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 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

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:


SciFinder Introducing New Release this Summer

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The American Chemical Society is introducing a new version of its SciFinder Scholar database this summer. Two video previews are available for previewing the new features:

-       Introductory video highlighting SciFinder design and key content capabilities.

-       Help file tutorial that offers a quick tour of the new design.

Also available is an introductory tutorial in PDF format –

SciFinder Scholar is a comprehensive search and discover platform that offers options for exploring substances, reactions, and patent and journal references:

Substances — includes chemical structures, chemical names, CAS Registry Numbers, properties, commercial availability and regulatory information.

Reactions — an extensive database of current chemical reaction information including reaction schemes, experimental procedures, conditions, yields, solvents, catalysts, as well as commercial availability of substances with direct links to leading producer and supplier sites.

References — current chemistry and related science information from journals, patents, dissertations, and more.

 Access to SciFinder requires registration.


Ebrary Adds New Scholarly Titles

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Ebrary has recently added over 3,800 scholarly titles to its subscription database, Academic Complete, from over 150 prestigious publishers including University of North Carolina Press, De Gruyter, Oxford University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, I.B. Tauris, and many more!  Academic Complete now includes a growing selection of more than 84,900 e-books.

Backlist Bonus!

ebrary has also added 850+ backlist titles selected from featured lists such as CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles and Doody’s Core Titles. The addition encompasses over 50 publishers like Oxford University Press, ASCD, Kogan Page, Royal Society of Chemistry, and University of California Press.

And… Wiley E-books Coming to Academic Complete Soon

ebrary also announced that they will be adding 2,000 front-list titles from John Wiley & Sons to Academic Complete over the coming months.


ebrary recently began offering downloads either of book chapters as PDFs or entire ebooks in digital format using Adobe Digital Editions (requires Adobe installation).

  • Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range
    Learn more:

    • Same page limits as for printing
    • Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle
    • Additional (free) software is typically not needed
    • Files do not expire
    • Image quality for image PDFs was recently improved, but the tradeoff was to add a watermark.  This is consistent with the approach used by other ebook providers when an unsecured PDF is provided
  • Download an entire document as an e-book in Adobe Digital Editions
    Learn more: Patrons first need to install Adobe Digital Editions on their computer (free online)

    • Accessible on most computers and devices, but not the Kindle or Kobo Vox
    • Up to 10 documents at a time per patron
    • By default, full-document downloading is only available for multi-user documents (not single-user-only documents), but admins can override this setting
    • Multi-user documents can be full-document downloaded for 14 days*

American Chemical Society introduces ACS ChemWorx™

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced today their launch of ACS ChemWorx, a single-source solution that combines reference discovery and management, professional networking, group and task management, and manuscript preparation in a single, secure location, accessible from anywhere.

ChemWorx is available for free use by UMass Lowell users. Simply visit the ChemWorx site and create a free account. The setup requires a plugin installation for Windows, Mac, or Linux. For Windows the plugin consisted of a 17.7 MB download and installation of a desktop library app. The app allows you to import personal publications from Google Scholar or other repositories.  You can also import references from a multitude of options such as Mendeley, Endnote, or Zotero. Your desktop information then syncs with the online ChemWorx site.

With ACS ChemWorx, you can…

RESEARCH smarter, by importing and organizing your existing reference library, with the ability to highlight and annotate PDF documents and share them with colleagues.

COLLABORATE with your peers by setting up multiple open and secure groups, with the ability to share reference libraries and files, and manage projects and research activities.

PUBLISH faster, by citing references without leaving MS Word or LaTeX, and track citations to any of your published articles. Once you’re ready to submit a manuscript to ACS Publications for consideration, you can track your progress in the ACS ChemWorx Publishing Center.

View of the online home page and library pge:



IEEE Announces New Enhancements to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library

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IEEE Xplore will release its latest enhancement this week of 4 March 2013. In this release, users will now be able to search author names with more precision than ever.

What is Author Disambiguation?

In 2011, IEEE began an author name disambiguation initiative in support of the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Author disambiguation establishes authority files for authors and institutions by identifying all articles written by a given author or at a given institution, while simultaneously distinguishing between different authors having the same name.

With this enhancement, users will now be able to search on one name and receive accurate results on almost any variation of that name within the digital library. For example, searching for Norman Smith will pull up any articles this individual published under N. Smith or N.W. Smith.

Benefits of author name disambiguation in IEEE Xplore:

  •  Improved precision of results retrieval for author name searches.
  •  New author search interface with search fields for First Name, Middle Name (or middle initial) and Last Name to more accurate searching on only author names
  •  Save time in searching for the correct author: get accurate results faster.

About IEEE Xplore Digital Library

The IEEE Xplore digital library provides full text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. IEEE Xplore contains full text documents from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, standards, and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications. The database contains nearly two million documents in over 12,000 individual publications published since 1988 plus select content back to 1952. Through the CrossRef Search feature, IEEE Xplore also provides access to documents published by other leading publishers. The IEEE Xplore database contains the following IEEE and IEE publication collections:

  • Journals, transactions, and magazines published by the IEEE, dating from January 1988, with select content back to 1952.
  • Conference proceedings published by the IEEE, dating from January 1988, with select content back to 1953.
  • IEEE Standards, including superseded standards but not draft standards, dating from January 1988.
  • IEE journals, letters, magazines, and conference proceeding from 1988.

Links to IEEE Xplore are available on UML Libraries home page alphabetical index list or from the Engineering databases subject page.