Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DISCOVER tip: Known item searching

Sometimes you know the title of the article you want but know little (or nothing) about which journal it was published in, and what volume, issue, page number or year. Yet the library's tools for finding a journal (or journal article) require you to know this extra information.

What do you do? Try DISCOVER!

Since we launched DISCOVER, a couple of key changes have been made which make it much better for this sort of known item searching:

1. It no longer has problems with words like 'an' and 'de' so you can easily just paste an article title into the search box. (It used to assume your were trying to do an advanced search using 'field codes' to tell it which price fields you wanted to search in - the accession number for 'an' and the descriptors for 'de')

2. The search box now lets you specify whether you want to do a keyword search (which used to be the only option), or a title search or an author search.

So here's how to find the article "Explaining development and change in organizations":

1. Go to the main DISCOVER search page at:

2. Search for "Explaining development and change in organizations" (putting in the quotes), and limit your search to Title

3. The
result is a single hit with a link to the PDF in EBSCO, and a find it @ liverpool link which will offer you the same article from JSTOR - and some recommendations of similar articles from the bX recommender service.

Note that:

1. The DISCOVER search boxes embedded in our web pages don't yet have the Keyword / Title / Author options (but they will do soon).

2. Sometimes you will get more than one hit (and sometimes there will be duplicate records for the same item but in the future these should all be combined into a single master record).

3. If you draw a blank, try using the same technique in a database like Scopus or Web of Knowledge, or the ones recommended in our LibGuide for your subject.

Friday, December 17, 2010

DISCOVER: 22 more databases included

We have now added 22 more databases to DISCOVER. The results from these databases all appear in the 'more results' area over on the right of the screen.

We recommend you look at these results from one source at a time. To do so, just click on the name of the resource (e.g. JSTOR) and the screen will refresh to show you the results from that source.

Each record has a 'retrieve item' link:

Click on this link to go out to this item in the database:

The additional 22 databases that have been added are:

Digital Library
ARTbibliographies Modern
ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts
The Cochrane Library
Conference Papers Index
Credo Reference
ECCO: Eighteenth Century Collections Online
The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2006
EEBO: Early English Books Online
IEEE Xplore
Literature Online
NDTLD: Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
Oxford Reference Online
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Full-Text
SPIE Digital Library
The Times Digital Archive

These all appear in our main DISCOVER search and will be added to our subject-focused searches soon.

They are offered in addition to the 16 databases that were already included in the 'more results' area:

ISI Web of Knowledge
ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
BHI: British Humanities Index
Biological Sciences
BIOSIS Previews
CSA High Technology Research Database with Aerospace
DAAI: Design and Applied Arts Index
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
Oceanic Abstracts
Oxford Music Online
The New York Times Archive
Social Services Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Partnership with OUP for Oxford Bibliographies Online

The Library is delighted to announce it has entered into a one year partnership with Oxford University Press to help shape development of its exciting new resource Oxford Bibliographies Online.

The Library will offer staff and students at the University the opportunity to feed into the evolution of this resource through focus groups and questionnaires. In return for our help in developing the resource, Oxford University Press will grant us perpetual access to one of the subject bibliographies within the trial, regardless of whether we then choose to subscribe to the resource as a whole.

In the publisher’s words, “Oxford Bibliographies Online helps researchers and students find reliable sources of information to aid their research from within the enormous amount of print and online material available to them.

You can:
• Read a narrative guide to a subject area to get an overview of the subject before beginning detailed research
• Use the bibliography and supporting text provided to conduct more detailed research
• Get an overview of the best scholarship available whether it be a book, chapter, journal, website, or database from both subscription and free resources
• Use a resource that is editorially monitored by an Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board made up of leading academics in the field from around the world to aid your study
• Keep up-to-date with the latest scholarship in your field as the site expands to reflect newly available material”

Bibliographies in the following subjects are already available, with more to come through the year:
• Atlantic History
• Classics
• Criminology
• Islamic Studies
• Philosophy
• Renaissance and Reformation
• Social Work

You can access Oxford Bibliographies Online through the
library catalogue or through LibGuides. Off-campus access is provided through EZproxy as usual.

If you wish to be involved, and/or want more information about Oxford Bibliographies Online, please contact
Martin Wolf.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Accessing HighWire articles in journals we don't subscribe to

HighWire Press host journals from SAGE, Oxford University Press, and a large number of society publishers, mainly in Medicine and the Biosciences (e.g. BMJ and PNAS).

A very handy feature of HighWire Press journals is that HighWire articles cited by another HighWire article are free!

For example, if you want to access the full-text of this article in Science Translational Medicine:

it seems that you can't because we don't subscribe to that journal.

Below the abstract it shows that it has been cited by an article in Cancer Research:

We subscribe to Cancer Research, and both Cancer Research and Science Translational Medicine are hosted by HighWire Press so that means we can access the Science Translational Medicine article, as long as we do so via the Cancer Research article!

So go to: and then click on the Full Text link (not Full Text PDF) to get to

You need to be on-campus or using Apps Anywhere to get access – the next step won’t work if your URL includes because we haven’t configured EZproxy to work with Science Translational Medicine.

Scroll down to the references and you see the article you want is number 27 and has a free full text link. Follow that link and you will be able to access the Science Translational Medicine article because you have been referred to it from Cancer Research. (Actually, if you have come via EZproxy then right-click on the FREE Full Text link, copy the shortcut, paste it into your browser's location bar and then delete the bit of the URL before you hit Return).

For a full list of HighWire Press journals, see

Sunday, December 05, 2010

OED Online relaunched

The Oxford English Dictionary has been relaunched. If you have bookmarked the OED Online, please update your bookmark to (The old site will continue to be available until the end of March 2011 at

The site has been made easier to use, with many new features:

Search results have changed from simple lists to visualizations/timelines, and you can start with a broad search and use filters to narrow your results.

There are now pages about the OED's most cited authors and texts, with links to the DNB, and an 'Aspects of English' section with descriptive articles on language, past and present.

The entire text of the Historical Thesaurus to the OED has been integrated into the OED Online so that you can follow semantic links throughout the dictionary.