Wednesday, 29 April 2009

British Standards - Sneak Peek

The BSI database is getting a make over! We're not entirely sure when the update will be rolled out but we know it's soon (they quote 'Spring 2009'). Once the new interface is available I'll be updating you with how to search and what new features you can make use off. BSI claim that the new design is more user-friendly, separating the shop from the subscriber's link and removing radio buttons. Have a look at the image below to see what the new results page looks like (click to enlarge):

BSI Results Page

Friday, 24 April 2009

Web of Knowledge Update

The Web of Knowledge and its integrated tools are continually enhanced so that you are always searching, analysing and using your results as efficiently as possible.

Newly available this week:

Endnote web is fully integrated with ResearcherID, so you can build, manage and share your ResearcherID publication lists with colleagues.

New look, new tools for author promotion and collaboration:

The latest enhancements to ResearcherID boost online collaboration and help you build a more robust profile.

Enhanced collaboration:

  • Integration with Endnote web allows you to build, manage and share your ResearcherID publication lists with your colleagues.

  • To more clearly identify a collaborator by verifying affiliation, use the address field when searching Web of Science/Knowledge from ResearcherID.

More organisation:

  • Manage your work with publication lists; two additional publication lists have been added for all users.

  • A new tool will show you which articles have already been added to your publication list when you're searching Web of Science/Knowledge.

Increased flexibility:

  • Over 30 more reference types are supported for import through the RIS file upload feature.

  • Link out to full text articles or materials hosted on other sites; up to 3 URLs can be added per publciation in an author's profile.


Thursday, 16 April 2009

Find It Update

Just a quick update whilst you're all enjoying the Easter break to let you know that Find It links have been successfully activated in 160 databases, including Web of Knowledge (WoK) and Scopus. There are a handful of databases, such as Newsbank, for which we are still trying to establish linking availability but we'll let you know when these become available.

The additional links mean that it's much quicker for you to access material held by the university library via a direct route, representing a significant improvement in service quality and accessibility. The new Find It links are available in more databases than before and give access to thousands more ejournal articles than the previous system. In addition, Find It links are available on and off campus, giving you 24/7 access to full text regardless of location.

Just look out for the 'Find It' button:  Find it @ Sheffield'

Friday, 3 April 2009

ScienceDirect News

ScienceDirect (Elsevier's web delivery system for scientific, technical and medical information) have recently launched their redesigned ScienceDirect Info site to realign the service with the needs of its users. Its aim is to give us an introduction to the product itself, its contents, buying options (you can ignore this bit though as you'll all have access via MUSE) and the policies that govern usage (select content from the left-hand-side navigation slide). It features useful tutorials, tips and tools that support access and help you to learn more about searching, customisation and the latest trends.

The key changes on the website include:

  • The removal of the left-hand navigation on the homepage makes navigation clearer;

  • The horizontal navigation, which has been sorted into the four key user-focused entries to the site: "Content", "Using", "Buying" and "Implementation", provides a clear starting point for users;

  • The user-focused entries are replicated in boxes on the homepage that contain quick links to the most-used information in the lower level details pages. This allows you to get to the information you want in one click rather than three or more;

  • The use of drop-down boxes and quick links on the lower-level detail pages also makes finding information quicker. You no longer need to scroll down to find information and you can see at a glance what is available in each area of the website;

  • An easy-to-use feedback mechanism has been installed to gather thoughts and improve the site according to your needs;

  • There is now a news feed on the homepage from the revamped News & Updates page, which includes an easy-to-view archive;

  • The Online Books Locator, a new searchable database, allows you to search for Online Books titles and build your collection for submission to ScienceDirect. The database also lets you create a wish list for the library.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Doc Brown on the Elements

Martyn Poliakoff by Brady HaranWell, it's not quite Doc Brown (or Einstein for that matter) but rather Professor Martyn Poliakoff - the modern Mad Scientist (crazy glasses and all) - fronting the YouTube hit channel The Periodic Table of Element (an off-shot of the award-winning Test Tube Project, also produced by Brady Haran).

Created by a team of chemists, at the University of Nottingham, the channel hosts the first comprehensive set of videos documenting the chemistry of the elements. Each element is introduced, in turn, by Poliakoff who describes its properties and uses before a cut is made to a demonstration performed by the project's team - Pete Licence, Stephen Liddle and Debbie Kays. Having debuted in July 08 the short clips (usually no longer than five minutes) have already received over 5.5 million hits, gathered various awards, attracted much media interest and won praise from Nobel Laureates Roald Hoffmann and Sir Harry Kroto, chemistry professors, and the general public alike.

Go take a look and let us know what you think in the comments or for more information see: