Sometimes in Google Scholar you will get results that are books. These results are prefaced with the word [BOOK]. If you click on the hyperlink "Library search" within that entry, you will be able to find out if UVic has the book, and by clicking on the "Where can I get this?" link, you can get a call number and status.
For example; I searched Google Scholar for sociology canada. I have copied the first results found.
[BOOK] … Youth Culture: The Sociology of Youth Cultures and Youth Subcultures in America, Britain and Canada - Library Search - Web Search
M Brake - Cited by 19
London: Routledge, 1985
I think we should take the Jake database off the Databases A-Z list and replace it with the CUFTS database which is current. CUFTS doesn't have the same functionality as JAKE but at least it gives up-to-date results. What do you think?
Two new series titles have been added to our Annual Reviews Collection for 2005:
Law and Social Science
Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 29 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. Annual Reviews publications are among the most highly cited in scientific literature. All Annual Reviews series are ranked within the top ten publications for their respective disciplines.
PreCINAHL has been added to the A-Z database list and the health sciences subject category on the Gateway. You will find the link directly under the CINAHL link as CINAHL(PreCINAHL).
This database has been included free with our CINAHL subscription but was previously accessible only from the "choose databases" list in EBSCOHost.
PreCINAHL provides current awareness of new journal articles, and includes a rotating file of limited bibliographic information (no subject indexing) that is available to researchers only while these articles are being indexed. This enables users to gain access to article citations that otherwise would not be available. Once the bibliographic records are complete, they are added to the CINAHL database and removed from PreCINAHL.
1. Just found out that we now have a filter for the Voyager catalogue in RefWorks.
So try it out and let me know if it doesn't work properly.
2. Also found out that in most cases it is better to use the IE browser when working with RefWorks. Ophelia and I found out that the RLG - Eureka database filter doesn't work with Firefox, Netscape or Mozilla browsers.
3. For those of you who have faculty that use the AGRICOLA database. There are 2 parts to this interface: one to the catalogue and another to the citation database. The filter in RefWorks ONLY works for the catalogue at the moment. RefWorks had no idea that a citation database had been included at the website.
I learned something new today - the IC computers default to block popups, which shuts down Godot but also can make refworks exports not work. It can also affect lots of other applications - anything that opens a new browser window. If you encounter problems with either of these things, or the student tells you they are 'broken', try it again after turning pop-ups ON.
Sometimes you will get an error message that gives you the option to turn popups back on, and sometimes you get an 'information bar' (right under the address bar) that suggests you do so, (and if you right click on this bar, you can turn the popups on from there) and sometimes you get no notification whatsoever, and have to go into the browser preferences to do it.
I knew about the godot problem but did not know that it was the default setting for those computers. The lovely and talented IC assistant helped me through it, and then Ophelia sorted out the resulting Refworks problem. Yay teamwork!
This will make us all feel good, in the super-stressful busy month of January (from Princeton) - an English professor ponders the importance of librarians, and wonders why we get such a bad rap in mass media.
Clinical Pharmacology has been added to the A-Z database list and to the Health Sciences subject category on the Gateway. This database has been available through our Health Science Databases subscription but was only accessible via the EBSCOhost "choose database" list.
Clinical Pharmacology contains current, concise and clinically-relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new and investigational drugs.
Syracuse University Library is a Voyager site. Their Summit Catalog has a "More like this" Tab once you get to your search results. Try it out.
Here is why they introduced this feature:"because I do think it speaks the language of the patron better - they are used to the Amazon way. I was just showing a class last night how they might use the search re-directs and wishing it
required less explanation."
Do you think this would be useful?
Here's a link to UBC Library Guides for the MD Undergraduate Program: http://toby.library.ubc.ca/webpage/webpage.cfm?id=407 The most useful part for librarians at our Reference desk is probably the section entitled "Guides to Information Resources." You may want to peruse them when it's not too busy at the Ref. desk. Because the vendor licenses for the medical dbs, e-journals and e-books only allow UVic Ref. Librarians, Medical Students and Medical Faculty to access these products I can't put any of the relevant Research Guides onto Gateway.
There is an interesting article in today's Guardian Newspaper. "Academics fight to break 'stranglehold' on journals." Details at http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/sciences/story/0,12243,1398368,00.html
Could you please note if you have any searching oddities within the Wilson indexes. Three of us were looking for a particular citation in Social Sciences and Humanities Indexes and couldn't find the citation, and couldn't find the citation and finally after about the 14th try, found the citation. Was it really there all along and we missed seeing it, or was it somehow suppressed or hiding? I'm a little concerned.
Article from Search Engine Watch which discusses the PEW Internet Survey:
Survey: Searchers are Confident, Satisfied & Clueless
I have put two quizes in the assignment binder at the Reference Desk
HA340B and HA342B and a list of some of the books in the reference area they will need to complete the assignment. Lynne
P.S. For access to BMJ journals and to Clinical Evidence through UBC we need to use 'ubc1' for both the username and the password.
We now have trial access to Eighteenth Century Collections Online.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online includes a variety of materials — from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements — and works by many well-known and lesser-known authors, all providing a diverse collection of material for the researcher of the eighteenth century. Included are works from women writers of the eighteenth century; collections on the French Revolution; and numerous editions of the works of Shakespeare. Multiple editions of each individual work are offered to enable scholars to make textual comparisons of the works.
Trial is available until February 18, 2005 on the New Trial Databases page on the Gateway.
