Millions of searchable, digitized books & journals: HathiTrust


US HathiTrust offers full-text search of millions of digitised books and journals23 Nov 2009

"The HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership among some of the US’s largest academic research libraries, has announced a service that is expected to transform how researchers use the more than 1.6 billion pages (4.6 million volumes) in its collections.

The service allows for full-text searching capabilities across the entire library. Researchers can now search public domain and in-copyright works by keyword or phrase. Based on open source Solr/Lucene technology, the service expands on an experimental search of public domain volumes, introduced in November 2008. Full-text search will continue to be supported across the repository as it grows at a rate of hundreds of thousands of volumes every month.

In combination with the HathiTrust Digital Library’s carefully curated bibliographic data, the new functionality allows researchers to more efficiently locate items relevant to their research. It also lays the foundation for future services such as full-text search with faceted browsing, advanced search, ‘more like this’ options, and tools that can be used in computational research.

HathiTrust ( is a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the University of California system, and the University of Virginia. It currently includes digitised volumes from the University of Michigan, University of California, Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. The HathiTrust partners seek to develop the repository and its services to meet the long-term needs of their academic communities, and offer a unique resource on the Web for scholarship and research."

From today’s Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Geology Resources: The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Geology Resources: The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

"The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) has a well-regarded geology program, and they have created this engaging site to profile the geology of their unique corner of West Texas. Their geology resources page contains the following sections: "Geological Overview", "West Texas Geology", "Interesting Links", "Road Logs", "Cores & Samples & Topo Maps", and "Presentations". The "Geological Overview" area offers a brief rundown of the geological milieu surrounding the UTPB campus. Moving on, the site really comes alive in "West Texas Geology", with insightful descriptions of the Basin and Range Province, faults, folds, igneous intrusions, and a relief map of Texas. Those with a penchant for travel will be delighted with the "Road Logs" area. Essentially, they are geological tour guides for persons driving from Midland to Van Horn, the Guadalupe Mountains, and other locations. Overall, it’s a well-done site, and one that visitors will want to share with friends. "

Source: The Scout Report — November 13, 2009, Univ. of Wisconsin

‘Open Science’ report — part of the UK’s “Research 3.0”

JISC releases ‘Open Science’ report – 13 Nov 2009

"The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), UK, has released a report as part of its ‘Research 3.0 – driving the knowledge economy’ activity, which launches at the end of November. The new ‘Open Science’ report trails key research trends that could purportedly have far-reaching implications for science, universities and the UK society."

"The report looks at how technologies can support the open movement to share data, workflows, methods and research outputs. It also illustrates the vital role librarians could have in supporting these new trends and the recognised need to build relationships between researchers and librarians to support the research of the future."

"Open Science — the future for research?"  Link to this press release:

From KnowledgeSpeak Newsletter

Google Books now has magazine content

Many popular magazines are now included in Google books cover-to-cover.  One can search the whole lot, or within individual titles.  Two of the titles which might be of interest to readers of this news are Popular Mechanics and Popular Science.  The listing by title (cover) is here:

Don’t expect the very latest issues!  The inclusive dates differ for each title.

Source: ResearchBuzz []

iPS cells – Breaking down the barriers to therapeutics

"Cell Press is proud to introduce its inaugural webinar. During this event, three leading experts will discuss the current status of iPS cell technology, with a particular focus on cutting edge iPS methods and progress towards using iPS cells for understanding human disease, drug screening and cell-based therapy."

Register at the link below, for a free Cell Press Webinar:

Date: November 12th 2009

Time: 12:30 pm EST/ 9:30 am PST/ 5:30 pm GMT

Do you know about Researcher ID? (Thomson Reuters)

Researcher ID was devised by ISI/Thomson, for use in Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) to help identify and organize all papers by an author, standardizing author’s names.  Princeton University has a subscription, so you may access this database and add to it, by going through the Library homepage, under "Articles and Databases" then Web of Science .  You may notice that you already have a ResearcherID, and you may want to see if your listing is complete — or needs any corrections!

"ResearcherID, [also] available via, is a global, multi-disciplinary scholarly research community. By assigning a unique identifier to each author who participates, ResearcherID provides an invaluable index to accurate author identification and increases recognition of work and collaboration among researchers."







Recorded Training :  One of which is:



Create a ResearcherID

"Learn how to create your own ResearcherID and build a publication list in this introductory session
(06:45 minutes)."   [It also illustrates EndNote and its use with ResearcherID.]

 You will also gain access to journal analytics and graphics like Impact Factor and H Index.