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Updates resumed!

October 21st, 2013 by Ben Bowman

Notice from Ovid: “Ovid MEDLINE is now receiving updates from the National Library of Medicine, as of October 18, 2013.

The last daily update to Ovid MEDLINE was on October 2, 2013. Today’s update to Ovid MEDLINE® will include updates to:
• Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations and Medline Daily Update
On Wednesday October 23, 2013, the following segment will update:
The following segments will update as scheduled:
• Ovid MEDLINE(R) Corrections- will update on schedule November 6, 2013
• Ovid OLDMEDLINE(R) – will update on schedule December 11, 2013

Customers utilizing auto-alerts should see them operate normally after a week of updates have completed, depending upon their auto-alert setup. Customers with a daily auto-alert setup will receive updates immediately. As updates to Ovid MEDLINE resume, you may see larger than normal updates (additions & revised records).”

For any questions, please contact the IVS-BM group: or tel. 089-8578-3832

Ben Bowman

MEDLINE stops updates!

October 4th, 2013 by Ben Bowman

Notice from Ovid: “Due to the recent lapse in U.S. Government funding, Ovid MEDLINE(R) is currently not receiving any record or data updates until further notice. The latest update to Ovid MEDLINE(R) was October 2, 2013 and users will receive the AutoAlert scheduled for October 9, 2013. Updates included the following:

• Ovid MEDLINE(R) Corrections

The latest update to Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations was October 1, 2013. Additionally customers utilizing AutoAlerts and saved searches for Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations will not receive new alerts. Once we receive new data from the National Library of Medicine, you may see larger than normal updates (additions & revised records). We will inform all Ovid MEDLINE(R) customers once regular updates have resumed.”

For any questions, contact the IVS-BM group: or tel. 089-8578-3832

Ben Bowman

EndNote X7 – now also for Mac

August 12th, 2013 by IVS-BM

The latest version of EndNote X7 is now also available for Mac!

Download here:

Comparison of Reference Management Software

July 26th, 2013 by IVS-BM

The IVS-BM recently helped to create a comparison of commercial and non-commercial Reference Management Software, organized by the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Software products such as EndNote, Citavi, Mendeley and Zotero will be compared and evaluated according to their availability, technical specifications, import and sharing functionalities etc.

This document (in German) can be downloaded here. A translation in English will be available soon.

Caution using Mendeley!

June 21st, 2013 by IVS-BM

Mendeley, a popular reference management system and collaboration tool recently acquired by the publisher Elsevier, includes interesting features, but also possible dangers for users.

The IVS-BM reports their concerns and provides advice in the document “Mendeley – Information for users and librarians” which can be downloaded here:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

SciFinder Workshops

June 11th, 2013 by Ben Bowman

The next SciFinder Workshop Week is coming up!
Five free interactive online workshops held especially for Max Planck staff & guests (in particular chemists and molecular biologists) by Dr. Karin Faerber (Chemical Abstracts Service “CAS”). Learn how to efficiently search for chemical structures & reactions, biosequences, polymers and new materials.

Mon., 24.06.2013: Text Searching
In this online session you will learn how to use the consistent intellectual CAS indexing as an advantage for searching and handling answer sets. You will see that more than 37 Mio scientific- and patent-documents easily lead you to the related substances, their reactions as well as to biosequences.

Tue., 25.06.2013: Structure and Reaction Searching
More than 65 Mio compounds are listed in the CAS Registry file, organics, inorganics, metal organics, catalysts, polymers, etc., with relating documents, properties, reactions, commercial availability and chemical listing information. In this online session you will see the options to initiate and “fine-tune” a structure search in SciFinder, explore reactions and use structure related information.

Wed., 25.06.2013: Biosequence Searching
SciFinder contains chemical and related information. The related sequences from these scientific publications and patents are available to you at one click. They are indexed with detailed information and together with the chemical structures that e.g. alter catalytic activity or enhance expression. In this online session you will see how to search 63 million biosequences in SciFinder, combine sequences and structure answer sets and use CAS indexing to screen resulting documents for organisms, tissues, cell-lines or therapeutic areas.

Thu., 26.06.2013: Polymer Searching
As other classes of compounds as well, polymers are special. Learn in this session how CAS indexes polymers, which ways of retrieval are best, and how to combine your search results to be comprehensive.

Fri., 27.06.2013: Searching for New Materials
New Materials are being studied in the context of energy storage, building materials and many other applications. The materials – inorganic – or metal-organic – polymeric compounds play an important role in new technologies. Learn in this session to search for them in the indexed CAS content and as structures or components as well.

Attendance is free of charge, but online registration is required. Workshops usually last 90 minutes and are held in English unless stated otherwise.

The current workshop schedule, content details and online registration forms are available at:

Flyer/handout/poster for the next SciFinder Workshop Week:

Be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to improve your search skills in one of the most powerful information resources for chemistry and related areas!

Dr. Benjamin F. Bowman
Informationsvermittlung (IVS-BM) Tel: +49 (0)89 8578 3832
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Biochemie Fax: +49 (0)89 8578 3833
D-82152 Martinsried, GERMANY

Scientific Information Retrieval Services
for the Biology & Medicine Section of the Max Planck Society


EndNote X7 for Windows available

June 3rd, 2013 by IVS-BM

The latest version of EndNote X7 for Windows is now available here:

(Mac version will follow at the end of July)

Please note our upcoming EndNote Online Workshops in English on July 9th and in German on July 2nd

Citavi 4

May 17th, 2013 by IVS-BM

Citavi 4 is now available for download.

The “Publication Assistant” was replaced by a functional Word Plugin for MS Word.

For more information see: Citavi

EndNote Basic

May 13th, 2013 by IVS-BM

Thomson Reuters adapts EndNote´s pricing conditions to other players like Mendeley and Zotero. There is now a free and web based version of EndNote called EndNote Basic (EndNote Web no longer exists). EndNote Basic offers:

  • Store up to 50,000 references
  • 20 most popular bibliographic styles
  • 2GB of files storage
  • Online search of the 5 most popular databases
  • Webpage reference capture

The full desktop version will still be available for most Max Planck Institutes via Site License and allows synchronization between the local installation and the web version of EndNote.

For any questions related to EndNote or any other Reference Mangement System, please contact: