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JACS beta & mobile access Wednesday, 12 August 2009 10:00 am

Posted by Dongmei in e-journals, mobile libraries.
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American Chemical Society (ACS) has begun a major mobile-oriented initiative for its publications:

Mobile Table of Contents (TOC)

The goal of this beta project is to create the most useful and enjoyable mobile experience possible. Specifically, this project focuses on browsing Tables of Contents.

Mobile Article

The goal of this beta project is to create the most useful and enjoyable mobile experience possible. Specifically, this project focuses on formatting an article for viewing on a mobile device.

Supported Devices

All mobile devices with a web browser should be able to view both the Mobile TOC and the Mobile Article, but the full functionality of the Mobile TOC is limited to more modern mobile web browsers that have JavaScript turned on.

It started with JACS (Journal of the Amer Chem Soc) Beta.

[My thanks go to Gerry McKiernan’s Mobile Libraries blog post.]

Have you seen a moonbow before? Tuesday, 11 August 2009 2:06 pm

Posted by Dongmei in astronomy, Internet Resources.
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NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day for yesterday (8/10/09) captures a moonbow, several rainbows, the starry sky visible in 2009 February over Patagonia in Chile.  I’ve never seen a moonbow before, have you?

Had stayed in Honolulu for almost 5 years before moved to mainland, I’ve seen plenty of rainbows (you’ll see a lot if you stay on the campus of the Univ of Hawai’i at Manoa).  As you can see, moonbows are lit by the moon just as rainbows are lit by the sun.  Both rainbows and moonbows are created by light being scattered inside small water droplets, typically from a nearby rainfall.  It’s still fascinating to see it … even in a video.

remote access to SciFinder Tuesday, 16 June 2009 4:47 pm

Posted by Dongmei in chemistry, databases.
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Last week one chem professor told me that he had trouble accessing the new SciFinder Web version remotely, and he indicated that this was not just him, a few others had the same problem.  I thought I would go through the authentication process again, hoping that this will clear things up.

After you register for your username and password via SciFinder Registration, if you’re at home (or somewhere remotely), don’t just go to http://scifinder.cas.org, that will not work.  You have to go to the link on the Library’s Database Page http://library.cofc.edu/search_collection/databases.php (and click on S) or go to the Chemistry LibGuide http://libguides.library.cofc.edu/chemistry (click on the tab: Find Articles), either way it will take you to this link SciFinder Web Version (http://nuncio.cofc.edu/login?url=https://scifinder.cas.org/scifinder).  Alternatively, you can bookmark this link too.

What this link does is it will take you through the EZProxy Server, which authenticate you as a CofC affiliate (it will ask for your Cougar domain account, basically your cofc email before the @ sign, same password).  After that, you use the SciFinder username and password that you registered to log into SciFinder.

It’s what I call a double authentication process, hopefully, ACS will eventually drop the username authentication, just use the EZProxy authentication like everybody else is doing.

Hopefully this clear things up for you all.  If you still have trouble access it remotely, don’t hesitate to contact me (email remains the best way to contact me, or poke me in Facebook).

Kindle 2: next chapter in wireless reading Friday, 3 April 2009 4:47 pm

Posted by Dongmei in e-books.
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Have you seen it?  Kindle 2 is here.  It has a sleeker design, more storage, longer battery life.  It will even read to you, if you choose so. All for $359.

Not a bad idea for a birthday?  I’d really like one for myself.

Check out more about this new version of Kindle here.

Using Internet Explorer 8 with SciFinder Tuesday, 31 March 2009 10:29 am

Posted by Dongmei in chemistry, databases.
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from CAS:

On March 19, 2009, a new version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 8, was  released. Internet Explorer 8 is currently incompatible with SciFinder; however, researchers can use a built-in compatibility setting that allows you to view SciFinder as displayed in Internet Explorer 7.

The Compatibility View Setting allows Internet Explorer 8 users to maintain a list of sites that can be displayed in Compatibility View. There are also options for viewing all websites and intranet sites in Compatibility View.  To learn more about how to use the feature, visit the CAS web page titled Using Internet Explorer 8 with SciFinder.

Please note:If you print detailed reference answers when using Compatibility View, some content will be missing. You can export your answer as a PDF or .rtf file and then print the exported files.”

CAS is working on a permanent solution to use SciFinder with Internet Explorer 8.