Current Contents Alert Service

June 2, 2008

Comment received from an SDSU faculty member on June 2, 2008:

I am a new SDSU faculty member. At my previous institution, we were able to set up our search preferences keywords with a research librarian and weekly or biweekly Current Contents digests in tagged format for import to reference software would be emailed to us. Is this a service that is available here? Would I be able to just transfer my search preferences from my previous university? Who would I need to meet with or speak to in order to get set up? Thanks.

Our Response:

This summer we are moving our Current Contents access from the SilverPlatter platform to the OvidSP platform. Both are owned by Ovid and they plan to discontinue the SilverPlatter platform in the future. We did not want to make this change in platforms during the fall or spring semesters. Therefore we choose to make the switch during the summer. We have asked Ovid technical support to make the switch for us, but it has not been accomplished yet. When the conversion is completed we will notify you.

The OvidSP platform enables researchers to establish their own “OvidSP Auto Alerts” to keep up to date on research topics. We can help you set that up after the switch is complete. – Clark Hallman, Head of Public Services


Summer Library Research Services Available

June 2, 2008

HM Briggs Information Services Librarians are available during the summer months to provide a variety of services to SDSU faculty and students:

Library Instruction (for more information or to book a session call (605)688-5570 or e-mail:

  • Individual or group tour/orientation to the library. Orientation for online research via the library is also available to support distance students/courses.
  • Course-integrated instruction session designed to meet the library research requirements of a particular course or to assist with a special research assignment.
  • General research concepts session: instruction on general research skills, such as finding magazine/journal articles, citing resources, evaluating information/critical thinking.

Research consultation– Individual research consultation is available for faculty, students and staff. Need a refresher on which databases the library offers in your field and how to effectively and efficiently search? Developing a research proposal and wondering about the scope of library resources available to support your research? Contact a librarian at the Library Information Desk: (605)688-5570, or fill out the online request form at:

Librarians are available to consult with teaching faculty in the preparation of course-specific library assignments.

Ask Us! The Library Information Desk is staffed in person and virtually (via chat reference) regularly during the summer sessions. For hours and contact information see:

Please also keep these services in mind when planning course curriculum for the Fall semester. We look forward to working with you !