Aug. 21, 2011 – A lot has happened with the University Libraries since spring semester ended. Here's a quick round up of announcements over the summer:
The Virginia Tech Libraries have introduced a new kind of library search engine, Summon, today. For many years, researchers have had to search Addison, the library catalog, for books and other reference sources, and then search multiple databases to find articles, conference papers, and reports on their topic. Summon now allows searching multiple formats from numerous content providers in one place.
What for many more announcements on Summon and its features starting next week!
2010 data has now been loaded into JCR - Journal Citation Reports. Journal Citation Reports allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 9,100 scholarly and technical journals from more than 2,200 publishers. It can show you the most frequently cited journals in a field, highest impact journals in a field, and largest journals in a field. Search or browse in JCR Science Edition or JCR Social Sciences Edition.
There are two important developments related to SciFinder , the premier research tool for the chemical sciences. First, the client software based version of SciFinder will be discontinued by CAS on June 30, 2011. If you have not yet registered for the new web version of SciFinder Scholar, now would be a great time to do so. Second, a new mobile platform for SciFinder allows researchers to use web-enabled smartphones to access CAS databases via their mobile device. There is no need to download a special app to get started, just login with your SciFinder Web userid and password.
University Libraries have extended the loan periods of books for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Faculty and staff will now be able checked out books for a one year period with up to three renewals. Graduate students will now have a six month loan period on books with up to three renewals. Prior loan rules may be viewed here.
Databases hosted on the Web of Knowledge from ISI platform, including Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Biological Abstracts, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index, are now available with an updated interface.
The Virginia Tech Libraries owns about 50,000 ebooks that had been hosted on the netLibrary platform. netLibrary has been purchased by EBSCO and these ebooks are now available on the EBSCOhost platform.
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