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last updated: 12/17/2012

IUB Life Sciences Library FAQ

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Resources and Research

How do I find whether the library has access to a particular e-journal?

How do I find whether the library has access to a particular article?

Where are all the e-books hiding?

I see a few books in the Life Science Library but where are the rest?

Where can I learn how to research a topic?

I need help with acronyms of chemical substances. Where can I get it?

How can I find out the impact factor for a particular journal?

I would like to know how many times an article has been cited. How could I do that?

How can I browse online the current issue of life sciences journals?

Where can I get safety information?

What is an MSDS?

Where can I find MSDS?

How can I export references from SciFinder to Endnote?

How can I export references from Reaxys to Endnote?

How can I export references from Web of Knowledge to Endnote?

Help using IUCAT

IUCAT is hard to use. How do I just get results for a title I am looking for?

How can I get just e-books in IUCAT?

About the Life Sciences Library

When is the library open?

Can I bring food or drink to the library?

How long can I keep a book?

What is the loan period for reserve materials?

How can I renew materials?

How can I get an article that IU Bloomington does not have?

Is Interlibrary Loan (ILL) free?

Off-campus access

I'm off campus and want to get access to an article I used in the library

 

Miscellaneous

What's the IU~Link button for?

 



How do I find whether the library has access to a particular e-journal?

- From the IU Bloomington Libraries website. On the Resource Gateway menu, click on Online Full-text Journals. Type the name of the e-journal that you are looking for in the search box under "Find a specific online journal or newspaper". Your query will provide a list of resources including their full-text coverage.
- From Life Sciences Library website. Click on the Electronic Journals link on the left side of the page. That will display an alphabetical list of selected journals relevant to life sciences. 
 

How do I find whether the library has access to a particular article?

On the IU Bloomington Libraries website, go to the Resource Gateway menu and click on Online Full-text Journals. In the Find a specific article section, type at least the name of the journal and the year.

 

Where are all the ebooks hiding?

Indiana University Libraries have access to many e-books. You may look for a particular title using IUCAT or browse the titles available through the websites of the different publishers or the Life Sciences Library selected e-books list.

-Finding e-books using IUCAT. The majority of the electronic books are cataloged, so you may have access to them using IUCAT. There is an E-book Search capability on the right hand side of the IUCAT home page that limits your search to electronic titles.

-Browsing e-books. There are several options for browsing e-books. A list of selected titles related to the Life Sciences Library may be found here. Alternatively, you may browse the titles available from the websites of publishers such as Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Yoy may find more information on how to browse e-books in the e-books page of the Life Sciences Library.

Need more help with e-books? Please feel free to send us an e-mail or call at 812-855-8947.

 

IUCAT is hard to use. How do I just get results for a title I am looking for?

Good question! IUCAT title searches are not restricted to the title of the book, journal, etc. It also finds the words you are looking for in the title of a series, alternate titles, and titles of articles in compendia of articles. If you know the exact title that you are looking for, it may be a good idea to use the "Begins With (Browse)" capability that can be found at the "More IUCAT Searches" box that appears on the right side of IUCAT home page. Alternatively, you may try refining your search results to a particular category using the options listed on the right side of the website.

 

Need more help using IUCAT? Ask a Librarian!

 

I see a few books in the Life Sciences Library but where are the rest?

Books that no longer fit into the stacks are housed at the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Facility (ALF). Most materials from ALF can be requested. You can find more information about requesting from ALF (delivery and pick up, duration of loans, returning materials, and restricted use items) here. Besides, many of the books in the Life Sciences Library collections are e-books. A list of selected e-books can be found here. Alternatively, you may browse the titles available from the websites of the different publishers. Titles from Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, and the Royal Society of Chemistry may be of interest for the life sciences community.

 

Where can I learn how to research a topic?

The Life Sciences Library offers several resources to help you get started with your research. A general overview of those resources, including how to find books, journal articles, and using databases, may be downloaded from the Life Sciences Library website Guides and Handouts section.


If you need more help, please feel free to send us an e-mail, or call at 812-855-9452.

 

I need help with acronyms of chemical substances. Where can I get it?

The Chemistry Library has a database of acronyms and abbreviations. Alternatively, you may try Acronyms, a database from Fiz Chemie Berlin specific for acronyms of chemical substances, that retrieves the chemical name and the structure.

 

How can I find out the impact factor for a particular journal?

You can use JCR (Journal Citation Reports). The Science Edition is available here. Just select the year from the display menu, and select "search for a specific journal". Finally, enter the journal title (full, abbreviated, title word, or ISSN) and hit search. Once you get the result, you may obtain further information (detailed analysis, explanations) by clicking the title of the journal.

 

I would like to know how many times an article has been cited. How could I do that?

You may use Web of Science. Click on Cited Reference Search, and enter the author's name, journal title, and/or publication year. Then, select the reference from the list, and hit Finish Search. The result is a list of the articles that have cited that article.

 

How can I browse online the current issue of journals?

1. Please, go to the journals' website. You may find a selected list of life sciences electronic journals for the IUB life sciences community here.

2. Once you are in the journal's site, look for "current issue", "latest issue", or "find issue".

 

Need more help? Ask us!

