Friday, April 11, 2008

Easy Way to Access Scholarly Sources

Have you inconvenienced with the experience of going through so many steps before you have access to the article you want? For example, when you find something interesting while browsing the Web, then it seems too much hassle to start from E-Library link on the UM Libraries homepage or Bison search, and eventually to the article? If this is the situation you often encounter, there is a quicker way to get to the article.

Simply drug the link UM Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet over to the Toolbar of your browser. Every time you have a publisher's site with the article you are interested, just click the bookmarklet on the Toolbar. It will automatically place your page behind the UM Librariex proxy server to allow your access. This only works, however, when you are looking at the article that is covered under the UM Libraries electronic resources collection.

Summer Hours Begin May 5th at Elizabeth Dafoe Library

We are closed May 3 - 4 (Saturday/Sunday). From May 5th, we will begin Summer Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed.

Please note that during weekdays, Circulation Service is available from 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

More from the browser extension mentioned in the last post

The browser extension I referred to in my last post also offers quick way to search Google Scholar. When you installed the extension, you will gain a search box in the middle of your new toolbar. One of the ways to search Google Scholar is to select Google Scholar from the pull-down menu available immediate right-hand side of the box.

Let's incorporate UM Libraries tools into your browser

In my previous post, I provided how to incorporate the bookmarklet which allows you to quickly check whether the title you located in is held in the Libraries. After posting the message, I learned that there is a better extension available to incorporate specific browser-based tools to UM Libraries. I'm happy to share it with you in this post.

By installing this extension for your browser (either Firefox or Internet Explorer), not only you will have access to the Libraries homepage, Bison, and Citation Linker in an easy pull-down menu in the Toolbar, but also allows you to link directly to Bison information within the title information page. Just look for the university crest in the page:

The instruction to install this extension is available here.

If you like to erase the previous bookmarklet, just right click your mouse and select "Delete."