Trials, Betas and Tools

Trial: Nomos eLibrary

“Willkommen in der Wissenschaft”!Nomos eLibrary logo

The Library has a trial of the Nomos eLibrary platform through the end of January 2017. This online resource contains “5137 monographs, 1986 anthologies, 1536 journals, 50 handbooks, 136 textbooks”.

It is a portal to e-books in the fields of Law, Politics, Economics, Media & Communication Studies, History, Sociology, Education Research, Cultural Science, EU Studies, Health Science, Philosophy, and Religion.

Nomos eLibrary has an English and German interface and content in both languages. Check it out and let us know what you think.

The law-related journal titles included in the Nomos eLibrary are:

New Human Genome Resources site now available

The new Human Genome Resources site offers access to visualization and analysis tools available for the human genome, as well as other relevant tools like BLAST, the NCBI remapping service and databases that provide human molecular data. The resources are sorted into categories like Find, View, Download and Learn, making it easier to find what you need.

With the new site, you can:

In addition, the portal includes an extensive listing of learning resources that may help you have a better understanding of the wealth of information associated with the human genome.

One-month trial to ASEANLEX business law database

The Library has arranged a trial for ASEANLEX. The trial access starts October 17, lasts for a month, and covers the translated legislation currently available on the database for Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia. Note that, while Thailand and Lao PDR are also listed, there is not yet content for the jurisdictions in ASEANLEX. You can search or browse by jurisdiction name, practice area, or title or number of law/regulation.

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ASEANLEX

New translated laws and regulations are added regularly to the database each month. Legislation selected for translation affects international business and investment in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Per the ASEAN User Guide: “Laws and regulations added may be either from earlier years, or amending legislation, or new legislation. English translations of relevant draft legislation may also be included if the original Bahasa Indonesian, Myanmar, or Khmer text is obtainable.”

Try ASEANLEX and let us know what you think!

TRIAL: Latin Lawyer

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a trial to Latin Lawyer (trial access expires 18th December 2015).

Here’s info about Latin Lawyer:

Latin Lawyer 250 image“Latin Lawyer is the definitive business law resource for Latin America. Latin Lawyer’s independent team of journalists provides news and analysis of deals and cases, as well as legal and policy developments across the region. Alongside this, for over 10 years Latin Lawyer has compiled surveys, league tables, country profiles, interviews and roundtable discussions. Besides keeping readers up- to- date with a daily news email briefing, Latin Lawyer content is available online and through a magazine published 10 times a year…

…The Latin Lawyer editorial team provides intensive area research in the form of the Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s leading guide to business law firms. This guide provides an annual review of the legal marketplace across multiple Latin American jurisdictions, complete with analysis of the Latin American practices of international law firms…

…Latin Lawyer Reference provides answers to key legal and regulatory questions in Latin America on major practice areas. Leading practitioners and local counsel provide insight in over twenty practice areas, including Project Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Arbitration and Bank Financing. The interactive format allows for quick-and-easy comparisons across jurisdictions.”

American Chemical Society journals optimized for smartphones and tablets

acs2go-70x70ACS2Go is ACS Publications’ new mobile platform that offers readers enhanced features and an improved reading experience optimized for tablets and smartphones. ACS2Go can also be easily paired with our University of Chicago Library subscriptions to access full text articles both on and off campus.

To pair your device and use ACS2Go, simple visit pubs.acs.org on your smartphone while authenticated on the campus wireless network (e.g., uchicago or uchicago-secure). The pairing is good for up to 4 months, allowing you to read and download content while off campus.  The pairing is refreshed each time you access ACS2Go while on the campus wireless network.  Alternatively, you can also get an access code from a campus computer by visiting pubs.acs.org/action/mobileDevicePairingLogin and logging in with your ACS ID. The access code authentication also expires after the same 4 month period.

