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Himmelfarb Headlines - November / December 2010

Tool of the Quarter - SciVerse Hub

Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, recently launched SciVerse Hub beta, a module that allows users to simultaneously search ScienceDirect, Scopus and relevant scientific web content through Scirus creating a new interface gateway designed to help researchers achieve better results. One of SciVerse Hub's strengths is the ability to perform a single search across all Elsevier content to access scholarly information. The results are ranked by relevancy containing no duplicate records. To best refine your search you may apply limits using field names, click the suggested spelling link to apply alternative spelling to rerun your search, or use the refine results feature to further narrow your results by publication year or keywords.

SciVerse Hub beta attempts to support researchers' needs with the following three discovery search tools:

  1. Methods Section Search application - A very useful separate search box is available for users to search full-text articles within the methodology section-only of a document.
  2. Matching Sentences application - Returns search results with the query words highlighted in the sentences and paragraphs where they appear in the document.
  3. Prolific Authors application - Need to know who are the most prolific authors within a certain area of research? When conducting a search the results list will include a chart of the prolific authors to help you identify those authors with the most peer-reviewed papers on the topic in your results set.

SciVerse is still a new product and when conducting a search users may find the icon representation of "full-text" and "abstract" confusing. In SciVerse the "abstract" icon indicates the abstract only is available through Scopus which may not be an accurate representation of Himmelfarb Library's full-text holdings. Himmelfarb Library's Scopus access is connected to our large collection of journals in full-text and users are best advised to ignore SciVerse's full-text/abstract icon and click the title of the article to view the full-text availability of the document from within Scopus. Below is a description of SciVerse document source icons:

bullet1Links to Elsevier's science-specific Internet search engine, Scirus, with over 410 million scientific items indexed allows users to search online journals, scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repositories as well as website information.

bullet2Links you to articles available through ScienceDirect. Himmelfarb Library has extensive holdings in ScienceDirect but does not provide access to every available title. This full-text link indicates full-text availability from ScienceDirect in general rather than via Himmelfarb Library's collection.

Links you to articles available through Scopus. Himmelfarb Library has extensive holdings in Scopus and you will be able to determine at a glance if our library offers the full-text of each article.


You may access SciVerse through the Scopus database link located on Himmelfarb Library's homepage. SciVerse is available from both on- and off-campus locations to GWU faculty, residents, students, and staff. To learn more about SciVerse please visit SciVerse Hub Frequently Asked Questions or stop by the Himmelfarb Library Reference Desk.



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