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April 29, 2005

Scirus Toolbar for Scientific Information

The search engine Scirus (designed specifically for scientific information) has released a tool bar interface.

Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 200 million science-specific Web pages...About Scirus.

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April 27, 2005

Physics/Astronomy Alerting Service

From Press Release (April 18, 2005):

The NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS), headquartered at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Mass., is a virtual library that offers "one-stop shopping" for physicists and astronomers seeking the latest research. ADS provides free access to a huge database of abstracts and full-text papers in those scientific fields. Many of those papers reside within the e-print server, which is owned and operated by Cornell University.

Sifting through these huge research archives presents an ongoing challenge. In April 2005, ADS and arXiv will join forces to improve the services they offer scientists by implementing three separate customizable Web and e-mail alerts. Now, scientists around the world will be automatically notified when preprints or journal papers relevant to their research field are published.

Read the full story for more information.

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April 26, 2005

New Open Access Journal: Globalization and Health

Title: Globalization and Health
Editor-in-chief: Greg Martin, Derek Yach
Abbreviation: Global Health
ISSN: 1744-8603

Globalization and Health is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal that provides a platform for research, knowledge sharing and debate on the topic of globalization and its effects on health, both positive and negative. 'Globalization' essentially refers to anything 'supra-territorial', anything that transcends the geopolitical boundaries of the nation-state. As a process it is being driven by liberalisation of markets and technological advancements. In essence, it is about human proximity - people are now living in each other's metaphorical pockets. More about...

BioMed Central has been a leader in scientific publishing using an open access model.

More BioMed Central open access journals can be found in the OhioLINK Library Catalog by searching for "biomed central", or by proceeding directly to the BioMed Central web site.

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April 22, 2005

Take the SAILS Survey - Win an iPOD

In order to provide better library instruction here at Case, we are participating in a nationwide program called Project SAILS. The SAILS program provides a questionnaire/survey used to measure how much students understand about doing research at the university level. This questionnaire is a standardized instrument that will allow librarians and administrators at the University to determine if library instruction has an institutional impact on students' information literacy skills. It will also show how our students compare nationally in Information Literacy competencies. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Once completed the student's name will be included in a drawing for an iPod Shuffle! Kelvin Smith Library will do a random drawing for the iPod on the first day of finals (4/28/2005) and will notify the winner by email.
For questions contact William Claspy, Information Literacy librarian, at, or by telephone at 368-3595. If you are a current student and attended an instructional session given by a Kelvin Smith librarian in the past academic year please take the SAILS Survey .

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April 18, 2005

New tool from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

New Web Tool, Location Quotient Calculator: New BLS Web Tool Allows Local Area Comparisons by Industry
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has added a powerful new tool for labor market analysis to its web site services: the Location Quotient Calculator. The new calculator generates location quotients, a measure that is familiar to regional labor economists as a way to readily compare the industrial activity levels among different areas of the country."

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April 12, 2005

Health Web Sites

The Medical Library Association has published a list of the top ten most useful health related web sites. Sites include both clinical and consumer oriented information. See "Top Ten Most Useful Web Sites".

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Food Commodities- Global Statistics

The United National Food & Agricultural Organization publishes a quarterly report called "Food Outlook". Each report provides a global perspective on the production, stocks and trade of cereals and other basic food commodities, through an analysis of trends and prospects. Food Outlook contains analysis and statistical information on developments in the world cereal markets, export prices and ocean freight rates. Special features are included on the impact of El Niño/La Niña on food and agriculture, specific commodity markets such as meat and milk, cassava, sugar and fats and oils, as well as trends in global food aid availability and shipments, and on food emergencies around the world.

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Math & Statistics Research Guide Updated

The Research Guide for Mathematics & Statistics has been redesigned and updated to become the primary information gateway in support of all math and statistics queries. Based on suggestions from the Faculty and students, the Research Guide will continue to evolve and improve.

Kelvin Smith Library's research guides are pointers for locating information on specific topics. To view other available topics, proceed to the Research Guides web page.

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April 06, 2005

New search engines for free scientific e-journals

EEVL has announced the release of 4 new search engines that index freely available e-journals in engineering, mathematics, and computing. The EEVL search engines search over 250 free titles.

[Source: About EEVL]
EEVL is the Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics and Computing. EEVL's mission is to provide access to quality networked engineering, mathematics and computing resources, and be the national focal point for online access to information in these subjects. It is an award-winning free service, created and run by a team of information specialists from a number of universities and institutions in the UK.

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April 04, 2005

Collection of Math Internet Resources

The EM Collection is a collection of links to Internet resources related to mathematics and teaching in mathematics. The purpose of Collection is to facilitate searching the Internet for math-related sites.

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Day Light Savings Time -WHY?

If you are wondering why we "spring forward" at this time of year read on. A 5 page report from the Congressional Research Service provides a brief history of Daylight Savings Time.

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Philanthropy Report

A new report from the Foundation Center "Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates" is now available online. It provides a summary of giving for the nations 66000 grantmaking foundations for the year 2004. Estimates for 2005 are also included. The 19 page report is available in pdf format.

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