Coming Sep.15: new ebrary reader

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UMass Lowell will be upgraded to the new ebrary e-book Reader the week of September 15th.

The new ebrary online Reader was developed with extensive input from researchers and debuts on the ebrary platform in early August 2014. The user experience features:

  • Clearer user permissions and information on ebooks for patrons
  • Intuitive navigation to locate popular features faster
  • Higher text quality and display options for better readability
  • Streamlined tasks such as copy, print, download and in-book search
  • Enhanced support for accessibility needs (coming in Q4).

In addition, ebrary has evolved their mobile experience to use the popular Bluefire app for offline reading on iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices. Given this, ebrary has officially retired their dedicated mobile apps. To download the Bluefire app simply visit the App Store or Google Play.

For more information and screenshots of the new reader, view this ProQuest ebrary LibGuide. Also available is a PowerPoint download and an overview YouTube video.

About ebrary

ebrary provides UMass Lowell with its largest collection of e-books with over 100,000 titles from major academic publishers included in the following 16 specialized subject areas:

  • Business & Economics
  • Computers & IT
  • Education
  • Engineering & Technology
  • History & Political Science
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary & Area Studies
  • Language, Literature & Linguistics
  • Law, International Relations & Public Policy
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical
  • Nursing & Allied Health
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology & Social Work
  • Religion, Philosophy & Classics
  • Sociology & Anthropology

 

Irish Newspaper Archive releases new interface features

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Highlights of new website features released by the Irish Newspaper Archive include visibility of corrections and references, zoom controls and many others:

Newspaper View Changes
1. Added support for zoom in/out directly on page. Added “+” and “-” buttons to the toolbar.
2. Added sharing of article pages via Facebook and Twitter.
3. Added, “pin” button which allows switching between a docked and floating state of the toolbar.
4. Implemented automatic hiding of “Sections” button for newspapers having less than 2 sections.
5. Replaced flipping page corners with page navigation buttons at left / right side of the viewer.
6. Added highlighting of search term hits on pages (in addition to highlighting of selected search result).
7. Supported two behaviors for “click on page”: open article or zoom in/out (controlled by configuration). By default, “click on page” zooms in to 100%.
8. Improved integration with search results: double-clicking one of “found” articles on newspaper page behaves exactly as it does when you open it from search results (e.g. hits are highlighted and “previous/next search result” buttons become available). APA 5.0 just highlighted hits without the option to navigate search results.
9. Improved toolbar icons
10. Added support for touch screens
11. Added flipping of pages with swipe gestures – either touch or mouse.
12. Added support of full-page ads between newspaper pages
13. Added support of rich media

Search View Changes
1. Search in bylines
2. Date range search now includes calendar-based UI for selecting a date range.
3. UI to enable easy searching across multiple publications (combo box with checkboxes).
4. Search results analytics (chart) by demand.
5. Added drop-down menus to enable refinement of search query with data from search results (“Limit to this publication”, “Exclude from search” etc.)
6. Improved design of search results (changed colors, re-ordered data, improved text snippets around hits, cropped high image clippings etc.)

Article View Changes
1. Added support of “see also” links – they are appended to the end of the article’s content.
2. Added a “Back” button that allows returning to the previous article after clicking “see also” or the continuation link.
3. Added sharing of articles via Facebook and Twitter.
4. Added a “Link to article” button in the viewer’s toolbar.
5. Added a bar with information about the article’s source: publication name, issue date, section and page label.
6. Added support for manual resizing of the article viewer popup.
7. Article viewer automatically resizes itself to better fit size of the content.
8. Improved the design of the article toolbar.

Browser navigation history
1. Application’s panels (home, browse, search etc.) are now integrated into the browser’s navigation history. Users can use the browser’s Back button to return to the previous screen.
2. Tracks search queries that users launch in the application (including “automatic” ones that occur when users click the column bar in a search results chart or select some value from the filter menus). It is also now possible to use browser’s back button to return to the previous search query.

