Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Web of Knowledge new features

In early February there will be new features and enhancements to the ISI Web of Knowledge e-resource.

ISI Web of Knowledge
  • Log queries to Search History.
    – Including "Search within results", Refine and Analyze.
  • Funding acknowledgements:
    – Captured since August 2008.
    – Searchable and exportable.
    – 3 fields: Grant Agency, Grant #, Funding Acknowledgements.
  • CAB Global Health.
ISI Web of Knowledge Additional New features
  • Scientific WebPlus
    – Now uses the Thomson Reuters default login system, so that the ISI Web of Knowledge login credentials can be used.
  • Shibboleth compliance update:
    – to comply with regulations regarding a single sign in.
  • Distinct Author Identification System – Web of Science:
    – All author clusters have been updated.
For a preview of these changes and additions please see the Thomson Reuters presentation at:

Wednesday, 21 January 2009


Nature Education has launched a free, online educational resource for undergraduate biology students and educators. Currently focussed on genetics, Scitable combines scientific information with social media functionality.
Scitable provides students with free online access to more than 180 overviews of key genetics concepts. The overviews are evidence-based and have been vetted by Nature Publishing Group staff. By connecting with other Scitable users via groups, chat functionality and other social media features, students can collaborate online with classmates, or with a wider community of experts, researchers and fellow students.
Scitable is also intended as a teaching tool. Educators can set up public or private groups for their students, providing reading lists, course-packs of Scitable articles and group discussions. Scitable is flexible and can be incorporated into courseware services such as Blackboard.
Scitable currently contains content in the field of genetics, specifically: chromosomes and cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, gene expression and regulation, gene inheritance and transmission, genes and disease, genetics and society, genomics, nucleic acid structure and function, and population and quantitative genetics. Nature Education plan to expand the service to other subject areas in future. More information can be found at:

Monday, 19 January 2009


ticTocs is a new scholarly journal of tables of contents (TOCs) service. It's free and easy to use, and it provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers. It helps scholars, researchers, academics and anyone else keep up-to-date with what's being published in the most recent issues of journals on almost any subject.

Using ticTOCs, you can find journals of interest by title, subject or publisher, view the latest TOC, link through to the full text of over 250,000 articles (where institutional or personal subscriptions, or Open Access, allow), and save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can view future TOCs (free registration is required if you want to permanently save your MyTOCs). ticTOCs also makes it easy to export selected TOC RSS feeds to popular feedreaders such as Google Reader and Bloglines.