Want to import a references in a list into your Endnote Database

March 5, 2012

The task of converting references from a bibliography or reading list currently in word into your own personal Endnote library was typically a case of searching for the items in a database and then importing the results. Or typing them in by hand.

I have just been introduced to this piece of software called HubMed Citation Finder which allows you to paste in text from a document- thus searching for multiple articles- which you can then import into Endnote.

It uses pubmed to search for results.

Please let me know what you think….



Become a Google Master Searcher

November 30, 2011

 is a good starting point to your search, especially when you are just putting a toe in the water to find out what is out there.

We’d say normally to go to Google Scholar for better quality results (and a database search for a more systematic approach to the results you get)

Read Hack College’s INFOGRAPHIC  on How to Use Google Search More Effectively  to help you Brush up your skills by learning to search Google more effectively.




Want relevant PDF’s fast? Try Pubget

October 11, 2011

Our new toy here in the library is Pubget. Its a database which aims to quickly retrieve results and link out through to the PDF.

The first instinct will be to type basic keywords in the blank box to quickly retrieve the first PDF files. It is indeed quick. But remember you can specifiy your results better in the advanced search area.

Search options in the advanced form are sufficient to satisfy most of us, with advanced search fields like PMID or DOI numbers, MeSH terms, etc..

Pubget say that their export format is compatible with Zotero, EndNote and RefWorks. But I have to say I have found limited functionality here on this score with the results only exporting one at a time. More testing needed- and feedback welcomed- Please comment.

The primary goal is to open PDF files as fast as possible. And I can testify that it does work pretty darn well at this.

To link out to Cardiff University material follow this quick vid.


Ovid Access

March 29, 2011

The off campus links are now restored. Let us know if you still have any problems.


Ovid off campus

March 28, 2011

Some of you have reported problems accessing the ovid databases off campus. We are checking this out, hopefully won’t be too long to rectify the problem. I’ll keep you updated.

You can use this link while our usual ones aren’t working.


Library Search

January 27, 2011

The University Library Service will be releasing ‘LibrarySearch’ in Summer 2011. This new service will provide an improved interface for the Voyager library catalogue and other library managed information resources.
A Beta version will be released to the University during the spring semester, to gather feedback from staff and students, with a view to launching LibrarySearch in time for the start of the 2011-12 session.
In order to implement LibrarySearch, work is required on the Voyager library catalogue journal records to ensure they are presented correctly in LibrarySearch. Currently the print and electronic versions of a journal are shown together on a single Voyager library catalogue record. These joint records will need to be split into two separate records, one for the print version and another for the electronic version. This means that you will see two separate search results for each journal which is available in both electronic and print format. The electronic version will be indicated by the statement [Electronic Resource] after the title. This is already the case for eBooks. Once available, LibrarySearch will automatically join together the electronic and print versions of books and journals in the search results.
The work on splitting the journal records will start on 31 January and we anticipate that it will take a minimum of three days. During this time some electronic journals may not be available via Voyager but will still be accessible as normal via the eLibrary (available via the Library menu in Cardiff Portal). Direct links to journals from bibliographic databases and Google Scholar will also continue to work and all other aspects of Voyager will remain available.
If you have any queries or feedback about this work, please get in touch with me.

Searching Aids for Medline (Ovid)

November 12, 2010

Here are some timesavers (boolean operators) which you can use in the above database. Some of you asked me about these in one of our sessions so here you are:

Search individual fields by typing in the search box. Remember to remove the tick in the box from Map Term to Subject Heading.


.ti  searches title only
.ab searches abstract
.tw searches title and abstract

Author Searching

author a.au searches author surname and first inital ‘a’
author$.au searcher surname with any initial

Use adj and a number to search to for words adjacent to each other or within 3, 4 or 5 words of one another.


breast.ti adj4 neoplasm.ti

will search for references where the term neoplasm occurs within 4 words of the term  breast in the title.

Happy searching.