If you are a RefWorks user, you may notice that when you log into your RefWorks account and select tools, you will see that a new version of WNC 4 was released Jan 4, 2013. There are new features and bug fixes in this version. However, this newest version does not work with Microsoft Office 2013.
Office 2013 users should continue using earlier version of WNC 4 if you already have it installed. You could also use WNC 3 or One Line/Cite View to format in-text citations and bibliographies.
We have asked RefWorks for an estimated time of release of updated WNC version compatible with Office 2013, and they are unable to project. They have confirmed that WNC 3 will continue to be supported/updated for some time.
Also, we have updated the webpage that appears when the RefWorks link from the Hardin Library home page is selected. The information previously on this page has all been moved to a new display format, with a news/updates box at top of page. Note other important link relocation in below screenshot.
Please continue to contact the reference desk or your librarian liaison if you have questions or problems with RefWorks or WNC. We will direct you to RefWorks technical support when necessary.
There are a few new features available in PubMed this week. There is now an option within a single citation abstract view to add items to favorites. This is similar to the clipboard function, but requires that you are signed in to your NCBI account (which is free and allows you to save searches, create folders and share citations.) This allows you to easily save citations permanently to your collections.
The other recent change is the addition of a menu option to send citations to a citation manager. This works very well for importing citations into Endnote.
Here is a series of screen captures to demonstrate the process for Endnote Import using Microsoft’s IE 9.
Step 1: Select desired citation and then use the send to menu on the top right side, select citation manager radio button, and then select create file.
Step 2: If you are using IE, select open when prompted.
Step 3: Choose PubMed import filter and references will be imported.
Other browsers may perform differently. For example, in Firefox, steps 1 and 2 are the same but the file open prompt is different.
For Refworks Import, instead of opening file, save file instead.
Follow steps 1 and 2 but then save file generated instead of opening (both IE and firefox).
Select the appropriate import filter, attach saved file, and import.
Google is frequently experimenting to enhance the search experience. But a recent change frustrated many users: the + operator was eliminated. This is how it worked: the searcher could use the + character after a term to find pages with the exact word in them. Now, it is suggested that instead of using the +, searchers should use quotation marks around a word to retrieve results with the exact word present. Example: instead of searching for Iowa +news, search Iowa “news.” In case you are curious, the – character still works to exclude words after it from your search results. For example: Iowa – university would retrieve results with Iowa but exclude results with the word university. For many passionate comments and conversations about these changes, visit the following pages:
Wired Epicenter Search Engine Land Google Help Forum
Another fairly recent change was the removal of the link on the front page to advanced search. Now the advanced search feature will display only after a search is performed. Or, the searcher cand navigate directly to it by going to the top right side of the page, as shown below:
If you are wondering why you might bother using advanced search, consider that there are ways to narrow your search results to a more relevant group, and maybe even more importantly, a more manageable size. Check out the advanced search options to see which ones may help you!
For more hints on how to take advantage of other features of Google Web search, visit:
Google help pages Search Engine Land summary
Please contact your liaison librarian or the reference desk if you need more information on web or database search strategies.