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Merck Index Online: for research and everyday

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Merck Index Online is an authoritative source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals. You an search or browse its more than 11,000 monographs (chemical compounds) that can be explored for research and everyday practical purposes. Ideal for quick searches to reveal the properties of compounds and biologicals, Merck Index Online provides identifiers such as CAS Registry Number and structure. It also gives the molecular formula, molecular weight and melting point as well as Trademark names.

Structure search is simplified by the ‘convert’ feature, which allows for inserting a compound name and then converting it to a structure to enable a substructure or exact structure search. It has more than 500 organic named reactions (ONR) which have been recognized and referred to by name within the chemistry community, for example, the Ehrlich-Sachs Reaction (1899). Attached to each ONR are relevant references including that of the original description. All references are from scholarly journals, encyclopedias and handbooks. Apart from properties, all records have appropriate sections that describe them, depending on the type of compound. One example is the “Therapeutic Category” under Classifications, which is useful for identifying uses of compounds and their derivatives in healing, re: Glybuzole – Trademark name – Gludiase as an antidiabetic. The database is further enhanced by its 28 reference tables.

Merck Index Online is valuable to researchers, faculty and students in basic science, chemistry, pharmacy, chemical and life science engineering, biomedical sciences, dentistry, allied health, and medicine. It is also useful for everyday practical purposes such as information on additives or components, nutrients, minerals, and proteins. For example, get all the information for the cooking spice, nutmeg, its uses in flavoring food and beverages, nutmeg oil as a fragrance in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions, perfumes, and candles.

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By Ibironke Lawal, engineering and science collections librarian

Image: First issue, titled Merck’s Index

Anatomy.TV: Explore the human body in 3D

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VCU now offers unlimited access to Anatomy.TV, which features comprehensive and interactive 3D models of the human body.

This digital medical resource provides more than 6,500 anatomical structures, clinical slides, dissections, illustrations and animations that span every region of the body. The models are developed using real scan data providing medically accurate representations. The interactive human body is separated into nine regions that are fully explorable from simple structures in the head and neck area to the complexity of gross motor functions.

VCU’s Anatomy.TV subscription gives users access to three interactive modules: 3D Atlas, 3D Real-time and Functional Anatomy.

  • 3D Atlas presents a foundational learning experience, allowing users to select specific structures or systems. It provides interactive 3D views that can be layered, MRI scans, anatomical illustrations and movies. 3D Atlas operates like an interactive textbook, providing a guided look at the human anatomy.
  • 3D Real-time provides the same content as 3D Atlas, but offers a greater customizable and interactive experience. Users can fully explore 3D anatomical structures with an enhanced ability to rotate, zoom and layer. Structures can be made opaque or translucent and may be viewed in isolation or within its greater system. 3D Real-time also supports annotation and pin creation, audio pronunciations, drawing and labeling, and a stereoscopic 3D effect for viewing with 3D glasses.
  • Functional Anatomy includes a 3D anatomy atlas of over 290 interactive views, more than 75 muscle function animations and over 80 surface anatomy movies for real-life context. This module focuses on the musculoskeletal systems and their movements.

Anatomy.TV is indexed and exportable allowing for integration into presentations, slides and other study materials. Interactive quizzes and tutorial videos are also available to users.

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By K.J. Ricasata, Tompkins-McCaw Library Stacks Supervisor and Public Relations intern

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Engineering Village: New Numeric Search

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Engineering Village now offers a tool to display only those results that contain measurements at a specific value or range in their titles or abstracts.

If you’re looking for a measurement in nanometers, the numeric search will automatically convert units and recognize the same values, even if the abstract expresses units in Angstroms, microns, meters, or some other unit of length. For example, if you are interested in high-temperature superconductors, you can specify exactly what temperature to exceed.

To use the numeric search, first perform a search in Engineering Village, then open the numeric filter bar on the left-hand side of the results to enter the numbers and units.

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By Julie Arendt, science and engineering research librarian

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Rehabilitation Reference Center

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Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC) is an evidence-based tool for practitioners needing point-of-care information on conditions, treatments, and patient education materials. Through a basic search, rehabilitation specialists can access articles on their topic of interest, as well as other information related to that topic, such as exercise images for patient follow-up, guidelines, excerpts from journals and books, and drug information. Specialists can even create folders to save and share materials from their search. For an in-depth look at RRC, be sure to watch the video tour (Adobe Flash must be installed to play the video).

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By Talicia Tarver, research and education librarian

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Gene: Known and predicted gene information

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Gene provides users with comprehensive information on known and predicted genes.

There is gene-specific information on species ranging from bees to orangutans. Within the results for a particular gene, users are given information on everything such as the lineage, gene type and scientific name of the organism. There are more than 14 million entries based on major taxonomic groups.

Use the search bar to browse by free text, chromosomes and symbols and much more. Within gene results, users are given the gene’s gene type, organism and brief summary of what it is and it’s affect on the species. Use Gene to find out how muscular dystrophy affects the human body of learn the official full name for breast cancer metastasis.

