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July 26, 2005

IEEE Xplore & Apple Safari Incompatible

Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

IEEE Xplore has been fully tested for use in Internet Explorer and Netscape for the Mac platform. In addition, all search functions (such as Basic Search, Advanced, Author, and CrossRef) work properly in Safari. IEEE is aware that the browse functions do not work in Safari, and continues to work to resolve that issue. As a result, Safari is not currently one of our recommended browsers for accessing IEEE Xplore.

The recommended platforms and browsers for IEEE Xplore can be found at these locations:
Release Notes -
IEEE Publications Online site -

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July 25, 2005


patientINFORM is a free online service that provides patients and their caregivers access to some of the most up-to-date, reliable and important research available about the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases.

Please consult your doctor if you have a concern. This web site and others can only provide information and reseach on various medical conditions, but can not be used as a replacement for diagnosis or treatment.

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July 21, 2005

OhioLINK Library Resources linked to Google Scholar

This announcement was recently received from Candi Clevenger at OhioLINK Headquarters.

"If you're not familiar with Google Scholar, it's Google's specialized search engine for conducting scholarly research. As Google explains, you can 'use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.'
While we still think that visiting your local academic library (in person or online) is the BEST way to find scholarly information for class assignments and research, Google Scholar is now a better secondary source for preliminary research. Why? Because now you can see whether you have free access to the resources you find using Google Scholar.

Here's how it works. After you conduct a search in Google Scholar, you will see "Find it with OLinks" or "OhioLINK OLinks" for journal articles and books. Click on this link to see if you can access the article or book (for free!) from OhioLINK or our 85 member libraries. If an article is available online, OLinks can lead you directly to it for free. If the article or book is in print, OLinks can tell you where to find it at your library or elsewhere in Ohio.
"OLinks" displays automatically if you are searching on-campus. If you're using Google Scholar while off-campus, or if links to OLinks don't show while on-campus, you can manually configure your browser to use OLinks. To do so, set your preferences in Google Scholar (link = by entering "Ohio" or "OhioLINK" in the box marked "institutional access." You can also enter your school's name, as your local library may provide other linking options in Google Scholar.

And please remember, don't pay for information online that you can get from your library for free! If you're ever asked for payment to view an article or resource online while using Google Scholar, visiting a publishers' site,or any other reason, contact your library first to see if you can access the same, or perhaps a better resource from your library or OhioLINK for free."

Also keep in mind that there are still many resources that are available through Case Libraries that do not appear in Google Scholar. If you have questions e-mail us at or call 368-6596 or use our chat reference service by clicking on the chat icon that appears on many KSL pages.

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July 20, 2005

Google Earth

Google has a developed an application that uses satellite imagery, aerial images, and maps to provide a highly user-driven view of the world.

Google Earth provides the typical Internet-based mapping functions, such as locating a single address, mapping a course of travel between sites, or locating nearby businesses. In addition, Google Earth allows the user to "fly" to new locations, see 3D representations of buildings, and a variety of other enhancements.

Kelvin Smith Library (Notice Freiberger Library is still in this image):

Downtown Cleveland in 3D:

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July 15, 2005

Number Range Search in Google

Google allows the user to search for a range of numbers. For example, "DVD player $250..350" will find DVD players that cost between $250 and $350.

See Google Help for more information.

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July 13, 2005

Policy Briefings For Congress Are Now Online

As announced by the Washington Post (6/28/05), U.S. policy briefings by the Congressional Research Service are now online at

The reports have long been praised as nonpartisan, concise and readable. But they are reserved for members of Congress, committees and their staffs. A member of the public can get one generally only if a lawmaker chooses to release it. There is also at least one company, Penny Hill Press of Damascus, Md., that gathers up reports and then sells them for as much as $20 apiece. LexisNexis announced last week that it will also begin offering the reports through its online service.

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July 11, 2005

How To Conduct a Background Check

Genie Tyburski, Web Manager of The Virtual Chase, provides a great summary of how to conduct a background check, including an extensive list of resources.

[About This Web Site]

The Virtual Chase has assisted legal professionals conducting research on the Internet since Summer 1996. Originally a hobby, the site began as a means by which to disseminate articles and teaching aids to law librarians and other instructors of Internet research. Now owned by the law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, it offers articles, guides, teaching materials, an alert service and more on Internet research strategies and resources. The site is open to anyone free of charge, but we provide materials with experienced researchers, lawyers and other legal professionals in mind.

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July 07, 2005 Hall of Fame of Authors

As reported on CNET -, Amazon has issued a Hall of Fame of Authors based on its 10 years of sales. If you are looking for some leisure reading, maybe the Hall of Fame will give you some ideas.

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July 06, 2005

Case Wiki

Case Western now has an official Wiki.


A wiki is a collaborative web site where almost every page is editable by any user. It is my hope and the hope of other proponents of the wiki that it become THE central resource for information on campus.

The range of topics covered by the wiki can be as varying as your brain can conceive. We are currently working on integrating the wiki with other services offered by the university, such as this blog system.

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Internet Archive of 78s

From the ResearchBuzz (May 29, 2005), came an announcement of an Internet Archive of MP3 files recorded from old 78s. Files are sorted by author's name.

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