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FOGLER LIBRARY NEWS SERVICE
Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wednesday, January 30, 2008 --

SUMMARY
1. Services
    A. Computer Mapping/GIS Clinics Free to Faculty and Students 
    B. Fogler Library Blog
2. Databases
    A. JCR: A Database for Evaluating Impact of Journals
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1.  SERVICES
A. COMPUTER MAPPING/GIS CLINICS FREE TO FACULTY AND STUDENTS
   Announcing "GIS/Computer Mapping Clinics", offering consultation on any stage of a faculty or student computer mapping project, and introducing the GeoStats facilities to carry out all or some of it here in the Library.
  Clinic hours are Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 2 pm from now until February 28. To make an appointment please contact Karen Stewart: karen.stewart@umit.maine.edu, phone 581-4607) or Frank Wihbey: frankw@umit.maine.edu, phone 581-1680).  Walk-in clients are welcome.

B. FOGLER LIBRARY BLOG
   Fogler Library has launched a moderated blog on an open source server provided by IT. The blog brings together information currently being distributed through numerous channels and includes: new resources, library events, service information such as hour changes. During the trial phase, Fogler's "What's New" page will continue to carry much of the same information as the blog but we expect to merge the two media at some future point. An advantage of the blog environment is the ability to participate via commenting on blog entries (comments will be moderated).
   Subject-specific blogs (eg. Engineering) are being developed as well and will be available after the pilot phase has ended. You can subscribe to the RSS feed or view the blog at https://blogs.umaine.edu/fogler/index.php
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2. DATABASES
A.   JCR: A DATABASE FOR EVALUATING IMPACT OF JOURNALS: 
     Fogler Library now subscribes to Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Thomson ISI.  JCR allows the user to evaluate and compare the impact of journals.  Journals can be displayed by subject area and organized by impact factor, total citations to the journal, immediacy index, total number of articles, and cited-half life.  Individual journal titles can be searched.
    A journal’s impact factor is defined by JCR as the number of citations to articles published in a 2-year period divided by the number of articles published during those same 2 years.  JCR indexes over 5,900 journals from the sciences and over 1,700 journals from the social sciences.  Please read “Using Journal Citation Reports Wisely” in the Information for New Users window.  JCR is available from the Indexes and Databases page of Fogler Library’s website: library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/Indexes.asp .

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