Databases: New interfaces in 2010

It seems that this year number of Databases providers are upgrading their databases to correspond to the new needs of users.

IEEE Xplore

  • REMOTE ACCESS. Library PIN required.
  • FULL-TEXT content to Journals, Proceedings & Standards
  • You have Basic & Advanced Search Screens
  • Once you type a KEYWORD a suggested terms appear
  • You have option to BROWSE these collections either per TITLE or SUBJECT.
  • Available New Personalization features
  • Attached is a Brochure with short overview of the new Interface features.

CRCnetBASE (Online Books) and the additional Collections. See Online Books Portal

  • REMOTE ACCESS. Library PIN required.
  • Search either per SUBJECT COLLECTION (see below) OR
  • Search with KEYWORDS from the Advanced or the Quick search options.
  • Full-text option to KEYWORD search is available
  • The Book Chapters are in a PDF format and can be downloaded/printed
  • Not all Collections on CRCnetBASE are full-text (not part of a subscription)
  • If you find a book without Full-text availability, than the book is not part of the subscriptions.

IOP Science (Physics, Arxiv e-prints also searchable)

RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry)

RefWorks 2.0 is available. The Library will change to this version in due time. Visit the RefWorks Portal

SpringerLink  (official new interface from August 2010)

If you have any queries or you need training, please contact me:


Newspapers Databases: Trial until 10 April 2010



Currently the Library has two Newspapers Databases on

Trial until 10 April 2010.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports. The United States’ principal record of political and historical open source intelligence. Including the publication series titles Africa (Sub-Sahara),  Asia, etc. Need Help searching?

World Newspaper Archive. Published by Readex, a division of NewsBank, inc., in cooperation with the Center for Research Libraries. Incl. African Newspapers from 1800-1922.

A fully searchable collection of historical newspapers from around the globe. This uniquely comprehensive online resource was created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries – one of the world’s largest and most important newspaper repositories.

Access via the UJ Library website or UJ Sciences Librarian Portal

New Library Resources for 2010

The following databases form part of the UJ Library resources in 2010. Those databases in ‘blue are already available.

 Electronic Databases: Journals/Proceeding/ Theses & Dissertations

Full-text access to:

Electronic Databases: E-Books

Full-text access to:

For more information, contact me:

OVID visit @ UJ Library

Image1377Ovid Regional Sales Manager for Southern Africa, Connie Munsters has visited the University of Johannesburg Library & Information Centre on the 24th of August 2009.  Some of the topics discussed were: E-books; Ovid Universal Search and Ovid Journals platform- the searching strategies.

The meeting was attended by the UJ Information Librarians and representative from the Collection Development.

The UJ Library subscribes to the following databases, available on the OVID Platform:

Some of  these databases are Bibliographic, but Ovid provides links to the full-text articles if available through Subscription or Open access. Direct link to the UJ Library is also available (Currently there are some problems with the linking) .


Please leave a comment if you have any queries or experience a problem. E-mail me on:

CABI launches enhanced Life Sciences delivery platform

CABI launches enhanced Life Sciences delivery platform


CABI has launched a new and improved version of its database platform CAB Direct, incorporating the leading bibliographic databases in life science information – CAB Abstracts and Global Health.

The new CAB Direct offers a better experience for students and researchers as they search for important life science information. The content on CAB Direct has not changed, but the new design will improve its discoverability – saving researchers time and effort.

“Researcher behaviours and expectations are evolving, and the new CAB Direct has been created to ensure we are evolving with them,” said Cristina Ashby, Product Development Manager at CABI. “New technologies have offered an excellent opportunity to create a better, more intuitive and effective product.”

Enhancements include: 

  • MyCABDirect – a personalised area where users can set-up email alerts and RSS feeds based on their search results; share information; and save important searches
  • Faceted searching – users can finely filter information to fit their research needs, based on CABI’s indexing terms and metadata
  • The capability to view full text at the search results level
  • Improved user experience, through a more intuitive interface
  • Suggestions for spelling variations

The new and improved CAB Direct will also abstract snippet views at search results level; save searches to social book marking sites and provide COUNTER compliant usage statistics.

CABI is also pleased to announce the number of full text articles available on CAB Direct, and all other platforms that host our products, has reached 50,000.

Visual demonstration  on how to use the new CAB Direct. To view the new product platform please visit  

 Source: CABI, Media release, 9 June 2009

Leave a comment. Do you think the new platform is improved?

CABI visit to UJ Library & Information Center

Mr Chris Ison from CABI will be visiting South Africa in July 2009. Hi will visit the UJ Library on the 22nd July. He will demonstrate the new CABI platform.

