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: pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za


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 www.cabdirect2.org  

 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: pkovatcheva@uj.ac.za.

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.