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Whonamedit.com - biographical dictionary of medical eponyms

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is an attempt to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person. Eventually, this will include more than 15.000 eponyms and more than 6.000 persons. As of October2nd 2005, there are 7418 eponyms described in 3609 main entries. These eponyms are linked to 2952 persons:90 female and 2862 male.

Here is the link: Whonamedit.com

Yahoo Desktop Search and Yahoo financial columns launched

An article in the Information week reported that Yahoo plans on making the finished version of its free desktop search software available soon.

"The updated release includes a contextual word search function called "LiveWords," which allows users to use selected text in applications like Microsoft Word as a search query. By clicking on the LiveWords button provided by the Yahoo software, users will be presented with a "search snack," which is to say search results based on highlighted text. The software can index content from over 300 different file types, including Microsoft Office applications, Adobe PDF, and assorted music and video formats."

Read the complete article at: Yahoo Desktop Search Released.
Yahoo has also launched "a series of exclusive financial columns from authors, economists and financial advisers, as the entertainment portal expanded use of its own content."

Gigablast Search Engine Among GSA's Top Three Picks for Ongo

in its Technology section pointed out an excellent search tool called Gigablast, the largest and freshest webpage indices in the world.

Exerpt: "Gigablast Gigablast provides users with revolutionary hypertechnology for searching an entire category within the directory, pages within a base category, or sites within a base category, for any topic in the directory, in effect, instantly creating over 500,000 vertical search engines."

Read more about Gigablast at Gigablast Features.

Read the full article at:

Gigablast Search Engine Among GSA's Top Three Picks for Ongoing FirstGov.gov Search Services.

IndMED - database covering Indian biomedical journals

database covers prominent peer reviewed Indian biomedical journals.
Database is designed to provide medical professionals/researchers/students and the medical library professional quick and easy access to Indian literature.

Scope: Indian contribution in the areas of biomedical research and health care has been significant and conforming to international standards. However, only a small fraction of it is available for reference through international bibliographic databases. The ICMR-NIC Centre for Biomedical Information (Indian MEDLARS Centre or IMC) has designed and developed a bibliographic database of peer reviewed Indian biomedical literature.
This database covers
prominent Indian journals.

MetaMED is a meta-search tool to search IndMED and PubMed with single click.

U.S. Government RSS feeds

U.S. Government RSS Library provides RSS feeds on many areas such as Census and Agricultural Data and Statistics, Education, Science, Business and Economics, Health and more. The web site also provides a link to a page that provides a nice introduction to RSS feeds.

New technologies to spread HIV/AIDS information

Maitrayee Ghosh, now at the Indian Institute of Technology, presented a paper at the World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA General Conference and Council
"Libraries - A voyage of discovery"
on the role of information professionals, public libraries and how together they can employ E-learnig and new technologies to spread HIV/AIDS information to unprivileged population in India.

Complete paper can be accessed from:

Save the society from an AIDS epidemic: Indian Public libraries in the current perspective


Excerpt from the paper:
"Info-Thela" project of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur:
A project called "Info-thela," or "info-cart" aims to use wireless technology to disseminate
health information and improve health care in India's villages, where most of the country's 1.06 billion people live. It aims to improve public health by facilitating the flow of health information, using the Internet."

World’s first ‘Rollable Display’ pocket e-reader

recently reported an interesting article on rollable pocket e-reader called the Concept Readius.


"The Readius is basically an electronic document reader, which can display a scale larger than the device on which it is being read. In essence, if you are using a small screen mobile device, the Readius can increase the display size to make it more comfortable for you regardless of the fact that your screen is on the smaller side."

Read the full article at:

Philips showcases world’s first ‘Rollable Display’ pocket e-Reader at IFA 2005

ASCE Special Collection- Hurricane Events and Analysis

ASCE has put together a nice web page linking

technical papers on hurricanes and disaster response. These link right to the pdf's from ASCE publications. Here is the URL:

Hurricane Events Analysis, Response and Mitigation

An ASCE Special Collection of Published Journal and Magazine Articles and Proceedings Papers
It covers articles on areas such as

Evacuation and Shelters, Levees, Models and Simulation, Prediction and Planning, Storm Gusts
Structural Performance and Damage assessment

Google Scholar, other databases and the research process

UCLA Libraries in their section on search and find provides an interesting and very useful comparision of Google scholar and other reserach databases. According to Google Scholar, Search Engines, Databases, and the Research
this web site, "You may find that Google Scholarâ„¢ gives you a quick overview of a topic and can quickly point you toward relevant material but that your results may not be as current or as comprehensive as you need."

