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FIBS 2007 Intute: Health and Life Sciences – a new era of online resource discovery Jackie Wickham, Service Manager Carol Collins, Service Officer.

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1 FIBS 2007 Intute: Health and Life Sciences – a new era of online resource discovery Jackie Wickham, Service Manager Carol Collins, Service Officer

2 Outline What is Intute Intute site and services Training and support Intute for the Biosciences Questions

3 What is Intute? Intute is a national Internet service guiding you to useful Web resources for education and research. It is a free service aimed at the UK’s higher and further education sectors and is relevant to students, lecturers, researchers and teachers. Wider audience includes practitioners Intute was formerly known as the Resource Discovery Network (RDN). Intute: Health and Life Sciences is the former RDN hub BIOME.

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5 Network of specialists Intute: Health and Life Sciences is one of four subject groups that comprise Intute. The other three groups are: Arts and Humanities Science, Engineering and Technology Social Sciences Consortium of seven universities, over 70 partner institutions, freelance subject specialists Quality assured content developed by the community for the community

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8 Harvester broadens your search Searches 300,000 health and life sciences related pages Automatically generated from the web addresses in the Intute catalogue Updated monthly

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12 Feedback on VTS It's great this exists - saves me from having to write something myself, which wouldn't have been as good anyway. Lecturer, University of Warwick Thank you for sorting out the confusing world of the internet Undergraduate student, University of Durham

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14 Personalise My Intute Create your own account Save searches, subjects and records Tag records with your own keywords Weekly alerts Export data into your systems and sites

15 Content for the community Embedding in Your Institution Intute content is available for use in your own institution, website and VLEs RSS – new resources, Intute news Advice on how to use our content available from:

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18 Providing a service of high quality Team of subject specialists Finding new resources Evaluating them Cataloguing them Reviewing existing records

19 Finding new resources News/current awareness Maintaining balance Suggestions from users

20 Evaluating resources Scope/audience Authority and reputation Comparison with similar sites Content Accuracy Currency Format

21 Defining the subject scope and audience Collection development policy Relevant curricula/QAA benchmarks Audience

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23 Evaluating resources Scope/audience Authority and reputation Comparison with other sites Content Accuracy Currency Format

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25 Cataloguing a new resource Template Keywords/classification Description

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27 Reviewing existing records Regular and frequent link checks Specific criteria for full reviews of different resource types

28 Resource types Formal institutions/organisations Local/informal groups Individual enthusiasts Commercial organisations Images/videos/programmes Publications: books/reports

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30 User involvement Consultation on the review of the Collection Development Policy Comments on existing records Suggestions for new sites via the “Suggest a site” form

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32 Contact details Jackie Wickham Carol Collins Peter Hoare


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