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September 17, 1999

  1. Changes in BIOSIS Access
  2. INS Reminds Lawful Permanent Residents to Renew Expiring Green Cards
  3. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

1. Changes in BIOSIS Access

Two important developments in September have affected access to BIOSIS, the index to the literature of the life sciences, for Stanford users.

First, because of new pricing of BIOSIS products, it was necessary to discontinue our access to Ovid BIOSIS early in September. Other databases are still available through Ovid, but Ovid BIOSIS has been removed from our list of databases available at Stanford.

Second, BIOSIS at LANL (http://biosis.lanl.gov/stanford/) has introduced a new and improved interface. The new interface resolves the most critical problems we had with the old version of BIOSIS. Results can be sorted, marking records is easy, phrase searching is available, and you can easily limit to a range of years. The new software LANL is using will allow us to link to full text of articles and to indicate Stanford holdings for journals. These features will be available soon. We will continue to work with LANL on other improvements.

Note that two features will be lost. The Folio version of BIOSIS will disappear on Monday, September 27. The Folio version is used frequently for off-campus access. However, with a SUNet ID, the Web version is available from off-campus computers.

As of September 27, it will no longer be possible to search BIOSIS through EndNote. It will still be possible to download references to EndNote using filters that have been developed by LANL.

If you have questions or comments, send a message to Michael Newman (mnewman@stanford) or use the Comment button in BIOSIS..

--submitted by Michael Newman

2. INS Reminds Lawful Permanent Residents to Renew Expiring Green Cards

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is reminding lawful permanent residents who were issued a "Green Card" (Form I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card) approximately 10 years ago, with an expiration date, that their card will be expiring in the near future and they will need to renew it.

INS will enable Green Card renewal applicants to receive one-stop service by implementing mail-in and walk-in application procedures, depending on where the applicant lives.

Lawful permanent residents with an expiring Green Card will not lose their legal status in the United States -- their lawful permanent resident status will not expire or change. However, they will need to renew their expiring Green Card in order to maintain acceptable evidence of their permanent resident status and avoid possible difficulties in obtaining employment, benefits, and re-entry into the United States after traveling abroad.

To renew their Green Card, applicants should complete a Form I-90 "Application to Replace a Permanent Resident Card" which they can obtain by calling INS' toll-free forms request line 1-800-870-3676 or by accessing the INS Web site at

Immigration and Naturalization Service Online

To maximize service to customers, INS has implemented mail-in application procedures in some areas. Mail-in applicants will be scheduled to appear at their local INS office for processing at a later date. In all other locations, applicants should submit their completed application in person.

--submitted by Shielaugh Sebastian


SUL/AIR has the following new open position this week.

Application Software Developer/Senior

Information Systems Project Manager

Computing Information Systems Analyst

Assistant Art Librarian, Art & Architecture Library

For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site.

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SUL/AIR News is an electronic publication of Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources issued weekly. Copy deadline is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Submit items for publication to news@sulmail.stanford.edu.
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu