The Google Connection

 Well, I’m geeked. 

I read in the December CCL Outlook  that Proquest and Ebsco have entered a relationship with Google Scholar that allows libraries to set up links from Google Scholar results page to the fulltext found in their databases.  The enduser uses the “Scholar preferences” link in the upper right corner of the Scholar search screen , searches for his or her library name(s) in the “Library Links” section in the middle of the page, and selects the resources available.  Save preferences, and it’s good to go. 

Looks like I have some behind-the-scenes work to do, to get this set up for my patrons; I found my Proquest but not my Ebsco databases.  I also found one of the statewide Gale subscriptions, which seems to work perfectly well.

I work in a tiny hospital library.  High-end link resolvers and meta-search engines aren’t in my budget; so any time I can link fulltext to search results on the cheap, I’m a happy camper. 

CCL Outlook also reports on a couple of free tutorials:

  • 20 things I learned about the web , an interactive ebook explaining concepts such as “what is a browser?”, Javascript, TCP/IP, and cloud computing. Requires a browser that can handle HTML5; that rules out my hospital PC!
  • Google Search Manual at the Google Tutor blog, providing “tutorials, tips and advice for Google users.
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NLM Milestones

Congratulations to NLM on reaching a couple of milestones: the 20 millionth PubMed citation, the 2 millionth PubMed Central article: Two NLM Milestones

These two databases, along with Loansome Doc, Docline, and the rest of the free resources offered by NLM, are an amazing contribution to world health.

Semantic Medline

Cognition Technologies offers a free semantic search engine pulling results from Medline abstracts. They call it Semantic Medline, or Medline.Cognition; it has two URLs, http://www.semanticmedline.com/ and http://medline.cognition.com/ .  The help page delineates the proper use of capitalization, quote marks, Boolean,  proximity, pattern matching, wildcards, and required vs. optional search words for Cognition searching.

An interesting feature: a set of dropdown boxes appearing on the results page that allow the user to tweak the search by selecting a more appropriate meaning for a search term, where necessary.  For example, the search term “pain” has three meanings: unpleasant physical feelings (the default choice); vexatious person/hassle/annoyance; and unpleasant emotional experience. A “use all” option is also available.

My sample searches using Semantic Medline sometimes retrieved more than a matching PubMed Boolean search, and sometimes less.  It appears that foreign-language articles are not included in Semantic Medline.

Thanks to David Rothman for the pointer –

EBSCOhost 2.0 – Coming Soon!

If your Library has CINAHL or any other databases through EBSCO, get ready for a new interface -EBSCOhost 2.0. EBSCOhost 2.0 will most likely be implemented this month. Some of the notable changes include:

  • A simplified Basic Search Screen
  • Limits displayed in two columns
  • Enhanced Folders
  • Search History Preview above Results list
  • Date Slide Limiter (coming September 2008): Allows one to limit to a specific date range, right from results list.
  • Preview Pane Icon: Hovering over this icon shows a more detailed preview of individual records without leaving the results page.
  • How to Cite: Provides users with help on how to cite results from your EBSCO database according to several bibliographic formats (APA, AMA, MLA, etc).
  • Similar Articles: Selecting an individual record reveals a list of accessible, similar articles.
  • Image Quick View: Preview thumbnails of images from certain PDF articles, right from results list.
  • Link consistency: Persistent link will now be the same as the link shown in the URL box (especially relevant for those who use a Proxy/EZ Proxy server).

If you currently subscribe to any of the EBSCO databases, you should be able to try out the Beta version of EBSCOhost 2.0. From an EBSCO database, select the ‘New Features’ link at the top of the page. You should then see an option to ‘Test Drive’ EBSCOhost 2.0.

For those of you who have tried it out, what do you think? I think the updated appearance looks clean and organized and am excited to keep trying some of the new features. But, I don’t particularly like that the Navigation Tabs under the search box(es) are simply blue links in white background (used to be different colored tabs). Similarly, I think it will take some time getting used to the ‘Refine Search’ Tab no longer being there (you can access all limits by selecting the ‘Advanced Search’ Tab or by selecting the ‘Revise Search’ link from the Search History/Alerts Tab). Also, in CINAHL, I wasn’t able to see the ‘Similar Articles’ feature. When I went into an EBSCO communications database that the MSU Libraries subscribes to, however, the ‘Similar Articles’ feature was visible and working! Perhaps this feature will be implemented a few months after the release?

You can find out much more here: www.ebscohost.com/2.0.

Upcoming PubMed Search Clinic

Attention PubMed users! Have you noticed the recent changes to PubMed, including the beta Advanced Search page and the changes to the automatic term mapping process? Would you like to know more?

On Thursday, July 17th at 2 p.m. EST, there will be a free online search clinic addressing these recent changes. This session, presented by the National Library of Medicine and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse, will discuss the changes to the automatic term mapping process, the citation sensor, and the beta Advanced Search page.

This online session will use Adobe® Connect™ and will last 30 minutes. There’s no registration required – you may enter as a guest. Due to technical limitations, the live session will only be able to support the first 300 participants. If you can’t attend this search clinic on the 17th or aren’t one of the first 300 participants, don’t worry! The session will be recorded and available on-demand after the 17th.

For more information and directions on how to access this online search clinic, visit this page from the NLM: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/clinics/pmupdate08.html.

Catch up on PubMed Changes

NLM presents “PubMed Review,” at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p46566040/. This 25 minute slideshow with audio & written transcript covers changes in PubMed since MLA 2007, including changes to the way automatic term mapping works, new MyNCBI features, and Advanced Search (beta).  Did you notice that new link to the right of the search box?

Via davidrothman.net

STAT!Ref Blog

Teton Data is now offering a new way to keep up with updates, new editions, and new titles — the STAT!Ref blog.  Read the posts, and find the RSS feeds, at http://statref.typepad.com/