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@ Gerstein
electronic resources newsletter from the Gerstein Science Information Centre

Volume 6, Issue 1/ October 2004      
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1. RefWorks: a new citation management service
2. News re my.alerts
3. Update on Faculty of 1000
4. T-Space
5. Loansome Doc Service
6. HubMed
7. Fall Instruction Schedule
8. MEDLINE/PubMed appointments always available
9. Previous issue contents

3. Update on Faculty of 1000

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of reading your research requires you to do? Feel your Medline skills aren't good enough to help you locate important current papers outside your area of expertise? You're not alone. A recent study shows that while scientists are reading more journal articles than ever before, they are not increasing the amount of time they spend at this task. New tools are beginning to emerge to help scientists cope with the changing conditions of the digital age, and the Faculty of 1,000 may be among the most helpful.

Since its inception in 2002, the Faculty of 1,000 has built a loyal following among researchers. These scientists have found it particularly useful for locating papers from subject areas adjacent to their main area of interest. Unlike standard indexes (such as Medline or Biological Abstracts) which simply list new papers as they are published, the Faculty of 1,000 is a self-described "insider's guide" to the biological sciences, and contains brief reviews of current papers. Reviews are written by over 1,600 scientists commenting on the most recent interesting papers they have read that month. Reviewers tag their comments with a ranking based on how important they think each paper is: "Must read," "Recommended reading," and "Exceptional." Papers are also classified as "New finding," "Technical advance," "Interesting hypothesis," "Important confirmation," and "Controversial finding."

There are other novel ways of approaching the biological literature through Faculty of 1,000. It is possible to view the top 10 papers as ranked by reviewers in various subject categories. Another approach is to look at the records viewed most often by users. You can access papers classified as "Hidden Jewels;" important articles published in less widely read journals. Finally, if you find one reviewer particularly helpful to your needs, it is possible to look at all their reviews.

With no end in sight to the growth of scientific literature, the Faculty of 1,000 can be a very useful tool for finding your way through the biological literature.

For more info see the Faculty of 1000 about page

To access Faculty of 1000:

1. Go to Gerstein Library homepage: www.library.utoronto.ca/gerstein/

2. Click on " Databases a-z" under Science Databases

3. Type Faculty of 1000 in the search box & click Go

4. Click on the link


@ Gerstein is a publication for the health and life sciences community at the University of Toronto. It is intended to keep readers informed of new electronic resources which are available at U of T. It replaces the former Life Science Resources News and the Electronic Information Update for the Health Sciences.

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