Catalog & Database Lists Improved!

We’re rolling out improvements to the look and functionality of two important library resources today!

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The library catalog will get a new look… now your search will bring up the most relevant materials to the top of your search, and you’ll be able to further refine your search by location, format, date, etc. using the menus at the left.  Also new is one step searching for articles, right from the catalog search results.  This brings almost all of our materials– books, articles, DVDs, and much more–into a single easy search.  Check it out today!  The old version of the library catalog is still available for searching, too.

The other major improvement is to our list of research databases and other electronic resources.  Our new page features an alphabetical menu across the top and an expanded menu of subject categories.  All databases are listed, including those that we get through OhioLINK and those that we purchase just for University of Toledo users.  Signing in from off campus is easy–just use your name and Rocket ID number, including the ‘R’ at the beginning.

If you have any comments on these changes, please let us know either here in the blog or at

New Database: Scopus

The University of Toledo students, faculty, and staff now have access to a new database for scholarly literature (especially in the sciences).  Scopus is a databases of peer-reviewed journal articles  and conference papers from approximately 18,000 international publications, as well as additional content from patent records and scientific websites.

Additionally, Scopus has the capability of performing cited reference searching so that you can see which articles cite a particular article or author in their bibliographies.  Cited reference searching is a great way to expand your search and find new articles that did not come up from searching by keywords.  Scopus can therefore be a complementary database to Web of Science, which has the same capability.

Additional information about Scopus is available in the Scopus User Guide.

Researcher authors can use Scopus to track the impact of their own research in publications since 1996.  Authors can see who else is using their published articles in their research using Scopus’ citation analysis and visualization tools.  See our Citation Analysis LibGuide for more about this type of searching.

Scopus is provided to UT as part of OhioLINK for the next three years, and the database purchase will be re-evaluated in 2013.

Millions more articles available through ScienceDirect

UT students and researchers will now have access to more than 3.4 million additional articles from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect database, a highly regarded publisher in the fields of science and engineering.  The journal titles available include The Lancet, Thin Solid Films, The Journal of Operations Management, and 2,700 more.

Though we’ve had access to Elsevier journals previously in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC), this additional collection includes historic backfiles, with articles from 1995 back until the start of each journal.  The new articles are currently available on the ScienceDirect website, and the content will be added to the EJC in the coming year.  Look for the green key or green page icons to see what you have access to on the ScienceDirect site.

The addition of these files was made possible by funds from both the Ohio Board of Regents and contributions from all OhioLINK member institutions, including University of Toledo Libraries.

Overview of the Electronic Submission Process for Theses & Dissertations – Main Campus

The College of Graduate Studies invites you to attend an Overview of the Electronic Submission Process for Theses and Dissertations for Main Campus programs.  This session will provide an overview of the electronic submission process for graduate theses and dissertations within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College Office on the Main Campus as well as a presentation of the submission steps for OhioLINK.   Additional sources of information will be identified to provide students with the tools necessary to complete the electronic submission process.

The overview will be offered on the following dates, but you must register in advance as space is limited!

  • Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Carlson Library Room 2000
  • Thursday, October 29th, 2009 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in Carlson Library Room 2000
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (location to be announced)
  • Thursday, February 18th, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (location to be announced)

OhioLINK down this Saturday, October 3rd

Due to emergency electrical repairs, ALL OhioLINK systems will be unavailable on Saturday, October 3rd from approximately 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., or until the work is completed.

Access to some databases (Ebsco, OCLC Worldcat, Lexis-Nexis, etc.) should still be available through the links in our library catalog.  Just search the catalog by title for the resource you are attempting to access, click on the title and follow the Connect To: link.

We apologize for the inconvenience and OhioLINK will work to restore service as quickly as possible.