Thursday, 23 October 2008

Scientific WebPlus Beta from Web of Knowledge

ISI Web of Knowledge [WOK] have introduced a new addition their search tools, Scientific WebPlus (Beta). WebPlus searches open access/web resources, including BURO. Scientific WebPlus has a number of clever features:

  • Scientific WebPlus displays results by domain (clickcable bar chart); subject (tag cloud) and file type (clickable bar chart).

  • If you search the Web of Science [WOS] you can click on the Scientific WebPlus link and repeat the search using terms taken form your current search in WOS.

  • Scientific WebPlus offers a number of special searches in addition to Topic and Author. Gene, Organism and Drug.

  • Scientific WebPlus is designed specifically to focus on the scientific content of the open Web, although you might take issue with this. Results are sometimes broader than the focus on "scientific content" claimed.

  • You get more features if you register, the ability to tag records for your own use and to see tags for Groups based on the information provided for your profile when registering (Role - Librarian, Subject - Social Sciences, Speciality - Communication).

Access to Scientific WebPlus is only available through Web of Knowledge. Bournemouth University subscribes to the Web of Knowledge which you can access from here. You will need an ATHENS Account if you are off-campus.


Fact Sheet on Scientific WebPlus
WebPlus blog

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

BURO - What's in it for me?

For busy researchers, academics and academic+practioners it is hard to make the argument that more work, not directly related to current research or professional activity, is a good thing. However, responding to comments at a recent BURO training event it is possible to make an argument that using BURO can save you time by serving a number of demands for your bibliographic data simultaneously:

  1. The coming Research Excellence Framework [REF] will make use of citation analysis and will require from institutions accurate, structured and timely data to support the process. One obvious source of data, and one being tested by HEFCE, is to use the institutional repositories like BURO.

  2. BURO can be used to support the routine process of maintaining personal bibliographies and CV's. Data from BURO can be exported to EndNote, for example, and from there into 3,500 different citation styles.

  3. BURO is a public facing website, and can be used to integrate bibliographic data into personal, research centre websites and school websites or just as a means of directing people to your publications.

Previous posts on this topic

Personal Bibliographies and BURO [ click here. ]

10 Reasons to Use BURO [ click here . ]