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January 23, 2009

Biology Library Notes: Spring 2009 update

The Biology Librarhttp://www.library.uiuc.edu/blog/mt-static/images/formatting-icons/email.gify hopes your Winter Break was safe and warm, despite the frigid Arctic blast. We have a number of new resources and resource updates that will make your spring semester warmer despite what the weather brings us outside!
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VuFind (beta version)
VuFind is a ‘next generation’ catalog interface being beta tested for our University of Illinois online library catalog and the I-Share catalog for Illinois academic libraries. Links are provided both from the University Library Gateway and the Biology Library hompage. VuFind has a number of features not currently available in these current catalogs. VuFind is not taking the place of current catalogs, but providing another search option allowing use of advanced features such as facet searching (subject, title, topic, language, format, and more), automatic search history creation where previous searches can be repeated easily by clicking on search query link, one-time entering of Library ID# and other details for requests once your personal “MyAccount” is created, user-added comments and tagging, and much more. Caveats: The current beta version does not search course, reserves, allow call number searching, have departmental library limits, or have direct export to RefWorks. The University Library’s Next Generation Catalog Working Group is interested in your feedback. Click Tell us what you think about VuFind at the top of the VuFind page just under the header to let them know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you would like to see. [Note: the Feedback link at the bottom of the page sends your comments to the state library consortium, CARLI , so please use the afore-mentioned link to our Library working group -- or send comments to both! ] For more information, see VuFind Catalog Interface and VuFind Frequently Asked Questions.

Biology Library Resources Module
The “Biology Library Resources Module” is a portal created for quick access to Library resources and services students and faculty need for their research and scholarly work. This portal can be used for courses. It can be linked to from course homepages and Illinois Compass courseware. The module can be adapted to specific course and other needs. Just contact Melody Allison, Assistant Biology Librarian, who will be happy to work with you, including provision of librarian assistance to students in Compass courseware (mmalliso@illinois.edu or 333-7461). (See also entry Biology Library Guides)

Electronic Books for Life Sciences
There are a growing number of electronic books (e-books) available to UIUC Library patrons. The LigGuide “Electronic Books for Life Sciences” presents electronic books in life sciences areas that are available through the University Library. This guide explains how to find Library electronic books and provides access to selected titles and packages with life sciences titles.

Biology Library Guides
Biology Library has number of guides available to support your curricular and research needs. Whether you need help using our major life sciences article databases, finding library resources, or identifying major reference and other materials in various life sciences subject areas, we have a wide assortment of guides to meet your needs. These guides can be linked to from course pages or I-Compass pages. A number of our guides have been updated to digital LibGuide versions making them even easier to access and use, and more are being planned. The following are examples of just a few of the ones available to help you get the most out of our Library resources:

Guide to the Campus Resources for New SOLS Faculty and Guide to Campus Resources for Students are good ways for the new student or faculty member to get acquainted with library resources and services as well as for the established students and faculty to see what currently is happening in our ever-changing environment.
Resources for Biologists guide contains links to selected career and work resources useful for the new and the experienced biologist. Find here information about presentations and teaching, research, writing and publishing, school rankings, grants and funding, safety, ethics and standards, math and statistics used in life sciences, social networks for researchers and academics, biology games, and more!
Journal Resources page links you to information about Library print and electronic journals, journal abbreviations tools, journals lists and thesauri for the major life sciences databases, citation format resources, citation management tools, journal email alerts, and other information.
Research Resources page links you to UIUC and other sources related to research responsibilities, such as academic integrity, copyright, ethics, plagiarism, research process, and the tools and resources to accomplish them, such as resources for citation format styles, citation management tools, the NIH Funded Research Policy, and Writing Labs.
Tips for Searching Article Databases shows how to construct effective search strategies.
(See also previous entries "Electronic Books for Life Sciences" and "Biology Library Resources Module").

Instructional Services
A wealth of library resources are available for student and faculty curricular and research needs. Keeping up with new resources as well as changes in established resources features and functions can be a formidable challenge. Let us help you save time and effort in this endeavor with our many and varied instructional services. We can help make sure that your students are using the best resources for their course and research information. We can also help keep you up-to-date with new resources and new features of established resources. We can provide 1:1 consultations or office calls for faculty and class sessions and 1:1 consultations for your students. For more details, see Biology Library Instructional Services.

Librarian "Office Calls" for Faculty
Are there occasions when you would like to learn more about your favorite database, but just haven’t had the time to grapple with all the new nuances? Or maybe you would like to move out of your comfort zone and get acquainted with a bibliographic database that you are not familiar with? Or perhaps you want to begin to use a research tool, like RefWorks, that is new to you? Just contact Melody Allison, Assistant Biology Librarian, at mmalliso@illinois.edu or 333-7461.

Illinois LibX Toolbar
THE Library has updated to a new tool bar product, called LibX Toolbar. LibX Toolbar has all the features of the previous I-GO toolbar plus much more. Available for both Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox browsers, it provides quick access to several often used electronic Library and campus resources right at your fingertips. No more typing in URLs, treading through bookmark directories and content, or trying to locate that ‘convenient’ place you put URLs which made sense at the time you placed them there but now cannot be located. The Toolbar takes you to all of the following:
• Department library Web sites
• Online Library Catalog
• Online Research Resources Web site
• Campus phone book
• Google searching
• Course reserves
• Interlibrary loan
• My Library Account
• Online Reference Collection
• RefWorks
• UIUC Express Mail
• NetFiles
• Illinois Compass
• Automatic linking -- inserts I-Mark link for our Online Library catalog from sites suchs as Amazon and Google
• Drag and drop searching of highlighted terms from Web documents into LibX Toolbar 'Search'
• Drag and drop citations onto LibX Toolbar 'Scholar' button to find citations in GoogleScholar
• and more !!
For more information, including download, see http://www.library.uiuc.edu/toolbar
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Please let us know if you have any questions about these updates, or suggestions for our guides or Web site.


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
mmalliso@illinois.edu
(217) 333-7461; 3654

Posted by mmalliso at January 23, 2009 2:33 PM