December 14, 2012

SciFinder Scholar Update

From CAS (SFS):

We are pleased to announce that SciFinder, the choice for chemistry research, has been updated with new features to help scientists increase their productivity.

The latest update features several ease-of-use enhancements that make it easy to frequently access SciFinder and improve usability. This is a first step toward more significant usability improvements coming in our next release.

You might also be interested to know that CAS recently registered its 70 millionth unique substance. For more information on this milestone, click here.

Enhancements in this update include:

Remember Me

Researchers can now choose to remain signed in to SciFinder. This feature offers relief from getting timed out due to inactivity by allowing users to sign back in with a single mouse click. Sign-in credentials can be stored on up to three machine/browser combinations.

Additionally, username is now automatically remembered upon return to SciFinder. (This feature is independent of the Remember Me option.)

Your users should be aware of the following:

·         Signing out will require users to reenter their password upon return to SciFinder.
·         Clearing the browser cache will require users to reenter their full credentials upon return to SciFinder.
·         Using the Remember Me feature on shared machines is not recommended.
·         For institutions on a Concurrent User plan, users with “remembered” sign-ins will still experience waits if all seats are currently full. A message indicating the lack of available seats will be displayed.

Enhanced User Interface

The SciFinder interface has been updated for better usability. Of particular note, using Return or breadcrumb links now returns users to their last-viewed answer on the answer set page. Additionally, a new dropdown groups similar options more intuitively and a page input field has been added for easier answer set navigation.

Improved SciFinder Help

SciFinder Help has been reconfigured and consolidated so users can find answers to questions more quickly. We’ve also added a subset of help files in Japanese.

Terms and Conditions Display

Academic users will now only be required to accept the SciFinder License Agreement once every seven days.

To learn more about the latest SciFinder update, visit What’s New in SciFinder (this page will be updated in conjunction with the SciFinder update).

December 12, 2012

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCOhost) enhancements ...

We are pleased to announce that product enhancements for MLA International Bibliography have recently been released. 

The enhancements include:
  • Book reviews added within book citation records.
  • Listing active/non-active status of websites, along with the URL.
  • Addition of two new document types: Edition, and Translation.  Both are included in the Document Type limiter and Index Browse.
The MLA will also be adding references to select citation records. EBSCO expects to release this feature in February 2013.

Additional details and examples are as follows:

Book Reviews
The book reviews contain a Review Excerpt, Reviewer, Reviewer Affiliation, Review Source, Review Publication Date, Volume and Issue, Review URL and DOI.

Example:  AN 2009381388

Please visit EBSCO's Support Site ( to learn about all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Online Support Form from the top right corner of the site’s home page.

2013 Ovid MEDLINE Global Reload

Dear Ovid MEDLINE® Customer:

We are scheduled to receive the dataset for the 2013 Global Reload on or about December 12th.  Once the data is available, we will expedite the reload process as quickly as possible. Based on this current schedule, we expect the reload will be live on OvidSP January 7, 2013.

Please note, MEDLINE auto alerts will have an extra unscheduled run just prior to the reload. 

Changed fields for Ovid MEDLINE
  • Registry Number/Name of Substance (RN)
Changes to Ovid MEDLINE Limits
  • The addition of the Structured Abstracts limit
  • The Systematic Reviews limit was moved to the Publication Types listing
Changes to Ovid MEDLINE Segmentation
The following is a partial listing of the segments that may appear in the 2012 Medline Reload database menu with updated segment years
Ovid MEDLINE(R) <1946 to Weekly>
Ovid MEDLINE(R) Daily
Ovid MEDLINE(R) <2009 to Weekly>
Ovid MEDLINE(R) <1996 to Weekly>
Ovid MEDLINE(R) <1996 to 2008>
Ovid MEDLINE(R) <1988 to 1995>
Ovid MEDLINE(R) <1980 to 1987>
Ovid MEDLINE(R) <1946 to 1979>
Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations 
Ovid MEDLINE(R) Corrections
Ovid OLDMEDLINE(R) <1946 to 1965> 

2012 Segments Available for Display by Ovid MEDLINE Customers

Segments and Coverage:
Segment NameCoverage
MEDL2009 – Present
MED41996 – 2008
MED31988 – 1995
MED21980 – 1987
MED11946 – 1979
MEDCAll corrections
MEDOOLDMEDLINE (1946 – 1965)
PREMAll In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations

Multi-Segment NameCoverage
MESDCorrections, Daily, 1946 – Present
MEDXWithout Revisions, Daily, 1996 – Present
MESZCorrections, 1946 – Present
MEZZWithout Revisions, 1946 – Present
MEDFWithout Revisions, 1996 – Present
MEDBWithout Revisions, 1946 – 1995
PMOZIn-Process and Other Non-MEDLINE, daily, Corrections, 1946 – Present, OLDMEDLINE
PMEZIn-Process and Other Non-MEDLINE, daily, Corrections, 1946 – Present
POMMIn-Process and Other Non-MEDLINE, Corrections, 1946 – Present, OLDMEDLINE
PRMZIn-Process and Other Non-MEDLINE, Corrections, 1946 – Present
PRMFIn-Process and Other Non-MEDLINE, without Revisions, 1996 – Present
OMESDaily, Corrections, 1946 – Present, OLDMEDLINE
OMMECorrections, 1946 – Present, OLDMEDLINE

In addition, you can find a complete description of the 2013 MeSH thesaurus changes by visiting
Please refer to the Database Guides for further information. 