 

Where can I get safety information?

IU-Bloomington subscribes to CCINFOweb, which is a good resource for finding general safety information. You may be able to find Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), as well as health and safety information on chemicals, including: health, fire and reactive hazards; and recommendations on safe work practices, handling and storage, accidental release, and first aid.

 

Additionally, the IU Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety Management has information on laboratory safety at IU, including guidelines, waste management, trainings, and spill response. It also includes information about MSDS,

 

What is an MSDS?

An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is a form that includes information about a particular chemical, including physical and chemical properties, handling and storage, toxicity, accidental release measures, first aid measures, fire fighting measures, and personal protection.

 

Where can I find MSDS?

There are several sources of information on MSDS. IU-Bloomington subscribes to CCINFOweb, which has MSDS from manufacturers and suppliers. You may also search Vermont SIRI MSDS Index, or the websites of chemical manufacturers and suppliers, like Sigma-Aldrich, Fisher Scientific, or Alfa Aesar.

 

Need more help? Please feel free to send us an e-mail or call at 812-855-8947.

 

How can I export references from SciFinder to Endnote?

1. In SciFinder, check boxes close to the items you would like to download

2. Click export

3. In the For: menu, select citation export format (*.ris) and click export

4. The references should appear in your Endnote library

 

How can I export references from Reaxys to Endnote?

1. In Reaxys, check the boxes close to the items you would like to download and click ouput.

2. The Output Citation Results window will appear. In the Output to menu, select Literature Management Systems, and then click OK.

3. In the Output summary, click Download. A new page, which contains the information of your references, will open.

4. Save the page in your computer as Text file (*.txt).

5. Open the appropriate Endnote library.

6. In the File menu, select File > Import > File.

7. Choose the *.txt file that you had previously saved and select Reference Manager (RIS) in the Import Option menu. Click Import.

8. Voila! The references should appear in your Endnote library.

 

How can I export references from Web of Knowledge to Endnote?

1. In Web of Knowledge, check the boxes to mark the references that you would like to download.
2. Click Save to Endnote, Refman, Procite.
3. The Processing Records page will appear. The citations should be exported automatically to your Endnote library. If not, click Export.

 

From the Marked list:
1. Click on Marked list
2. Select the fields that you would like to include in the output
2. In the Select and option menu, click Save to Endnote, Refman, Procite.
3. The Processing Records page will open and your references should download directly to your Endnote library.

 

How can I get just ebooks in IUCAT?
In the right side of the IUCAT home page click on E-book Search. Type your query and hit Search. If you click on each of the results, you may find more details including an URL that links to the full text.

Need more help using IUCAT? Ask a Librarian!

 

I'm off campus and want to get access to an article I used in the library.

Most of the IU Bloomington Libraries electronic resources are available for IU Bloomington users off campus, though there are some exceptions due to publishers licensing restrictions. To connect to an electronic resource from the IU Bloomington Libraries using a commercial internet service provider (AT&T, America Online, etc.), you will be asked to enter your ADS username and password/passphrase in a dialog box. Once you do that, you should be able to have access to that resource.

If you have problems with a particular journal or database, you may check the information about IT Notices. This page lists elecronic journals and databases that have been reported to have access difficulties.

Need Help? Ask a Librarian

 

When is the library open?

The Life Sciences Library hours for the Fall and Spring semesters are:

Monday             8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Tuesday           8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Wednesday     8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Thursday          8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Friday                8:00 am  - 5:00 pm

Saturday           Closed

Sunday            1:00 pm  - 11:00 pm

 

You may check the exceptions to those hours for the Fall and Spring semester, as well as the hours for Summer.

 

Can I bring food or drink to the library?

No food or drinks will be allowed at the computers. Food and covered drinks are permitted elsewhere in the Life Sciences Library. 

 

How long can I keep a book?

Most books circulate for a minimum of thirty days (or longer depending on your status). Reserve materials circulate for two hours and may NOT check out overnight. Reference items and current journal issues are restricted to use in the Library. Unlike other circulating material, reserve items may NOT be renewed by phone or e-mail. You may find more information on the loan periods here.

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What is the loan period for reserve materials?

Reserve materials have a loan period of two hours that may be renewed in person. Reserve materials are not subject to overnight check outs.

 

How can I renew materials?

You can renew materials in person, by phone, by e-mail, or using IUCAT. An exception is reserve materials, which have to be renewed in person. 

 

For renewing using IUCAT, login to My Account. Please be sure to read the renewal confirmation list after renewing materials using My Account, because it is possible that all items may not be renewed.

 

How can I get an article that IU-Bloomington does not have?

All IU faculty, students and staff may request materials that the IU-Bloomington libraries do not own using the  interlibrary loan (ILL) services. You may submit an ILL request here.

 

Need help with ILL? Ask a Librarian!

 

Is ILL free?

Yes, ILL services are free of charge for IU Bloomington faculty, staff, and students.

 

What's the IU~Link button for?

Some databases do not provide access to the full-text articles. In those cases, you can check the full-text availability options using the IU~Link. IU~Link will provide a list of full-text links. When there are several full-text options, pay special attention to the coverage of each one of them, because it may not be the same.

 



last updated: 12/17/2012