Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ISI Web of Knowledge - December 2011

30 November 2011 :

ISI Web of Knowledge consists of few databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals in all areas of research:

·       Science Citation Index Expanded™
·       Social Sciences Citation Index®
·       Arts & Humanities Citation Index®
·       Index Chemicus®
·       Current Chemical Reactions®

A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the articles covered by the index. You can use these references to do cited reference searching. A cited reference search enables you to find articles that cite a previously published work.

In addition to cited reference searching, you can search these databases by topic, author, source title, and address.

The two chemistry databases contain graphic representations of the structures and reactions reported in the journal articles they cover. You can search these databases by structure, by compound/reaction details, and by bibliographic information (topic, author, source title, address). Please LOGOFF after finish the search session.

For some background information on the database, please go to the USM Library Website at:

(2)               Databases: login to databases (e-Resources)
(3)               ISI Web of Knowledge

Monday, November 28, 2011

Knowledge Society Indicators

28 November 2011 :

Prepared by Erra Fazira Hashim (Librarian, Customer Relation Division) 

Last month, I have attended one seminar about “Knowledge Society”. For me, the seminar is very good and I get more new knowledge. Here, I would like to share several indicators of knowledge society. An overview, knowledge society is all about creating, sharing and using knowledge to bring prosperity and sense of well-being to its people. With this new paradigm, the information society evolves and we are now entering the knowledge society. In this relation, a number of knowledge society indicators have been developed. Here, there are few indicators can be considered to measure the knowledge society such as:

Number of educational institutions
We can see the number of educational institutions has increased from time to time. For example in Malaysia, the public university has increased from 14 universities to 22 universities. All these universities have their own specialty and uniqueness. From this growth, we know that university as a knowledge organization can contribute a new ideas or new knowledge and give a positive impact to the society.  However, we must make sure that the quality of lecturers, resources to education, management and of infrastructure are improved, so that no one will deny on the quality of education.

Qualitative measurement of the use of, and access to, modern ICTs
With these modern ICTs like chat, e-mail, blog, tweeter and the most popular one is facebook, we can say that the knowledge can be created, distributed, disseminated, manipulated, used and shared in real time without time and space barriers. More people can be reached simultaneously and be exposed to more information and knowledge in an interactive way. The society is heavily reliant on ICTs and they also can build their own social authority easily and efficiently. They might be smart and proactive but on the other angle, they can become too dependent on ICTs, not proactive in manual work, naive, to spoiled, easily led to be online and they have no experience with life, which is what they need to survive.

Number of Research and Development (R&D)
R&D and higher education increasingly play a crucial role in knowledge production and innovation to meet new demands in today’s environment (Britz, Lorc, Coetzeee & Bestere, 2006). This has led to greater investment in knowledge production and innovation-led society. It’s true because we know that R&D can contribute the new knowledge and creative work in order to increase the stock of knowledge, and the use of this stock of knowledge can give big impact on social and cultural value, educational programs, political activities and economic growth. For example in library perspective, by doing research in information literacy programs, a new idea on online and interactive teaching module can be created. Findings of the research can give positive impact to the teaching, learning and research programs in the University.

 Number of scientists or researchers in a country
Scientist or researcher is a person who does research, the search for knowledge or in general any systematic investigation to establish facts. They are also engaged in a continuous learning process involving the recombination of codified information and tacit knowledge to generate new knowledge (Mansell & Wehn, 1998). With this regard, that’s why number of scientists or researchers can be considered one of the indicators for knowledge society.

Number of patents filed in a country
A patent is a form of intellectual property. A patent gives us ownership and rights related to our invention and subsequent product(s). A patent protects our invention so that others can’t create, market or sell the product without our expressed consent (Ballew, 2011). Here can be concluded that one way to know the creation of new idea or knowledge is from the intellectual property or this invention and they are listed in patent. In patent no duplicate of idea or invention and information in patent can be trusted and reliable. In addition, patent also shows the development of knowledge and in line with knowledge society.

Number of articles published in highly ranked scholarly journals
Articles published in highly ranked scholarly journals are one evidence to indicate the proliferation of knowledge. They are widely used in academic circles and one of the research evaluation tools in all universities in the world. The general purpose of this is to measure the university productivity and quality. This is also one of the medium which knowledge can be shared, disseminated and finally gives influence to the knowledge society.

