Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Changes to IEEE Xplore

We are writing to inform you that an upgrade of the IEEE Xplore Digital Library is scheduled for Saturday, 26 January. During this deployment, the system will be unavailable for up to up to eight hours beginning at approximately 9:00 AM ET. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

As a result of this new release, the IEEE Xplore digital library will be enhanced with:

Support of OpenURL images and custom text
- Customers will have the ability to post their logo or text in their OpenURL links.

Conference Proceedings weekly update alerts
- Enables a user to receive weekly update alerts for every conference title via either email or RSS whenever a new conference proceeding title is added to IEEE Xplore. search from the IEEE Xplore home page
- The IEEE Xplore home page will feature a quick search box enabling users to easily search, the free federated search portal to the digital libraries of leading science and technology societies.

Draft standards search
- Users will be able to limit their search to IEEE draft standards only from the Advanced Search page in IEEE Xplore.

New Product Announcement--> Environment Complete (Environment, Ecology, Geography, Law)

Environment complete

Environment Complete offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Environment Complete contains more than 1,772,000 records from more than 1,660 domestic and international titles going back to the 1940s (including 1,094 active core titles) as well as more than 100 monographs. The database also contains full text for more than 600 journals

New Product Announcement--> Education Research Complete (Education)

Education research complete

Education Research Complete is the definitive online resource for education research. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,820 journals, as well as full text for more than 900 journals, and includes full text for more than 71 books and monographs, and for numerous education-related conference papers.

New Product Announcement-->Computers & Applied Sciences Complete

Computers & applied sciences complete

Computers & Applied Sciences Complete covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. CASC provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,470 academic journals, professional publications, and other reference sources from a diverse collection. Full text is also available for more than 660 periodicals.

New Product Announcement-->World Book Advanced

World Book advanced

If you are thinking of complaining because its too basic, don't bother we get it as part of the Lois Hole package. If you are thinking of letting me know you think its just right for your students, please don't, I need to be able to dream.

Upcoming changes to Business Source Complete and Datamonitor

We are pleased to announce that at the end of this month, 7,500 Life Science Analytics company profiles will be added to the Company Profile authority in Business Source Complete. Every LSA company profile contains detailed and accurate company information drawn from the MedTRACK database, including product details, management information and company news. The entire LSA report collection is refreshed every two months, ensuring that the collection remains an invaluable and up-to-date compendium of company information.

Important note: Also at the end of this month, some changes to the Datamonitor Company Profile in all Business Source products will make it necessary to update any persistent links you have created to Datamonitor Company Profile content, by rerunning your original search.

Problem with Scopus Records

Dear Librarian,

In the past two weeks, as a part of our initiative of loading pre-1996 articles to enrich Scopus content, a large number of articles from Elsevier journals were loaded erroneously into Scopus with incorrect publication year and incomplete source title information.

As a result of this, an incorrect publishing year of 2007 and 2008 has been assigned to these records and only limited source information is available, namely journal title and page numbers. Because of the incomplete information, the mechanism that is used to remove duplicate articles hasn't worked properly either. As a consequence, the records are incorrectly appearing in your search alerts as well.

A solution to resolve this issue is already in place and we expect the records with the incorrect information to be removed from Scopus by the end of next week.

New Product Announcement-->Post War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement (History, Strategic Studies, Social History)

Post-war Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement 1945-1950

This online archive delivers essential primary sources for the study and understanding of the challenges facing the European peoples in the aftermath of World War II. It covers the politics and administration of the refugee crisis in Europe after World War II as well as the day-to-day survival of the refugees themselves.

Although the War in Europe ended officially in May 1945, the struggle continued for the millions of homeless people who had been displaced as a result of military action, deportation into labour or concentration camps, or local racism and discrimination or the relocation of national borders. The burden of the refugee problem taxed the Allied governments and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) relief groups in their attempts to administer, feed and house a moving people searching for their lost families and a permanent home.

A rapid repatriation programme was organised but many Displaced Persons ("DPs") could not or would not return to their homelands. Emigration programmes struggled against the reluctance of nations outside Europe to assist in the resolution of this humanitarian catastrophe.

