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What's Happening? The Libraries' Articles & More discovery tool will get a new look, new features, and enhanced usability.

When? During the week of June 16th.

Articles & More? What's that? Accessible from the home pages of the Libraries' Main and Health Sciences web sites, the Articles & More search is a broad, multidisciplinary tool that searches in-depth across the Libraries' print and electronic collections to find journal articles, newspaper articles, books, and dissertations. Articles & More is an implementation of the Summon Search Service which is being upgraded to version 2.0. 

What Will It Mean? Increased readability through a simpler layout that reduces visual clutter and improved search with features that enhance results and provide new ways to explore resources.

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Design Improvement Highlights

  • Easier Scanning: The Summon tool now expands to the full width of your browser window, which when combined with a cleaner design and minimized text makes it easier to navigate and scan results for the right resource.
  • Facet and Filter Improvements: The options for limiting searches by criteria such as peer-review status, content type, date, have been made easier to read and the popular discipline facet has been moved higher on the page while lower use facets have been minimized.

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  • Additional Information About Resources: To learn more about a search result while scanning the page simply hover over it with your mouse to see more information and options for citing, emailing, requesting, or reading the item online. 

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  • No More Pagination: Rather than having to click through pages of results to find the right item, search results will scroll infinitely, a feature familiar to Facebook users. 

Search Improvement Highlights

  • Content Spotlighting: To make scholarly materials easier to identify and interact with, search results for content types such as newspaper articles and images will be grouped separately from journal and book content. 

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  • Enhanced Search Queries: When search terms match predetermined topics, search queries will be expanded based on those synonyms to provide a fuller set of results. As an example, a search on "heart attack" will also bring back results for "myocardial infarction."

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  • Topic Exploration: The right hand column in search results includes additional information to aid with your search. Search topics that match entries in authoritative sources like Credo Reference and Encyclopedia Britannica will generate a summary of the topic. Additionally, a list of related topics will be generated that can be used to refactor a search. 

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Features To Come

The Libraries' will be replacing its current Research Guides later in the summer. When we do we will be able to expose content from Research and Subject Guides in Summon. Guides will show up in search results, and the topic area on the right will include suggested librarians based on subject area as well as recommended research guides. 

Try it Out for Yourself! 

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It's been a long, hard winter so far, and according to Punxatawney Phil, we still have at least a month to go. The University has been forced to close more often for bad weather this year than any of us can remember. With our short terms, we know that even though classes might have been cancelled, work still needs to go on. So how can the Drexel Libraries help you get your work done when the weather is bad?

  • Remember that a large part of our collections -- books, journals, reserve readings -- are online now, not in print. They're available to you through our website no matter where you are, as long as you have Internet access.
  • Need help? We've kept our chat reference service up and running through the worst of the storms. We're happy to steer you through those difficult searches and tricky citation questions.
  • And we're never completely closed -- the 24-hour spaces at Hahnemann and Queen Lane are open as long as the buildings are (Hahnemann is not likely to close, since the adjacent hospital will always be open). And thanks to the valiant efforts of staff who live within easy commuting distance, Hagerty Library has maintained at least partial hours even when the University has closed.

Hang in there -- the Philadelphia Flower Show starts in two weeks, so Spring can't be too far behind!



As we approach the end of the Fall term, the Hahnemann and Queen Lane Libraries will be reducing hours and closing for the University break.

Happy snowman!At Hahnemann Library:

  • Saturday, 12/21 and Sunday, 12/22  Noon to 6:00 pm
  • Monday, 12/23  7:45 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 12/24 through Wednesday, 1/1  CLOSED!*
  • Thursday, 1/2 and Friday, 1/3  7:45 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 1/4 and Sunday, 1/5  Noon to 6:00 pm
  • Monday, 1/6  Back to regular hours (7:45 to 11:00 pm)

* The 24-hour study area will remain open as always during the holiday break.

