Friday, March 14, 2008

RefWorks Introduces New Current Awareness Service

Katherine Jones from CSA/RefWorks would welcome comments from JIBS members on this new product:

"RefWorks is pleased to announce the public debut of RefAware, an online personal research assistant and monitoring service that enables members of the academic community and other researchers to stay abreast of the latest publications and research in their field instantly. This simple-to-use service allows researchers to be alerted when new articles are available -- most within hours of publication and many even pre-publication. With the ability to create separate search queries, researchers can now use RefAware to keep them informed of "up-to-the-minute" information based on their unique research interests. Providing one source, for a variety of research data, RefAware constantly scours the internet for the latest information and automatically delivers newly found data through an alerting service. Harnessing the speed and accessibility of the Internet, RefAware provides a comprehensive, real-time picture of today's global research.

A preview of RefAware can be seen at:

Product Overview
* Providing coverage from over 8,000 peer-reviewed journals and other non-referred sources of information.
* Discipline specific coverage includes the Life Sciences, Biology, and Medicine; Physical Sciences; Engineering; Social Sciences; Arts & Humanities; and Business.
* Leading scholarly journals with high impact factors within specific disciplines are scanned for inclusion.
* Search through tens of thousands of online source material.
* Constantly crawls the Web searching for newly available references and information.
* Saves time by providing one source for a variety of research data.
* Receive immediate notification of new references through email alerts.
* Links to full-text, seamless exports to bibliographic management programs and online usage reports.
* Pricing. For a limited time, a special "introductory" license offer is available."

For further information on RefAware or to arrange for an organization-wide trial, please go to or contact Katherine Jones

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Take part in the JISC National E-textbook debate

JISC National E-textbook Debate - asking big questions

14th April 2008, 5.30 – 7pm, Birmingham

To attend as a member of the audience please complete the registration form by Tuesday 8th April 2008 .

Over the last two months JISC Collections has been running workshops up and down the country looking at the state of the e-books market, asking librarians what their vision for the future of e-textbooks is and thinking about how we can all, libraries, publishers and JISC Collections get there. Well having heard the librarians’ point of view, we decided that it would be a good idea to hear from publishers as well. On the 14th April JISC Collections will be holding the National E-textbook Debate to let both sides air the arguments in an open and informal setting. So if you would like to come and join the live audience, please complete the online registration form.

Further details can be found here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

National Research Council, Canada

Available from Ovid - NRC Research Press journals

This collection comprises 15 peer reviewed titles encompassing a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines including Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries, Genetics, Aquatic Sciences and Genomics.

NRC Canada


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

OvidSP next ... new features in April

"...many users prefer to use a system that offers native language interface support. In fact, SilverPlatter customers have enjoyed this feature for some time. With the 1.1 release, French, Spanish, and German customers will have the option to view OvidSP in their native language."

"...the following enhancements will also be included in the early April release:

* After performing a search, the OvidSP screen will remain at the search field rather than “jump” down to the results. While initially our research indicated that our customers would prefer to be brought immediately to their results, subsequent feedback has indicated otherwise.

* Improvements to the Results Manager and the abstracts display.

* Improved functionality of RSS feeds in Internet Explorer 6, which has some known issues with standard RSS feeds.

* Exporting of annotations to EndNote, RefWorks, and other standard citation managers.

Monday, March 03, 2008

JISC Collections partners with ProQuest to make another century of House of Commons Parliamentary Papers freely available to universities and colleges

ProQuest's digital House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1901-2004 will be available free of charge to all staff and students in colleges and universities in the UK through funding from JISC Collections. The online resource, comprising 187,809 individual papers containing over 9.5 million pages, is among the richest and most detailed primary sources for the history of the 20th century and is considered vital to an understanding of the UK's modern development. This agreement extends the partnership between JISC Collections and ProQuest, which began in 2006, to make the 19th century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers available to the UK academic community.

Further details can be found here.