News from Science and Technology - Reference & Instruction

Feb 14, 2007

BIOSIS Previews and Zoological Record databases have moved to new interfaces with an unlimited number of simultaneous users. A significant number of researchers were experiencing turnaways due to too many users already in the system and that situation will no longer occur. Both of these new interfaces also tend to have a larger number of direct links to full-text articles. BIOSIS Previews covers virtually every life science discipline: agriculture, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, ecology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, public health, and toxicology. Zoological Record is the most comprehensive and authoritative record of animal science research literature.

Patent Information Guide- For many years, the Parks Library has had a Patent & Trademark Guide available in the handout rack. This guide has just undergone a major overhaul, and is now available on the web. There have been a lot of changes in recent years to how researchers go about searching for, and locating, patents. The new Patent Information guide includes basic information related to Iowa patents, tips for searching for U.S. and foreign patents, as well as a link to the ISU office that deals with patents.

Web of Knowledge has recently added links to full-text articles from over 2,000 additional journals and made several software changes to enhance author searching.Author Finder is a quick four-step process that helps you find papers published by an author - by limiting searches to authors at a particular institution or who write in a particular discipline. Notice this does not impact cited author searching - it only affects regular author searching. Also, starting in June of 2006, Web of Science began showing full author names (instead of just initials) for all records that contain them, making it simple to determine whether "J. Smith" is John, James or Jane. All of the recent changes are designed to make it much easier to search for authors with fairly common names. For assistance with searching the Web of Knowledge family of databases, contact one of our librarians directly or using one of the methods on our Ask a Librarian page.

Endnote Web is now available on the Web of Knowledge. This is not the full version of Endnote, but it does have similar features that allow researchers to download citations to their computer and manipulate them more effectively without a lot of cut-and-paste. One major advantage to EndNote Web is the ability to share libraries or citations with colleagues, workgroups, or co-authors. For more details on the differences between Endnote Web and regular Endnote, see:

The Parks Library is now putting more time, effort, and people skills into Endnote support. So, if you are having problems getting Endnote to work properly with library databases or just need some basic help getting acquainted with using Endnote or would like to set-up individual or group training, contact Steve McMinn (152 Parks Lib) at or (515) 294-4789.