BrowZine

New BrowZine Features

BrowZine recently rolled out two new features that supplement the ability to find journals on your favorite topics and also to save articles you’d like to read later.

When you search or browse for a title and/or subject, you will now see a link to journals that although not available to view or manage through BrowZine, are available via the Library’s E-Journals & E-Books A to Z List. These additional titles are available under the heading “Journals available outside of BrowZine” as shown below:

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You will not be able to add these titles to your BrowZine bookshelf, but they may be helpful when you’re looking for journals that pique your interest.

A second new feature just rolled out is called “My Articles.” This is new to the web version of BrowZine, and builds upon an option available in the mobile version of the service. A walkthrough about this new feature, including limitations for offline browsing, is available on the About My Articles page on the BrowZine Support site.

If you need any help with BrowZine or any other Library resources, be sure to contact us.

Prepub articles now available in BrowZine

If you use BrowZine to keep track of your favorite journals or to discover new ones, a recent update has brought the ability to scan articles that have yet to be assigned to a specific issue of a journal. These prepublication or epub ahead of print articles are now available through the “Articles in Press” link in the web and mobile versions of BrowZine.

On the web version, once you’ve found a journal you would like to peruse, look for the “Articles in Press” link just below the journal’s image:

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On the Android and iOS apps, tap the “Available Issues” button, and you will now see these early view articles at the top of the list of available issues:

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For more information about the Library’s version of BrowZine, check out our LibGuide with information on how to use this great service to keep up on current journal literature.

If you need any assistance with this or any other resources available from the Library, please do not hesitate to contact us.

BrowZine search options expanded

If you use BrowZine, you might have come across times when you wanted an issue from a year earlier than currently listed, were looking for a journal that was not included, or needed an article where the full-text was not available. We are happy to report that recent enhancements have supplemented your ability to browse more journals and articles.

For the web version, if you find a journal in BrowZine and you would like to see issues earlier than the years that are available click the “View all back issues and sources for this title” after you click the “Change Year” link:

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This will bring you to a search of the E-Books & E-Journals A to Z List and shows any additional years and sources the Library has for the full-text of that journal.

Also only available in the web version, if you cannot locate a journal when you search for it, BrowZine now gives you the option to search the E-Books & E-Journals A to Z List for that title:

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Finally, a third new feature for the Library’s BrowZine will work in both the web and mobile versions. When you come across an article that might not be available due to restrictions that delay the availability of that article from the source BrowZine uses for the journal, you can now check the Library’s WebBridge Link Resolver for any other places where the full-text is currently available.

If you see a notice that new full-text is unavailable for a journal for a stated amount of time and the article you wish to view is within that time frame, click on the article’s title. In the web version you will see the following notice giving you the opportunity to check for the availability of the article through the link resolver:

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If you run across a similar situation when using the app version of BrowZine, click the article title and then “Open” in the popup window that appears:

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Hopefully these new features will help you when you’re using BrowZine, but if you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

BrowZine My Bookshelf updates

BrowZine now supports syncing the journals you have saved to My Bookshelf across all devices, including the web version of the service. If you have not yet done so, you will need to create a BrowZine Account in order to see your favorite journals saved to the bookshelf regardless of how you access BrowZine.

Additionally, you will now see the unread issue notifications on the web version of BrowZine as part of this update, whereas these notifications were previously only available through the mobile version:

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If you find that journals you saved on one device are no longer available, please refer to this support document from BrowZine to restore the journals you previously saved to your bookshelf.

Need any help with BrowZine or other Library services? Please do not hesitate to contact us.

BrowZine Tips: Export to RefWorks

For those using the BrowZine app to browse the Library’s online journals, we are happy to now offer the ability to export references to RefWorks. You can access this feature when you’ve retrieved the full text of an article.

If you’re in the iOS BrowZine app, tap the export/send-to icon in the upper right and under “Bibliographic Management” tap RefWorks:

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When using the Android BrowZine app, use the pull-down menu in the upper right to get to the “Send to RefWorks” command:

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Then you will need to scroll to the end of the next screen with the citation and click the “Export to RefWorks” button:

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In either version of the app, you’ll then be asked to login with your RefWorks i.d. and password and the citation will be added to your account. All of the usual citation elements are automatically filled in, but you will also see information in the “Notes” and “Data Source” fields indicating that it came from BrowZine.

If you need more information about how to access BrowZine check out our LibGuide.

BrowZine Tips: Managing your app Bookshelf

While giving you easy access to your favorite journals, the BrowZine app also lets you customize a bookshelf to get to these publications quickly.

Regardless of whether you’re using the Android or iOS app for BrowZine, you can have at your fingertips up to 64 journals spread across the four bookshelves available. You can then see any titles on your own virtual browsing shelves:

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There are slight differences, though, in how to add a publication to your bookshelf. When you’ve found a journal you would like to easily access through the BrowZine Android app, click the icon at the upper right to get the “Add to My Bookshelf” command:

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When in the iOS app tap the “Add to My Bookshelf” icon:

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Removing items from the Bookshelf can also be done when viewing the journal; the commands to remove items replace those that were used to add the title initially.

