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09-Apr-2014 Newsletter article

Best Research Articles in Biology and Medicine!

The Faculty of 1000 (or F1000) began in 2002 and was originally two separate products – F1000 Biology and F1000 Medicine.  These have merged into F1000Prime which the University Library has recently purchased.

The main feature of F1000Prime is the identification and assessment of the “best” research articles, by leading scientists and clinicians, in biology and medicine. F1000Prime provides researchers with personalized literature and alerting service. The site contains several freely accessible resources:  F1000Prime Reports, F1000Research, and F1000Posters. The Reports are peer-reviewed, unique reports “to provide context on emerging themes in biology and medicine.”  F1000Research is an “Open Science journal: rapid, open, post-publication peer-reviewed research, with underlying datasets.”  F1000Posters is a free repository for conference posters and slide presentations. 

F1000Prime was conceived as a collaboration of 1,000 international faculty members. The name stuck even though the service continues to grow and the faculty now number more than 5,000 experts worldwide. Click on the link and bookmark it to enable off-campus access from wherever you want, or access it from the Library’s Article Indexes and Databases pages (and then click on F to locate it in the list of resources).

Feel free to take a quick tour of F1000Prime.

Need Engineering Equations? Check out Knovel!

On April 1, 2014, the Knovel e-Book Collection introduced a new feature, Interactive Equations, and made some changes in books covered. The new Interactive Equations Function provides more than 150 equations for chemistry, mechanics, and metallurgy. Find Interactive Equations under the Tools menu in the Knovel e-Book Collection.  In other Knovel news, Wiley is pulling all e-books out of Knovel and in response, Knovel has added alternative e-books to cover subject areas the 374 Wiley e-books had previously. Regular users seeking content from the Knovel collection and encountering problems or have questions about using the Knovel e-Book Collection, email Heather Lewin or call 294-1004.

University Library Continues TAIR Access

The University Library has purchased a subscription to The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR), a necessary resource for scientists utilizing the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana in research. TAIR was originally funded by an NSF grant but has switched to a subscription model in order to keep the database sustainable. The database includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. 

This resource is only available on campus; however, the library is in the process of making it available for ISU users off-campus.

Field Guides for Field Work

The weather is warming up and the season for field work and field trips is fast approaching! The University Library has a large collection of field guides, handbooks, trip guides, and manuals to assist with trip planning and specimen identification. While most of the collection is still in paper a few titles are available as e-books for on-the-go access.

The following list included some of the newer titles added or, soon to be incorporated into the collection:

Birds [more bird guides]

  • Birds of New Zealand: a photographic guide. Paul Scofield & Brent Stephenson QL693.5 S37x 2013
  • The warbler guide. Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle. QL696 P2438 S73 2013

Insects and Spiders [Find more insect and spider guides]

  • Field guide to the spiders of California and the Pacific Coast states. R.J. Adams. QL458.41 U6 A33 2014
  • Handbook of Agricultural Entomology.  H. F. van Emden. Online

Geology [more geology field guides]

  • Geologic excursions from Fresno, California, and the Central Valley: a tour of California's iconic geology.  Keith Putirka (ed.). QE89 G45 2013
  • Archean to anthropocene: field guides to the geology of the mid-continent of North America James D. Miller ... [et al.]. QE71 A73 2011

Plants [more plant guides]

  • A manual for the identification of plant seeds and fruits. R.T.J. Cappers & R.M. Bekker. QK660 C36 2013
  • Field Manual of Michigan Flora. Edward Groesbeck Voss. QK167 .V67 2012 and Online

Mushrooms & Fungi [more mushrooms & fungi guides]

  • Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America. R. Davis. Online
  • Chanterelle dreams, amanita nightmares: the love, lore, and mystique of mushrooms. Greg A. Marley. QK617 M397 2010

Reptiles and Amphibians [more reptile and amphibian guides]

  • New Mexico's reptiles & amphibians: a field guide. R.D. Bartlett & Patricia P. Bartlett. QL653 N6 B37 2013
  • Reptiles and amphibians of the Pacific Islands: a comprehensive guide. George R. Zug. QL664 A1 Z84 2013

Iowa & the Midwest [more guides on Iowa and the Midwest]

  • Forest and shade trees of Iowa. Peter J. van der Linden and Donald R. Farrar. QK160 V36 2011
  • Vascular flora of Illinois: a field guide. Robert H. Mohlenbrock. QK157 M646 2013

By location or habitat:

  • Field guide to urban wildlife. Julie Feinstein.QH541.5 C6 F45 2011
  • Wildlife of Australia. Iain Campbell and Sam Woods. QL606.58 A8 C36 2013
  • Reef life: a guide to tropical marine life. Brandon Cole. QL125 C65x 2013

Are we missing something? Please contact your subject librarian or suggest a purchase.

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