With ACS2Go you will be able to:

  • Browse journals and read full text articles
  • Download articles to your mobile device for offline reading
  • Select journals and articles as favorites for quick reference from your home screen
  • Search journals by keyword, author or title
  • View and search references and related links
  • Share articles and links via email

To provide feedback or for technical assistance, please visit help.acs.org or contact ACS Publications at support@services.acs.org.

Beta test the new Library Catalog

The Library strongly encourages members of the University of Chicago community to participate in a beta test of the new Library Catalog at catalog.lib.uchicago.edu. The end of vendor support for the current Library Catalog and Lens, both slated for this summer, requires the implementation of a new catalog.

New Catalog Beta homepage

The new Library Catalog homepage

The design goals for the new Library Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool will meet the needs of researchers. The new Catalog design retains all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the existing systems and adds new features requested during interviews.

Notable features in the beta release

The new UChicago Library Catalog features a simple, clean visual design and a variety of search options:

  • searches can be limited by format, language, and other criteria;
  • “Begins With” browsing allows quick retrieval of known titles or authors;
  • materials can be viewed in call number order;
  • “power searching” options such as Boolean operators and nested search terms allow for precise recall of catalog records.

New features in this Catalog requested by users include display of the current availability of items on the search results page, as well as easier access to ebooks and ejournals.

Still in development

This beta version of the Catalog is not complete.  Features still under development include

  • My Account features, such as emailing, saving, and exporting records;
  • optimization of the Catalog for use on mobile devices;
  • inclusion of expanded Library content, such as the Library website, archival finding aids, and digital collections.

This functionality will be added over the coming months. The beta period will also give the Library the opportunity to identify and fix data and display problems before the Catalog goes into full production later this year.

Exporting user data

Unfortunately, lists created by users of the current Catalog and MyDiscoveries records saved by users of Lens cannot be migrated to the new Library Catalog.  The Library will soon post instructions on how users can export these records, and users will have at least until the end of June to do so.

Share your comments

To begin beta testing the new Catalog, simply go to catalog.lib.uchicago.edu and begin a search, or click the Help button on any Catalog page for more information.  Please share your comments with us on the feedback form, also available from the Catalog header. We are particularly interested in your feedback regarding visual design and layout, organization of results and records, ease and effectiveness of search construction, and the quality and ranking of results.

The new University of Chicago Library Catalog is a customized version of the VuFind software platform, an open-source search tool originally developed at Villanova University. Research libraries and collections currently using VuFind include the University of Michigan Library, the HathiTrust, and the National Libraries of Australia, Finland, and Ireland.

Get books from the Ivies: try Borrow Direct beta

University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff can now borrow books and other circulating materials from the libraries of Ivy League universities and MIT through Borrow Direct, which begins its beta implementation phase at UChicago on August 1. Borrow Direct will typically deliver books to UChicago users in approximately four calendar days—far more rapidly than items requested through traditional interlibrary loan.

Borrow Direct logo 200Borrow Direct can be used to gain rapid access to books that are checked out or otherwise unavailable from the University of Chicago Library. The service provides access to more than 50 million volumes from the circulating collections of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. It works very much like UBorrow, the year-old consortial borrowing program that rapidly delivers materials from other CIC (Big Ten) libraries.

Borrow Direct materials can be kept for up to 12 weeks, unless recalled by the lending library. Standard borrowing policies—including fines and account blocks—apply to overdue Borrow Direct items, and renewals are not permitted.

Borrow Direct materials will typically arrive in approximately four calendar days, but a few extra days may be needed during the beta phase as we test methods for exchanging books with our Ivy League partners.

Help us test Borrow Direct

Open bookUsing Borrow Direct during the beta phase is simple:

  1. Log in to the Borrow Direct catalog with your CNet ID and password.
  2. Search for the item you want and click on the “Request” link within its record.
  3. Select your pick-up location and click on “Submit” to complete your request.

You will receive an email once the item arrives notifying you that it is available for pickup.

For more detailed information visit our Borrow Direct library guide.

