Archive for April, 2008

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP)

April 30, 2008 Leave a comment

EBLIP is an open access, peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services and supported by an international team of editorial advisors. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics.

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OPEN SCIENCE DIRECTORY:Search tool for open access journals and journals in special programs for developing countries

April 28, 2008 Leave a comment

The Open Science Directory has been developed by EBSCO and the Hasselt University Library based upon a request by marine information management experts collaborating within the framework of the IOC’s (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange)rogramme.



 To create a global search tool for all open access and special programs journal titles.

·     To enhance the access of these collections by creating direct links to the journals and their articlesincluded in this A-to-Z-list.

·     All information about the included journal collections is available at the websites of the included projects. These websites are directly accessible from the Open Science Directory.

·     The Open Science Directory will not replace these programs. Also the different programs have their own regulations and eligibility conditions. As a interested user, you or your institute will have to register on their sites if you want to make use of special programs like HINARI, AGORA, INASP-PERI, OARE, eIFL and eJDS.

Target groups:

·     Institutes (universities, research units, …) and their researchers in developing countries.

·     Every organization and researcher interested in these collections.


·     About 13000 scientific journals are now available in the ‘Open Science Directory’. When all the special program journals will be included, the Open Science Directory will contain more than 20000 titles.

·     Open Science Directory contains collections of Open Access Journals (full – partly) and journals in the special programs (Hinari, Agora). Other programs will be added in the near future: OARE, INASP-PERI, eIFL, eJDS.

Open Acces Journals: The most important collections are:


  •  The Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are about 3000 in the directory (Dec 1, 2007). DOAJ is developed by the Lund University Libraries.  
  •  BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. BioMed Central contains 184 journals (Dec 1, 2007). Many are citation-tracked and already have Impact Factors.   
  •  A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire Press hosts a large repository of high impact, peer-reviewed content, with 1079 journals and 4,552,400 full text articles from over 130 scholarly publishers. HighWire-hosted publishers have collectively made 1,823,449 articles free. You will find the journals in the Open Science Directory with the embargo information included
  • PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. 

Journals in special programs:  

 The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with major publishers provides free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. Over 3750 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113countries. 
  • Hindawi Journals 
  • Internet Library of Early Journals
  • Internet Scientific Publications 
  • J-STAGE (Free Access)
  • Making of America (Cornell)
  • Making of America (Michigan) 

  • Making of America (Michigan) 

  • Making of America (Michigan) 
  •   The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN  (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 1132 journals to institutions in 107 countries.





  • AgZines  

  • Archive of African Journals 
  • Bentham Open
  • Bioline International
  • BioMed Central (Open Access)
  • Blackwell Synergy Free Journal Backfiles
  • Central Online + Open Access Library (COOL)
  • Digital Imaging Project of South Africa (DISA)
  • DigiZeitschriften (Open Access)
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EBSCO Open Access Medical and Health Collection
  • EEVL (Free Access e-journals)
  • EMIS: Electronic Library of Mathematics
  • Free Access Journals (HighWire)
  • Free Medical Journals
  • Geneva Foundation Free Medical Journals 

 Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science research. Over 1,300 peer reviewed titles owned and published by over 340 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies are now available in more than 100 low income countries. 

  • Open J-Gate
  • Oxford Open 
  • PLoS – Public Library of Science
  • Project Euclid (Open Access)
  • PubMed Central (Open Access)
  • Revistas Médicas Cubanas
  • Scholars Portal
  • SciELO
  • TUMS Journals


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April 27, 2008 Leave a comment

MasterKey is a hosted service developed and maintained by Index Data. It uses Ajax to improve the speed and functionality of simultaneous multi-target search and retrieval. The core Web service engine, on which MasterKey is based, is called Pazpar2, Index Data’s second generation metasearch engine.

The MasterKey hosted metasearch service is now, and will continue to be, freely usable for searching selected open content online resources and library catalogs. Commercial resources and additional catalogs can be added to the service using the fee-based version of MasterKey.

Database Connectors Used by MasterKey
Pazpar2 supports Z39.50/SRU in native mode. Any target server that conforms to the Z39.50 or SRU standard protocols are searched using Z39.50/SRU connectors maintained by Index Data. Additional translators are supplied by WebFeat, Inc.

 This service, which uses Ajax to improve the speed and functionality of simultaneous multi-target search and retrieval.Services included in the cross-search include: OAISter, Open Directory, Library of Congress, MELVYL, Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg, etc.

