Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Welcome Back!!

The Library Staff of Alcuin and Clemens Libraries would like to welcome all students back for a exciting year! Both libraries provide the same exceptional service to all students. Whether you are searching the online catalog for a book, or one of our many databases for a journal or magazine article, a librarian or other staff member can help provide you with the knowledge and tools to successfully complete your project.

Need help? Ask a Librarian! A librarian came be reached by any of the following ways:

· Instant Messenger (IM) Us! - Our screen name is: csbsjulibraryref
· Phone Us! - 363-5610 (CSB) or 363-2125 (SJU)
· E-Mail Us! – Send us an e-mail at csbsjulibraryref@hotmail.com
· Stop by to see Us! - Come to the library and stop by to ask us a question or to say “Hi!”

Also, feel free to post comments on our Blog about websites of interest, books you would like to see us order, or comment on the several new databases that we have gotten.

Again, on behalf of the Library Staff of Alcuin and Clemens Libraries Welcome Back! And best of luck in the upcoming school year!


-sg

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

RefWorks Plug-in - Updated

RefWorks recently released a new version of their Write-N-Cite plug-in. Here's the description of what the update brings. You can pick up the new version at:

http://www.refworks.com/RWSingle/WNCDownload.asp

--DW

Write-N-Cite for Windows (Version 2.0)

Write-N-Cite for Windows (Version 2.0) allows you to preview and modify in-text citations or footnotes while using Write-N-Cite. After you insert citation placeholders into your document using Write-N-Cite, you have access to a citation editor that allows you to preview your reference in an output style of your choice. In addition, you can modify the way your citation will appear in-text or in a footnote by:

* Suppressing (hiding) the entire citation
* Suppressing (hiding) the author
* Suppressing (hiding) the year
* Adding text before the in-text citation
* Adding text after the in-text citation
* Adding a specific page number (overriding the page number in your RefWorks record). This feature only works if the output style you plan to use has page numbers in the in-text citation or footnote.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

ARTstor Image Viewer 2.0

The following announcement came in from the folks at ARTstor:

The latest release of the ARTstor Offline Image Viewer (version 2.0) contains additional features and enhanced functionality that were not available in previous versions of the software. Many of the new features are a direct result of user feedback and recommendations.

In addition to all of the functionality of previous versions, the new release of the Offline Image Viewer will include the following new features:

  • Blank "slides" can now be created for each screen of a presentation;
  • ARTstor images and local images can be pasted into the slides;
  • Customized text can now be included along with images when presenting;
  • Multiple images and text fields can be accommodated on a single slide;
  • Zoomed-in portions of an image can be saved for display on a slide;
  • The background color behind the images and text, as well as the entire slide, can be customized;
  • A smaller, presentation-only file can be exported without requiring the full-size image files;
  • Presentations can be exported in a format compatible with the previous version of the Offline Image Viewer;
  • Connections to ARTstor for authentication and for downloading Image Groups can be accommodated through certain proxy servers;
  • Users can choose where the image file cache will reside on their machine;
  • Users can choose the maximum amount of memory the application will be permitted to use on their computer.
To download your new copy, click on the "Search and Browse for Images" link on the ARTstor home page and enter the Digital Library. In order to access the software, you will need to log on to your ARTstor user account first. Once logged on, click on the "Tools" toolbar button and select the option for "Offline Image Viewer Download". You will be prompted to accept the "Terms and Conditions of Use" before downloading the software. Click on the "Accept" button to proceed.

You'll see a new window in which all currently available versions of the OIV will be listed. The recommended version for your workstation will be pre-selected for you. To download the previous version of the OIV or the format for another operating system, click on the appropriate radio button. Click on the "Submit" button to begin your download. A pop-up window will appear prompting you to choose between opening and saving the new file. Click on the "Save" button and select a location on your computer to which you would like to save the file. The default location is your desktop. The file is about 40 MB large, so the download can take some time on slower internet connections.

Once the software is downloaded to your computer (the title of the file is OIV_2.0_Win_Install.exe), double-click on the program icon to open the installation file. The installation is seven steps long and in most cases, you can leave the default installation settings. The Offline Viewer is then available for use from that computer and you do not need to download it again the next time you want to use the program. Depending on the settings that you chose during the installation process, you can now access the Offline Image Viewer through your "Programs" menu, or by double-clicking on the shortcut icon on your desktop.

ARTstor User Services is offering daily online training sessions on this upgrade. To view a list of scheduled training sessions, click on the "Upcoming" tab on this webpage. For additional instructions on how to register and attend an online session, view this page in the "Using ARTstor" section of our website.

We expect to release the Mac version of OIV 2.0 during the week of August 29th. Enjoy and don't hesitate to contact us with questions at userservices@artstor.org or 888-278-0079.

Friday, August 12, 2005

news@nature.com

news@nature is a science news service now available to the CSB/SJU community via an institutional subscription.

For the rss savvy, there are also 7 different news@nature feeds to choose from. These rss feeds can be incorporated into rss aggregators or put in Firefox "Live Bookmarks" among various other possibilities.

news@nature complements our access to Nature and Science (which also has a news summaries rss feed).

--DW

Friday, August 05, 2005

MnLINK Gateway

For those of you who haven't had the joy of using the MnLINK Gateway, go ahead and give it a try - it's listed on our Databases A-Z page:

http://library.csbsju.edu/page.phtml?page_id=21

In order to get the "ELM" databases, these are the databases that the legislature funds MINITEX to purchase, you need to log into the server.

You can do that with the following:

username: this is your barcode, on the back of your ID card
password: this is typically your last name, in ALL CAPS [this is the critical part to remember]

Now, you may ask yourself, "why would I search Academic Search Premier on this MnLINK gateway when I can search the native interface?" To this I would respond with another question, which is, "Would you like to do a search across all databases from a single interface?" If so, then this may be the thing for you.

--DW