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Funding Opportunities Database trial from Drexel University Libraries

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).

Input to Implementation: Making Online Databases Easier to Find

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.

ClinicalKey: New Tool Replacing MDConsult

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.

Research Skills & Database Searching Workshop

Working on a research project? Thinking about a project? This workshop will help you get started and thinking effectively about your information searching and organization.

Thursday, November 3
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
W. W. Hagerty Library - Room L33

Advance sign up is requested – just email & tell us your name, major and email.

See you there -

Science Direct Issues

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 Makeover

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.

MEDLINE now available through ISI Web of Knowledge

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

OCLC removes vendor content from Firstsearch

In addition to the announcement of Ebsco Publishing's acquisition of Netlibrary, OCLC has also announced

"an important change to our FirstSearch content services. OCLC is transitioning out of our role as reseller of vendor-owned content.

Vault Career Insider

Vault Online Career Library has changed its name and its look, and is now:

Vault Career Insider<

New Resource!: Epocrates

Health Sciences now subscribes to the database Epocrates.

Epocrates is designed to provide clinical information at the point of care.  The database contains practical, peer-reviewed content with a unique patient

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