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Archive for April, 2008

Scopus trial

Anna Di Iorio28 April 2008

Scopus (Copyright © 2008 Elsevier B.V.)We currently have a trial for Scopus, Elsevier’s abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web resources.

Updated daily, Scopus covers a wealth of information sources, including:

• 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers;
• over 1,200 open access journals;
• 386 million scientific web pages;
• 22 million patent records from 5 patent offices.

More information about Scopus can be found at http://www.info.scopus.com.

Access is available via IP authentication at http://www.scopus.com. The trial expires on 10th June 2008.  

If you wish to personalize Scopus by creating search alerts, document citation alerts and saved searches, you can register by clicking on the Register link on the top right-hand corner of any page.

Cell Illustrator

Anna Di Iorio21 April 2008

BIOBASE Biological Databases (Copyright © 1999-2007 BIOBASE Biological Databases)BIOBASE has kindly offered to add their new product Cell Illustrator to the BIOBASE resources we are already trialling. Developed by GNI and the University of Tokyo, Cell Illustrator allows you to:

• draw, model, elucidate and simulate complex biological processes and systems;
• model metabolic pathways, signal transduction cascades, gene regulatory pathways and dynamic interactions of various biological entities such as genomic DNA, mRNA and proteins.

Being fully integrated with TRANSPATH (part of the BIOBASE Knowledge Library), Cell Illustrator provides immediate access to signal transduction and metabolic pathway representations derived from the scientific literature.

Cell Illustrator can also be used as an educational tool thanks to the powerful visual cues which help students explore and understand complex processes and cellular events.

The trial runs from 21st April to 13th May 2008. Please email me if you would like to obtain login details and instructions.

Wellcome Trust open access funding

Anna Di Iorio18 April 2008

The Wellcome Trust (Copyright © The Wellcome Trust)A guide to Wellcome Trust open access funding is now available on the Library website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/wellcome.shtml.

The guide contains a brief explanation of:

• the requirements of the Wellcome Trust grant conditions relating to open access publication;
• publishers permitted by the Wellcome;
• ways of fulfilling the open access requirement (focusing on paid open access as opposed to self-archiving);
• methods of claiming funds to cover open access fees.  

Claimants can now use a form to request payment of a publisher’s invoice for open access fees, or to ask for reimbursement if the publisher’s invoice has already been paid. 

There is also a new e-mail address for queries about open access fees: open-access-funding@ucl.ac.uk.


Anna Di Iorio14 April 2008

BIOBASE Biological Databases (Copyright © 1999-2007 BIOBASE Biological Databases)UCL Library Services is pleased to let you know that we have a trial for the BIOBASE Knowledge Library (BKL) and ExPlain.

The BKL offers rich, high-quality content and integrated analysis tools spanning gene regulation and pathways to fully annotated genomes. It includes:
1) TRANSFAC, the gold standard in the field of gene regulation;
2) TRANSPATH, the world’s leading signal transduction pathway database;
3) PROTEOME, a suite of six protein databases (YPD, HumanPSD, WormPD, GPCR-PD, MycoPath PD and PombePD) known to be the most comprehensive data collection on proteins available.

The ExPlain analysis system promotes biological interpretation of high throughput experiments like microarrays, proteomic data and ChIP-chip experiments.

 The trial runs from 14th April to 13th May 2008. Please email me if you would like to obtain login details.

Nucleic Acids Research institutional membership

Anna Di Iorio11 April 2008

Cover from ‘Nucleic Acids Research’ (Copyright © 2008 Oxford University Press)UCL is in the process of becoming a Nucleic Acids Research institutional member.

Nucleic Acids Research is an Open Access journal, providing publication of research into the nucleic acids under the following categories: chemistry, computational biology, genomics, molecular biology, nucleic acid enzymes, RNA and structural biology.

Authors at member institutions benefit from substantially discounted publication charges.

Once our institutional membership has become active, UCL researchers will be able to access the Member Rate Open Access form. In the interim, UCL researchers submitting a paper for publication in Nucleic Acids Research are already eligible for the reduced, member rate.

Please email me if there are any articles that have been accepted or will be accepted before our membership goes live, and I will ensure that you are invoiced at the member rate.

Science Library periodicals move

Anna Di Iorio11 April 2008

Possible remodelling of the UCL Science Library (from the UCL Library Services Master Planning)The ground floor of the Science Library is being refurbished this summer.

In response to demand from students and the results of the UCL Library Services Buildings Survey 2007, 40 new study spaces are being created including group study tables.

Additionally 30 extra network computers will be added to the cluster space. We are also introducing new self-service terminals for borrowing, renewing and returning loans.

To create the necessary space, the older low-usage journals (pre-1991) currently accommodated on the ground floor will be moved to our off-site Store and accessible, on request, with 24-hours notice through our Stores service. Electronic access to the backfiles of many of these volumes is now available as well. These stock moves are expected to take place in the week of 26th May.


Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ebooks trial

Anna Di Iorio9 April 2008

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Copyright © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)UCL Library Services is pleased to announce that we have a trial for 41 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins medical ebooks, including:

• The substance abuse handbook / Pedro Ruiz, Eric C. Strain, John G. Langrod;
• Wintrobe’s atlas of clinical hematology / editors, Douglas C. Tkachuk, Jan V. Hirschmann.

For a full list of the ebooks included in the trial, see Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ebooks trial.

The trial ends on 30th April. To access the ebooks, log into OvidSP and browse or search the Books@Ovid. The titles currently on trial are listed with the 58 ebooks to which UCL users already have permanent access.

New Wiley InterScience ebooks

Anna Di Iorio8 April 2008

Wiley (Copyright © 2000-2008 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. or related companies)UCL Library Services is pleased to announce that we have access to 37 new ebooks from WileyInterScience, including the following:

• Cell biology : a short course / Steven R. Bolsover … [et. al]. –  2nd ed.;
• Neurotransmitters, drugs, and brain function / edited by R. A. Webster;
• Essentials of medical genomics / Stuart M. Brown.

 All titles can be searched on the UCL Library catalogue. For full-text access, follow the SFX links provided within the records.

EMBASE Classic

Anna Di Iorio8 April 2008

EMBASE (Copyright © 2007 Elsevier B.V.)UCL Library Services is pleased to announce that we now have access to EMBASE Classic (1947-1979).

EMBASE Classic is the historic edition of EMBASE, a comprehensive pharmacological and biomedical database already subscribed to by UCL Library Services.

At present, UCL staff and students cannot search EMBASE and EMBASE Classic jointly. Therefore, if you are looking for more recent content, see EMBASE.

Bank Holiday Monday 5th May

Anna Di Iorio4 April 2008

Library user 1UCL Library Services is pleased to announce that the following libraries will be open on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2008:

Science Library  11:00–21:00 (issue desk 11:00-18:00); 

Cruciform Library  11:00–21:00 (issue desk 11:00-18:00);

Human Communication Science Library  11:00–18:00;