August 2007 Archives

HW Wilson PrePub Special on Retrospective Indexes

Save 15% when you subscribe to both Applied Science & Technology Index and Business Periodicals Index Retrospective. Both offer the same content up to 1958. Beyond 1958, the databases cover Applied Science periodicals and Business periodicals, retrospectively. Offer expires September 30, 2007. Contact MINITEX with questions.

Local Publisher offers Russian/NIS Content

East View is headquartered in Minneapolis, USA, with major offices in Russia and Ukraine.

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Shibboleth News from EBSCO

EBSCO Publishing Expands Shibboleth Authentication Service
IPSWICH, Mass. - August 2, 2007 - EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has expanded its Shibboleth authentication service to support Shibboleth version 1.3. The standards-based, open source middleware software provides Single SignOn (SSO) for the Web within organizations. Sites using Shibboleth can make authorization access decisions regulating individual access to their protected online resources. ...more

Introducing Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

Oxford University Press has announced that free 30-day trials for their newest online resource, Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, will be available September 4th.

Email OUP ( ) and specify that you'd like to try Oxford Language Dictionaries Online. Be sure to indicate the date you'd like the trial to begin and include the name of your institution. Visit the website for more information.

Canada Call for Manuscripts and Reviews

The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, an open access journal, is accepting articles and conference presentations on the topic of electronic resources and librarianship, in any of their three peer- reviewed sections, Theory and Research, Innovations in Practice, or Conference Spotlight. They welcome international contributions and there are no article processing fees.

For more infomration contact:

Heather Morrison <heatherm@ELN.BC.CA>




Personalized Lists in

More than 10,000 personalized lists have been created within since the social networking feature was introduced in June. Users can build as many lists as they would like on any subject. They can group items owned by their library and other WorldCat libraries, and share their lists with friends, colleagues and millions of site users. All they need is an e-mail address to create a free WorldCat account. (Minnesota residents have access to WorldCat via ELM.)

Here are examples of some of the ways people are using their lists:

Visit OCLC to create your profile and begin building your own lists.

ProQuest Platform Enhancements

In late July, ProQuest made several enhancements to their platform:

Search Results Display Enhancements

Link Resolver Icons: Display of article full text availability has been enhanced by moving the icons for access via link resolvers to appear just to the right of other format icons (e.g. Full Text, PDF, Abstract, etc.).

PDF File Size: The search results page now displays the size of PDF files for all databases (except Historical Newspapers and the American Periodicals Series). The PDF file size will be added to all new content and will appear over time for older content.

Article Display Enhancements

Find More Documents Like This: The highly valued ProQuest feature 'More Like This' has been enhanced to make finding similar documents even quicker. It is also more prominently displayed at the top right of the page for easy access.

Abstracts & Full Text: The abstract and full text have been moved to the top of the page to increase their visibility. The detailed indexing can now be found at the bottom of the page.

Cite This: The very popular ProQuest feature for creating a quick bibliography in the user's preferred citation style (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc.) is now conveniently available on every article display page.

Copy Link: A new feature has been added which allows users to quickly and easily copy durable links to articles.

Infobase Publishing is an educational media company that owns well-known reference publishing imprints such Facts On File, Chelsea House, Ferguson Publishing and Bloom’s Literary Criticism. Films Media Group is comprised of Films for the Humanities and Sciences; Cambridge Educational; Meridian Education; and Shopware.

See the Films Media Group press release for more information.

New Interface for Access Science in Mid-August

From the McGraw-Hill listserv:

Dear AccessScience Customer,

McGraw-Hill is in the process of developing a new technology platform for AccessScience. In mid-August 2007, AccessScience 2.0 will be launching with a new interface, improved search engine and statistics reporting. You will receive additional communication regarding the exact launch time.

AccessScience features offer over 8,500 online full-text articles the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology 10th edition, Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology, and 110,000+ definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, as well as 13,000 illustrations and graphics, and bibliographies containing more than 28,000 literature citations.

As we migrate to AccessScience 2.0 you will experience no change in your service or authentication and no action is required on behalf of the library during our migration. However, customers using federated search engines or bar code authentication will need some additional information.

We have prepared an AccessScience 2.0 FAQ to answer all of your technical and content questions including federated search engines and bar code authentication.

If you have additional questions please contact your sales representative by telephone at 1-877-840-2297 or our customer service team at 1-888-307-5984 or via e-mail.

Best regards,
The AccessScience Team

OCLC WorldCat Analysis Enhancement

The number of records that can be exported in a batch from WCA has been increased from 500 to 2500. This will make exporting large numbers of records faster and easier. Help files will be updated with the new number at the September install.

OVID SilverPlatter Downtime

SIlverPlatter will be down August 11-August 12 for maintenance.

From the OVID listserv:

August 8, 2007

Dear SilverPlatter Customer,

As part of our continuing efforts to improve Ovid’s North America data center system infrastructure, we have scheduled a downtime for the SilverPlatter Internet Service. The downtime will take place from 9pm, Saturday, August 11, 2007 to 2am, Sunday August 12, 2007 Eastern Daylight Time (Sunday, August 12, 2007 01:00-06:00 GMT).

Though we have specifically scheduled this downtime during a period of low usage, we do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your users. If you have any questions, please contact

Thank you for your cooperation,

Ovid Technologies

New Enhancements to WilsonWeb

New WilsonWeb interface enhancements have been made to Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus,Art Museum Image Gallery, and Wilson Core Collections.

Additional enhancements include:

  • Custom messages in WilsonWeb Emails
    Results emailed from the WilsonWeb interface can now include a custom message from your library, complete with web links. Use it to promote new reference sources, events, procedures, or other important information to your patrons.

  • Easier Navigation
    Now, clicking on a subject link in a WilsonWeb citation launches a search for other articles indexed under that subject, rather than a search of the subject thesaurus.

See the WilsonWeb enhancements page for more information.

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