How librarians can use Google Book Search...

Mar 31, 2009 by

Steve Ostrem at Library Journal wrote a nice article on how librarians can use Google Book Search for reference, research and collection development. Particularly interesting, and new, is the “popular passages” search, the subject headings, the ability to clip and paste from public-domain works and the personalization options now offered via “My Library” with a Google account. There’s also the links to Worldcat (which I find myself using more than my own library catalog now.) All in all, without mentioning the copyright issues, Google Book Search does get better and...

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2, 000 000th document in IEEE Xplore...

Mar 19, 2009 by

Brian C Gray shared this morning that the IEEE Xplore database reached two million documents this month. The two millionth article loaded into IEEE Xplore is “Intelligent Packet Dropping for Optimal Energy-Delay Tradeoffs in Wireless Downlinks,” by Michael J. Neely from the University of Southern California. It appears in the March issue of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. You can download a copy for free. I remember when IEEE made this database available. And I remember making the case for it in a previous job. It was pretty much a no-brainer for us. Kudos to...

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Going underground for scholarly content...

Mar 5, 2009 by

Brian Scott Mathews over at The Ubiquitous Librarian made some very interesting looking into the underground market for academic materials via illegal file sharing sites like bit torrent. Apparently, his fictional research brought up big time reference titles like the CRC handbooks, the entire Referex engineering e-book collection, Harvard Business Cases, textbooks and tutti quanti. Hey, does it matter where the students get it if they do use scholarly, quality sources? At least, they not Googling everything? Well, there’s the thorny, ginormous issue of copyright. I cannot condone students downloading illegaly but now, I cannot ignore it...

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More content into WorldWideScience.org...

Feb 16, 2009 by

WorldWideScience.org now searches 52 databases and portals from 56 countries. The three latest resources are Sri Lanka Journals Online (SLJOL), Indonesia Journals Online (IJO), and the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN Document Server. WorldWideScience.org “is a global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals”. More content is always good news...

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DoT added to Science.gov

Feb 16, 2009 by

Just that, US Department of Transportation materials have been added to Science.gov. It comprises 14 government agencies, including the DOT National Transportation Library (NTL) Integrated Search and more than 30 DOT websites. Major subject areas of highway and transportation engineering, statistics, planning, policies, and research. More content is always good...

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Eprintweb.org

Sep 8, 2006 by

IOP has launched a free e-print service in cooperation with arXiv.org advisory committee and Cornell University Library, Eprintweb.org. Eprintweb.org uses content from arXiv, but proposes a different search interface. Reference linking is also available. The content is updated daily. Creation of a personal account permits personalization options like email alerts and flagging of individual articles. For more info, contact John Haynes, Assistant Director, IOP...

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