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September 30, 2010

Saving a PDF when there are no menus or "save" icon

I had a question from a student who was trying to download/save articles from her class e-reserves site, but when the PDF loaded there wasn't a "save" icon so she didn't know how to save the article. I know I occasionally end up with a PDF in an Adobe Reader window without any of the icons at the top, so you've also probably run across this question at some point.

I don't know exactly what causes the problem (probably the settings in Adobe Reader on the computer itself) but I think a solution is to hold the Shift+Ctrl+S keys at the same time. This is is the shortcut to save a copy of the PDF, so that should work if the PDF doesn't have the save icon.


September 28, 2010

BioMedLib "Top Ten" Articles

I've taken two questions in the past few weeks along the lines of, "I would like to know how Biomedlib selected the top ten articles 'in my domain.' With what requirements?"

When I received the original question, my mind boggled. BX Recommender? Affinity string recommendations? PubMed's related citations? What the heck was this person talking about?

It turns out the answer was: none of these things. Instead they were referring to a current contents service provided by a commercial search engine called BioMedLib. We're receiving their questions because our site is the first result when you Google "biomedlib." Although the website purports to use their own algorithm, it looks as though the searches and updates rely heavily on PubMed. If you follow the link above, you can see an example of the "top ten" list mentioned.

If you catch a question similar to the one above and the patron is not affiliated, the odds are that they're referring to this search engine/service.


September 9, 2010

JAMA & PubMed find it links

The find it link from PubMed is not linking to JAMA for
articles published from 1969 to 1996.

If you get a page not found error, please access the article by going to
MNCAT or the e-journals page and searching the JAMA table of contents


September 3, 2010

Experience SciVerse ScienceDirect!

Hello, I received this email from Chris. (Note: All existing URLs will remain active and there will be no interruption of inward or outward links to your subscribed content.)

FYI, Elsevier has undergone a platform change though the ScienceDirect links and site remain the same for now:

Your New Platform for ScienceDirect and Scopus: Welcome to SciVerse

Dear Chris Koehler,

Effective August 28, ScienceDirect, Scopus and the targeted web content from Scirus have been integrated within one platform - SciVerse. Your subscription agreement has not changed, but your institution's research productivity just got better.

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Over time, SciVerse will form the core of an ecosystem in which researchers and librarians work with publishers and developers to build collections of applications targeted to the specific interests and workflows of researchers. By combining trusted content with an expanding universe of tools that accelerate search and discovery, SciVerse will increase the value you derive from your subscribed content.

Go to www.sciverse.com to access the SciVerse platform.

The home page for SciVerse is the new SciVerse Hub beta from which users can access:

* Search results across ScienceDirect, Scopus and scientific web content, ranked by relevance and without duplication
* Three free applications that enhance search and discovery for your researchers, allowing them to:
o Search only the methods/experimental procedures sections of the articles in ScienceDirect
o See search results in full sentences to help find the right content faster
o See a list of the most prolific authors for a given search topic

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September 1, 2010

Wiley "page not found" message

There are still some linking problems with the new Wiley Online Library platform. If you come across any Wiley "page not found" errors please try the Wiley link next to the U of M find it link in Pub Med or go through the e-journals page. Wiley and SFX are working on resolving these linking errors and hope to have a solution soon!

Please let me know if you have any questions.