Researching country conditions? Try the World News Connection database

world imageWorld News Connection (National Technical Information Service, Department of Commerce) is a “foreign news service from the U.S. government” which includes translations or English-language news sources from selected jurisdictions.   For instance, it doesn’t cover Jamaican newspapers or Germany’s FAZ.  Full text coverage is mostly from 2003 to present.  World News Connection is a useful database for international/area studies, international human rights and immigration law research.  NTIS’ WNC contains “full text and summaries of newspaper articles, Websites, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports”.  It is an e-continuation of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) daily reports, which sometimes included English translations of foreign laws.

The University of Chicago Library has trial access to the WNC through April 20, 2013.   Access details are below:

Chicago’s IPs have just been authenticated for World News Connection at http://dlib.eastview.com.

Note that World News Connection is also available via Westlaw Classic as the WRLDNWSC database (covers December 2003 to date). 

Newspapers from these particular regions are available via World News Connection:

Book a Room pilot for group studies begins Jan. 7

Group study sign for new room booking system.

If you see this sign on the door of a room, you can book it on behalf of your group using the new Book a Room system.

Student groups looking for a place to work together on problem sets or to cram for that daunting midterm exam should find the task a bit easier this quarter, thanks to the Library’s new Book a Room system. The online system, currently in a pilot phase, allows UChicago students, faculty, and staff to view available group studies and to book a room in advance, on behalf of two or more users.

By introducing a room booking system, the Library hopes to make it easier for groups to find spaces to study and work together collaboratively, in keeping with its commitment to creating and sustaining an environment supportive of scholarship. While the Library has long offered spaces designated for collaborative work, students have reported difficulty in knowing when and where they can find an available room. The new system will make doing so a much simpler task and will, for the first time, allow groups to book a room in advance.

How it Works

Book a Room allows groups to reserve a room up to 7 days in advance for up to 2 hours per day. Groups may choose from among 16 group studies in Regenstein and 7 group studies in Crerar. In addition, Regenstein’s 5 library classrooms, which are intended primarily for formal instruction, may be booked by groups outside of regular teaching hours (after 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday).

Example of the Book a Room grid displaying available rooms

The Book a Room display. Available timeslots are green; booked timeslots are blue. Group names are listed under “Confirmed Bookings” on the left.

Only current UChicago students, faculty, and staff may book rooms, though other groups are welcome to use rooms on a first come, first served basis as long as the room has not been booked. Groups who have booked a room need to bring a confirmation email as proof of their booking in order to ask another group to vacate a room.

The Book a Room system is available online via any Internet browser and via mobile devices. In addition to booking rooms, users can view information about each room, including seating capacity, amenities, and location, as well as photos of the rooms and maps of their locations. Group names are also displayed, allowing users to find a room their group has already booked.

For more information, see How to Book a Room and the Library’s Policies on Room Use .

A group study in Crerar Library

One of the many group studies bookable by groups using the new Book a Room system.

Pilot Phase

The Library is currently offering Book a Room as a pilot during Winter and Spring Quarters 2013. Library staff will review use of the system and solicit feedback from users to evaluate the service going forward.

To see what rooms are available, visit Book a Room at rooms.lib.uchicago.edu.

LibX 2.0 is now available

An updated version of LibX has been released. LibX is a search add-on for Chrome and Firefox. It allows you to search Lens, the Library Catalog, the Ejournals Database or Articles Plus, simply by clicking a button on your browser’s toolbar. It can also be configured to search these tools through your browser’s context menu.

A new feature of LibX 2.0 is a link from the New York Times web site to our LexisNexis subscription. LibX recognizes when you are on a page on the New York Times web site and provides a link to read the article in LexisNexis.

LibX also works with other web sites to provide links to the Library. Books on Amazon.com will display an icon that allows you to search for a book in the Library Catalog. ISBNs will show brief information about a book and also allow you to search for the book in the Library Catalog.

Go to the LibX download page to get the add-on. You can try the add-on out before installing it by clicking on the Demo tab on the download page.

More information can be found on our LibX Guide.