Monday, 15 January 2007

My Journals

My Journals is a new resource available with your ATHENS password. As is often the case with such things there are two ways of finding it. You can either log in to My Athens and find it on the list of resources or you’ll find it on the National Library for Health website.

So what is My Journals? On the one hand it’s a list of the journals that are available free and full text through Proquest or when searching Medline and other databases with your Athens password. The list can be searched or browsed. It will also show you if the full text is embargoed (i.e. you can’t have access until the journal has been published for a certain amount of time), and exactly which dates you have access to. It will show you which journals are held as paper copy in this library.

If you register (just your name and email address to fill in) you can also select as many journals from the list as you like and ask for the tables of contents (eTOCs) to be emailed to you when they are published. You can ask for them to be sent as text attachments or as html. For those of you who used to use Zetoc, this is the replacement. You can also set up alerts so that you receive eTOCs from any journal on the list when they match keywords you have asked for.

Many journals will let you sign up for eTOCs direct on their websites. My Journals makes life easier by ensuring you just need to go to one website to manage all your eTOCs. It also reminds you which titles you have access to online or in the library. Don’t forget that if the paper you need is neither online nor in the library we can still get hold of it for you.

And if you still don’t have an ATHENS password…what are waiting for? Get signed up!

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