Wednesday, November 29, 2006

CiteXplore - new biology tool

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) has launched a free online resource called CiteXplore which links scientific literature to biological databases. According to its developers, CiteXplore is a tool which integrates articles from scientific journals with databases containing biological information such as DNA and protein sequences, functions and structures of molecules and microarray data.
CiteXplore is available from or from the library website under Resources for your Subject - Biology & Biochemistry - Databases/Indexes.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Annual Reviews subscribed

Annual Reviews have activated our subscription and we now have access to the Biomedical suite of AR titles online.
You can find these on the A-Z ejournal listing on the library website, under their individual titles.

These are the titles we're now subscribed to, with start dates:

Annual review of biochemistry 1996 vol.65
Annual review of biomedical engineering 1999 vol.1
Annual review of biophysics and biomolecular structure 1996 vol.25
Annual review of cell and developmental biology 1996 vol.12
Annual review of clinical psychology 2005 vol.1
Annual review of ecology, evolution, and systematics 1996 vol.27
Annual review of entomology 1996 vol.41
Annual review of genetics 1996 vol.30
Annual review of genomics and human genetics 2000 vol.1
Annual review of immunology 1996 vol.14
Annual review of medicine 1996 vol.47
Annual review of microbiology 1996 vol.50
Annual review of neuroscience 1996 vol.19
Annual review of nutrition 1996 vol.16
Annual review of pathology 2006 vol.1
Annual review of pharmacology and toxicology 1996 vol.36
Annual review of physiology 1996 vol.58
Annual review of phytopathology 1996 vol.34
Annual review of plant biology 1996 vol.47
Annual review of psychology 1996 vol.47
Annual review of public health 1996 vol.17

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Library communications study

Over the next two weeks we're running focus groups to try to gather thoughts from undergraduate and postgraduate students on how the library communicates with them. There are two focus groups:

Undergraduate: Monday 27 November, 12.15pm - 1.05pm
Postgraduate: Tuesday 5 December, 12.15pm - 1.05pm

We're offering a pizza lunch as an incentive for volunteers to come along to give an hour of their time, in order to help us improve library services for all.

We have already had a focus group session for academic staff, so the results from these next two groups will help give an overall picture of what the library does well, what it doesn't do well, and how it could improve it's communications with it's community of users.

If you'd like to offer your own thoughts on library communications, I'll happily pass along any comments to the task group.

Picture: Autumn leaves on the path along the Mells river near Great Elm, Somerset.

Thursday, November 09, 2006


That's short (well sort of..) for Secure Prompt Efficient Electronic Document delivery.

The Inter-Library Loans Department will launch a new service on Monday 20th November enabling Library users to both submit and receive their ILL requests electronically.

People can send in their requests via a web form and then have scanned copies of journal articles or book chapters delivered directly from the British Library to their BUCS email account. Books and whole journal issues will, however, continue to be made available through the Issue Desk.

For the time being, this service will run alongside the existing paper-based one, but we anticipate that the improved speed and convenience that it offers will make it a more attractive option for many of our users.
See the library webpages at for more details.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Biosis backfile

Is there any interest in adding the Biosis online backfile of 1926 to 1968 to our current online subscription of 1969 - current? Please let me know your thoughts..
Thanks, Kara

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

First of November

A non-library, non-resource, non-anything post...
The first of November - a beautiful clear day in Bath. This pic was taken from Level 5 of the library building, early afternoon. You can just see the legs of the clever guy who was soaking up the sun rays and taking in the view - Dave, the library postmaster says you can see 50 miles from up there today, it's so clear.

Lancet Podcasts

The Lancet journal is podcasting - they've added a weekly audio byte to their website.

"The audio summaries feature our editorial staff discussing the highlights from the week's issue, and usually include at least one interview with the study author of a key paper. Also produced is a monthly audio summary for The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Neurology".

Go to to subscribe - add to iTunes if you have it, or to your podcatching software.
(my *ahem* sophisticated image accompanying this story on the Lancet podcasts...)