Wednesday, 17 December 2008

ticTOCs free table of contents





What with Roadshows, Digitisation Projects, the wonderful NLS4 symposium (it was good to see so many dynamic newbie Librarians together in one spot), and the usual frenetic round of end of year functions, life has been busy so blog postings have been down.

BUT, it was interesting to see the blog postings coming out of the UK about ticTOC. TicToc is a FREE table of contents (TOCs) service. It provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers.

So far so good, what I really liked about TicToc was that it is very easy to use, it has a nice interface, and you can set up RSS feeds. (Gota love that!) As an aside, the free bit is actually important. For details see free web and the future of libraries

Following is a quote from the ticToc media release: "Using ticTOCs, you can find journals of interest by title, subject or publisher, view the latest TOC, link through to the full text of over 250,000 articles (where institutional or personal subscriptions, or Open Access, allow), and save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can view future TOCs (free registration is required if you want to permanently save your MyTOCs). ticTOCs also makes it easy to export selected TOC RSS feeds to popular feedreaders such as Google Reader and Bloglines, and in addition you can import article citations into RefWorks (where institutional or personal subscriptions allow).

You select TOCs by ticking those of interest - thousands of TOCs, within a tick or two (hence the name ticTOCs)." How cute is that.

If you want to see the full media release go to scholarly journals new free service makes keeping up to date easy. This is located on the ticToc News Blog.

ticTOCs has been funded under the JISC Users & Innovations programme. I am often in awe of those clever people at JISC, so to paraphrase a well known Australian TV commercial for margarine: "Good on ya JISC - you aught to be congratulated".

1 comment:

zomba said...

Thank you for mentioning ticTOCs. Glad you like it. We are working on some new features (search across all content, alerts, an API) and these will be released ASAP.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support