SciFinder Scholar on your computer, you will need to upgrade to the new version, SFS2007, in order to maintain your access to SciFinder Scholar. With this release, previous versions are no longer supported.
Posted by florador at 2:21 PM
August 1, 2007
BioText: Search for Text within the Captions of Journal Articles
Below is a posting from the BioMed Central blog announcing that the BioText search engine is available! Many of you will recall that several months ago it's developer, Marti Hearst gave a presentation at UI, to the Bioinformatics Group, about Biotext.
BioText, in it's current rendition allows one to perform text searches within the captions of figures (as well as the abstracts) in ~150 journals housed in BioMed Central.
Here's a link to the search engine:
Here's a listing of the journals you'll be searching (includes BMC Bioinformatics!) (click on the "Collection" tab): "The current collection consists of more than 150 journals, 20,000 articles, and 80,000 figures."
Research report (Bioinformatics):
Some searching tips...
If you search for several words, it does an OR search. That is, it's not like Google, which does an AND search!
To force it to search on several words in a Google-like mode, put a "+" in front of the word, or enclose a phrase in quotations. To search for word stems, put an asterisk after the word stem.
Examples of legitimate searches would be....
(Searching over "captions (list view)", with number of "hits"...)
"honey bee" 5
bee bees 44
"Apis mellifera" 35
microarray genom* 4973
+microarray +genom* 107
+microarra* +genom* 128
As seen on the Open Access blog, an excerpt from the BioMed Central Blog:
Matt Hodgkinson, BioText - a search engine for open access figures, BioMed Central blog, July 31, 2007. Excerpt:
At the ISMB conference we met Anna Divoli, a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, who showed us the BioText Search Engine, which she was presenting as a poster, and has recently published....
I came across it briefly earlier this month thanks to the blog of medical librarian David Rothman, who described it as "A supercool way to search PubMed Central", which is a pretty good description!
It is part of the text mining BioText project and goes beyond the abstract searching in MEDLINE seen previously to extend searching to the figure legends of Open Access journals in PubMed Central.
As the homepage of PubMed Central notes, "All the articles in PMC are free (sometimes on a delayed basis). Some journals go beyond free, to Open Access". Because Open Access explicitly allows the reuse of the content of the articles in these journals (which include all 170+ BioMed Central journals) this has allowed the BioText people to create a search engine that allows keyword searching of abstracts, figure legends, titles and authors, returning results sorted by date and relevance, and in two formats: abstracts with figure thumbnails and legends, or figure legends with thumbnails....
Anna hinted at upcoming functions such as returning snippets that match the search terms from the full text of the article (much as Google Scholar does). We look forward to these further developments, and we'd like to thank Anna, Marti Hearst and the others on the BioText team for developing such a useful and user friendly tool. This is a great example of how Open Access allows others to make further use of published work, in ways that the authors or publishers had not anticipated.http://blogs.openaccesscentral.com/blogs/bmcblog/
Posted by florador at 1:49 PM
July 3, 2007
Check the Impact Factor of Your Favorite Journal!
The latest edition of Journal Citation Reports (2006) is now available at
JCR provides the Journal Impact Factors, a frequently cited and touted measure of the supposed importance or worth of a journal. Both the Science and Social Science versions of the JCR are available at the University of Illinois; for comparison, we have JCRs back to 1998.
The 2006 impact factors are calculated from the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited by in articles published in journals monitored by Thomson/ISI in their Web of Science product during 2006. The Impact Factors are available for most of the over 8000 journals currently indexed in ISI/Thomson's Web of Science product. It's important to note that the only journals that are said to be citing a particular article are those 8000+ journals that are monitored by Thomson/ISI.
An example of how an impact factor is calculated:
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION
Cites in "all" 2006 articles to articles published in this journal in:
2005 = 236
2004 = 321
Number of articles published in this journal in:
2005 = 79
2004 = 61
Impact Factor Calculation:
Cites in 2006 journals to recent (2004-2006) articles / Number of recent articles published
Note: Thomson/ISI is now calculating impact factors for quite a few open access journals. Among the highest ranked are two PLoS journals: 14.1 for PLoS Biology (14.7 in 2006); 13.8 for PLoS Medicine (8.4 in 2006). At least eighteen BioMed Central (BMC) journals also have impact factors.
Posted by florador at 10:31 AM
April 20, 2007
Nature and Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
We have taken out subscriptions for BOTH the Nature and Cold Spring Harbor Protocols!
Cold Spring Harbor Protocols http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=598310
Please also remember that we have subscriptions for all the Wiley "Current Protocols", too.
Posted by florador at 4:33 PM
March 24, 2007
Scopus Trial Continued
Scopus will continue to be available to the U of Illinois thoughout 2007! If you haven't already given it a try, please do! In many respects, it's a direct competitor to Web of Science, so if you're a Web of Science fan, you will definitely want to try Scopus!
Identifies scientific articles in over 14,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 international publishers. Multidisciplinary coverage includes health, agriculture, chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, engineering, earth and environmental sciences, social science, psychology, and economics, business and management.
