McGoogan News

Resource spotlight: IEEE Xplore Digital Library

UNMC now has access to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library due to a licensing agreement with UNL and UNO. IEEE Xplore includes full-text journals, conference proceedings and standards in areas such as Biomedical Engineering, Biometrics, Imaging, Medical Devices and Nanotechnology.

There are 174 IEEE Journals, Transactions, Letters and Magazines with a complete backfile to 1988 and archival content to Volume 1, Issue 1 for many titles. More than 1,400 IEEE Conference Proceedings and more than 2,800 IEEE Standards are also included in IEEE Xplore.

You can browse the journals, conference proceedings or standards or search across all of the IEEE Xplore content using keywords, author name, publication title or citation information.

Collection cancellations announced

By Alison Bobal

The McGoogan Library of Medicine has finalized this year’s cuts to the Library’s collection. We appreciated all of the comments we received in August about the pending cancellations. Unfortunately, we still have a budget shortfall based on the current inflation rate for databases, journals, and ebooks. The Library is unable to keep most things that were on the potential cancellation list.

The Library is working on solutions so we do not experience as high of a reduction next year. We are identifying new revenue sources and partners in acquiring content. For more information go to

Access to cancelled resources will continue until December 31, 2015.


Two resources that include many ebooks will be cancelled: ClinicalKey and Stat!Ref. Of the 1,140 titles that will be cancelled, the Library has about 26% of the same titles (same edition) in print. A small pool of funds will be set aside to purchase print copies for 82 of the highly used and requested titles from ClinicalKey. Unfortunately we will not be able to purchase these titles in ebook format due to cost. For the titles in ClinicalKey, the average cost of the ebook is about 4.5x the print cost, with some titles nearly 8x the print cost. A list of the cancelled ebook titles can be found here.


678 journal titles will be cancelled. Most of these titles come as part of Health Business Elite (506 titles) and ClinicalKey (161 titles). 11 titles come from individual subscriptions. A few highly used and requested journals from ClinicalKey will be converted to individual subscriptions (i.e. American Journal of Medicine, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Heart Rhythm, Pediatric Clinics of North America). You can order articles from most cancelled journals through McGoogan Docs, the Library’s free document delivery service. A list of the cancelled journal titles can be found here.

Other Cancelled Resources

Retained Collections

This year we will be assessing our collections and will be following up with students and faculty on their specific needs.

Get library full-text in Google Scholar

By Cindy Schmidt

A couple of simple steps can add UNMC-licensed-full-text links and RefWorks-export links to your Google Scholar search results.

When you search Google Scholar start by changing the “Settings”.  The “Settings” icon is usually a cogwheel.


Scroll to the bottom of the “Setting” page to find the “Bibliography Manager” section.  Select “Show links to import citations into” option and select “RefWorks” from the drop-down menu.


Next, click on the “Library links” option in the left-hand column.


On the “Library links” page, search for – UNMC – (#1 in figure below) and select the “University of Nebraska medical Center – “GetIt!@UNMC” option that appears (#2 in figure).

Finally, click the “Save” button (#3 in figure)



Run your Google Scholar search.  Each result will now include an “Import into RefWorks” link (green arrow in figure below) that will open a RefWorks import, and those articles available through our library’s license will be indicated by a  “GetIt!@UNMC” link.


Feedback sought on collection cancellations

By Alison Bobal

The McGoogan Library of Medicine would like your feedback on planned reductions to the library’s collections.

Our reduction target is $325,000, 16% of the library’s overall expenditures on collections. Each year the library faces inflationary costs of our electronic resources (i.e. ebooks, databases and journals), plus a steadily rising cost of print books. These inflationary rates average around 10%, with some databases going as high as 18%. In years past we made some cuts to our collections and relied on endowments to help offset inflation. We are now at a point where our budget and endowments can no longer absorb these inflationary costs. Additionally, a budget reduction of 1.9% for FY16 makes cancellations unavoidable.

In addition to making cuts to the library’s collection, we are also developing long-term strategies that aim to meet the expanding educational curricula and research programs on campus, investigating new ways to acquire and deliver content, and exploring potential new revenue sources.

We’ve done a thorough analysis of our collections expenditures and have identified resources for cancellation. Our analysis included usage stats and content overlap. The resources we’ve identified for cuts cover books, journals, and databases.

Additional information can be found in our frequently asked questions.


Due to the budget pressure, we will be drastically limiting the number of books we purchase. The only books added this year may be new editions of some core titles and individual requested titles. Electronic books typically cost more than print books so to help reduce expenditures, any books we do purchase will be primarily in print.

Ebook titles that are up for cancellation come from two resources: ClinicalKey and Stat!Ref (a full list of these ebooks can be found here). These 1,141 ebook titles constitute about 16% of our ebook collection.


The 1,300 journal title cancellations primarily come from three resources/packages: Sage, ClinicalKey and Health Business Elite. There are also additional titles that are individual subscriptions. All of these titles represent 15% of our current journal collection. A full list of journal cancellations can be found here.


Please send comments and questions to Alison Bobal at by August 31, 2015.

15% discount when publishing with BioMed Central

The library is now a Supporter Member with BioMed Central. UNMC faculty, staff, and students can now reap all the benefits of publishing a research article in an open access journal and receive a 15% discount on article processing charges. This is true regardless of the number of papers you publish.

When submitting a manuscript, via a journal home page, you will be identified as belonging to UNMC and automatically granted a 15% discount on article processing charges if you are accessing the pages while on the UNMC campus. If you are at home or at an external terminal when submitting your paper, you can still claim this discount by stating your affiliation to UNMC.

BioMed Central publishes over 100 online journals, across the whole spectrum of biology and medicine. For a full list, please go to

When you submit your research to any of our journals, it will receive rigorous and rapid peer review.  If your article is accepted:

  • It will be accessible to anyone with an Internet connection – open access means no subscriptions or ‘pay-per-view’ charges for original research articles.
  • It is more likely to be cited, as it will be freely available to the entire global biological and medical community
  • It will be listed in PubMed within days of publication
  • You retain the copyright of your work
  • You will be able to view your article’s access statistics, which average over 200 downloads per month per article
  • Your articles will be securely and permanently archived in PubMed Central