Scopus interface changing February 1

Changes are coming to the interface of Scopus that will streamline your workflow by optimizing the interface for core uses.

One important change is that the interface becomes more action driven:  when you select certain results to work with (e.g. for refinement, citation analysis or to export references), the action buttons or links will become “active” & make the experience more intuitive. The results page will be optimized to make it easier to scan your search results.

The Author profile will get a ‘CV-style’ design that will let you more easily scan the main column that includes information such as h-index, documents, &  citations. It will show the 20 most recent documents.  You’ll also be able to see more documents on the free Author profile version that researchers can view without having access to Scopus.

Another important change is that you will now be able to export references directly from Scopus to Mendeley.

For more information on the upcoming changes, click here.

Sage Research Methods database now available

Sage Research Methods  (SRM) database is now available.  It contains over 700 books, encyclopedias, articles, & videos on social science research methods, including the “Little Green Books” series, Qualitative Applications in the Social Sciences, & the “Little Blue Books” series, Qualitative Research Methods.  Because SRM focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used by researchers in a variety of fields.

If you know what method you want to use for your research, you can explore the database either page by page (Content, Authors & Editors, Methodologies, Methods Lists, videos) or by using the Advanced Search page to target your search more precisely.

If you’re unsure of which research method to use, start with the Methods Map, a visualization tool that can help you discover methods organized by a unique research methods taxonomy or relationships between methods & the literature related to them.

Quandl: A new tool for datasets


Quandl is a new way to find & use data on the internet.   Quandl has indexed millions of time-series datasets–all open & free– from over 400 sources. Download a Quandl dataset in any format that you want. Visualize, save, share, authenticate, validate, upload, index, merge, & and transform data.

Here’s an example of data on infanct mortality in Haiti, from the World Bank.


RePORTERTOX subfile replaces CRISP subfile in NLM TOXNET version of TOXLINE

National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXLINE users will notice that their searches no longer include records from the CRISP subfile. The CRISP subfile of toxicology-related research projects has been removed from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET version of TOXLINE and replaced with RePORTERTOX.

TOXLINE now provides access to projects from the NIH RePORTER system (, a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions, maintained by the NIH, and a replacement for CRISP. This TOXLINE subfile name has been changed to RePORTERTOX.

Users can limit their searches to the new grant and project information by selecting RePORTERTOX from the pull-down menu of subfiles on the TOXLINE “Limits” search page.

Screen capture of RePORTERTOX subset selection.

RePORTERTOX records in TOXLINE provide an “Award Type” field which contains the grant type (e.g., R01); the “Document Number” field provides a link to the grant in the full NIH RePORTER database; a new “Link to PubMed” field provides PubMed citations related to the grant.

Screen capture of RePORTERTOX record fields (partial record display).

New dietary supplement label database

From the National Institutes of Health:

Researchers, health care providers, and consumers can now investigate the ingredients listed on the labels of about 18,000 (and growing) dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) is available free of charge. It is hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is the result of collaboration between the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with input from federal stakeholders.

Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

Hundreds of new dietary supplements are added to the marketplace each year; others are removed. Product formulations are frequently adjusted, as is information on labels. The DSLD provides product information that can be searched and organized as you need.

For more information, click this link:

Free SciFinder workshops

The University Library is hosting two workshops on searching SciFinder on March 20. Peter Blasi, an application specialist from Chemical Abstract Services (CAS), will be the instructor. Please register for the session(s) you’d like to attend via the links below.  If you do not have a user account in SciFinder, please follow the links on the SciFinder research guide to create an account before coming to the sessions.

Finding Polymer Information in SciFinder  ( Register here)
Time: Wednesday, 3/20, 10am-11:30am
Location: Windows Training Room #3, 3336 Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard, North Campus (Map)

Description: SciFinder is a discovery tool provided by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) for chemical structure & reaction and cited-reference searches. CAS registers most polymers as multicomponent substances composed of one or more monomers. This session will focus on finding substance records for polymers by chemical name, CAS Registry Number, Molecular Formula, Chemical Structure, and Exploring References.

Advanced Search Skills for Finding Organic and Inorganic Substance Information in SciFinder (Register here)
Time: Wednesday, 3/20, 1pm-2:30pm
Location: 4041 Shapiro Library, 919 South University, Central Campus (Map)
Description: SciFinder is a discovery tool provided by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) for chemical structure & reaction and cited-reference searches. This session will cover all of the molecular structure searching features for organic and inorganic chemists. We will focus on the different types of structure searches available in SciFinder, retrieving reaction information, searching for organometallic substances, and searching for tabular inorganic substance (alloys).

REMM updated

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), has released a major new versions of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management web site and Mobile REMMapp. Important changes are listed below.

What’s new on Mobile REMM, December 2012?

  • Interactive tool for radiation unit conversions, e.g. curie to becquerel, rad to gray
  • Updates to Emergency Contacts


WebEase – Online epilepsy self managment tool

From the CDC’s Prevention Research Center Update:

Emory University Prevention Research Center (PRC) researcher Colleen DiIorio, PhD, has retired happy.

She had delayed her retirement as a professor at Emory University in Atlanta so she could help finalize the launch of WebEaseExternal Web Site Icon© (Web Epilepsy, Awareness, Support and Education), an epilepsy self-management program that she and Emory PRC colleagues developed under funding from CDC’s Epilepsy Program. It’s the first-ever evidence-based online program for epilepsy self-management.

“WebEase is special because it’s going to have a life after me,” Dr. DiIorio said at a gathering in June 2012 to celebrate both her retirement and the launch of WebEase. That “life” is courtesy of the Epilepsy Foundation, which licensed WebEase and placed it on the foundation website, ensuring that people with epilepsy will have easy and free access.

Read the complete story here.

Cochrane/EBM Reviews transitioning to new interface

Beginning October 22, the Cochrane/EBM Reviews, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, will transition from Ovid (UM-MEDSEARCH) to the Wiley interface.  The same Cochrane resources will be available from Wiley, the provider of the full Cochrane Library content. The change will be completed by November 1.

To access the Cochrane resources through Wiley follow this link:

How will this change affect you?

  • Access—no limit on the number of simultaneous users; eliminates the frustration of attempting to login only to be turned away.
  • Navigation—more user-friendly, easy to navigate search interface; browse or search across all databases or one at a time; utilize MeSH (subject heading search).
  • Customization—create a personal account to set up email alerts and save searches.
  • Currency—no delay in finding the latest systematic reviews or reviews of effects.


  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
  • Health Technology Assessment Database
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database

Available elsewhere