Essay: Librarians vs. Search Engines

June 28, 2007 at 12:02 am | Posted in news, searching | Comments Off on Essay: Librarians vs. Search Engines

Thomas Mann, author of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, has a new essay posted online in which he exposes the deficiencies of using the internet for scholarly research. While a search engine can generate lists, Mann argues that it is a classification system controlled by librarians that provides the necessary guidance through deep and relevant research. While he is accepting of the web’s ability for quick and inexpensive indexing, according to Mann, librarians must continue to “promote scholarship of the highest possible quality–and that is a goal very different from striving to provide something quickly.” Read responses to Mann’s essay at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

SciFinder Scholar 2007 Now Available

June 26, 2007 at 9:41 pm | Posted in databases, new resources | Comments Off on SciFinder Scholar 2007 Now Available

SciFinder ScholarA new version of SciFinder Scholar — the online database for journal literature in biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, and materials science — is now available at Galvin Library. SciFinder Scholar 2007 has been installed on all library public computers and is ready to use. You can also download the new version for use on your own computer here. (Please note that SciFinder can only be used from on-campus computers that have an IIT IP address).

SciFinder Scholar 2007 offers powerful new features:

Categorize references This tool enables you to sort and evaluate information in your answer sets by creating a histogram for easy analysis. Categorize separates related references on the basis of their associated CA index terms. With categorize, you can reassemble the different subsets in unique ways creating opportunities for new insights.

Save answers Now you can save answer lists of references, substances, or reactions and re-use them later in other SciFinder Scholar sessions.

Combine answer sets The combine tool makes it possible to focus on a particular research topic in new ways by combining the substances, reactions, and references in an active answer set with those in a previously saved one. By employing various options of Combine, Intersect, or Remove, you can manipulate and customize the information contained in these combined answer sets.

Print structures in grid format Gain a unique comparative view of multiple chemical structures by printing them side by side in this handy grid arrangement.

Visit cas.org to view examples that will show you the latest SciFinder Scholar 2007 features.

For any questions on using SciFinder Scholar, please Ask a Librarian.

PsycINFO Facelift!

June 11, 2007 at 3:41 pm | Posted in databases | Comments Off on PsycINFO Facelift!

On Monday June 11, 2007, the PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES databases will transfer from ProQuest to the CSA Illumina interface. The search functionality will remain the same, with the following enhanced features that were not in the ProQuest interface:

Linked Author Searches:
You can click on an author’s name in CSA Illumina and it will retrieve all articles written by that author that are indexed in PsycINFO or PsycArticles.

Linked References:
You can jump to an article in the record’s reference list by clicking on the link. The reference list also includes links to every article that cites the specific reference.

Up-Front Descriptors:
Broad descriptions of the articles are highlighted in the results screen for a quick glimpse into what the article investigates. Click on one of these descriptors to retrieve all results that contain that descriptor in the record.

Publication Type Sorting
Browse all publication types or click on one of the publication type tabs in the results list to view only Peer-Reviewed Journals, Conferences, Books, and a variety of other publication types.

For more information about the CSA Illumina interface, see CSA’s Quick Reference Card (PDF).

Please contact Jannelle Ruswick, Reference Librarian for Psychology and Social Sciences, for assistance using the new interface. If you have a ProQuest account with saved searches, let Ms. Ruswick know and she will assist you in transferring your searches to CSA.

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