Year in review: Last year in library resources

Here, in no particular order, are some of the most significant new science-related resources acquired by the Libraries in the past year. Follow the links and try them out!


LibX allows you to search the York University Libraries catalogue from a toolbar in your web browser, without having to leave whatever web page you’re viewing. This is most handy for copying titles, authors, and ISBNs from a web page and pasting them straight into the LibX bar in the browser, saving you the trouble of opening a new tab or window and navigating to the Libraries’ home page. Here also is a PowerPoint presentation showing how to install LibX and use it to search Google Books and Amazon.

Guide to Cited Reference Searching in Web of Science

Have you ever found a journal article and wondered how many other articles cited it in their references? Check out this guide to find out how to use Web of Science‘s cited reference search feature.

See also this chart comparing Web of Science to Scopus to Google Scholar.

Guide to Scopus search alerts using RSS

Have you ever conducted the same search over and over and over and over and over because you wanted to stay up-to-date with the latest publications on a certain subject? Check out this guide to find out how to set up alerts for your Scopus searches. You can set up as many searches as you want, and use any RSS feed reader to see at-a-glance which ones have new hits.

Research Performance Measurement: Introducing the Scopus h-index

Another feature of Scopus is the h-index, a measure of the impact and quality of a researcher’s output. How do you find the h-index? Watch this video.

Books 24×7

Here are collections of electronic books about, for example, Information Technology and Engineering, broken down into sub-topics, including book covers and linked tables of contents. [To access different subjects, click on the link and then change the “View by:” drop-down box on the right side to your choice of subject.]

Nature backfiles to 1869

The journal Nature is now available in full-text electronic form all the way back to its first issue from 1869.

Nanoscience Journals

The Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (full-text from 2008 onward) and the Journal of Bionanoscience (full-text from 2007 onward) are now available. You might say this is BIG news…! (That was a science joke.)

SciFinder on the Web

SciFinder Scholar is now available via the Web, so there is no longer any need to download and install client software on your computer. Here are instructions on how to register to access the Web version.

Resources that are out of this world!

York now has access to the 200 most recent International Astronomical Union Circulars (IAUCs), which are used to announce and disseminate astronomical phenomena.

Biological Abstracts via Web of Knowledge

Finally, the database Biological Abstracts is now available through the Web of Knowledge interface. Same content, different look.


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