A few comparisons:
WoS indexes about 8000 journals, which have been selected by an editorial review board; Scopus indexes about 14,000, including the whole journal holdings of many publishers. In addition, Scopus indexes many proceedings and other materials.
Both Scopus and WoS include citation tracking (both backward and forward). Citation tracking began in the 1960's for WoS (our subscription goes to 1980); citation tracking in Scopus generally starts at 1996.
Web of Science is more heavily focused on U.S. materials; Scopus claims that over 50% of its journal titles are from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
A recent review compared Web of Science and Scopus:
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Fall 2006
Posted by florador at 3:58 PM
Trial: CSA Illustrata Natural Sciences
Until mid-April, we have a trial running for CSA Illustrata Natural Sciences.
Why it's unique:
In addition to possessing the ability to search by author names or words in the title or abstracts of articles, CSA Illustrata allows one to search for the content in the figures, tables, maps, and other image data. CSA has actually pulled out words that may have been added on top of lab data photos, as well as content contained in the legends etc. So for the first time you search for illustrations, maps, etc. within articles. This is the ONLY database of scientific literature that possesses this feature.
What does it cover:
Most of the articles are either in biology or medicine. But there is also some coverage of business, psychology, earth sciences, etc., too.
Please give it a try, and let me know what your thoughts are about the usefulness of this resource to you.
Posted by florador at 3:45 PM
March 7, 2007
Trials: Protocols from Nature and from Cold Spring Harbor
Later News (4/20/07): We have taken out subscriptions for BOTH the Nature and Cold Spring Harbor Protocols!
Cold Spring Harbor Protocols http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=598310
We have trials running until the end of March, 2007, for two new, important sets of peer-reviewed protocols, one from the Nature Publishing Group and the other from Cold Spring Harbor Press. Both sets of protocols cover a wide range of fields within molecular and cell biology, from bioinformatics and computational biology to basic microscopy and electrophoresis. We do not yet have pricing information for them. Please give them a side by side test drive, and send me your impressions and critiques. If we are only able to afford to purchase a subscription to one of these, which would you recommend?
Please send comments to: email@example.com
Cold Spring Harbor Protocols http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=598310
Note: we currently have subscriptions to Wiley's Current Protocols series, including Current Protocols in Molecular Biology, Current Protocols in Immunology, Current Protocols in Bioinformatics, etc. For a list, see: http://tinyurl.com/278luk
Posted by florador at 10:52 AM
January 4, 2007
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology -- Online!
We've just gained online access to AccessScience: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Online.
This is the online equivalent of the latest version of the classic McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.
AccessScience contains more than 8,500 articles written for students, researchers, and the general public. More than 5,000 scientists have contributed to the Encyclopedia — including 35 Nobel Prize winners. Articles are brought to life by 13,000 high-quality illustrations and rich media content. AccessScience may be searched by keyword or browsed by subject discipline.
Look for these important features in AccessScience...
- full search capabilities of the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
- new trends and developments in science and technology ("Research Updates") from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology
- access to 110,000+ definitions from The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms
- biographies of scientists
- late-breaking science and technology news
- bibliographies containing more than 28,000 literature citations
- links to evaluated related web sites
- learning resources and study guides
- added illustrations, animations, and image galleries
- questions answered in a weekly Q&A
- and much more
Find the link to this and other electronic journals and reference materials in the Library's Online Research Resource.
Or, you may want to browse Electronic Reference Books for the Life Sciences for other dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Posted by florador at 5:10 PM
December 20, 2006
Online Access to The Chronicle of Higher Education
A little gift for the holidays!
We have just been able to establish campus-wide online access to The Chronicle for Higher Education ! This has come about as a result of our membership in CARLI, a state-wide academic library consortium.
Access is via IP recognition, so if you're on campus, you can just go to:
If you're accessing it from off-campus, you'll need to access via the link in the Online Research Resources (the ORR), that is, via:
so that you can be authenticated as a UIUC affiliate.
With our subscription to The Chronicle you will be able to read all the content on the site. You may also subscribe to the weekly Wired Campus newsletter email alerts, daily or weekly job alerts or daily RSS feeds for content. The only limitation of our site license vs an individual subscription is that you will not be allowed to subscribe to the daily e-mail alerts. See:
Note: there is a way to get weekly updates on the content in The Chronicle, or getting content focused on a particular topic. Contact me if you're interested: Katie Newman, firstname.lastname@example.org!
Posted by florador at 3:56 PM
December 13, 2006
Concerned How Others May Use Your Word Documents?
Microsoft has created a free add-in that enables you to embed a Creative Commons copyright license into a document that you create using the Microsoft applications Word, PowerPoint, or Excel. With a Creative Commons license, authors can express their intentions regarding how their works may be used by others.
To learn more about Creative Commons, please visit its web site, www.creativecommons.org. To learn more about the choices among the Creative Commons licenses, see http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/meet-the-licenses.
Installation of the Creative Commons Microsoft Office add-in will add an option to your File menu whereby you can easily add the CC logo and usage statement to your document.