Here is evidence for both the macro political issues and the day-to-day survival of the DPs themselves:

* The role of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Commission
* The international response to the refugee crisis in Europe
* Life in the DP camps
* The rise of Zionism and determination to secure a Jewish homeland in Palestine
* The Soviet attitude to refugees from Eastern Europe and the breakdown in US/Soviet relations
* Reports and statistics on refugees by country

Post-War Europe is an essential resource for:

* World War II Studies
* Displaced Persons and Refugee Studies
* Holocaust and Jewish Studies
* Post-War History of Germany, Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia, Greece and Italy

New Product Announcement-->Iraq 1914-1974 (History, Strategic Studies)

Iraq, 1914-1974

The Middle East Online series delivers a central resource of primary source materials covering the political history of the Middle East in the 20th Century.

Based on British Government and other files in the UK national archives, the series makes a major contribution to research and teaching of Middle East Studies, the workings of diplomacy, of conflict resolution and peace-keeping.

Iraq 1914-1974, offers a broad range of original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers covering the period from the Anglo-Indian landing in Basra in 1914 through the British Mandate in Iraq of 1920-32 to the rise of Saddam Hussein in 1974. Here major policy statements and other working documents are set out in context, the minor documents and marginalia revealing the workings of the mandate administration, diplomacy, treaties, oil and arms dealing. Photographs and colour maps, as well as contemporary film, help bring this vital strand of modern history to life.

The Introduction and newly-commissioned essays by leading scholars offer an insight into key themes: they provide direct links to the documents mentioned and a means of easy access for students unfamiliar with the original materials.

Topics covered include:

* The British administration in Baghdad
* Gertrude Bell, advisor to the British administration, in both reports and memos
* The Arab Uprising of 1920
* The Cold War and Soviet intervention in Iraq
* Kurdish unrest and the war in Kurdistan
* Oil concessions and oil exploration
* The Rise of Ba’athism and Saddam Hussein
* Iran-Iraq relations


New Product Announcement-->Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600 - 1926 (Social History, History, Law)

The making of modern law. Trials, 1600-1926

Boasts more than 10,000 titles and nearly two million pages of fully searchable content from the law libraries of Harvard and Yale as well as The Library of the Bar of the City of New York.

Many of the narratives cover ordinary people caught in situations that generated publicity while others raise interesting questions about celebrity and crime. Still others are precedent-setting trials associated with important constitutional and historic issues, including the Dred Scott Case and the Scopes Monkey Trial.

New Product Announcement-->The Economist Historical Archive 1843 - 2003 (Economic History, History, Strategic Studies, Politi

The economist historical archive

In more than 8,000 issues since first publication in 1843, The Economist has presented timely reporting, concise commentary and comprehensive analysis of global news every week. With objective authority, clarity and wit, The Economist presents the world's political, business, scientific, technological and cultural developments and the connections between them. Because of its global editorial perspective, it is read by more of the world's political and business leaders than any other magazine.

The Economist Historical Archive delivers a complete searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2003. New full-colour images, multiple search indexes, exportable financial tables and a gallery of front covers highlighting a key topic of each week - all combine to offer a primary source of research covering the 19th and 20th centuries. The Economist Historical Archive complements the Times Digital Archive also available from Gale/Cengage Learning.

The many Supplements, Special Reports and Surveys which appear regularly in The Economist will be particularly useful to students working on projects, teachers seeking to expand their reading lists, and researchers working on company and industry trends and history.

'Begin Searching' to enter the rewarding world of The Economist.

New Product Announcement-->17th - 18th Century Burney collection Newspapers

17th-18th century Burney Collection newspapers

The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of 'news' and 'newspapers' and the "free press", totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. Newly digitized, all Burney treasures are now fully text-searchable in Gale Digital Collection.

Newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others. When trying to print entire newspaper pages, you will need to tile them to make them legible given the differing paper size between newsprint and common office paper sizes.

