Science Direct releases new interface improvements

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ScienceDirect introduces interface improvements September 6

This month’s release offers users a new and more unified interface on the My Alerts page. The alert page enhancements make it easier to modify, save and delete alerts without having to leave the page. In addition, search types have been reordered for easier selection and users can now choose between journal, topic and search alerts. In addition, the order of the email contents have changed with Table of Contents now listed first and Articles in Press second. Users can get started with these new alert tools by opening the dropdown menu from the ‘+’ symbol adjacent to their username on ScienceDirect and choosing the ‘Manage My Alerts’ option.

Do More with Mendeley, Book Citations and Document Download

Exporting PDF options have also improved  and users can now download and save multiple ‘Recommended Articles’ to Mendeley for later review.  Another new function with this release is the ability to export book citations without having to download the citations first. Lastly, this release includes a new more reliable and faster document download manager.

Seamless export to Mendeley

You can now, easily and seamlessly, export citations and/or full text PDF articles directly from ScienceDirect into Mendeley.
From the article page, choose the export menu and directly save the citation to Mendeley.

The newly integrated Mendeley importer lets you download a PDF full text article and save to your Mendeley library, together with tags and any notes you wish to add about the article.

About ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect contains over 25% of the world’s science, technology and medical published content. UML has full text access to 1,590 peer-reviewed journals with citations and detailed abstracts available for over 1,000 other journals. Apart from the sciences, computer science, mathematics, business and economics are also covered. In addition, the Backfiles program offers the ability to search a historical archive of over 6.75 million articles back to Volume 1, Issue 1. The collections contain 4 million articles prior to 1995, and 2.75 million articles from after 1994.

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.


Scopus added as a new database subscription

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The Elsevier Sciverse database Scopus is now available through UMass Lowell Libraries as a new annual subscription. Access can be found in most of the library’s database subject web pages or on the home page alphabet index list.

SciVerse Scopus is touted as the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. With over 19,000 titles and over 46 million records from more than 5,000 international publishers, SciVerse Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.

The full Content Coverage Guide (April 2011) can be downloaded here

What Scopus offers to the researcher:

  • 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.

Tools available include the following:

  • Citation Tracker: a simple way to find, check and track citation data year by year for a specific author or topic.
  • Author Profile: In September 2011 an extensive algorithm enhancement project was completed that raises the precision level of Author Profile data.
  • Author Identifier: automatically matches variations of an author’s name and distinguishes between authors with the same name. All the documents belonging to a specific author are listed in the author’s details (including numbers of citations received, affiliations, h-index).
  • Affiliation Identifier: automatically identifies and matches an organization with all of its research output.
  • Journal Analyzer: provides a quick, easy and transparent view of journal performance, now enriched with two journal metrics – SJR and SNIP that offer a transparent and objective overview of the journal landscape going back to 1996.

If you would like instruction on the use of these tools, extensive training and demo tutorials and materials are available on the SciVerse Training Material web page.

Reaxys chemical database trial

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Elsevier is providing UMass Lowell with a one month free trial to their Reaxys database. The trial is available from April 14 to May 14, 2011.

Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry workflow solution which integrates searches for reaction and substance data with synthesis planning and chemical sourcing. It contains historical data dating back to 1771 and coverage of important current journal and patents within chemistry. The data excerpted from the journals and patents meets carefully controlled selection criteria – namely that all organic, inorganic and organometallic properties and data are excerpted only if they have a structure, experimental fact and a credible citation.

The reaction and substance data within Reaxys is experimentally validated – not calculated – so that less time is spent interrogating results. Its synthesis planner supports the evaluation of alternative synthetic routes and allows chemists to identify and combine selected reaction steps. Sophisticated relevance ranking algorithms combine with filtering tools help prevent chemists from reading irrelevant articles and pursuing unsubstantiated references.

Enhanced interoperability between Reaxys and ScienceDirect further improves the discoverability and visualization of chemical structures. To further improve discoverability and usefulness of the chemistry, authors submitting articles to selected journals are invited to contribute structure (MOL) files of their key compounds. These structure files will be used to visually display all the key compounds referenced in the article in a single scrollable list and will contain direct links to Reaxys, straight from ScienceDirect. It is already possible to access the full-text literature from Reaxys; now Reaxys content is available from ScienceDirect, completing the circle. Furthermore compound identifiers (InChI keys) will be added to the structures, making both the article and its key compounds more discoverable through mainstream search engines like Google.

More information is available here:

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

ScienceDirect scheduled maintenance outage

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ScienceDirect products and services are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 4 hours on November 7th and 6 hours on November 13th. During this time, upgrades will be implemented and maintenance performed.

November 7:
• U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST): 2:00AM -6:00AM

November 13:
• U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST); 8:00AM – 2:00PM

ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering the UML community full-text access to nearly 2,200 academic journal mostly available from 1995 to the current issue. Broad subject areas are covered in the sciences, health and medicine, computer science, mathematics, and business and economics. In total, there are currently more than 9.5 million journal articles and book chapters available in ScienceDirect, a content base that is growing at a rate of almost 0.5 million additions per year.

ScienceDirect is a part of Elsevier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the company is the world’s largest scientific, technical and medical information provider and publishes over 2,000 journals as well as books and secondary databases.