Posted by florador at 5:58 PM
December 12, 2006
iHOP: An Online Search Tool to Explore Genes in Biomedical Literature
Researchers at the Computational Biology Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, US, have announced a new Internet tool for exploring scientific literature in medicine and biology. The freely accessible iHOP service provides fast, accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date summary information on over 80,000 biological molecules by automatically extracting key sentences from millions of PubMed documents when a search is requested. PubMed is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes more than 16 million citations from life science journals for biomedical articles.
iHOP has reportedly become one of the most used resources for biomedical research, accessed by nearly 200,000 different users every month. The new version offers current information on more genes and chemical compounds, covering all organisms ranging from human and chimpanzee to yeast and HIV.
The search tool allows scientists to extract comprehensive information on the function of genes in signalling pathways, interaction networks and biological processes. It also allows researchers to explore a network of gene interactions by directly navigating the pool of published scientific literature. iHOP selectively retrieves information that is specific to genes and proteins and summarizes their interactions and functions. The system adds value by filtering and ranking extracted sentences according to significance, impact factor, date of publication and syntax.
Note: For PubMed, UIUC users should use this URL:
which will provide you with links for our "Discover" service, as well as authenicate you as a UIUC affiliate, for purposes of accessing e-journals.
Posted by florador at 11:59 AM
August 4, 2006
Biotechnology Unzipped: A basic book for students / lay persons.
The National Academy Press has released the 2nd edition of Biotechnology Unzipped: Promises and Realities. Written for the undergrad student or lay person. Science popularizer Eric Grace helps readers understand what biotechnology is and what implications it holds for all of us.
Full text is available online.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 How Biotechnology Came About
Chapter 2 Tools in the Genetic Engineering Workshop
Chapter 3 Biotechnology and the Body
Chapter 4 Biotechnology on the Farm
Chapter 5 Biotechnology and the Environment
Chapter 6 Biotechnology in Seas and Trees
Chapter 7 Ethical Issues
Posted by florador at 4:20 PM
July 26, 2006
Read Worldwide Newspapers in Their Original Format
The Library just subscribed to a newspaper resource, Library PressDisplay, that allows you to view 250 newspapers from 55 countries in their original format, language, layout and pagination -- as if you were holding the newspaper in your hands!
You may select a newspaper by country of publication, by language, or by title. Texts are searchable (e.g., search for Apis mellifera, or Condoleezza). The file for each newspaper is for the current day's issue and back 60 days. RSS feeds are provided for all the newspapers. We currently have a licence for 6 simultaneous users... so if you get turned away, please try again later! (For this reason, please be sure to close your browser when you're finished, so someone else can get in.)
Many of the papers (e.g., LA Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Le Figaro (France), Daily Telegraph (UK), El Mundo (Spain), The Wall Street Journal Europe, Daily Telegraph (Sydney), Handelsblatt (Germany), Izvestiia (Russia), Toronto Star, Jerusalem Post, Times of India, La Stampa (Italy), etc.) have enhanced features ("SmartNavigation") for easy reading or cutting and pasting. Some of the newspapers with "SmartNavigation" offer the option to get an instant translation into one of ten languages or to have an audio feed that will allow you to hear the text of selected articles in the native language. To identify the newspapers with SmartNavigation look for the circle with the arrow in it next to the newspaper's name.
Posted by florador at 1:48 PM
July 6, 2006
2005 Journal Citation Reports Available
The Journal Citation Report for 2005 is now available.
Among other things, this report gives the ISI Impact Factor for 6088 science journals and 1747 social science journals. You may search by journal title, publisher, subject category, or country.
The Impact Factor (IF) of a journal is often taken as a measure of the "worth" of a journal; the higher the impact factor, the more prestigious the journal. Journal publishers and editors are often very interested in IFs, and tout their journal's IF if it is high. Those going up for tenure / promotion are also interested in publishing in journals with high impact factors.
How the Impact Factor is Calculated:
The impact factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years. An impact factor of 1.0 means that, on average, the articles published one or two year ago have been cited one time. An impact factor of 2.5 means that, on average, the articles published one or two year ago have been cited two and a half times. Citing articles may be from the same journal; most citing articles are from different journals. Caveat: only citations from journals indexed within the ISI database are counted.
For example, searching by publisher, I found the following 25 titles from the open access publisher, BioMed Central.
GENOME BIOL 9.712
BMC DEV BIOL 5.412
BMC STRUCT BIOL 5.000
BMC BIOINFORMATICS 4.958
BMC MOL BIOL 4.485
BMC EVOL BIOL 4.447
BMC GENOMICS 4.092
BREAST CANCER RES 4.026
GEOCHEM T 3.727
BMC BIOTECHNOL 3.054
ARTHRITIS RES THER 2.965
CRIT CARE 2.932
BMC NEUROSCI 2.733
RESP RES 2.682
BMC CELL BIOL 2.652
BMC MICROBIOL 2.176
BMC CANCER 1.992
BMC INFECT DIS 1.956
BMC GENET 1.769
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 1.658
BMC HEALTH SERV RES 1.625
BMC GASTROENTEROL 1.455
BMC MUSCULOSKEL DIS 1.316
MALARIA J 0.547 0.377
CURR CONTR TRIALS C 0.231
Usually journals are compared within a particular subject category. For example, Genome Biology is listed in the BIOTECHNOLOGY & APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY category as well as the GENETICS & HEREDITY category. In the BIOTECHNOLOGY & APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY category, Genome Biology has the 4th highest IF out of 139 journals; in the GENETICS & HEREDITY category, it is 10th out of 124.
