Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SelectedWorks @USF Library

SelectedWorks is a web-based scholarly communications system developed by Berkley Electronic Press.  The University of South Florida contracted access to SelectedWorks to provide faculty with the tools to easily build and maintain their own professionally designed websites.  Individual scholarly websites enables authors to share their articles, presentations, etc. while maintaining control of the dissemination of their work.  For more information about SelectedWorks go to the USF Libraries Selected Works Page

Selected Works is part of the Scholar Commons@USF

Web of Science Direct Export to RefWorks

Good news for ISI Web of Science users! Web of Science now supports direct export of citations to RefWorks. Above and below the Web of Science search results display, a "Save to RefWorks" button has been added.  This feature immediately opens RefWorks. Look for the link to RefWorks at the bottom of your Web of Science results screen

Changes to Find it @USF (SFX)

We recently changed our website's SFX screen, where you 'Find it @USF."

To make it easier to link to full-text resources, the USF Libraries moved to a simplified version of the 'Find it @USF' screen.  This change is based on user feedback. We hope that it is helpful to you.

Changes include:
·         Less clutter
·         Larger font that is easier to read
·         Removing the citation boxes
·         Replacing the GO button with links
·         Icons for the type of resources

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

EndNote vs EndNote Web - what's the difference?

You may be already using Endnote, but did you know that there are two different versions of EndNote? EndNote and EndNote Web. EndNote is an application that runs on your computer. EndNote Web is web-based and it's FREE. Both versions do many of the same things (save citations, create bibliographies automatically in Microsoft Word, etc) but have some differences. Here's a neat little chart that shows the differences

Compare features:
EndNote Web
Save references + +
Organize & edit references + +
Storage capacity (number of references) 10,000 unlimited
Import from many databases and OPACs + +
Cite & format papers with bibliographies + +
Create & save advanced searches   +
Customize views & displays   +
Edit reference import filters & output styles   +
Use term lists for auto-entry   +
Cite tables, figures, & equations   +
Work Offline (anytime/anywhere)   +
Local Personal Files and Documents   +
High Performance Desktop Environment   +

Friday, October 29, 2010


Have you seen the new Ask-A-Librarian button on our website? It's plastered pretty much everywhere. It looks like this most of the time:

When you click on it, it prompts you to enter a name and question, and then we answer it through a live chat. It's pretty neat, really, and we get a lot of traffic this way. 
One thing I like to point out when I tell classes about this service: It really is us! During the highest traffic hours during the day, a USF librarian is sitting in the chat room. When I do my chat hour on Tuesdays, I usually get 5-6 questions. That might not sound like a lot, but chat questions take longer to answer than email or phone questions, so it keeps me pretty busy.

Beginning on October 25th, we started offering text messages as one of the ways you can contact us. There is a dedicated USF number for our texts, and we'll receive it just like an email question. When we reply, it will automatically be sent to you as a text. I'm pretty excited to see how it works out - it sounds like a really great idea, but sometimes it takes a while for stuff like this to catch on.


Welcome to my blog! My name is Susan Silver and I am an Academic Services librarian at the USF Library in Tampa. I am the  library liaison to the Departments of Criminology, Psychology, Aging Studies and Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Social Work and Sociology at USF. I have a librarian at USF for over 20 years and I spend my time providing reference and research service, teaching students about the library, selecting library materials on behalf of the departments I represent, as well as many other things. 

I received both my BS and my MLS  from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. Before coming to USF, I was a law librarian at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. I decided to escape the cold and snow end ended up in Florida. 

I plan to use this blog as a tool to keep me in touch with my departments. Hopefully the faculty and students will find the information I post useful. Things I may post about:

Things I may post about:
  • Library news
  • New databases, new books 
  • Other news that might be of interest
  • Tech tips
  • Spotlight on specific library resources 
  • Requests for purchase
If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to email me.