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August 9, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Questia Unveils New Website and Expanded Library

Questia, part of Cengage Learning, announced its new website featuring an expanded library, improved navigation for finding research faster, and an interactive reader. To celebrate its site launch, Questia is giving away 1,000 weeklong access codes for free to the first 1,000d people to Like them on Facebook, through the month of August 2012. With school starting soon, go to facebook.com/questiaonlinelibrary to claim your code now before they run out.

Questia has long been an online destination for credible books and peer-reviewed journals and articles on a wide range of subjects, integrated with citation and organizational tools. Students consistently have a difficult time finding trustworthy sources to use for research papers and projects, and professors continually struggle helping students properly cite these sources in their work. Over the past 10 years, more than 1 million students and researchers have accessed Questia to find quality sources and research, and write better papers faster. 

Now, Questia has made the research paper process even easier by increasing the size of its online library by more than 33%, developing search filters to narrow down exactly what you need from the sources professors trust, the addition of dictionary and thesaurus tools, and creating an intuitive new interface that integrates all your reading material and notes in one place. Plus, members will soon have access to their brand new research tutorials including videos and guides on how to write a professor approved paper. Visit www.Questia.com to experience the new Questia. 

Source: Questia

Elsevier Launches New Design of Engineering Village

Elsevier announced the launch of its newly redesigned Engineering Village (EV). Enhancements to the EV user interface include the visual and structural organization of the product, which significantly improves research speed and overall usability. The new functionality and features that have been added have streamlined the site without sacrificing any of the solution’s sophistication. As a result, essential information can be found quicker and more efficiently, streamlining workflows, saving valuable research time, and boosting productivity.

The new Engineering Village features include the following:

  • A cleaner, uncluttered look and feel, with a more efficient search results page that make it easier to find an article
  • Facets (filters) that can be re-ordered with drag-and-drop functionality
  • A search history available on the home page, directly below all search forms
  • An option to display up to 50, 75, or 100 results at one time
  • Enhanced interoperability with ScienceDirect and Scopus, allowing librarians and researchers to reduce search time and to access information more efficiently

Engineering Village is geared specifically toward engineers, engineering students, researchers, and affiliated information professionals to ensure each can gain desktop access to the critical information, intelligence, and research tools they need to succeed. It offers a powerful web-based discovery platform featuring a broad range of scholarly literature, trade publications, patents, hard-to-find conference proceedings, technical reports, and engineering information.

Source: Elsevier

Thomson Reuters Streamlines Research Process in EndNote X6

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters announced the release of a substantial upgrade to Thomson Reuters EndNote, the reference management solution. EndNote X6 provides the ability to search, organize, and share reference materials, as well as automatically format bibliographies.

EndNote X6 gives researchers the ability to enhance the efficiency of their authorship activities by providing sync capabilities between EndNote and EndNote Web. This allows users to access research from any computer and offers secure storage for reference and PDF libraries. The new functionality--in addition to EndNote's capabilities to automatically download full-text PDFs and update references--enables users to be more productive and manage their research libraries more effectively.

Update and Sync References
With this release, EndNote X6 users can update and synchronize references in EndNote desktop and EndNote Web with one click. Users will also have the ability to maintain and synchronize references in their EndNote library across multiple computers. This is a significant improvement to EndNote, as users increasingly access numerous platforms to gather data and information. The upgrade also includes increased storage in EndNote Web.

More Effective and Efficient Editing
Through EndNote X6, researchers can now edit footnote citations, move or copy the contents of one field to another with text formatting, and use more layout options, including an improved PDF Viewer for annotating files.

Rate References
In addition to allowing for tagging solutions to indicate which references have or have not been reviewed, EndNote X6 allows users to set personal rating preferences. Users can then refine their library searches with these ratings.

The latest version of EndNote also enables users to set sophisticated customization preferences, more effectively manage medical journal names, and use the PubMed direct export feature to import records more quickly.

EndNoteX6 is currently available in Windows. The Mac version of EndNoteX6 is expected to release later this year.