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Categories: State-of-the-art

Notable Information in the Field of Library & Information Service

April 24, 2008 Leave a comment

Swansea University’s Library and Information Sevice division peovide notable information in the field of LIS by its web site

It mainly provide the information in its link HelpAndGuide:

Guides for various subjects as well as statistical information, European Information, Official Publications, psychological tests, standards, patents and more… 


Literature Searching

How to find journal articles, theses, data, web sites and other information on specific subjects.

  • Handbook for Materials Postgraduates. Materials Handbook [PDF]
    This explains how to do a literature search and lists resources relevant to Materials Engineering students. It is designed to accompany courses run by LIS but can be used alone. Contact the Science & Engineering team if you have any questions about this handbook.
  • Finding Information in Chemistry. Chemistry Handbook [PDF]
    This explains how to search for information in a systematic way and lists relevant resources. It is designed to accompany LIS courses for 3rd year and postgraduate chemists but can be used alone. Contact the Science & Engineering team if you have any questions about this handbook.
  • Finding Information in Physics. Physics Handbook [PDF]
    This lists resources of relevance to students doing a physics project.
  • Keeping Your Research Up To Date. Keeping Research up to date guide [PDF]
    Describes some of the many “current awareness” and “alerting” services you can use to update a literature search and stay in touch with new information as it is published.
  • Finding Patents Information. Patents. [PDF]
    Explains what patents are and how to go about finding the ones relevant to your research.
  • Finding Standards Information. Finding Standards Information [PDF]
    Explains what standards are and how to obtain them.



Linking to LIS Resources

Explains how to provide stable links to online books and journal articles so that they can be added to your Blackboard module or web pages.

Finding DOIs for electronic journal articles

Explains how to provide unique links to electronic journal articles so they can be found in a variety of online locations.

Study Skills

A selection of books in the library on study skills, including: reading & note-taking; essay writing; bibliographies and referencing; research reports & dissertations; exam skills.

Library Jargon Explained

Confused by library jargon or abbreviations? You’ll find an explanation here:
Glossary A – L
Glossary M – Z

European Information


Official Publications


Finding and using statistics


Finding tests, scales and questionnaires for Psychology


Guides to using specific bibliographic and full-text databases. 

Guides to using PCs and essential software for email and word processing.. 

How to make proper reference to other people’s work in your essays and dissertations, and help with formatting your bibliographies. 

Includes information on how staff can register for the JISC Plagiarism Detection Service.. 

Advice and further information on supporting learning and teaching while staying within copyright law. 

A glossary of library, information and computing terms.You may also be interested in the following pages:


Library Services for Researchers

– this page brings together information relevant to the different stages of a research project. Click on a link below to find the page most likely to help you.



Categories: Information Resources

Elsevier Upgrades ScienceDirect

April 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Elsevier has announced that it will be launching some improvements to its ScienceDirect service (, which provides access to the publisher’s STM full-text journals and ebooks. The changes will include navigational improvements in screen layout, four options for filtering existing search results, and access to article comments, ratings, and social bookmarking options supplied by Elsevier’s free 2collab service ( Some of the changes went into effect this week; the rest should appear shortly. The improvements will occur across all the ScienceDirect package options and incur no additional charges. Newly appointed vice president of product management for ScienceDirect, Rafael Sidi, describes the changes as driven by “customer demand.” Speaking of customer demand, one could only wish that all publishers would supply as extensively detailed product descriptions as Elsevier does for ScienceDirect at (“Yes, Virginia, there are price sheets.”)

New functionality added to ScienceDirect:

The following functionality was added to ScienceDirect on April 11:

  • Want to see reference information without scrolling to the foot of an article?

We’ve made it possible for you to view reference information within the body of a paper when your cursor moves over a reference marker.

  •  Want to quickly evaluate articles before reading them?

You’ll find easy access to important article components including the abstract, figures/tables and  references on the search results, table of contents and article pages.

  •   You’ve evaluated and read the article, what now?

You can take further action quickly and easily. A new article toolbox brings together all of the article-related functionality including “Cited By”, “E-mail Article” and more, into one easy-to-find location.

  • Looking for something specific?A new navigation pane on the left of the screen will make that easier by allowing you to refine results using four filters: “content type”; “source title”, “date” and “topics”. By enabling filtering you will be able to refine your search results without having to return to the search form.
  • Want to know how other experts rate the article you are reading?

    The integration of article comments and ratings from Elsevier’s social collaboration site, 2collab will enable you to evaluate papers according to colleague-driven comments and ratings of articles right on the article page

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