September 27, 2004

Issue No. 66

Table of Contents

Highlights and Features

Grokker at Stanford
CourseWork-Fall 2004
File-Sharing Myths
File-Sharing Resources
IT Open House October 28
Tech Help for Faculty
Essential SU Software
Desktop Computer Security
Security Self-Help Tool
Wireless Access-SU Visitors
SULAIR Home Page Update
SU Course Support Web Site copy

Library Resources

SULAIR Image Collections
SKIL Tutorial Enhanced
Scholars Workshops for Fall
Social Science Data
Literary Studies Database
New Lane Library Web Site
Firing Line TV Program
ArcGIS 9 Available
SSRC Past Events Online
BIOSIS Changes
HighWire Press-New Journals
EuroNews Web Site

Computing News

Accessible Web Pages
AFS Disk Quota Increased
Online Lecture Assessment
Teaching with Technology
Resources for SU Webmasters
ATS Program-New Projects
ATL Project Showcase
Spam Deletion Tool
ITSS Training Services
Training Registration
HelpSU Streamlined
New Webmail Is Here
Printing in Sweet Hall
Sweet Hall Consulting
Mac OS X Migration
PeopleSoft System Upgraded
Bookstore Computer Store
Courselets for SU Community
Sundial Calendar Changes
TeamSpace in Meyer Library
Meyer Classrooms
Meyer Tech Desk Update
Technology Help on Web

BIOSIS Merges with LANL's SearchPlus

BIOSIS Merges with LANL's SearchPlusBIOSIS at LANL, a database that indexes the literature of the life sciences, has been merged with SearchPlus, LANL's multi-database search system, giving searchers new options for using this important database. The new URL to use for searching BIOSIS is:

In SearchPlus, you can search BIOSIS alone or you can include INSPEC and the ISI citation indexes: SciSearch, Social SciSearch, and Arts & Humanities Search. Other databases will be added to SearchPlus in the future.

As in the past, you can search a long list of indexes, limit searches by date, language or document type, sort results, and mark records for viewing, emailing or downloading. You can also create Alerts to receive weekly notification of new articles on a topic or by an author of interest.

Several useful new features are available in BIOSIS as a result of its merger with SearchPlus:

• You can create a personal login and customize search and display features.

• An author lookup list allows you to select author names from an alphabetical display. This is a very valuable new feature for BIOSIS, where author names may appear in a variety of formats.

• Records in SearchPlus merge data from different databases and allow you to view indexing and other features from several sources.

• SearchPlus offers added options for downloading records.

• Cited reference searching is offered in SearchPlus for records that are available in the citation indexes.

• Finally, the single search system allows you to search more databases with greater ease.

BIOSIS indexes the literature of the life sciences, including plant biology, ecology and evolution, animal biology, cell and molecular biology, medicine and basic biomedical sciences, genetics, and related areas. It indexes journal articles, meeting abstracts, book chapters, and other documents, and covers literature published from 1969 to the present.

INSPEC indexes the literature of physics and electrical engineering, including computers and information technology. It indexes journal articles, conference abstracts, books, patents, and other literature, and it covers 1969 to the present. The ISI citation indexes cover journal literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

The unique feature of these indexes is citation searching, the ability to find journal articles that cite an earlier work. SearchPlus at LANL is the Web-based multi-database search system developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory and available for use by faculty, staff, and students at Stanford.