Web of Science (Science Citation Index and Social Citation Index) will be moving to a new interface over the next few months. You can start using the new interface now by clicking on the “Access the New Version” button on the center of the page header of the Web of Science page.

New features of the interface include:

  • Retrieve up to 100,000 results, automatically sorted by the journal cover publication date.
  • Easily refine and analyze your search results.
  • Saved searches from the previous version of ISI Web of Knowledge will run in the new version. Searches saved in the new version will only run on the new version.
  • Journal Citation Reports®, Essential Science IndicatorsSM, and Highly Cited ResearchersSM are available from the Additional Resources tab in the new version. They will be configured in the new interface in an upcoming release.
  • During the period of when both versions are available, items saved into EndNote Web from either version will link to the older version of ISI Web of Knowledge.
  • Marked List functionality will be provided by mid-November. In the meantime, users can output records by printing, emailing, or saving directly to EndNote Web.

The old interface will be available until January 2008.

LexisNexis Academic has moved to the new interface.

New features include:

  • Shepard’s Citations will expand to cover all federal and state courts
  • Company Dossier will be included in all U.S. subscriptions
  • Search across broad content such as all news or all federal and state cases
  • Powerful source selection using language, geographic, topic, and other facets
  • Ability to create ad hoc combined sources
  • Sophisticated results clustering feature
  • SmartIndexing Technology™ at work throughout the interface
  • Support for article-level linking
  • Support for federated searching

CIOS has added a new feature to complement our ComIndex and ComAbstracts databases: ComVista.

ComVista is a guide to programs of study in communication-related departments in North American higher education. ComVista can help you make better decisions about places to work or study and it can assist in the evaluation of a program’s impact in the field.

1. Use ComVista to find information on colleges and universities by state or province. Select a state or province and you’ll be shown a list of all 4 year colleges and universities with substantial communication or journalism departments. Select an institutional profile to view a summary of the significant research specialties of faculty who work in the communication-related programs within the institution.

Or select the option to view a profile of departments and faculty. You’ll be shown a roster of communication-related departments and faculty teaching courses in them. Select a faculty member within a department and you’ll be able to review all his or her published research appearing in the CIOS’s comprehensive ComAbstracts database (personal or institutional subscription required).

2. Use ComVista to locate colleges and universities that are leading centers for research in the field’s primary areas of study. Select an area of research and you will be shown a ranked list of the top institutions associated with published research on the selected topic.

Users of the EbscoHost databases (Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, etc.) may encounter an intermittant “Application Level Exception” error message while using a database. It has been observed to happen when a user attempts to change from one database to another, for example.

This is due to a glitch between the latest upgrade of the Ebsco interface and the proxy authentication software the library users to allow access to electronic resources for off-campus users. They are working to fix this problem. At this time, I don’t know when this will be corrected.

There are several problems that have been identified with the installation of WebPacPro on the library online catalog. We are working with Innovative to get these problems fixed as soon as possible.

Known Major Problems

  • Library catalog does not work with Firefox for Mac browser
  • Phrase searching is not working in keyword searches
  • Cannot re-sort by Date or Title in keyword search results

Known Minor Problems

  • Summit button has moved and there is an extraneous line on some screens where it used to be
  • Additional Resources button has a box around it on some screens

III completed the WebPAC Pro upgrade to our Oasis system so that now when you do a keyword search the results will be ranked by relevance.

One unexpected benefit is that finally it’s possible to just hit return instead of needing to click the Search button after you’ve entered your Keywords. This is something we’ve been requesting for quite a long time and it’s nice to see that it now works.

However, III encountered a problem that they have not observed before when upgrading other sites.

You’ll see this phrase: 25 results found. Sorted by relevance | date | title. Once you’ve gotten your results you should be able to click on either date or title to resort the list. This is not currently working. Instead you get an error message saying NO ENTRIES FOUND. III is working on this as an urgent problem, but since they have not seen this behavior before they’re unable to tell us how long it will take to fix it.

OSU Libraries has set up trials for the EBL and ECHO electronic book platforms. These trials will run though September 6th, 2007.

EBL (Electronic Book Library)
Login: Trial
Password: OSUDEMO1b
(both login and password are case sensitive)

You will need to download Ebook reader before you can view the books

If you take a look at these e-book trials, please fill out an Evaluation Form