Elsevier promotes local research efforts in Pakistan
through “Quiz for Science”

Initial phase runs from 4 July to 31 October


Islamabad, 04 July 2013Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services recently announced the launch of Quiz for Science series for 30 leading universities and institutions in Pakistan to promote and recognize local research efforts from the country.

Quiz for Science is a scientific quiz based on content and information available through ScienceDirect, an industry leading full-text scientific database provided under the digital library programme of Higher Education Commission(HEC) that is accessible by 30 leading universities and institutions in Pakistan. Every student, researcher and faculty member of these universities and institutions qualify for Quiz for Science. ()

“Elsevier is committed to promoting scientific excellence around the world and Quiz for Science is a step in that direction specially to highlight the efforts of the research community in Pakistan,” said Saurabh Sharma, Elsevier’s Regional Director for its Science & Technology division in South Asia. “I’m confident that Quiz for Science will attract an overwhelming level of participation and support from within the community in celebration of research advancement in Pakistan.”

Quiz for Science is designed as an innovative and interactive way for researchers to enhance their scientific knowledge while providing them an opportunity to win exciting prizes.

To participate in the quiz, each applicant has to register at the Quiz for Science website and answer 20 questions in the subject area of their specialization. The majority of the questions contained in the quiz are based on journal articles published by Pakistani researchers over last few years.

The initial phase of the quiz runs from 4 July  to 31 October 2013. For more details, please visit



Click Here! Call for papers 8th International Conference on Research for the Advancement of University Libraries !

World Bank full text books, working papers, reports are now available!

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Upon launch in April 2012, the OKR contains research from thousands of works including:

World Bank published books from 2009-2012 which includes flagship publications, academic books and practitioner volumes;

All World Development Reports (WDRs) since 1978;

Policy Research Working Papers (PRWP) from 2009-2012, a series of papers that disseminate findings of work in progress in order to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues;

Economic and Sector Work (ESW) studies from 2009-2012, a series of analytical reports prepared by Bank staff. ESWs gather and evaluate information about a country’s economy and/or a specific sector;

Journal articles from 2007-2010 published in World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO), two journals published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the World Bank;

Content in languages other than English;

World Bank Group Annual Reports and Independent Evaluation Studies.

The OKR will be updated regularly as new research outputs and knowledge products are released for publication. New content will include:

Content published prior to 2009 (and prior to 2007 in the case of the WBER and the WBRO);

Bank-authored content published by third party publishers including journal articles, books and chapters;

Links to datasets associated with a specific work;

Other knowledge products published by the World Bank

A workshop on An Introduction on Publishing with Emerald

A workshop on publishing with emerald is going to held on 14-15 december with a joint venture of NDLP and Emerald pblishing group. The main content are the author guide for publishing with emerald, the awards for the institutes that publishes most with this platform and resource training for best usage.

The main agenda for the first Day - 14th of December is:

• Author Workshop

• Recognition and Award for the institute with highest publications within emerald

Agenda for the second Day – 15th of December is:

• Emerald Platform Training through Video-Conferencing for the institutes situated outside Capital

The workshop is quite enriching in its content as the participants will gain a direct advice from the expert on how to get published with emerald, content training, improving their publications and in the end publisher’s reward for the highest publications institute from this platform.

ESDU access extended to all Academic Institutes

ESDU provides validated engineering design data, methods and software and considered as the source for critical information and insight. Digital Library has decided to extend the access of ESDU for all the academic institutes (Public & Private Sector Universities).

Soon your DL webpages will be updated with the ESDU URL.

World Bank Data Initiative
The World Bank is now allowing access to thousands of its datasets, which should help academics and practitioners work with the development data that was restricted to subscribers in the past.
For more information click here
Addition of Duke University Press (DUP) & Edinburgh University Press (EUP)
Addition of 2 Social Sciences resources:
  • Duke University Press publishes more than thirty periodicals that span a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.

For detailed information please click here!

  • Edinburgh University Press has been recently subscribed with the HEC - Digital Library. It publishes over 30 journals across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It's access has been provided to all the DL registered institutes.

