ProQuest Flow for Research Collaboration

ProQuest has a new online version of Refworks known as Refworks Flow or simply as Flow™.  While Refworks itself (like EndNote, Papers, and Zotero) supports citations and referencing,  Flow (like Papers 3, Mendeley, EndNote Web, ResearchGate, and Zotero Groups) supports reading, annotating, and collaborating.  As with some of these other services, Flow users can save web content; save and edit metadata; create collections to organize documents and citations; upload documents to the cloud; automatically connect to Dropbox; automatically detect and add citation metadata; and read, highlight, and annotate PDFs.

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How to Use BookMyne for State Publications Delivery

Google doesn’t have it all. That’s even true when it comes to finding government documents that are in the public domain free of copyright. Many governments documents not on the Internet are only available in print at depository libraries and archives. They are often difficult to identify in online catalogs, and when finally identified, it may require some traveling to gain access to them.

I’m going to share a nifty new application called BookMyne that, at least for Utah, may allow you to find documents in seconds. If you’re a state employee, the State Library will even have them delivered to your office.

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QR codes in libraries

I went to a good presentation by Marriott Library and Eccles Health Sciences Library on QR codes. QR stands for quick reference, btw. The notion is to have a code that someone can take a photo of with their handheld device, and the device will translate that code to the information represented underneath.  A QR code is a two-dimensional barcode that can be small or large. It can be huge, as on the side of a building.

Here’s a QR code about my Trading Spaces Mentoring Program: trading spaces qr code

Libraries can use QR codes in all kinds of ways:

  • Paintings or photos in the building
  • Map of the library
  • Search the library catalog
  • Place holds on books
  • Summer Reading signup
  • Upcoming events
  • New book arrivals
  • Contact information
  • Any text at all
  • If you can print, post, or tweet it you can QR it

In order to access QR codes people need:

  • A handheld device with a camera and the internet such as a smartphone, iphone, droid, one of the many products that are widely used today
  • A QR app which can be found at the app store or at a variety of places on the internet

It’s really easy to create QR codes. You need a QR code generator and there are so many that are free, it’s easy to get one.  Just look online. The one that I used to make the above QR code was Delivr. The one that Eccles is using is BeeTagg.

There are tips for creating QR codes, for example, don’t have a long url, the image will be too finely grained. Shorten it first using a url shortener within your  QR code generator, or use another such as bit.ly or tinyurl.com

Also, make sure you are pointing to a version of something that is made for handheld devices. A url to a very large website won’t be readable on the handheld once they get it, so that’s lame.

There’s more,  I hope to hold a training on QR codes in the near future. Stay put.

Sincerely, Colleen (p.s. here’s my contact info, try it out on your iphone)

What’s new in Medline Plus?

MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov), the authoritative online consumer health resource from the National Library of Medicine, has many great new features to help you locate appropriate materials that meet the unique needs of your community. The site, which debuted in 1998 with 22 health topics, now boasts over 800 topics and many new enhancements:

Enhanced Searching

MedlinePlus has new search capabilities to improve your searches. Results now have relevancy rankings and are sorted into two subsets: collections and clusters. “Collections” help you narrow your search by displaying results in 7 content areas. “Clusters” organize your search results into groups based on the most frequent words in the top 200 results.  The “remix” button displays the next cluster. You can target your search with phrase searching and Boolean logic.  “AND” is the default operator, for everything else use OR, NOT, -, +, and the wildcard *. MedlinePlus was designed to be user friendly, providing a variety of search mechanisms to meet different search styles. Many elements are repeated throughout the site helping users learn to search quickly.

SEARCH TIP: Do you want to know what the hot topics are in MedlinePlus? Just click on the Search Cloud link on the lower right sidebar from the homepage—this displays the top 100 search terms entered into the MedlinePlus search box. The cloud is updated every weekday, with results appearing in alphabetical order and the larger the text size, the more often the term has been searched. Place your cursor over the search term to find out the exact ranking.

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New Utah Legal Research Resource

Our State Law Librarian and vice-chair of the Utah State Library Board of Trustees, Jessica Van Buren, has launched a new blog titled “Utah State Law Library” available at http://www.utcourts.gov/lawlibrary/blog/
She and her library staff will be posting on a variety of topics, including legal research tips, updates on new titles and new briefs, online self-help resources including forms. 
You can subscribe to the blog’s full feed or to feeds to particular topical categories including Court Briefs,  Federal Documents, Legal Forms, Legal Research, Library News, Legal Self-Help, New Books, and the weekly password to access the wireless network at Utah courthouses.