Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Product: Scopus (Elsevier)

Scopus is Elsevier's uber-indexing tool, covering science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and a smattering of other general topics.

It also has citation tracking, much like Web of Science and Google Scholar

It will soon be on our Research Databases list, but in the meantime, access it via:http://ezproxy.lib.ucalgary.ca:2048/login?url=http://www.scopus.com

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ScienceDirect (Elsevier) Unavailable Morning of Sat., Feb. 24

A message from Elsevier. (06:00 AM EST is 04:00 AM Calgary time):

ScienceDirect will be unavailable on Saturday, February 24th for approximately 9 hours starting at 06:00 AM EST (11:00 GMT). During this time engineers will be implementing a large-scale rebuilding program on some of core aspects of the platform's underlying technologies, which will help ensure that the system continues to provide a high level of reliability in the coming years.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this will cause to ScienceDirect users, which we hope we can minimise by providing this advance notice. Users who log in will see a notice saying that the system is temporarily unavailable.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Two New Research Databases - Environment Index & Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index

The Library has subscribed to 2 new indexes relevant to EVDS. Environment Index includes urban planning, law and policy and Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index, despite its name, has relevant information on ecology and conservation.
Both databases should appear in the Libary's Research Databases list soon-ish, and I will rank them in the EVDS Research Databases Lists.

Environment Index

Formerly known as Environmental Knowledgebase OnLine (created by the International Academy at Santa Barbara) and Environmental Issues and Policy Index, Environment Index offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
Environment Index contains more than 1,590,000 records from 1,500 domestic and international titles going back to the 1950s (including 960 active core titles) as well as 100 monographs. Environment Index also features an in-depth thesaurus, and author profiles will be provided for 3,000 authors in the discipline.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index is the premier resource for access to articles about gardens and plants. Topics include horticulture, botany, garden and landscape design & history, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. A highlight of the database is its focus on environmentally sustainable horticultural and design practices. This index and abstract product is designed for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students of horticulture and of garden and landscape design & history. Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index covers a wide range of serial titles including general gardening titles of national, international, and regional interest, and titles devoted to specialty gardens and plant groups. Indexed and abstracted are more than 300 core titles, the majority of which are published in English.
Coverage for many titles extends back further than a decade. Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index is a unique resource that brings together articles about plants and gardens into a single source, and it includes titles that are not available in any other index.

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