At Queen Lane:

  • Friday, 12/20 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, 12/21 and Sunday, 12/22  CLOSED**
  • Monday, 12/23  9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 12/24 through Wednesday, 1/1  CLOSED!**
  • Thursday, 1/2 and Friday, 1/3  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 1/4  11:0 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, 1/5  Noon to 6:00 pm
  • Monday, 1/6  Back to regular hours!

**The building security desk will be staffed throughout the holidays and holiday week, so the study spaces/computers at the Queen Lane Library will remain available while the Library itself is closed.

In keeping with President Fry's declaration that the University will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 27th, Hahnemann and Queen Lane Libraries will also close at Noon today.

Hahnemann Library hours for the Thanksgiving holiday will be as follows:

  • Wednesday, 11/27 - 7:45 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, 11/28 - CLOSED
  • Friday, 11/29 - CLOSED
  • Saturday, 11/30 and Sunday, 12/1 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Queen Lane Library hours will be:

  • Wednesday, 11/27 - 8:00 am to midnight
  • Thursday, 11/28 - CLOSED
  • Friday, 11/29 - Noon to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 11/30  - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, 12/1 - Noon to midnight

Today the National Library of Medicine has launched a pilot version of PubMed Commons, a system that will allow commenting on abstracts in the PubMed database.  According to the PubMed Commons site:

"PubMed Commons is a system that enables researchers to share their opinions about scientific publications. Researchers can comment on any publication indexed by PubMed, and read the comments of others. PubMed Commons is a forum for open and constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. It will thrive with high quality interchange from the scientific community. PubMed Commons is currently in a closed pilot testing phase, which means that only invited participants can add and view comments in PubMed."

Initial authors eligible to participate are those on lists compiled from, NIH extramural and intramural programs, and Wellcome Trust. These participants may invite additional authors to participate, however -- at least through the pilot phase -- participation is limited to authors of PubMed indexed articles. A filter will allow limiting search results to abstracts with comments, and it will be possible to create links from comments to other abstracts (using PubMed ID numbers) or to external sources.

For more information about PubMed Commons, see  There is also a discussion of the implications for scientific communication on today's post on Retraction Watch.

Tenet Hospital's operations departments have announced that electrical power will be shut down in the New College Building at 10:00 pm on Wednesday Oct. 16th to facilitate systems repairs.  Because of the power outage, Hahnemann Library -- including the 24-hour study space -- will close at 9:30 pm and both will remain closed until 7:45 am on Thursday, Oct. 17th. If repairs cannot be completed Wednesday night, the power will be shut down again on Thursday night, and the Library and 24-hour study space will be closed at 9:30 pm again.

The Queen Lane Library and Hagerty Library will both remain open for their regular operating hours, including their 24-hour study spaces.

According to the NCBI website "PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on this website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period." 

Many other government websites, including the Center for Disease Control, National Science Foundation and NIH are carrying statements to the effect that they are not being updated and that transactions may not be processed.  Other websites including, appear to be completely shut down. ERIC, the education research service, is not available at, but the Libraries' access via EbscoHost is still functional.

A newer version of ARES (the library's course reserves system) will be installed on Wednesday, September 4th. While the installation is in progress, there will be no access to library electronic course reserves. Students will be unable to access course reserves and instructors will be unable to place course reserves requests. This outage will start at 9 AM and should take no longer than 2 hours.

The Libraries was recently made aware of HVAC [heating, ventilation, and air conditioning] repair work happening to the duct work in the New College Building that will effect Hahnemann Library. Patrons may experience variations in temperature or noise as this work is done. We apologize in advance for the effect that this work will have on the library spaces. So far, the lower level computer lab seems to be the area most drastically effected, due to the additional heat generated by the computers.

Laptops are available for loan from the Circulation Desk on the second floor of the library and W. W. Hagety Library is available for students who are interested in relocating to an alternate location during this work. 

We have not yet been notified of an end date for this work, but will post updates to our blog, twitter and facebook pages as we are made aware of them.

 - Libraries Administration

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