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January 31, 2008

ISI Web of Knowledge platform update

A new platform update for ISI Web of Knowledge is scheduled for February 3, at which point we will lose access to the older version.

Highlights include:

* More intuitive, streamlined design
* New tabular approach to accessing databases and database resources
* Search all databases that we subscribe to at the same time or individually
* PR describes a new multi-database search capability that uses "one common vocabulary that recognizes the varying terms used by different databases and maps them to a unified subject classification. Which means that a search with ISI Web of Knowledge will find all relevant items that may have originally been categorized differently. Newer terms recognize older terms. And specialized terms from one database recognize specialized terms from another."
* General Search now has 3 search boxes with database field options to select from -- you can add additional ones (I have not found a maximum yet!)
* Database indexes, such as Author, Publication Names, etc., easily accessible via small icon directly to the right of the field index box (when that field is selected)
* Searches can easily be refined by various categories via check boxes from Results page
* Search terms are highlighted (yellow) in Full Record
* Marked List functionality for all WOK search results

Biology Library database guides for Biological Abstracts, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Records have been updated.
For more see information from Thomson Scientific at http://isiwebofknowledge.com/currentuser_wokhome/cu_new/newface/.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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 11:17 AM

January 30, 2008

New Field Guide Resource

Hello everyone,

You may remember that a year or so ago I sent out a message saying that I
was working on a database listing field guides from around the world. I'm
pleased to report that the U of I News Bureau just sent out a news item on
the database. If you need or use field guides please take a look, and as
always send suggestions for guides to add!

Diane Schmidt
Biology Librarian

Today's News From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jan. 29, 2008

Diane Schmidt, the biology librarian at the U. of I. has built and
launched the most complete database of field guides to date. The
International Field Guides Web Site merges Schmidt’s own book, “A
Guide to Field Guides: Identifying the Natural History of North
America” (Libraries Unlimited, 1999), and its companion Web site,
International Field Guides, plus 2,000 new titles.

Visit the News Bureau for more news.

Posted by mmalliso at 5:03 PM

January 29, 2008

Biological Abstracts and Zoological Records update

Biology Library is very pleased to announce that the Biological Abstracts AND Zoological Records databases each now goes back to volume 1 (B.A. 1926-present; Z.R. 1864-present).

Enjoy !

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

Posted by mmalliso at 2:07 PM

January 25, 2008

The Savvy Researcher Workshop Series

Need help finding and managing research information? Check out these sessions sponsored by the Reference Library.


The Savvy Researcher Workshop Series
(registration preferred- access through website)
All workshops held in the Undergraduate Library, Room 291

Improving Your Library Research Skills

Are you struggling with your research? Need help locating articles and other materials? This workshop will go over how to locate items in the library system, including how to find online resources through library databases and when to use Interlibrary Loan. Bring your research paper with you -- time will be set aside to answer individual questions.
Tuesday 1/29, 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday 2/26, 3:30-4:30pm

Drowning in Data? RefWorks can Help

Learn how to use RefWorks, a citation management software program subscribed to by the University of Illinois Library and CITES that is free to faculty, staff, and students of the University of Illinois. This workshop will cover the basics: how to access RefWorks, search catalogs, import references from library databases, retrieve and manage citations, create bibliographies according to various citation styles (e.g., MLA or APA), and use Write N Cite to add parenthetical references to your work. For more information about RefWorks see: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/refworks/
Friday 2/1, 1:00-2:00pm
Thursday 2/28, 3:30-4:30pm

Tools to Stay Current in Your Research

Save valuable research time! Online research resources are pervasive today, making it much harder to stay current in your field. This workshop will introduce several current awareness features including how to set up an RSS feed reader account, creating search alerts from library databases as well as Table of Contents alerts.
Tuesday 2/5, 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday 3/4, 3:30-4:30pm

How To Be A Better RA/TA

Geared towards Research and Teaching Assistants, this library workshop will introduce several time-saving tips. Topics include the basics of working for others (e.g., proxy authorizations and departmental charge accounts), current awareness services, PapersInvited, how to locate dissertations, and how to use RefWorks, a personal citation database.
Friday 2/8, 1:00-2:00pm
Thursday 3/6, 3:30-4:30pm

