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July 29, 2011

Little mistake there...

Hi all,

I jumped the gun in assuming that Word 2010 doesn't have Add-Ins. Apparently, it does, but the tab only appears if you've installed a plug-in. I've asked that our IT department work on installing Write-N-Cite so that a button appears there the way that we and our patrons are used to seeing it. In the meantime, you'll have to open WNC from the desktop, but the functionality is the same.


RefWorks 2.0 and Lion (Mac OS X)

From RefWorks' Facebook page:

Mac users, please be aware that Write-N-Cite 2.5 is not supported by OS X Lion (Apple's recently released OS update). If you have already updated your operating system, here are some steps you can take to create a bibliography using our One-line/Cite View. We will be making an announcement about the new version of Write-N-Cite later this summer, and, yes, it will support Lion!


Error messages opening PDFs in Ovid:

Here is an option for Error messages opening PDFs in Ovid:

If you get an error message from Adobe Acrobat saying The file is damaged and could not be opened, or Expected a dict. object, or your browser hangs and the PDF does not open:

In Adobe Acrobat disable the fast view, and Display PDF in browser options.

Close your browser. Open Adobe Reader. Go to the Edit menu and select Preferences In the left column select Internet Uncheck Allow fast web view Uncheck Display PDF in browser Click OK, and try again

The PDFs will display in a separate window rather than in your browser window.


Hopefully this is a workaround for now. Let me know if it solves the problem for you!”

Another option is to clear your browser and try to open the pdf again.

We will continue to work with Ovid on a solution.

Thanks, Amy

July 28, 2011

Molecular Interventions Ceases Publication


As of the April 2011 issue, the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) has ceased publication of Molecular Interventions. Although it earned Impact Factors between 5.595 and 8.273 and was greatly appreciated by ASPET’s members and other readers, the annual losses from Molecular Interventions since its inception in 2001 could no longer be sustained by ASPET.

The Molecular Interventions web site hosted by HighWire Press will be shut down on Monday, August 15, 2011. Shortly after then, Molecular Interventions will be available through the digital repository CLOCKSS at the following URL:


CLOCKSS will arrange with CrossRef to redirect links from DOIs registered for Molecular Interventions. When that work is completed, DOI links to the journal will resolve to its new site at CLOCKSS.

Refunds for the remaining 2011 issues have been sent to institutional subscribers.

ASPET’s Board of Publications Trustees deeply regrets the need to cease publication of this journal, but MI’s drain on the Society’s financial resources was unsustainable.

Sincerely yours,

Rich Dodenhoff Journals Director American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

July 20, 2011

New E-Book Collections page up on UL site

There is now a list on the main U Libraries site that outlines features from all of our E-Book collections.

I'm not sure how to find the page via starting out at the home page, but the direct URL is:

This list describes how content is delivered and whether devices such as an iPad, Kindle, or Nook can be used to view content. Super handy!


RefWorks 2.0 Issues

Now that RefWorks 2.0 is here there are a few bugs that we need to report to RefWorks. If you notice that after importing citations into 2.0, you cannot see all of your folders (e.g. just the permanent folders display), try to capture this image and email the problem to RW at support@refworks.com

This is a known issue but the more that others report it, the quicker the fix will come.

Also, RefWorks now updates the software approximately every 3 weeks and they no longer send administrators a list of new upgrades.


Write-N-Cite and Word 2010

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to alert you that there is a new computer image on our public workstations, and it includes the new Office suite. I'm pointing this out because it appears that the new version of Word does not include the Add-Ins tab used in the 2007 version.

As a result, Write-N-Cite no longer directly integrates into Word. It still works, however. As with Macs, you'll just need to open the window separately. (And it still does all of the good stuff, merging finalized citations into the same doc, etc.)


July 18, 2011

Web of Knowledge - Maintenance Alert

message from publisher:

Maintenance Alert We are currently experiencing performance issues with Web of Knowledge access, search and navigation. Our technical staff is working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Thanks, Amy

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge (web of science

Update on Web of Science/Knowledge. The new URL is in place and off-campus users should now be able to access WOS. Please let me know if there are any issues.

Journal Citation Reports - Web of Science

I also got an internal error message View image when trying to access Journal Citation Reports. Please let me know if you see any other error messages or access problems.