From the analysis, it can be concluded that development of knowledge society depends, to a large extent, on developments in socioeconomic sectors, such as education, R&D, ICT, telecommunication, and the media. Information and knowledge bring phenomenal power, not only for economic reasons, but for achieving a desired quality of social, cultural, and political life. But one issue need to give attention with this development is our society can become ‘media-obsessed’ or ‘sms native’. They don’t have a quality of life, everything in shortcut way and highly dependent on these media (especially computer, internet, television and cellular phones). Media saturation can appear to have an adverse effect on knowledge society. So these worrying trends need to be controlled and necessary plan and action should be taken for sustainable development of society.


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Britz, J. J., Lorc, P. J., Coetzeee, I. E. M., & Bestere, B.C. (2006). Africa as a knowledge
society: a reality check. The International Information & Library Review, 38, 25–40. Retrieved November 1, 2011, from ScienceDirect Database.
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for sustainable development. UK: Oxford University Press.
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Monday, November 21, 2011


21 November 2011 :

The 15th Consal (Congress of Southeast Asian librarians)Meeting & General Conference

28 - 31 May 2012
Bali, Indonesia

Conference Theme

"National Heritage: Preservation and Dissemination"

Latest News

  1. 28 November, 2011 - Registration form (hardcopy version) now can be downloaded. See registration section
  2. 24 November, 2011 - Early registration due date postponed to December 31, 2012. See the registration section
  3. 20 September, 2011 - Information about accomodation is now available.
    See "travel and accomodation" section.
  4. 09 August, 2011 - Information about Registration is now avaliable. See "registration" section
  5. 09 August, 2011 - Information about Meeting and Conference Venue is now avaliable, See "about this event" section.
  6. 12 July, 2011 - The Organizing Committee of CONSAL XV General Conference 2012 invites submission of papers. For further information, see "programme" section.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Information Search Skills (subject based) Workshops

19 November 2011 :

Information Search Skills (subject based) Workshops will be run upon request from Dean/Lecturers of Schools/Centres of the Universiti Sains Malaysia. The Workshops of 1-2 hours can accomodate groups of 15-70 students and will be conducted in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Library. (Any other venue outside the Library will also be considered).

Please contact the following address for further details: Reference and Information Division Hamzah Sendut Library I Universiti Sains Malaysia Library 11800 Penang TEL : (04)6533888 ext. 3723 FAX : (04) 6571526 E-MAIL :

ILS Workshop & EndNote Workshop

19 November 2011 :


The Universiti Sains Malaysia Library organises Information Literacy Skills and Information Search Skills (subject based) Workshops for its academic staff and students.  All are welcome to join this free sessions/workshops are as follows:

for students, academic staff, members of USM Library Time: 8.30 - 10.30 a.m.     Daily: Monday - Friday Place: Electronic Information Service Centre (PPME)
           3rd Floor, Hamzah Sendut Library 1
Topics covered: 1. Introduction to Library Research 2. Reference resources: Abstracts and Indexes, Bibliographies, Dictionaries,                                       Encyclopaedias, etc. 2. KRISALIS; USM Library OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) 3. USM Library Electronic Information Gateway (Virtual Library) (
EbscoHost, ProQuest, JSTOR, Emerald,
ScienceDirect, SpringerLink, Engineering Village 2, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, ISI Web of Knowledge, Springer LINK, FSTA, MathSci, Dissertation Abstracts, NSTP e-Media, PALMOILIS, SirimLink,LawNet, Index to Theses

 * Inhouse databases: Theses and Examination Question Papers, Newspaper Cutting                                          USM Staff Publications (PKTA)
 * Subject Libraries: Arts, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences,                                               Communication, Computer Sciences, Education,                                               Humanities, Housing, Building & Planning,                                               Industrial Technology, Management, Mathematics,                                               Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Social Sciences,                                               Medical Sciences     * Malaysian Links     * Reference Resources 4. e-Books: SpringerLink, SIAM, Netlibrary, ebrary
5. Evaluation of information resources 6. Documentation/Citation styles
7. EndNote - Bibliographic Management Software (Every Monday)

Please register or make an appointment at the Reference & Information Service Counter, 2nd Floor, Hamzah Sendut Library 1.