  • Place:Library Auditorium, APK, Level 3
  • Date:  Wednesday, 22 July 2009
  • Time:  09:00 – 11:00

All Botany, Biochemistry & Zoology researchers who do make use of the CABI databases are welcome to attend the presentation. Please confirm your attendance with Pavlinka Kovatcheva:

The UJ Library has a current subscription to the following  CABI databases:

  • Aromatic and Medicinal Plants
  • Crop Physiology
  • Horticulture Science
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Plant Growth Regulations
  • Plant Pathology
  • Post harvest Research

To access the CABI databases go directly to the Sciences Librarian Portal: Quick link to Sciences Resources or go directly to Botany Subject Portal, Biochemistry Supject Portal or Zoology Subject Portal.



World Competitiveness Online

The most comprehensive database on the competitiveness of nations. World Competitiveness Online is based on the leading annual report on the competitiveness of nations, the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, published since 1989, ranking and analysing how a nation’s environment sustains the competitiveness of enterprises.

To access the database you need User name & Password. Contact your subject librarian for assistance.


Chemical Abstracts Online

As from 5/3/2009 the Chemical Abstratcs (SciFinder Scholar) is available to the University of Johannesburg users ONLINE. If you are first time user, you need to REGISTER, before accessing the database. Various portals can give direct access to this database: Sciences Librarian Portal,  Chemistry Subject Portal, other relevant Sciences Subjects Portals and the Library “A-Z Databases“.

Chemical Abstracts is available ON CAMPUS only. Currently the access is for multiple users until 19/05/2009, afterwards the access is restricted to 1 user (at a time) as per license agreement.

For assistance contact the Sciences Librarian at APK,, Tel: 011 559 2621 or your relevant Subject Librarian.

The Chemical Abstracts (SciFinder) is a research discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases containing literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.

To search successfully the Chemical Abstracts (SciFinder) database read the “SciFinder How to Guides” and learn how to search by: research topic; author name; journal or patent, substructure, etc.


Databases Cancellation:

ProQuest databases were cancelled late in 2008 and the access was discontinued  from February 2009. If you were a regular user of Proquest, now you can make use of the other similar databases: EbscoHost Academic Search Previer; Gale Academic OneFile. Also you can use other academic multidisciplinary databases like:  ScienceDirect, SpringerLink and WileyInterscience (Blackwell journals full-text/ Wiley journals Abstracts only). Education journals full-text are available through Wilson’s Education database.  

Database Upgrade:

SciFinder Scholar will be available ONLINE in 2009. Currently the library is speeding the process of signing the license agreement and the arrangement with the access. More information on how to access and use this database online will follow.

Databases new “look & feel”:

American Chemical Society web page had a new “face” since the end of 2008. You can view all ACS journals in alphabetical order or per subject category. If you want to search for articles, click on the ADVANCED search box. Instructions are available to help you with the search strategy. If you have any queries, just contact me for more information (

SAFARI books online  (for IT Professionals) interface has been improved. Access is available for 5 simultaneous users. To search for full-text books, type your keyword and select  “My bookshelf” (400+ titles). You can read directly the search results pages, or you can have a look at the book’ Table of Content. For further assistance, please contact me:

You can access all Sciences Resources from the

Sciences Librarian Portal


These new databases are available to the University of Johannesburg students and staff.

SA Institute of Race Relations The SA Institute of Race Relations is the leading independent research and policy organisation in South Africa. The Institute publishes widely on education, the economy, business, employment, crime, demographics, health, welfare, and politics.

Read the South African Survey Online. Curently the 2007/2008 is available. Split into eight chapters which are regularly updated, this survey provides an overview of the statistics and trends available regarding South Africa. The chapters cover: Demographics, The Economy, Business &  Employments, Education, Health & Welfare, Living conditions and Communications, Crime & Security, Politics & Governance.

Have a look at the Research & Publications by the SA Institute of Race Relations: Fast Facts, SA Survey, Special Research projects, Annual Reports, etc.


Research Channel Online  is a subscriber-only service published by Creamer Media and its features include:

Industry Research Reports: of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
Mining Research Reports: reports into key mining sectors.
Country Profiles: selected updates from Africa.
Advanced Search: facilitating fast and easy navigation.
Magazine Back Copies: of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

It is password protected, please contact your subject librarian for help.

The following Research reports are currently avaiable: Chemicals 2009 (projects under development); Mining projects in progress; Liquid Fuels 2007; Electricity 2008, etc. Research channel offer Industry focus; Mining Focus, Country Focus, etc.


    MaterialsNetBase (full-text electronic books).




World Advertising Research Center provides the largest single source of intelligence for the marketing, advertising, media and research communities worldwide, drawn from more than 40 international sources.

WARC represent an unparalleled body of knowledge on all areas of marketing communications that spans over 45,000 papers, case studies, research reports, news items and summaries, augmented with best practice guides and statistical data.

Subjects covered are: Advertising & Marketing Communication; Case Stusies, Consumers & Customers; Markting & Brand Management; Marketing Intelligence; Media Planning & Buying; Research, The Media.