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NIH Library Offers Online Journals

By Kathryn Dudley

New additions to the NIH Library include electronic access to Cell, Immunity and Neuron, and access to several hundred full-text journals via ScienceDirect. All these journals can be reached via the library's Web page at http://nihlibrary.nih.gov . Just click on Electronic Resources, then choose the link for Online Journals.

Full text is now available on the above-named journals from January 1996 to the present. Abstracts are available for prior years, going back as far as 1988 in the case of Neuron. Timeliness is a key feature, as articles appear online before the print version arrives in the library.

"Cell and Neuron are absolutely indispensable to my research," says Dr. Steven J. Zalcman of NIMH.

The new service has been enthusiastically received. Says Dr. Nava Sarver of NIAID, "I am delighted with having Immunity on line. I am a diligent reader of this journal and having it at my fingertips is most useful. I also read Cell, and the same comments apply here."

Notes Dr. Joe Callicott of NIMH, "Of all of the numerous resources provided by the library, the availability of journals like Neuron online is very much appreciated. In fact, I would hasten to say that I am now dependent on them for my work -- saving time for myself and my research assistants."

Since late 1997, a group of NIH'ers has been testing ScienceDirect, a product of Elsevier Science, the world's largest scientific publisher. The test proved a success and the rest of NIH can now access ScienceDirect. "Elsevier Science was very excited about having NIH as a beta site. With the database going live, it's the largest implementation in the world," said Stephanie Publicker, electronic resources team leader at the library. ScienceDirect offers immediate access to the abstracts and full text of more than 1,000 journals in a wide variety of subject areas, both current and past. As of July, NIH staff have desktop access to these journals, including some of the most popular: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, FEBS Letter, The Lancet, Brain Research, Immunology Today, Life Sciences and Neuroscience. "Speed of delivery and desktop access allow the user's information need to be filled immediately," said Publicker. "The researcher in the lab doesn't have to wait, and can get access to the article right at the bench."

Larry Wright and Ellen Leadem of the NIEHS Library share their enthusiasm for ScienceDirect: "Elsevier's ScienceDirect service provides exactly what our researchers here have come to expect in the delivery of electronic journals: dependable access, immediacy and timeliness of delivery over the print counterpart, convenience of desktop delivery, articles available in PDF format and the facility to quickly browse and/or search the contents of journals."

For more information, call 496-1080.


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