Posted by florador at 10:36 AM
May 1, 2006
New Electronic "Biotech" Resources
We recently obtained electronic rights to the following titles.
Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Genetics, Genomics, and Proteomics
Dictionary of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Current Protocols in Microbiology
(This new Current Protocol brings to 14 the total number of CP titles. Click on this link for a list of all the Current Protocols.)
These and other biological reference resources may be found via the
UIUC Library Online Research Resources directory,
Other notable reference titles in the ORR include:
Posted by florador at 12:16 PM
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 florador 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 florador at 3:37 PM
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
August 23, 2005
New Biomed Central Gateway for RNAi Research
Biomed Central has just announced a new Gateway for RNAi research, which brings together the latest open access research articles and methodology articles relating to RNAi, plus news and links to new Faculty of 1000 Biology evaluations relevant to the field.
This joins BMC's other three Gateways:
Bioinformatics and Genomics Gateway
As a reminder -- the UIUC is a member of Biomed Central, and as a result, our researchers may publish in BMC titles without having to pay the page charges that are usually required! Additionally, we have access to the Biomed Central titles:
Faculty of 1000
Breast Cancer Research
Arthritis Research & Therapy
Posted by at 2:12 PM
August 18, 2005
RefWorks Help for UIUC
We recently told of a new resource available for UIUC, Refworks. A simplified set of instructions for using RefWorks at UIUC has just been created. Find out how to get access to this resource, how to import citations into it creating your own reference database, and how to use it with Word to create documents with cited references.
Posted by at 5:44 PM
August 10, 2005
Science's SAGE-KE and STKE are available for UIUC student, faculty and staff use!
This past June, while I was attending the annual Special Libraries Association Meeting in Toronto, I registered for a "free gift" at the AAAS booth -- and won! So UIUC has, for one year, free access to two special "knowledge environments" created by AAAS, SAGE-KE and STKE:
SAGE-KE: Science of Aging Knowledge Environment
SAGE KE provides one-stop shopping for researchers who study aging. It is interdisciplinary and covers the biology of the aging process from the perspective of a number of fields. It contains opinion pieces and original reviews not available elsewhere, some written by scientists and some by scientific journalists. There are synopses of recent significant advances, and case studies of neurodegenerative diseases, primarily written by clinicians; some of these feature animated tools, such as an examination of an Alzheimer's patient. SAGE KE would be a useful resource for neuroscience students as well as medical students. A major focus is the list of diseases of the aging, Parkinson's, Cancer, Osteoporosis. Aging as related to plants and animals is included, as well.
Read more about SAGE-KE:
or give it a spin:
STKE: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment
STKE is a resource for presenting and organizing information in the field of signal transduction. This online resource features news and original reviews and perspectives not found anywhere else on new research in the field of signal transduction. There is a lab manual component to the STKE, with original protocols detailing instructions for new signaling-specific techniques to apply in the lab or classroom and guidance on experimentation methods. The Connections Maps Database of Signaling Pathways is updated continually with new results in signaling pathways. There are animations available throughout the pathways. The STKE library via the Virtual Journal provides full-text access to relevant articles in 49 journals in the collection of HighWire Press, Stanford University. STKE is a weekly electronic journal with unique features like original Reviews, and Protocols, the Virtual Journal (signal transduction articles from the journals 19 publishers), Personalization Tools, the Connections Maps database, a discussion forum, and more.
Read more about STKE:
or give it a spin:
We will have access to these until July 2006. I'd be interested in hearing your comments about them. Were we to continue them past next July, their price would be in the vicinity of $2,500 each. So use them while we have them!
You will find both of these resources listed in the ORR (Library Online Research Resources), under "journals".
Posted by at 3:47 PM
July 28, 2005
PLoS Genetics Launched - Major New Open Access Journal
PLoS Genetics is a new open-access journal from the Public Library of Science (PLoS). Led by an internationally recognized editorial board with broad knowledge and expertise, PLoS Genetics is a journal that celebrates the research of the greater genetics and genomics community. PLoS Genetics will publish articles that reflect the full breadth and interdisciplinary nature of this research, all free to read and to use in your own research and teaching.
Other PLoS titles: PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, and PLoS Computational Biology.
Access PLoS Genetics.
Posted by at 11:03 AM
April 8, 2005
New Bio-Medical Resources!
Last fall then-Provost Herman provided $200,000 for each of two years to the Library, in order that we could upgrade our biomedical resources, making them more in line with those available to our colleagues at the University of Illinois-Chicago. After much deliberation by a team of UIUC librarians, the following resources were purchased or licensed. Their usage will be evaluated after two years in order to determine if they should be continued or not.
