Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New E-Library Menu in the New Year!

At the beginning of December, I posted an instruction to show how to browse E-Library resources. Well, I just received a message that the Menu will be changed; so, you will have a new way to browse. Here is a quick preview of the new E-Library Menu.

As you can see, instead of the older menu organization of  E-Books, Databases, and E-Journals, now you will have 1) Find Journal Articles, 2) Find music, images, statistics, e-books and more, and 3) Browse the e-journal shelf.  One advantage of the new menu structure is that you will have an easy path to news related sources by clicking "Find music, images, statistics, e-books and more," then "News Media."  All the useful news sources such as New York Times, Globe & Mail, Financial Post, etc. are much easier to access where these used to be buried among other databases.  In general, having the 2nd option helped us access other types of information that are not journal articles easier.

If you still like to relate to "Databases A-Z" list, you have easy access to it from 1st and 2nd menu categories.

I will prepare a new Flush instruction, soon.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Scopus & RefWorks

Many students and researchers in my constituencies are often glad to find Scopus when I demonstrate it to them. Scopus gives quite successful results when you are looking for highly interdisciplinary topics in social sciences. Other notable characteristics of Scopus are: 1) it indexes citations and helps searchers find the network of related research; and 2) references and linking help them browse more a meaningful citation universe for their topic.

The problem arose when I actually tried to transfer what I found in Scopus to my RefWorks database. Natually, you want to keep building a bibliography and if you have already started something in RefWorks on your research, you want to transfer what you found in Scopus, as well. I selected "RefWorks direct export" to transfer about 30 records, as this works like a magic in many other databases. But, when I get to RefWorks, it only transferred one record, only!

The Solution to Transferring Scopus Records to RefWorks:
In order to transfer all the records you selected in Scopus successfully to RefWorks, you need to go through extra steps.

I put together an online instruction for this.

If you have any questions or feedback about the instruction, please comment.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

How to browse E-Library Collection...

I stopped counting how many online databases the Libraries currently subscribes when its collection passed 100 databases a long time ago. Initially, when we say "databases," they usually meant one type of database, that is, "abstracting & indexing database." This type of database is a collection of bibliographic records and abstracts. This is a tool to locate your sources, such as journal articles, books, or government documents, for your research. As the library resources shifted to electronic resources from print ones, we gained a wide range of databases. So now days, many databases can contain "abstracting & indexing" features, but the unit of records can be images, statistics, maps, e-books, journal articles, or any other academically significant types of information.

So, how do you know which database to tap into to work on your assignment or project? If you are a beginner to E-Library collection, you can explore what kind of databases are at your disposal by browsing E-Library menu.

Here is an online instruction showing how you can browse E-Library Menu.

And of course, if you are overwhelmed with the number to go through, consult with your library staff at Dafoe Reference Desk. You can visit the Desk in person or call 474-8744 during its business hours. Or alternatively, click "Ask a Librarian" on the Libraries home page.