My Collection changes
1. When the user opens the article viewer from the “My Collection” view, he/she can navigate to next/previous article without closing the viewer by pressing the corresponding buttons in the toolbar (similar to navigation within search results).
2. ”My collection” is now stored for each application and user

Print and Share Changes
1. Added metadata (publication name, issue date, section name, page label) to the print and share HTML pages
2. Article sharing has been fixed so that the recipient of the shared article doesn’t have to have a subscription account in order to view the article being shared.

About the Irish Newspaper Archive

The Irish Newspapers Archive is the world’s largest online database of Irish Newspapers from which it is possible to search, retrieve and view Ireland’s past in the exact format it was published. With many of Ireland’s most prominent regional, daily and out of print titles, membership allows access to the most comprehensive and complete Irish newspaper archive available.

New Alexander Street Press Interface

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Alexander Street Press, the hosting site for the Music Online: Classical Scores Library, that contains over 24,000 musical score documents, has launched a new interface. An informational FAQ about the new interface is available here.

The first features are now available, with many more launching over the next academic year.

Here’s what the new interface offers now:

  • Powerful faceted browsing capabilities: Browse content with “smart facets” that change as you search, allowing you quickly to find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s as if the interface knows what you’re asking.
  • Discipline- and genre-based landing pages with featured content and editorially-curated playlists.
  • The ability to translate every page, liner note, and transcript into dozens of languages using Google Translate.
  • Tools for exporting citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats.

And here’s what’s coming soon:

  • Outbound discovery—your Alexander Street content will link out to select Internet archives, greatly expanding the content available to your users at no charge, and all semantically indexed to make it cross-searchable with the other Alexander Street content.
  • Fully text-searchable liner notes displayed along select albums.
  • And more. See a full list of current and forthcoming functionality here.

Beginning August 14, 2014, all permanent URLs, such as links to clips, playlists, bookmarks, and embed codes, related to the Classical Scores collection will automatically point users to the new interface.

About Classical Scores Library

Music Online: Classical Scores Library is a series of three volumes, of which UMass Lowell has purchased Volume I.

The first volume of Classical Scores Library includes more than 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores and manuscripts ever written. Students, faculty, and scholars will find countless works from classical music’s most studied composers, including Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, plus thousands more.

Additional material in Volume I includes 100 scores from the Barry S. Brook Center’s collection of French Opera in the 17th and 18th centuries, providing access to the music and libretti of the early operas during an important period in the development of the genre.

Films on Demand adds new videos

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Films on Demand, the streaming video subscription available to UML Library users, has just added over 380 new video titles. The full list is available by clicking here.

Films On Demand allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from nearly 18,000 educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, share playlists, personalize folders and manage their entire collection through an administrative reporting system.

Engineering Village releases new site enhancements

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On January 30,  Engineering Village introduced a series of site enhancements:

  • AutoSuggest – helps users find terms using the Ei Thesaurus
  • New Download – Excel, CSV, PDF and RTF formats are now available
  • Mendeley Web Importer – one click imports results to Mendeley
  • What’s New – provides a summary of the latest updates

AutoSuggest helps researchers find terms quickly by displaying a list of suggested engineering terms from the 20,000 terms within the most trusted engineering Thesaurus available, Ei Thesaurus.

“Show Preview” will reduce the time to review a record. Users can view more information about a record without leaving the results page. The preview can be hidden by selecing the “Hide Preview” function.

In the last three months, Engineering Village added the following NEW download options:

  • CSV (Comma separated value format)
  • Excel (works with Microsoft Excel®)
  • RTF (works with Microsoft Word®)
  • PDF (Adobe® Portable Document Format)

 

For tips on using the new tools, check out these resources:

Engineering Village is an information discovery platform for the engineering community that provides access to the most important current engineering content. Engineering Village links to multiple engineering literature databases from a range of trusted sources: Scholarly journals, trade publications, patents, government reports, reference books, conference proceedings and more.

 

New Interface Released for Alexander Press Classical Musical Scores Library

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Alexander St. Press is launching a new interface for a number of their video and audio products that will be released on rolling basis over the next year. Classical Musical Scores Library is one of the first sites to have its new version released.