Scroll down to learn about the resources (a few of which we have not yet taken delivery of), and their estimated cost/annum:
Identifies articles in complementary and alternative medicine. Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers an immediate resource of full text articles from more than 140 international and often peer reviewed reports, proceedings, association and consumer newsletters. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Updated weekly. 1990-present.
Identifies biomedical and pharmacological articles; simultaneously searches Medline (PubMed) and Embase. At least 2,000 of the journals covered in EmBase are not covered in Medline. Subjects covered include alternative medicine, basic biological science relevant to human medicine, biochemistry, biomedical engineering and medical instrumentation, biotechnology, clinical and experimental medicine, drugs, environmental science, forensic science, hospital management, industrial medicine, medical devices, occupational hygiene, pediatrics, pharmacy, pharmacology and drug therapy, pharmaco-economics, pollution control, public health, and toxicology. Over 6,500 journals are indexed from 70 countries. The international coverage focuses on Western Europe and the US. Cochrane Study Groups are required to use both the Medline and Embase databases in developing their Systematic Reviews of the literature. Embase coverage, alone, began in 1974; Medline includes coverage back into the 1950's.
Faculty of I000
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: Biochemistry; Bioinformatics; Biotechnology; Cell biology; Chemical biology; Developmental biology; Ecology; Evolutionary biology; Genomics & genetics; Immunology; Microbiology; Molecular biology; Molecular medicine; Neuroscience; Physiology; 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.
Note: purchased with separate money: membership in BioMed Central, the open access publisher of Faculty of I000.
Physical Education Index
Identifies articles about physical education and related disciplines such as sports, sports medicine, physical education curricula, dance, coaching, fitness, and motor learning. Other coverage includes sport law, kinesiology, recreation, standardized fitness tests, sports equipment, sports business and marketing, coaching and training, sport sociology and psychology, health education, and physical therapy. Over 300 scholarly journals and other publications are indexed.
Provides over 50,000 high-quality images spanning all of internal medicine. Each image is accompanied by detailed and authoritative text. Use these images to transform lectures, whether you want histology, pathology, radiographs, original artworks, graphs, tables, or the state-of-the-art commentary. Detailed references accompany each image. Updated frequently.
Provided as part of EBM Reviews (Evidence-based medicine). Identifies reviews of clinical medicine and provides access to controlled trials. It is geared specifically towards clinical medicine and contains article reviews, systematic review of topics, and access to definitive controlled trials. Includes several collections: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects; and the ACP Journal Club, from the American College of Physicians-American Society. Updated quarterly.
Current Protocols Series
This series of manuals contain the standards protocols for scientific, lab-tested research and experimentation methods. Frequent updating ensures that only the most recent information is provided.
(Only partially paid for from Provost's fund.)
- Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
- Current Protocols in Cell Biology
- Current Protocols in Cytometry
- Current Protocols in Human Genetics
- Current Protocols in Immunology
- Current Protocols in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
- Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
- Current Protocols in Neuroscience
- Current Protocols in Pharmacology
- Current Protocols in Protein Science
- Current Protocols in Toxicology
Methods in Enzymology backfile
Recently we were able to purchase a current subscription to the electronic version of Methods in Enzymology. With this special funding, we purchased rights to access the backfiles for this set, which gives us e-access to the entire set online, back to volume one, 1955!
Elsevier Medical & Dentistry journals backfile
Access to nearly 300 journals, from the time of their inception to 1994.
Coming soon; for a list of the journals, click here
(one-time cost, spread over two years)
Elsevier Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology journals backfile
Access to over 200 journals, from the time of their inception to 1994. We've had the "Elsevier-imprint" backfiles in this area for some time, with this special funding were able to purchase the backfile for the former Academic Press titles, that Elsevier gobbled up, which weren't included in our first backfile purchase!
(one-time cost, from several pots of money)
Journals published by the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber Publishers. For links to each title, please search the Library's Online Research Resources or browse all the titles.
Titles include (with coverage starting in 1985 except as noted):
Includes the titles:
- The journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
- Archives of dermatology
- Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery
- Archives of general psychiatry
- Archives of internal medicine
- Archives of neurology
- Archives of ophthalmology
- Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery
- Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine
- Archives of surgery
Nature medical journals (note: excludes the "clinical" titles)
(split cost with UIC)
Includes the titles:
A major publisher of medical journals, we now have access to the following titles, with our access starting with the 2005 issues. For links to each title, please go to the Library's Online Research Resources.
Several frequently requested journal subscriptions were also purchased:
Breast Cancer Research (part of the BioMedCentral subscription)
Posted by at 9:19 AM
RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager. Use it when working on a research project to collect references from online databases, building your own library of references. You can then insert the references into your paper using Word and the free Write-N-Cite plug-in, which automatically formats the paper and the bibliography using a wide variety of styles.
RefWorks is similar in function to bibliographic management software products such as EndNote, Reference Manager, and ProCite, and citations from these programs can be easily imported into RefWorks or vice versa. RefWorks differs from these other programs in that the personally created databases (libraries, folders) are stored on the RefWorks server and can be accessed through the University Library institutional account from wherever the user happens to be via the web. In addition, there is no charge for use to University of Illinois current faculty, staff and students.
