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Blackwell Synergy Guide

 

How do I?

Accessing Blackwell Synergy

The NMBL’s Blackwell Synergy subscription comprises the Science Technology and Medicine Journal Collection which contains 388 titles including access to all available online backfiles. The backfiles vary according to the journal. 

Under our licence you can: 

  • Browse tables of contents of 388 journals
  • Search all information in the database 
  • View full text of articles in all journals in the collection.

Registration 

Without registering a user name and password you can browse e-journals and search. By registering a user name and password you are able to: 

  • Save searches
  • Create search alerts (current awareness) and table of contents alerts   
  • Create a favourite journals list 

To register click on the link at the top of the page. By logging in each time you use Blackwell Synergy you will have access to a wider range of facilities. 

Journals 

The link from the NMBL web page will take you to a list of subscribed journals. You can then browse by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by using the drop down menu above the journals list to select either your favourite journals or subscribed journals and/or non-subscribed journals. 

  • Click on the relevant letter of the alphabet to display titles beginning with that letter. A green circle next to the title means that there is a subscription to it and you can access the full text in either Pdf format or as a full text + links document. 
  • Click on the title to access the e-journal. 
  • If you have registered you can create a list of favourite journals which can then be accessed from the journals page.
  • Please note that the NMBL does not hold the print versions of all the journals available through Blackwell Synergy. 

Searching 

Simple Search

1. Enables you to search for words or phrases. 
2. Enter the terms in the text box and click on the search button. 
3. Searches can be filtered by restricting them to subscribed or favourite journals or a particular journal. This will narrow your results.

Advanced Search

1. Using advanced search you can search for terms in specific fields such as title, author, abstract, publication year. 
2. Select the advanced search button or the link from the simple search screen.
3. Select fields for searching from the drop down menu and enter your terms in the text box. 
4. Searches can be filtered by restricting them to subscribed or favourite journals or a particular journal. This will narrow your results. You can also restrict the search by date. 

Search Results

  • Results are displayed by relevancy or date
  • To view the full text or abstract, select the appropriate button below the citation. 
  • Searches can be saved from this page. See Search Alerts section. 

Alerts 

Search Alerts

1. To save your search as an alert, click on save search as on the right-hand side of the results page. 
2. Below this are boxes for you to name your search and to select the frequency of the alert. 
3. Click on save to save. 

Options for running or deleting saved searches are at the foot of the E-mail Alerts page of My Synergy. 

Journal Contents Alerts

To be alerted when a new issue of a journal becomes available click on Sign-up for FREE email table of contents alerts or check the boxes on the list under E-mail Alerts in My Synergy. To delete alerts click on the My Synergy button and then click in the box next to the journal to remove the selection.

 

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