The database allows users to acquire more information from different databases such as PubMed and Map Viewer.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Manuscript Matcher suggests where to submit

articles in different journals

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When deciding where to submit their research for publication, most faculty use the topic, audience and reputation of the journal as their main criteria. Subjective judgment and advice on how to choose can be supplemented by computerized tools like Manuscript Matcher. Manuscript Matcher uses an abstract and, if provided, a reference list to generate a list of suggestions of journals where that article may be a good fit.

Some publishers, such as Elsevier and Springer, provide free tools to match your abstract to recommended journals, but their recommendations only include that publisher’s journals.  Manuscript Matcher suggests journals across many publishers. Journals in Web of Science’s Core Collection, Journal Citation Reports, or Arts and Humanities Citation Index could be a match. Although Manuscript Matcher is more comprehensive than publishers’ sites, it works best for subject areas that Web of Science covers well.

Along with the suggested journals, Manuscript Matcher displays the Journal Impact Factors. The display includes both the Journal Impact Factor number and a journal’s quartile relative to other journals in the same discipline.

To access Manuscript Matcher, go to Web of Science and click on the Endnote link near the top of the page. Login to EndNote account or create a free account if you don’t have one already. Within EndNote, click on “Match” to access the Manuscript Matcher. From there, you can enter a title and abstract into the Manuscript Matcher. To potentially improve the match, put your reference list in EndNote and link to the list in Manuscript Matcher.

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By Julie Arendt, science and engineering research librarian

Image: Modified from CiteRank Citation Network Diagram, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Birds of North America Online: Comprehensive index

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With Birds of North America Online, anyone can learn all there is to know about a particular bird from their beak to their flight. It provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716-plus species of birds breeding in the United States (including Hawaii) and Canada. Information on each bird includes images and videos of plumage, behaviors, habitat, nest and eggs.

Search through various birds by their common or scientific name or just type in a keyword and Birds of North America Online will link to that bird. Once matched to a particular bird, discover articles on breeding behaviors, measurements, migration and more. Listen to the various birds’ calls or songs. Bird lovers everywhere can be introduced to birds such as the Tufted Titmouse or even the Eastern Towhee.

The site is regularly updated with more photo, video and audio galleries and information is continuously revised.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Directory of Published Proceedings: Paper database

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The Directory of Published Proceedings offers users access to research papers from all over the world. The site provides categories, ranging from science and technology to economics and finance.

Use the Directory of Published Proceedings to find articles on pollution control and ecology or science and technology. There are articles like “Energy, Power & Facility Management Strategies & Technologies 2014-2015” from the United States or “A Real-Time Testbed for Routing Network” from Bulgaria.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others 

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Anatomy.TV: Structures of the human body

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Anatomy.TV provides users with quality, in-depth information on the entire composition of the human body.

The database divides the body into nine sections for users to search through, including the head and neck, the foot and ankle and the thorax and abdomen. Along with the general structure, users are given the MRI, slides and movies on a particular section of the body.

To help users better understand the general workings of the body, Anatomy.TV offers interactive quizzes, 3D atlases and activities. The 3D atlas allows users to click on various arteries, bones and organs to more closely inspect their locations and functions. Users can access the interactive quizzes to test their knowledge on particular parts of the human body and to get an in-depth review of the body parts and their functions through a “review” button that links to that body part.

A catalog of videos is also available to help users comprehend what body parts allow humans to do certain movements. The VCU Libraries’ subscription to AnatomyTV now includes the Real Time feature. Real Time allows users to view three-dimensional images of human anatomy and capture images of selected views to later insert into emails and presentations. Real Time works best through Internet Explorer.

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

Updated by Talicia TarverResearch and Education Librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library

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CRCnetBASE: Science, technology and medicine

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CRCnetBASE is a collection of more than 9,300 ebooks in more than 350 subject areas with a focus on science, technology and medicine. It has won awards for best reference, best platform and outstanding academic resource. It’s also accessible from any mobile device. The database also includes collections with specific focuses:

  • CHEMnetBASE includes chemical and chemical-related dictionaries like Handbook of Physics and Chemistry, Dictionary of Natural Products, Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds and many more. It has an interactive periodic table and quick search for chemical and physical properties of compounds.
  • FORENSICnetBASE offers ebooks on forensics, computer crime investigation, criminal justice, law enforcement, security management and more, with applications in both humanities and science fields.
  • ENVIROnetBASE contains interactive ebooks on environmental topics such as  environmental engineering, forestry, earth science, GIS and mapping, wildlife science, landscape ecology and more.
  • ENGnetBASE covers civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical and mining engineering, as well as more specific areas like networking communications, packaging and bio-processing.
  • MATERIALSnetBASE offers 50 handbooks and reference materials on topics like adhesives, ceramics and glass, fire science, surface engineering, metals and alloys and industrial textiles.

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