Newsflash - 8/18/05 - The UIUC Library has put together a local support site for Refworks. Here you'll find out how to register for RefWorks, how to import citations from our many article indexes and abstracts into RefWorks, and how to use it from within Word.
There is also a fine set of RefWorks tutorials at http://www.refworks.com/tutorial/.
RefWorks has been licensed for use by anyone at UIUC; sign up for your free individual account. Please feel free to tell your students about it and urge them to create a login so they can use it to build bibliographies for their papers.
Purchased jointly through funds from the Library and CITES.
Posted by at 9:12 AM
Classical Music Library
Just for fun! Listen to classical music online via the Classical Music Library! You may browse by composer, artist, instrument, genre, etc., or search. Note: UIUC only has three "seats" (simultaneous users) for this resource, so please don't routinely use it to provide background music for hours at a time.
Posted by at 9:09 AM
February 8, 2005
Embase OnlineWe recently subscribed to EmBase Online, which searches both the Embase and Medline (PubMed) databases. Embase, also known as Excerpta Medica, is produced by Elsevier Science. It is a comprehensive bibliographic database which covers a broad range of subjects in the health sciences, complementary to PubMed. PubMed users should search EmBase Online, too. In fact, since EmBase Online includes all PubMed citations, so you might consider starting with EmBase Online, which allows you to search over 6000 journals.
Posted by at 6:10 PM
Current Protocols in... Now Online!
We have have full e-access to ALL the Current Protocols in series! This includes:
- Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
- Current Protocols in Cell Biology
- Current Protocols in Cytometry
- Current Protocols in Human Genetics
- Current Protocols in Immunology
- Current Protocols in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
- Current Protocols in Neuroscience
- Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
- Current Protocols in Pharmacology
- Current Protocols in Protein Science
- Current Protocols in Toxicology
Find the links for these in the Online Research Resource!
Posted by at 3:34 PM
February 7, 2005
Faculty 1000 and Membership in BioMed Central
UIUC recently joined BioMedCentral, thus affirming our commitment to work toward more open access for scientific scholarly research. As a member of BMC, UIUC researchers will no longer be required to pay page charges when publishing in one of the BMC journals.
Along with our membership in BMC, we purchased BMC's Biological Collection, which gives us access to several BMC premium products including Faculty of 1000, Genome Biology, Breast Cancer Research, Arthritis Research & Therapy, and The Scientist.
Posted by at 3:32 PM
September 24, 2004
Safari Books Online Includes Bioinformatics Books
Safari Books Online is a continuously updated online library that features the most-frequently requested Information Technology (IT) titles, including the latest publications from:
* Adobe Press
* Addison Wesley Professional
* Cisco Press
* Microsoft Press
* New Riders
* O'Reilly (including the "in a nutshell" books)
* Peachpit Press
* Prentice Hall PTR
* Sam's Publishing.
Our subscription currently includes 520 titles that will be especially useful to computer science, library science, and other IT students and faculty.
Safari is now listed in the UIUC Library Online Research Resources site as "Safari". Additionally, all the individual titles for these books are now listed in the UIUC Online Library Catalog, too. To browse a listing of them, please click here or search for "Safari Tech Books Online" in the Catalog.
When you get to the Safari site, search for words in the titles or full text of books, or browse by category.
A few of the books that may be of interest to you... [list updated 9/2008]
- Bioinformatics Computing, by Bryan Bergeron (Prentice Hall PTR, 2002)
- Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills, by Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck (O'Reilly, 2001)
- Mastering Perl for Bioinformatics, by James Tisdall (O'Reilly, 2003)
- Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea, by Mark Ratner, Daniel Ratner (Prentice Hall PTR, 2002)
- Nanoconvergence: The Unity of Nanoscience, Biotechnology, Information Technology, and Cognitive Science, by William Sims Bainbridge (Prentice Hall, 2007)
- Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity by Lynn E. Foster (Prentice Hall, 2005)
- Open Sources 2.0, by Chris DiBona et al (O'Reilly, 2005)
- Bioinformatics in the Post-Genomic Era Genome, Transcriptome, Proteome, and Information-Based Medicine, by Jeff Augen (Addison Wesley, 2004)
- Biometric Authentication: A Machine Learning Approach, by S. Y. Kung et al (Prentice Hall, 2004)
- Perl by Example, 4th edition, by Ellie Quigley (Prentice Hall, 2007)
- Sequence Analysis in a Nutshell, by Scott Markel et al (O'Reilly, 2003)
- Easy Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, by Sherry Kinkoph (Que, 2003)
- Beautiful Code, by Andy Oram (O'Reilly, 2007)
- BLAST, by Ian Korf et al (O'Reilly, 2003)
- Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition, by Andy Baron, Ken Getz, Paul Litwin (O'Reilly, 2004)
- Photoshop 7 Power Shortcuts, by Michael Ninness (New Riders Publishing, 2003)
You'll also find books on PERL; Dreamweaver; Photoshop; Microsoft Access; Microsoft Word; Powerpoint; Excel; Flash; PageMaker; Programming languages (C, C++, Active X, Java, Visual Basic, PalmPilot, etc.); XML; HTML; Security.... You name it!
