New recreational reading

December 29, 2011

We just received a few new novels for your reading pleasure:

Baer, Neal.
Kill switch.
New York : Kensington, c2012.

Cook, Robin.
Death benefit.
New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2011.

Evanovich, Janet.
Love in a nutshell.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2012, c2011.

James, P. D.
Death comes to Pemberley.
New York : Knopf, c2011.


Change Google Scholar settings to use new link resolver

December 21, 2011

The library has a new link resolver (see a previous post explaining the change), so you will need to adjust your Google Scholar settings to use the new resolver rather than the old one.  This post includes step-by-step instructions for making the change.

1. Go to Google Scholar and click on Scholar Preferences as shown in the screenshot below:

2. Next, go to the Library Links section and search for City of Hope – Graff Library as shown in this screenshot:

You will probably get two identical results.  If your Google Scholar is already configured to use one of them, choose the other one.  If you haven’t configured Google Scholar at all yet, pick one of the two.

3. Now, let’s test to be sure you have chosen the right entry.  Return to the Google Scholar main menu and do a search on something.  Click the Find It@City of Hope link as shown in this screenshot:

If you are taken to a window that looks something like the screenshot below, you’re done.

If you’re taken to a window that looks like our old resolver, or you get an error message, repeat step 2, choosing the other City of Hope – Graff Library option.  Then repeat step 3 to be sure it works.  If it still doesn’t work, please contact the library (, x68497), and we’ll help you get it working.

I’m sorry for the confusion.  We didn’t realize that we would end up with two identical choices in Google Scholar.

Library office hours: New service

December 19, 2011

Beginning in January, Library staff will be in the Cafeteria and Brawerman, ready to answer your questions and help you find the information you need.  We hope that by taking our staff and services outside the library, we will be more accessible, and library assistance will be more convenient for our users.

More information, including days, times, and specific locations, will be coming soon. Check back here at our blog, Highlights from Graff Library, or check our Library Event calendar.  We look forward to seeing you!

Did you know? The library is open 24/7/365.

December 16, 2011

 The library is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-6 p.m., but City of Hope staff and students may access the library anytime. To enter the library outside of business hours, swipe your employee badge at the west door, located off the walkway between the library and Hilton building.  Computers, photocopying, printing, scanning, and checking out books are all available after hours.  

Contact Security at 626-256-4673 ext. 62006 if you are unable to access the library using your badge, or if you observe inappropriate or suspicious behavior.

For more information on after hours access to the library, please see our After Hours brochure.  

Coming Soon: New Tools for Finding Journal Articles and Electronic Books

December 15, 2011

We have purchased some new tools to help you find journal articles and electronic books.  These tools will replace our existing A-Z list and link resolver (i.e. the tool that links from databases like PubMed to the full text of articles).

Beginning in the next few days, you will see the new link resolver when you click the Find@COH button () in a library database.  It works the same way our previous link resolver did, providing a menu of options for getting the full text of an article.  Here’s an example:

The new A-Z list is also very similar to our current product and will be linked in the usual places on our web site beginning around December 20.  You can search by title, including the first few words of a title, the exact title, or words in the title.  The screenshot below shows the search box and search results using the default, basic search.

The product also includes an advanced search with additional features, allowing searches by publisher, ISSN, and more.  The screenshot below shows the advanced search screen.

If you would like to try it out before December 20, point your browser to

We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this changeover may cause.  We are making the change, because the new product includes better holdings data and management features at a much lower cost than our current product.   Please let us know if you have any problems using the new tools, either by leaving a comment below, emailing, or calling x68497.

Stem Cell Research News, 2011 December 12

December 12, 2011

The December 12 issue of Stem Cell Research News has been posted.

Elsevier e-books selected; thanks for your help!

December 9, 2011

Back in October, we asked for your suggestions on which Elsevier e-books to purchase as part of a try-before-you-buy plan.  We received tons of suggestions, which made the selection process much easier than it would have been.  Based on your suggestions, as well as how much the books have been used during the trial period, we have made our selections.  We will retain access to all the books highlighted in yellow in this spreadsheet (updated December 16 with a few additional titles)

Thanks very much for your help!  We hope you enjoy the books.