For detailed information please click here!

Overseas Training Event for IEEE participating Universities of Pakistan
Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has been offering its top of the line product, IEEE Xplore to the members of Higher Education Commission (HEC) since 2005. IEEE has keenly observed this trend among the Pakistani universities and in an effort to further enhance their excellent professional collaboration with HEC has offered to train the librarian/Institutional representative of all HEC consortium members.
For detailed information please click here!
Unsubscribed Resources from the HEC - National Digital Library

Following resources have been unsubscribed from the Digital Library:

  • EBSCOHost
  • Oxford University Press e-Books
  • Scopus
  • Bentham Science
  • Mary Ann Liebert
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Taylor & Francis eBooks
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Walter De Gruyter
  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • National Inquiry Service Centre - (NISC SA)
  • NRC Research Press Journals Online
  • Oxford University Press Journals
British Library Electronic Delivery Service
British Library is the national library of United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest libraries. It serves business and industry, researchers, academics and students, in the UK and world-wide. Over 100 million items have been supplied to readers all over the world.
HEC - DL has been subscribed to the Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) Service of British Library. For more details please visit @
Addition of McGraw Hill Collections

After the successful trial access of McGraw Hill Collections, HEC - Digital Library has acquired following Collections for Public/Private Sector Universities and Non-Profit/Research Oriented Organizations of Pakistan.

Addition of ESDU ! Engineering Solutions for Academia

ESDU collection is based on industry standard tools and software as part of teaching and research projects. They are also key design elements in many of the largest engineering industries. ESDU provide validated engineering design data, methods and software for the engineer.

Following institutions have been added for the access of ESDU:
  • Air University - Islamabad
  • Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad
  • National University of Sciences & Technology - Rawalpindi
JSTOR Expansion
The HEC National Digital Library Program is continuously expanding the resources on the basis of demand of our researchers and end users and this expansion is very much dependent on the research output from the institution and total number of downloads in a specific year. Based on these key points recently six new institutions has been added for the access of JSTOR.
  • Aga Khan University, Karachi
  • Bahria University, Islamabad
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
  • National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad
  • Quaid-e-Azam Library, Lahore
Access Taylor & Francis Journals with a different URL
Access of Taylor & Francis Journals has been resumed. You are able to access Taylor & Francis Journals with a different URL.
Click here to access T&F Journals
C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) available free to ACS members

Chemical & Engineering News is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. C&EN editors and reporters based in Europe, the U.S., and Asia cover science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field.

Only ACS (American Chemical Society) registered institutes can access C&EN.

For further information visit

Online E-Books__Yet Another Enlightening Feature for Researchers

The HEC Digital Library always keeps on trying to extend the research boundries for researchers. This new feature of E-Books will definitely benefit you in your research work. Well known publishers offers you the additional feature of online E-Books access.

  • Ebrary
  • Oxford University Press E-Books

To get benefit of this offer go to this link

Freedom Subject Collection from Elsevier Science Direct

Freedom Subject Collection is available to Elsevier Science Direct customers. It offers the opportunity to get access to all subject categories for the researchers. Following universites can access any subject category from ScienceDirect:

  • Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  • University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • University of Karachi, Karachi

Just click and get benefit

Offer of Additional Subject Collection from Elsevier Science Direct (January 31, 2007)
The Higher Education Commission is periodically reviewing the performance of Institutions that have been provided with access to the Digital Library Resources. The aim is to respond to the needs of researchers in Pakistan and tailor our resource expansion strategy according to demand and research capacity, and to support institutions where excellent usage has been demonstrated.

We are proud to acknowledge the enthusiasm shown by your researchers and would like to offer you a further subject collection from Science Direct in addition to the existing collections available to you. A complete listing of subject collections available through Elsevier is attached at Annex A for reference. The collections to which you already have access have been highlighted for your convenience. The complete journal listings for each subject collection may be accessed at: .

The HEC looks forward to providing you with this resource and extends its complete cooperation to facilitate the awareness and usage of this database. We are confident that your Institution will maintain a high level of performance and benefit from this key resource.