Tip: Use Safari's advanced search mode for maximum searching flexibility!
Posted by at 6:54 PM
September 17, 2004
New Database: PapersInvited
Find out about upcoming meetings or calls for papers! The Research and Publications Committee, a committee of the library faculty, recently decided to fund campus-wide access to the database, PapersInvited. We did this partially as means to inform the library faculty about upcoming meetings and publication opportunities, but also as a way to support the broader research effort on campus. We are funding this resource for one year, after which time it will be evaluated for possible extension.
What it is:
PapersInvited is a searchable database of calls for papers, posters and publications from professional bodies, universities, journal editors and other conference organizers. It is particularly rich in announcements of scientific meetings.
'Calls for papers' are classified by specific disciplines found within these broad classifications:
- Generalities, Library Science & Journalism;
- Philosophy, Religion and Mythology;
- Psychology and Other Related Fields;
- Arts, Architecture, Music and Sports;
- Literature and Languages;
- Geography and History;
- Management and Related Areas;
- Social Sciences;
- Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering;
- Natural Sciences;
- Mathematical Sciences and Astronomy;
- Human Biology, Medicine and Health Sciences;
- Engineering and Technology;
- Computers and Information Technology.
After registering, each user may elect to receive email notifications about events within specified disciplines or according to specific keywords. Other features include a personalized inbox and calendar. An advanced search option may be used to find events based on abstract deadline, event dates, locations, or keywords. The Student's Corner allows students to find conferences or publications that invite their participation as well as student volunteer opportunities.
Registration (free for UIUC affiliates) is required for individual users in order to receive the E-Newsletter informing you of periodic updates or the addition of calls for papers in specific areas of interest to you. Instructions are outlined below.
Update Frequency: weekly
Under "Natural Sciences" one can choose to look at or receive notices about meetings/publication opportunities in...
|Agricultural and Food Sciences||Geosciences and Earth sciences|
|Botany||Life Sciences and Biology|
|Chemistry and Allied Sciences||Microbiology|
|Evolution and Paleontology||Veterinary science|
Or, under the "Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering", one can choose:
Or, under "Human Biology, Medicine & Health Sciences", one may choose such areas as:
|Alternative and Other Medicine||Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Sport Medicine|
|Endocrinology||Human anatomy and Human Physiology|
|Forensic Medicine, Medical Jurisprudence||Oncology, or many other medical specialties|
Or, under "Engineering", one can choose from nearly 30 engineering specialties including:
|Chemical Engineering||Industrial Engineering|
|Computer Engineering||Materials Engineering|
|Electrical Engineering||Mechanical Engineering|
|Environmental Engineering||Software and Systems Engineering|
Or, you can search by keyword, and elect to have the results sent regularly to you by email.
You just need to choose your own login and password, so you can see the current results that match your criteria (keywords / disciplines), and so you can receive notifications by email about new meetings or call for papers. You can search the database without creating a personal account.
Here are the steps for setting up your own account...
(if you're off campus, you will need to authenticate yourself as a UIUC student / staff / faculty member with your UIUC NetID)
On the first screen, click on " Not a Member? Sign Up!",
which takes you to:
On the line that says " If you have already subscribed to PapersINVITED, please Click here to Personalize your account", chick on "Click here"!, which takes you to:
Personalized Registration Form
Fill in the information. Your email address must end in "uiuc.edu".
Note that your email address will be used as your login.
Then continue on to choose which areas of specialization and keywords that you are interested in. If you ever want to change these, you do so by going into "Options", and "Change Area of Specialization / Keywords".
After you have personalized your account, a password will be sent to your email account. You can then log in, and change your password to something that you can remember, using the "options" menu.
Note: After you register for an account, you will automatically receive email notifications of meetings / calls for papers that match your selected disciplines / keywords. If you would rather NOT receive these emails, then, after you've logged in, you need to go into "options", "E-Newsletter Preferences", and check the box NOT to receive them!
Sorry it's so confusing! You can, of course, just use PapersInvited without creating an account. You'll be able to search it and generate lists of upcoming meetings, etc. But if you register, you'll be able to view "MyCalendar", which shows meetings / papers that match your criteria, and to receive email notifications of such meetings, too.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this resource. I would also welcome comments about the usefulness of this database to you and your students.
Posted by at 3:50 PM
August 30, 2004
Biobar - Tool for Mozilla-Based Web Browsers
(This is a copy of an email sent to the Biotech faculty at UIUC. If you didn't get it, and want me to add you to my list, let me know! KC)
Biotech / Molecular biology researchers at UIUC --
Recently I came upon this useful "extension" to Mozilla-based browsers that you can install on your computer if you're using FireFox or Netscape 7+. It may ease your searching of PubMed or many of the bioinformatics databases such as NCBI's Genbank or Homologene, the EMBL databases, or the DDBJ databases. Once you install it, you'll see a new toolbar appear in your browser window.
Here's the blurb from the site:
Biobar - A toolbar for browsing biological data and databases.