New Product Announcement-->19th Century British Newspapers (History, Social History, Political Science)

19th century British Library newspapers

The 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This new collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Product Announcement-->Canadian Legislative Pulse (Law)

Canadian legislative pulse

Let's say you've just seen a suspicious mushroom cloud on the horizon and need to find out about the progress of that bill on Nuclear Liability and Compensation...well this is the product for you!!

The Canadian Legislative Pulse is a unique workflow tool that provides users with one convenient location to obtain information on the progress of Bills in the federal and provincial legislatures.
Subscribers have access to an on-line service which enables them to locate and track detailed information, from first reading dates to proclamations and in force dates, for all the legislatures across Canada.
The search engine allows users to locate Bills by jurisdiction, session of parliament, bill title, chapter number or amended Act.

ArtStor upgrade: better resolution

ARTstor images now available at 1024 download size

We are very pleased to announce that over 95% of the images in the ARTstor Digital Library are now available for download at 1024 pixels on the long side.

In response to feedback from our user community, and as a result of the relationships that we have been building with content owners, we are now making available approximately 95% of the images in the Digital Library available for larger download at 1024 pixels on the long side. This new download capacity is part of ARTstor’s ongoing effort to facilitate broad access to digital images for teaching and scholarship. Users will be permitted to download these large JPEG images for use in classroom presentation and for other noncommercial, educational uses in the software environment of their choice. Users can also continue to download images at up to 3200 pixels for offline presentations by using the ARTstor Offline Image Viewer (OIV).

New Product Announcement-->Professional Engagement Manual

Professional engagement manual

Objective in writing the PEM is two-fold:

• To provide practical guidance to public accountants in performing audit, review and compilation engagements in accordance with professional standards; and
• To improve the uniformity of practice by professional accountants, thereby strengthening public confidence in the auditing profession and serving the public interest.

New Trial-->Access World News and discussion of reason for trial

Please check out the new trial "Access World News" and leave comments on the blog.
login: uofctrials
password: uofctrials06

Helen Clarke wrote: Our trial on this product is part of our search for a replacement for Factiva as our key source of current events/news sources, we will also be testing Academic Universe (now with Globe and Mail).

So take a look and leave any comments. Also if you have faculty that you think are interested in this type of product and/or use Factiva, let them know about the trial.

Justine Wheeler wrote: Hi Helen,

We use Factiva quite heavily in the Business Library. Why are looking to replace it?

We want something that can support direct links to the journal/newspaper from the catalogue/A-Z list.

As well, feedback from staff is that Factiva is a truly deeply ugly interface and we'd like something a bit easier for folks to use.

However, Factiva does have significantly more sources than either Academic Universe or WorldNews, the other main options.

Personally, I think we will go with Academic Universe, which has the Globe and Mail and supports direct links, but Access WorldNews is the third main contender and worth a whirl.


Change to links for Biosis and Web of Science

IT and Collections Staff have updated our ISI Database links to databases such as Web of Science and BIOSIS Previews as the old interface will be discontinued as of January 27th. Those of you doing any training or teaching with these databases may want to check the new interface and/or update or your links.
Let me know if you have any questions.

--Don Macmillan

Monday, January 07, 2008

Gale Virtual Reference Interface Changes

By the end of December, all GVRL customers will be on the newest version of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Search within results:
- you can now run any search and then further refine their results by adding another search term in the left-hand sidebar.
- Enhanced sidebar functionality with the ability to narrow results by document type and publication.
- Enhanced document display with "Tools" that help a user identify what he/she can do with a document: print, email, download, cite, translate.
- Accurate MLA and APA citations, with full formatting -- including proper indentations, spacing, etc.
- Number of documents on the tab name, to help the user identify the number of articles available to them on each tab.
- Persistent "search within this publication" on an enhanced "About this Publication" display.
- Results always sorted by relevance, even on Advanced Searches.
- Colorful banner and results display, to make the database more user-friendly.

