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September 12, 2008

New Biology Library Web site coming soon!

The Biology Library is very pleased to announce that in the next few weeks we will be transitioning our Web site to the University Library’s Content Management System (CMS) platform. The CMS provides more versatility in how our Web site content is organized and navigated. We think you will find this new Biology Library Web site a welcome change! For more information about Biology Library resources, resource instruction, and other services go to the Biology Library Web site , or contact us at 333-3654 or biolib@illinois.edu.

Biology Library Guides converted to LibGuides

The Biology Library subject guides are being changed from a pdf format to a Web 2.0 content management and information sharing system called LibGuides. LibGuides allows the content to be organized in many different ways utilizing tabular structure, modules, and other editorial features to provide a very usable frame to hang our content on. Additionally there are many Web 2.0 opportunities to take advantage of such as integration of the guides into Web sites, blogs, courseware systems, Facebook, Twitter, and Del.icio.us and more. Most subject guides are converted but there are still a few to go, and other guides are being considered for conversion. Check out our newly converted subject guides. If you have an interest in any of these possibilities for using our LibGuides, just let us know.

Easy Search now has Life Sciences subset.

The University Easy Search search tool is proving to be a very popular destination to locate information from Library resources as well as resources outside the Library. The default Easy Search searches multi-topic article databases, the Library Online Library Catalog, the state I-Share Library Catalog, our Springer E-Books subscription, Google books, Amazon books, Google, MS Live Web, Google Scholar, and Scirus Academic Web Search – all at once!

The new Life Sciences subset searches the subject article databases Biological Abstracts, MEDLINE (via Web of Knowledge), CAB Abstracts, Food & Technology Abstracts, Zoological Abstracts, Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management, Academic Search Elite (EBSCO), Web of Science, Scopus, and Academic OneFile (InfoTrac) plus the same catalogs and Web sites as the default search.

There is also a Health Sciences subset that searches MEDLINE (via Web of Knowledge), Biological Abstracts, PsycInfo, Toxicology Abstracts, Health and Safety Science Abstracts, Physical Education Index, Social Services Abstracts, AgeLine, Alt HealthWatch, CINAHL Nursing Literature, SPORTDiscus, Web of Science, Scopus, and Academic Search Elite (EBSCO) plus the same catalogs and Web sites as the default search.

Caveat: Searching multiple databases at once (federated searches) cannot take advantage of many of the individual database’s features such as subject or field searching – yet – so to best take advantage of these sophisticated options, direct searches in the individual database is still the place to do this. Easy Search is available from the University Library homepage or the Easy Search homepage .

NIH Funded Research Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy requires that "all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law." (See the NIH Public Access Web site for an overview of this policy, how to comply, and other details.) The Library can assist you with copyright issues and the article submission process as well as depositing your manuscript in Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) , the institutional repository for the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See the University Library’s NIH Public Access Mandate information and Guide to the NIH Public Access Mandate for details. For continuing developments in scholarly communication issues, be sure to check out to the University Library's Scholarly Communication Blog or subscribe to its RSS feed.


Melody Allison
Assistant Biology Librarian and Associate 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 September 12, 2008 1:43 PM