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January 25, 2007

NCBI Courses to be Offered at the U of I in April

The University of Illinois Biotechnology Information Center, a virtual branch of the U of I Library, and the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center are hosting the presentation of two NCBI minicourses and an in-depth course on using the NCBI structure analysis tools. The three courses being offered are:

The two minicourses will be offered on Wednesday, April 4th; they are each 2.5 hours long. The structure course will be offered on Thursday, April 5th, and is 5 hours long.

To learn more about the courses and to register, please follow this link.

Posted by florador at 7:16 PM

January 24, 2007

Online Library Catalog sessions scheduled

Get help using the UIUC Online Library Catalog by attending a workshop!


January 30, Tuesday, 11 a.m. – noon
January 30, Tuesday, 4 – 5 p.m.
January 31, Wednesday, 9 – 10 a.m.
January 31, Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m.
February 1, Thursday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
February 1, Thursday, 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Undergraduate Library Teaching Lab, Room 291

Sessions are open to all UIUC faculty, staff, and students.

Register for a workshop on the University Library Schedule of Events at

Melody Allison
Assistant Biology Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Administration
Biology Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
101 Burrill Hall, 407 South Goodwin
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-7461; 3654

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary."
-- James Madison

Posted by mmalliso at 2:05 PM

January 19, 2007

Editory of Open Access Scholarly Journal to Speak

Henry Hagedorn, editor of the open access journal, Journal of Insect Science, will present a talk entitled "Open Access: The revolution in academic publishing".

Monday, January 29th, 4:00 PM, Room B102, Chemical & Life Sciences Building, 601 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL.

In 2000 Hagedorn resigned as editor of the Archives of Insect Biochemistry & Physiology in order to launch the open access Journal of Insect Science. He recently retired from the University of Arizona, but continues to serve as editor of the Journal which is now supported in part by his new home base at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In an open letter published in the Journal of Insect Science, Hagedorn explains his motivation in starting the new journal in an open access mode.

Please note that the University of Illinois's Library Online Research Resources (ORR) lists three instances of the Journal of Insect Science: BioOne, from the Directory of Open Access Journals [DOAJ], and from PubMed Central. You may also access it by going directly to the Journal's home page, http://insectscience.org/.

The University also still has access to the journal from which Hagedorn resigned in protest, Archives of insect biochemistry and physiology, which is published by Wiley. It appears that both journals are publishing about the same number of articles / year.

Several University of Illinois entomology professors are associated with the Journal of Insect Science: May Berenbaum is on the Advisory Board while Hugh Robertson and Gene Robinson are serving on the Editorial Board.

Posted by florador at 1:09 PM

January 8, 2007

CAB Abstracts, FSTA & Zoological Record

Our means of accessing CAB Abstracts, FSTA & Zoological Record has changed from SilverPlatter (SPIRS) over to the Web of Knowledge search platform. If you have book-marked links to these resources, please change them to the following URLs:

CAB Abstracts: the largest and most comprehensive database devoted to all aspect of agriculture from crop science, animal science, horticulture and forestry to travel & leisure and veterinary medicine.

FSTA: Food Science & Technology Abstracts -- the largest index devoted to food science including food technology, human nutrition, toxicology, packaging and engineering.

Zoological Record: Identifies articles on all aspects of animal biology. Coverage includes behavior, ecology, evolution, morphology, and systematics.

Of course, the URLs are also available in the Online Research Resources directory,

Other databases available in the Web of Knowledge platform are:

The advantages of having these databases in the Web of Knowledge platform include:

If you need some help making the transition from SilverPlatter to Web of Knowledge search platform, please contact your friendly, helpful librarian!

Posted by florador at 4:20 PM

January 5, 2007

AccessScience: 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...

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 1:35 PM