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Whonamedit.com - biographical dictionary of medical eponyms

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is an attempt to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person. Eventually, this will include more than 15.000 eponyms and more than 6.000 persons. As of October2nd 2005, there are 7418 eponyms described in 3609 main entries. These eponyms are linked to 2952 persons:90 female and 2862 male.

Here is the link: Whonamedit.com

Yahoo Desktop Search and Yahoo financial columns launched

An article in the Information week reported that Yahoo plans on making the finished version of its free desktop search software available soon.

Gigablast Search Engine Among GSA's Top Three Picks for Ongo

in its Technology section pointed out an excellent search tool called Gigablast, the largest and freshest webpage indices in the world.

Exerpt: "Gigablast Gigablast provides users with revolutionary hypertechnology for searching an entire category within the directory, pages within a base category, or sites within a base category, for any topic in the directory, in effect, instantly creating over 500,000 vertical search engines."

IndMED - database covering Indian biomedical journals

database covers prominent peer reviewed Indian biomedical journals.
Database is designed to provide medical professionals/researchers/students and the medical library professional quick and easy access to Indian literature.

U.S. Government RSS feeds

U.S. Government RSS Library provides RSS feeds on many areas such as Census and Agricultural Data and Statistics, Education, Science, Business and Economics, Health and more. The web site also provides a link to a page that provides a nice introduction to RSS feeds.

New technologies to spread HIV/AIDS information

Maitrayee Ghosh, now at the Indian Institute of Technology, presented a paper at the World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA General Conference and Council
"Libraries - A voyage of discovery"
on the role of information professionals, public libraries and how together they can employ E-learnig and new technologies to spread HIV/AIDS information to unprivileged population in India.

Complete paper can be accessed from:

World’s first ‘Rollable Display’ pocket e-reader

recently reported an interesting article on rollable pocket e-reader called the Concept Readius.


"The Readius is basically an electronic document reader, which can display a scale larger than the device on which it is being read. In essence, if you are using a small screen mobile device, the Readius can increase the display size to make it more comfortable for you regardless of the fact that your screen is on the smaller side."

Read the full article at:

ASCE Special Collection- Hurricane Events and Analysis

ASCE has put together a nice web page linking

technical papers on hurricanes and disaster response. These link right to the pdf's from ASCE publications. Here is the URL:

Hurricane Events Analysis, Response and Mitigation

An ASCE Special Collection of Published Journal and Magazine Articles and Proceedings Papers
It covers articles on areas such as

Google Scholar, other databases and the research process

UCLA Libraries in their section on search and find provides an interesting and very useful comparision of Google scholar and other reserach databases. According to Google Scholar, Search Engines, Databases, and the Research
this web site, "You may find that Google Scholarâ„¢ gives you a quick overview of a topic and can quickly point you toward relevant material but that your results may not be as current or as comprehensive as you need."

A9.com maps

Drexel COAS E-Learning blog
points out an interesting visual map resource called A9 from Amazon. Separately branded and operated subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., A9.com opened its Palo Alto, California, doors in October 2003. According to the entry in the blog,"If you thought GoogleMaps Google Maps

The War on Splogging: Fighting an Online Cancer

Andy carvin in his Digital Divide Network Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth writes, "Doc Searls has an excellent post this morning about the dire need for search engine companies to engage in a war on splogging. Splogging is a term coined by Mark Cuban to describe blogs with no added value, existing solely to trick people into visiting and exposing them to advertising. Splogs are often encountered in two ways: by searching for a key word on a search engine, or receiving it as a fradulent hit through your RSS aggregator."

KnowledgeStorm Launches Vertical Search Engine

Information Today's Weekly News Digest reports," KnowledgeStorm
announced the launch of KnowIT


David Dillard in his Net-Gold Listserv Net-Gold Listservreports an interesting web site on plagiarism

Marine science resources: Starting points for researchers...

Peter Fritzler has compiled resources for marine science researchers and students in his article
Marine science resources: Starting points for researchers and students published in ALA/ACRL's C&RL News, July/August, 2005.

Library collaboration with student chapters

On Tuesday, 27th April 2004, Drexel University’s IEEE Student Branch showcased an event at the Stern Seminar Room in the Hagerty Library. David Hamer, who is the visiting research scholar at the Bletchley Park Trust, custodians of the cryptographic museum at Bletchley Park in the UK, gave a very stimulating talk on codes, ciphers, and the development of the Enigma machine during the pre- and post-world war II era.

Information seeking skills - some questions

I am intersted in getting some insights into how our library users develop and apply research skills to locate information that they need. For this purpose, I have developed five questions below. I encourgae everyone to participate in this discussion since different ideas generated in the process will help us to understand our user community better. Any feedback you can provide is much appreciated.

1.How effective is the bibliographic instruction vs individual/group consultations in teaching information skills to students?

Andy Carvin Launches Mobcasting Developers Forum

Andy Carvin of
the Digital Divide Network has created a
new email list and Web community for people interested in recording and receiving podcasts over mobile phones.

To learn more about mobcasting, please visit Andy Carvin's blog entry, entitled When Mobile Podcasting Leads to Mobcasting

Launch of the Mobcasting Developers Forum

Andy Carvin of the Digital Divide Network
Digital Divide Network

Autodiscovery of podcasts by keyword filtering

This article reports a procedure to find podcasts based on keyword filtering. They are automatically updated. This article addresses thequestion, "I don't mind looking for podcasts now, but how do I set it up so I get running information about new podcasts that mention things I'm interested in".
To access, please go to

For Squidward: Setting up Auto-Discovery of Podcasts By Keyword

Electronic books usage preference

One question that I like to explore is how electronic books are currently being used by students and faculty in universities. Computer related books such as those from Safari and Books24x7 are heavily used but I also observe that if available in print they are always checked out. Many students have told me that they prefer a print copy even when that book was avilable electronically. Those books with chapters with large number of equations are preferred in print form as indicated by students.


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