To view a PowerPoint that highlights the changes, click the following link:,wk31,2ad6,i822,4i5c,j9k2,hcj7

New Trial-->Tests in Print (Education, Psychology)

There is a new trial on the blog, "Tests in Print (EBSCO)". Please check it out and leave comments on the blog. Note that the decision deadline is January 18, 2008.
login: uofctrials
password: uofctrials06

Credo Reference Additions (Literature, Environment, Sociology)

Dictionary of Italian Literature, Greenwood in Literature
Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature, Greenwood in Literature
Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Greenwood in Social Sciences

Center For Research Libraries Catalogue Upgrade

Remember David's note that CRL searches can be extended directly from the catalogue.

Now online is a newly designed catalog of CRL collections. The catalog is powered by Innovative’s WebOPAC pro software. New features include:

- English and French dual-language interfaces
-Scoped searches within individual collections, such as dissertation, newspaper, serial and electronic resources
- The e-resources scope covers 4,000-plus full text online titles which are available through the catalog to CRL member institutions.
- Improved relevancy ranking logic in search results display

In addition to standard search capabilities, unique browsing functions have been built to enhance discovery of CRL resources:
- Browsing by country and awarding institution in the dissertation scope
- Browsing by country and U.S. State in the newspaper scope

ArtStor Updates: Contemporary Art

Additional Images from ART on FILE
ARTstor is pleased to announce the addition of over 5,463 images to the Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art (ART on FILE Collection).

More Contemporary Art Archival Images from Larry Qualls
ARTstor is digitizing and will distribute more than 100,000 images from Larry Qualls’ unique archive of contemporary art images. This current release of 4,676 images brings the total number of available Qualls images to more than 20,000.

New Images from the Frick Art Reference Library
ARTstor is pleased to announce the addition of approximately 9,000 images to the ARTstor Digital Library from the Frick Art Reference Library.
Learn more

New Product Announcement-->Criminal Spectrum (Law)

Criminal spectrum

This one combines legislation, case law, case summaries and commentary. For example, if you have a student who wants to research the Robert Latimer case, lots of good information on the law, the case, and commentaries on different aspects.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

OECD launches a beta version of its data warehouse

OECD launches a beta version of OECD Statistics which enables users to extract data from across different databases for the first time. This is the first phase of OECD's Statistics Dissemination Project which will offer a complete service by mid-2008. Another new service called OECD Core Data will provide access to OECD’s most frequently requested statistics

oooh, watch out guys, this uses pivot tables!

Merck Index is Now Available Through Knovel's Online Technical Reference Collection

Knovel and Merck Publishing announced today that The Merck Index has been integrated into Knovel's online reference collection, enabling Knovel's thousands of subscribers to find answers to more of their technical questions from a single website.

Chemists and engineers who regularly use The Merck Index - the go-to reference for generations of professionals and academics - can now benefit from Knovel's optimized search to find and use material in The Merck Index faster.

ArtStor Updates: Graphic Design

New Addition to ARTstor: The Graphic Design Collection from the Cooper Union

ARTstor is pleased to announce the release of the Graphic Design Collection from the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, Cooper Union School of Art.

Changes to Wilson Interface

Dear WilsonWeb Subscriber,

Discover the new WilsonWeb! Next month, you'll notice major enhancements to the WilsonWeb interface, with the debut of WilsonWeb CX Edition. The CX Edition not only delivers the most reliable information, but also provides the quickest, most versatile platform to streamline research at your library.

WilsonWeb CX Edition will feature:

A "Frameless" Interface--for faster loading, and better integration with the frames of your institution's website.

Enhanced Layout & Graphics: Clearer screens and more accessible tools, for quicker, more intuitive searching.

Navigational Improvements:
New Full Text, Page Image, and Peer Reviewed tabs in results let you isolate those records at a click.
In Full Display mode, you can now also choose between scrolling through results or clicking from record to record--navigating the way you find most comfortable.

Simplified Print, Email & Save functions:
New buttons--Save This, Email This, and Print This--capture not just the citation, but also any available full text, saving a step.
You can also use the Print Email Save button in the banner for simplified and complete functionality as well.

View WilsonWeb CX Edition sample screens at