December 14, 2017

Google Scholar Adopts Google’s New “Modern” Look

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No surprise here, Google Scholar has moved to the UI design seen on other Google search interfaces. From the Google Scholar Blog: The new modern look brings you improved aesthetics and easier access to frequently used search features. You can now search for recent papers with a single click in the sidebar. You can access […]

Latest Release of UK National Archives New “Discovery” Catalogue Now Available

A National Archives (UK) announcement alerts us to the latest release of their new Discovery catalogue. From the Announcement: The image delivery service is now available, which means you can search and download records, where online versions exist, all in one place. Discovery also allows you to tag records to improve their descriptions, preview records before purchase, […]

Getty Research Portal Debuting on May 31st Will Provide Unlimited Access to Nearly 20,000 Digitized Art History Texts in Public Domain

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From the Getty Research Institute: On Thursday, May 31, 2012 the Getty Research Institute (GRI) will launch the Getty Research Portal, an unprecedented resource that will provide universal access to digitized texts in the field of art and architectural history. The Getty Research Portal is a free online search gateway that aggregates descriptive metadata of […]

Milestones: Ancestry.com Adds 10 Billionth Record to Database

From Today’s Announcement: Ancestry.com is celebrating the addition of its 10 billionth record to the website. The treasure trove of 10 billion-plus online records on Ancestry.com, which has grown 150 percent in the last three years, is larger than those of all other online family history sites combined. Although much of the increase in the […]

University of Minnesota Launches Catalog of Peer-Reviewed Open Source Textbooks

From Inside Higher Ed: [The University of] Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they won’t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted […]

Reference: Encyclopedia of Life Reaches Historic “One Million Species Pages” Milestone

From the EOL: The Encyclopedia of Life has surged past one million pages of content with the addition of hundreds of thousands of new images and specimen data from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Launched in 2007 with the support of leading scientific organizations around the world, the Encyclopedia of Life […]

State of Ohio Releases Online Fraud Database

From the Auditor of the State of Ohio: An online database of fraud complaints against public offices goes live today, according to Auditor of State Dave Yost. The web-based report system complements changes to Ohio law made last year by H.B. 66. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a case of fraud where no one […]

Three Organizations Collaborate and Release New Online Edition of U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

From a LII Blog Post: This new online edition of the CFR is the result of an unprecedented two-year collaboration between the Government Printing Office (GPO), the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School (LII), and the Cornell Law Library. The project implemented features that have been often requested by government regulators, corporate counsel, and […]

Massachusetts Awards Statewide Online Database Contracts to Three Vendors

From the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS): The MBLC [has] awarded contracts to Gale Cengage, Inc., ProQuest, Inc. and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. for statewide online magazine, newspaper, e-reference and encyclopedia databases to begin on July 1, 2012. [Clip] Among the resources are 22 periodical, biographical, e-reference and news […]

Let’s Welcome the New PubMed Filters Sidebar

The NLM (National Library of Medicine) Technical Bulletin provides a screenshot rich article about a change (a good one) made to search results pages. The “limits” page has been replaced with a new filter sidebar that’s similar to what many other search tools offer. You can access the complete article here.