Source: Thomson Reuters

Print Archives Preservation Registry Now Online

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) announced that the Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR) is now available online at http://papr.crl.edu. The registry is designed to support archiving and management of serial collections by providing detailed information about titles, holdings, and terms and conditions of the major print archiving programs. PAPR now includes a searchable database, tab-delimited reports for download, and the simultaneous display of title and holdings information from multiple print archiving programs, including the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC), and CRL’s JSTOR archive. It also references titles held in digital format by Portico and CLOCKSS. Most of the records included at this time are for the WEST project archives.

The California Digital Library (CDL) is CRL’s PAPR development partner. Additional advisory services were provided by CRL consultant Lizanne Payne and Ithaka S+R. This first phase focused on developing a data analysis system for WEST and on using the standards developed by the OCLC print archives disclosure pilot project to transmit data via the MARC field 583. The next phase will address additional functional, data, and user needs.

At this time, the registry is a work in progress; its usefulness will depend upon input and participation by the CRL community. CRL welcomes all ideas and feedback. Please send comments to Amy Wood, CRL senior director of technical services at awood@crl.edu.

Source: Center for Research Libraries

Expanded Access to eBooks on EBSCOhost Now Available Through GOBI3

Librarians accustomed to selecting and managing their ebook collections through GOBI3 from YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, now have additional access options for the more than 320,000 ebook titles from eBooks on EBSCOhost. EBSCO Publishing and YBP have expanded the EBSCO eBook models that are available in YBP’s acquisition and collection development interface.

EBSCO customers have long been able to order ebooks through GOBI3 using the single user (1U) model. The upgraded access provides more flexibility to library selectors acquiring titles from eBooks on EBSCOhost through GOBI3. In addition to single user, the integration includes three user (3U) and unlimited user (UU) access models, as well as Demand-Driven Acquisitions. Ebooks from EBSCO are all available with no fees and no markups, making it as convenient and cost-effective as possible for librarians adding to their collections.

Mark Kendall, senior vice president of sales at YBP, says, “YBP’s unique value proposition is to build bridges between digital content providers such as EBSCO, publishers, and the libraries and consortia YBP serves. Our work together with EBSCO will provide libraries with more platform choices and flexibility to acquire the content they and their patrons require.”

Since adding eBooks to EBSCOhost, EBSCO has worked to improve access and the availability of titles and options for librarians to choose how collections are developed. Having eBooks on EBSCOhost titles available through GOBI3 allows selectors to view and select eBooks through the library's existing workflow. Librarians will be able to select single user and multi-user access (1U, 3U and UU), as well as choose titles to make available through DDA, allowing libraries to pre-select titles that are only purchased when patron usage determines need.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

ebrary Enhances Strategic Ebook Acquisition Program for Public Libraries

To enable public libraries to affordably and strategically meet the nonfiction ebook needs of patrons, ebrary, a ProQuest business, added more than 9,000 new titles from publishers including Bentham Science and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt across acquisition models. More than 1,100 of the new titles are in subjects including health & fitness, photography, and religion and are available through Public Library Complete, which provides simultaneous, multi-user access and continued growth. These titles and an additional 7,900 ebooks in subject areas such as history, sports, and art are now available for purchase outright or through ebrary’s patron-driven acquisition program. Many are also available for short-term loan.

To make it easier for public libraries to support patrons looking to start or grow a small business, ebrary’s on-staff librarians have also created a perpetual pack in Small Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship. With more than 70 recently published ebooks from trusted publishers such as AMACOM, John Wiley & Sons, Kogan Page, and Palgrave Macmillan, the pack covers topics including strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, HR, capital raising, and sustainability. The new pack, which can be previewed at librarytitles.ebrary.com, is part of a series that will be available for purchase throughout the year in key areas requested by public librarians.

Many ebrary customers start their strategic ebook acquisition programs by subscribing to an affordable subscription database such as Public Library Complete, then leverage usage statistics to determine where to strategically apply budget to other models. High-use subjects can be expanded with patron-driven acquisition where titles are only purchased if used. Lower use subjects can be supplemented with short-term loan with no commitment to purchase. Essential titles, such as those included in ebrary’s new Small Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship, pack can be purchased outright.

Source: ebrary



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