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More users, new procedures for FirstSearch

FirstSearch, the online access system connecting University researchers to 23 databases from home, office, or library terminals, is now available to more users, and user registration procedures have changed.

In response to demand, the libraries are opening up all 23 databases to all students, faculty and staff, moving beyond an earlier focus on River Campus users. This expanded access requires a form of global address verification. Off-campus address verification requires the use of only one Internet service provider. The University has therefore negotiated with the VivaNET service to provide access to library electronic products from off-campus.

If your home computer already has VivaNET access, you can use a web browser such as Netscape to go into the World Wide Web, or you can telnet. Via the web, the FirstSearch address is http://rodent.lib.rochester.edu/main/fsearch/default2.htm. If you prefer, you can reach FirstSearch from the University home pages by choosing Libraries, then Search resources on-line, then FirstSearch. For telnet users, the FirstSearch address is zappa.lib.rochester.edu.

If you do not currently have a VivaNET account for your home computer, you can obtain one by taking your current University picture ID card to the VivaNET office at 1555 East Henrietta Road.

Among the most popular databases for University users of FirstSearch are Inspec (for physics, electronics, and computing), WorldCat (the FirstSearch version of the OCLC database, showing books and other titles in libraries worldwide), EconLit (index to economic literature) and MLA (Modern Language Association index to literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore).

GIS Course Offered

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a course offered by the River Campus Libraries, will be taught the week of June 9 and repeated the week of June 16. Each course will consist of five classes held Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in Room 226, Rush Rhees Library. Registration is free to University faculty, staff, and students. The course textbook costs $60.

Geographic Information Systems are software and analysis tools that allow display, manipulation, and analysis of spatial data. GIS is widely used in government, business, and industry, and is finding increasing importance in academic disciplines. ArcView, a popular GIS software program, will be featured. A licensed ArcView instructor will teach the course, which will include an introduction to GIS, how to use your data in ArcView GIS, where to find data, and a brief introduction to Avenue programming. Registration deadline is Friday, May 23. For registration and information, contact Sue Hubbard, x5-4461.

IDEAL Offers Electronic Journals

University staff, faculty, and students are getting better acquainted with IDEAL, the online Academic Press service offering 175 electronic journals. For the first three months of 1997, UR logins to IDEAL averaged 375 - 400 per month.

IDEAL offers full-text electronic versions of journals in many disciplines, including biomedical sciences, economics, engineering, life sciences, mathematics and computer science, physical and environmental sciences, psychology, and social sciences.

Besides using the hot links from individual journal titles listed in Voyager, University users can access the IDEAL database by selecting Voyager on the web, then clicking on "Electronic Journals," then "Direct Login Via IP Address." From the "regular" version of Voyager within the libraries, choose "Databases" at the introductory Voyager screen, then "One Stop," then "Electronic Journals," then "Direct Login Via IP Address." Instructions for downloading the full-text articles are provided within IDEAL.

Besides using the hot links from individual journal titles listed in Voyager, users can access the IDEAL database by clicking on "Electronic Journals" after selecting Voyager on the web. From the "regular" version of Voyager within the libraries, choose"Databases" at the introductory Voyager screen, then "One Stop," then "Electronic Journals." Instructions for downloading the full-text articles are provided within IDEAL.

More information about searching the IDEAL collection is available by calling any University Libraries reference desk.

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