As reported in the Distant Librarian Blog
, "One of the highlights is the Camtasia Studio screencast comparing results and search options in Schoogle and PsycINFO. Nicely done, and something I should do too..."

Jay's presentation Google Scholar and other Information Resource Tools: Constructive Analysis also compares Google Scholar with some other electronic subscription based databases including Ei Compendex, ScienceDirect and Web of Science. This presentation also attempts to point out when Google Scholar is best to use and when other resources can be more appropriate to locate the information you need.
(NOTE: This Powerpoint was developed in April 2005 for a presentation at the Drexel COAS E-Learning-Google Scholar Seminar and some of the links included may require updating)

Jay's commentary on Google Scholar was posted by Randy Reichardt in his blog scitech library question under the title Google Scholar -Commentary by Jay Bhatt

A9.com maps

Drexel COAS E-Learning blog
points out an interesting visual map resource called A9 from Amazon. Separately branded and operated subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., A9.com opened its Palo Alto, California, doors in October 2003. According to the entry in the blog,"If you thought GoogleMaps Google Maps

cool because you could see your house on the satellite view, check out A9.com Maps. It has street level pictures of several large cities. That means you can actually take a virtual walk down a particular street."

The War on Splogging: Fighting an Online Cancer

Andy carvin in his Digital Divide Network Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth writes, "Doc Searls has an excellent post this morning about the dire need for search engine companies to engage in a war on splogging. Splogging is a term coined by Mark Cuban to describe blogs with no added value, existing solely to trick people into visiting and exposing them to advertising. Splogs are often encountered in two ways: by searching for a key word on a search engine, or receiving it as a fradulent hit through your RSS aggregator."

See the complete article at: The War on Splogging: Fighting an Online Cancer.

KnowledgeStorm Launches Vertical Search Engine

Information Today's Weekly News Digest reports," KnowledgeStorm
announced the launch of KnowIT
(http://www.knowit.com), its specialized vertical search engine for technology. KnowIT provides business and technology professionals with a set of destinations and information on the Web, promising to deliver the most relevant set of technology-related search results. KnowIT is one of the key sites in the KnowledgeStorm Network, which includes more than 150 sites that distribute content on technology solutions. KnowledgeStorm said that the initial launch of KnowIT will be the first step of many that it is making to simplify and improve access to technology information on the Internet."

The full story:

Information Today-Weekly News Digest

One important resource that I found was the Biometrics Research Center website from The Information Technology Laboratory of the NIST
KnowIT top searches include: CRM Software, RFID, Email Marketing, Enterprise Resource Planning, Free White Papers, COLD, Small Business Software, Banking White Papers, Biometrics, Video Conferencing Software, Document Management, etc.


David Dillard in his Net-Gold Listserv Net-Gold Listservreports an interesting web site on plagiarism

Catching Digital cheaters. The content in this web site is from the The Educational CyberPlayGroundâ„¢ site which provides access to sites such as 'On most campuses, over 75% of students admit to some cheating - Cell phones send text messages and photos of exams to other students','Lawyers for Boston University are trying to end the sale of term papers over the Internet by filing a lawsuit against eight "paper mills', 'Cut-and-Paste Plagiarism' plus many more useful sites on detecting and preventing plagiarism. This inspired me think about some questions on plagiarism and how librarians can assist their faculty members in their classes. The questions are:

In your institutions and organizations what measures are taken to educate students about plagiarism? What is the library's role in teaching
plagiarism related issues to students enrolled in various courses? Are there specific workshops taught by the librarians to faculty and students in your institutions? Is it possible to share presentations and powerpoint slides on this imortant topic?

Marine science resources: Starting points for researchers...

