Monthly Archives: August 2009

Monthly Catalog of Government Publications Now Online

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The UVM Libraries now offer online access to the Monthly Catalog of U. S. Government Publications, from 1895 to 1976. Previously, researchers had to rely on cumbersome print volumes to access information about government documents. Now, you can search across catalogs for historical information on subjects such as the environment, energy, health and nutrition, demographics, and legal and consumer information.

Government Documents Librarian Scott Schaeffer says, “The Monthly Catalog will be a boon to anyone tracking down historical government documents. We have a large portion of the materials described in our U.S. Documents collection. Come down and see us or email us at govdocs@uvm.edu.”

Over 90% of U. S. Government Publications since 1976 are in the Bailey/Howe Library’s Government Documents collection and can be located in the library catalog.

U. S. Capitol Building detail by Kevin Burkett, used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Computer Help Available in Bailey/Howe

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For the first two weeks of the semester, Systems Librarians and staff from Educational Technology Services will join forces in “Library Tech Tune Up” help sessions on the first floor of Bailey/Howe Library (see hours listed, below).

Bring your laptop, your iPhone, and/or your questions. We’ll assist with configuring wireless and diagnosing computer problems. Additional support for re-imaging machines, viruses remediation, and other advanced computing problems will be available at select times.

Tech Tune Up Hours, 8/30/2009-9/5/2009

    Sunday, 5-10 PM
    Monday-Thursday, 1-7PM

Tech Tune Up Hours, 9/6/2009-9/12/2009

    Sunday, 5-10 PM
    Tuesday-Thursday, 1-7PM

Additional support will be available on Sundays throughout the semester, with hours announced shortly.

For more information contact paul.philbin@uvm.edu.

RefWorks Available

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The University Libraries now have a one-year subscription to RefWorks, a tool to help you cite resources and create bibliographies for your research.

RefWorks is a citation management software program, similar to EndNote or Zotero, that allows you to collect and store references from online databases or websites, and organize the citations from books, articles and other sources in folders according to topic area or assignment. It automatically converts citations into properly formatted bibliographies in a variety of formats (e.g. MLA and APA).

RefWorks is free to the UVM community – all you need to get started is a UVM email address and internet access.

For assistance with RefWorks, or to share any feedback you have on the resource, please email elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu.

Library Professor Researches Internet Privacy

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Are you leaving a data trail? What information is being stored about your online research habits?

Associate Library Professor Trina Magi’s sabbatical research on internet privacy is featured in an August 23rd issue of the Burlington Free Press. Magi researched privacy policies at twenty-seven database vendors, such as JSTOR and LexisNexis, which academic libraries use to provide access to scholarly articles.

As database companies provide new “web 2.0” interfaces that allow for more personalization and sharing, questions are being raised about what happens to information about individual’s research patterns. “The problem is that now the vendor becomes a repository for all these people and their reading and research interests,” Magi says. Her findings will appear in a forthcoming issue of College and Research Libraries.

Read Magi’s “A Content Analysis of Library Vendor Privacy Policies: Do They Meet Our Standards?” in pre-print edition.

Web of Science

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More than just science, this multidisciplinary citation database covers over 10,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide and over 110,000 conference proceedings in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities disciplines.  The cited reference search makes it easy to track research patterns and to see who is citing whom.  Whatever your discipline , Web of Science is a great place to start your research.

For detailed information on Web of Science, see our Featured Resource.

Library Tutorials

video_icon2Need help finding a book in the stacks or locating a journal article in PubMed when you have the citation? Dana offers quick, easy tutorials to help patrons with the tasks they perform most often. Simply go to the Tutorials section on the Tips & Tutorials page of the Dana site to get started learning your way around the Library.

DynaMed

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DynaMed is an evidence-based clinical reference tool designed for health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. DynaMed consists of nearly 2000 clinically-relevant topic summaries created through review of over 500 medical journals and systematic evidence review databases. DynaMed also includes over 800 topic summaries from AHFS Drug Information®. Licensed through UVM’s Dana Medical Library and updated daily, DynaMed is available through the Internet (on-site and remotely) and via PDAs.

For more information, see the Featured Resource on DynaMed.

Reaxys

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University of Vermont Libraries are pleased to announce the addition of Reaxys, a web-based search and retrieval system for chemical compounds, bibliographic data and chemical reactions.

Reaxys provides access to the content from Beilstein, Gmelin and the Patent Chemistry database and replaces the existing CrossFire service.

Features include:

* Synthesis planner to design the optimum synthesis route
* Multi-step reactions to identify precursor reactions underlying synthesis of target compounds
* Additional search capabilities such as the ability to generate structure query from names or phrases
* Search result filters by key properties, synthesis yield, or other ranking criteria
* Results visualization
* Similarity search
* Transformation analysis

For more information about this resource, see http://www.info.reaxys.com/.

Fun with Chemistry, 1944 photograph by Chemical Heritage Foundation used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.