Info Hacks **New**

Is your academic pile of information overwhelming? Are you looking for new ways to get organized? Learn from the best! Librarians will give you the low-down on how they organize their own research materials using several different strategies including the GTD method (Getting Things Done), citation management, current awareness tools, social bookmarking and quick tips.
Friday 2/15, 1:00-2:00pm
Friday 3/7, 1:00-2:00pm

What Google Scholar Can Do for You **New**

Even librarians use Google Scholar! Improve your searching by learning tricks of the trade using advanced features of Google Scholar. Learn the benefits and limitations of what Google Scholar can do for you. Also, learn about the new Google Book project and how to find online books.
Friday 2/22, 1:00-2:00-pm
Tuesday 3/11, 3:30-4:30pm

Merinda Kaye Hensley
Instructional Services Librarian, Reference Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
300 Main Library
1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, Illinois 61801
mhensle1@uiuc.edu, 217.244.1880 (v), 217.333.1116 (f)



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

Posted by mmalliso at 12:13 PM

January 18, 2008

NIH Reveals Details of the Open Access Mandate

As previously reported, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been directed by new legislation to mandate that all peer-reviewed journal articles published as a result of NIH grant funds be made freely available through PubMed Central, the digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

The NIH has now filled in many implementation details concerning the mandate and they may be found on the NIH Public Access site, FAQ, and Guide Notice for Public Access.

Details that will be of interest to the University of Illinois community:

The policy applies to all peer-reviewed articles that are accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008.

From the FAQ:
“Authors should work with the publisher before any rights are transferred to ensure that all conditions of the NIH Public Access Policy can be met. Authors should avoid signing any agreements with publishers that do not allow the author to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.”

A publisher’s compliance with the NIH policy can be checked by reviewing the SHERPA site. For example, from Sherpa one learns that both Nature and Science allow authors to comply with the NIH mandate, subject to restrictions, with just a 6 month embargo. In neither publication can the author archive the publisher's PDF (though it should be referenced); rather the author's final peer-reviewed version should be posted to PubMed Central. (The most convenient time to do this would be at the same that you send in the final version to the publisher.)

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Prof. Katie Newman
Biotechnology Librarian, Biotechnology Information Center (BIC),
and UIUC Scholarly Communication Officer

Office: 123A Burrill Hall, MC-112
Email: florador@uiuc.edu
Phone: (217) 265-5386
Fax: (217) 333-3662

In our experience, authors are having some success with modifying the copyright transfer agreements when they strike through the objectionable portions of copyright transfer forms and write in the rights that they wish to maintain. The new NIH policy does not change the author’s copyrights’ status. The author can still “assign [copyrights] to journals, subject to the limited right that must be retained…to post the works in accordance with the Policy” in PubMed Central.

The NIH suggests some possible language that can be used to modify a publisher’s agreement: "Journal acknowledges that Author retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to the NIH upon acceptance for Journal publication, for public archiving in PubMed Central as soon as possible but no later than 12 months after publication by Journal.”

Additionally, the University of Illinois provides authors with a copyright amendment form to publisher agreements that is supported by the provosts of the CIC, and was developed to support authors who wanted to retain some rights over the works that they produce. The amendment language, if accepted by the publisher, would allow authors to comply with the NIH mandate. Download the CIC amendment. To use the addendum, authors need only to fill in the form and staple it to the publisher's agreement form that they return to publishers prior to the publication of their article.

NIH will reimburse for publication costs, including author fees. (Some journals charge article processing fees for articles that will be made openly available. NIH’s policy is to cover such costs.)

Posting is required even if you publish in an open access journal, or if the article is freely accessible on the publisher’s website.

"Beginning May 25, 2008, anyone submitting an application, proposal or progress report to the NIH must include the PMC or the NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH-funded research. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008 due date and subsequent due dates."

Be sure to read the NIH Public Access site, FAQ, and Guide Notice for Public Access.

Send questions concerning the mandate or other aspects of the NIH Public Access Policy to:
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
1 Center Drive, Room 144
Bethesda, MD 20892-0152
Email: PublicAccess@nih.gov
Website: http://publicaccess.nih.gov

For local assistance, please contact Katie Newman, University of Illinois Library Scholarly Communication Officer. florador@uiuc.edu or 217-265-5386. This message has been archived on the Issues in Scholarly Communications blog. For additional information about open access, copyright, and publishing, please visit the U of I Scholarly Communications site.

Posted by mmalliso at 12:57 PM