INFO: New-look Scopus database

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The Scopus database at http://www.scopus.com/  introduced a new streamlined interface over the weekend:

  • It is now more action driven – some items/options only appear active when the user has performed a search e.g. the Export option will only become available when the user has selected results to export
  • The re-design is described as “enhancing readability”
  • There’s much more detail available from a Scopus blog post at http://blog.scopus.com/product-releases but most current users of the database (one of the heaviest used databases that we subscribe to) will continue to use the database with little difficulty – you just need to adjust to the new look!

Library workshops will include information on the new search interface where relevant – more information on our free workshops for February and March is available in an earlier post at http://aberdeenunilib.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/library-workshops-places-still-available-on-our-free-library-workshops/

If you have any queries or difficulties with the new interface library staff will be happy to help.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

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3-Day-Loans: Service Improvements

Previously you told us you’d like e-mail reminders for when your 3-day-loans were due, so we introduced this in August 2013. In order to help you manage your loans and time we are now taking this a step further by automatically renewing your 3-day-loans for you where possible.Please note that another reader may request any item you have on loan at any time so it will not always be possible to renew for you. You will have to check the e-mail reminder we send as it will tell you whether or not you have to bring an item back (and please be aware that you will befined if the item is not returned on time!). Items will auto-renew up to a total of 9 times, after which you will have to take them back to the libraryin order to return or re-issue them. Auto-renewals are also subject to the level offine on your library record; if you have over £2.00 in unpaid fines then items will not automatically renew.We hope this amendment will mean fewer fines for forgetting to renew 3-day-loans and that you find this to be a useful enhancement to our service.

For more tips on how to avoid library fines have a look here.

Medical Library Team
medlib@abdn.ac.uk

Update: RefWorks Group Code

RefWorks logoAs of December 9th, 2013 RefWorks users will no longer be required to enter a group code when logging in to their RefWorks account(s) off-campus or outside of their institutional IP range.  This improvement comes at the request of many RefWorks users and administrators and serves to simplify the RefWorks login process.

New users that do not yet have a RefWorks account must be on-campus or accessing RefWorks through the proxy server when initially creating an account. This is so RefWorks can attach the user to a subscription.  Once the new user has set up their account they will be able to log in from any location, with or without proxy authentication, using only the login name and password.

There will still be several cases where the group code will still be needed, either temporarily or permanently. Please follow the link below for more information –

http://refworkscommunity.ning.com/profiles/blogs/update-refworks-group-code

Medical Library Team

medlib@abdn.ac.uk

Write and Cite 4 on the Classroom PCs

RefWorks logoThe classroom PCs in the Medical Library now have Write and Cite 4 installed. The features of this new updated version include:

  • Integration into the MS Word ribbon as a separate ‘RefWorks’ tab
  • Seamless online and offline experience as Write and Cite 4 synchronises with your Refworks account when you are connected to the internet
  • The ability to share across platforms (PC and Mac)
  • The insertion of fully formatted citations, footnotes and bibliography while you type your document
  • For advanced needs – optional bibliography formatting modifications within Write and Cite 4 (modifying a style’s line spacing, indentation and more)

Go to the RefWorks Community website for resource guides, videos, news, updates and tips for RefWorks users. The platform has been designed to offer additional resources that will not only enhance the user’s RefWorks experience, but will also help the RefWorks team connect directly with their users in an effort to identify what’s important to them.

There is no need to sign up or register, the content on the site is open to everyone – that means all new users, dedicated users, as well as those who just want to learn more about RefWorks. Alternatively, visit the Medical Library’s Enquiry Desk for more information.

Medical Library Team

medlib@abdn.ac.uk