Librarian facilitators:
Habsah Abdul Rahman
Husriati Hussain
Noor Anisah Khadiri

Mohd Ikhwan Ismail

For more information Literacy Skills & Information Search Skills Workshops conducted in the Engineering Library, Engineering Campus, please contact:Norshuhada Saidin
For more information Literacy Skills & Information Search Skills Workshops conducted in the Hamdan Tahir 

Library, Health Campus Kelantan, please contact:
Nik Asmak Nik Idris

Friday, November 11, 2011

World eBook Library is now accessible from the Library Website

11 November 2011 :

Over 2,000,000 Research, Rare & Special e-Books and e-Documents fully downloadable. More than 500 years worth of books digitally restored and conveniently searchable across 200 specialty research collectio…ns. e-Books and e-Documents available in over 230 languages. This is the world’s largest database of portable e-Books. Key academic subjects covered include:
Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Economy, Management, Government, History, Agriculture, Medicine, Education, Fine Arts, Languages, Law, Literature, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anthropology, and Medicine.

The trial version let users to explore everything..please do so before expired!!!!

or click:

Monday, November 07, 2011

Book Review: Remote Research

7 November 2011 :

Prepared/Reviewed by Ummie Nazira Ali (Librarian, Automation Division) 

Remote Research: Real Users, Real Time, Real Research
Nate Bolt and Tony Tulathimutte
Call Number
Q180.55.M4 B725 2010

 "Don’t waste your life doing meaningless research"

In Remote Research Nate Bolt, and Tony Tulathimute use their knowledge and experience in user testing and experience design to share about the benefits of using remote research when conducting user testing. The book is written from the assumption that the reader has some knowledge of user testing, but is still very palatable for some who have not conducted any lab or remote testing.

The book also provides a comprehensive list of different tools that can be used during remote testing and shares the pro’s and con’s of them so that you can make a decision as to what tools will work best for your situation. There is a wide array of tools that can be used online or from your desktop and really shows that with a few resources you can do all the testing you need and stay within’ or below budget without sacrificing the quality of test results.

This book is a must for anyone who is involved in or is planning user testing in anyway. There is valuable insight and great resources throughout the book, Nate and Tony bring a fun, practical approach to sharing their knowledge and experience in remote  user testing.

If your interest has been peaked… or you have been looking for good user testing, design, and UX books/resources make sure check out Remote Research and other Rosenfeld Media titles.

Make sure to check out the companion site for remote research

Thursday, November 03, 2011

EndNote X5 - Check it out!!

3 November 2011 :

Dear all users,

For your information, you can get the latest version of ENDNOTE (X5) from our Reference Counter.
Please bring your pen-drive so we can transfer the installer to your pen-drive.
CLICK HERE for EndNote X5 Online Tutorials!

Important Note! : The Online Tutorials are showing only new features of EndNote X5. Therefore, please register to our Class for learn how to use the EndNote completely.

Thomson Reuters EndNote® X5 New Features
Introducing EndNote X5
EndNote has consistently provided a smart choice for advanced, yet easy bibliographies. Now, you may even call it brilliant with new intelligent features that make your life easier and give you more time to write about what matters most—your research.
Add and Transfer File Attachments to the Web
With EndNote X5 you can attach files to an EndNote Web record, or transfer file attachments between the Web and your computer. Once you register EndNote X5 with your EndNote Web account, you will also receive up to 1GB of Web storage for file attachments and increased storage for up to 25,000 references. Select the new paperclip on an EndNote Web record to view a list of attachments—it’s that easy!
View and Annotate PDF files
The Quick Edit tab expands in EndNote X5 to include a preview of attached PDF files.You can adjust the size of both windows to facilitate editing a record while viewing the PDF. And, you can annotate a PDF with highlights and/or comments. For records with multiple attachments, the viewer allows you to quickly navigate between PDF files without having to use menus or scroll to the File Attachment field.
Update References Automatically
It’s easy to update existing records in EndNote X5. Simply select a record, choose the “Find Reference Updates” command, and EndNote searches online for updated reference data. If updates are found, EndNote highlights the differences in a side-by-side comparison of the new and existing reference. You can choose to update the empty fields only, replace all the fields, or copy and paste specific information. A great time-saver when searching for PMCID and NIHMSID numbers for existing references!
New Cite While You Write Options
You can save time with new conditional formatting that substitutes data for empty fields automatically. For example, the URL field can be inserted for records without a DOI. Look for the new “Field Substitution” option in the Output Style Editor. A new citation style—Author (Year)—is now available in Microsoft Word along with over 5,000 new and updated output styles.
Other new features:
    • Compare duplicate references quickly with auto-highlights and locked scrolling.
    • Use a new reference type—Music—and new fields in the Journal Article reference type—Article Number and NIHMSID.
  • Maintain links to the original PDF file when importing PDFs to create new references.

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