BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher based on the open access publishing model. The Dalhousie University Libraries has recently become a “Supporting Member” in BioMed Central. For Dal authors who wish to publish in BioMed Central or SpringerOpen journals, this membership allows for a reduction of 15% on the article processing charges (amounting to savings of about $250-$300 per article). Any article submitted from a Dalhousie IP will automatically be provided with the membership reduced rate.
The Libraries have been provided with a 30-day free ebook trial from CAB (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux). Subjects include organic agriculture, veterinary science and plant science, soil biology, climate change and sustainable forestry. To quickly view a book’s content, you can download one chapter at a time.
Access is available on campus until March 31, 2011.
Let us know what you think!
Guest post by D. Kelley, Faculty of Science
Recently, my graduate student and I concocted a new scheme for a particular type of scientific analysis. As is often the case for those who scurry about in the research trenches, the work had no early element of “research” in the sense that the public (or a librarian) might understand the word. In particular, we did not begin by consulting the literature. We simply used all that we knew at that time, to try to address our challenge. (The cheeky dictum “some read the literature, others write it” is actually not a bad mantra for researchers.)
As initial tests of the method showed more and more promise, however, we started to get interested in the literature! We had to decide whether to cite someone on the method, or whether to write a new paper that others could cite.
This is where our story approaches the context of this blog.
How did we check whether our technique was new? The answer is that we used the Swiss army knife of lazy research: Google Scholar. Sure, we have other steps that we will follow, e.g. searching from within the websites of the key journals, and phoning friends who work on similar things. But these are second steps. The point is that our first step did not involve our university library. We did not visit the library website, we did not phone our friendly and skillful subject specialist librarian, we did not step one foot towards that building with the good coffee.
The question is: did we do the right thing, or did we short-change ourselves? Might we have found deeper, more reliable results, outside the Google comfort zone? Basically, has Google addled us? Have we been, to coin a word, “gaddled”?
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The Libraries have acquired the digital collection of the Scientific American Archive dating from 1948 to 1992. This has been added to our holdings in the Scientific American Archive Online.
The Scientific American Archive Online is a searchable database which contains the entire editorial content of Scientific American with all special issues from May 1948 through to the present. The newly introduced Scientific American Mind monthly is also included. Issues are presented as PDFs, which maintains the integrity of the printed page–including all the graphics.
This database is available both on and off campus to Dal users. Explore Scientific American Archive Online now!
Trial ends October 31, 2010
Springer is offering the Dal Libraries trial access to SpringerMaterials, their latest content platform of selected and critically-assessed data in all areas of physical sciences & engineering. Content includes:
- 60,000 online documents
- more than 120,000 figures
- over 1 mIllion literature references and over 65,000 keywords
SpringerMaterial covers these subjects:
- Particles, Nuclei and Atoms
- Molecules and Radicals
- Electronic Structure and Transport
- Semiconductivity and Superconductivity
- Multiphase Systems
- Advanced Materials
- Advanced Technologies
- Astro- and Geophysics
Please let us know what you think!
On Saturday August 7 Springer, one of the Dalhousie Libraries’ major providers of e-content in science, technology and medicine, is launching their new SpringerLink platform. On this date the current site will be discontinued and all users will automatically enter the new platform.
The new SpringerLink platform features many improvements based on comments and feedback from an extensive usability study. On the new platform you‘ll find:
- related documents for every article or ebook chapter
- PDF preview for ebook chapters
- enhanced browsing features
- the ability to view abstracts without leaving search results
- improved search functionality including searching by citation
- user-friendly filters for Online First and Open Access articles
Trial ends October 2, 2010
The Libraries have been granted trial access to the entire Taylor & Francis Electronic Book (eBook) Catalogue. Please note this trial is available via on-campus access only.
Taylor & Francis publishes broadly in the social sciences, sciences, and humanities. Imprints include Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Europa, Garland Science, RoutledgeFalmer, Gordon & Breach, Harwood Academic, CRC Press, Frank Cass and BIOS Scientific Publishers. Subjects include Economics, Finance, Business and Industry, with new e-collections in Development Studies, Studies in European Political Science, China, and Globalization.
Explore the Taylor & Francis Electronic Book catalogue now, and send us your comments–we welcome your feedback!
Dalhousie Libraries have arranged trial access to CRCnetBASE. CRCnetBASE is made up of over 6000 online books (full text handbooks, references, and monographs) that span more than 40 disciplines. CRC Press has traditionally been associated with the Sciences, specifically Chemistry and Engineering. However, the subject collections in CRCnetBASE cover a wide range of disciplines, including Information Security, Public Administration, Occupational Health & Safety, and Project Management.
In addition to e-books published under the imprint CRC Press, CRCnetBASE also includes online offerings from Auerbach and Chapman & Hall. The powerful search platform has been adopted throughout the world at academic and corporate institutions.
Visit the CRCnetBASE trial now, and let us know what you think by posting comments here!
This trial ends October 2, 2010.
2009 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth (12 February 1809) and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous book The Origin of Species ((24 November 1859). Countries around the world are holding special events to commemorate these important dates in the history of science and reason–see the website Darwin Online for a complete listing, which even includes The Beagle Project, an ambitious UK-based initiative which aims to reconstruct Darwin’s ship and then sail it around the world, following the path of his original voyage.
At the Libraries we’re marking Darwin’s anniversaries more modestly, with a display in the Killam Library lobby highlighting our most recent acquisitions of books by and about Darwin and his seminal work. A quick keyword search of our catalogue reveals over 2200 Darwin-related items in the Dal Libraries so this is display just the tip of the iceberg–but do drop by and see it anyway!
A comprehensive, searchable science and technology resource containing the full text and graphics of every Scientific American issue from January 1993 to the present. This archive features the writings and colorful graphics that readers of Scientific American have come to depend upon and enjoy. Each of the more than 5,300 articles in the archive is available to view online or to download in full-color PDF, and presented exactly as originally printed in the magazine. In addition to the regular monthly issues, users will find all of the Scientific American special issues as well as Scientific American Mind, a new supplementary issue. Among the topics covered are: health and medicine, cosmology and astronomy, chemistry, life sciences, physics, oceanography, medicine, mathematics, archaeology, and much more.
Access on campus is automatic. Off campus, please use this login information:
Explore Scientific American Archive Online now!