July 2011

You may have noticed that Web of Science has a new platform.  While it looks very similar to the old interface (very few cosmetic changes happened beyond the color scheme), there are some important feature changes.  I’ve outlined some of the major changes below and provided a link for more information if you are interested.
  • Mobile Access There is a mobile interface now available.  Also, patrons can create accounts while on-campus (or within the proxy) which then allows them to use Web of Science remotely without logging into the proxy for 6 months.
Searching Changes
  • No more stop words, such as ‘a, an, down, the, of’.  This makes searches like ” Vitamin A” and ‘Down Syndrome’ possible
  • Lemmatizations – provide stemming for plurals, verb tenses, degrees (fast, faster, fastest, etc).  Can be turned off by patron if desired.
  • British/US spelling variations and synonyms  (color will also find colour.  Elevator will also find lift.)
  •  Left hand truncation – helpful when looking for chemical substances
  • NEAR/x capabilities – similar to other databases.  petrol near/5 emissions  will find all results where petrol appears within 5 words of emissions
  • Can now search by DOI
  • Can now search by volume, issue and page number when searching Cited References
  • Can now search by Author’s full name from 2007 on.  (Prior to 2007 entries are still indexed only by the Author’s last name and first initial.)
Results Changes
  • All results are now returned (no longer a 100,000 limit) and can be analyzed and exported to Excel
  • Can see abstract on main search result screen
  • Results now sorted by Publication Date instead of date entered into WoS
  • 5,000 items can now be kept in Marked List (used to be 500)
  • Analysis and Citation Reports can be done on Marked Lists
  • Citation Counts now include the numbers from Biosis Citation Index and Chinese Science Citation Database for a more complete picture of total references.
For more information please see:  http://thenewwok.com/

If you experience prank calls, please write down details that you can remember and send them to me via e-mail. Also, please indicate any prank calls as a question type in LibStats.


In the coming week, one of our ebook providers, NetLibrary will be moving over to the EBSCOhost platform. Any account information a patron may have had saved in the old NetLibrary platform will be lost and they will need to create a new account in EBSCOhost.

This should not become a large issues as patrons with accounts were suppose to have been notified in the past about the changes, but if a patron is wondering where their account information went you can point them to this Noteworthy blog entry: http://blogs.lib.luc.edu/locl/2011/07/14/netlibrary-changes/


I’m not sure how often this question comes up for everyone, but I had to look at the bindery page today and it looks more informative than the last time I took a look at it. So, if you have not had to look at this page in a while, this might be a good time to review:


You can find the link under Service — more on the Libraries home page.


It seems the beginning French textbook has been in our cupboard quite some time. Does anyone know anything about this? Should it be in lost and found? Thanks, Jeannette

The SciFinder Scholar client on the public workstations and the ref desk workstations is no longer functional as of July 1st. SciFinder Scholar no longer supports this client; all SciFinder access is via the web interface, and a user must establish an individual account to be able to use the database. Instructions for establishing an account are location on a tab on the Chemistry Subject Guide (http://libguides.luc.edu/content.php?pid=5444&sid=200717).  The client will be removed from the public workstations when they are re-imaged in the fall.