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ERU Volume 8 , Spring Quarter 2005

We are Blogging!
IEEE Computer Society Digital Library
DiscoveryGate Demo
New Chemical Biology Journals
Web of Knowledge Update
- You Are What You Eat: Nutrition and Health Exhibit
- Dr. Michael Roizen Lecture
- Upcoming Training Sessions

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By Andrea Twiss-Brooks

In order to provide you with more timely information regarding new journal and database resources, tools to help you stay current in your research field, available library training and workshops, and special programs and exhibits, the John Crerar Library has launched a weblog (more commonly known as a “blog”). The blog is called Crerar Library News, and can be accessed by anyone using a web browser at

Short articles (also known as postings) appear at frequent intervals (sometimes daily). The postings are intentionally kept brief, with a contact for more information. The blog also has useful permanent links in an area on the right hand side of the browser window. Other library news links include quick navigation to new books lists and the Electronic Resources Update (this newsletter). Previous blog postings can be browsed by category or by month in the archives.

Like any website, the blog can be bookmarked in your browser. The Crerar Library News is also equipped with an RSS feed. If you are using an RSS aggregator to read other news feeds, simply click on the link labeled “Syndicate this site (XML)” and follow the usual steps to add a feed. If you are not yet using RSS news feeds, you might want to check out one of the following links for an introduction to RSS feeds:

RSS Syndication Feeds and Why Do I Care?

All About RSS

If you are looking for a free, simple RSS aggregator, try Bloglines (this is the one I use) at There are lots of other readers out there as well, many of them free.

For more information about the Crerar Library News blog or RSS, please contact Andrea Twiss-Brooks at


Full text of IEEE Computer Society periodicals and conference proceedings are now available to the University of Chicago community. This electronic resource includes 22 society periodicals (1988 to date) and 1,500+ conference publications (1995 to date).

You can access this digital library at:

This page provides several ways to access the Digital Library:
Browse: Click on the periodical name to browse by volume/issue or date. Conferences are arranged alphabetically by acronym; click on the appropriate letter to browse conferences. If you do not know the acronym, use the “Advanced Search” feature and search by conference title.

Search: Use the search box at the top of the page to search contents of periodicals and proceedings.

Advanced Search: Click on “Advanced Search” to perform more complex or focused searches. The main advanced search permits keyword searching, which can be limited by field, date, and publications. This page also provides links (tabs at top of page) to other searching options, including author and proceedings.

Search results can be modified without returning to the searching page. They can also be sorted by relevance, date, or publication title and viewed in groups of 10, 20, 50, or 100 results per page. (Note: This Digital Library contains a huge amount of content, so searches should be as specific as possible.)

Please Note: a number of the magazines and transactions listed are identified as “not subscribed.” This is an error which we are working to correct. We do in fact have access - and when you search this database you are searching all of the publications despite the “not subscribed” indicator.
If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Rice (; 2-8774).



Bob Zuzak and Chris Fleming of Elsevier MDL will be on campus to give a live demonstration of the next generation of chemical information searching using Discoverygate

Thursday, April 14, 3:00-4:15 pm
Crerar Library Board Room
(administrative area, 1st floor).

All are welcome to attend. We would really appreciate it if you have time to attend this session and share your opinion.

For more information please contact at


By Andrea Twiss-Brooks

Chemical biology, the application of chemistry to the study of molecular events in biological systems, is the focus of several new and forthcoming journals. These journals will publish papers at the interface of chemistry with drug design, the -omic sciences, and understanding complex biological processes at an atomic level. For more information, including editorial boards, instructions to authors, and free articles/sample issues, visit the journal web pages.

Nature Chemical Biology
Launch date: June 2005

ACS Chemical Biology
Launch date: January 2006

Molecular BioSystems
Launch date: Summer 2005

BMC Chemical Biology
Available now


Web of Knowledge has introduced a new tool, called Analyze Results, which allows users to refine their searches and “mine” the results for information such as:

- Publishing trends in a specific field
- Institutions conducting research on a specific subject.
- A list of authors who have published extensively on a topic.

Remember that when you are searching the Web of Knowledge, you are searching only the journals which they index.

To use the Analyze Results tool first perform a search. When your results appear, click on the “Analyze” button. In the below example I searched for “jellyfish.”

Next select a field for your analysis (I used “Institution Name”). Also select how many records to analysis (note: it will take longer for “all” to be processed), and select how many records you want to appear on each page. Click “Analyze.”

An analysis of my search results has shown that the majority of papers on “jellyfish” are produced by reseachers at, or affiliated with, the University of Basel.

You could further refine these results, for example, by author. Check mark the box for “Univ Basel” and click “View Records.” Once the search results appear, click “Analyze.” Select “Author” for the field you want to analyze.

Here are some other examples of ways you can analyze search results:

Who has published extensively on a topic?
Search: bell palsy
Analyze Results by: Author

View the citation trend of a topic
Search: atkins
Analyze Results by: Publication Date

A help guide is available at media/scpdf/analyze_how_to_use.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Kern at or 702-8717.


You Are What You Eat: Nutrition and Health

The exhibit looks at the eating habits of Americans, from the 19 Century to the modern day. The introduction and evolution of healthy eating, food fads and diets has been highlighted using selections from the John Crerar Library’s historical culinary arts and food sciences collection as well as from contributions by staff members.

On display until June 11, 2005 in the atrium of the John Crerar Library.

Questions about the exhibit should be directed to Barbara Kern, University of Chicago, 773-702-8717, or by e-mail to

Dr. Michael Roizen - Lecture

On May 25th at 4:00 Dr. Michael Roizen, founder of the RealAge™ approach to health and aging, will give a public lecture in the John Crerar Library. Dr. Roizen, respected doctor and best selling author, has co-authored a new book with Dr. Mehmet Oz. You: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger provides readers with a “personal do-it-yourself handbook for keeping any body primed to live younger longer.” Dr. Roizen is currently Chair designate of the Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Comprehensive Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic.

Date and Time: May 25th, 4:00pm
Location: The John Crerar Library, lower level conference room

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Seating is limited. Please register at or by calling 702-8717 or by emailing

Upcoming Training Sessions

Mark your calender! On May 4th we will hold an Information Fair in the lobby of the Crerar Library.

Several instruction/informational sessions (TBA) will be held throughout the day. We will distribute more information shortly.

Please join us. For more information contact Barbara Kern at 702-8717,


The ERU (Electronic Resources Update) is written and produced by the Science Libraries at the University of Chicago. This quarterly publication is distributed in print, on the web and via email.

To receive this newsletter in print or via email contact Barbara Kern at 702-8717 or


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