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Current Issue (Issue 160)

Thought of the Week:- "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
reSearcher:- http://www.theresearcher.ca/ Free, Open Source Suite.

reSearcher is a suite of open source tools designed to consolidate the diverse electronic and print resources of today's academic libraries into an integrated information delivery system. reSearcher enables academic libraries to provide students and researchers with streamlined access to an integrated array of information resources. Together, reSearcher's components deliver rich portal-type functionality, presenting a unified interface to research databases, library and union catalogues, internet search engines, and other electronic information sources. reSearcher's component modules help to manage the complexity by linking together a wide range of disparate resources; providing students, researchers, and librarians with the tools to locate, obtain and manage the information they need. The four main modules of reSearcher are:

GODOT -A full-text link resolver and interlibrary holdings locator and requesting system. It is web-based software which enables library patrons to view and request the holdings of your library and other libraries of your choice. When used with the CUFTS knowledgebase, Godot will also provide direct links to full-text articles in your library's electronic collections.

CUFTS -A full-text link resolver, knowledgebase, and electronic collection management tool. Electronic collection management features include a Title List Comparison tool, Title List Exporter, MARC record generator, and statistical usage tool.

Citation Manager -A tool for capturing, managing and exporting bibliographic data in a wide range of formats. It allows faculty, students and staff to quickly and accurately capture document citations or references from the Library's databases. Citations can be exported to commercial reference management software like ISI's EndNote.

dbWiz -A cross-database search tool. It gives users of library resources a quick and effective means of choosing the right research resource. dbWiz gives librarians the ability to create a customized search profile. A search profile consisting of any number of databases can then be searched at a single point of access.

reSearcher is developed by Simon Fraser University Library for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

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Site of the Week:- http://www.ojose.com/

OJOSE (Online JOurnal Search Engine) is a powerful free scientific search engine enabling you to make search-queries in different databases by using only 1 search field. With OJOSE you can find, download or buy scientific publications (journals, articles, research reports, books, etc.) in up to 40 different databases. This Scientific Meta Search engine is created in 2000 but very few queries are made using this. Probably there is a need to promote it. One needs to give a keyword and select the desired database. All major databases are listed. One can also search for a Journal Title. Internet search can be done on general and scientific search engines. Search History is stored and can be printed.


That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal