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December 7, 2005

Current Contents to Be Replaced

Effective January 1, 2006, the University Libraries will be canceling its subscription to the Current Contents database.

Why the change?

All of the data in Current Contents is available in another database from the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Web of Science, to which the Libraries already subscribe. Web of Science includes Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index. The cost for what is essentially a duplicate subscription can no longer be justified; the Libraries will be applying the annual subscription cost of $19,952 toward other databases, such as the Chronicle of Higher Education and ISI�s Essential Science Indicators (an analytical tool that offers data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals).

What will happen to the regular email alert I get with new Current Contents citations?

The Web of Science database offers a similar alerting service. If you have an existing alert profile, you can set up your own new alert in Web of Science, or a librarian can help you set up a new profile. Library patrons with Current Content AutoAlerts or saved searches will want to move them to the ISI Web of Science system before January 1. ISI calls their weekly updates ALERTS. Current Contents alert recipients will be contacted directly with more detailed information on this conversion process.

Please note that email alerts set up on other BioMedSearch databases, such as BIOSIS, CINAHL, and MEDLINE, will continue without interruption.

Workshops will be held to assist users in making this transition. A schedule of these workshops will be published in the near future. Help guides will also be made available.

Where can I go for more help?

Setting up an alert in Web of Science:
http://www.lib.umn.edu/site/wosalert.phtml

or attend our workshop:

Setting Up Auto-Alerts: Web of Science, PubMed and OVID on January 3, 2006 at 2:00-3:00pm in the AHC Learning Commons (5th floor Diehl Hall). This workshop will demonstrate how to set up (or revise) an auto-alert, whether it is for receiving email alerts for selected journal Table of Contents (TOC), subject search updates, or receiving notifications when targeted articles are cited in the literature. The workshop will be especially helpful if you were a Current Contents user and need to re-establish your alerts. Databases covered will include ISI Web of Science, PubMed, and OVID.

Register for this workshop