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Older papers are increasingly remembered—and cited

Recently a study done by Google Inc. researchers indicates that older papers are increasingly being found and cited by researchers. The November 4, 2014 paper is freely available at arXiv.org and is entitled On the Shoulders of Giants: The Growing Impact of Older Articles. John Bohannon wrote an interesting Science magazine news report about the study that same day. He notes that the Google researchers used Google Scholar data and “analyzed scientific papers published between 1990 and 2013. They divided the papers into nine broad research areas and 261 subject categories. Then they compared the publication dates of the papers cited in all those papers.”

The study authors hypothesize this may be the effective of mass digitization and the increasing cumulative body of born-digital scholarship.  In the news report, a commentator offers a different hypothesis, that the growth of the scientific literature is slowing, but offers no evidence for that surprising statement (at least to us librarians who see the growth of open access journals and prices/page counts for subscription journals).  A darker hypothesis is that the average quality of papers is decreasing requiring scholars to look further back in time for citable material. However, this last hypothesis is predicated on scholars being particularly diligent in citing only high quality research.

SPIE Digital Library

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index1.pgWe are pleased to announce that the UB Libraries have begun a subscription to the SPIE Digital Library, focused on optics and photonics research. Our subscription allows us access to the full text of all papers appearing in SPIE conference proceedings and SPIE journals. Please note that our subscription does not include access to the SPIE e-books.

From on campus, you can directly access the full text of proceedings and journals in the SPIE Digital Library via http://spiedigitallibrary.org/ as well as connect to and access this content directly through search engines such as Google Scholar. If you are connecting from off-campus however, you should connect via http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/pdp/index.asp?ID=598, which will present you with the opportunity to authenticate within your browser session using your UBITname and password.

SPIE publications cover the science and technology of optics and photonics and their application to all fields ranging from imaging, sensors, biomedicine, manufacturing, and energy to nanotechnology, communications, entertainment, and electronics.

“Web of Science Day” Re-Cap

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Web of Science Training in the SEIC

Yesterday’s Web of Science Day was a great success, with UB students and faculty in attendance for three sessions on how to effectively search the Web of Science databases for information and citation data.

Some of the things that UB students and faculty learned in the Science & Engineering Information Center yesterday:

  • How to use Boolean logic to construct effective keyword searches.
  • How to create a citation report for individual authors, departments, schools, or sets of reference; these reports include automatically generated graphs and calculate basic statistics about articles in the set, including h-index and average citations per item.
  • How to set it up saved searches which will automatically run against the Web of Science databases on a schedule you set (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly), with the search results e-mailed to you.
  • How to use Web of Science with EndNote to download citations into your own EndNote database to sort, search, annotate, and cite.
  • How to find recent patents as well as data sets.
  • What a journal impact factor is, and how you can use it to decide where to publish.

UB BioMed Central Membership

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Thanks to funding provided by our Health Sciences Library colleagues, effective October 2, UB is now is a member of one of the best and largest open access publishers, BioMed Central (BMC).

This membership gives UB authors a 15% discount on the article processing charges with no limit on number of articles per year. If you go to our UB member page, you will see how active UB is on BioMed Central. UB researchers had five articles published in BMC journals last month. BMC’s extensive journal list of over 100 titles has considerable breadth including biochemistry, structural biology and ecology titles, for example.
When you submit your research to any of our journals, it will receive rigorous and rapid peer review. If your article is accepted:

  • It will be accessible to anyone with an Internet connection – open access means no subscriptions or ‘pay-per-view’ charges for original research articles.
  • It is more likely to be cited, as it will be freely available to the entire global biological and medical community
  • It will be listed in PubMed within days of publication and also archived in PubMed Central.
  • You retain the copyright of your work
  • You will be able to view your article’s access statistics, which average over 200 downloads per month per article

Please consider publishing in a BMC journal. By submitting your manuscript from a UB location, you should automatically receive a 15% discount on article processing charges. See more information about the benefits of publishing with BioMed Central.

Your Digital Footprint: Provocative Discussions on Online Privacy & Security

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Save the date!

Please join the UB community on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 12:00-6:20 p.m. in UB’s Student Union Theater for a provocative campus discussion on online privacy and security with national experts.

There is no cost to attend this event and light refreshments will be offered.