Just a heads-up. The IMP students have an informatics assignment due on
Friday, so it's possible they will be coming to the ref desk for help. Remember that UVic librarians have IP access to the following resources via OVID:
Books @ OVID, Clinical Evidence, Embase, Evidence Based Medical Reviews, Health & PsychoSocial Instruments, LWW Journals @ OVID, and Medline. Other e-resources we have access to are: BIOSIS Previews (UVic already has), Blackwell ejournals, BMJ ejournals, Harrison's Online, Health Reference Center, ImagesMD, MD Consult, Stat!Ref, and Thieme ejournals. I find the easiest way to access these resources is to go to www.library.ubc.ca and then to the databases section. Our IP addresses allow us access to the products listed above. Questions or problems? Please let me know! Have fun exploring these products - they're great!
A wooden panel fell on Laurie this afternoon while she was on the reference desk. She is alive and well but the Reference Desk is cordoned off with yellow caution tape until panels have been secured.
The two computers (Workstation #3 and Sibelius) have been seconded for reference purposes.
June Smith is on the Reference Desk tonight from 5-9 so she will have to deal with this tonight.
I'm sure that an official notice will be going out from the Acting University Librarian.
All 8 Wilson databases should now be fixed. The links were going to the Wilson legal database. I have changed the url's in the CMAPP database for each of the 8 Wilson databases that we have and have checked the links for each. Let me know if there is a problem.
Applied Science Index
Biological and Agricultural Index Plus
Book review digest Plus
General science Index
Social sciences Index
The Instruction Working Group with the help of Kristin went out to each section of English 100 classes (over 40 sections!) and told the students about the library test at the beginning of January. We told students that:
1. The deadline for the test is March 1.
2. That they come to the library to talk to us if they have any problems or questions.
We added students to the library test in late December, again Last Friday and on Monday. We will do it again after the add/drop dates. This should help get most of the students into the library test.
We have also left a copy of the handout we gave to the students at the Reference Desk.
Just want to let you know that the Faculty of Business is cancelling their subscription to Lexis / Nexis. This means that the BCOM and MBA students won't be able to access the database from the labs in the Business building.
So they will come here to use it. We have one dedicated machine in Reference for it.
Also, the IC Commons machines (only PCs) have the Lexis software installed on them as well. So if a student is already on one of the machines they can be searching lexis. We have 5 simultaneous access points for McPherson - so there can be 5 people on at the same time.
For Reference Librarians who want to have Lexis on their office desktops please put your request to the LIBRARY help desk and ask for it to be installed.
If you have any questions please let me know.
There will likely be an increase of first year biology students at the desk these next few weeks. Kristin and I are doing library sessions for them this week, but I expect a lot of them will make their way to the desk. I have put a copy of the assignment and topics in the assignments binder at the ref desk. The topic is not as well defined as last term (recall the membrane permeability of beets...). Here are a list of databases that may be useful: Biological Abstracts, Web of Science, Animal Behavior Abstracts, BioOne, Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts, and Zoological Record.
This site allows you to put any starting URL in to a google-type search, and it'll visually map all the links from that site, and you can take it as far as you want to - personally, it hurts my brain, but I know many of you enjoy visual mapping sorts of things - enjoy!
I couldn't resist playing with this a little bit, despite myself.
The boingboing* editor says: "If we put a sophisticated interface with some dials and levers, it could really be a neat tool for exploring relationships in the blogosphere. I could imagine some cool slices that might parse this wildly growing ecosystem in interesting ways. "
*I get all my neatnewness from a BoingBoing RSS feed, at: http://www.boingboing.net
Google Scholar Enhancements
The search capabilities of Google Scholar have been enhanced. Users may now limit searches by publication title, date range, title words, and author. Up to 100 results can be viewed for each search. (From SLA newsletter)
I'm finding it really each to teach the catalogue with the Not@UVic button in the catalogue - great suggestion!!
We now have trial access to AnthroSource until February 5, 2005.
A groundbreaking collaboration between the AAA and the University of California Press, AnthroSource aims to unite the breadth and diversity of anthropological scholarship in one online resource. As the largest professional society of anthropologists in the world, and the single largest publisher of scholarly journals in anthropology, the AAA is committed to developing AnthroSource as a the primary, centralized access point to comprehensive, anthropological research.
AnthroSource is available via the New Trial Databases page on the Gateway.
A few students have been coming to the desk asking if our computers have the Minitab software. They need to use Minitab for a statistics assignment, I think it is. Minitab is on:
Our trials to Business Source Premier and Hospitality & Tourism Index through Ebscohost have been extended for 60 days until March 5, 2005. These were available through our Ebscohost database profile but have now been published to the New Trial Databases page on the Gateway.
Please note that the links lead to a list of 4 databases: EconLit (we own this), Business Source Premier, Hospitality & Tourism Index, and Regional Business News. To access, check the databases you want to search from the list.
"Librarians truly are the "ultimate search engine," an incredibly knowledgeable human resource far more responsive and interactive than virtual commercial ones"
Read the Boston Globe article entitled: Don't close the book on libraries
Inspec is now available on the Engineering Village 2 platform on the Gateway. The link will take you to the combined search screen for Inspec and Compendex.
"The Combined Compendex® & Inspec® database allows for searching on a broad range of topics within the scientific, applied science, technical and engineering disciplines. Coverage is from 1969 to present. The database is updated weekly."
Our two new SAGE full-text collections have now been published on the Gateway.
Education: A SAGE Full-Text Collection
This searchable database includes the full text of 22 journals (19 current and 3 coming in 2005) published by SAGE and participating societies, some journals going back 36 years, and encompasses over 7,000 articles.
Accessible via the A-Z listing and under Education.
Sociology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection
This database includes the full-text of 30 journals published by SAGE and participating societies, some journals going back twenty years, encompassing over 10,000 articles. It covers such subjects as Childhood, Contemporary Sociology, Comparative Sociology, Consumer Culture, Classical Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Leisure Studies, Social Theory, Sociology of Sport, and Sociology of Work and Employment (Labor Studies).
Accessible via the A-Z listing and under Social Sciences