Zetoc Enhancements

16 May 2002

MIMAS and the British Library are pleased to announce the following enhancements to the Zetoc Service and to mention that we are fast approaching the 20 million record mark - 19,038,181 records as of 7th May 2002.

1) ILL - Document Supply Mechanism

Zetoc gives users the option to order a journal article or conference paper via inter-library loan (ILL). A link at the bottom of the full record display page takes the user to an ILL page where they are able to get assistance in making an ILL request.

Institutions have the option to customise this ILL page. Zetoc provides two main options for institutions to choose from:

ILL Form: Selecting this option means that a user from your institution will be able to create a printable form that can be used as an ILL request form. It includes the user's personal details, the details of the item required and a full copyright declaration. The form can be signed and dated by the user and taken or sent to the ILL department, together with the appropriate payment.

Local: Selecting this option means that the user will be able to see the bibliographic details of the item they wish to request and will have a link to the ILL service provided by their own institution. The amount of information provided on this page will depend upon the preferences of the individual institution. It may, for example, include links to the Library's catalogue.

A third default option, reinforcing good practice, is used if an institution has not submitted a preference.

Fuller details are available at http://Zetoc.mimas.ac.uk/ILLinstructions.html

2) Electronic Document Delivery from the British Library, Boston Spa

Users purchasing journals articles and conference papers directly from the British Library Document Supply Centre can now request electronic delivery, in addition to the first class mail, 2 & 12 hour fax and courier. The material will be available for download in PDF. Initially, material published by Karger and Kluwer will be available, equating to some 100,000 documents, though more are to follow.

3) Use Reference Manager, End Note and ProCite to search Zetoc

MIMAS have been working with ISI ResearchSoft to enable users of their bibliographic software packages to exploit Zetoc. The latest version of Reference Manager, version 10, has a connection to Zetoc, enabling users to undertake a remote search. A filter to enable importing of references is not currently integrated into Reference Manager, but a filter is provided on the Zetoc web pages for users to download into their copy of Reference Manager 10, as for ProCite (for which thanks are due to Joachim Herring of De Montfort University). The filter and connection file for EndNote have also been updated are are due to be shipped with the next version of EndNote, version 6.

4) Feedback and Enhancement Requests

MIMAS and colleagues in the Dept of Human Sciences at Loughborough University are co-ordinating an evaluation exercise and establishing a list of possible enhancements to the Zetoc Service and Zetoc Alert. A questionnaire will be circulated and made accessible on the web shortly. Please participate!

Note: the on-going development of the Zetoc service is funded by the British Library and JISC as part of the "Join-Up" Programme.