Register at: http://ubtlc.buffalo.edu/workshops/register-your-digital-footprint.asp?eventID=2046

Speakers for “Your Digital Footprint” include:

  • Christina Peters, Chief Privacy Officer for IBM
  • Marcus Ranum, Chief of Security for Tenable Security
  • Brian Boetig, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Office of the FBI
  • Kirsten Martin, Sole Principal Investigator on the 3-year NSF grant funded project, “Addressing Privacy Online,” and Assistant Professor at George Washington University
  • Tracy Mitrano, Director of IT Policy and Institute for Computer Policy and Law at Cornell University

For information and a full schedule, please visit http://digitalchallenges.buffalo.edu/

“Your Digital Footprint” is sponsored by The University Libraries and UB Information Technology, and co-sponsored by the Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education (CEISARE), the Office of Education Innovation and Assessment, and Student Life.

New Everything Search: Importing References into EndNote

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The University Libraries rolled out a new “Everything” default search tab on our home page that searches many of our databases, our catalog, and much more. Results from an Everything search are easily exported to EndNote, the personal citation manager supported by the library. After downloading EndNote, one can save, search, and edit references as well as create bibliographies and documents with automatically formatted citations in over 5,000 styles.

To export references from an Everything search, click on the very light gray folder with a plus sign icon to the far right of the title for each item of interest. This places the items in a temporary folder of saved items. Each time you add an item, the large folder icon on the dark blue banner at the top keeps count.

When you are ready to export the references, open your EndNote library. Then back in your browser, click on the large folder icon at the top, Click on the dropdown arrow beside “Export As” and choose the “EndNote” option. Your browser usually asks you if you wish to open or save the file.  Choose ‘Open”. The references should appear in your EndNote library.

EndNote Clinics

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endnote_dept_main_X7We will be offering a series of EndNote Clinics in the Science & Engineering Information Center on the 2nd floor of the Silverman Library in Capen Hall.

Bring your laptop to the clinic and our EndNote experts will help you use this free software program, which helps you save, manage and format your references for use in writing papers.  We will also be available at these clinics to help advanced EndNote users troubleshoot any problems you may have using the software.

Required:  Bring your laptop  - and please download the free EndNote software to your laptop in advance from http://library.buffalo.edu/help/endnote/

Dates:  Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, and Nov. 5

Time:  3:00-4:00pm

Questions?  Contact Nancy Schiller, Engineering Librarian, schiller@buffalo.edu

Why You Should be Searching the Web of Science Databases

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webofscienceFind out how the Web of Science can work for you! 

On October 14th, a Web of Science trainer will be in the Science & Engineering Information Center in Silverman Library to demonstrate Web of Science databases and answer your questions. The Web of Science indexes over 12,000 journals, 148,000 conference proceedings, and 50,000 editorially selected books across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.   Students and faculty in all areas of science and engineering will benefit from these sessions, as well as those from the health and social sciences.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 14th

WHAT: Three sessions will teach you tips and tricks for using the Web of Science databases and how to determine citation metrics and impact factors.   You can come to just one, two, or all three sessions.  Your choice!

SESSION 1           11:30am-1pm     Tips for Searching Web of Science (WoS) [refreshments will be served]

SESSION 2           2pm-3pm             Researching Citation Metrics and Impact Factors Using WoS

SESSION 3           3pm-4pm             Searching the New Patent and Data Citations Indexes on WoS

WHERE:  Science & Engineering Information Center, 2nd floor, Silverman Library, Capen Hall [back by the windows]

PRIZES: Prizes, courtesy of Web of Science, will be awarded at each session!

See you there!

Ask Our Science & Engineering Librarians!

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Librarians from the Science & Engineering Information Center in the Silverman Library will offer a special service to students and faculty during the first two weeks of the fall semester.  From 11:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, science and engineering librarians are available at the library entrance to answer your questions and introduce themselves and their research assistance services to you. Stop by to learn more about UB’s outstanding resources and services and to meet the experts!

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Library Exhibit: Scientific Illustration

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A new exhibit, Scientific Illustration: The Art of Looking, is on view through the Fall semester in the Science & Engineering Information Center on the 2nd floor of Silverman Library.

The exhibit follows the scientist’s gaze by looking not only at what early scientists looked at, but how they visually recorded what they saw, often creating arresting works of art in the process and providing insights into the way they thought.

As Brian J. Ford in his book, Images of Science: A History of Scientific Illustration notes, the purpose of scientific illustration is to describe and document as well as instruct, but it also serves to record the state of human understanding.

Galileo’s drawings of the moon, as seen with the aid of the newly-invented telescope

Galileo’s drawings of the moon, as seen with the aid of the newly-invented telescope

The Rhinoceros Albrecht Dürer, 1515, Woodcut

The Rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer, 1515, Woodcut