New England College of Optometry Library

Library News for 2008


Ovid Medline has officially changed platforms. Now, when you access Ovid Medline via the Library's Databases page, you will be taken to the new OvidSP interface rather than the old Ovid Gateway. All of the search features that you were used to on Ovid Gateway still remain, now with a slightly different look and feel, and a few additional options.

One of the key added features of OvidSP is Natural Language Searching. This works in a similar fashion to the old AskJeeves search engine in which you simply enter a question in the search box and an algorithm determines the important keywords and ranks the results by relevancy. Accessed via the Basic Search tab, this method is good for getting a few quick hits on a topic, but is not as effective as the Medical Subject searching performed by the Ovid Syntax (Advanced) tab.

As always, if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to ask the Library staff.


Library Open MLK Day

The Library will be open 8:30AM - 9:00PM on Monday, January 21.


Expert Review of Ophthalmology

We have trial access to the full text of this relatively new journal until April 26. Follow this link for access (available on or off campus):

Expert Review of Ophthalmology

Send any comments to Cindy Hutchison at


USB Flash Drives

The Library now has two 2-GB USB flash drives available at the circulation desk. They are on reserve and circulate for two hours, just as other computer equipment does (laptop, mouse, etc.).

There are various possible uses for these, but the most common will probably be when you need to transfer files from one computer to another, such as from a library computer to your personal laptop.

Please read the instructions that come with the flash drives the first time you use one and, of course, let us know if you need assistance.


Wireless Access

If your computer has never been used on the College's wireless network, see Dan McCloskey in the Library or one of the staff members in the IT department before proceeding with these instructions:

  1. The first time you try to access a web site you will be directed to a registration page. Enter your email username and password, and click on the Download button.
  2. PC users should click the Run button to begin the download, and then click the second Run button to start the scan. Mac users will automatically download the program to the desktop, and double-click on the CSA icon to start the scan.
  3. If your machine does not meet the security policy you will be permitted to go to a number of anti-virus software websites to purchase or update your anti-virus product.
  4. You must rerun the registration and scan process until your machine successfully completes the scan.


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