Peter Fritzler has compiled resources for marine science researchers and students in his article
Marine science resources: Starting points for researchers and students published in ALA/ACRL's C&RL News, July/August, 2005.

Library collaboration with student chapters

On Tuesday, 27th April 2004, Drexel University’s IEEE Student Branch showcased an event at the Stern Seminar Room in the Hagerty Library. David Hamer, who is the visiting research scholar at the Bletchley Park Trust, custodians of the cryptographic museum at Bletchley Park in the UK, gave a very stimulating talk on codes, ciphers, and the development of the Enigma machine during the pre- and post-world war II era. IEEE student chapter members, faculty, IEEE staff, and the library staff worked together to ensure the success of this event that brought close to 75 students to the presentation. Many of these students came directly from their class on ‘Cryptology’ and got an opportunity to actually see the enigma machine that David had brought with him.

A Similar event was conducted in April 2005, too.

NOTE: Here students were required to bring a citation from IEEE Xplore database about Enigma machine to be eligible as entratnts for the raffle for MP3 player .This event was sponsored by the IEEE, with funding for food and drinks by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University, and other arrangements by the Library.

See the complete article at

Drexel University IEEE Branch Hosts Talk on Enigma Machine

Recently, we published a paper at the ASEE conference highlighting these events. It can be accessed from

A successful collaborative partnership among the faculty and librarians at Drexel University with the IEEE.

Information seeking skills - some questions

I am intersted in getting some insights into how our library users develop and apply research skills to locate information that they need. For this purpose, I have developed five questions below. I encourgae everyone to participate in this discussion since different ideas generated in the process will help us to understand our user community better. Any feedback you can provide is much appreciated.

1.How effective is the bibliographic instruction vs individual/group consultations in teaching information skills to students?

2. How do we promote and teach RSS feeds/blogs availability to keep uptodate with new information from scholarly sources (journal articles, key word searching alerts in a database)? How do we know that our users are benefitted from RSS feeds of new information?

3. How do we incorporate Google Scholar so that both the Google Scholar and eresources not available (such as full text ebooks from Knovel, neurosciencenetbase, engnetbase, chemnetbase, online encyclopedias such as Ullmann's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry, conference papers from INSPEC and ei village, etc.) are efficiently used?

4. Weather conducting surveys on library resources would bring awareness of availability of them to faculty and students? if so, what may be the best ways to conduct them? How do we collect data? How can we interpret this data in teaching information skills?

5. Is the point of need instruction (when students and faculty need, they come and ask for information) vs. library created web sites/information delivery/workshops more useful on teaching information literacy skills?

Andy Carvin Launches Mobcasting Developers Forum

Andy Carvin of
the Digital Divide Network has created a
new email list and Web community for people interested in recording and receiving podcasts over mobile phones.

To learn more about mobcasting, please visit Andy Carvin's blog entry, entitled When Mobile Podcasting Leads to Mobcasting

Andy Carvin has also created a web community for Mobcasting called DDN Community.

Autodiscovery of podcasts by keyword filtering

This article reports a procedure to find podcasts based on keyword filtering. They are automatically updated. This article addresses thequestion, "I don't mind looking for podcasts now, but how do I set it up so I get running information about new podcasts that mention things I'm interested in".
To access, please go to

For Squidward: Setting up Auto-Discovery of Podcasts By Keyword

This interesting article was reported in Researchbuzz (August 9th)

Electronic books usage preference

One question that I like to explore is how electronic books are currently being used by students and faculty in universities. Computer related books such as those from Safari and Books24x7 are heavily used but I also observe that if available in print they are always checked out. Many students have told me that they prefer a print copy even when that book was avilable electronically. Those books with chapters with large number of equations are preferred in print form as indicated by students. At this point, I had asked this question to about 15 students and atleast 8 of those preferred print, three preferred either print or electronic and four wanted them in the electronic form. Although not a large sample, such responses have motivated me to conduct a survey on a larger scale which plan to do sometime in Fall. Meanwhile, I will be thrilled to hear what type of preferences users have from your institutions. Reference type books such as handbooks, tables, those from Knovel/ENGnetBASE/REFEREX are preferred electronically and are very heavily used at Drexel. Your responses are greatly appreciated.

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