Thank you, Amy

Web of Knowledge-off campus


At this time, off campus users cannot access web of science/knowledge… We are in contact with the vendor and hope to resolve this soon.


July 15, 2011

Cambridge Journals Online - are FREE TO ACCESS for Six Weeks

Message from Cambridge:

For further information please click here

Dear Colleague, We’ve made all articles published in Cambridge Journals in 2009 and 2010 free to access for 6 weeks, from 15th July until 30th August 2011. No need to register To access simply visit journals.cambridge.org or use the links in the right hand column of this email message to browse by title or subject.

In case you have any questions about access. Thanks Amy

July 14, 2011

more on the new Taylor & Francis platform


Taylor & Francis is a little slow to update our online subscriptions on their new online platform. (for example: Journal of agromedicine)

Please report any online access issues to me so that I can notify our vendor. Thank you. Amy

Off-campus Ovid problems... the ongoing saga

Hello all,

Over the last few months you may have heard about Ovid not working correctly from off campus, or people asking about the "awful new Ovid redesign." Because everyone off-campus isn't affected and the problem has been difficult to replicate, it's taken us a while to realize that there actually is a problem. I contacted Ovid and they thought it was a proxy problem on our end, so I submitted a help desk ticket last week, and Michael Johnson in IT is working on it.

The problem is how the interface is displaying - here is a typical screenshot (click to enlarge):

The search engine will function (most of the time, though there are a lot of time-outs and slow loading) but the interface is all scrambled up.

We haven't figured out a pattern yet - here's what we know so far.

-It only happens off campus, but not to everyone off campus (and to a minority of people, it seems).
-It doesn't seem to be related to the browser or computer, because several people with laptops have had the problem off campus even if they try multiple browsers, but it works correctly on the same computer on the campus wireless.
-It seems to have been happening since about late May - at least one person said she was affected by the Moodle/email crash that happened in May, and after that Ovid didn't work anymore for her. That fact might be a coincidence, or it might be relevant - that's unknown at this point.
-One faculty member noticed that the URL she gets directed to to connect to Ovid from off campus looks crazy: (http://ovidsp.tx.ovid.com.ezp1.lib.umn.edusp-.4.1bovidweb.cgi?QS2=434f4e1a73d37e8c9afc6da792189fcfcc7cf6143713508af53574b818ad50f61c647db4a1a53234ec9262299bf7f5b8c5913090767d3f3b1f86ad647c729902f8b8e40a5f58d2e47f26bade7b6d8b58c9957b11eeb33629df78787e0820cdf61ab3e29517d332f55dfbfebbbc35476ae8b60bb4a1568dade44ccf2995dda7e1501a5e8abba758e3802b2d02511804f3f683eaf76469e026ebbfa87133a0019ed69e722c6f25424bc707883b36e3b9da1ed138a855e5d5845a96650c13553c923aa08c4415d72d714fd7b2f466e95cad854a01495cf45fe37a9338a4383a1257f9c7920da1c5fe9e) - (see, CRAZY!) that might have something to do with it. Also unknown at this point.

So, that's what we know and don't know now. Unfortunately, we don't know of a solution to give people, so at this point just get a synposis of the problem and contact info and send it to me so I can pass along any new relevant info and keep a list of affected people.

Hopefully IT can crack the mystery soon, since this is a pretty serious (and maddening!) problem. I'll keep y'all posted!


July 13, 2011

Using SciFinder with Chrome

In case you have users with problems logging in to SciFinder, check to see if they're using Chrome. Sometimes there's a way to fix the problem (see below) although some things in SciFinder apparently just don't work in Chrome. The vendor is aware of the problem and hopefully will be addressing it soon.

The only problem I am aware of is that Chrome is very aggressive in blocking pop ups and otherwise limiting features. From what my Chrome users tell me, once they remove those types of barriers, SciFinder generally works well. As with most browsers, you don't necessarily get proper warnings/error messages. It can simply look like the feature/button does not work.


Meghan Lafferty
Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science Librarian

July 1, 2011

Appointment slots on Google Calendar

For those of you that do a lot of consultations, you may be interested in the new Appointment Slots feature on Google Calendar. Here's Google's description:

"The Appointment slots feature lets you set time slots on your calendar that other people can book. For instance, a professor could allow his or her students to reserve time during office hours each week."

More information on the FAQ.