The biobar project is a bioinformatics power-browsing toolbar for Mozilla-based browsers including Firefox and Netscape 7+. This toolbar provides access to all major biological data resources. The primary advantage of this tool is that it allows a biologist to browse and retrieve data from Genomic, Proteomic, Functional, Literature, Taxonomic, Structural, Plant and Animal-specific databases. In addition to the browsing features, biobar also provides links to important bioinformatics sites and services including services at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ). The tool also provides links to major data deposition sites for nucleotide, protein and 3D-structure data. Finally, the menu also contains links to many Sequence, Structure alignment and analysis tools. Here is a list of the databases accessible from Biobar:
Read more and download this handy toolbar, Biobar, from:
The developer of Biobar is Jawahar Swaminathan, a curator of the EBI Macromolecular Structure Database.
If you install Biobar, you'll want to customize it so you're seeing the UIUC version of Pubmed -- that is, the version that shows which subscriptions we have access to. To do this, click on the first dropdown menu on the Biobar, choose "options", then click on NCBI. Set your "library linkout abbreviation" to: uiuclib.
If you're accessing Pubmed from off-campus, you'll still want to use the Library's URL for PubMed, so that the e-journal articles are proxied, recognizing you as a UIUC researcher! The pre-proxied URL for PubMed is: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=258171
Biobar is merely passing your search queries to the native interface for the various databases. So use the same search syntax as you would if you were searching the native search engines!
Questions? Send me an email and I'll try to help!
Posted by at 10:06 AM
July 27, 2004
EndNote Connection Files
Several Endnote connection files have been added or modified. Be sure you're using the latest by checking the UIUC EndNote Support Information site.
Posted by at 10:19 AM
June 27, 2004
Wiley Biotechnology Journal Backfiles Purchased
Wiley backfiles in the areas of Biotechnology, Biochemistry & Biophysics purchased by Biotech Info Center.
We now have e-access for the following Wiley journal titles back to their date of inception:
- Acta Biotechnologica, 1981-2000
- Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 1974-1995
- Chemical Engineering & Technology – CET, 1987-1997
- Chemie Ingenieur Technik – CIT, 1949-1999
- Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 1994-1996
- Biospectroscopy, 1995
- Biopolymers, 1963-1995
- Cell Biochemistry and Function, 1983-1995
- Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 1972-1995
- Journal of Molecular Recognition, 1988-1995
- Journal of Peptide Science, 1995
- Proteins: Structure, Function, and Genetics, 1986-1995
- Yeast, 1985-1995
Posted by at 10:53 AM
November 21, 2003
Backfiles Purchased for Over 100 Elsevier Biochemistry / Genetics / Molecular Biology Journals
Message sent to Biotech Center listserv, selected Ag faculty, and SOLS...
For a one-time purchase price, we were recently able to purchase online access for over 100 Elsevier Biochemistry / Genetics / Molecular Biology journals back to the time they started publication, that is, their backfiles.
Included are such titles as:
- Biochimica Biophysica Acta (BBA) (all sections)
- Cell Differentiation and Development
- Current Opinion in Biotechnology
- Current Opinion in Cell Biology
- Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
- Current Opinion in Structural Biology
- Domestic Animal Endocrinology
- Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Journal of Fermentation and Bioengineering
- Journal of Free Radicals in Biology & Medicine
- Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, The
- Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology
- Mutation Research (all sections)
- Plant Science
- Progress in Lipid Research
- Soil Biology and Biochemistry
- Trends in Biotechnology
- Trends in Cell Biology
- Trends in Genetics
To see a complete list of the titles in this set, and the coverage dates, see:
Note -- we have "current" (1994-present) access for most, but not all, of the 100+ journals. For online access to the titles, please go to: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/ersearch/
Posted by at 1:53 PM
September 11, 2003
Elsevier Agreement Expands Access to Scholarly Materials
Recently UIUC, UIS and UIC renegotiated our contract for Elsevier journals so that if any one of us holds a print subscription to an Elsevier title, we all will have e-access to the titles. While we've had this in the recent past, too, the formal negotiation between the campuses has solidified our continued access to the Elsevier medical titles that UIC has. It also resulted in a savings of about $400,000 to UIUC, since we were able to cancel the print version for many of our Elsevier journals, while maintaining e-access to them. For more information on this, please see the statement written by Karen Schmidt, the Director of Library Collections.
Posted by at 2:07 PM
August 15, 2003
All Annual Review Backfiles are Available Online!
We now have electronic access to all Annual Review articles, back to the beginning of the series. For example, the Annual Review of Biochemistry is available online back to 1932. To access these, please go to the Online Electronic Resources page, and search for Annual Review. There are currently 30 Annual Review of... titles:
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Biomedical Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Biophysics and Biomolecular Structure
- Cell and Developmental Biology
- Computer Science
- Earth and Planetary Sciences
- Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
- Environment and Resources
- Fluid Mechanics
- Genomics and Human Genetics
- Materials Research
- Nuclear and Particle Science
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Physical Chemistry
- Plant Biology
- Political Science
- Public Health
Posted by at 2:12 PM