December 07, 2012

The End of Publishing (You Tube)

This video was prepared by the UK branch of Dorling Kindersley Books and produced by Khaki Films ( Originally meant solely for a DK sales conference, the video was such a hit internally that it is now being shared externally. We hope you enjoy it (and make sure you watch it up to at least the halfway point, there's a surprise!).

The clip was inspired by a video created by an Argentinean agency, Savaglio/TBWA entitled, "Truth":

Read an interview with the creator of the video on the Penguin Blog:

December 06, 2012

Holiday Suspension of ILL Services

Trinity Western University Alloway Library's Interlibrary Loan service will be closed from December 17 to January 3 for the holidays. We will send and receive interlibrary loan requests until December 17 which will also be the last day of shipping.
Regular interlibrary loan service will resume on January 4, 2013.
Best wishes for a joyous Christmas & peaceful New Year!

EBSCOhost Personalization Maintenance Planned

Please note that for about three hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 certain EBSCOhost functionality will be unavailable due to planned maintenance.  Please note that EBSCOhost will continue to be available during this brief interval, however EBSCOhost with Navigator may experience intermittent interrupted access.  Affected functionality will include:
  • Personal User Authentication
  • Checkout and Download of eBooks
  • Alerts
  • Access to My EBSCOhost folder items or the ability to save items to personalized folders from session
  • RSS will be unavailable
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this short maintenance interval. 

December 05, 2012

Early Canadiana Online (ECO) Update - Dec 2012

Rare First World War Government Publications

Victory-LoanPress publicity for Canada’s Victory Loan, 1918 and Plan and organization of press publicity for Canada’s victory loan, 1919are two of the thousands of rare primary source materials, digitized from Library and Archives Canada (LAC), which form the Government Publications collection on Early Canadiana Online (ECO).
These rare and nationally-significant titles are held in the Special Collections at Library and Archives Canada, a treasure trove of Canadian printed heritage. is grateful for LAC’s longstanding efforts to preserve this material and for its generosity in sharing it through ECO for research, teaching, and public use.

Farm Ottawa
Seed plots of pedigreed flax, Ottawa

Canadiana Discovery Portal: Agriculture and the World Wars

The Canadian Agriculture Library collection, accessible through the Canadiana Discovery Portal, contains an impressive collection of official documents relating to Canada's vital agricultural war production during the First and Second World Wars.
The Discovery Portal groups together over 40 national collections, highlighting the depth of Canada’s digital wealth and engaging scholarly, public, and genealogy users with digital primary documents. The goal is to connect every Canadian digital collection into single portal by harvesting object metadata (cataloguing information) through OAI repositories. Canada's major memory institutions have joined, contributing 65 million pages in total.

First World War Trench Journals

trench-journalsThis collection of First World War military newspapers, or "trench journals," was produced as part of the Early Canadian Periodicals project for its valuable insights into the social and cultural responses to war among Canadian expeditionary soldiers. Notorious for their wit and black humour, trench journals present a unique selection of wry, humorous and poignant submissions from the Canadian rank-and-file serving in France, including letters, poems, editorial cartoons, awards, social events, and a wider commentary on military and civilian life.

First World War Honour Rolls

Honour RollsMemorial volumes are an essential resource for investigating the attitudes, behaviours, and rituals of a society experiencing bereavement and collective trauma on a mass scale. These records were selected for digitization and preservation as a record of Canadian cultural memory from a generation that coped with loss in unprecedented ways, with the bereaved being deprived of the physical remains of loved ones buried in Western Europe.

December 04, 2012

JSTOR Update | December 3, 2012

JSTOR Update | December 3, 2012
Multidisciplinary and Discipline-Specific Collections at JSTOR

The following is a list of JSTOR content updates. More detailed information about titles and collections, along with delimited lists, may be accessed from the Archive Collections page. For the full list of content updates, please visit our website here.

November 21, 2012 Release Content

Moving Wall Decreases

Australasian Historical Archaeology (Arts & Sciences IX)
Coverage: Vol. 14, No. 1 (Enero/Diciembre, 1951)
Moving Wall: 3 years
Publisher: Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
ISSN: 1322-9214
Note: By publisher request, JSTOR is decreasing the moving wall from 5 to 3 years.

Journal of Architectural Education (Arts & Sciences III)
Coverage: Vol. 55, No. 3 (February, 2002) - Vol. 58, No. 2 (November, 2004)
Moving Wall: 7 years
Publisher: Wiley on behalf of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Inc.
ISSN: 1046-4883
Note: By publisher request, JSTOR is decreasing the moving wall from 10 to 7 years.

November 15, 2012 Release Content

Previously Missing Issues

Cancer Causes & Control (Health & General Sciences; Life Sciences)
Coverage: Vol. 7, Supplement 1 (November, 1996)
Moving Wall: 3 years
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0957-5243

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Health & General Sciences; Life Sciences)
Coverage: Vol. 36, Supplements 2-3 (April, 2003)
Moving Wall: 5 years
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 10584-838

For the full list of November 15 Release updates, please visit our website here

For a full list of content updates, please visit our website here