Here’s what you can experience in the first release:

  • More faceted browsing capabilities: Browse content with “smart facets” that change as users search, allowing users to find exactly what you’re looking for more quickly.
  • Discipline- and genre-based landing pages with featured content and editorially-curated playlists.
  • The ability to translate every page, liner note, and transcript into dozens of languages using Google Translate.
  • Tools for exporting citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats.

And here’s what will be available on the new interface over the next year:

  • A dedicated smartphone app, in addition to the “send to mobile” tool already in use.
  • Outbound discovery—your Alexander Street content will link out to select Internet archives, greatly expanding the content available to users, and all semantically indexed to make it cross-searchable with the other Alexander Street content.
  • Dedicated learning object apps that let users to:
    • Develop online quizzes
    • Create digital study guides
    • Build timelines

Classical Scores Library: Volume I contains over 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 25,000 musical scores. Classical Scores Library serves as an integral resource for music students and faculty, encompassing all major classical musical genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, appreciation, and theory for a variety of scholars.

New AIP (Scitation) Platform has Arrived

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Developed in conjunction with a leading technology partner, new AIP Scitation platform includes exciting features to help you get the most out of your research experience:

Improved discoverability
AIP Publishing’s new 7,500-term thesaurus enables patrons to browse and more precisely locate information of interest.
 
Greater research connections
The Author and institution disambiguation project mapped multiple name variations for thousands of authors and institutions. Now each one has been assigned a unique record making it easy to locate their publications, and build greater research connections.
 
Measure impact of research
Article metrics are now available for all AIP journals offering a cumulative view of abstract and full text article views, conveniently displayed as a graph.
 
Improved article layout
Tabular article layout lets patrons move seamlessly between the article abstract, full text, images, references and metrics.
 
Stay at the cutting edge of research
Alert options include Search, TOC, Topic or Citation.

Table of Contents Alerts

Users will need to create a new account and re-register for TOC alerts on the new platform. Once you have registered, you’ll also be able to set up additional alerts (including Search, Topic or Citation alerts), quickly update personal details, change favorites settings, and keep track of your search history and purchased content – all within one location.

Stay informed with user guide and tutorials.

Online tutorials and user guides (in English) outlining the key features of Scitation are now available. Local language versions in Chinese, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese will follow shortly. Please visit publishing.aip.org/ for further details.

Web Training

Training webinars will be offered in the next few weeks. Watch the AIP site for scheduling information

New Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Available in SciFinder

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CAS announces that SciFinder now features a new version of the CAS Structure Editor that does not require the use of a Java plugin. The Java version of the editor is still available, but users can now easily select their preferred editor.

The non-Java editor is an easy-to-use option. However, there is some missing functionality in the new editor. Due to the pressing need of some users still experiencing Java-related issues, CAS felt it important to release the editor as soon as a viable working version was available.

The Non-Java structure editor allows SciFinder users experiencing problems with Java to draw structures for substance and reaction searches. The available features are equivalent to those in the Java version, and some additional convenience features will be released shortly.

Users experiencing problems with the Java-based structure editor also have the option to download a standalone structure editor that can be used in conjunction with SciFinder.

Note: With minor exceptions, the standalone version has the same features as the Java-based version.

Additionally, the latest SciFinder release features the following updates:

  •  Analyze reaction answer sets by reagent to more quickly identify your synthesis of interest.
  •  View substance and supplier information simultaneously now that the Quick View feature is available from Commercial Sources answer sets. In addition, many top catalog entries now feature direct links to supplier emails from right within SciFinder.
  •  Update user account information more easily with a new account management link to myCAS® available in Preferences.
  • SciPlannerTM how-to guides are now more easily accessible to help you make use of the full power of the features and functionality available within SciPlanner.

For more information on the plugin-free, Non-Java CAS Structure Editor, including technical requirements, visit http://www.cas.org/products/scifinder/system-requirements-web.

Knovel to release new platform on August 15

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Knovel is releasing its new platform on August 15. The new site  provides major upgrades to Knovel’s core features. Specifically, the new platform includes smarter search functionality and an answer-centric user interface that reflects how customers use Knovel. The emphasis is on helping users to find answers quickly and efficiently.

