Vol 6. Issue 18 / May 22, 2006

In Brief

Claire Fraser to Speak in Distinguished Lecturer Series

Claire Fraser, president, director, and investigator at The Institute for Genomic Research, will speak on "Microbial Genomics: Insights Into Pathogen Biology and Evolution" on May 22, from 5:15 to 6:15 PM, as part of the Society of Fellows Distinguished Lecturer Series. The event will be held in the Timken Amphitheater, Green Hospital, La Jolla. For more information, see the Society of Fellows web site.

Health Fair Heads Up
The annual Scripps Research Health Fair on the La Jolla campus is coming up on Wednesday, May 24, from 11 AM to 1 PM. The health fair, which will be held on the walkway in front of the Immunology building, will address a variety of health and wellness topics including fitness, nutrition, safety, and more. There will be health and wellness screenings, fitness and recreation demonstrations, chair massages, giveaways, and food samples from local restaurants. The Benefits Department invites all Scripps Research employees and graduate students to participate in this fun and educational event.

Library Tip: The Magic of Full-Text Linking
Do you ever wonder how a database can take you directly to the full text of an article? Or why it sometimes doesn't? The magic of full-text linking occurs through the OpenURL standard and the use of DOIs (digital object idenitifiers). This all happens behind the scenes and the Kresge Library uses paid and free "link resolvers" to provide the most direct linkage.

SFX is a link resolver and you've probably seen the SFX@TSRI button in many of the databases you search. SFX collects data about the article you are looking at and compares it to the library's holdings to determine if online full text is available. When you click an SFX button, you are shown a link to the full text of the article (where available) as well as other options such as a link to an interlibrary loan form (the form fills in automatically for you!). Another link resolver service is CrossRef, and you may see this as a button in databases as well. This is a free service that when clicked will find out if there is full-text available and direct you there, but it does not compare it to the Kresge Library's holdings.

On occasion, you may be directed to a journal's homepage instead of the article you want. This happens because the publisher has not made direct article linking possible. But most of the time, article-level linking is available through SFX and CrossRef.

For more information, contact the Kresge Library Help Desk, x4-8705 or helplib@scripps.edu.

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