For a number of years Drexel University Libraries has licensed the COS Funding Opportunities database for campus-wide use. For the month of March we will be testing out a competing database product from InfoEd called SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network).
The Libraries’ Counting Opinions survey provides staff with feedback, directly from users, on how experiences with the Libraries can be improved. 'Accessing an online database provided by the Libraries," is one priority area respondents to the survey identified as an opportunity for improvement. Staff considered various starting points, number of steps involved and possible errors users may experience to see where people were having the most trouble. While considering the relevant data, staff was surprised to uncover that many users were having trouble simply locating databases on the Libraries’ website and were typing the name of their desired database into one of the search boxes presented on the home page. The usability study showed that 60% of users who visit our website were seeking databases or journal articles and that the Quicklinks list of databases was one of the two most-visited spots on our website.
Exciting News from the Library's Health Sciences blog!
The Libraries have subscribed to Elsevier’s ClinicalKey online service, which replaces the electronic content that was formerly offered through MDConsult. It offers a more robust (yet simple) searching interface and access to thousands more books and journals, as well as other sources, as noted in the following list.
If you're trying to use ScienceDirect, you may be experiencing some problems. We're aware of the issues and we're working to resolve them.
Medline, PsychInfo, and a few of the library's other databases available via Ovid have gotten a face lift. If you're a regular user of these databases, don't get worried; the tools are basically the same as they've always been.
Need help navigating it all? Whether your an ace or a rookie, we want to help you get the most our of our databases.
We now have access to MEDLINE through ISI Web of Knowledge, in addition to our access via OVID and Pubmed. This access is a free add-on to our existing Web of Knowledge subscription. Check it out, and compare the interface and searching to Ovid and