Key features include:

  • A new intuitive search that improves the speed of search results’ returns as well as their accuracy and relevance of results.
  • Updated search algorithm – Knovel has updated its algorithm to ensure answers are more easily discoverable and results are more relevant.
  • Faceted search results – users can view and filter search results to one of many Knovel content types — including interactive tables, text sections, material datasheets, conference proceedings, engineering cases and more.
  • Search within results – users can refine searches and use the breadcrumb trail to view and navigate between search sets.
  • Search snippets – users can scan results in context (not section headings) to determine relevance.
  • Data Search – New wizard functionality enables users to drag and drop field names from a Properties taxonomy. As criteria are added, users can see the volume of relevant results along the way. Users can locate critical numeric range values of properties with complete control over units.
  • Updated, user-friendly interface – improves navigation and increases visibility of interactive tools and clearly displays subscription entitlements.
  • Entitlements are clearly indicated for both Browse and Search. Users can see the full breadth of Knovel’s product offering, or they can filter search results to show only what’s available with their subscription. Premium products are now listed on the browse page instead of simply embedded in Subject Area listings.
  • Faster text viewing – A new Web-based PDF viewer vastly reduces the download wait time compared to PDF readers that require installing to the desktop and can create compatibility problems with a browser.
  • Performance is High Priority – Knovel’s new platform is built on a new streamlined code base and powered by multiple data centers worldwide. Our global customer base can get faster access to answers, no matter where they are.
  • My Knovel now supports Shared Folders – Users can tag members of their work group or student team and share folders with links to saved titles, saved content, saved search queries and customized interactive content.

Register for a Knovel user demonstration session

August 19th 11:00 am EDT
August 21st 3:00 pm EDT
August 21st 11:00pm EDT

About Knovel
Knovel is specifically focused on the engineering community, offering validated content from top publishers and societies, as well as exclusive, interactive data found in Knovel’s Critical Content Collection. The collection covers 31 subject areas and is continually updated as new titles are available to reflect the evolving needs of users.

Knovel provides subscribers with access to more than 4,000 leading reference works and databases from more than 100 international publishers and professional societies through a single interface.

Visit the Knovel database site. On August 15, this link will automatically be redirected to the new Knovel platform.

Scopus increases its export limits

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 Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with smart tools, has just released to new enhancements:

  1. The Scopus export limits have increased from 2,000 to 20,000 records.  Users can now download (up to) 20,000 records at a time.  Once the selection has been made, an email with a link to download the CSV data set will be sent to the user with the following fields provided:
  • Author(s)
  • Document title
  • Year
  • Source title
  • Volume, issue, pages
  • Citation count
  • Source and document type
  1. It is now easier for researchers to freely import their research papers to ORCID through a direct link on the author detail page, shown as follows:
Scopus "Add to Orcid" screenshot

What is ORCID?

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and in its cooperation with other identifier systems. ORCID works with the research community to identify opportunities for integrating ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.

ORCID provides two core functions: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication. ORCID makes its code available under an open source license, and will post an annual public data file under a CC0 waiver for free download.

 Using Scopus as a researcher you can:

  • Find out who is citing you, and how many citations an article or an author has received
  • Analyze citations for a particular journal issue, volume or year
  • Use this information to complete grant or other applications quickly and easily
  • Use the refine results overview to quickly see the main journals, disciplines and authors that publish in your area of interest
  • Uncover important and relevant articles that you may otherwise miss
  • Check out the work and citations of other authors
  • Click on the cited by and reference links to track research trends and make connections. You can do this within or across disciplines you are interested in
The Scopus advantage:
  • Over 20,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide
  • Contains 49 million records, 78% with abstracts
  • Includes over 5.3 million conference papers
  • Provides 100% Medline coverage
  • Interoperability with ScienceDirectEngineering Village and Reaxys, a unique chemistry workflow solution

For more about Scopus, view this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/tv?vq=medium#/watch?v=AnHFsHDy9GM&mode=transport