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Journal Use Study Concludes

September 30 marked the end of our six-month journal use study.  You may now re-shelve--or choose not to--at your own discretion.  Thanks to all of our users for their kind patience and cooperation during the course of this study!

Added 10/1/09

SciTopics boils it down

For those on the hunt for up-to-date synopses and discussions on contemporary scientific topics, and for those interested in knowledge-sharing, SciTopics ( is a sleeper. Published by Elsevier, it is a wiki, but unlike the popular Wikipedia, all of the contributors are experts in their field (meaning, they hold at least a Master's degree). Additionally, authorship is by invitation only, non-anonymous, and is overseen by subject editors who ensure the verity of a given topic, much in the same capacity as referees for academic journals.

As for topics, every major branch of science is covered, including physics, chemistry, biology, earth and planetary sciences, and engineering. Other fields, such as the humanities and social sciences, are included insofar as articles under these rubrics cover scientific topics (e.g. the history and philosophy of science, etc.). The titles of some of the 1,269 (and counting) articles found herein bear out the claim to broad coverage: "Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies: Time to be so Small," "Godel, Mind and Machine," "Ecological Quality in Marine Ecosystems," "Hydrogen Storage Materials and the Characterisation of their Hydrogen Sorption Properties," "Does Open Access Increase Citations?," "Rainfall interception," and "Measuring Research Output with Science & Technology Indicators," to name a few. Each article features, in addition to the text, a CV of the author(s), citations, links, and feedback. Those interested in contributing to SciTopics may nominate themselves for selection.

SciTopics is free to use, though registration and login is required to use the feedback feature, and to subscribe to specific content. The site's RSS feeds, however, require no login.

Added 10/7/09

Deep indexing, enhanced results

Starting, Oct. 1, ProQuest has added a deep-indexing feature to its databases, including the AGRICOLA, Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts, GeoRef, and Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts databases to which Boulder Labs employees have access. What this means is that supplemental deep indexing databases will be searched, along with the traditional abstract and indexing file, so that entered search terms retrieve data found in embedded figures such as maps, photos, graphs, etc., thereby enhancing resource discovery. When clicking on GeoRef, for example, we are brought to the search interface with "CSA Illumina" logo in the upper left-hand corner. Underneath the logo is the link "Deep Indexing added to selected databases." Following the link will bring you to more information about deep indexing, including which databases and subject areas to which the feature applies. The feature is free and automatic when searching select databases, bringing up an enhanced bibliographic record or abstract pertaining to the search parameters entered.


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Above: Main page of GeoRef database, shown here as an example, features a link to information about Deep Indexing.
Below: Abstract retrieved for keywords "Aeronomy" and "maps." Hovering over figures reveal important deep-indexed metadata.


Added 10/7/09

Welcome Back Joan Segal - The Library's Lead Public Services Librarian!

If the newest addition to the Boulder Labs Library staff, Joan Segal, looks familiar, it is because she has been part of the Boulder Labs community for quite some time. Joan was the Library's Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian from 1996-2006. She left the Boulder Labs to help her husband by becoming the Chief Financial Officer for his expanding business, The Berry Best Smoothie Company in Boulder.

Favorite Library Resource

The Dictionary of Scientific Biography, found in the Boulder Labs Library Main reference section, because it illuminates the lives of remarkable scientists and provides full bibliographies of their works.
Web of Science is one of Joan's favorite online resources because of the ability to track down obscure and older articles via the citation reference search.

Photograph of Joan Segal

Joan also worked in the Boulder Labs Library in the late '80's - early '90's. It was during this period that she developed her love of scientific libraries and of the "detective work" of verifying obscure citations that led her to pursue a career as a professional librarian. Joan received her MLS from the University of Arizona in 1995, and has a B.A. in English with a minor in Appalachian Studies from Virginia Tech, as well as a degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Front Range Community College.

For the past year, Joan has worked at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries in the collection development department assisting with online licensing data collection and dissemination, collection evaluation and assessment and as the Women and Gender Studies bibliographer. She has returned as our Lead Public Services Librarian, working collaboratively with library public services personnel to help ensure the integrity of the circulation, ILL, reference, and e-resources functions. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, playing with her three dogs, and watching Top Chef with her husband. Please join us at Boulder Labs Library in extending to Joan a warm welcome back!

Joan's Suggested Sites

Joan's Suggested Books

Added 10/21/09

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