You can also customize where the journals appear on your Bookshelf as well as specify the names of each shelf. In the Android app, press and hold anywhere on the shelf and you’ll be able to move the journal placeholders to a new shelf and once you tap on the label you can specify the text to be displayed there:

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In iOS, you can either use the “Edit” function at the top left or press and hold anywhere on the screen to change the shelf labels or move the journals around:

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At present you are unable to sync your web and app BrowZine Bookshelf, but that enhancement is coming soon.

If you need more information about BrowZine, check out our LibGuide.

BrowZine Tips: Getting started with the app

If you’d like to keep current with your favorite journals or subjects, BrowZine is there to help you. Although you can use the web version, they also have apps available for Android and iOS devices so you can take your journals with you wherever you go. You can download the app from the Amazon AppStore, Apple App Store, or Google Play from this page.

When you first open the app, you will be asked to choose your preferred library; you can either browse or search for “LSU Health Sciences Center” :

Library Choice

Next, you will be prompted to input your Library off-campus access information. Enter your name, barcode, and PIN:

WAM Login

More information about off-campus access to Library resources as well as how to register for an account is available here.

Once you’ve set all of these up, you’re ready to start browsing or searching for your favorite journals. There are slight differences in how to do this in the apps for Android and iOS.

In the Android app, you can search for journals or browse subjects from the “BrowZine” Library tab:

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For iOS devices, you can browse topics by choosing the “Subjects” pull-down menu, or search for a specific title by using the “Titles A-Z” option:

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You can now choose to view any journals that pique your interest.

This should get you up and running with the BrowZine app, but stay tuned for more tips about how to use other features.

If you need any help with BrowZine or any other Library services, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

BrowZine Tips: Managing your web Bookshelf

You can use BrowZine to keep up with your favorite journals and subjects, but it also provides a great way to easily access your favorite publications. The web version of BrowZine lets you create, customize, and organize your personal bookshelf.

First, click on “My Bookshelf” at the top of the page and you will be prompted to create an account or log in if you have already done so:

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Once you’ve created your account, you can the start adding journals you want to access quickly. After you search or browse the journal you want to add to your collection, click the “Add to My Bookshelf” button:

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You Bookshelf will now display that journal as well as any others you choose.

Each Bookshelf has four Bookcases with four shelves each. You can have a maximum of four titles per shelf in each Bookcase, so your Bookshelf can ultimately house 64 of your favorite journals. You can also move titles to any shelf or Bookcase to arrange them as you wish.

You can rename the Bookcases and shelves in your Bookshelf by clicking on the pencil icon next to the label you want to change:

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After you’ve added titles and renamed the labels, your Bookshelf will look like this:

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An upcoming enhancement will provide the ability to sync your BrowZine web Bookshelf with the one in the app on your mobile device. The folks behind BrowZine, Third Iron, have a page that provides information about the web Bookshelf and new features on their site.

If you need more information about BrowZine or any other Library services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

BrowZine Tips: Navigating the web interface

BrowZine lets you easily scan recent issues of journals either by title or subject. One of ways to access the service is through its web interface, and you can get to the Libraries’ edition of BrowZine here. Hopefully you’ve checked out this new service the Libraries now offer, but here are some tips for using the web version.

When off-campus, search for “LSU Health Sciences Center” to choose our edition:

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After you have chosen our profile or when you are on campus and follow the Libraries’ link, you can start exploring all of the journals available through BrowZine. Click on the file drawer icon to scan the titles in that subject or to see the subheadings assigned to it:

If you have a particular journal you would like to read, search for it and you will see the titles that match your search term:

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Once you’ve found your journal, choose an issue from the years that are available:

If you see an article that piques your interest, just click on its title and you will be brought to its page at the journal’s site.

Although the Libraries offer access to thousands of journals, sometimes there are publisher-instituted terms that restrict access to an article after a certain amount of time. Although these are usually for journals in full-text databases, BrowZine has this information and displays those instances where the article might not be immediately available:

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These tips should help get you started using BrowZine on the web. Stay tuned for more information about creating your own bookshelf and how to use the mobile app.

If you need any more information about BrowZine or any other library services, do not hesitate to contact us.

Introducing BrowZine!

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If you miss the days of scanning through the displays of recently-received journals, the Libraries are proud to now offer access to BrowZine. From the comfort of your web browser or mobile device, you can thumb through your favorite journals or see what’s been recently published in a particular subject area. Most publishers are represented in the service, making this a great way to stay on top of many topics and journals.

The Libraries’ web version of BrowZine can be accessed through this site. You can also download the mobile version for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire HD tablets by starting here. More information can also be found on the Libraries’ BrowZine LibGuide.

Look for more tips and tricks about BrowZine in the coming weeks!